Updated: Jan 7
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I am learning just how sacred our menstrual cycle is, and how we can honor the natural cycle as women with the course of actions we take in our daily lives. I grew up with extremely painful periods, which is how I ended up on birth control as a teenager. After close to a decade of being on the pill, I pulled myself off and while the pain was lessened, I was still left with an uncomfortable first two days of my period.
After becoming an herbalist and learning about women's reproductive systems, I learned that painful periods, while common, are not something you have to experience. You can gain control of your reproductive health and take steps towards healing yourself when this time of the month comes around.
If you've battled symptoms that include, but are not limited to:
lower back and kidney pain
...then you have landed on a terrific blog post! Today, I'm sharing a beautiful healing herbal tea blend that will nourish and comfort you during this sacred time of the month.
Since I am an herbalist, I tend to make my own tea blends from my apothecary, which is comprised of all sorts of loose dried plants. I have a trusted source, Mountain Rose Herbs, that I get all my plants from, and for this tea blend, we'll be using specific plants for their specific healing properties.
PLEASE NOTE: I am not a doctor and I am speaking purely on my own personal experience and journey towards healing naturally with all-natural wellness practices. If you have any questions about what might work best for you, please make sure you consult with a doctor before trying alternative remedies and therapies mentioned here or in any of my other blogs.
Ladies, please allow me to introduce my plant friends who are here to soothe, comfort, nourish and restore our bodies during our periods:
When I make tea, I intuitively know how much of each plant I want to use, but since I am teaching you this recipe, we'll keep it very simple: equal parts of each plant will go into this blend.
And when it comes to concocting the tea, you can use a tea strainer, individual tea bags, or a french press. Depending on what method you'd like to brew your tea depends on how much of each plant you'll use...meaning, if you're using a tea strainer or an individual teabag, the amount of each plant will be less than what you would use in a french press. Again, to keep it very simple: use 1 teaspoon of each plant for individual tea bags and tea strainers, and more like 2-3 tbsp. of each plant for french press.
Note if you feel a particular tug to use more of one plant over another. Plants tend to effectively communicate energetically just what we need, so trust your intuition when making your tea.
So now that we know the basics of how to make the tea and what plants we'll be working with, let's talk about the magic that these plants hold when it comes to menstruation.
Kava and Chamomile are here to kick off the party as natural pain relievers, relaxing the body and giving way to a more meditative state for your cycle to flow through, while alleviating symptoms of cramping and pre-menstrual pain. Nettle, Red Clover, and Dandelion Leaf are all high in mineral-rich content, replenishing the body while helping to soothe lower back and kidney pain. Crampbark rounds this beauty off by slowing down heavy bleeding (from its high tannin content) and being a champion at relieving bloating and cramps.
Now that we know the plants we're using a bit better, and we have our method in place for how we'd prefer to brew this medicine, let's chat quickly about steeping the plants. Once your water is brought to a boil and added to the tea blend, let the plants steep for about 15 minutes, until it reaches a nice, rich color. You can steep for a shorter amount of time, but the longer it steeps, the more potent the benefits will be.
Enjoy this tea on the tail end of your luteal phase to begin nourishing your body before your period, and/or when your period begins. This blend is magical for this time of the month, and when you couple this tea with some rest and a slower pace in your life, you may find relief that no other remedy could ever provide.
Here's to less painful symptoms and to more moments of pause with our plant friends during our menstruation.
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