2 Teas that Ease Menopause Symptoms
We all want simple, natural solutions to ease our menopause symptoms; could it really be as easy as sipping on a cup of tea?
If you are suffering from symptoms such as hot flushes, heavy or irregular periods, or mood swings, you are probably open to doing whatever you can to ease the symptoms and get on with life. At a time when weird and wonderful things are going on inside your body, and you are finding you are more sensitive to all manner of medications, foods, and emotions…. the last thing you really want to add to the mix is anything unnatural (with unknown side effects).
So how fabulous that you can make yourself some soothing tea that will target menopause symptoms and make your day a little easier.
Sage leaf tea to ease hot flushes
Sage Leaf tea benefits hot flushes, reducing the regularity and extent of your flushes when drunk regularly. I’ve used this tea at times when the flushes are annoying me and impacting my day. In summer, I’ll drink it as a cold tea, making up a large jug of it and keeping it on hand in the fridge. It has a noticeable effect almost immediately for me, eliminating the flushes almost completely in a relatively short time.
Note that I have also noticed that dairy is an enabler of the flushes, so you might want to cut back on that at the same time.
Fennel seed tea for regulating menstruation (and probably mood as well)
Fennel Seed tea contains a compound that acts like a mild form of the female hormone estrogen. Meaning it can assist to regulate menstruation and can relieve menopause symptoms. I wish I had known this when I was suffering from heavy (flooding) periods that surprised me at the most unexpected and inconvenient moments after fertility treatment in my 30s. The anxiety something like this can cause takes a tool, and taking chemically manufactured tablets that reduced the bleeding didn’t sit well with me (considering I was already experiencing some not so great side effects of having taken fertility drugs for a number of years).
How to make sage leaf and fennel seed teas for menopause relief
If you would like to try a simple, natural symptom relief tea… that you can easily make at home…. and that’s not going to do you any harm with regards to the precarious balance going on in your mid-life body, then here’s how:
Sage Leaf tea – buy sage leaves at your supermarket or green grocer. Steep a handful of leaves in hot water and drink, or leave to steep longer and drink when cooler. You can utilise the same leaves for more than one cup of tea.
Alternatively, make up a jug with sage leaves, lemon slices and filtered water…. leave in the fridge and sip on it all day long.
You can of course consume your sage leaves in other ways – top baked egg dishes such as frittata with sage leaves, slice and add to salads, add to scrambled eggs.
Fennel Seed tea – crush some fennel seeds in a pestle and mortar, or smash in a plastic bag using a rolling pin. Place in a pan with water and bring to the boil, then let steep at a simmer for 15 minutes. Strain and drink.
Or get your fennel seeds in other ways – lightly toast some seeds in a pan until they darken up. Use on salads, or to top oats or cereal, or add to homemade breads (check out The Me in Menopause Instagram account for a spelt flour, chia and Matcha homemade bread with fennel and coriander seeds, poppy seeds, ginger and cardamom).
Special Note – the benefits of Fennel seeds for weight loss
Fennel seeds, coriander seeds, ginger, cardamom pods, and cinnamon can assist with weight loss when eaten together. I like to make a simple stir fry mince (turkey or beef) dish, adding all of the above seeds and spices, as well as sliced Chinese cabbage and sultanas. It’s a great weekly staple that can go a long way; in lettuce wraps, or with a poached egg on top, for example.