Chaste berry / vitex

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? Chaste berry. Boy drama? Chaste berry. PMS? Chaste berry.

Ok, so the first two were a joke...but when it comes to treating symptoms of PMS, chaste berry means serious business.

Traditionally used to help alleviate

  • Hormonal acne

  • Mood Swings

  • Breast tenderness

Research suggests that chaste berry extract may help clear premenstrual acne, all thanks to its ability to balance hormones. The valleys and peaks of hormones throughout your cycle cause increased oil production, inflammation and closed-off pores, creating the perfect environment for those pesky PMS blemishes. Chaste berry helps you stay ahead of premenstrual breakouts by telling your hormones to chill out.

Further studies have found that chaste berry extract is superior to a placebo in terms of its efficacy in reducing the mood swings and breast tenderness that come with PMS. Take for instance a 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. Chaste berry reduces that pain by suppressing the hormones that cause it.

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.

Traditionally used to help alleviate

  • Cramps

  • Bloating

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.

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.

Traditionally used to help alleviate

  • Mood Swings

  • craving

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.

Lemon balm

When life gives you lemon balm, make PMS gummy vitamins. Despite its name, lemon balm is not derived from lemons. It’s more closely related to herbs like basil and mint, but gets the name from its mildly lemon-scented leaves. Lemon balm has been used medicinally for over 2000 years. Ancient Greek botanist Theophrastus wrote about lemon balm around 300 B.C., Swiss physician Paracelsus deemed it the “elixir of life”, and Thomas Jefferson grew the herb in his personal garden. These guys were onto something, and we can only hope they thought to share some with their lady friends because this stuff can be a great remedy against PMS.

Traditionally used to help alleviate

  • Cramps

  • Digestion

  • Stress

A 2015 study found lemon balm to be effective at reducing the intensity of PMS cramps among a group of 100 participants. 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 stress, lemon balm can also be used to help with pain and bloating, as well as other uh, *digestive issues*. 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.

Inactive ingredients

Organic Tapioca Syrup, Raw Cane Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Pectin, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Vegetable Juice (Color), Titanium Dioxide (Color), Coconut Oil, Carnauba Wax, Beta Carotene (Color)