Thought I would follow-up yesterday’s post on inositol by talking about spearmint tea. It’s another hot topic in the PCOS community. Not just the PCOS community. As an anti-androgen, it helps the symptoms of PCOS by reducing the amount of testosterone in your body. In one long & enthusiastic thread on the topic, I read about men who used it to slow down beard growth so they didn’t get five o’clock shadow, it also made shaving easier, & a trans woman who used it to help with her hormones & facial hair.
This is for spearmint tea, not peppermint tea. Some people do report using peppermint oil externally to slow body/facial hair growth & improve the hair on your head. Always, always, dilute your peppermint. Never use straight peppermint oil. For the hair, some people put it right in their conditioner or shampoo. I haven’t tried this yet, but I have the peppermint oil for it.
I shall remind you, I am not a health professional. All of this is what I’ve learned from the internet & personal experience.
Check with your doctor, including your psych provider, before starting anything. Don’t die & sue me. I have nothing for you to get.
Regretfully, some of this is from research I did previously but lost the bookmarks for & can’t find again. I think the thread I mentioned above, which was a great thread, was on an about.com page, but since they’ve redesigned the site I can’t find the comments. 😦
Research has shown two cups a day does the trick. It’s generally recommended you don’t drink more than three cups a day. My box of tea even said as much.
So, as an anti-androgen, spearmint tea reduces the testosterone in your body & lessens the growth of excess body & facial hair.
When I started I drank two cups a day & I saw results pretty quickly. In this area, facial hair is my biggest problem. I first noticed it came in slower, then it was softer & there was less of it. That lasted for several weeks. For some reason I stopped drinking it for a few weeks. When I started back I didn’t see the same results. I have no dramatic stories about drinking tea.
From Wal-Mart, I bought Plantation Mint & Mint Medley from Bigelow Teas. At Amazon I ordered Traditional Medicinal’s Organic Spearmint Tea. As far as feeling good about myself as a citizen of Earth, I preferred the TM organic spearmint. On top of being organic, it’s non-GMO, fair trade certified, sourced from a small village in Egypt, & all TM teas are “pharmacopoeial grade herbs“. Can you think of a more smug-worthy tea short of growing your own? Taste-wise, Plantation Mint was my fave. It’s a blend of spearmint & black teas. Also, the TM tea bags were a higher quality. I had fewer problems with holes in bags & broken strings. (Alas, this is just me talking about things I’ve spent money on. No request or compensation for this.)
As far as cost goes, I bought the TM spearmint in bulk at Amazon (six boxes of sixteen bags). Not counting shipping, it averages out to about 22¢ a bag. The two from Wal-Mart were $2.32 a box, twenty bags each, averaging out to about 11¢ each.
They will tell you it tastes good with honey. They lie. I also tried it white sugar & with agave syrup. Nope. Spearmint is naturally sweet though, so they are fine to drink alone. I do enjoy them with a splash of milk, especially the Plantation Mint. I also added a bag of the pure spearmint tea when I made sweet tea. It added sweetness & a hint of mint, so I was able to cut how much sugar I added. (I added one bag to a gallon of tea & then used 1/2c sugar.)
One caveat I must mention. After drinking the spearmint tea — every time — I had ahem loose stools. Don’t drink this on a date or during an important meeting. Not if you’re me, anyway. I have IBS, so my system is prone to such anyway. It wasn’t sickening, mad-dash stuff, but it was something to keep in mind.
I hope this was helpful to someone. Tomorrow I’m going to review an assortment of vitamins & supplements I’ve tried, & that will be it about vitamins & supplements for a while. If you have any questions or would like to me to check out something, you can drop me a comment or email me at my gmail: My Year To Thrive (at) gmail (dot) com — no spaces. I have gotten a few questions, & I’m considering doing a Q&A post in the future. All questions are welcome, I do reply personally to all emails & comments, but sometimes I let my email go longer than I should & it takes a bit to dig things out.