Drinking a soothing cup of herbal tea isn’t just a great way to relax and unwind. It’s also an effective way of restoring hormonal balance.
After all, long before modern-day pills were invented, tea was one of the ways in which our ancestors enjoyed the healing benefits of plants.
So, in this post we’re going to look at the top herbal teas for balancing women’s hormones, plus a simple recipe that you can use to get started!
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10 HERBAL TEAS THAT BALANCE FEMALE HORMONES
The herbs listed in this section have a history of being used for hormone balance and female health as a whole.
In addition, there’s now an increasing number of studies that confirm that these herbs really do work.
So, based on the anecdotal and scientific reports, here are 10 herbs that you can add to your natural hormone balance kit.
Also known as chaste berry, vitex is a classic women’s herb that helps with (source):
- hot flashes
- irregular or missing periods
- sleep disruption during menopause
- regulating prolactin levels
- balancing estrogen to progesterone ratio
- boosting fertility
- improving luteal phase defect
So, how is it that vitex can achieve such amazing results?
Well, these berries act on the hypothalamus and the pituitary, which are the two most important glands in the endocrine system.
Basically, the hypothalamus is the master gland that regulates everything related to hormone production. It keeps an eye on how things are going in the body and then sends signals to the pituitary.
As for the pituitary, it takes action based on signals from the hypothalamus.
The pituitary secretes hormones that affect the thyroid, adrenals, ovaries and other hormone-producing centers in the body.
Chamomile tea is often thought of as a “sleep” tea.
And yes, good sleep is important for happy hormones.
But chamomile does a lot more than just help us catch some zzz’s!
- fight inflammation.
- regulate blood sugar (helpful for PCOS and weight loss).
- lower testosterone levels (also helpful for PCOS symptoms like acne, hirsutism and irregular periods).
- reduce stress.
- Soothe the gastro-intestinal tract.
3. Red Clover
There are two main benefits that come with using red clover for hormone balance.
- First, red clover has historically been used as a liver cleanser. And a healthy liver is essential for purifying the blood and eliminating compounds that interfere with hormone health.
- Second, red clover contains isoflavones, which are plant estrogens. These plant estrogens can be particularly beneficial if you are dealing with low estrogen symptoms.
Overall, red clover is beneficial for symptoms like hot flashes, PMS and breast tenderness (source).
4. Milk Thistle
The liver doesn’t just remove hormone disrupting toxins from the body. It also makes some hormones (this post on the liver and hormones talks more about this).
So, it goes without saying that having a healthy liver is a must for correcting hormonal imbalances.
And milk thistle is one of the best liver-friendly herbs you can use.
- lowers insulin resistance
- regulates blood sugar
- boosts immune function
- improves acne
Similar to milk thistle, dandelion is also a liver herb.
This means that dandelion is great for supporting detoxification.
In addition, dandelion contains vitamin K which helps with blood clotting and can reduce heavy menstrual flow (source).
6. Mint (Spearmint and Peppermint)
Both spearmint and peppermint tea provide important benefits for female hormones.
First, spearmint tea has been shown to lower androgen levels and hirsutism in women with PCOS.
In addition, spearmint tea is also anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory and high in disease-fighting antioxidants (source).
As for peppermint, it’s also anti-inflammatory and helps relieve menstrual cramps, improves digestion, boosts energy and cools the body (very handy for hot flashes) (source).
Even though I’ve written about using hibiscus tea for menopause, you can actually enjoy the benefits of this powerful red tea during any phase of life!
Hibiscus has been shown to (source):
- regulate blood sugar
- lower hot flashes
- support liver health
- relieve depression
- lower inflammation
- fight oxidative stress
- support weight loss
Ginger is great for reducing systemic inflammation and supporting various aspects of menstrual health.
Ginger has been shown to help:
- reduce heavy menstrual bleeding
- induce ovulation
- improve irregular/missing periods
- regulate blood sugar
- relieve menstrual cramps
- boost immunity
9. Red Raspberry Leaf
Red raspberry leaf is generally seen as a woman’s tea because it has a particular affinity for the reproductive organs.
Not only does red raspberry leaf tone and nourish the uterus, but it also:
- improves heavy periods
- cools the body
- supports a healthy menstrual cycle and fertility
10. Nettle Leaf
Nettle leaf (aka stinging nettle) is known for:
- regulating blood sugar
- supporting the liver
- fighting inflammation
In addition, some reports indicate that nettle leaf can lower DHT, a hormone that is strongly linked to female hair loss (source).
