Dysmenorrhea -Herbs for Painful Periods
Cramp bark contains phytochemicals
that calm cramps
Angelica root *
Blue Cohosh Root *
Chaste Tree *
Clary Sage *
Cramp Bark *
Dong Quai *
Ginger Root *
Jasmine Flower Oil *
Lady's Mantle *
Lemon Balm *
Wild Yam Root *
A painful period can range from a dull ache to a violent cramp. When we are in a fragile emotional state, menstrual pain can be even more severe.
Herbal teas for menstrual cramps : Herbs that relax the stomach muscles, called antispasmodics, contain phytochemicals that ease muscle spasms and help relax the uterus. Many of these same herbal allies have a gentle sedatating effect, helping to calm frayed nerves at the same time. My favorite old remedy is a soothing cup of raspberry tea, sipped slowly until the cramping subsides, others prefer a cup of lemon balm or catnip. Whatever your favorite, try adding a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger to enhance both flavor and effect.
- Rosemary Gladstar. "Herbal Healing for Women" Fireside, (1993) Angelica relieves congestion of the pelvis, often helpful in easing painful and cramping menstruation
- James Duke. "The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook" Rodale Books, (2000) Cramp bark contains at least four phytochemicals that facilitate uterine relaxation calm cramps
- James Duke. "The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook" Rodale Books, (2000) Yarrow helps to stop bleeding and counters inflammation and tissue swelling. Some of yarrow's phytochemicals ease muscle spasms, making it useful in menstrual cramps.
- James Duke. "The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook" Rodale Books, (2000) Phytochemicals called kavaloactones provide kava's gentle stress-beating, muscle-relaxing influence. Kava also possesses a curious affinity for the genitourinary tract, especially in women, it relaxes the uterus, making it notably helpful against menstrual cramps.
- Adele Dawson. "Herbs: Partners in Life" Healing Arts Press, (2000) An infusion of catnip (catnip tea) is good for reducing the pain of menstrual cramps.
- Rosemary Gladstar. "Herbal Healing for Women" Fireside, (1993) Ginger increases the flow of blood all through the body, including the pelvis, and helps relieve blockages that can cause cramps and adominal pain. Ginger is antispasmodic, it relaxes the smooth muscles that cause menstrual cramps.
- Marlene Ericksen. "Healing with Aromatherapy" McGraw-Hill, (2000) Clary Sage oil's constituent, sclareol, has an estrogen-like structure, contributing to clary's effectiveness in treating amenorrhea, cramps, and pain with menstruation.
- Robert B Tisserand. "The Art of Aromatherapy" Healing Arts, (1977) Jasmine relieves uterine spasm and menstrual pain
- Rosemary Gladstar. "Herbal Healing for Women" Fireside, (1993) Cramp bark quiets uterine cramping, and the high tannin content slows heavy bleeding, making this vibrurnums excellent choices for threated miscarriage, uterine cramps, and dysmenorrhea..
- Susun Weed. "New Menopausal Years, The Wise Woman Way" Ashtree, (2002) Willow bark (Salix) tincture is as effective as aspirin in relieving cramps, but less likely to cause flooding. Best in vinegar. (tincture).
- Maud Grieve. "Modern Herbal Volume 2" Harcourt, (1931) As a wash myrrh is good for spongy gums, ulcerated throat and aphthous stomatitis, and the tincture is also applied to foul and indolent ulcers.
- Richard Mabey. "The New Age Herbalist" Fireside, (1988) Blue cohosh eases the cramping pain of dysmenorrhoea. It has also been used to treat arthritis and ease stomach cramps. pp29-32
- Richard Mabey. "The New Age Herbalist" Fireside, (1988) An important medicinal use of lemon balm is to promote menstrual periods and ease period pain. p68
- . Partridgeberry Herb Profile , Mountain Rose Herbs, (): Partridge berry is a North American evergreen used in Native Amercian medicine and Western traditional herbalism as a tonic for women. The leaves and stems are used in teas, often in combination with raspberry and crampbark to tone the uterus, prepare for childbirth. This herb is also used to help relieve painful menstruation, and PMS water bloating. Pregnant women should use with caution, under the advice of a qualified herbalist.,