Hibiscus flowers are used as a gentle diuretic and for disorders of circulation. This herb is also useful as a treatment for constipation by providing a very mild laxative effect.
Raspberry leaves are beneficial to women at all stages of life. It is naturally high in magnesium, potassium, iron and B-vitamins. It is beneficial for the female reproductive system as it strengthens the uterus and pelvic muscles. It has been found to shorten labor in pregnant women.
Shepherd's purse herb regulates and reduces excessive menstrual flow.
Chaste tree berry is an important herb because it helps balance hormones, normalizes prolactin levels and supports healthy progesterone levels. Elevated prolactin can cause male facial hair growth in women, acne, PCOs, weight gain and PMS.
Yarrow leaf and flowers have been used traditionally for painful menstrual cramps. Yarrow aids the muscles of the uterus to work efficiently without spasm and/or cramping up. Yarrow also stops heavy bleeding due to uterine fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or for women who have heavier than normal menstrual periods.
Red poppy flowers have traditionally been used as an analgesic for painful cramping and to slow heavy periods.
Sweet orange peels, raspberry and hibiscus are added for a delicious tasting tea.
Ways to Enjoy Balance-T from Lorna Vanderhaeghe
For hot herbal tea, use 1 tea bag per cup. Add boiling water and steep for 3 minutes or until you obtain desired taste. Remove tea bag and enjoy!
For iced tea pour 2 cups of boiling water over 4 tea bags. Steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add two cups of cold water and chill.
Drink Balance-T throughout the day to reduce PMS, heavy or painful periods, endometriosis, acne and other hormone related problems. Combine with ESTROsmart or Estrosmart Plus capsules to balance hormones.
Tip to Help Reduce The Symptoms of PMS:
Depression and mood swings can be two of the most troublesome symptoms of PMS. Optimizing neurotransmitter levels can elevate your mood during this stressful time. Use St. John’s wort; it has been clinically proven to improve mood and to reduce anxiety. Do not use it if you are taking prescription antidepressants. You can also use the supplement 5HTP, which your brain uses to make the neurotransmitter serotonin. Melatonin can help in cases of insomnia, in addition it can elevate mood. Each of these should be taken with vitamin B6, as it will improve their activity.
Cramps can generally be relieved with an active and highly digestible form of calcium with magnesium. Use either citrate or chelate as they can give you high absorption. The magnesium helps to relax the muscular contractions of the uterus that hormone imbalances can cause. Vitamin E can also be used for muscle cramps.
Water retention can be relieved with a number of natural cleansing herbs such as horsetail, marshmallow, and dandelion.
Cravings for chocolate and other sweet foods are common and one of the most frustrating symptoms, because it can also cause weight gain and increased stress when you are following a healthy meal plan. It is important to keep blood sugar levels stable - use a green food supplement and a protein shake a couple times per day as they often help to eliminate cravings and help to keep blood sugar stable. Chromium optimizes insulin function and can also reduce cravings. The amino acid glutamine reduces cravings and appetite.