Women's Wellbeing Herbal Teas

  Women's Wellbeing Herbal Teas

Here are some herbal teas known to be of help to Women. Explore with single herbal teas and be inspired by making herbal tea blends. The purpose of a women's herbal tea is to balance female hormones and nourish the "yin" essence of a woman. These herbal tea ingredients make great tasting herbs to blend with other herbs that are good for you.

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Black Cohosh

(Actaea Racemosa)
Black Cohosh Benefits

Menopause

Having been extensively studied, many results show that Black Cohosh does indeed alleviate symptoms of the menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety and mood swings.

Women

Black Cohosh Root Tea can be useful in managing erratic periods and/or easing cramps and uterine tension. It can also stimulate menstrual bleeding and improve uterine tone. Additionally it can have an impact on the hormonal balance of the body, making it useful to combat mood swings and stress brought about by PMS or the menopause.

1 - 2 teaspoons of root in water. Set in pan over heat for 15 minutes to make a decoction.

Tea benefits... Menopause, Women
 

Blessed Thistle

(Cnicus benedictus)
Blessed Thistle Benefits

Childbearing Years

Blessed Thistle has the ability to act a galactagogue (to increase milk supply). In one particular study it was concluded that the most effective of the herbal galactagogues were Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle taken together. It not only stimulates the production of breast milk, it improves the quality too.

Women

It is also a well known herb as a remedy for other female problems, helping to alleviate PMS symptoms such as painful menstruation and PMS related headaches. 

1- 2 teaspoon of cut herb or powder per 1 cup of boiling water, infuse for 10-15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Childbearing Years, Women
 

Celery Seed

(Apium graveolens)
Celery Seeds Benefits

De-Stress

Celery Seeds have calming and sedative properties due to the presence of the phytochemical limonene which acts as a mild tranquiliser. Celery Seed Tea can be very beneficial for treating anxiety, nervousness, mental stress and insomnia.

Detox

Celery seeds are rich in the diuretic oils 3-n-Butylpthalide (3nB), which give celery its distinctive smell and taste. These powerful diuretics cleanse the system of excess fluids and stimulate the kidneys to flush out waste from the body.

Digestive Health

Celery Seeds are one of nature's best anti-bloating herbs. Benefits of Celery Seed Tea include promoting healthy bowel regularity and reducing gas and flatulence.

Women

Celery Seeds can be effective against menstrual discomfort, abnormal menstrual flow and irregular menstrual cycles.

To make Celery Seed Tea use 1 – 2 teaspoons of seeds, cover with hot water and leave to steep for 10 minutes.

Tea benefits... De-Stress, Detox, Digestive, Women
 

Fennel Seed

(Foeniculum vulgare)
Fennel Benefits

Children

It is important to note that it is pure Fennel Tea that is helpful to children’s health, not herbal supplements. Fennel tea is excellent for children with colic and digestive weakness, enhancing digestion and assimilation of food. It helps in reducing colic symptoms by relaxing the gastrointestinal tract and releasing trapped gas.

Detox

Fennel is a wonderfully supportive herb to the liver, it contributes to liver enzyme function and helps detoxify and cleanse through this important organ. Drinking Fennel Tea regularly helps to flush out excess fluids as it works as a diuretic, thereby helping the removal of toxic substances.

Digestive Health

Fennel Seed Tea helps to relax the smooth muscles of the digestive system, which stimulates bile flow and reduces pain associated with digestive problems.

Menopause

Fennel is a powerful herb to assist women undergoing changes due to the menopause. Many studies have found it helps to minimise symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings and night sweats.

Women

Fennel Seed Tea has been used by women in the Mediterranean area for many years to alleviate the symptoms of PMS and menstrual cramps.

1-2 teaspoons of Loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Children, Detox, Digestive, Menopause, Women
 

Feverfew

(Tanacetum parthenium)
Feverfew Benefits

Women

Feverfew has been shown to help reduce pain from menstrual cramps by reducing prostaglandin production. 

According to the National Headache Foundation, nearly three times as many women as men experience migraines. Feverfew may help relieve the nausea and vomiting associated with these debilitating headaches or reduce the need for preventive drugs.

Use 1-2 teaspoons of Feverfew Leaf Tea per cup of boiling water and steep for 3-10 minutes depending on taste. 

Tea benefits... Women
 

Ginkgo Biloba

(Ginkgo biloba, Salisburia adiantifolia, Salisburia macrophylla)
Ginkgo Biloba Benefits

Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Tea Has several positive effects that all stem from increased blood flow and circulation.

Aphrodisiac

Ginkgo Biloba is seen as an aphrodisiac because of its capacity to boost circulation and increase blood flow to the genitals.

Blues

Ginkgo Biloba is an excellent herb when taken for both the physical and emotional effects of depression and anxiety. Poor blood flow to the brain is linked with depression, anxiety, poor focus and low energy levels, and a condition known as "cerebrovascular insufficiency". Research indicates that Ginkgo Biloba can improve symptoms linked to cerebrovascular insufficiency, supporting healthy circulation to the brain thus reducing feelings of depression and anxiety.

