Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 3. THE REMEDIES

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UNDER THE UNDERWEAR

MENSTRUAL PAIN & CRAMPS

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Ranging from mildly annoying to unbearable, menstrual pain and cramps typically begin at the same time as your period and continue for 2 to 3 days. These remedies relax muscles, ease contractions, and lessen discomfort. Contact your doctor if you develop a fever with cramping, or if your symptoms are occurring outside the normal time frame. Fibroids, abnormal pregnancies, ovarian cysts, and other potentially dangerous conditions cause similar symptoms.

Black Cohosh Tea

YIELD: 1 CUP
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 15 MINUTES

This tea is a traditional remedy for pain and cramping associated with menstruation thanks to an effective round up of anti-inflammatories and pain relievers. Black cohosh, the least well-known ingredient, contains salicylic acid which has the same inflammation-reducing effects as aspirin.

1 cup water

1 teaspoon dried black cohosh

¼ teaspoon powdered cinnamon

¼ teaspoon powdered ginger

Honey or stevia (optional)

1.In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Remove from the heat, and add the black cohosh, cinnamon, and ginger.

2.Steep for 15 minutes, then strain the tea through cheesecloth into a mug.

3.Sweeten with honey or stevia, if desired, and drink while relaxing.

4.Drink 3 to 4 cups daily when pain and cramps are a problem.

Raspberry–Lemon Balm Tea

YIELD: 1 CUP
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Ease pain and cramping with this miraculous lineup of muscle relaxers. The beauty of this recipe is that you don’t need all five herbs to alleviate symptoms. Missing one or two? Replace them with a little bit more of the ones you do have.

1 cup water

1 teaspoon dried catnip

1 teaspoon dried clary sage

1 teaspoon dried lemon balm

1 teaspoon dried raspberry leaf

¼ teaspoon dried ginger

Honey or stevia (optional)

1.In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the herbs and remove from the heat.

2.Steep for 15 minutes, then strain the tea through cheesecloth into a mug, using the back of a spoon to press the excess liquid from the herbs.

3.Sweeten with honey or stevia, if desired, and drink while relaxing.

4.Drink 3 to 4 cups of this tea each day while pain and cramps are present.