Your periods are just around the corner. You’re already feeling queasy, bloated, and moody. You want to stay in bed the whole day, because you just don’t have the energy to get dressed and face the day. And let’s not forget to mention the annoying acne that has decided to make its appearance, further dampening your mood and taking a toll on your self-confidence. You decide that it’s time to stock up on aspirin to help relieve the pain, and lots of chocolate and ice-cream to help with your mood. But a pesky voice inside your head makes you stop for just a moment: ‘You know it’s not recommended to take too many over-the-counter medicines to relieve period pain. And let’s just face it, the chocolate will only make the acne worse.’
‘So what should I do?’ you wonder, exasperated.
Well, we have just the answer for you. But be prepared to be surprised.
You read that right, a perfect solution to all you menstrual problems is the fruity, delicious and downright heavenly, chamomile tea. It’s already the holy grail of so many women who are aware of its wonderful medicinal properties. It contains chrysin, a naturally-occurring flavonoid known to relax the body, alleviating anxiety, irritability and depression. So when things get gloomy, brew yourself a cup of chamomile tea to help the body relax and unwind.
Chamomile tea is also known to help against insomnia, something that women frequently complain of during their periods due to the discomfort of the pain. A cup of tea about thirty minutes before bed is known to aid the body in falling asleep quickly. So no more going to bed tired and waking up tired. Say goodbye to sleepless nights during your periods.
Some women also experience an upset stomach before and while on their periods, and chamomile tea is just the perfect natural remedy for that. Chamomile contains anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and carminative properties, all of which make it good for soothing the stomach. It can also relieve upset stomach, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, and abdominal gas in no time
Now coming to the peskiest of all; menstrual cramps. Chamomile tea is the best remedy for menstrual cramps. The two compounds actively at work are called hippurate and glycine. Hippurate is an anti-inflammatory compound, which helps in reducing inflammation in the body. Glycine on the other hand helps relieve muscle spasms/contractions, which is the main reason for cramping on periods. As soon as your menstrual cycle approaches, your body releases a hormone called prostaglandins, which is responsible for contracting the uterus and shedding the endometrial lining in the form of blood and mucus. But, these contractions can also cause the side muscles to contract and rip them off oxygen, which can cause pain. Chamomile may also help to regulate irregular periods by stimulating blood flow in the pelvic and uterus.
Making chamomile tea is as simple as A B and C. All you have to do is follow the steps of chamomile tea recipe and enjoy!
- Put a teabag of chamomile tea in a cup of boiling water.
- Steep for 5 – 10 minutes.
- Strain the tea and drink slowly.
- Drink regularly to prevent cramps
It is recommend to place a heating pad on your abdomen as you drink the hot tea, which will provide heat from the outside in, making the pain alleviation process a lot quicker.
Some other home remedies for menstrual cramps include drinking warm or hot water which increases blood flow and helps relieve the cramps. Banana and yoghurt also help in the pain relieving process. Consuming about two tablespoons of flax seeds each day is also recommended as it reduces production of prostaglandin, which as mentioned earlier is mainly responsible for the menstrual cramps. Staying away from fatty foods, alcohols, chocolates and carbonated beverages is a must as they cause bloating and water retention, making cramps worse. Coffee and other caffeinated products should also be steered clear of.
So next time the full force of menstrual periods hits you, light those scented candles, play some soft music and sip on a freshly brewed cup of chamomile tea while reading your favorite book. Try to stay away from over-the-counter pain relievers that can not only contribute to indigestion, headaches and drowsiness, but also have long-term impacts on your liver. Why makes things worse for your body when nature has provided you with such a great alternative?