Herbs and tea have been a part of holistic medicine for centuries, and with good reason. They hold a ton of health benefits with far less negative side effects than prescriptions and other medications. That’s why we’re big fans of tea around here!
Spearmint tea is one of my favorite natural remedies for some of my polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) symptoms. Not only does it taste minty fresh, but it also has tons of PCOS-fighting properties (which we’ll get into next!).
Of course, spearmint tea isn’t an overnight solution to your PCOS symptoms, but it’s a great companion to your natural healing journey. So, today, I’m dedicating this post to spearmint tea and how it can help you with PCOS hormone imbalance. Here’s the tea:
Spearmint Tea For PCOS
There are several beneficial teas for women with PCOS, but spearmint tea probably holds the MOST benefits. Studies show that spearmint tea has a significant anti-androgenic effect, which means it helps lower and regulate testosterone levels in females.
This is a big deal because high androgen levels are responsible for quite a few PCOS symptoms, including acne, unwanted hair growth, male pattern baldness, mood swings, infertility, irregular periods, and even high blood sugar. Spearmint can support weight loss goals too!
While lowering testosterone, research finds that spearmint tea also increases the luteinizing hormone levels (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone levels (FSH) in the body. These hormones regulate the menstrual cycle, improve regular sexual function, and even increase fertility!
Try drinking spearmint tea twice a day and track your symptom improvements to see how this herbal tea may help you.
Below, I have listed all the potential benefits of spearmint tea:
Benefits Of Spearmint Tea For PCOS
- Lowers blood sugar levels
- Regulates menstrual cycle
- Decreases unwanted hair growth
- Improves hair loss
- Reduces acne
- Betters focus
How To Drink Spearmint Tea For PCOS
Drink it hot.
Probably the simplest way to drink spearmint tea for PCOS is to brew it and drink it hot! Simply boil water over the stove or use an electric kettle with temperature control to get the perfect temp for steeping. (The best for herbal teas is between 208˚ – 212˚F.)
Keep your tea infuser in your mug for 3-5 minutes and then remove it. Leaving it in there longer will make the tea stronger, but eventually make it bitter, so make sure you don’t leave it in the entire time you’re drinking your tea. If you don’t love the flavor, try adding some lemon. (If brewing sounds intimidating, try Pique teas! Their tea is amazing because it’s cold pressed, and triple toxin screened for purity. No plastic tea bag necessary!
Drink it cold.
If hot beverages aren’t your favorite, try iced tea! Steep the tea the same way (yes, steep it hot), and then pour the finished tea over a pitcher or glass of ice. Then, enjoy!
Add it to a smoothie.
Tea is something you can add to smoothies too. This is a great way to mask the base tea flavor, but enhance the health benefits and taste of your morning smoothie. Spearmint tea tastes especially delicious in a smoothie that contains coconut milk, a little strawberry and mango, and protein powder!
After you’ve made your hot tea, let it cool a bit, and then pour it into popsicle molds (or ice cube trays) with fresh fruit, mint leaves and lemon juice. In a few hours, you’ll have a tasty summer treat that can help you combat PCOS symptoms! Want to take it up a notch and curb your cravings? Add a serving of Ovasitol in each popsicle mold!
Add fresh fruit.
Lastly, adding fresh fruit to your tea can help enhance the flavors and make it more palatable while you’re still getting used to the flavor. Use this list of PCOS-friendly fruits as a guide. A few good options would be oranges, kiwi, grapefruit, strawberries, papayas, and pomegranates.
Best Spearmint Tea For PCOS
This is my top tea brand for any kind of tea! Pique doesn’t use tea bags, which I appreciate since modern research shows that plastic tea bags are full of toxins. However, Pique also isn’t loose-leaf, which can be tedious and require more steps/tools than you want for your one or two cups a day.
Instead of making loose-leaf tea, Pique uses a unique crystallization process that allows you to simply pour the tea “crystals” into the water and dissolve it. No steeping is required! The crystallization method also doesn’t compromise the flavor or health benefits.
Pique is triple-screened for toxins, so you know you’re getting the best of the best. You’ll also love that Pique is caffeine-free, which is essential for managing stress hormones. All-in-all, I highly recommend checking out Pique Tea.
Full Leaf Tea is another quality brand where you can get spearmint tea. This is a loose-leaf option, so you’ll need to measure out the right amount of leaves, add it to a reusable tea infuser (avoid plastic), put it in your cup, and pour hot water over it to steep. When you’re done, discard the used leaves and wash your infuser.
Again, this option is caffeine-free and made of only the highest quality ingredients. It’s organic, vegan, and GMO-free. And, of course, Full Leaf Tea Co. is sustainable since they don’t use individual tea bags and the sleeve your tea comes in is recyclable.
This one is a loose-leaf blend of organic peppermint and spearmint tea. There are also benefits of peppermint tea, including potential improvements in gut health, energy, sleep, focus, weight loss, and immunity. So, this tea is a helpful two-for-one! Art of Tea products are harvested and created in the U.S. and they have been a favorite organic tea brand for years.
I thought I would include one pre-bagged option. Though I don’t recommend tea bags, I understand people need different price points and convenience levels. This spearmint tea is still organic, caffeine-free, and features great flavors. 16 bags come in each package at a very affordable price. They even have brewing instructions on the back to make things even easier!
At the end of the day, if you can’t get used to the taste of tea, consider adding a spearmint supplement to your diet. This supplement from Wholesome Story is affordable, vegetarian, made in the USA, third-party tested, and vegan.
If you enjoy it and feel improvements, you can use Wholesome Story’s subscribe & save option that automatically ships your regular 30-day supply at a discount. It’s a great option but consult with your doctor before starting any new supplements. (You can find more natural supplements for PCOS here.)
Spearmint tea holds a lot of PCOS-fighting benefits!
Though there is no cure for PCOS, there are lots of natural ways we can reverse our polycystic ovary syndrome and heal from our symptoms—and diet is a big part of that. I recommend an anti-inflammatory, gluten and dairy-free diet, which you can follow in The Cysterhood App. I’ve got tons of recipes and all the information you need to get your life back on track. Make a cup of spearmint tea and let’s get into it!