While it’s known by several different names (monk’s pepper, “the women’s herb”, vitex) the best we came across, by far, was the “herb for female complaints”. The name says it all. Sister stealing your clothes? Chasteberry. Boy drama? Chasteberry. PMS? Chasteberry. Ok, so the first two were a joke...but when it comes to treating symptoms of PMS, chasteberry means serious business. Take for instance this study published in the Journal of Women’s Health & Gender-Based Medicine, during which 1,634 patients suffering from PMS were treated with chasteberry extract. After three menstrual cycles, 93% of the women reported a decrease in symptoms including depression, anxiety, cravings, and mastodynia/mastalgia. Masto-what? Allow us to explain. Mastodynia and mastalgia are both fancy words for breast pain. Ever notice how your boobs tend to swell up and get *insanely* sore just before your period hits? That’s mastodynia. Chasteberry reduces that pain by suppressing the hormones that cause it. *[READ MORE]

Dong Quai

If we’re being scientific, dong quai’s official name is Angelica sinensis, but it’s also commonly referred to as “female ginseng.” The herb hails from the same plant family as carrots, parsley, dill and celery, and is harvested from way up in the mountains of China, Japan and Korea. PMS symptoms so bad they’re worth trekking up a mountain to find relief? We get it. So what makes dong quai worth the trip? Long story short, it kills cramps. Long story long, research shows that the pharmacological effects of dong quai include the ability to relax smooth muscle within the uterus. Dong quai also contains ferulic acid, a natural anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory that can help to further relieve PMS symptoms like bloating and muscle pain. Less cramps = less feeling like an energy-zapped zombie when that time of the month rolls around. And that’s not even the best part. Further evidence shows that dong quai begins working its magic after just 30 minutes. *[READ MORE]

Vitamin B6

Also known as pyridoxine, vitamin B6 is a form of vitamin B that’s found naturally, in foods like grass-fed beef, pistachios, and yep, you guessed...avocados. Aside from contributing to more generalized health issues like your metabolism, and brain health, one of the fringe benefits of B6 is its ability to relieve many PMS symptoms, simultaneously. Take for instance this study, in which a group of 160 women with PMS were randomly assigned to two groups; half were given a placebo, and the other half were given B6. The B6 group saw a significant decrease in a myriad of symptoms, including moodiness, irritability, unreasonable crying, increased appetite, bloating, breast tenderness and...wait for it...candy craving. *[READ MORE]

Lemon Balm

When life gives you lemon balm, make PMS gummy vitamins.” In 2015, one study found lemon balm to be effective at reducing the intensity of PMS cramps among a group of 100 high school students. A separate study conducted in 2014 researched the anti-stress effects of lemon balm; those participants who were given lemon balm reported improvements in mood and cognitive performance. Not sure about you, but when that time of the month rolls around we want all the mood boosting benefits we can get.* In addition to helping with cramps and mood, lemon balm can also be used to help with pain and bloating, as well as other uh, *digestive issues*; this 2015 study found lemon balm leaf extract be an effective treatment against constipation. While not one of the most talked about symptoms, weird stomach stuff does happen with PMS. We just feel fortunate that we’ve found lemon balm to help. *[READ MORE]