How I Treated My PCOS and Hormonal Acne with Spearmint Tea

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One in every 10 women in India suffers from PCOS. I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2008. The usual symptoms – acne, hirsutism, missed periods etc. But, I was not overweight, which is perhaps the most common symptom. I was put on a lot of allopathic medicines – metformin, estradiol tablets etc. The hormones artificially induce bleeding every 21st day. I had had enough! I switched to homeopathy. Homeopathy was good. It cured the underlying causes instead of the symptoms. Over a year, I slowly started getting regular periods and my condition improved. I took an ultrasound scan to confirm that PCOS had gone. Yay! But, then in 2011 I started missing my cycles. I took a scan to find that it was PCOS again. Sigh!

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I did my bit of research to discover the horrid fact that PCOS can be treated, but not completely cured. So, did that mean I had to keep popping pills for the rest of my life? I was very dispirited. I started searching all online forums and sites created to help women with PCOS. I was on the lookout for natural remedies because I did not want to continue relying on medicines. I came across many options – fenugreek, saw palmetto, chaste tree, milk thistle, licorice etc. I dug deep into each one of them. Most of them had side effects like putting on weight, external estrogen etc.

 

The safest of them all was Spearmint– it is dried mint leaves, after all! (Not to be confused with pudina which is peppermint). Spearmint is produced in India and so I thought “Nice, easily available!”. But no – there were no spearmint tea sellers in India. How very sad! I had to get tea imported from some country which imports tea from India. Oh, the irony!

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I ordered my tea bags from UK.  There are other brands, but they offer a blend of spearmint with green tea or jasmine tea. This is 100% dried spearmint leaves. It is also caffeine free.  There is also another brand which offers 100% spearmint. I am going to try this the next time. If you can grow spearmint in your garden, that would be the best thing.

My Drinking Pattern:

1. I dip a tea bag in a cup of water that has a temperature of about 80 degree Celsius.

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2. Everywhere it is asked to steep tea bags for about 5 minutes (that is only so that it doesn’t become too strong and unbearable to drink), but I keep mine for an hour or so that all the goodness is extracted. It tastes very minty, that’s all.

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3. I repeat this twice a day after breakfast and lunch.

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What Spearmint Tea Does:

Spearmint tea basically helps by controlling following hormones:

• Free Testosterone, the hormone responsible for acne and hirsutism is reduced by about 30%.

• Luteinising Hormone (LH), the hormone responsible for triggering ovulation when it surges mid-cycle is increased by around 30%.

• Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), the hormone responsible for the proper maturation of ovarian follicles was increased by around 15%.

Results:

About 2-3 months after I started taking this tea:

  • I got my periods which had stopped completely prior to this. From then on, I have menstruated every month. I take no other medicines or supplements other than this.
  • As an added benefit, my acne too has cleared up so much! I can actually notice a difference if I stop taking the tea (I once had to, because the shipping was delayed).

I have been drinking spearmint tea for over an year now. This is one of the best things to have happened to a woman like me, who suffers from PCOS!

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How I Treated My PCOS and Hormonal Acne with Spearmint Tea Overall rating: 3.6 out of 5 based on 3 reviews.

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Hi, you've got it wrong, spearmint is pudina and peppermint is pudina too I used google translate to check what it meant its the same thing so whether it says spearmint tea or peppermint tea they are one of the same things. I have the same tea bags as shown on the images but at the back it says Palanquin Spearmint herbal tea us made from ..... in contrast to peppermint. So what is it actually ? Any help would be appreciated.

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Thank you for posting your personal story. I've just been told i have pcos and after a meltdown ive done tonnes of research into natural cures. A lot of article give the thumbs up to spearmint tea. I too found it hard gettinh this tea ! Thanks again i feel a bit happier

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This is the first thing that popped up when I googled it. I guess the author was right. They are not the same thing. . . Most people have “mint confusion” and lump the two together, but there are some marked differences. Different species: Spearmint is Mentha spicata while peppermint is Mentha piperita. I NEVER post but I honestly don't think she deserved the one start and comment from the prior post. Thank you for taking the time to write this. I found it very helpful.
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59 thoughts on “How I Treated My PCOS and Hormonal Acne with Spearmint Tea

  1. I suffer from PCOD and this post is so useful for me Anjana 🙂 I want to try spearmint tea as soon as possible. but i wanna grow my own spearmint, how should i go about it? I had not put on weight before pregnancy, I weighed not more than 60, but it’s after pregnancy, that I bloated up 😛

    1. Even I have PCOS and I hate it! I weight around 53 kgs and I went to a very reputed Endo and he put me on an OCP and it made me gain so much weight and I still have not been able to lose it! I too wanna try this tea, and have searched for it everywhere, but just can’t seem to find it. It would be great if you could do a post on how to grow it at home. 🙂

    2. I haven’t tried growing it yet. I always buy and stock cartons of tea bags. If you can find spearmint seeds, then that’s a better option than buying tea bags.

