In my practice from time to time I m consulted by women who complain of excess hairiness. Many of them tell a story of finding hairs sprouting in places where they weren’t there before such as their chins and around their nipples. This condition ” the medical term for which is ‘hirsutism’ ” is often related to higher-than-normal ‘male’ hormones known as ‘androgens’, of which testosterone is the most notorious. Conventional treatments for hirsuitism include the oral contraceptive pill (which can suppress androgen production) as well as spironolactone ” a drug which reduces the effect androgens have in the body.
This week, my attention was caught by a study which suggests that spearmint tea may offer some assistance to hirsute women . The study found that hirsute women drinking two cups of spearmint tea for just five days saw significant lowering in blood levels of ‘free’ testosterone ” the form of testosterone that is metabolically active in the body.
While this study was short and was not designed to assess the effect of spearmint on hair growth, it seems reasonable to conclude that the regular imbibing of spearmint tea may help reduce hirsutism in women with raised androgen levels.
However, spearmint tea is not the only ‘natural’ approach that may be useful in the treatment of hirsutism. Women with this condition may benefit from dietary change too. Of particular relevance here is the fact that raised androgen levels in the body can be a response to elevated levels of another hormone ” insulin. Quite often, these hormonal imbalances come as part of a condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), common features of which include not just hairiness, but acne, weight gain and infertility too.
Below, I have pasted a previous column which outlines a nutritionally-oriented approach to PCOS, the core component of which is a cutting back of carbohydrates that tend to disrupt insulin levels. In practice, I have found this approach is usually help in reducing the symptoms of PCOS, including hirsutism, though it can take several months for real results to be seen.
Natural approaches to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) – 16 November 2003
Even in my relatively brief time as a doctor I have witnessed the rise to prominence of previously rare conditions including hyperactivity, autism and chronic fatigue syndrome. Another contemporary condition, and one which I seem to be seeing in increasing numbers in my practice, is the exclusively female affliction known as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). One frequent feature of PCOS is the abnormal sprouting of hair on the face and perhaps other parts of the body. As a result, many women with this condition can find themselves developing an ever-growing reliance on tweezers, depilatory creams, strip-waxing and the like.
For sufferers of PCOS, the cosmetic burden of unwanted hirsutism can mean that every day is a bit of a bad hair day.
Hairy moments, however, are not the only feature of PCOS. As its name suggests, the condition is characterised by the presence of multiple cysts in one or both ovaries. Also common in PCOS is a slew of hormone imbalances including an excess of male hormones known as androgens. A surfeit of androgens is believed to be at the root of the excess of hair familiar to many women with PCOS. Hormonal disruption may also give rise to a number of other complications common in the condition including acne, excess weight, menstrual irregularity, problems with ovulation and infertility. While it is now known for sure what causes PCOS, there is mounting evidence that the diet plays more than a bit part here.
The potential role of the diet in the development of PCOS is borne out of the fact androgen secretion is believed to be stimulated by excesses in another hormone – insulin. Insulin is itself produced by the body in response to rises in blood sugar levels induced by the eating of foods rich in sugars and/or starches (carbohydrates). Some have theorised that the rising tide of PCOS seen in modern times is related to an increasing emphasis on carb-based foods such as biscuits, bread, pasta, potatoes, rice and cereals in our diet. There is also some thought that a glut of such foods is also a principle factor in the increasing incidence of diabetes and its precursor known as insulin resistance syndrome. Interestingly, these two conditions are known to be particularly prevalent in sufferers of PCOS.
The best diet for sufferers of PCOS seems to be one based on foods that give controlled release of sugar (and therefore insulin) into the system. Foods that fulfil this criterion include beans, lentils, meat, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, and most fresh fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, French beans and cabbage. If starchy carbs such as bread, rice and pasta are consumed, these are best had in their unrefined forms and in moderate quantities only. Regular meals, perhaps with snacks such as fruit and nuts in between, may help to keep insulin and androgen levels under control too.
In addition to consuming a blood sugar stabilising diet, the effects of androgens may also be quelled in the long term by taking a supplement of the herb Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens). One of the effects of this herb is to slow down the conversion of a major male hormone known as testosterone into its more potent form (dihydrotestosterone). Taking Saw palmetto (at a dose of about 320 mg per day), combined with a diet lower in sugar and starchy carbs, can do much to keep women with PCOS from tearing their hair out.
1. Akdogan M, et al. Effect of spearmint (Menthat spicata Labiatae) teas on androgen levels in women with hirsutism. Phytotherapy Research. e-pub 20th Feb 2007.
you recommended saw palmetto for womens hair loss. does that mean spearming tea is good for hair loss too.
If by ‘hair loss’ you mean ‘reducing unwanted hair’ then the answer is yes. Though these approaches do take time, of course, and don’t work for everyone.
Does this also mean that spearmint (or peppermint) tea could have the same effect in men i.e. reducing their levels of testosterone? I wouldn’t have thought this was particularly desirable.
Does it have to be spearmint as I have only seen peppermint tea in the shops?
In every store I have been to thus far they only sell peppermint tea.It’s practically impossible to locate spearmint tea.
Does peppermint tea have the same effects of reducing unwanted hair as spearmint? Please help…
Linda – I’m not aware of any work that’s been done on peppermint tea and hirsutism. I’ve found this stockist of spearmint tea though:
You can find Organic Spearmint tea at Vitamin Cottage (Denver based natural grocery store chain). Just buy all of them on the shelf since you have to drink 2 cups a day – it will go fast.
I purchased some spearmint tea from Amazon.com. let’s see how it works 😉
If anyone living in the UK is looking for Spearmint Tea I’ve managed to find some in an Indian Food Store, after looking for almost 6 months!Have just started drinking it so fingers crossed it will help!
holland and barratt stock camomile and spearmint (50% each) and essentials, which are stocked at many health food shops sell peppermint (50%) spearmint (50%)
When drinking the tea, how long does it take before results show?
Hello! I came across this link by chance, and am very interested.
I wasnt hairy as a child, but have noticed excess hair growth on my body since puberty. It includes normal body hair found on “normal” people, but I seem to have quite a lot of thin hairs on my chest/tummy and around the upper chest/neck area, and face. This affects me greatly in most things that I do. I cannot afford laser hair treatment as I am not working full time yet, and my mum will not allow me to shave/wax etc as she feels it would cause the hair growth to get worse. I dont know what do.
