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Period cramps are not fun for anyone. Whether you’re new to periods and just having your first period or you’re a seasoned period-haver, you may find relief from pain with these soothing teas for period cramps.
Period pain may be common, but that doesn’t mean it is normal. You need to know that you do not have to suffer with painful periods. It is not just a part of being a woman, so don’t listen to anyone that brushes it off as so.
Your period and your menstrual cycle is a superpower, but I doubt you’ll be open to tapping into that if you’re experiencing debilitating menstrual cramps every month. So let’s deal with the cramps first and then you’ll be ready to move onto embracing your menstrual cycle with more open arms.
Your Period is An Expression of Your Underlying Health
Firstly, I wanted to briefly touch on this. I mentioned above that period pain may be common, but that doesn’t mean it is normal. This may very well be news to you. We are so often told that pain is all part and parcel of having a period, to be told something contradictory to this may be surprising.
As Lara Briden says in her book ‘Period Repair Manual: Every Woman’s Guide to Better Periods’:
“Your period is not just your period. It is an expression of your underlying health. When you are healthy, your menstrual cycle will arrive smoothly, regularly and without symptoms. When you are unhealthy in some way, your cycle will tell the story.”Lara Briden – Period Repair Manual: Every Woman’s Guide to Better Periods
The word “unhealthy” is often associated with making poor lifestyle choices like lack of exercise and a bad diet. However, if you’re having period pain, this doesn’t mean to say you are making unhealthy lifestyle choices or that you are to blame for your symptoms. It is rather a sign that something may be going on with your health that could be worth investigating.
As Lara continues on to say:
“I invite you to think of your period as your monthly report card. Every month, it can offer a helpful account of what is happening with your health in general. That information is incredibly valuable.”Lara Briden – Period Repair Manual: Every Woman’s Guide to Better Periods
Using the Menstrual Cycle as a Vital Sign
In December 2015, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement recognising the menstrual cycle as a vital sign:
“Identification of abnormal menstrual patterns in adolescence may improve early identification of potential health concerns for adulthood…By including an evaluation of the menstrual cycle as an additional vital sign, clinicians reinforce its importance in assessing overall health status for patients and caretakers.”
This statement reflects the importance of viewing the menstrual cycle and its associated symptoms as reflective of a patients overall health.
I hope this helps you to understand that your period pain may be trying to tell you something worth investigating. You should pay attention to your period symptoms, keep track of them through charting your menstrual cycle and take this information to a health practitioner that will listen to you and work with you resolve the underlying cause of your symptoms.
How Tea May Help Relieve Menstrual Cramps
In the meantime, you may find some pain relief for your cramps in the form of herbal tea. The documented use of herbs in medicine dates back thousands of years.
Herbs tend to work slowly and with minimal toxic side effects which is why, as we are more and more conscious of what we are putting into our bodies, herbal teas are still a popular choice for menstrual pain relief.
Some key plant and herbal ingredients popular for helping with menstrual cramps are: raspberry leaf, ginger, chamomile, nettle leaf, cramp bark and mint.
As with anything you want to start using or taking, it is recommended that you do so under the guidance of a health practitioner. The information provided in this article is informative only and cannot be substituted for professional advice specific to your individual circumstances.
Let’s take a look at where you can find teas to support your menstrual cycle and help with period cramps.
My Moonbox Period Shop
My Moonbox is a first of its kind period shop that stocks beautiful naturopath-formulated products developed to support your period and hormone health. In the Moonbox shop, they have a range of herbal and floral teas to support a healthy menstrual cycle. You can use the code BETTER10 for a 10% discount off all items in the shop.
I have put together an easy comparison of each of the teas available in the table below:
My Moonbox Range Of Teas for Period Cramps
|Full Moon Tea||Naturopath formulated |
blend of organic herbs and
florals to promote healthy
|Ginger Root, Raspberry Leaf,|
Red Rose Petals
|Half Moon Tea||Naturopath formulated |
with liver supportive
herbs to enhance detoxification from within.
|New Moon Tea||Naturopath formulated |
specifically for cramps
utilising the potent
soothing herbs of cramp
bark and raspberry leaf.
Personally, I don’t drink coffee so I do find it nice to have a tea ritual. Tea can be so calming and soothing. If it’s got the added benefit of supporting the menstrual cycle then I love it even more.
Watch this fun stop motion I made about the Full Moon Tea on Instagram.
Herbal Ingredients found in Tea for Period Cramps
Let’s take a closer look at some of the main herbal ingredients and how they may help with period cramps.
Organic ginger is a key ingredient in the Full Moon Tea as it has been found to be helpful in relieving period pain.
In a clinical trial study published in 2018, it was found that ginger was just as effective as a pharmaceutical painkiller containing ibuprofen in relieving pain in girls with dysmenorrhea.1 (Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for period pain and menstrual cramps).
Raspberry leaf has been used as a uterine tonic for at least two centuries. 2
It is a common herb used in pregnancy but has also been found to provide symptomatic relief of minor spasms associated with menstrual cramps.3
Red raspberry leaves contain a plant compound called fragarine, that helps tone and tighten muscles in the pelvic area. This in turn may reduce menstrual cramps caused by spasms in the muscles of the pelvic area.4
Nettle is another well-known uterine tonic. It is rich in iron and therefore may be beneficial for anaemia.5 Nettle is believed to strengthen kidneys and help to cleanse the liver which is important for enhancing its ability to process oestrogen and in turn reduce pre-menstrual symptoms.
A Final Word
It is worth noting that while herbal medicine is used far and wide and has been for centuries, evidence of the medicinal claims can be anecdotal and could benefit from further research.
As already mentioned, it is recommended anything you start taking should be done so under the guidance of a health practitioner. The information provided in this article is informative only and cannot be substituted for professional advice specific to your individual circumstances.
If you are shopping in the Moonbox Shop don’t forget to use the discount code BETTER10 for a 10% discount on all period and hormone supporting products.
The Better Period
Ellie Heasman is a period blogger and founder of The Better Period. Ellie helps people on their journey to a better period through introducing them to the world of menstrual cups and period underwear, and sharing knowledge about the menstrual cycle and fertility awareness. You can join in the better period conversations on Instagram @thebetterperiod_ or find out more about Ellie here.