Well I have had a weird experience with drinking mint tea daily. I initially drank it to try and control hormonal acne, which I felt it did control any large breakouts I may have had. Why I have stopped drinking it is because I feel like I am on birth control pills. And I HATE birth control pills. I have gained weight, have increased hunger, am moody, feel swollen all the time, feel tired all the time, etc. I have never done well with BCP. Some people do fine with them, I am not one of those people. So, after two months of consistently drinking this tea, the only comparison I have is the way I feel when on BCP. I eat really healthily; fruits, veggies, whole grains, no meat, no dairy, good supplements... and I am usually really lean. But I am totally curvy right now. Some may like that side effect; bigger boobs, rounder butt; but I don't. I may be the bizarro case that has had this side effect of drinking mint tea, but research shows that is reduces androgens and increases estrogen (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17310494?dopt=AbstractPlus). So if you are sensitive to estrogen (like me apparently), just listen to your body. I even read that people use mint tea for digestive and weight loss reasons so it must be working for people differently than it has worked for me so I won't say "don't drink this", I love natural remedies and believe in healing from the inside out. This works for many, but just be aware if you feel funny like I have that it may be the tea. Buenas suerte..
Excellent on my hormonal acne! I was getting at least 3 extremely sore cysts filled with pus every single day. They would be underneath the skin and feel like the center of a bruise. I drink 2 bags in the morn 1-2 at night and viola! No more acne!!!!
Now does anyone have any sucess with it stopping androgen related hair loss? It still hadn't slowed my hair thinning down. Sigh. Taking it 1 month and 1 week so far.
I've been trying this at different times in different amounts for about 6 months and what really works for me is 2 cups a day every day all through the cycle. It doesn't affect my cycle (unlike drinking it day 1-14) and it really cuts down the hormonal acne. I still get some darkening of old scars as I would normally in PMS time, but that's easily covered by makeup.
Just get into the habit of having a cup first thing in the morning and one in the evening - it's no hassle at all and it works for me!
This really works. I have hormonal oily skin with whiteheads that pop up over night on the sides of my nose and chin even with being diligent with benzoyl peroxide and BHA's. I hate it! The only thing that ever worked for me was going on birth control pills and to me, it was not a strong enough reason to stay on them. I've been drinking spearmint tea(bigelow) for over a week now..no more whiteheads and much less oil. It's amazing. This stuff really works and to boot, you get nice breath from it :). I've been drinking 3 cups a day..will need to stock up on this stuff!
Well, after all the comments about how spearmint tea is a savior for hormonal acne, I figured what the hell, why not give it a try. I was somewhat scared to try because of all the horror stories that it ruined menstrual cycles and made acne worse in some occasions. But I began with limited use, using twice a day, for 5 days in days 1-5 of my menstrual cycle. Then I increased to 10 days, days 1-10 of my menstrual cycle. I think by the end I was using this 2 weeks out of the month. It didn't work, and I think it might have made my migraines worse. It's possible you need to use it daily for it to have a full effect, and 3-4 times a day at that, but I'm just not willing to risk messing up my cycle, and I doubt it would help my acne anyway. It's also very expensive to buy spearmint tea in my area, as it's not so common.
I was hoping that this would help the hormonal cysts that crept up on me after I got off of BCP. I started with the 2 cups/day, but I had to stop after a couple of days because I was getting terrible headaches, and just felt run-down in general. I felt like I had flu-like symptoms! Feeling horrible all the time was not worth getting rid of a few blemishes. If you do a board search on the MUA Skincare Board, you'll find that many other users had the same misfortune of the tea causing headaches. Some even compared their headaches to migranes.
I then tried Vitex supplements instead, with 100% better results. One simple supplement taken per day, no side effects (IME), and no cysts.
This tea is truly amazing!! I read about it here on the skincare board and figured anything is worth a try!! I've been drinking it every single day a little over a month and while I can't say if there's an improvement in my skin as of yet there is a huge difference in my periods! They're usually very painful with lots of cramping. That has since gone down by at least 90%!! That alone is enough of a reason to keep it up! I'll definitely update in a few more months time to let you know if I see an improvement in my skin as well!
I have also been drinking spearmint tea twice a day for over 3 months. My skin which usually has acne breakouts every month is clear. My period was two weeks late the first month I tried it, one time the second month, now I am late again this month. Anyone else with late periods. It is helping my skin so I don't want to stop. Maybe it is trying to balance my hormones. Anyway very happy.
Ok, I think this is working! hallelujah! I have been drinking 2-4 strong cups a day for about 2 weeks. I got through that time of the month with just one minor zit, and that when I started drinking it. Since then my skin has been clear. This is amazing since for the past 6 months nothing has been working for me, its like I got used to my skin care. I don't want to jinx it, and I may be reviewing it a bit too soon, but I will update after this month is through. BTW I like the taste of it, I drink the Yogi Green tea with mint (2nd ingredient is Spearmint) and I also drink the Natural Medicinals Organic Spearmint. So one for the morning, and then the decaf version at night :) Also great iced, very refreshing since it;s summer.
Ok, so I drank a cup of this tea every now and then when I first found out about its anti-androgenic properties online...But when summer started, I decided to go all out and try it to a full extent. Every day this past month, I drank two cups of organic spearmint tea. This was done for a full 4 weeks. It did help my acne a bit, but I completely stopped drinking the tea one week ago...Why, you ask?? My period is two weeks late and I'm pretty sure this is the cause...Since stopping the tea, my skin hasn't been as manageable as it was before, ESPECIALLY since my period is late. I really wish I never randomly decided to take this tea the way I did because of how it's affecting my cycle. I went back and did some more online research and apparently, you're only supposed to drink this tea during the follicular phase of your cycle (the first half of your cycle) so that you get the skin benefits and yet you don't affect your period....Ugh, I wish I had known that sooner...