I am hoping to try the spearmint tea, twice a day over a period of months, in the hope that it will reduce the hair, or atleast stop the growth of anymore hair.
Dr Briffa, how safe would it be to drink this spearmint tea everyday, twice a day for say the next 6 months as a trial? How long before I can expect some resuts, however small?
Hello everyone, just incase anyone is interested I found this place online and they sell spearmint tea, hope you find it useful. Regards Lina
Apparently, what your supposed to do is start drinking 2 cups a day at the first sign of your period and then countinue for 5 days. You should google the instructions because I don’t think it’s supposed to be everyday.
I’ve had electrolysis done for chin hair, which does take awhile to cycle back. After pregnancies and 10+ years it’s definitly all back. Before I read this article I had heavily used peppermint tea for digestive purposes. It was not the prescribed timing or dosage for the spearmint, but since stopping I’ve noticed an increase of facial hair. Now I wonder if it is related to the lack of peppermint? Of course the winter months also brought on an onslaught of noodles, cakes… I certainly appreciate drbriffa’s article, encouraging diet. also, in stores I found Lipton Green tea with spearmint and peppermint
My Doctor told me a few years ago that I had PCOS and being an endocrinologist she put me on metformin which is normally a diabetes drug but she had known it to be used experimentally with people with PCOS. For about a year I was wonderful in almost every way. My appetite decreased significantly. Before I had always felt forever unsatisfied even when full. I was always looking for some magical food that would satisfy me so I was always craving and eating. I could easily eat an entire pizza all myself. On the metformin I could barely eat 2 pieces of pizza before feeling uncomfortably full and if I tried to push myself I would actually feel sick. I no longer had this love affair with food. Food was good but food was just food, not the highlight of my day. I got up to taking 4 metformin a day like my doctor wanted and everything was going fine. Over the course of the year I lost 40 lbs, I had lots of energy and was going for hikes everyother day, I no longer had knee pain or bouts of plantar faciitis and the general malaise, depression and aches and pains every where that I had been feeling. My problems with acne and thinning hair as well as hirsuitism dried up and blew away. To me it was a miracle drug. Unfortunatly the only thing that was bothing me was the fact that my previously almost non-existant period had become this monster that attacked me every month. I lost so much blood from my bleeding that when I went to the Dr she tested my blood and told me if I was even a tiny bit lower she would have admitted me for a blood transfusion. So I started also taking iron supplements. This went along like this for a few more months and then I started getting sick. I was vomiting every day. Especially in the morning. You would not believe how many times they did pregnancy tests on me. About as many times in those few months as I had thyroid tests in my lifetime LOL. I would vomit when I woke up and pretty much anytime anything more substantial than milk (and a few other very “light” foods) entered my stomach. I was taking a lot of pills – cortisone and florinef for my adrenalectomy and the metformin (4 a day) and the iron and I had this feeling that somehow they were responsible for this. I don’t know why I felt that way because I always managed with great difficulty to keep them down. When the Doctors started prescribing me more pills to fix the vomiting I began to dread taking my pills. Nothing helped. Every day I would put my handful of pills in front of me and stare at them for a while working up the courage to take them. Finally I had enough. On my own I cut out all the unnecessary pills. I still needed my cortisone and florinef to live and had taken them most of my adult life but I stopped everything else. By this time I had been vomiting every single day for about 6 months and lost another 10 lbs. As soon as I did this the vomiting stopped. I tried a few times starting the metformin again with just one a day but even that made me vomit. I have since worked up the courage to have my iron again and tolerated it fine. After I stopped the metformin I started a regular 3 times a week work out schedule because I knew that I was in danger of gaining all that weight I lost back if I did not. For about 6 months I was doing fine. Holding my weight and having no PCOS signs except the massive periods and a few serious menstrual cramping episodes that landed me in the ER. Then I gradually began to feel a tiredness that started making me skip a few of my 3 times a week work outs. Then I started eating a lot more and feeling that dissatisfaction. My periods started to dry up again. My hair started to thin and my facial and leg hair began to sprout with a vengence accompanied by oily skin and hair. I had intended to ask my endocrinologist if perhaps I could start back on a lower dose of the metformin…perhaps it had taken all this time to clear out of my system and now I could be ok on 1 pill a day. My regular check up with her is coming up so I was going to ask then. But in the mean time I had read this article and I decide to give the spearmint tea a try. I actually went to a health food store and bought the dried herb loose. I have a special recipe I have been using. In a tea bag I put 2 tsp of spearmint as well as 1 tsp of red raspberry leaves for better menstruation and then a pinch of peppermint and 2 chamomile flower heads for flavour (I keep the peppermint and chamomile which I dried from my own garden whole and crush them up just before adding them to the tea for best flavour). I have been having this tea twice a day for about a week and almost right away my facial hair and oily skin have cleared up. I started watching a chin hair that before was growing again within 2 days of plucking. I plucked it a day after I started the tea and it never grew back. It still hasnt. I am excitedly waiting to see if I have any more effects form this tea and I am going to tell my Dr about it in a few weeks at my appointment. Thank you very much for this informative article!
You can buy spearmint (leaf ) online from scotmedherbs.co.uk
I have been drinking it for quite a few weeks & I’m not sure ,but I don’t think I have seen any improvement.
I managed to find box of 30 spearmint teabags on e-bay and paid £1.98 including postage. Then noticed you can send for several boxes, so I did – 10 boxes of 30 for £19.99 including postage.
Their details are:
Discount Supplements Tel: 08708 034934
Have only just started using this. What I want to know is:
Is teabags just as good as leaf tea?
How long should you drink this tea before any improvement is seen?
Can you drink it for any length of time, say months, or could it harm your system if taken for an excess period?
where can i buy spearmint tea. no shops seem to have it. the only one is spearmint and camomile which is only 35% spearmint in it. it doesn’t seem to work. and i don’t want to buy online. please please which stores sell them??
