Painful periods can quickly become complicated to live with on a daily basis for women who suffer from them. Dysmenorrhea affects a large number of menstruating people, and 10% of them would have a very painful flow that would even be disabling in daily life. So how to relieve menstruation with herbal infusions?
Phytotherapy : relieve painful periods with plants
Among the natural methods to relieve painful periods, we find infusions, decoctions and herbal teas. Lavender, camomile, lemon balm, focus on these plants and natural remedies which can help you to better live your menstruations!
The consumption of natural plants
Plants are very good natural alternatives to drugs to relieve menstruation and the discomforts that can be encountered throughout the cycle. This is what we call phytotherapy: the use of plants to treat everyday ailments, in this case menstrual pain.Aromatherapy also uses the same raw materials, but in another form, as essential oil.
Of course, one cup infused will not be enough to make disabling dysmenorrhea disappear. Besides, keep in mind thatit is not normal to have pain during your period to the point that it disrupts your daily activities. If the pain is too intense, consult a health professional; it may be a pathology such as endometriosis or simply a hormonal imbalance, etc.
If the consumption of medicinal recipes can help to alleviate menstrual pain, be careful not to take yourself for a chemist's apprentice: plants, even if they are natural remedies, have contraindications and a dosage to be respected. Contact your doctor for a professional opinion. You can buy them in supermarkets, pharmacies, herbalists or organic stores. The best is to go to a professional specialized in infusions who will be able to advise you according to the pain you want to reduce. Finally, always choose organic ingredients.
The use of plants in herbal tea
Sage, valerian, raspberry... The leaves are particularly recommended to be used in herbal tea. Many of them can be infused. It is necessary to clean and dry them first. Infusion is a simple way to consume the plant in natural remedies!
What are the best herbal teas for painful periods?
Each one has its own benefits: we present you several today depending on the pain you feel.
Chamomile infusions to reduce digestive disorders
Chamomile is the star of infusions: it is very well known for the multiple virtues it provides to the body.
One of the advantages of this flower is that it contributes greatly to reduce digestive disorders. It is particularly interesting during the menstrual period. Indeed, many people are confronted with digestive disorders in the days preceding their period or during the menstrual flow.
In addition to the digestive benefits that this plant provides, it is also recommended for cramps, whether they are of digestive or uterine origin.
To prepare your infusion, you can put 3 grams of chamomile to infuse in boiling water for 20 minutes. You can add a little honey or maple syrup. You can drink this drink up to 4 times a day.
Raspberry leaf tea against cramps
Raspberry leaf tea will quickly become your go-to drink for menstrual cramps and stomach aches. They are full of frangin and flavonoids. The latter are known to have antispasmodic properties, that is to say that the contractions will be reduced by the frangin which stimulates the muscles of the uterus and fights against the contractions. To improve the effectiveness of these teas, it is possible to drink them the days before the arrival of the period.
Alchemilla tea for heavy periods
Thealchemilla is also called "grass with the women" because this plant has multiple virtues. It is in particular useful in the event of abundant rules. The active ingredients (luteinic) it contains are similar to progesterone, the hormone of the menstrual cycle. Its use thus makes it possible to fight against menorrhagia (very abundant periods) and regulates the menstrual cycle.
It is ideal consumed in decoction or to make infuse during 15 minutes in hot water. You can drink two cups a day.
Fennel in tea for its anti-pain action
Fennel is very effective to fight painful periods. It contains fenchone, and it is thanks to this substance that this perennial plant is effective against uncomfortable blood loss by reducing spasms. However, it is not recommended to ingest more than 7 grams of dried fruit per day. It is not necessary to continue the treatment for more than two weeks.
Lemon balm infusion to reduce stress
Lemon balm is particularly effective in combating anxiety and stress. This aromatic soothes mood swings, irritability or anxiety. Very useful when one knows that many people are confronted with these symptoms with the approach of their menstrual flow. It is a plant which is used since the Antiquity. One consumes it two to three times per day, attention not to exceed one week of catch. A good cup of lavender infused during menstruation is also very effective to fight against the symptoms of anxiety and stress! It is also antispasmodic which reduces uterine contractions and menstrual pain.
Yarrow to relieve uterine pain
Rich in flavonoids and azulene,yarrow is a plant with antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and relaxing properties. By blocking the production of estrogen, yarrow relieves menstrual pain (that of the uterus) and stomach aches. This flower can also be used in essential oil in a bath for example.
Is tea also recommended against painful periods?
Tea differs from herbal tea in that it contains theine. It is therefore better to limit its consumption in the evening, as theine has an exciting effect.
You can drink it during the day, but be careful, tea limits the absorption of certain nutrients such as iron, which is vital for people suffering from anemia for example.
Ginger tea is for example very interesting during menstrual flow: ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that will reduce pain.
Some women suffer from water retention during their menstrual cycles. For these problems, green tea can be a good natural remedy.
Generally speaking, the benefits of tea on the menstrual period depend on the variety chosen. However, it is better to use herbal teas rather than tea.
Whenever possible, we always recommend choosing organic teas, even if it means paying a price: it's better for your body and for the planet.
Anemia related to menstruation is quite common. It will cause symptoms that are more or less disabling on a daily basis. If you suffer from an excessively heavy or even hemorrhagic menstrual flow, consult your doctor! This can hide an underlying pathology.
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