The benefits of herbal tea plus the best recipe of tea for period cramps that you can make at home. From personal experience every time I’m drinking this tea for period cramps, the amount of pain diminished considerably within a couple of hours. Sometimes relieving period cramps with tea works in just 20-30 minutes.
So which tea is good for period cramps, what are best herbal combinations and how it works?
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Plants are effective on reducing dysmenorrhea and herbal teas make a great natural home remedy for period pain. Drinking herbal teas for period cramps has been a part of traditional herbal medicine for thousands of years. These warming teas also help sooth other mucous tissues and decrease any general inflammation.
Best Teas For Period Cramps (Dysmenorrhea)
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Nettle Tea For Period Pain
Nettle’s calcium, magnesium and other phytocomponent content can significantly reduce the severity of menstrual cramps by lowering inflammation and even make your menstrual flow lighter. Nettles make an excellent tea for menstrual cramps that helps relax the muscles of your blood vessels and reduce the force of contractions, hence the effect of easing the period cramps.
It also cleanses the body of metabolic wastes through the kidneys and liver, also enhances the ability to process estrogen more effectively.
Other benefits of nettle tea being known for are: lowering blood pressure (by acting as a vasodilator), lowering blood sugar, also help with colds, asthma, and allergies (by reducing the histamine).
How to make nettle tea? Place dried nettle leaves in a teapot and add boiled water, steep for 20 minutes and drinks 3-4 times a day. I prefer to buy loose nettle leaves tea as the quality is much higher thank in packets.
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Raspberry Leaf Tea For Menstrual Cramps
The tea made from raspberry leaves will help reduce the period cramps by both relaxing and toning the uterus. Red raspberry leaf is rich in vitamins and minerals, containing vitamins C, E, and A, a variety of B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus. It also contains essential trace minerals such as zinc, iron, chromium and manganese.
Raspberry leaf tea is actually pretty delicious. The flavor of raspberry leaf tea is similar to a fruity black tea such as Earl Grey. It’s usually recommended to drink 1 to 3 cups of raspberry leaf tea a day when having period cramps.
Yarrow Tea For Menstrual Pain
Studies have found yarrow to be one of the best herbs to effectively minimize severity of dysmenorrhea and stop heavy periods. It’s anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic actions relieve inflammation and congestion of the uterus. It also has an extraordinary ability to stop heavy bleeding and improve circulation to the reproductive organs. Studies also found yarrow to be more effective than chamomile flowers. Note: do not use while nursing or pregnant.
When I’m consuming tea made with dried yarrow to relieve menstrual cramps I start to take it in low doses, 2-3 days in advance and slowly increasing the dose during menstruation if I feel it’s needed.
This plant is quite bitter so I prefer to combine it with other herbs and make it even more effective against period cramps. Check out below the recipe of tea for period cramps.
Other herbs for menstrual pain that can be used in teas are: calendula, goldenseal, peppermint, St. John’s Wort, and wild rose.
Bellow I’m sharing a recipe for a tea blend for menstrual cramps (period pain) that never failed to help. This herbal tea blend helps relax the blood vessels and ease the contractions while preventing excessive bleeding and providing nourishment with essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients necessary for optimal body function.
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Tea For Period Cramps FAQs
Herbal teas that contain plant compounds or phytochemicals with ability to reduce inflammation, and that as a result they may relieve pain, relax the muscles and improve blood flow. According to the Lost Book Of Herbal Remedies, herbal teas that are good for menstrual cramps include: nettle, raspberry leaf, yarrow, calendula, hops, peppermint, pulsatilla, St. John’s wort and valerian root.
The sweet spot is 3-5 cups per day. While you can certainly drink more tea, it’s not recommend overdoing. Simply sipping tea throughout the day will ensure that all these compounds are always present in your system.
Some tea plants are treated with pesticides and herbicides, so try to choose high-quality, organic or pesticide-free varieties. There might also be some drug interactions, (if you’re on prescriptions make sure to research possible interactions).
Although green tea does slightly influence hormone levels and the caffeine present in the tea may have an influence, it all depends on how your body processes caffeine. Some people are sensitivities to caffeine, and some are more tolerant. There is no definitive answer for everyone. Observe the effects and take a decision after. Some of the caffeine overdose symptoms are: restlessness and anxiety.
Menstrual Cramps & Diet Relation
Naturally, eating foods that decrease inflammation in the body will help to reduce menstrual cramps as well. The level of pain is proportionally dependent on the foods you eat a few days before your period (and during), so try to minimize any processed foods.
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Best Tea For Period Cramps (Recipe)
- 1 tsp dried yarrow leaf and flower - not powder
- 1 tsp dried raspberry leaves
- 1 tsp dried nettle leaves
- 12-14 oz hot boiling water
Steep The Tea
- Add the herbs in an infuser, add boiling water (about 12-14 oz / 375 – 414 ml ) and let steep, covered, for several minutes. Usually 15 minutes should be enough. Covering it helps keep the volatile oils in the herbs from evaporating into the air with the steam.
- Keep the leftovers for up to 24 hours, and you can warm it up the next day too. Try to drink 2-4 cups a day, during period cramps.For avoiding the cramps next time, make the tea and drink 2 days in advance (3 cups a day) and if necessary during the menstrual days as well. Or at least until pain subsides.
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Friday 11th of February 2022
The taste of this tea is not super pleasant but it defintely helps a lot with pain and swelling!