Maxi, I tried everywhere to try to buy either spearmint leaf tea or tea bags with no success. I was very reluctant to buy on line so got my son to do it for me. Ordered them at 3.15pm and they arrived 11am next morning. So very good service. Try ringing them (on the number I gave on the message before yours) and then send them a cheque. The ones I now have are just spearmint.
i am from ohio, i have been suffering with facial hair since 16 years of age, i am now 25, i tried with my x for 6 years to get pregnant no luck, my hair started thinning and face and body got oily and of course the lovely acne, none of my doctors mentioned pcos untill just recently at my last pap appt with a new doc, i have found spearmint tea at jungle jims and in other commom grocery stores it is mostly found in the mexican food isle, i haven’t started the tea yet but would love to hear some good feedback from a succsess story
I’ve found a good supplier of loose spearmint in the UK – Sympathy Teas. I got some with tea sacks, which are open ended tea bags, so you can make your own bags using loose leaf – the best of both worlds! You can pay by cheque with them too, if (like me) you don’t want to pay online.
Just realised that the web address didn’t come up…
how can I get this spearmint tea?
Is it same as mint tea?
and can it be homemade?
I buy Bigelow Spearmint Tea from Ingles. I use it occasionally for digestive upset, particularly heartburn and nausea and it works great for this! I didn’t know about the androgen connection so I may try it twice a day for 2 weeks to see if it reduces these pesky chin hairs I seem to be developing.
i just wanted to let people know, i was looking for spearmint tea in my everyday grocery stores and i couldn’t seem to find it
however, i found it at a local turkish store
and im assuming cultural stores like indian, turkish, middle-eastern etc would carry the tea
this is just an assumption though
I plan to start drinking Spearmint tea. I have been tested for PCOS and have had blood work done…everything came back fine…I was told i am just genetically hairy..my question is will this still work for me?? or will this only work for someone who has PCOS? I am just as hairy as any girl with PCOS can be…My body hair isn’t so bad…but my chin is really bad and i have a little on my side burns and cheeks.. I have a normal period…everything is normal besides the fact that i am just really hairy..I don’t even mind the body hair..its just the facial hair i cant handle!!! I get so angry because no woman should have to suffer with this problem and feel so unattractive..it was a relief to find out how many other women are suffering from excessive hairiness…i grew up thinking i was the only one and a monster! If this Spearmint tea really did work..it would be like a miracle to me..I cant even begin to explain how much Ive missed out on in life because of this problem…I am not even looking for a miracle i have realistic expectations…I don’t expect all the hair to fall out and never grow back again… but if the hair could just get even 50% softer…it would make such a huge difference in my life…right now its as coarse as any mans is!!! this is really my last hope…I don’t want to have to get lazer surgery…but if it comes down to it i will…because my life is not my own with this problem and never will be..i feel like a prisoner in my own body…I am not trying to be dramatic…i know that there are people going through a lot worse..and i try to remind myself of that everyday…but it doesn’t always work…this is really my last hope 🙁 sorry for the life story…lol i just don’t have anyone to talk to .
OH i forgot to add…i will write another post after ive been drinking the tea for at least a week…and tell if i have had any changes…..just in case other women are wondering…
I’ve just ordered the spearmint tea bags from sympathy teas (1st class)….like the rest of you I hope to see some improvement.
I’m blonde with fair skin but still suffer from random stray dark hairs on the side of my face…makes me very conscious. If I don’t pluck for a few days they just pop up!
Will also keep you all posted.
I am suffering from PCOs for the past 7 years and trying to conceive desparately. Facial hair grows on the side of my face and chin. I have to pluck it on alternate days. After knowing about the spearmint tea i take a decoction of chaste berry leaves and mint leaves in the morning for the past one month. The growth of hair is reduced, though not totally. I am plucking it once in two or three days and my chin which was very rough earlier has become soft again. I hope it works.
Can’t wait to hear how those of you who have bought it are getting on! Currently thinking about getting laser done to get rid of my chin & neck hair, but this is sounding like a much better option! I had been on the pill for six months to alleviate PCOS symptoms and the excess hair was practically gone, but at my next checkup my dr took my bp and realised I was on the verge of having a stroke. Ended up in A&E an hour later, spent six days in hospital and found out I have diabetes. Dr. won’t let me take anything stronger than paracaetamol any more, so no magical pill fixes for me! Guess I’ll go and hunt down some spearmint tea!
I understand what u all going through…. Chris I know what u mean being trapped inside your own body.. I have curly hair and Loved, loved to pull may hair back in a pony tail, style it and many things… now I wear it down trying to hide.. hide the “5 o clock shadow”. I was normal, just had a comment one day and thought that shaving was going to be the answer.. Not so much been dealing with this since late 03… Did the laser back in 06 and I think it worked, but then stopped due to relocation and other, so since they need you to shave during the sections. I know have to shave evey day. I’m light skin and now have to shave this prikle dark hairs.. Yeah sometimes 2 times a day. If going to be around people. This problem has dimmed my social skills I used to carry… I dont want to do much.. Because I think I’m so different.. Imagine.. I have to shave every morning… How I wish I just can get up one morning.. and all be gone like a bad nightmare… It’s a struggle, I will probably go back to laser in few months, as I did seen an improvement, maybe try use Vaniqua as well.Now, spearmint…? havent try that one yet… Not sure how well this will work with me… I hope that someone someday, can find a cure for this..Is not about looks and being… superficial… It just time consuming and sometimes I feel depressed about it even when I’m still dating. Well. drop a line with more information.
I am Turkish, so my English isn’t that great, I hope you’ll understand what i am trying to say.
A Turkish docter named Ibrahim Saracoglu, says to eat spearmint leaves, but they have to be fresh.
I see al lot of you have trouble to get spearmint, can’t you buy spearmintleaves in your groserystore?
Now , if you bought some leaves there are 2 ways of using them.
1- you can eat a few leaves. First you cut the leaves in little pieces, the cutted leaves has too fill a dessertspoon, then you chew on the leaves and then you swallow it with 2 / 3 sips of water.
2- you boil the water, when the water is hot you fill your glass, and do your spearmint leaves (+/-5g) in your mug.
and let the leaves in your mug for 7-10 minutes.
hi would love to no if anyone trying spearmint tea for excess hair has had any sucess thanks
I started drinking spearmint tea about a week ago. My main problem has been thin hair but also I have had lots more body hair and facial hair than is normal. I was tested for PCOS a couple of years ago as my testosterone levels were too high… nothing, luckily. I was given an oestrogen/contraceptive patch which is one of the few contraceptive which doesn’t disagree with me, and have been using it ever since.
