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10 Best Hormone Balancing Teas For Women

Are you struggling with symptoms of a hormonal imbalance? Did you know that there are several hormone balancing teas that may be able to help ease your symptoms?

As a registered dietitian who lives with the hormonal condition PCOS, I’m frequently asked about natural remedies that will support hormonal health. While I’m not saying that your afternoon tea time can cure your ailments, I think that in the right scenario, it can offer a complementary benefit to your other hormone supportive habits.

This blog post will dive into some of my favorite hormone balancing teas, what symptoms they may help, and what the scientific studies actually say.

overhead view of clear tea cups with tea inside. Text overlay states 10 hormone balancing teas.

What Is A Hormone Imbalance?

The term “hormone imbalance” is a rather ambiguous term.That’s because there’s no clear cut definition as to what a hormone imbalance actually means.

There are at least 50 hormones that have been identified in our body. Insulin, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, melatonin, cortisol, leptin, ghrelin, and thyroid stimulating hormone are just a handful of hormone examples in our body. If you have an alteration in just one of these hormone levels, you technically have a hormonal imbalance. 

Hormones ebb and flow on a daily basis. They also adjust throughout different stages of our lives, such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause

If you have any hormonal imbalances, it can present in a variety of symptoms depending on which hormone levels are “off”. Some common symptoms of a hormone imbalance may include weight gain, irregular periods, painful periods, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), breast tenderness, hot flashes, mood swings, hair loss, low libido, low energy levels, or acne. 

Now that we’ve established that, let’s jump into which hormone balancing teas I actually recommend and which symptoms they may help. 

The 10 Best Hormone Balancing Teas For Women

1. Green Tea or Matcha

Green tea is well known for its health benefits. It’s high in a polyphenol and catechin called EGCG. EGCG plays a role as an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties, which can support the entire endocrine system.

Green tea has been shown to be helpful in lowering estrogen levels, which may help those with estrogen dominance or PMS symptoms (1). In those with PCOS, drinking green tea was associated with lower testosterone levels, insulin levels, and weight loss (2).

For menopause, drinking green tea may decrease weight gain and body fat, and reduce the risk of osteoporosis (3). 

Matcha is a powdered form of green tea. These tea bushes are mainly kept in the shade then quickly dried and ground into a fine powder. Compared to green tea, matcha has higher amounts of L-theanine, caffeine, chlorophyll, and catechins. 

Matcha tea can lower blood glucose and insulin levels, which can improve insulin sensitivity. The higher amounts of L-theanine in matcha are known for its stress-reducing capabilities. Studies have found that matcha is associated with lower cortisol levels (cortisol is our stress hormone) and less reported anxiety.

overhead view of a matcha latte in a white tea cup.

2. Ginger Tea

Ginger is commonly known for its ability to soothe an upset stomach. It’s a common go-to when it comes to feeling nauseous or sick. Research also suggests that ginger tea has the ability to reduce the mood swings and physical symptoms of PMS, such as menstrual pain (4, 5).

3. Spearmint Tea

Spearmint tea is a popular beverage in the PCOS community for its anti-androgenic properties. Androgens, such as testosterone, are commonly known as male sex hormones. Women naturally have small amounts of these androgens, along with higher levels of female sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone. With PCOS, high androgen levels are common. 

Spearmint tea can lower testosterone levels in women with PCOS. It can also increase levels of certain female hormones like luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). Two cups of tea was the prescribed amount to drink in the studies that showed beneficial effects. 

4. Marjoram Tea

Marjoram has been used for centuries for its ability to strengthen the nervous system and reduce stress levels and anxiety. Drinking marjoram tea can also lower insulin levels, so it may help to lower insulin resistance.

For those with irregular cycles, marjoram tea can regulate the menstrual cycle and lessen the intensity of menstrual cramps and period pain (6).

5. Cinnamon Tea

This popular spice actually has some health benefits to it! Research has found that cinnamon supplements can lower glucose and insulin levels, which is a good thing for those with insulin resistance. Cinnamon supplements can also lead to more regular menstrual cycles and ovulation rates. 

Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help with overall hormonal balance.

It’s important to note though that this favorable research was done using cinnamon supplements, not cinnamon tea. But that doesn’t mean that sipping on cinnamon tea or adding cinnamon to your smoothies or overnight oats can’t yield some benefits. 

infographic listing the 10 best hormone balancing teas.

6. Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Pregnancy and postpartum is perhaps the most popular time period for someone to drink this herbal tea. Red raspberry leaf tea is touted for its ability to strengthen uterine contractions, ripen the cervix, and decrease labor times, however, scientific studies haven’t been able to quite prove this yet. Red raspberry leaf tea can also boost prolactin levels, which increases breast milk supply.

Even if you’re not pregnant, this tea can relax the uterine muscles, which can help with menstrual cramps and PMS symptoms (7). 

7. Red Clover Tea

Red clover is a good source of isoflavones, which are plant based compounds that mimic the effects of estrogen on a much smaller scale. Isoflavones are also present in foods like chickpeas and soybeans. They’re known for their protective effects against certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and menopausal symptoms (8).

A recent systematic review found that red clover significantly reduced the daily frequency of hot flashes and menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women.

8. Black Cohosh 

Black cohosh root has been historically used to alleviate symptoms of PMS, menstrual cramps, and menopause. 

While studies show conflicting results, a few studies have found that black cohosh may be effective for increasing libido and reducing hot flashes in menopause (9).

9. Chamomile 

Chamomile tea has long been regarded for its ability to reduce stress and promote sleepiness. Research has shown that this popular tea may also improve hormone levels. Chamomile tea has the ability to lower cortisol levels and glucose levels (10, 11). It can also be helpful for treating symptoms of PMS.

10. Chasteberry (Vitex)

Chasteberry is the fruit of the Vitex agnus tree. In supplement form, it’s commonly referred to as Vitex. Some research has found favorable results for its ability to improve certain hormone levels. 

For example, chasteberry tea may be helpful in lowering prolactin levels, which can often contribute to PMS symptoms such as breast tenderness. It may also increase luteinizing hormone and progesterone levels, which can promote menstrual regularity and improve fertility outcomes (12). 

clear tea cup with chamomile tea inside.

Other Ways To Balance Your Hormones

Of course, the internet is flooded with info on teas and supplements to help balance your hormones. These types of products may help but they’re probably not going to do much if you don’t have other hormone supportive habits in place. 

In addition to teas or supplements, you should also have these foundations in place: 

  • Movement. Moving your body, or exercise, is essential for overall health and well being. It doesn’t have to be high intensity either. Low impact forms of movement like walking, yoga, and pilates are all great ways to improve your hormone balance.
  • Sleep. In today’s fast paced world, we often put sleep on the back burner to get everything on our to-do list done. But it’s not doing you any favors in the long run. Getting enough sleep each night will play a vital role in helping your hormones thrive. 
  • Stress Management. I cannot stress this one enough…pun intended. Small amounts of stress at times are normal, but chronic stress can wreak havoc on hormones and overall health. Finding ways to manage your stress levels on a routine basis is imperative.

For some self-care tips, check out this post: Self-Care: 10 Natural Ways To Manage Your Health.

The Bottom Line

Tea is one of the most popular beverages consumed worldwide. It has been consumed for centuries as a natural way to treat a wide variety of ailments. 

Certain herbal teas may be beneficial for their ability to help balance hormones. Although, if you do not have supportive habits in place, such as a healthy diet and lifestyle changes, teas likely aren’t going to do a ton of good. 

Disclaimer: this is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to substitute for or replace professional medical advice for PCOS or any medical condition. Always discuss your health concerns with your healthcare provider.

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