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What to Take When Everything is PMSing You Off.

Twenty-eight days a month (lol), before my period I turn on my loved ones like they’ve been plotting against me and I just found out. Whoever I’m in a relationship with at the time usually gets it the worst. The thoughts that run through my head are borderline CIA clearance type stuff. So, all in all, I’m a total delight. Vitex helps balance my hormones and my insanity.

Vitex is a Natural Herb That Can Help Relieve PMS.


Not only do I get serious PMS but when my period does arrive I get extreme cramping so much so that I’m pretty much in bed the first day of my period. In my teenage rebellious years instead of relying on natural medicine, I started taking Aleve because it was effective and my cramps were so bad that I didn’t care what the effects were. Cut to years later and a leaky gut and whoops maybe eight to ten Aleve a day during my period was not a good decision.

A few years ago during a Reiki session my healer (see I’m a hippie) told me about her Homeopathic Doctor who told her about a magical hormone regulating herb called Vitex also referred to as Chaste Tree or Chaste Berry. Well let’s just say now whenever I start getting super irritated and angry my loved one asks me if I need my Vitex. Why yes, yes I do.

Here’s why I love and buy Vitex:

  1. Vitex promotes progesterone and promotes ovulation. Progesterone prohibits the muscle contractions in your uterus which causes you to feel like your crotch is falling out. Take two weeks before your cycle and then the first day of your period. Break during your period and ovulation then start again. #lesscramps
  2. Acts directly around the pituitary gland to help naturally balance your hormones-best taken in the am before breakfast when your pituitary is ready to go. I take two throughout the day when needed. #SorryIyelledatYou
  3. Relieves irritation, bloating and fluid retention and breast pain-no explanation necessary on why all those things are a major score. #ShoweringHurtsMyNipples

With any herb read more about it and just so we are all clear here I’m not a Doctor. Vitex is a slow acting herb and does take time and can take three to six months before you can feel a difference, although I definitely felt a change almost immediately maybe the first month or so.

Remember to take a break after the first six months and give your body a chance to adjust before taking again. Breaks are super important, like in life.


May your PMS subside and may all your loved ones stop avoiding you during your period!


  • curlywurly1961

    Ha, yes I don’t miss those days either! Think it was my acupuncturist who said we can continue to suffer post menopause, my colleague told me she still gets period pains. I sought alternative treatments after visiting dismissive dermatologists. My hair didn’t return but my stress levels and various other symptoms were improved. Anyway keep on blogging.

    • greenbananagirl

      Life is good on the other side eh! With the depletion of estrogen during menopause, progesterone is super important, so if she’s still getting cramps- progesterone is needed! Gosh isn’t that maddening when Doctors dismissive your concerns and experienc​​e​!? I have been lucky growing up with a Homeopathic Dr.- he was one of the most important people in my life, but I didn’t realize how much until after he passed. My entire way of being and understanding life is due to him and my Mother and that holistic perspective. Was your hair loss from menopause?

      Yes some things are due to the natural aging process- but my Mother is ALWAYS talking about how a certain culture does not go gray! Something they eat! Thank you- I will!, mostly because I get to talk to wonderful people like you!

      • curlywurly1961

        Thank you, well I was diagnosed with scarring alopecia, the result of a very stressful couple of years, the dermotolgist told me there’s no real evidence that diet affects our skin, hair etc! Anyway, I came across your blog and now have revived enthusiasm, I can’t accept his theory, I also feel attempting to control the inflammation of my scalp would be a positive step forward.

      • greenbananagirl

        Yes I can imagine:/ Yes the stress is what did it for me too:/ Well here is the thing with most western Doctors and I truly am not against Doctors, I am just very FOR common sense… most of them if not all are not chemists, and are also moderately and barely trained in nutrition. My common sense theory is this- if “stress” an outside nonphysical form goes to straight to the heart and can cause heart conditions, attacks, etc… you’re telling me food a real physical substance made of specific molecules and minerals does not affect the body!? That makes no scientific common sense to me. The human body is a giant chemical system that responds to inner and outer materials! I am so glad you feel revived. Yes inflammation is huge! And it’s likely in other areas of your body as well because it all works together. Again not a Doctore here, but reducing overall inflammation, calming the system (it may still be responding to the original stress responses and you may not even realize), and nurturing your gut is a great way to start. It as you know takes time, and small steps lead to overall changes, so keep going and keep me posted! I am so glad you feel inspired to try a new method. Inspiration is the best way to start any healing process because there is no resistance and a beautiful sense of grace!

    • greenbananagirl

      Hi Curlywurly! Cute name! I know I am a nightmare, truly. I’m actually two days away and I’ve already started quesitoning the loyalty of my loved ones haha! The thing I most understand about the status of hormones post menopause is relating to hormone depletion and how that can affect hormones and overall health. All in all the ovaries become less responsive and that of course t​akes into account how they regulate estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Menopause is really a hormonal shock to the system so even as your body is trying to readjust, (but I don’t have menopause yet), there is still carry over from the swings, moods, and hot flashes. Even still menopause doesn’t “balance” your hormones and so post they may still need some attention. Natural Supplements, Yoga and Homeopathy are great for that. Sepia is the ​homeopathic medicine I would take with me on a desert island and is great for hormone imbalances at any age. Sweet Potatoes are also a miracle balancer! This was such a gorgeous question though- I’ll make a post on this! What an inspiration you are! And I’ll have my Homeopathic postmenopausal Mother chime in as well! Fun fact – When she was going through menopause I was going through puberty! We almost didn’t make it out alive!

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