But this didn’t really help my thin hair. I would scrape my hair up into clips and use the long hair to cover the problem at work, then spray it solid. Of course this was not a good solution as it left me at risk of traction alopecia and the hairdo hurt as if I’d used weaves. I have taken a month of work and in this time I have done quite a lot of internet research into causes of hair loss. One thing that 3 doctors and one consultant had totally failed to mention was that when testosterone leaves the body it converts to DHT, which either binds to oil or follicles, causing acne or hairloss. Eureka! So I searched for DHT blockers and found that saw palmetto is one of the most effective. I also found that olive oil cleans the follicles, allowing regrowth. (Seems odd I know, but has anyone ever removed temporary tattoos or plaster-marks with oil? Think about it…) I now use olive oil topically every 2 or 3 nights (I leave it in overnight and wash out in the morning), started drinking spearmint tea ~(actually it’s Dragonfly Moroccan Mint Green Tea, with gunpowder green tea and spearmint… and though it smells a bit toothpastey it really is quite nice and quite easy to drink 2 cups per day) I’m taking 320 mg saw palmetto (I bought it, £3.99 for 30, not bad- but I believe it IS available on prescription!) and every now and then I’ll have MSM or ginseng (excellent mood-lifter when you’re feeling low in yourself) as well.
Seriously, ladies…. I have noticed a BIG difference in two weeks!
Unbelievable I know… but having not cut or worn my hair down for TWO YEARS… Yesterday and today I straightened it very carefully and felt like it looked ok for the first time! Well ok; I’m not quite ready to parade around with my hair flowing… but when visitors come to the door at least I’ve not been hiding upstairs. I actually went out near my house yesterday with my hair down. This is a massive difference. My scalp feels pretty healthy already… my hair feels 100% less brittle AND I HAVE BABY HAIR AT THE FRONT WHICH I HAVEN’T FOR SO LONG…
Also though it really should be too early to tell, I feel confident for the first time in years that I have found the right natural remedies that will not only grow my “wanted” hair back… that also I am not going to have to shave wax and pluck every day like i did have to! Amazingly, those little hairs on my chin and upper lip have subsided and my leg and arm hair growth seems to have diminished by about 50 per cent!
I really am excited about these finds because for once they do NOT break the bank, these are remedies which are natural and they work. There is nothing worse for a woman than to look in the mirror and see how thin her hair is on top. It is demoralising and leaves her with little hope other than to find a nice wig. If your reading this because you have problems like me, take some time off work if you can and try the remedies I’ve listed. I have the faith now… I know I’m going to have beautiful hair again…. and only on my head!
Good Luck ladies xxx
I the new one to start the procedure and thanks for the place i m living in which is pakistan here u can find it almost every where i m male so must be a little worried i hope it works its been a quite long remedy but its has been recognized in afghanistan we use it for warmness in body and it works after few days our procedure is that we use powdered mint and boil it in water and pour it in cup r mug and keep it in refregerator for the whole night and in the morning we drink it
i hope it works for hirsutism
I am from south african and want to know where i can buy spearmint tea from. I really need help here,i have been looking everywhere.
I tried Peppermint tea for consecutive days in a week and it did seem to reduce my need to pluck= hair seem to sprout much slower!
Apparently peppermint is also supposed to be more ‘potent’ than spearmint and easier to get hold of
I didn’t read through all the posts, but I bought a huge bag of loose spearmint tea from a site called Adagio. Just go to http://www.adagio.com and you can find spearmint tea in a sample size that makes 5 cups (according to Adagio) for $1 , a 2oz. bag that costs $4 (which supposedly works out to $0.14 a cup), a 4oz. bag that costs $6 (or $0.12 a cup), or the biggest size, which I bought, and that’s 8oz. for $9 (or $0.09 a cup). I also bought, for $3, loose tea bag filters they sell on the site, or if you have a tea ball (whatever that strainer thing is called) you can use that. They sell other tea stuff on the site if you would rather a teapot that strains the loose tea. I read that you should add a heaped teaspoon to 250 ml. of boiling water (which is 8oz., so a standard cup) and let it steep for 5-10 minutes, and drink it twice a day. However, I read that the women who were in the study only consumed the tea during the follicular stage of the menstrual cycle and that was like 5 days of them being on it, and I’ve been drinking 2 cups a day daily just because I want to kick start any hirsutism loss if possible. Lol. Not recommending it, but I don’t know how to determine when the follicular phase is if your cycles are messed up like mine are. Try consulting your doctor who might have access to medical libraries and can research the study in depth for you, or look into a naturopathic doctor who might know.
This is interesting. My friend has this problem, thought would be of help. I have a question, Is Spearmint tea called Pudina in Hindi language? Please let me know, thanks
Yeah in Hindi and Urdu spearmint is called Pudina.
Hi, I’m from S Africa and found out about the anti-androgen effects of spearmint tea about 3 months ago. I was specifically looking for a natural solution to my acne, which I’ve had for 20 years now, and the only thing which ever cleared it up was birth control pills.
Well I couldn’t find spearmint, so decided to try peppermint tea instead, and there has been a huge improvement in my complexion, which I noticed after 2 weeks of use. I have one cup a day and a second cup every two days, as I’m finding there’s increased depression, pms and menstrual cramps the more I take, and this seems to be the amount which keeps a tolerable balance between improved complexion and introduced female problems.
Well that should answer some questions about peppermint vs spearmint, I just wonder if there’s anything to take now which will help with the side effects?
I’ve also read that licorice extract is equally effective, if not more so, than peppermint/spearmint. I’m going to try that to see if it’s true 🙂
Thanks a lot Mujda!
Is Spearmint tea called Pudina in Hindi language? Please let me know and if it is not pudina, plz let me know where will I get spearmint leaves in India(pune).
I have been suffering from excessive hair growth since i was a small child and have spent a small fortune on removal method. Some even resulting in permanant scaring. I’m at a loss as what to do next i just want an answer to whatscausing it. I’ve been told i dont have pcos and testosterone is normal. I’m now going to try reducing carbs & switiching from peppermint to spearmint tea.
I just want to know what’s causing it?
