Everyone is familiar with those 2-3 days every month, bent over in pain, or pretending nothing is the matter while your insides twist and turn. Menstrual cramps can be quite debilitating. Well! Today we share with you 4 useful ways to reduce menstrual pain and cramps.
1. Chamomile tea is a soothing and relaxing herb that works from within, on your muscles and skeletal system. The herb also has a deeply calming effect and reduces anxiety. When your hormones are peaking, it helps to drink a calming tea like chamomile.
Making a cup of chamomile tea:
It is best to make this tea with fresh flowers to reap the maximum benefit.
You will need:
- 3-4 tablespoons fresh chamomile flowers
- 1 fresh sprig of mint
- 2 thin apple slices
- Swirl boiling water in your pot.
- Place the apple slices within and mash them.
- Add clean and washed flowers to the pot.
- Top up with two cups of boiling water.
- Cover the pot and let the flowers steep for 3-5 minutes.
- Strain the tea into a cup, add honey as per taste.
- Enjoy your drink.
2. Ginger is a common ingredient in every kitchen. Do you know of the immense health benefits of this simple root? Ginger possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help provide relief from stomach cramps. The mild root aids blood circulation and also helps relax intestinal track muscles. Make yourself a hot cup of ginger tea for PMS cramps.
Making a cup of ginger tea:
- Peel and thinly slice ginger and boil in water for 8-10 minutes.
- Use as much ginger as you feel like; you can’t overdo it.
- Switch of the gas and add lime juice and honey as per taste.
- Allow the hot ginger tea to soothe those stomach cramps.
3. Black Cohosh is a powerful herb that when made into a cup of tea relaxes muscles and helps relieve pain. It is used extensively for treating arthritis and inflammation. It also possesses unique properties that act on the uterine lining and relax the whole pelvic area. You can use it to relieve those pesky menstrual cramps.
The herb is strong. Use it sparingly while making a cup of tea and immediately stop using it once your period is over.
4. Cramp Bark, as the name suggests, is a natural herb that is one of the best remedies for PMS related cramps and pains. It relieves pressure around the uterus, tightness in the lower back and leg fatigue.
You can add cramp bark decoction to a cup of chamomile or peppermint tea. Here’s how you make the decoction:
- Add the herb to water and bring it to a slow boil.
- Leave it simmering for 15-20 minutes.
- Cool it with a lid on.
- Strain the decoction after it cools or you can keep it overnight.
Try these home remedies for menstrual pain the next time you get hit by a wave of cramps. Trust us, they work.