PMT and PMS
Pre menstrual tension can occur within one to two weeks before menstruation and tends to be caused by a hormonal imbalance where oestrogen levels are high, and progesterone levels low. This imbalance causes symptoms such as irritability, mild depression and weepiness, breast tenderness, acne, weight gain, and sugar cravings.
• Milk thistle protects and regenerates the liver so that it can efficiently excrete excess oestrogens from the body. The liver needs to be as healthy as possible in order for this to happen.
• Evening primrose oil can help to relieve premenstrual symptoms such as tender breasts.
• Magnesium is a muscle relaxant, helping to reduce muscle cramping, and promotes a relaxed disposition.
• Valerian is very calming for the nervous system, so is useful if pre-menstrual syndrome is accompanied by anxiety.
• Chaste tree helps to rebalance hormones, raising progesterone and lowering oestrogen, and is a good all-round re-balancer for pre menstrual syndrome. Chaste tree cannot be taken alongside the contraceptive pill.
• B Vitamin complex helps the body to cope with stress, supporting balanced moods and energy levels.
• Vitamin B6 is needed for healthy neurotransmitter production such as serotonin, improving mood.
Other tips and hints:
• Add brassica vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, kale, and brussels sprouts to the diet, as they help to improve the health of the liver.
• Exercise regularly, as it encourages the production of endorphins in the body, improving mood and general wellbeing.
• Relaxation and stress relief is important for those who suffer from premenstrual syndrome.
• Lavender essential oil can be rubbed on the stomach for relief of cramps. It is calming and has an analgesic effect.
• Place a heated wheat cushion on the area for relieving cramps.