A quick note to say that we’re specialists in high quality herbal teas and have very many repeat customers for our organically grown spearmint tea. The feedback we get is that it works very well and that you don’t need as much as stated in the research to get results – it says 5g per cup and we think 1g is fine (they might have used fresh spearmint in the research). Peppermint has a very different effect on the system – spearmint is energising, peppermint calming in Chinese medicine – and we have not seen any research to suggest it works to reduce excessive hair growth. Our site is http://www.sympathyteas.co.uk – head to http://www.sympathyteas.co.uk/spearmint.php for the spearmint-specific page.
I just want to know if spearmint tea like contraceptive pills which reduces excessive body hair growth, isn’t safe to take if pregnant or trying. I have spent a small fortune on laser and would love to try spearmint tea as long as it will not affect a pregnancy.
I’m trying twinings camomile and spearmint tea at the minute, which i can get at the local supermarket. My only issue is that it tastes vile. Does anyone know any way to improve this? They suggested honey to sweeten it but it doesn’t alter much.
I’m desperate to keep drinking this and see if it helps, but the tea is like pond water! Any help would be hugely appreciated.
This is a really interesting article, and gives me hope! I’m going to try and cut out carbs from my diet, but I think I’m going to find this very difficult as this is mainly what my diet consists of! I’ve had laser hair treatment – about 6 times now, and I honestly can’t say I’m impressed. I’m now looking at my diet and ways that I could balance my hormones to try and combat the dreaded facial hair.
Is it true your supposed to drink the tea at first signs of your period then carry on drinking two teas a day for the next five days ? soooooo confused 🙁
I had my doubts because the study mentioned that spearmint tea was beneficial to thosse with “mild symtoms.” Let me tell you guys that by the 2 day I noticed less hair growing in. Now it grows in still but not as much and it seems to feel less coarse. I couldn’t believe it worked so fast! I even have more confidence talking to people because the hair isn’t so blatent anymore. I have to look close to see my sideburn hairs sprouting. My face just feels smoother(unless I let the hair grow in too many days). But even better is the fact that I don’t have to remove chest hair as often as before. It takes a little longer to grow in than before spearmint came into my life. I prefer the fresh spearmint leaves to the tea. Here in CA,the healthfood stores are abundant so I can buy the spearmint tea when I need for on the go.I’m going on my 3rd week of this therapy and have no plans of stopping.What I did was buy fresh spearmint leaves at Trader Joes and I put a few in a infuser and steep for 5-10 minutes. I drink 2-3 cups per day and it has become part of my life. I love that it’s a natural(and cheap)way to manage facial&body hair related to pcos!
Oh and I recommend Amazon for those of you that don’t have access to health food stores. The benefit of health food stores is that you can buy the actual spearmint leaf boxed tea in the tea aisle. Boxed tea is good in a pinch,but I prefer the fresh spearmint leaves. The tea I saw in Mothers/whole foods is available on Amazon.com. I recommend buying a spearmint herb plant from a nursery. It’s cheaper in long run because you can grow it in a pot in your garden and use accordingly. If that’s not possible, I recommend buying the fresh spearmint at Super Walmart/Trader Joes or any grocery store. You can find it in the produce aisle with the herbs/packaged veggies! If all else fails buy the dried,crushed mint in the spice aisle. Look at the ingredients and make sure it says Spearmint! I don’t recommend the crushed unless you have no other options. The crushed mint is messy,even with an infuser. Whether you go the fresh/dry,crushed route,you’ll need a tea infuser. You can buy those for cheap at Walmart!
I am starting on a tea regime today. My issues with unwanted facial hair seem a bit more extreme than what I have seen here. I pluck 40-100 course, black hairs every day from my chin. THEN, I shave. I do that EVERYDAY!!! I am going to follow this very carefully. I have suffered from this all of my life and am desperate for relief
This article is great. I’ve heard of this whole spearmint tea remedy before; and from reading some of the stories feel encouraged to try some!
I have PCOS and have had laser treatments on my chin etc…it helped for a while but it just grows back patchy now…
@jj: I don’t have extreme hair growth on my face, but goodness on my stomach i have a ridiculous happy trail. It’s shameful. I am supposed to have a glucose test for insulin resistance checking but have not done so and I think I’ll go straight to the natural remedies for that anyway as I am not willing to take meds for it; I’ve seen those pills mess up too many girls’ systems :S
Because of the extreme hairyness I have I’m a little wary this tea thing won’t really do much; but I’m so willing to try it anyway. Will let you know how i go.
do you guys know how long we have to drink the spearmint tea to see results?…..what if we see results and then we stop drinking the tea..will it cause more hair to form than before?
has tea affected anyone’s menstrual cycles?…are there any side effects?
if anyone knows the answers to these questions…please let me know!…it would be greatly appreciated!
Has any one had fab results from the tea? Would love to hear from them.
I drank the spearmint tea, 2x a day… and it did decrease the amount of hair I had to pluck each day… probably 50%…
Then I went on a candida diet. No carbs, no Sugars (except occasional RAW honey), no fruits (except green apples)… I stayed on this diet for about 3 months… and I got pregnant. I haven’t been able to get pregnant for years. I haven’t been diagnosed, but I believe I had PCOS, based on all my symptoms.
So maybe it was a combination of diet and spearmint tea which helped me get pregnant. But the facial hair never did go away 100%. Although it’s a lot less. Spearmint tea also is good for nausea, and ok for pregnancy so I’m still taking it. I wish I would’ve tried the saw palmetto. I’ve also heard that the natural progesterone cream may help… but it’s good to speak to a naturepathic/homeopathic dr. I think I will try to see a naturepathic dr. regarding my issues once I have the baby.
I’m wondering what mint tea would do to a man… I’ve heard it’s bad for their libido, but I’m wondering if it would ‘feminize’ them if they took it often and long enough… Of course there are some men out there who would like that I guess…
Upon finding this article on the effects of mentha spicata on uterine tissue in rats http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17120533 I think it’s better to not go overboard with spearmint.
Spearmint tea has been clinically proven to Reduce men’s sex drive when drunk often, because of the testosterone reducing effects, but I think that for actual ‘feminizing’ then female hormones would need to be taken.
can anyone pls tell me that shall i go for parlour during the time i’l have spearmint? Is spearmint n pudina are same
check out comments 41 and 42. I believe the answer is yes (reference the translation to hindi)…good luck!
I tried finding spearmint tea – and I have finally found a tea that contains 33% spearmint, 33% peppermint & 33% Japanese mint. I don’t know if this would suffice, but I am still trying.
