I’m going to start by apologizing to all the menfolk out there for this post, but I’m also going to say “you’re welcome” in case you have a lady in your life that deals with the wonders of PMS.
Mood swings, cramps, raging sensitivity or anger. Isn’t being a woman grand?!
Recently, I’ve realized how closely my mood coincides with hormonal spikes around my period. Not unlike a lot of women, PMS is a real issue and can make or break a week (or two!) out of the month. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
I recently got some advice to try an Chinese herb – Dong Quai – to help with PMS symptoms. Since taking the herbal pill was a bit too intense for my liking right out of the gate, I decided to try a tea from Yogi Tea (a brand I know and love) that has not only Dong Quai, but a host of other herbs known to help with all the lovely side effects associated with “that time of the month.”
Women’s Moon Cycle tea has plenty of good things for our lady bits (and minds), and since they say it so well, I’ll let them describe exactly what’s in there for you:
Our purposefully formulated blend contains herbs traditionally used to help soothe the minor tensions and discomfort of your monthly cycle. We combine Dong Quai, used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, with Chaste Tree Berry and Organic Raspberry Leaf, all of which have been traditionally used for centuries to address common menstrual discomforts. We then add fragrant Chamomile which has been used for centuries to help relax and soothe the mind and body. Infuse harmony and comfort into the days of your monthly cycle with a calming cup of Woman’s Moon Cycle.
What happened when I drank the tea
I tried to not let it have a placebo effect, but let’s be serious, it’s hard to be mindful of what’s going on in your body and also aware that you just drank something to help it.
That being said, it really did feel like it helped calm me down when I was feeling sensitive and emotional. (However, being mindful about your emotional well being doesn’t hurt either.)
Other ways to cope
If you have run-of-the-mill PMS (read: you don’t have it so badly that you should really make an appointment with your doctor), then this tea is just the start. Exercising more, doing yoga, and eating right can all really help during that lovely PMS time.
Whatever you do…try to be aware of what your body is telling you and give it what it needs.