      1. @Anjana… Hi first of thanks a loooot for sharing such personal experience gonna b helpful and informative for many. Thanks alot.. It’s commendable. I m sailing in same boat vd pcos…. Frm mny years back. Having regular periods frm begging and now skin is improving enough vd time but facial hairs r there and hair thinning too. But Pcos has drastically effected my ovarian health…… Egg formation nd thn ovulation, al hv gt disturbed. Need some help for that…… Plz.
        Plz suggest which spearmint tea brand to order?????

    3. Hi, Jomol you can find spearmint seeds available on line… in less than 150 INR… Or if you want its tea in India you can find it at Indiamart.com. 🙂

      1. Hi Sheetal,

        I tried Indiamart.com for spearmint seeds but could not find anything relevant.. do mind sharing the link.
        Also have u used it urself and find it beneficial ? I have PCOS and I am overweight but I have tried reducing it but no help.. I have facial hair and have regular periods but don’t have proper flow..

        Any advice would be helpful..

        Thanks in Advance..!!

        1. If you do not have proper flow, you should see the doctor before attempting any self-medication. You can ask your doctor whether you want to be treated with medicines or with alternate therapy.
          I was diagnosed with PCOS and my doctor told me it’s tougher treating PCOS in people who are skinny. In overweight people, most people are told to lose weight and they find great relief. You mentioned you are overweight. Did you try gym and a proper diet together? For how long? If you fell you didn’t put in enough effort in losing weight, you really should try again!

  2. such a refreshing and informative post Anjana! super thankful to u!
    I am fortunate to not have this issue and have a baby very early in life but this would help a lot of my frends

  3. I haven’t tried growing it yet. I always buy and stock cartons of tea bags. If you can find spearmint seeds, then that’s a better option than buying tea bags.

  4. Super informative post Anjana, though I am not overweight but facing all other symptoms and hence making frequent trips to doctors. 🙁
    I am gonna try this for sure. Nothing better than a sure shot home remedy. 🙂
    Thanks a lot for the article 😀

  5. Even I suffer from PCOS….I dont have acne but loosing hair….also gained lot of weight..I would definitely try this…Thanks a lot..:)

      1. HI Anajana,
        Thanks for the very useful post,I am having PCOD and hristuism, but my periods are coming in 21days only like some times its 2 periods per month.

        Is Spearmint tea helps for this problem also. I want to cure by using herbal medication only.
        Please help me…….

    1. Hi Vaibhavi,

      I just got diagnosed with PCOS. I have the same problem as yours. No acne but I’m losing hair and started getting facial hair. Did you try spearmint tea? Did it help you?

  6. Hi, Anjana… Very useful post.. I am suffering from PCOS from the last 7 years I am 21 year old.. 🙁 I am on homoeopathy treatment but as soon as I stopped taking pills I missed my period… I never understood why it happened with me I am just 38 kg so may be underweight. From the last 3 month I’ve not got my periods in spite of pills… Doctor is saying keep taking pills but I am now buck up .. It’s been 7 years and I am still suffering from PCOS… Please Can I know the cost of it and link of the respected websites…. Hope to get revert soon.. 🙂

  7. Nice post anjana. I understood that spearmint is dried mint. But do you recommend juicing out fresh mint leaves strained, mixed with hot water?

    1. Janani, I have mentioned that fresh leaves are definitely better than tea bags. Boil the leaves in hot water and consume it. But make sure they are spearmint leaves and not peppermint(pudina) leaves since spearmint leaves aren’t easily available in the market.

  8. Hi Anjana,even i too suffer from pcod. first of all i shocked this many people are suffering from pcod. In my case i get periods but it never stop some time it would 20 days bleeding until i use tablet to stop. due medication i put up lot of weight. by reading ur Article am so happy there is an alternative to medicine definitly i try this. good job Anjana.

  9. Hi anjana ,

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Even i suffer from pcos.
    I am having “diamet 500” regularly that my doctor suggested.
    And asked me to reduce some weight too.

    But i really don’t like to take pills everyday .

    I will definitely try this.
    Thank you soo much 🙂

  10. Hi Anjana,

    Thank you so much for the post.. Its indeed a life saver…!!
    Can you please let us know the brand name of the tea so that it will be easy for us to shop.. Thanks in advance… Pleasee do reply..

  11. This sounds exactly like me! How long did it take to start seeing results from when you started drinking the tea? I’ve even drinking the tea this month and hoping to get my period back and get rid of this acne and unwanted hair. Thanks!

  12. Hello Anjana,

    Thanks you so much for this post, well I had browsed that spearmint tea helps hirsutism but was not sure, after reading your post I am sure it really helps, I did bought s Spearmint Green Tea by True Elements and drinking as per your instructions. I wanted to know one thing that what about the hairs already there on face, did you wax or used any other hair removal? I have facial hairs and its visible so wanted to know is there any remedy for that as well? Please reply, thank you once again.