I have just started drinking 2-3 cups everyday, and if I see any improvement I will post it here!
I’ve read all this with much empathy. I know exactly how women feel who say they feel like prisoners in their own skin because of this horrible affliction. Every single one of my troubles can be traced back to this one cause. I am depressed by it, becoming increasingly hermit-like, excruciatingly paranoid and it ruins my relations with my husband because I am so self conscious. I feel as though I am being put under a microscope anywhere I go with people looking and judging or pitying. I have never worn a bikini.
I was given Dianette when I was in my early twenties and it really helped with my thinning hair and hairy throat. My skin felt softer too. However, I began to get cramps in my legs after a few years. My husband met me when I was “normal” ie when I was taking Dianette. Two pregnancies later, I know I have no problem conceiving, but I am now early forties and in the last couple of years suddenly noticed the hair on my face looks thicker and longer! I noticed one night when we were due to go out that under my powder, it looked like a blonde, fluffy beard! That was sickening. I’ve been tweezing ever since to try and clear the long ones and live with the overall fluffiness. The ones on my neck grow through black!! And they get trapped causing spots. So ugly. I despair. I do not want traditional medicine. I feel sure my problem is genetic as my mum and aunt both have this. I grew spearmint in the garden and had some success. But the frost killed it. Reading this, I went out today for teas. I came home with some peppermint oil. I am told it is a more potent form, so am giving it a try. I also have agnus castus. We shall see if there is an improvement. I hope to God there is. I am utterly desperate. Laser won’t work on white or blonde hair, so I can’t get that done.
I’m so glad I found this thread! I’ve been suffering with all the same symptoms for years. Recently things are worse. I’m 35 and after having two beautiful babies I feel exhausted and desperate to find help. I’m considering paying for a naturopath, a gynecoligist and my gp have no good advice. First I will try this tea! My testosterone is high and I have another blood check in June. I will put back on here my results and any changes I notice. I found a Spearmint/Lemongrass Tazo tea I am starting twice a day. I got it at Walmart. Also this spring I’m going to plant a spearmint plant. Mint is really easy to grow and it always produces leaves quickly! Wish me Luck!!!
I starte drinking peppermint tea because I felt I was taking in too much caffeine. Over the last 5 years I have been getting about 5 hairs between my neck and chin. I pull them out and they come right back. I usually search for my stray hairs while watchig tv or doing something passive. Lately I was not able to find any of them, I found it strange because I was not aware of the anti-androgen effects. It was only after doing a search that I found out what was going on with me. What a pleasant surprise! I also grow spearmint which I brew for tea.
Ok, I’m going to try this. I’ve tried ALL methods of hair removal. Waxing, tweezing, threading, electrolysis (which has caused scarring) and now laser to which I’ve had SOME success, but very slow. What’s to lose trying tea? If I can find some I’ll give it a try and update how it goes. I really would love for this to work…
I greatly sympathize with some of you. I know this hair issue has really stunted me socially as well as in my relationship with my hubby. I will not let him touch my face and it makes me self conscious and feel like a hairy beast all the time (especially from hairy stomach and overly hairy legs). I did laser light therapy and it worked fairly well. I started with under my chin right in front – at that time it was where it was worst. The treatment took pretty well. Shortly after I added upper lip. After a bit I had to stop the treatments for financial reasons and over time some of the hair has grown back, but those places are way less hairy than along my jawline and lower cheeks (where I didn’t have much of a problem then so I didn’t get treatment). It has certainly gotten worse and I shave every day and pluck some days as well (the upper lip can go a week or so without shaving). The plucking and ingrown hairs from shaving have ruined my skin around my jaw and under my chin area. I have scarring and red marks. I agree with one woman above who said she used to love to just throw her hair back in a ponytail or different styles – I have been hiding behind my hair for about a decade now. I just want this to end. I try to take it in stride, but you just know in the long run how something like this effects you -and i know it has effected me greatly. One thing I am thankful for – my closest girlfriend has the exact same problem – so at least I have someone whom I can talk to about it and who understands.
I think I will try this tea regimen starting today. I feel fortunate to have many health food stores around me where I can find both loose and bagged spearmint tea easily. Unfortunately, I have always hated the taste of spearmint and loved peppermint. I think I will try mixing the two. And, for those couple of women who wondered about spearmint and pregnancy – I do know for a fact that peppermint can lessen milk supply in nursing moms so maybe do a search as to whether spearmint can do the same. Remember – your milk supply will come in before baby is born so beware of that if you decide to do it while pregnant. And now I’m off to look into that whole idea of taking it in the follicular stage that was mentioned a few posts back… though I am lucky if I have 3 periods a year so at this point I will start taking the tea every day – 2x a day. I will report back…
Just wanted to come back and update – I did try to figure out exactly what was done on the clinical trials. Only 12 out of the 21 women were diagnosed with PCOS so that should give some hope to those who have hirsutism for another reason. Also – they did take it dried, not fresh (I am sure fresh would be just as good, if not more potent – but this shows that dried worked well). And they took it during the first five days of the “follicular phase” of the menstrual cycle. The follicular phase begins on day 1 of your period so take it during your period and you’ll be taking at the right time! I haven’t read anything about it being bad to take it any other time.
So, I wrote weeks earlier that I will be trying spearmint tea and will update my progress here.
I bought dried spearmint leaves and added them to hot water and drank it about 2 times everyday for more than a month (I last posted on 8th March). I also cut simple carbs from my diet like sugars. I got my periods on time, usually my periods are not too regular. And my periods were not as painful as it once used to be. (I am not sure if this is an effect too, but just writing it down).
I initially thought the hair would just fall off on its own, but I think you need to pluck them. So I plucked the hair on my chin few weeks ago, and it never grew back. Even the hair on my upper neck has reduced a considerably, grown thinner and hair growth has slowed. So I feel great!!! 😀
It feels great to have clear skin again. And cutting the sugar also helped reduce my waistline and mood swings. So I feel better than ever!
I believe I had PCOS, because neither my Mother or Sister have this unwanted hair problem. Wishing you all the best!
