Menstrual cramps are something that all women disagree on. Some women say they don’t hurt, or barely hurt at all. A very close friend of mine gets a fever, vomits, and cannot get out of bed. She often takes the first day of her cycle off, simply because she cannot go into work and get anything done.
It seems that everyone has a different view on cramps. Some women love yoga, some insist exercise is the best way to get rid of them. Some people think that a hot water bottle, bed, and a umpteenth rewatch of Dirty Dancing is the way to go. I may belong to the very last group of people, and I don’t feel the need to defend my Dirty Dancing watching.
Now, while I’m laying around and bemoaning my situation, I have several remedies to actually actively help ease my cramps. In that frame of mind, I have put together my favourite yummy, effective, and wonderful treatments to help you escape menstruation cramps.
Two kinds of tea. A normal servings size for a cup of tea is maybe four grams. If the tea is finely shredded two tablespoons should serve. You can resteep the tea two or even three times depending on freshness and when the tea was picked. The fresher the tea the more potent the brew and effective it will be on your cramps.
Cramp Bark Tea: Cramp bark tea is an effective muscle relaxer. This tea stops the muscle tensing that actually causes the cramping pain. This also extraordinarily effective tea to stop muscle pain after a work out.
Try and find an organic dealer, some you can find at whole foods or alternative medicine stores. You can also use a store online, so long as they agree to send you an certified organic note.
Willow Bark Tea: I’ve written an article on the uses of White Willow Bark before, but I wanted to reiterate how much I love this tea. This tea helps aid weight loss, works as a diueretic (for that extra weight you gain before hand), pulls down fevers and works as an effective pain reliever.
Raspberry Leaves: This tea can actually help lighten your flow. If you have a heavy period, this is the tea that will help prevent lots of bleeding. It’s best to drink it a few days in advance of the start of your cycle in order to reap the benefits. It’s also said it can ease your cramps.
Cat Nip Tea: Drink this once in the morning and once at night to head off your worst cramps
Lavender: Is an anti-spasmodic which should ease your muscles contractions.
Geranium: Is a mood lifter, and good for balancing out hormones. Can also help ease a very heavy period.
Lemon Balm + Chamomile: two drops in a teaspoon or carrier oil (avocado, coconut, jojoba…) and massage it into your belly.
You can also add about 15 drops of any of these to your bathwater for an added relaxation boost.
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