Q. I read on your website about women desperate to reduce their libido. I used to suffer from the same unwelcome sexual desires. I think my sex drive was due to excess testosterone.
I fixed this problem by drinking spearmint tea in the morning and the evening for several weeks. Spearmint is available in health food stores or Latino groceries, where it is sold as yerba buena.
A. To our surprise, we found that in Turkey, mint tea has a reputation for lowering libido. Animal research suggests that it may have an impact on testosterone.
In one study, researchers treated 21 women who had unwanted facial hair (Phytotherapy Research, May 2007). A cup of spearmint tea twice a day for five days lowered free testosterone.
A British trial randomized 42 women with polycystic ovary syndrome and high testosterone levels to take either spearmint tea or placebo tea twice a day for a month. At the end of 30 days, testosterone levels were lower in the women who had consumed spearmint tea (Phytotherapy Research, February 2010).
Q. I have been suffering from severe migraines and recently noticed that if I chug a Slurpee and induce “brain freeze,” my headache immediately clears up or goes away entirely.
A. You are not alone. Others have reported that inducing brain freeze with ice cream, ice water or a Frappuccino can halt a migraine.
Since migraines are believed to be triggered by changes in blood flow to the brain, disrupting the process by creating brain freeze may explain your remedy. Those who don’t benefit from brain freeze may be interested in the many other natural approaches in our Guide to Headaches and Migraines. Anyone who would like a copy, please send $3 in check or money order with a long (No. 10), stamped (66 cents), self-addressed envelope to: Graedons’ People’s Pharmacy, No. M-98, P.O. Box 52027, Durham, NC 27717-2027. It also can be downloaded for $2 from our website: www.peoplespharmacy.com.