Homeopathic remedies are increasing in popularity within the PCOS community. Natural remedies are desirable because they address the underlying cause rather than simply treating the symptoms. One of the most talked about natural remedies is The use of Spearmint tea for PCOS. What are the benefits
Spearmint Tea as a natural remedy for PCOS
Spearmint tea has long been recognized in the Middle East for treating hirsutism (unwanted male-pattern body hair growth in females).
Even before the mechanism of action was known, people drank spearmint tea medicinally for lessening hormonal acne and alleviating the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
In recent years, studies have been conducted to test the validity of spearmint tea, specifically Mentha spicate, for treating these ailments. Akdogan and colleagues performed a study in 20071 and Grant performed another in 2012; both found positive results for the use of spearmint tea as a natural remedy.
Benefits of Spearmint tea for PCOS
PCOS is an endocrine disorder, meaning that women who suffer from this condition have a hormonal imbalances in their bodies.
Their androgen levels, like testosterone, are too high and this results in unwanted symptoms: body hair, acne, and ovarian cysts to name a few.
Spearmint tea can be beneficial to women with PCOS in the following ways:
- It is an internal hair growth inhibitor.
- Reduction and prevention of cystic acne.
- Assists in regulating irregular menstrual cycles.
- Combats inflammation.
- Boosts immunity
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Aids in digestion.
- Decreases nausea and bloating.
Why Spearmint Tea Works
Spearmint tea has anti-androgenic effects. Studies found that drinking two cups of spearmint tea a day decreased the level of testosterone in the blood.
Not having testosterone, the androgen, in the blood remedies the androgen disorder. Therefore, the body no longer presents symptoms of the endocrine disorder. In other words, drinking two cups of spearmint tea a day can significantly remedy hormonal acne, PCOS, and hirsutism.
A Natural Cure
Drinking spearmint tea is simple, cost-effective, and natural. It has been used as a medicinal remedy long before studies showed its efficacy. Spearmint tea is safe and easily accessible. All of these factors add up to a miracle medication that is over-the-counter and almost too good to be true.
In Akdogan’s study, the women were asked to drink two cups of spearmint tea a day for a period of five days. Even in this short experimental time period, the researchers saw results. Grant asked the women in his study to consume two cups of spearmint tea a day for 30 days. He, too, saw results from a single month. There is reason to believe that consistent, long-term usage of spearmint tea will result in more significant results.
Taken together, there is both cultural and scientific evidence that spearmint tea is a natural remedy for androgen disorders in women. There are very few side effects, if any, with this treatment course. It is very well tolerated by most people.
How to make spearmint tea
Spearmint tea can be made from fresh or dried tea leaves or from a commercial tea bag. Look for a product that is organic and 100 percent natural. Tea bags are helpful if you don’t have a lot of time or want to make hot tea at work.
You can drink spearmint tea hot or cold and will still reap the same benefits.
Here are the 2 easy recipes that I like to make
Hot spearmint tea
5-6 fresh spearmint leaves or 1 Tablespoon dried leaves.
1 cup of water
- Bring waters to a boil in a small saucepan.
- Remove from heat.
- Place mint leaves in water and let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Strain tea into a cup
Pour over ice if you prefer to drink your tea cold. This will make 1 cup of tea. It is easy to adjust the amounts if you would like more servings.
If you prefer cold tea this is one of the easiest was to make it in the summer. It requires no heat source. You can make this with tea bags
Spearmint Sun Tea
4 spearmint tea bags
2 quart glass jars or container
2 quarts of water
- Put tea bags and water in glass container and screw on lid.
- Place the container outside in direct sunlight
Put tea bags and water in glass container and screw on lid.
Place the container outside in direct sunlight for 3-5 hours.
When tea is desired strength. Remove the tea bags.
Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Two-three cups of tea per day is the recommended dose. If you don’t want to drink that much tea, you can take spearmint capsules. 500 mg is the recommended dose per day.or 3-5 hours.
- When tea is desired strength. Remove the tea bags.
- Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Two-three cups of tea per day is the recommended dose. If you don’t want to drink that much tea, you can take spearmint capsules. 500 mg is the recommended dose per day.
Compared to conventional hormonal medicine which can be unnatural and accompanied by side effects, spearmint tea is a well-studied alternative for women with PCOS.
Have you ever tried drinking spearmint tea for PCOS?
What were your results?
Let me know in the comments below.