4 Herbs To Naturally Relieve Menstrual Cramps
As women, we have been conditioned to believe that period cramps are an inevitable part of our lives. From a young age, we are told to accept discomfort and pain as a normal part of being a woman.
In Sweden alone, a study showed that 89% of women experience monthly pain, with 36% reporting severe pain.
This statistic highlights the widespread nature of this issue and emphasizes the urgency to address it. However, natural ways exist to address and alleviate menstrual discomfort that has been tried and tested for centuries.
Alongside some essential lifestyle modifications such as movement, stress management, a healthy diet, hydration, sleep, and rest, the following herbs have proven to be incredibly helpful in significantly reducing or even eliminating period cramps altogether.
While these herbs may offer incredible results, it's important to consult a healthcare practitioner to rule out any underlying conditions if the pain persists.
Hibiscus contains natural analgesic compounds that can alleviate pain and discomfort associated with menstrual cramps. It can also be helpful for soothing regular stomach aches. Hibiscus is also a natural diuretic that can help reduce water retention and bloating, associated with menstruation.
Raspberry leaf tea is a well known uterine tonic with muscle-relaxing properties that can help reduce menstrual cramps. It is also rich in nutrients such as iron, magnesium, and calcium, which help nourish the body during menstruation.
Nettle can help with period cramps due to its high iron content, improving blood flow and oxygenation to the uterus, and therefor reducing the severity of cramps and replenishing depleted iron stores. By providing nutritional support and promoting hormonal balance, nettle may contribute to alleviating menstrual pain and promoting a healthier menstrual cycle. Nettle is also a natural diuretic.
Burdock root is known for its potential liver-supportive properties. And is thought to have a balancing effect on hormones in the body. A healthy liver is essential for efficient hormone metabolism, as well as the detoxification and elimination of waste products from the body. Supporting liver health indirectly contributes to reducing menstrual cramps.
We have created three blends including these herbs to support you menstrual cycle.
Please note that it's always essential to consult with a healthcare professional if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking medications, before incorporating new herbs into your routine.
Prevalence and impact of dysmenorrhea (painful periods) in Sweden
Red raspberry and hibiscus for period cramps
The hepatoprotective effect of Burdock root on the liver
Raspberry leaf benefits for women