Aunt Flo - Meet Ginger...

One of the latest articles that I was reading in Body + Soul magazine is all about herbs for women's health. Written by Rosemary Gladstar, an herbalist considered to be the "Godmother of American herbalism", it has some herbal concoctions that offer PMS and menstrual cramp relief. I definitely suffer from fierce exhaustion, moodiness and cramps when Aunt Flo comes to town. I have a love affair with my heating pad (and a bar of dark chocolate) every month!  


Herbs suggested to ease the symptoms: Vitex, licorice root, dong quai, black cohosh, and nettle leaf.

It is recommended that you try the herbal protocol below for at least 3 cycles for best results.

  • Vitex and Black Cohosh - Take two 500 mg capsules daily of each.

  • PMS Tincture - IN a small bottle, mix the following tinctures: 1 ounce each of vitex, dong quai, black cohosh, ginger and licorice root. Take 1/2 teaspoon three times daily in a small amount of warm water. (Avoid while mentruating, since dong quai can increase bleeding in some women.)

  • Nettle Tea - Pour a quart of boiling water over 4 Tablespoons dried nettles (plus a Tablespoon of spearmint or peppermint for flavor); steep for at least 20 minutes, and strain. Drink 2 or more cups daily.

  • Evening Primrose - Taking 1500 mg of evening primrose can ease the symptoms by regulating the prostaglandins in your body

Herbs suggested to melt away mentrual pain: ginger root & cramp bark

  • Cramp - Relief Tea - Add 5 to 6 Tablespoons of fresh or dried ginger to 1 quart of water' cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add honey and lemon to flavor. Sip hot throughout the day.

  • Pain-Free Tincture - In a small bottle, mix the following tinctures: 1 oz. each of black cohosh, cramp bark, wild yam and ginger. Take 1 teaspoon in a small amount of warm water as needed.

  • Ginger Poultice - In a small bowl, add enough boiling water to 7 tablespoons of dried finger powder to make a thick paster. Spread the paste on a cotton dish towel and fold in half; this is your poultice. Place it directly over the pelvis; if its too hot, put another towel underneath. Place a hot water bottle over the poultice for 20 -30 minutes. Take rhythmic breaths, releasing tension on the exhale.

Here are some other products that can be found at Whole Foods, and other natural health stores, or online:
Anyone else have resources for PMS or Menstrual Relief?  We would love to hear your tips.  

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