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In this post I will cover four more of the best herbal teas for endometriosis. I already started with a pretty solid of list of teas for endometriosis pain and this is part two of my series on endometriosis teas. Part one of the series included herbal teas for endo such as dandelion, nettle, decaf green tea, and red raspberry.
Herbalism has been used for millennia to help aid the human condition. Traditional chinese medicine is built around plant based medicine and homeopathy uses the structure of many plants as the basis for its health restoration practices. Even tylenol is based upon willow bark. In fact, many pharmaceuticals are initially derived from herbs and plants though many also include synthetic components.
Herbals teas are known to provide certain benefits, they are relatively cheap and easy to prepare and unless you have a strong aversion to tea it’s a great way to bolster your body. While these may come in your traditional tea boxes with tea bags at the store, it is also so easy to throw a handful into a large mason jar, steep and then drink a few hours later for a higher concentration. I have found the higher potency to have a better effect. Just talking from my own experience here. Ready for more great herbal teas for endometriosis? Let’s jump on in.
What are more of the best herbal teas for endometriosis?
The herbal teas I’m about to share with you have been used for a long time for various maladies associated with not feeling well, or feeling a bit off. There’s something comforting about being able to tend to yourself when you’re not feeling well and being able to reach into your kitchen cabinet with some rather inexpensive herbs. Some of these can even grow in your backyard garden. I personally LOVE being able to connect with friends and family over a lovely cup of tea. Or get some journaling in while getting breakfast and tea ready in the morning.
This may sound rather exotic to you, at least it did to me. I had no idea what this way and overlooked it for a long time. Perhaps out of intimidation? Oatstraw is NOTHING to be intimidated by 😉 Just oats, here, to make herbal teas from. I have been using the Starwest oatstraw for a bit now and am loving it.
Avena sativa or oat berry and stray or avena fatua according to traditional Chinese medicine provides nourishment to the endocrine, nervous, and immune systems and tonifies Qi, Blood and Essence. It is considered a blood and Qi builder which may help with anemia (1). It is also considered a food in its own right to improve calcium metabolism and strengthen nerve and heart tissue (2).
The plant is known to help heart health, sexual function and mental wellness. In fact, it is known to help alleviate tension and anxiety, improve memory and brain function. Part of the reason it helps with the immune system and in reducing inflammation is because of the high level of antioxidants found in it (source). Further research shows that in addition to these things avena sativa is also considered an antispasmodic, antitumor and helper in healing wounds (source).
- Helper with infertility and impotence
- Helper with endocrine deficiency and the immune system
- Helper with insomnia
- Helper with PMS caused by liver and kidney depletion (a TCM term)
If you are considering adding another herb to your daily tea brew, you may want to consider this antioxidant powerhouse. It seems to do wonders to balance and support the body. The only caution here would be if you have celiac’s disease as apparently since oatstraw comes from the oat plant it may have gluten associated with it. For my case, taking this as one of my herbal teas has given me a good feeling of extra energy and clarity of mind. Use your best judgement.
(2.) Ginger Herbal Tea
The ginger root is an incredible part of the ginger plant. It remains a very popular culinary flavoring in many parts of the world as well as a health remedy. In fact, in Asia it is known as universal medicine. You may have heard that ginger can help alleviate nausea and you would be correct. Ginger is a great anti-nausea kitchen pantry remedy. It does this by neutralizing the effects of stomach acid, helps enhance the secretion of digestive juices and tones the digestive track (3). Ginger helps alleviate gas and spasms in the intestinal tract. (More more tips on how to promote a healthy digestive tract read here.)
But ginger is immensely popular for even more reasons. Ginger has been found in research to reduce the growth of helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that can terrorize the gut. (If you’re interested in learning more about how to build good gut health check out my post about probiotics). It even causes cell death in ovarian cancer cells. Can anything be as bad ass as that? Ginger also helps reduce the stickiness of blood and acts as a natural blood thinner according to some but more research is needed in this area.
Ginger can be taken in many forms, such as pill, tinctures, powders (into your morning endometriosis smoothie) as well as be made into one of your new favorite herbal teas. Ginger can be taken for 6 days prior to your period in stronger doses in order to alleviate menstrual discomfort. Another one of many wonderful herbal teas for endometriosis.
- Anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory
- Helps reduce symptoms of pain and discomfort associated with your period
- Kills ovarian cancer cells
- Helps eliminate H-pylori bacteria from the intestine
Ginger is one of several herbal teas for endometriosis to have on hand. From my research, it sounds like it has the best effects when taken in high doses 6 days before your period is due and/or throughout the month. As always, verify with your doctor if you are on any medications for any possible complications. Ginger can have a strong kick of flavor and I also like to use the root blended in my smoothies.
