Get your vitality back...
Due for a detox? Try birch
No wonder the Finns like to drink birch tea while they sauna — the flavonoids in birch leaves activate the kidneys to encourage the elimination processes.
If you’re feeling a bit puffy, flabby and energy-poor, birch could help bring back vitality. Try making birch tea (1 tsp to a mug of water) or drinking birch juice in water two to three times a day for three to six weeks to gently cleanse your system.
Hot flushes? Try calming sage
It has to be the herb of choice for those pesky menopause symptoms that wear you out. Clinical trials have shown that sage, along with liquorice root and anise, all decrease the frequency of and severity of hot flushes, while camomile and rose help with the stress and insomnia side of things.
Try these calming beverages: » Sage tea is easy to make as a DIY menopause tea. Just use 1 tsp dried sage in a small teapot, pour on boiling water and leave for 3-4 minutes to brew. Simple and tastes good.
» Add 5ml sage tincture to water or camomile tea and take three times a day. Even easier!
Need more clout? make a herbal tea or tincture
Mix equal parts of dried sage, green tea, rose petals and red clover then brew as above. Or mix equal parts of tinctures of sage, liquorice, red clover, cleavers and rose then drink three times a day.
PMS twinges? Then go for cramp bark
Aptly named cramp bark is used in muscle-relaxing remedies. Combine equal amounts of cramp bark, raspberry leaf and wild yam tinctures and take 2-5ml in a little water three times daily.
» Massage often helps too. Try adding a few drops of clary sage and jasmine essential oils to a little base oil and massage over your tum.