4 ways to treat your PMS symptoms naturally

4 ways to treat your PMS symptoms naturally

Did you know that there are other methods to treat premenstrual syndrome (PMS) besides taking medicine over the counter? There is an abundance of natural remedies that help alleviate the various symptoms women feel during this uncomfortable time in their lives. There are many common symptoms, such as acne, tender breasts, bloating, exhaustion, irritability, and mood changes.


Here are 4 all-natural herbal remedies to help you through PMS:


Don quai can be used to treat headaches, cramping, mood swings, water retention, and even the back pain women get that is associated with PMS. Another name for Don quai is Chinese Angelica and has been used traditionally in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean medicine practices.This herb has even been used to help women recover from childbirth. You can make this as a tea or even purchase a liquid form to add into your beverages.


Chaste Tree Berry is the second most recommended remedy for PMS symptoms, such as mood swings, acne, headaches, anger, depressed mood, and even tender and sore breasts. Katrina Schmell, a nurse practitioner at the University of Colorado Hospital explains Chaste Tree Berry in more detail, “the awesomely named chasteberry may stimulate your endocrine system to produce Beat PMS’s heinous hallmarks! more natural progesterone, which may cut your bloating, irritability, and achy-boob symptoms in half.” On average, it takes about three period cycles before you start feeling the effects of this herb.


Maca has been used for hundreds of years by women to help alleviate irritability, food cravings (usually for sweets or chocolate or dairy products), headaches, breast tenderness, abdominal bloating, and weight gain. Maca targets the hormonal imbalance in our bodies while suffering from PMS. Most women notice a change after one period cycle and suggest that their symptoms are even less after each period.  


Chamomile is the last herb, and an easily accessible one. You can make a homemade chamomile tea with loose leaves to help treat cramps, mood swings, bloating, and even water retention. The properties of chamomile tea helps relieve muscle spasms, which is exactly what cramps are.


With a combination of these all natural herbal PMS remedies, you could have a relatively gentle period over the next few months.


Which herbal remedy are you going to use for your next period? Let’s talk here, or find me on Instagram @Become_Bright_Within

Jennifer Bauder

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  • Kim Ross02. May, 2016

    Hi Jennifer…Thanks for sharing these tips! I do agree with them, but wanted to point out an important aspect of maca. I use this routinely in clinical practice but it is important that women are using the RIGHT phenotype of maca. There are actually 13 phenotypes of maca, some providing benefits to male hormonal health and others proving the benefits to women’s hormonal health that you mentioned. I have found that women who use the improper form of maca can actually make symptoms worse! Check out the clinical research on Maca-GO (to date this is the only maca to clinically show improvements on women’s hormone levels!)

    • Jennifer Al’lynn02. May, 2016

      Wow Kim, thank you for sharing this with us. I will have to check out some of those studies, perhaps I will write a follow up article on this! I was planning on purchasing some for myself, so this is really good to know prior. What else do you use maca for in your practice?

      • Kim Ross02. May, 2016

        I use it for ALL hormonal related concerns since it really works on the HPA axis when you are using the proper phenotype. So anyone with thyroid and adrenal concerns, reproductive hormonal concerns (fertility, PCOS, menopause, peri-meno,etc), insulin regulation. It really is a staple to everyone I personally see in practice (since most women coming to see me have some hormonal concerns!) Check out the studies and feel free to contact me. (I can’t seem to find a direct email for you!)

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