Statistics say that up to 80% of women experience painful periods. Here at #periodpainfree, we will absolutely not stand for that insanely high number, especially when there are natural remedies out there. And by natural we do not mean sprinting to your local CVS to load up on ibuprofen, because A. staying in bed sounds V nice and B. no one wants to deal with the side effects down the line.
Instead, why don’t you curl up with a nice cup of tea, keep on keepin’ on with those Friends episodes, and rest easy knowing you’re using centuries-old, yet modern-tech-proven herbal teas to help relieve menstrual cramps.
Ready to enjoy the benefits of plant based healing? Below is a sampling of herbal teas which have a positive effect on relieving cycle-related symptoms. Try any of the following, either on its own or in combination with the others to maximize effects. Because plant products aren’t as strong as pharmaceuticals, drinking the tea 3x/day, both leading up to and during your cycle, will give the best results.
Cramp bark: True to its namesake, cramp bark is known to relieve muscle spasms, easing your uterus into a blissful period. Be sure to boil this herb before consuming (2 tbsp/ 12 ounces water)
Lavender: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, and anti-anxiety. What more could you want during your cycle?
Ginger: known the block the formation of prostaglandins, which would normally increase inflammation associated with the menstruation process, ginger is an essential herb for fighting those period pains.
Peppermint: Mint has an antispasmodic effect on the muscles of your uterus, decreasing cramps. This action also applies to your digestive system, so it is especially good for those with cycle-related GI upset
Lemon: this you don’t need to boil, just squeeze right into your concoction. In Chinese medicine, the sour flavor of the lemon soothes the system that controls your hormones, creating a more balanced period. Research also shows it to be effective for cramp relief. No fresh lemon? Why not try this tea which has lemon, turmeric (anti-inflammatory) and camomile (calming).
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