Cramp-Relieving Herbal Tea for Women
Cramping, bloating, mood swings, lower back pain,headache,fatigue, heavy bleeding are an inevitable part of women’s life, thanks to the menstrual cycle! According to the American Academy of Family physicians, extreme period pain interferes with the daily activities of 1 in every 5 women.
During menstruation, the uterus contracts to squeeze the lining away from the uterine wall and allow it to exit the body through the vagina. These uterine contractions cause painful cramps. Most women experience cramps in the lower abdomen, although the pain can also radiate to the lower back, groin, or upper thighs. Menstrual cramps tend to be the worst at the beginning of a period and reduces after 3-5 days.
According to Ayurveda, menstrual cramps are often a sign of stagnant and blocked energy in the female reproductive system (artava).Just like any other function in the body, menstruation is also dominated by one of the three doshas during each phase of the menstrual cycle. Out of which,Vatais the force that regulates all downward movements in the body, pushing the menstruum (the blood lost during a period) down and out of the body.Vata, therefore predominates during the period itself.
This tea recipe will help to move the energy through this area, and the ingredients like ginger, peppermint and tulsi help to pacify vata during periods. Besides, these herbs also possess anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and pain-relieving properties.
For monthly cramp relief, drink 1 to 3 cups of this tea each day up to a week before menstruation, until the bleeding has reduced to a “spotting”.If you have irregular, painful, or debilitating cycles every month, this may be a sign of a deeper imbalance and needs to be managed with dosha-specific herbs.
Ingredients for 4 cups
- 4 1/2 cups of filtered water
- Fresh ginger (2 inches), grated or finely chopped*
- 2 tbsp. tulsi leaf
- 1 tbsp. lemongrass
- 1 tbsp. peppermint leaf
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Honey to taste (optional)
* Fresh ginger may be substituted with 1 teaspoon dry ginger unless there is a strong Pitta imbalance.
- Boil the water in a medium-size saucepan.Once the water is boiled, simmer the heat.
- Add the grated ginger, tulsi, lemongrass, peppermint, and cinnamon sticks.Steep on a low heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Strain with a fine-mesh strainer into a tea mug.
- Once the tea has slightly cooled, add a small amount of honey to sweeten the tea.
- Drink this tea regularly throughout the day for continuous cramp relief.
Take One to three cups of this tea daily, 2 to 3 days before the beginning of the menstrual cycle, and continue throughout the menstruation. This tea will relieve cramping of all kinds and is great for digestion, nausea, and morning sickness too!
This simple tea recipe may be useful to relieve the cramps but if you experience chronic pain, you must understand the cause and apply the ayurvedic wisdom accordingly.