5 Natural Cramp Remedies from the Spice Rack
Soothing your monthly cycle can be a difficult thing, but the thing is, this is a time that should be seen as a sacred time for women and dealing with pain should be the least of your worries during this time! Luckily, natural pain relief is achievable.
Discover these 5 tried & tested natural cramp remedies that you most likely already have in your kitchen:
A great cure for cramps for aniseed lovers, fennel can help circulate blood to the ovaries. Crush 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds into a powder, add to 1 cup of boiling water, steep for five minutes, strain, and drink hot.
2. Basil & Thyme
Basil and Thyme both contain caffeic acid, an effective natural painkiller. You can use it fresh or dried and add it to your meals. Or you can steep the herbs in boiling water to make a tea. Simply add 2 tablespoons thyme or basil leaves to 500ml of boiling water. Let the tea cool to room temperature. Drink 1/2 to 1 cup an hour to relieve menstrual pain.
Ginger is a fantastic cramp reliever (this is one of our favorites and works well any time you have an upset stomach!). We’ve even heard that it can sometimes make irregular periods regular! Sweet or savory, you can use it in baking cakes and cookies or as a spice with vegetables and meat. Once again, tea proves to be the most effective way to consume this spice: fresh or ground, steep in 1 cup boiling water, and drink three times a day – Mint also makes a great addition to this tea – and has soothing properties of its own!
Cinnamon has great anti-inflammatory properties that help to relieve cramping. Again you make this as a tea (it’s yummy with warm milk!), use it in baking or simply sprinkle over yoghurt, onto your toast or in your breakfast cereal.
A tablespoon or two of mustard powder (or crushed seeds) in a basin of warm water can help with cramps, but DON’T DRINK this one! Pop your feet in, sit back, relax and feel those cramps slip away!
Have You Tried These Spices? What Other Natural Remedies Would You Add To The List?
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