(3.) Chamomile Herbal Tea
Chamomile tea is widely known for its calming nature. If you are feeling a bit over-worked, stressed-out or feeling a bit of tension before your period, look no further than chamomile. It has shown in research to act as a mild sedative, mild analgesic and sleep medication without any harm found to the liver. Many other studies have found chamomile to be an anti-inflammatory, and to help with muscle spasms and menstrual disorders to name a few.
- Provides a calming effect
- Drug-free sleep medicine
- Reduces muscle spasms
Chamomile is a sweet no nonsense herb that is time-tested and grandma approved. There’s a reason for the popularity of this herbal tea. If you haven’t yet tried this wonderful plant based medicine then try it out and see for yourself how wonderful it can be. If you are looking to bring more calm into your life, don’t forget to check out my post on deep rest.
(4.) Hibiscus Herbal Tea
Hibiscus is a beautiful red flower and more commonly known for it high vitamin c content. But did you know that a research review found that hibiscus sabdariffa L. play an important role in the prevention of chronic and degenerative diseases that are associated with oxidative stress? Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between free radical molecules and antioxidants. And that is also has played a role in healing hypertension, cancer and inflammatory conditions involving the liver and kidney? Apparently in Africa the tea is used to lower body temperature and help with lowering blood pressure.
There are a few cautions with hibiscus such as pregnant women should not drink it and it may not be something to drink in very large quantities.
- High in antioxidants
- Helps prevent chronic and degenerative diseases
- Helps with liver and kidney inflammation
- Helps heal hypertension
Hibiscus is a lovely tea that has several things going for it. I honestly don’t drink it often but I do have a stash of it in my tea bin. I find it has a little bit of a tang to it and it goes really well with some lemon, ice and a dab of honey (careful ya don’t over do it 😉 in the summertime. It has more medicinal value than a lot of other soft drinks and the like and the antioxidants are very helpful in combating inflammation and oxidative stress.
Licorice root, or Glycyrrhiza glabra or Gan Cao in traditional medicine, has an immense history for its medicinal properties. Licorice is probably most commonly known for the candy sold all over America and worldwide. It is recorded as reducing viral infections, inflammation and menstrual disorders when taken orally (4). Furthermore, a study published in 2021 demonstrated that the use of licorice root prevented endometriosis from becoming a more severe case. Come again? Yes, licorice root can stop endometriosis severity in its tracks. Licorice root has also demonstrated the ability to balance irregular ovarian follicles and DECREASE OVARIAN CYSTS, is anti-cavity, helps sore throats, ulcers and more.
- Helps reduce inflammation and menstrual disorders
- Prevents endometriosis from becoming worse
- Balance irregular ovarian follicles
- Decrease ovarian cysts
- Multitude of other health benefits have been shown through research
Licorice root has some amazing properties and I am still amazed by the findings in the most recent research about how it can halt endometriosis from becoming worse. This has huge implications for women who are predisposed to the condition or who have been found to have it through predictable symptoms, laparoscopy or strong heredity components.
There are some precautions in using licorice root. For one, it is best to avoid it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It could interact with certain medications. Further, the World Health Organization says not to take more than 100 milligrams of it per day. I personally use only a small amount of the herb and not daily. But, again it’s an herb that I recommend in the kitchen cabinet when the need arises.
The world’s plants have so much to teach us about health and healing. I am continually amazed at the plants that have traditionally helped alleviate human suffering and are just now today being researched to help alleviate some of our most pressing health concerns such as endometriosis.
In this post, we covered avena sativa (oats), ginger root, chamomile, hibiscus flower and licorice root as beneficial herbal teas for endometriosis. I personally love to mix and match my herbal teas based upon some of my symptoms and some of what others have found to be helpful. This wonderful thing called the internet as well as the library have opened up so much information for us looking to expand our horizons.
I hope you are able to experience improved wellness based upon some of my top picks of herbal teas for endometriosis. Just remember, every little bit is helping you walk your path with more ease. When you begin to shed habits that aren’t bringing you where you want to be more space opens up for highly impactful habits. Just ask yourself, is what I am doing helping me reach my goal or taking me away from it? Adjust accordingly.
Have you experienced benefits from any herbal teas? Would love to hear you in the comments section!
1 Lewis, Randine. The Infertility Cure. Published in 2004 by Little Brown Spark.
2. Pitchford, Paul. Healing with Whole Foods: Oriental Traditions and Modern Nutrition. Published in 2003 by North Atlantic Books.
3. Bollinger, Ty. Cancer Step Outside the Box. Published in 2013 by Infinity 510^2 Partners.
4. Murray, Michael, N.D. The Healing Powers of herbs: The Enlightened Person’s Guide to the Wonders of Medicinal Plants. Published by Gramercy Books in 1994.
Other sources are linked in the paragraphs where they are cited using external links.