PMS F*CKING SUCKS.
FLO is what happened when we decided we wouldn’t take PMS lying down (in bed, heating pads on our abdomens and carbs in-hand) any longer.
*THESE GUMMIES MAKE IT SUCK LESS.
CHASTEBERRY / VITEX
A small-yet-mighty berry that’s been shown to decrease symptoms of PMS in up to 93% of women. One study concluded that chaste berry extract eases premenstrual mastodynia (AKA pre period boob pain). 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.*
Dong Quai is an antispasmodic (which is a fancy way of saying it relieves cramps), balances estrogen levels, and supports your nervous system to ease anxiety and boost energy. 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.*
Vitamin B6 has been shown to reduce a broad range of PMS symptoms, but one of the more notable ones is premenstrual depression. “Sorry for what I said when I was PMSing” becomes a thing of the past. Any woman who’s ever experienced PMS (that’d be >90% of us, BTW) knows that it rarely feels like just one thing. Just sad? We wish it was that easy. More often than not, it’s a jumbled up combination of a lot of hard-to-describe symptoms. And it’s in those cases, when you’re up against a ton of “can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on-it” feelings, that your boy vitamin B6 has your back.*