Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Herbal Remedies For PMS & Colic

Q: My 17 year old daughter has PMS every month, and I’m not sure what I can do for her. She is extremely moody and complains of breast tenderness. I don’t want her to start taking hormones. What can she do?

A: I highly recommend Evening Primrose Oil (EPO). This supplement contains a compound called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). This substance supplies the body with essential fatty acids, specifically, omega 6, which are the building blocks of hormones. The use of EPO can be very effective in decreasing PMS symptoms, especially moodiness, irritability and depression. It can help reduce breast tenderness, however, if the EPO alone is not enough, add some natural vitamin E and that will probably take care of the problem. EPO is extremely safe with no known side effects. When purchasing EPO, look for a standardized GLA content of 8% or more.

Q: My baby has colic and seems so uncomfortable. Are there any herbal remedies that I can give her?

A: There is a great liquid remedy made of catnip and fennel. This formula is especially helpful with colic and can also relieve constipation, gas, indigestion and intestinal cramping. I’m not talking about the type of catnip that cats love. Herbal catnip is very soothing and produces a sedative effect on the digestive system. Fennel is a great digestive aid and has antispasmodic properties helping to relieve gas and bloating. If your child does not like the taste of the remedy, you can rub a small amount topically into the abdominal area for absorption through the skin. This method is very effective.

This herb information is for health education purposes only. It is not intended to replace the services of licensed health practitioners. Consult with a physician for any condition that requires professional care.

Do you have questions about herbs or vitamins? Send them to Cathy Schram, CNHP and Certified Herbalist. Write to: Herbs & More, 16021 Manchester Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011.