Looking for a natural solution to your menstrual cramps?
Well, look no further. We are going to reveal five herbs that work well for menstrual cramps – allowing you to get rid of the pain and discomfort that can interrupt your life.
Even better, these herbs have no negative side effects so you don’t have to worry about getting rid of your cramps only to experience some other negative effect, such as nausea or dizziness.
The truth is if you start taking one or more of these herbs most people may never even know you are on your period!
Another positive of these herbal remedies is that they are easy to take. For example, you could drink a herbal tea a few times a day during your period or you could take a few herbal capsules during the day. What you won’t have to do is wake up at night to take any herbal supplements.
So what are the best herbal supplements for menstrual cramps?
Here are five that have been shown again and again to be effective:
Black cohosh – This herb equalizes circulation while simultaneously increasing the flow of the period. It also contacts the uterus. For the best results, take one 325 mg pill three times a day. If you use black cohosh tincture, take ½ to 1 teaspoon per day.
Red Raspberry Leaf – This herb has positive hormone-balancing effects on women who are menstruating. It can also be used during pregnancy, uterine hemorrhages, menstrual cramps, labor pains, and other conditions such as hemorrhoids, colds, fevers and the intestinal flu. For menstrual cramps, drink one cup of tea three times a day or consume 1 to 2 grams of red raspberry leaf powder a day.
Cramp Bark – This herb does the opposite of black cohosh with contracts the uterus. Cramp bark relaxes the uterus and the ovaries. Also, while it relaxes the uterus and relieves menstrual cramps it also is known to have a calming effect on the psyche, easing your worries and stress.
I guess with a name like cramp bark nothing less should be expected! This herb is often added to other supplement formulas to help balance out hormones and support the reproductive tract. You’ll need to read product labels to see which supplements contain this ingredient.
Formulas that contain this herb also often contain cardamom seeds, skullcap, squaw vine, wild yam and/or blue cohosh.
Dosage: drink 2 ounces of cramp bark tea three to four times daily or you make take 1 tablespoon of cramp bark three to four times a day if a decoction is made.
Wild yam – Wild yam is another herb that isn’t often used alone but is quite powerful when used as an ingredient in a more comprehensive period relief formula. Look at labels to see which supplements contain this ingredient. It is often used along with cramp bark, squaw vine and false unicorn. Dosage can vary, depending on the formula it is in.
White willow bark – This herb is widely considered “the aspirin” of herbal medicine. In other words, it is a natural pain reliever. More specifically, it contains salicylic acid, which has been shown to relieve paid. If you are experiencing pain and discomfort during your period, this herb can be a great help. Take two capsules two times a day or follow the directions on the bottle you purchased.
These are five popular herbs for menstrual cramps but by no means are they the only herbs that work. Other herbs that you may want to try include dong quai, chasteberry and damiana, just to name a few more.
One way to get the benefits of more than one herb is to look for a formula that contains multiple ingredients (Period Vitamin), including additional vitamins and minerals for overall well-being.
The truth is many herbs often work best when combined with other herbs.