How Tea Can Support The Menopause
With 48 symptoms affecting women when they enter perimenopause, tea can be a great natural support alongside interventions like HRT.
Our Take A Pause menopause tea has been formulated using teas and herbs that can combat the most common symptoms, whilst still tasting delicious. To find out more about the specific ingredients, read on...
- Liquorice root: A 2012 Iranian study or 90 women, a study where women were given either liquorice or a placebo to try to help reduce hot flushes, resulted in the placebo group having significantly more hot flushes than in the non-placebo group. However, it will increase your blood pressure, so be careful not to drink a lot of this tea if you suffer from high blood pressure.
SLEEP AID & ANXIETY RELIEF
- Chamomile flowers: are high in an anti-oxidant called apigenin, which binds to benzodiazapine receptors in your brain, reducing anxiety and helping you sleep more easily.
- Valerian root: contains valepotriates which relax muscle tissue and decrease anxiety. Amazingly, a randomized double-blind clinical trial showed the Valerian tablets (equivalent to 3gms dried herb) was as effective at treating insomnia as the powerful Valium type sedative Oxazepam (10mgs) but there were no morning after adverse effects with the Valerian as opposed to the Oxazepam.
- Green tea: recent years have seen increased research into green tea’s ability to prevent bone decay, linked to osteoporosis. Both human and lab studies suggest it could help long term.
- Devil’s Claw: is a plant native to the Kalahari desert in southern Africa, and has been used to traditionally help treat arthritis in this area. Small scale studies support this usage, with a 2013 review of studies in Phytochemistry showing it could lead to a 60% reduction in pain compared to a placebo.
HEAVY MENSTRUAL FLOW
- Raspberry leaf: known as ‘the woman’s herb’, and contains fragrine - a potent chemical which makes uterine muscles contract. This is believed to help strengthen them and has traditionally been used to help regulate women’s cycles and flow.
- Ginseng: some small scale research links to improved mood changes, and increased length and quality of sleep.
- Gingko biloba: has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to help reduce inflammation, anxiety and PMS symptoms. It is extremely high in GABA (gamma-aminobutryic acid), which inhibits neuro transmitters in your brain, calming and reducing pain/stress. This is what is believed to be behind research that shows gingko can reduce PMS symptoms by up to 23%.