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When you live in a dorm with 10 teenage girls there is always some one who is experiencing “that time if month” or as they refer to it in Mexico, “El Regalo” or “The Gift”. Here are some simply ways that my girls and have found to make that week more comfortable and add nutrients to our bodies.
1. Women’s Tea
This tea is full of nourishing herbs that will strengthen your body while on your menstruation. Full of lots of vitamin that help your body such as vitamin C, magnesium, iron and calcium.
2 tsp Red raspberry leaf- Good for relieving cramps
2 tsp Yarrow- Good for heavy bleeding
2 tsp rose hips- High in Vitamin C
2 tsp oat straw-Rich in Calcium and magnesium
2 tsp peppermint- Aids in relieving cramps and nausea
2 tsp nettle- Aids with diarrhea and heavy bleeding
2 tsp horsetail-Heavy Menstruation
Bring water to a boil and then add the herbs, turning water down to a low simmer for 30 minutes. Strain herbs and drink tea warm or cold through out the day. Add a little bit of raw honey is desired.
Last summer I formulated two tincture that my older girls and I have found to be very helpful in relieving cramps and lessening bleeding. I will be sharing those next week.
3. Reusable Feminine products
I mentioned these in a post about good stewardship a few months ago. I say it again I absolutely love them! Not only are they better for your health, environment and budget but they are more comfortable as well. There are many great places where you can buy cloth pads on line or you can make your own. There are some blogs that give you a tutorial on how to do that. Menstrual cups are a wonderful alternative to tampons. So far I have found Amazon to have the best deals.(None of the girls have wanted to make any yet, so they just use ordinary pads.)
4. Hot packs
My wheat bag is one of the main reasons that I have yet to ditch my microwave, I know I really should but it heats my wheat bag up so much quicker than it does in an oven. They are warming and relaxing when those cramps. Wheat bags are so easy to make and can stay warm for a long time. You can add different herbs such as lavender, rosemary and white willow bark that are relaxing and healing. I’ve been given ones before made with rice but the wheat holds heat much longer than the rice and doesn’t burn as easily. While I known that hot bottles and electric heating pads are good too but I I love my wheat bag!
5. Warm Bath
If you you have the luxury take a warm herbal bath. In a small muslin bag add a TBS of lavender and yarrow. Place it over the faucet to let the water run over the herbs. When you turn off the water add the muslin bag add it to the bath water.