for one cup of tea use about one cup of water crushed or cut up rasberry leaves and a compleatly squished straberry. if you have any use a little Rushian sage. add to the water and let steep for at least 15 min. start drinking about 2-3 days befor your cycle starts and continue every day till finished. you can drink it like this or chang the recipe a little as long as there are raspberry leaves in it. add honey or sugar to sweeten.
I second the raspberry leaf tea, which is good for females all the time any time (menstruating, pregnancy, etc), BUT if you consistently have cramps, this is a hormonal imbalance. Great ayurvedic herbs to help with this, listen up ladies: Shatavari and Ashwaganda!
The cramps are actually caused by calcium and prostaglandins, so supplementing with some extra magnesium can help. Which is why chocolate cravings can happen, chocolate being a good source of magnesium.
If your cramps are really bad, try Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus), but only make it as a tea or tincture. Do not take capsules, they probably won't work. I make it as a decoction, which means putting herb into filtered water, bring to a boil then simmer for 15 mins and strain. It is very bitter, but really good for you; you could add some agave or other natural sweetener to it. Tinctures (alcohol infusions) might be best bet. You do get used to the flavor with use, as your body realizes it is going to be helped and accepts it.
I buy all my herbs from this company, as they are organic, sustainable, responsible and just all around good folks.
ps: Mountain Rose Herbs does sell a pre-made tincture. I have used their other tinctures and they are very good. You don't need to use a lot of this, and only for a day or two each month, so it would last a while. HTH!
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