Herbal Remedies for Menstrual Symptoms

Alleviate your premenstrual and menstrual symptoms with this easy herbal tea.

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PMS (+ Menstrual Issues!)

I’ve always had the kind of blitzkrieg PMS that seems to assault every organ in my body at the same time. Maybe you also have this problem.

To counter act a number of different symptoms, make a tea blend with the following and drink 2-3 cups a day:

  • 2 tablespoons dandelion root
  • 2 tablespoons chamomile
  • 2 tablespoons lemon balm
  • 2 teaspoons raspberry leaf
  • 2 teaspoons cramp bark
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger

Valerian is also excellent for stopping cramps — since it’s also a sedative, it’s best used to treat nighttime cramps, or cramps you have when you know you aren’t going to do anything productive. You can also take cramp bark tincture, which is also quite effective.

If you’re bloated and uncomfortable, make sure to drink lots of water and herbal tea. If you can find young dandelion greens to eat, they are super nutritious and will help flush out retained fluid. Avoid coffee — even though it makes you pee it doesn’t help with water retention. Ain’t that a kick in the ass?

If you have ongoing menstrual troubles like erratic, painful periods or especially heavy bleeding, try drinking red raspberry leaf tea as a uterine tonic. Drink a cup or two a day, and add an extra cup when you’re menstruating, to help with cramps.

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