I’ve spent two decades suffering from endometriosis. I was diagnosed at age 22 after suffering terrible pain from what I thought could be, a kinked intestine. My boyfriend at the time had a lot of experience with symptoms of endometriosis, having had an ex-girlfriend who had been diagnosed with the same disorder. He ultimately convinced me to see a doctor which led to my diagnosis.
At the time, there was a stigma surrounding endometriosis. People assumed if you suffered from the disorder, you’d most likely have terrible difficulty trying to conceive, but that’s not always the case. Many years ago, before all of the advancements in modern medicine, doctors believed the cure to endometriosis, was pregnancy.
There are a variety of symptoms associated with endometriosis, it’s simply not one size fits all. For me endometriosis meant horrible cramps that throbbed down my legs, and into the arches of my feet. It meant sharp shooting pains that would bring me to my knees and make it difficult to catch my breath.
I’ve never been in labor, but I’m guessing if labor is the worst pain in the world, endometriosis is a close runner up. On multiple occasions when an ovarian cyst would strike, the pain was so excruciating, it left me doubled over, rolling around in agony for lengthy periods of time and even on a good month, I had terrible spinal pain.. a pain, that felt as though my entire spine, and tailbone were arthritic, not to mention a variety of other symptoms that endometriosis sufferers incur on a monthly basis.
I have tried everything over the years from ibuprofen to the pill, heating pads to a laparoscopy, I’ve had countless ultrasounds, a million over the counter herbs, and nothing helped accept the surgery. That seemed to stave off my symptoms for about two years, but when they returned, they came back with a vengeance.
Last year, my endometriosis seeped into my spine, I’d spend two weeks out of the month, sleeping on a heating pan, and my poor diet was not helping the situation. Endometriosis is one of the disorders the Whole30 program is said to help resolve, and it did not disappoint. I knew going in, no matter what, I would probably see a decrease in symptoms, having used a clean diet in the past to manage the pain. The first month drastically reduced my symptoms to almost non-existence, but I still suffered from moderate cramping. Then I began reading up on what oils could help me to further treat my condition. There were several.. geranium, cypress, clary sage, and eucalyptus, to name a few, but having heard so much in recent times about the benefits of fresh sage in hot water from a friend of mine, I decided to give that one a try.
I began drinking this herbal tea religiously every night, and within 4 weeks, all of my symptoms were gone and they’ve not come back. It’s been almost twelve weeks. I whole heatedly believe that getting my body healthier has provided a solid foundation for natural remedies, like this one, to truly help me. One of the first things I learned when attending the introduction to becoming a certified herbalist is that natural healing doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen, if you are consistent.
I continue to drink this tea every night and while I use Clary Sage to treat endometriosis, there are a variety of other conditions it can be used for:
- breast enlargement
- emotional stress
- estrogen balance
- hormonal balance
- hot flashes
- mood swings
- muscle fatigue
- parkinson’s disease
- postpartum depression
But even if you do not suffer from any of the above, this tea is so incredibly delicious, you could drink it with or without the Clary Sage. No matter which you choose, I guarantee you’ll have trouble returning to regular tea.
Clary Sage Green Tea
- 2 cups water
- 2 green tea bags (I use “double green matcha tea” by The Republic of Tea)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 drops clary sage
- 15 drops of stevia
- slice of meyer lemon
- Bring water to a boil
- Add all of the ingredients to a large mug
- Add the boiling water and allow the tea to steep for about 3 minutes before drinking it