Most herbs provide a significant level of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity, which makes them very helpful for naturally relieving period pain. It’s important to note that painful periods are usually the result of inflammation and one of the major contributors to that inflammation is the hormone called prostaglandins. When there’s an excess of prostaglandins, it can lead to more frequent, and more intense, uterine contractions. So, in order to get relief from these painful contractions, we need teas that reduce pain, fight inflammation, relax muscles.
Research shows that when it comes to fighting menstrual pain, ginger is just as effective as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen. Ginger’s ability to reduce pain is all thanks to its anti-inflammatory compounds which include gingerol, shogaol, paradol and zingerone.
In fact, some studies show that taking as little as ⅛ – ¼ tsp of ginger 3 times a day is enough to ease the intensity and duration of cramps. Furthermore, ginger also provides relief from other PMS symptoms like nausea, headaches and heavy menstruation.
A warm cup of ginger tea is a relaxing self care gift that you can give yourself every day. To use ginger tea for cramps and heavy menstrual cycles, simply steep ½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger in a mug of hot water for up to 10 minutes. Try to drink 3 cups per day for best results.