After four years with an IUD (aka: Inter-Uterine Device, has the purpose of contraception) and basically no periods, about a month ago, I had it removed. I was more than ready to get my body back on the natural, purging and cleansing path. To my surprise the experience wasn’t bad. I can do a separate post all about my experience with IUD insertion and removal if there is interest, so comment below.

Anyway, for some reason, in my mind I thought I’d be opening the floodgates of horror (literally… LOL). However, it was more like a draught, followed by a steady stream with occasional rough currents. LOL. That being said, my body’s reproductive and endocrine systems then went into working over time to try to re-balance my cycle, and I felt it. It was more intermittent cramps than anything, and some emotional ups and downs, and some days were worse than others.

This wholesome herb is high in magnesium, potassium, iron and the B vitamins. These are all nutrients that you can be depleted of during your cycle making it a perfect remedy for PMS.

I’ve been doing my best to provide my body with nutrients, like magnesium, calcium, iron, B vitamins, that will help ease the pain, give me relief and replenishment and assist with regulation of my hormones so I can re-gain a regular cycle. I’m also limiting my sugar, coffee and alcohol consumption, as these interfere with hormonal balance. Today I want to talk about an item I have increased my consumption of and that is forever in my women’s health remedies tool kit. That is red raspberry leaf tea. Red raspberry leaf is an excellent herb for women’s health that I have found to be very effective for me in this time of need.

Red raspberry leaf assists with strengthening the uterus and pelvic muscles, therefore, is suggested in the third trimester, in preparation for conceiving. If your pregnant, consult a holistic health care practitioner overseeing your care before you start consuming red raspberry leaf. This forever giving leaf is also high in our immunity vitamin: Vitamin C, and has been used in the treatment of cancer sores.

As the name implies, red raspberry leaf comes from the raspberry plant. This wholesome herb is high in magnesium, potassium, iron and the B vitamins. These are all nutrients that you can be depleted of during your cycle making it a perfect remedy for PMS. It helps in relief of cramps, nausea and assists with sleep disturbance. Cramping and nausea are some of my symptoms, so I have been having it preventatively (before my symptoms arise) and have had success. It is well known for it’s use in pregnancy, but can be used in all women’s health stages.

You can drink it as a tea, which is what I do daily. I stick to one cup and that seems to do the trick This is the loose leaf tea I like. I also like this one, which I find is accessible in most big box stores as well, Another option is to take it as a tincture.

 

Comment below if you have any more questions regarding women’s health, PMS or the IUD! I’m happy to cover the topic in a future post.