Friday, June 28, 2013
Calm Menstrual Cramps - An Herbal Tea for Easing Monthly Discomfort
Does this image look familiar? If you're one of the 70% of women between ages 20-45, it probably does. Menstrual cramps, or dysmenorrhoea, is classified as pain occurring in the pelvic region before or during menstruation when the cause is not due to any abnormality. The pain can range from mild to severe, and last anywhere from hours to days, depending on the person. These symptoms can be managed with over the counter pain killers or medications, but for those of us who prefer more natural remedies, here is one for you.
Herbal teas have been around for centuries, combining various herbs and adding them to boiling water to combat everything from infections to pain to moods to infertility. Luckily, some of those herbs do an amazing job of easing menstrual cramps and other discomfort caused by menstruation.
Cramp bark is a shrub that boasts thick shiny leaves and can even have dark shiny berries (which can be used as a substitute for cranberries). The plant is used to ease uterine cramps due to its antispasmodic properties. It is actually considered the most effective of all Viburnum species at relieving menstrual cramps because it contains more of the antispasmodic constituent scopoletin.
Red Raspberry Leaf
Traditionally associated with pregnancy, red raspberry leaf is also highly beneficial in easing menstrual cramps and discomfort. Similar to how the herb helps reduce labor pain during and after childbirth, the alkaloid called fragrine in red raspberry leaf relaxes and smooths uterine muscles - thus easing pain during menstruation.
Packed full of vitamins and an all-around great herb for your body, nettle also has been used for hundreds of years to treat painful muscles and joints. Scientists believe that nettle's pain relieving property comes from reducing levels of inflammatory chemicals in the body. Specifically in relation to menstrual cramps, nettle is able to relieve menstrual cramps and the pain associated with your monthly cycle.
So how exactly do you drink these things? Well, you can certainly buy each herb separately and make a tea from each one or all combined, but it's not going to taste very good. Cramp-Ease is a new tea from mamatea that combines all of these ingredients with chamomile, hibiscus and strawberries for a pleasant aroma and sweet taste - making it not only effective but a wonderful tea as well!
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