PMS or Pre-menstrual Stress, as the name suggests, is a condition that affects some women a few days prior to the onset of menstruation. Hormonal changes in the body result in various issues with regards to physical and mental health in women. Unfortunately, the severity of PMS is so high in some women that they are unable to carry on their day-to-day activities and suffer from stress, anxiety and abdominal cramping among other conditions.
PMS, though a distressing condition, is easily treatable without resorting to use of hormonal medications including injections. Consuming hormonal pills is never safe and therefore, should be avoided as far as possible. There are many safe and effective herbs that can treat PMS and its related disorders. However, one has to take herbal medications regularly and as advised by an Ayurvedic doctor or a qualified herbalist. Given below are herbs that can be used to treat PMS naturally but some of these herbs should be consumed only after consultation with a doctor and an herbalist.
Herbal Remedies for PMS
Chamomile tea has become the latest weapon against weight gain. Drinking 3-4 cups of chamomile tea is known to encourage weight loss since the compounds present in the herb help burn fat. However, chamomile is also an excellent remedy against PMS and the associated conditions. The aroma of the herb and the compounds present in it de-stress both mind and body thereby making it easier to deal with the problem.
The herb is available in tea form in almost all organic and health food stores. The popularity of the herbal concoction has risen in the recent years making it easily available. Start drinking 3-4 cups of chamomile tea daily at least a week before your menstruation date. This will keep problems such as anxiety, depression, body ache, breast tenderness, nausea and mood swings at bay. Do not add sugar and milk to chamomile tea though you may take half a teaspoon organic honey with drink. With regular use of chamomile tea you will find PMS and its symptoms vanish away in time.
Ginger has naturally occurring antioxidants that fight the free radicals in the body. The herb also has anti-inflammatory properties that effectively treat the muscular inflammation caused as a result of hormonal changes in the body. Therefore, ginger is recommended for treatment of PMS.
Drinking three cups of strong ginger tea will help deal with PMS related problems such as stress, abdominal cramping, and pain in the legs as well as mood swings. Do not add sugar and milk to the tea though you can use organic honey in the tea to enhance the taste. In a cup of boiling water add 1 ½ teaspoon of grated ginger and let it boil for 5-7 minutes on high flame. Remove the pan from the flame and strain the herbal concoction. Discard the boiled ginger pieces and pour the tea in a cup. Add half a teaspoon of honey if you wish to and drink the tea while it is warm. The warmth of the tea will soothe the aching insides of the body. Drink two cups of ginger tea every day during your periods to keep your mood upbeat at all times.
Peppermint is commonly used for treating bad breath related issues but not many people are aware that it is a great mood enhancer. The herb is used for treating depression, stress and anxiety because its aroma helps uplift the mood by stimulating the production of endorphins or the feel good hormones in the body.
Peppermint candy sticks are available in many health stores and need to be sniffed upon. But to treat PMS related symptoms it is best to take peppermint in tea form. The warmth of the tea will treat headache and body ache as well. Prepare peppermint tea using the tea bags that are available in all organic health stores; you are allowed to add half a teaspoon of honey in the concoction for taste. Drink 4-5 cups of the herbal tea every day a week before the onset of periods. You will remain stress-free, energetic and not even feel the cramping that generally accompanies PMS.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary essential oil is very helpful in the treatment of PMS because of its therapeutic aromatic qualities. The oil is commonly used in spas to provide relief from headaches, depression and stress and is therefore, used for treating PMS.
Since it is an essential oil, rosemary should not be consumed. Instead you can massage your head, back, legs as well as stomach using the oil. It should be mixed with olive or almond oil before being massaged onto the skin. Doing this herbal massage at night will help you sleep better as it relaxes and calms down both the body and brain. Rosemary herbal oil massage should be done once a day 5 days before you begin your periods. It will help you deal with the symptoms efficiently.
Fenugreek is excellent to beat the various conditions associated with PMS as the naturally occurring compounds in the herb treat stress and cramping effectively. Women suffering from PMS should consume a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds with water on empty stomach each morning to keep the condition at bay. To treat PMS boil a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in a cup of boiling water and drink this herbal concoction every three hours. You can also soak the seeds overnight and grind them to paste form using the same water; the paste can be added to the food you eat (though the herb may lose some of its medicinal properties when cooked) or you can consume the fenugreek paste by adding very little organic honey to it. The idea is to eat the seeds in raw form to get maximum benefit.
The herb keeps in check the hormonal balance in the body thereby reducing stress, tension and other PMS related conditions. To treat PMS completely one has to make lifestyle changes as well along with using herbal medication. Limiting your alcohol and tobacco intake and eating a healthy diet are very important to treat and get rid of PMS completely.