As a matter of fact, when it comes to hair loss, many women use nettle leaf not just internally, but also as a restorative hair rinse!
HOW TO MAKE A TEA FOR BALANCING FEMALE HORMONES
Alrighty, now that we’ve covered some of the herbs that you can use for your hormones, let’s have a look at a simple tea that you can put together.
This is a blend that you can use during any phase of life to boost detoxification, lower inflammation, regulate your sex hormones and cool the body.
Personally, this is one of my go-to when I want a quick blend because it tastes great, hot or cold.
I also enjoy drinking it right after a meal. Very soothing for the digestive system.
As great as this tea is, you can kick it up a notch by making an overnight infusion. Infusions are more potent and have a higher concentration of nutrients. To learn how I make my infusion, check out this hormone balancing tea recipe.
Nettle, Red Raspberry Leaf and Spearmint Tea
Makes (6 cups)
2 tbsp dried nettle leaf (available here)
2 tbsp dried red raspberry leaf (available here)
2 tbsp dried spearmint leaf (available here)
1.5 tsp dried, green stevia leaf (NOT refined white stevia – available here)
6 cups boiling water
How To Make
- Place the herbs into a tea infuser
- Pour the boiling water over the herbs.
- Allow to infuse for 20 – 30 minutes.
- Store in the fridge and drink within 72 hours.
- Drink 1 to 2 cups per day.
- Chamomile also tastes really great with this blend.
- When making herbal tea, the general guidelines is 1 tsp dried herb for every cup of water.
3 TIPS FOR BALANCING WOMEN’S HORMONES NATURALLY
There’s no doubt that herbal teas can help bring your hormones back into a state of harmony.
However, teas are just one aspect of your natural care kit.
To balance your hormones naturally, it’s important to also do the following:
Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Because inflammation is a common, underlying cause of hormone-related conditions, you want to focus on eating an anti-inflammatory diet.
This means a diet that is:
- Mostly plant-based.
- High in detox-friendly cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens.
- Rich in antioxidants
- Low in processed and refined ingredients
- Loaded with plant proteins
For more on hormone balancing foods and to download free recipes, check out my hormone-balancing diet plan.
Develop Healthy Stress Management Habits
Emotional stress and chemical stress (from unhealthy ingredients in our diet) are two major things that throw the body off balance.
So, aside from eating a healthy diet as mentioned above, work on adding stress management techniques into your daily life.
Journaling, meditating, exercising or participating in any activity that you truly enjoy can really help alleviate the weight of life.
Need help with stress management and self care? Check out my collection of self care tips.
Supplement, Supplement, Supplement
Nothing improves in the body without the right balance of nutrients.
And the only way to increase your nutrient intake is to eat more nutrient dense foods and take supplements.
In fact, in most cases, supplements are a must because some nutrients (like magnesium) are all but missing in our food today.
Also, if you have lots of inflammation, toxins and symptoms, then the nutrients in food simply may not be enough. You need supplements to take you to that next level.
Now, it’s important to know that supplements are not a substitute for a healthy diet.
However, when you combine supplements with the right foods, you can practically double your results and cut your healing time in half!
Not sure where to start with supplements? Here are the 3 supplements for female hormone balance that I recommend.
Can the pill help with hormonal imbalance?
The pill can suppress some symptoms of hormonal imbalance so that you don’t have to deal with them.
However, since the pill doesn’t contain any nutrients, it doesn’t give your body the raw materials necessary to address the underlying cause of your symptoms.
This means that the underlying issue is still there and if you were to stop the pill, the problem would resurface.
Ultimately you become dependent on the pill, which has its own side effects.
Having a diet and lifestyle plan that will help you come off the pill is the best way to cut that dependency (if you choose to) while also addressing the root cause.
How long does it take to restore hormone balance?
This depends on several factors such as how many symptoms you have, how long you’ve been living with your symptoms, your diet and your lifestyle.
The more clean foods you eat, and the more you work on leading a lifestyle that supports your hormones, the faster you can restore balance.
What hormone is lacking in PCOS?
There are many different hormones that play a role in PCOS, including cortisol, insulin and androgens.
For more details, read this post on how to beat PCOS symptoms naturally.
What causes high testosterone in females?
Toxins, such as pesticides, can lead to high testosterone because they interfere with aromatase, an enzyme that converts androgens to estrogen.
In addition, insulin resistance can also increase testosterone in women because it triggers the ovaries to make more testosterone.
And there you have it! 10 herbal teas that you can use to balance female hormones.
Now that we’ve covered these herbs, are there any that you plan on testing out for yourself?
Drop a comment below with. I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