Oh my I almost broke into tears reading all these comments, I just bought that kind of tea and drank my first cup of this 5 minutes ago =) I know how it feels to have a hairy face =( I hate it it puts my self esteem down to the ground, I’m 21 years old and started noticing hair since I was 17ish . I’m a latina so I have dark facial hair the hair on my side burns is fine and dark but the hair on my chin and under it is coarse. I waxed my whole face before due to being desperate and sad but I found that it left lines and it was noticeable that i waxed so not what I do is just let it grow since my sideburns are hairy but not coarse and just shave my upper lip and under my chin and sometimes wax my chin tooo but sometimes I cant because that would mean letting my the hair grown enough to wax =( I do have a boyfriends we’ve been together for 6 years (high school <3) and i don't let him touch my chin or let alone my face, every times I sleep over I cover my face in the morning because I don't want him to see my hairy face or "5 oclock shadow" under my chin where its bad. its like a patch of dark coarse hair and its rough even when I shave =( he know this is my problem and that I'm insured but he always tells me that its ok and that I'm beautiful now matter what , but i'm to the point where I always leave my hair down I wont put it in a pony tail and when I try to go work out at the gym I get so embarrassed =( I hope this spearmint tea works for me and for all of you ladies as well. I will report back any progress within the next 2 weeks love and peace <3 pixie
well, as everyone else has been saying, It’s nice to know that there are others out there. Not that I wish this problem on anyone, but to know I am not alone and here others have the same issues. I have curly hair and really love to pull it up in a pony tail, but can’t. I spent LOTS of money on lazer hair removal and saw some results, but not enough for what I paid. I have some scars from waxing and plucking, and basically am just exhausted from all the work it takes to keep up with it. I also have really hair legs and its not bad from the knee down, but I get bad razor burn since the hair is so corse. Anyway, I’m in the same boat too ladies.
I started my period today so I am aslo starting the tea. The one thing I am surious about is, do you think it matters if it is hot or cold tea? I much prefer to make the tea and then let sit in the fridge to cool it. I don’t see why it would matter, but if anyone thinks it would, let me know? thanks! I will post back with my results.
I’m back with some results. I can’t remember when I last wrote here but I am definitely seeing the beginnings of some good results. I eat a few fresh leaves and also brew a concoction of spearmint and peppermint tea, about 2 bags of each, throughout the day. The coarser hairs aren’t growing back as quickly! The fuzzier fluff, or “peach fuzz” as some call it seems finer. I can hardly believe it. It’s definitely working!
I am so happy to find this website, my hairness has ruined all my life :((
I have coarse black hair everywhere on my body and pale skin. very coarse that I cant wax or epilate. when I shave it grows back after 3,4 hours even worse. It is many years that I dont have a boyfriend. I hate companies like nisim that produce products like kalo to rob the money from us, the miserable people who are willing to try everything to cure themselves. :((
I have tried everything so far, I will try this one and post my results.at least it is no expensive or chemical.
please people if anybody already say results post it here you know how miserable we are..thank you so much
Hi. This is weird, i was reading a book on skin, as i have problems with my skin (acne at 35) It suggested drinking spearment tea to help digestion and as i had some growing in the garden i made some tea. I have drank this for 1 week and it has definiatly helped with digestion and I noticed the hair on my chin has stopped growing, I was thinking this is weird.
While i was cleaning the computer desk this morning i decided to goggle effects of spearmint tea, and what do you know i found this site and others claiming spearmint tea helps hairy woman, amazing. It has definatly worked for me and very quickly it seems. I do think that maybe using fresh out the garden spearmint is a good idea. Wow thats so cool
I have been diagnosed with PCOS and also have the facial hair issue. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for four years. I have lost 62 pounds and plan on losing at least another 40. I have been on Metformin for several month. I recently started using a new product called a No!No! hair remover using something called Thermicon technology. It is supposed to make the hair grow back finer and slower. I recently read about spearmint tea and started it today. I sweetened it with Splenda…it doesn’t taste too bad. I wish luck to all you beautiful ladies out there! Good luck…I will be posting again!
Back again. Spearmint and peppermint are definitely, definitely working. In more of my research I discovered that sometimes the problem is that some people’s hair follicles are “sensitive” to the effects of testosterone, which lead them to have more or thicker hair where they don’t want it. The drugs mentioned in the article reduce the free ranging testosterone in the blood so it has less of an effect and spearmint obviously does something similar but is natural and won’t give us blood clots in the legs like the pill Dianette.
Saw Palemto is mentioned, but I have tried that and not seen the same success as I have with spearmint leaves and it is so expensive. The roots of the hairs which were thick have weakened considerably and I am not plucking the same offending hairs every day. One group of stubborn ones has not grown back at all! Also, where I would get spots as a new hair formed below the surface of my skin, I am not.
@ Jayne, Thanks for the feedback. How frquently you drank them? and did you mix them or drank them separately? Thanks in advance
Thanks Jayne please keeps up updated, I just recently found spearmint tea and will start drinking today, do you fresh brew you tea every day? How many times?
around november of last year, after my extremely irregular periods my mum had taken me to the doctors, she said it may very well be PCOS, i felt horrible, having just turned eighteen i felt lonely. also around that time, i had a strange growth of hair below my chin but above the neck area. my mum told the doctor how to get rid of it, and the doctor responded that it was a symptom of PCOS. The doctor had told me that i had to get an ultra sound, i was very nervous. When the results came back, it said that i had Polycystic Ovaries, which was just as my doctor had predicted. I guess i am alright coping with PCOS, but my biggest frustration is the facial hair, i get so insecure when i see girls on television who have clear faces 🙁 i have plucked, waxed and used depilatory creams, they are okay and i am now considering laser hair removal. im wondering if that is effective!
Thanks to all you ladies, im willing to try the spearmint tea! im hoping it has a positive effect in making the hair growth less noticeable!
but what are the effects of this? all im hearing is less hair, better periods etc, this sounds too promising 😀
ive also seen that spearmint tea enhances breast growth making them larger, how valid is this statement?
… im not sure if i want my breasts to be any larger than they already are!
I am from Mumbai, can any one tell me from where i can buy spearmint tea
even am very hairy & want to get rid of it
Best way to reduce facial hair instead of spearmint tea…those who are not getting it
Mix 30 gm of sugar with 10 ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice in 150 ml of water. Mix well and then apply it on the face in the direction of the hair growth. Leave it for 15 minutes, then rinse with cold water, rubbing the facial area gently. Repeat once every week
i live in Belfast n.i does any1 know where i can buy spearmint tea.Can i buy a plant and do my own. many Thanks
Mags again would this work for post menopasual women?
