Spearmint tea — A possible treatment for hairy women

February 21, 2007 |

Women with hirsutism grow hair on their faces, breasts and stomachs. This can cause great distress. The hair grows because they have abnormally high levels of the ‘masculinising’ androgen hormones. Androgens travel around the body in the blood stream, and a key way of treating hirsutism is to reduce the level of these androgens.

Data just published in Phytotherapy Research shows that drinking two cups of spearmint tea a day for five days could reduce the level of androgens in women with hirsutism.

“Current therapies use either oral contraceptives to suppress androgen production, or medications such as spironolactone that prevent the body responding to androgen – but this study shows that spearmint could be a good natural alternative for women who have mild symptoms,” says researcher Mehmet Numan Tamer who acts as spokesperson for the research team. The research was carried out at the Suleyman Demirel University, Isparta, Turkey.

In the trials the herbal tea was made by pouring a cup (250ml) of boiling water over 1 heaped teaspoon (5g) of dried leaves, and leaving it for 5 to 10 mins.

The team decided to study the effects of spearmint on hirsutism because of previous reports that extracts of the spearmint plant (Mentha spicata Labiatae) could reduce libido in men. A possible reason for this reduced libido could have been that spearmint was reducing their androgen level. Other research had shown that these extracts reduced androgen levels in rats.

“We now need to do further studies to test the reliability of this finding, and to see the extent to which the reduced androgens do help women with mild hirsutism,” says Professor Tamer.

From John Wiley & Sons


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  9. Ms.Shiny August 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    Note:the oil ull get in the end will be black with some herb granules present..dont expect to strain it clear

  10. Ms.Shiny August 1, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    Note:the oil should be black with some herb granules still present..dont expect to strain it clear

  11. Ms.Shiny August 1, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    Note:the oil u get will be black. with some herb granules still present..

  12. Ms.Shiny August 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    Hi all,
    I had camel legss..and..camle everything else..
    i’ll tell u what worked for me..
    1.fennel seed supplements ,or if u dont wanto buy those u can make fennel seed tea by boiling a teaspoon of fennel/cup of water (the minute water starts boiling,cover and steep for 5-10 min,

    2.fenugreek seed supplement,or u can purchase fenugreek seeds and boil same as the previous example..

    3.saw palmetto supplements
    I took theis combination of supplements
    i made a skin oil using (cyperus rotundus) ….the part of the plant used is the Rhizomes which r nodules near the roots
    they grind it into a fine brown powder..dunno where u can get it if u dont live in a middle eastern country,but u can ask around.im sure there r herbalists in every country
    what to do with it…….

    a)2 tbs of the herb for every 250ml pf olive oil
    b)heat oli on med heat ,till its fairly hot..
    c)then add herb and instantly turn off heat and pour hot mixture into an airtight ,clean jar…
    d) leave in dark place e.g kitchen cupboard for 24hrs..
    e) straain usinga small strainer or sieve lined with medical gauze (found at drugstores and pahrmacies)..
    F) store in clean,airtight bottle
    g) epliate hair using any plucking method (DO NOT SHAVE)..then start applying the oil daily after ur regular bath massaging it in
    h) when hair appears again repeat process,,U DONT need to make a new batch at the time of each new epilation..just when u run out..
    NOTES:if u remabrrassed to go to a parlour to have ur back waxed ask a close person u trust to..better brave up for this,if u live in a shell of shame>>ull never solve ur problem!!
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    NOTES:u can make a big batch using 8 tbs of the herb/1Litre oil
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    MOST IMPORTANT NOTE: PATIENCE!!! ull have to use it for a couple of months.. but if u make big bathces ,ull only have to worry about the “epilation when its due!

  13. sruti August 1, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    HAI I AM TOO HAIRY BUT DONT WORRY ,it may be because of excess of male hormone. U must consult doctor .it maybe PCOS .U can have pills for it & a better diet with lesser carbohydrate rich food like pasta potato rice etc & include more fruits .don’t take tension for it & just forget about hair &also try spearmint tea & try the turmeric ,besan ,milk mixture for a few months
    elder sister of all for finding solution for my sister’s &brother’s

  14. sruti August 1, 2011 at 12:05 am #

    hai i too have hair but try a better diet with less carbohydrate (pasta potato rice)&include more fruits because i read that this hair growth may be because of excess male hormone (antrogen or something like that ) also try spearmint tea &try to apply besan haldi along with milk as given in the previous comment &just forget it &be tension free about it .it will surely go
    your elder sister

  15. sruti July 31, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

    try ,mix besan & kasturi haldi in equal amount along with milk (make thick paste) apply on those parts and rub off after 15 min, the hair growth will surely reduce and will become thin &light

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  17. haleema July 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    same with me…it annoys the hell out of me….it makes me mad!!!!!!!!!!…..but dont worry your not the only gilrl…=)

  18. Hairy kid July 6, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    Hi im 13 year old girl and im pretty shore i have hirsutism i cry every time i look at any part of my body or in the mirror; i have hair everywhere: from my shoulders to my hands, fingers,from my toes to my butt, in the lower part of my back(and its growing towards the top),i have sideburns , my ears(not just around them but really on them),my eyebrows are connecting with my hair, i have little hairs all over my face, and my belly is all covered and connecting with my chest. All hairs in my body are connected. It’s not that they’re long but they’re A LOT. I cry everyday because of this and i don’t know what to do, im only 13 imagine when im 18 im becoming into a monster. Im desperate i don’t know what to do :'(

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  20. Hairy Girly June 27, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Dear Sadly Hairy,
    I want you to know that you are not alone. I am 21 years old and I can tell you that I have the same problem. I have hair on my face, chest, back, and legs; every inch you can think of. I feel the same insecurities as you do and just want you to know that you are not the only one, and I hope that there will be a solution soon. Try the spearmint tea, I haven’t yet, but I plan to see if it works soon. I hope all goes well with you.

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