Who runs the world? Girls!
Beyonce’s female anthem is the way today’s world works. But women often allow their health to take a backseat when it comes to chasing career dreams, or running households. This has led to a rise in hormonal imbalance related illnesses, starting from obesity, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, PCOS, endometriosis and sometimes even infertility.
A healthy lifestyle is always a must to keep yourself fit. At least an hour or more of exercise, and of course, good eating habits. Time is always a constraint, and that’s where tea helps. Just replace your soda or coffee with a herbal tea blend and you’re already helping your body cope better. Right from the time of Ayurveda in ancient India, a hot potion made of herbs and botanicals was consumed for healing. In the current day, tea is no different. “Tea” is not always just “chai”. At Ausum, we take a deep dive into these botanicals to recreate some of these potions that your grandma used to make, but in a fun, enjoyable way. So a lot of the blends are herbal infusions - which means they have no tea leaves in them. We just combine well-known taste and flavour along with botanicals to bring out the best of qualities in a tea mug.
Here are some of our hormone balancing drinks:
This is the new “trending” tea, and the first botanical we recommend for hormonal balance. Rooibos is a native of South Africa and gets its name from a Red Bush which has needle-like leaves. These are dried and consumed widely as a caffeine-free tisane. Rooibos contains polyphenols that have anti-inflammatory and antiviral qualities that help with fighting colds and flu, and other diseases. In addition, Rooibos polyphenols, such as aspalathin, helps to control the production of the stress hormone, called cortisol, known to cause hormonal disturbances. Colder weather may increase blood pressure as the blood vessels tense up. Rooibos tea is known as a ‘bronchodilator’, which not only relieves respiratory conditions but may also reduce high blood pressure. It works in a similar fashion to ACE inhibitors and helps blood vessels to relax and widen, making it easier for blood to flow through. For our Indian palates, we have doubled up Rooibos with clove and cinnamon to make a nice warm tasting chai. Combining the foods that balance hormones in females, we bring wellness to you in a cup!
Hibiscus and Nettle
Hibiscus (the red variety) has been used for decades in Ayurveda. Drinking hibiscus tea can help alleviate menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes. Its potency and ability to balance excess heat in the blood make hibiscus a natural remedy for hormone balance, especially during menopause. Given its healing properties, hibiscus is one of the best natural remedies for hormonal imbalance in females and issues associated with it, like pimples. It's great for the heart and helps to reduce stress.
The next blend on the list of hormone balancing drinks is the good old green tea. At Ausum, we use a long leaf green tea which is handmade in Darjeeling and Assam. It doesn't have the bitter aftertaste that is normally seen in most varieties. Green tea contains theanine, a compound that reduces the release of cortisol (a stress hormone, remember?). It also has antioxidants that reduce inflammation and lower the risk of disease. We recommend a cup of this daily to help improve metabolism, boost your brain health and keep you active.
Winter in a Mug
Did you know that apples help in fighting inflammation and help with hormonal imbalances? Apples are rich in quercetin, an antioxidant that reduces inflammation. Research shows that apples fight high blood pressure, reduce the risk of cancer, fight viral infections and much more. It’s no wonder that the saying about keeping the doctor away was created for this fruit! Apples are also the perfect fruit for weight loss since they're nutrient-dense, low in calories and rich in fibre. A lot of our fruit infusions use apples as a base. Winter in a Mug and Spanish Sangria are two fruit-based infusions that contain apples and are also crowd favourites. A much-loved fruit that we get fresh to our facility, chop and dehydrate in-house to give you a naturally sweet-tasting tea.
Beyond our blends
Outside of these blends, a host of natural products such as Spinach, Avocado, Blueberries, flax seeds and broccoli are foods that balance hormones in females. Lavender and other essential oils such as Rose have aromatherapy properties which again play a huge hand in keeping the balance. These essential oils have estrogen-mimicking properties that are helpful for women.
Though these blends serve as natural remedies for hormonal imbalance in females, they don’t do the entire job by themselves.
Also, don’t forget that drinking these teas is not are not only can only assist in hormonal balance and not do the job entirely. A healthy diet and adequate exercise are essential to keep yourself fit and active, and simultaneously keep those hormones in check.