  13. hello I am also suffering form pcos….after seeing ur review about spearmint….I made my mind about having it….but in my place spearmint herbal or organic tea is not available…. I just want to know will spearmint green tea will work…..plz reply….I need to know it….

  14. Hi Anjana,

    Thanks for the post. Is it recommended to have spearmint tea every day?. For people who want to become pregnant what is the best period to have this. I have searched all around and found during ovulation period but do we have any specific days like after 15 days of menstruation or so?

  15. Thank you for your article!!! I am so glad that the spearmint tea worked for you. My daughter has PCOS and I did not want to give her medicine that probably would not agree with the other problems she has. I know they would want her to take pills for the rest of her life with harsh side effects while they get rich. I knew there was a natural option out there. I am so glad that a tea may do the trick. Natural tea is so much better for you anyway. Thanks for taking the time to write this. I hope this helps her. This has been a problem for over a year now. Thanks again!
    Chritine

  16. Hye anjanna, me too have PCOS. I have lots of hair all over my body. I just want to ask, does drinking spearmint tea help reducing your hirsutism problem? Hope I get respond from you 🙂

  17. Hi Ladies,
    After reading so many comments that people are willing to try it to treat PCOS, i am just curious did anyone actually start it? Its almost an year since this article was posted.
    Has anyone cured there PCOS and got pregnant?
    I have PCOS since 15 years and ttc now, so trying every possible treatment.

  18. Hiii, I’m suffering from PCOD since the last 4 yrs & extreme hirsutism..its the worst phase..I’m totally fed up of this! I’ve heard abt Spearmint tea before but wasn’t sure..thnx for the info..
    BTW, I had a query..can u plzzz share the site from which u ordered & also I wanted to ask whtr I have to take these for the whole of my life??

  19. I am 27 and pretty sure i’ve been suffering from pcos for the last 4years. Before i turned 23 i was pretty good at eating right. no fast food, sugar, dairy, etc. After 23 i started college and i work 40+ hours a week. I started living on iced coffees, fast food, sugar, caffeine, and just bad food all around. plus i hardly get exercise since i work 3rd shift and go to school during the day. so basically i’ve gained 50 pounds, have acne on cheeks and jawline, and an overgrowth of facial hair and body hair. What i’m confused by is that alot of people dont address the issue that what we eat effects are hormones. dairy has added hormones in it as well as alot of meat and like mentioned on other sites, insulin effects your hormones. So sugar, carbs, processed stuff raises the insulin and in so doing triggers all these hormonal imbalances and problems. I am going to try this spearmint tea as well as peppermint since i hear that works as the same remedy.

  20. Hey can you mention the brand of spearmint tea that you bought.
    Since the ones i am getting online are all mixed with other herbs, it would be great if you mention the link as well.

  21. Hi Anjana,

    I know its a very old post back 2 years but still nothing has changed. Suffering with PCOS and facial hair growth . Need to go for threading every 2 weeks . Struggling to get pregnant and etc. etc. associated with PCOS. Can you please give us a link from where you purchased it online to India? I am in Mumbai now. I am unable to but as shipment is denied. Please guide us. It will be really helpful for everybody.

  22. Thanx dear,,about 80 to 90% women are suffering from pcod,,its all bcoz of impure diet that we take and can’t help to stop this,,bcozthis is all we are provided with…I am also suffering from pcod,,its a great share,may Allah reward u for this great info…can u plz also tell usabout the website from where spearmint can b ordered?and also total cost,,will b highly obliged 🙂

  23. Which brand is good for buying spearmint tea as there are lots of brands available in market plz reply soon.
    N one more question is homeopathic medicine are effective in treating pcos .

  24. Hi anjana,
    Thank you so much for such useful information. I am also suffering from this problem.
    Can u share link/brand / website from where you order these spearmint bags. I just want to make sure i order the right once.
    Take care

  25. Hi Everyone,

    Have you tried this spearmint tea? If so please let me know the website to get it in India and lf possible can anyone post a picture of the spearmint tea brand you are using. Please give a reply….

  26. I have period every month but too slow .. .my period is color black sometimes.. Ihave pelvic pain sometimes i have acne on my face and im lossing hair i thats why i go to doctor and got check up and then she recommend to ultrasound and the result is first is multicystic after its become polycystic the second ultrasound..the doctor recommend to take metformin and a pill..i taking metformin more than a year and 6 mnths taking pill…my skin has itchy and has tiny acne..where can i buy spearmint tea and how much..i dont want to rely just on pill and metformin…..please help me

  27. Hi Anjana, Just read your post today. I have a serious problem of PCOS. tried almost everything.

    Could you please help us with the name of the brand you ordered from London please.

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