Menstrual cramps could either be mild or prove to be debilitating for some women. Reports suggest that at least 20% of women say these cramps are so painful, that they interrupt with their daily tasks. Menstrual cramps/pain or ‘dysmenorrhea’ usually lasts for about one or two days before or during periods. Before reaching for pain-alleviating medicines, it would be good to try natural remedies – tea. Here is a list of the top 5 teas for menstrual cramps relief:
Possibly one of the best and most loved of ingredients, which is why it is present in every kitchen – ginger. Mixing milk, water, tea leaves, and a big piece of crushed ginger root, make a delicious and healthy tea, which works great on menstrual cramps. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger work on the body, providing a soothing effect. It is recommended to drink ginger tea at least thrice a day for relief from menstrual cramps and also for the entire period. Ginger tea also helps with reducing nausea, which is one of the unpleasant effects of menstruation.
This tea contains anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, which are extremely helpful in alleviating painful menstrual cramps. Chamomile Tea is made from dried Chamomile flowers, which contain glycine – a chemical that is highly effective in reducing muscle spasms and relaxing the nerves. The calming effect of Chamomile tea further reduces fatigue and induces sleep, which can work well during those ‘tough’ days.
Another great tea for menstrual cramps relief is Fennel Tea. It is loaded with potent antioxidants – Vitamin C and quercetin (a plant pigment called flavonoids), which are extremely beneficial to reduce inflammation. Fennel seeds contain anethole (an oil), and other powerful phytochemicals, which are effective in calming menstrual cramps.
Cinnamon Tea is like a warm hug. Cinnamon is a spice that is one of nature’s healing agents. It is a potent antioxidant, with powerful anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, that help to reduce menstrual pain, maintain blood sugar levels, and help in digestion. Cinnamon tea works wonders in providing warmth during the cold months.
One of the most loved teas, is Green Tea. Drinking it during the period, helps to regulate blood flow, control iron and haemoglobin levels, during menstruation. The low caffeine content inhibits the formation of clots too. Green tea also has a calming and soothing effect, boosts the mood, and alleviates depressive feelings and irritation, which are common during the period. This tea also helps to reduce bloating. All of these factors, relieve menstrual cramps.
Unless recommended by a doctor, it is better not to reach for medication to relieve menstrual cramps, since the medicines have their own side effects. The natural, safe, and effective menstrual cramp relief remedies are the herbal teas mentioned above. However, experts say that if cramps are too intense and persist beyond two days, seeking medical advice is recommended. Wishing you ‘periods’ of health and calmness!
However, experts say that if cramps are too intense and persist beyond two days, seeking medical advice is recommended. Wishing you ‘periods’ of health and calmness!
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