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The three best herbs that eased menstrual cramps

Believe it or not, the average woman will menstruate about 500 times in her life. Many women are affected monthly from premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Over eighty percent  of women suffer from emotional changes prior to menstruation Most women reach for an over-the-counter drug for a "quick fix" during this time of the month. Many of these drugs can be damaging and may potentially create more health issues in the body over time. Fortunately for us, there is another option, herbal medicine. Let us take a look at three of these herbs that can be quite beneficial to the menstruating woman.

ginger

Many wonderful herbs have been used for centuries to help support women during there moon cycles The common culinary herb Ginger (Zingier officinale) works well on several different menstrual symptoms. Ginger is a warming herb that promotes circulation throughout our entire body. It directs blood to the pelvic area and relieves pelvic congestion. It has an anti-spasmodic action that can help to relieve menstrual cramps. Ginger also makes an excellent hot compress and is a great addition to a warm bath during our moon time. For the women who experiences premenstrual nausea, a few pieces of crystallized ginger can be chewed throughout the day as a preventative. Crystallized ginger can be found in many health food stores and can be easily made at home. Due to the constitutional differences of each individual, you may wish to start with small amounts of ginger in either tea, tincture, or whole herb form.

black hawViburnum opulus

Cramp bark (Viburnum opulus) and Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium) are two herbs that have a remarkable affect in easing menstrual cramps. Both herbs are extremely effective for relaxing uterine muscles and keeping menstrual cramps at bay. These two herbs may be used interchangeably, separately, or together. They may be taken in either tea or tincture form. Add fifteen drops of the tincture to one-half ounce water, and drink every fifteen to thirty minutes, or you may drink one cup of tea every fifteen minutes until the cramps subside.

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