Home Remedies: Soothing + Nourishing PMS Tea

In the philosophy of naturopathic medicine, we have seven principles. One of the principles is Docere, which translates to "doctor as teacher". Naturopathic physicians educate the patient and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the doctor-patient relationship. In each and every one of my relationships with my patients, I learn just as much from them as they learn with me. This is such a gift, and an incredibly rewarding experience. One of my patients struggles with very intense symptoms related to premenstrual syndrome. Through our work together, we have seen remarkable improvements in her health and she is truly radiant. Her individualized treatment plan is matched so seamlessly with her unique requirements and lifestyle that she rarely experiences PMS. However, some months she needs a little extra support. Together, we developed this simple yet effective tea to help ease symptoms of PMS using two ingredients: Red Clover, and Mint.

Red Clover is a rich source of estrogen-like chemicals called isoflavones. Isoflavones are a plant-derived chemical that is easily recognized by the body, helping the body to purify the blood and acting like a diuretic to detoxify and balance the immune system while equalizing estrogen. This means it does a wonderful job at soothing some of the irritations during your monthly cycle. Red Clover is relatively easy to find, and it makes a great light and earthy tea. You can make this with fresh Red Clover (as described below) or you can substitute with dried Red Clover. 

 

RED CLOVER + MINT TEA

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 handful of red clover, stems removed
  • 5-7 large mint leaves
  • 3-4 cups of water
  • honey (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Wash and dry your harvested red clover blooms, ensuring they are free of insects and dirt. Wash your mint leaves and clap the leaves between your hands, gently bruising the leaves to ignite their flavor. If using dried Red Clover, you can skip this step and just put the dried flowers directly in a cup. 
  2. Boil your desired amount of water and add your fresh red clover and mint leaves, letting them steep for 5-7 minutes. The water will be a light amber with a slightly greenish tint when it is ready.
  3. Serve hot, and add a few blooms to your cup, and honey to sweeten if desired. The red clover has an earthy flavor that is cut nicely by the sharpness of the mint leaves. If the flavor is too strong for you, add more mint leaves to cut it further.

 

NOTE: Whenever ingesting any form of wild harvest, always be sure that there are no chemicals or toxins near by, such as exhaust from vehicles or harmful pesticides. Always consult your doctor to be safe when trying something new; red clover is not for everyone, particularly those struggling with certain cancers.