The 4 Best Teas To Ease Period Bloating
Dr. Ashley Margeson
Tea for two might be the saying, but if you suffer like you wouldn’t believe when your period is due then a cup of tea might just be right for you. I get it – period pain, period bloating and cramping is the worst, but these four teas might be something you want to consider when you’re trying to manage your PMS symptoms. Seriously.
This is one of my favourites to recommend if you suffer from heavy cramping or bleeding. See, raspberry leaf tea contains fragine, which helps to tone the uterine and pelvic muscles, which will decrease that bloating. It can lessens the symptoms of your cramping like you wouldn’t believe, and is usually available in Grocery Stores or at the Bulk Barn.
Ginger has been found to be as effective as ibuprofen in treating period pain (1) with studies showing it relieves both pain (2) and nausea. The less pain the less bloating, that’s for sure! As an interesting fact, the reason ginger works so well for nausea is because it actually binds to a receptor known as the HT3 receptor (3) (which stops the nausea signal to the brain). If you’re someone who gets nauseous before your period, than this tea is definitely right for you.
Peppermint & Chamomile
For bloating this combo is my secret weapon. Peppermint and chamomile are both herbs known as carminatives. Carminatives soothes the tummy and helps with any unwanted gassiness and bloating even when you’re not on your period. But the menthol found in peppermint will also relax the uterine muscles to ease menstrual cramps and chamomile’s benefits for your sleep definitely help with any added irritability you might be experiencing.
If you’re feeling swollen everywhere before your period then your whole system might need a bit of a helping hand, especially if you get swollen, sore breasts. If this is the case, ditch your regular tea and coffee and replace it with dandelion tea. Its diuretic properties help shift extra water out of your system; helping to reduce your breast swelling and bloating.