Herb Teas to Soothe Menstrual Cramps
Painful menstrual period cramps can be a nuisance for some and debilitating for others. Painful menstruation, in fact, is the leading cause of lost time from work or school for females in their teens and early 20s, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). There are, of course, pharmaceutical options for relief. Women who want a more natural remedy, however, have several herbal options:
Peppermint’s calming and numbing effect makes it useful for treating menstrual cramps as well as headaches, diarrhea and GI issues. These same qualities may make it useful for treating the irritable bowel syndrome symptoms that sometimes accompany menstrual cramps. Peppermint can be taken as tea, with 1 tsp. loose leaves or a tea bag steeped in 1 cup hot water for about 10 minutes. You can drink four to five cups of this tea daily. Peppermint also comes in capsules that can be taken up to three times a day.
Ginger alleviates menstrual cramps because it has six pain-relieving compounds as well as six anti-cramping compounds. Ginger frequently is used to treat inflammation. Fresh ginger root can be used to make tea or premade tea bags are available. Steep 2 tbsp. ginger root in hot water for at least 10 minutes to make a tea, which can be consumed up to three times daily.