Men

Ginkgo also lowers the stress hormone cortisol  and enhances the production of all-important testosterone, making this an excellent herb to use for performance related anxiety. By lowering sex related inhibitions and easing stress, Ginkgo Biloba can help to create the right mood for love. 

Memory

Ginkgo improves memory and concentration by allowing more blood to flow freely around the brain. 

Women

Ginkgo Biloba has been shown to be of great benefit to PMS in several clinical trials. It not only improves the psychological symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome, it also helps to alleviate some physical issues.

Overall a very pleasant tea - works well with Sencha Green Tea. 1-2 teaspoons of Loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Aphrodisiacs, Blues, Memory, Men, Women
 

Horny Goat Weed

(Epimedium sagittatum)
Horny Goat Weed Benefits

Horny Goat Weed has been used for centuries as an aid for both men and women to evoke amorous feelings.

Aphrodisiac

Behind its comical name, Horny Goat Weed stands as a time tested aphrodisiac that increases libido and improves erectile function in men. It increases blood circulation, thus improving blood flow to the genital area of women too, this herb is excellent for stimulating female libido and decreasing sexual dysfunction.

Men

Horny Goat Weed can also benefit men in the gym, increasing lean muscle mass, improving muscular “pump” and enhancing levels of stamina and endurance.

Women/Menopause

Several studies have found that the active constituents of Horny Goat Weed balance oestrogen and estradiol levels in women. This can alleviate many uncomfortable symptoms of menopause including low libido and vaginal dryness.

1-2 desertspoons of loose leaf herbs per cup of water. Steep for 15 minutes.
 

Tea benefits... Aphrodisiacs, Men, Menopause, Women
 

Motherwort

(Leonurus cardiaca)
Motherwort Benefits

Blues

When depression, anxiety and panic attacks are the result of grief and/or heartbreak, Motherwort is the herb to heal your heart. Motherwort soothes the nervous system and acts as a powerful vasodilator, regulating heart rhythm and minimising palpitations.

Childbearing Years

Though it is not to be used until labour, Motherwort can ease early labour pains if they begin prematurely. It can also alleviate the restlessness, anxiety, tension and insomnia some women experience during labour. Postnatally, it is given to help the uterus relax and return to normal.

Relax and Sleep

In higher doses, Motherwort can also act as a sedative, greatly aiding restfulness and sleep quality.

Women

Motherwort acts as a uterine tonic which helps to regulate menstruation, bring on delayed periods and can reduce smooth muscle cramping – particularly menstrual cramps. It can also help relieve premenstrual tension and discomfort.

1-2 teaspoons of loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Blues, Childbearing Years, Relax and Sleep, Women
 

Mugwort

(Artemisia Vulgaris)
Mugwort Benefits

Digestive Health

Mugwort is known as a bitter digestive that can relieve stomach acidity, dyspepsia, travel sickness and acute bowel and stomach pain.

Women

Mugwort is a uterine tonic and an emmenagogue (a substance that stimulates or increases menstrual flow). The uterus depends on healthy circulation to the pelvic region and strong uterine muscles to function properly. A toned uterus that is receiving good blood circulation allows for healthy monthly periods.

Use 1-3 teaspoon of the leaves to 1 cup of boiling water. Infuse for 10-15 minutes then strain.

Tea benefits... Digestive, Women
 

Raspberry

(Rubus idaeus)

Childbearing Years

Raspberry Leaf is perhaps most famous for its use in matters of fertility, childbirth and postnatal care. High in antioxidant vitamins, it helps to clear toxins from the system that might be preventing pregnancy. It also strengthens the uterine wall which may increase the chances of embryo implatation whilst reducing the risk of early miscarriage.

There are anecdotal accounts of women experiencing shorter and less painful labours that are attributed to the use of Raspberry Leaf Tea. It is reported to be especially beneficial to women who what a vaginal birth after a caesarian section because it strengthens both the uterine wall and the round ligaments surrounding the uterus.

Post-natally, Raspberry Leaf Tea can help the uterus return to pre-pregnancy size and help to reduce post-natal depression. It is also commonly used to stimulate the production of breast milk. 

1- 2 teaspoon of cut herb or powder per 1 cup of boiling water, infuse for 10-15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Childbearing Years, Women
 

Skullcap

(Scutellaria lateriflora)
Skullcap Benefits

Blues/De-Stress

Before the advent of pharmaceutical tranquilisers, Skullcap was the go to herb for the relief of anxiety and nervous tension. Studies have since shown it exhibits “anxiolytic activity” in animals and humans – meaning it inhibits anxiety.

Relax and Sleep

If an overactive, restless mind is preventing you from getting a good night's sleep then Skullcap is the herb for you. While many remedies, both traditional and herbal, can lull you to sleep like skullcap, most leave you groggy in the morning. A cup of Skullcap tea before bedtime promotes sound sleep without the unwanted side effects, leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalised in the morning.

Women

The delicate balance of phytochemicals in Skullcap exhibit strong antispasmodic activity, making it an extremely effective herb for menstrual cramps and its calming action aids PMT symptoms.

1- 2 teaspoon of cut herb or powder per 1 cup of boiling water, infuse for 10-15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Blues, De-Stress, Relax and Sleep, Women

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