Whats the correct way to drink spearmint tea, should you only drink it for 5 days starting the first day of your period or can you drink it every day? I been drinking it every day for a couple of months now and it has really helped my hair growth but is affecting my hormones quite badly. I dont know whats worse really but I dont want to stop drinking it as it is really helping. Maybe I shouldnt drink it every day? Would it have the same effect for only days in the month?
that was meant to say 5 days in the month
very interesting article
Dr, Please tell me if peppermint (pudina in hindi) would work for hirsutism along with reduction of sugar and carbs intake? Spearmint works differently than peppermint? I cant seem to find spearmint in India. Which other natural remedies may work? Which are the best ways to get rid of visible hair other than laser and electrolysis, ones that may give instant gratification and also ones that may help in a long run (scrubs or external natural/home application) ? Thank you Dr, God bless you! Riddhi
Please give me a recipe for the tea that will work best, without much torturing the necessary nutrients from peppermint/spearmint! Both come from same family so will any of these mints work? Is there a connection with head-hair loss and hirsutism? I feel lethargic and loss of focus. What are the possible tests i need to make for the issue? Please help!
Interesting reading about all this…. I take “three mint” to help digestion….Pukka is the make of tea I drink, organic, unbleached tea bags etc., you can get it direct from Pukka or from Nutricentre.
The three mint from Pukka is
I also take the three tulsi.
Hope this helps people looking for mint tea.
So I am sitting here reading all the comments, while drinking some mint tea. Thanks everyone for posting. I am embarrassed by how hairy I am on my face and stomach. I am a mix of latina and middle eastern, so I have really dark hair. I also have trouble with acne and I am in my late 30’s. Fortunately, my DH is so sweet and tells me it is normal, but I don’t feel normal. I had read about mint tea helping with facial hair before, but did not drink it consistently. I was pregnant and decided I shouldn’t worry about my facial hair. Since then I have had 2 miscarriages and I worry about PCOS, but do not want to be officially diagnosed. I rather address it with good nutrition first. So I am going to try to drink 2 cups a day for now. I am worried because some women posted about it affecting their moods and PMS, and I do not need any more problems with that. (In fact, I got here after web surfing a bit about natural hormone balance.) I do want to get pregnant again but DH and I have decided to wait a few months. I am going to drink the tea everyday for now, but might go to just the first 5 days of my period if I see it affecting my mood or when we start trying to pregnant again. I will post my results. Thanks again to everyone.
Hi. I am super happy to see all these great results from so many people after drinking Spearmint tea. I just started about 2 days ago and have been drinking two cups a day… I have to admit it taste pretty good lol. I have thin, fine hairs. But they are dark and they are ALL over my body. I hate it. My self esteem has gone way down and I am not comfortable with myself. I don’t know if it will work or not but based on the comments I bet it will. 🙂 The tea I have is not 100% PURE spearmint tea, but it’s black tea and spearmint put together… will it still work?? Help?! Someone please reply to my commment
one of the best online store to buy spearmint tea is
how to prepare and when to take this spearmint tea?
Am starting today, emailing this page to myself and hoping it works and will update Anyone notice improvement in scalp hair ?
U can get spearmint leafs at the mexican stores. Js nd I &m terbly hairy nd just stumbled upon this sigjt while drinking my fitst cup of spearmint tea nd I also have fertility issues 🙁
Spearmint experiment 5 days in 😀 Wow- soft soft skin, very clear:) undesired hair soft (VERY) and prob 45% less of it!!!!
Will keep you posted. Miraculous results, really. Two cups a day sweetened with organic – raw honey !! Good on ice with meal or hot 🙂 wow— try it ! Will post again next week:D
hi there – i ll be trying spearmint for hirsutism, and ill definitely post my feedback in a week.. i would like to know if anyone has tried saw palmetto for hairloss .. I have pcos and I am going through hairloss and i have lost almost half of my hair in one year .. i can actually see my scalp and my crown .. does any one have any herbal remedy for hairloss
tahnk you so much for the article … much appreciated 🙂
Could anyone of you please tell me how to prepare the tea with fresh Spearmint leaves?
That would be of great help in reducing hair growth as i am getting married next month.
I feel so inspired after reading all of these posts 🙂
can anyone tell me ,spearmint tea useful for reducing male harmone (testosterone).& tell me from where i can buy spearmint tea in pune
Spearmint tea can be found at some grocery stores or drug stores in the herbal teas section, and is very easy to find online. I buy an organic “mint melange” from Mighty Leaf online, where I can buy 100 bags at a time, but there are many options if you search on Amazon or just google “herbal spearmint tea” Just make sure the tea is 100% spearmint (or sometimes just called mint, or nana mint) You brew it like any regular tea – just soak the teabag in hot water for a few minutes. If you have fresh mint leaves, just brew them in hot water in your teapot for a few minutes and then strain. It may be helpful to note that the study was for spearmint, not peppermint, though some claim the benefits may be the same for both.
I’ve been doing 1 cup of spearmint tea a day along with 1 Saw Palmetto pill for five months. I have not noticed a difference in hair growth yet, but my decade long struggle with adult acne is finally under control and these are the only two things I have been doing differently. Thank you for this article. I will now increase to two cups of spearmint tea a day and also try to cut down on the carbs!
hi sara ,
did u manage to get this tea in Pune ?
no…bt spearmint means pudina…u cn make it from pudina…u cn contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
spearmint tea available in india now..
with free shipping..
is peppermint tea the same as spearmint tea, because i couldnt find any spearmint, so i hope this works and has the same effects, has anyone tied peppermint tea?
I’m so glad I found this thread! I have been taking two cups of spearmint tea for ten days and my embarrassing hairy chin has had 80% improvement. Thank you, Dr. Briffa and everyone else for sharing information. I am hoping that the effects of the tea won’t wear off in time like some supplements do.
iam drinking speariment tea but there is no effect
hi all, spearmint tea helps, i have no more hair on my face and upper lip!!!!u can also use mint oil
Hey girls, I am from mumbai. Can anyone please suggest me where I can find spearmint in mumbai.
will spearmint mixed with green tea work…coz i found this in a site….for sale
Can I use mint tea instead of spearmint ??? Will it work for my facial hair ??
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