By Katie Stanley, Contributing Writer
Let’s face it, “that time of month” is generally not something most women look forward to. Cramping, bloating, diarrhea and unbalanced hormones that are not exactly what fun times are made of.
Before you pop a pain pill and check out of existence for the next week consider the amazing God-given herbs that were made to heal, sooth and balance your body.
I was one of those women that turned to pain killers every month to ease the horrible cramps that I experienced. A few years ago I started making my own cramp tincture. After doing some research I came up with an herbal blend that has done wonders for myself, my daughters and some friends.
The herbs you will find in this cramp tincture are good for relieving cramps and nausea, soothing the colon, boosting the mood and decreasing profuse menstrual flow. It contains essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for menstruating women such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron vitamin C, E, A and B complex.
Glycerin Method 1:
Glycerin Method 2:
Once strained store tincture in a glass jar or dropper bottles in a dark place. Vodka and apple cider tinctures will last for several years. Glycerin tinctures should be used within two years.
Suggested Dosage Guidelines
I like to take this tincture three times a day for a couple day before my cycle starts. It is beneficial to your body even if you do not have cramps.
If you are experiencing cramps you can take this every two hours for the entirely of your period.
This is the dosage that I normally use:
9-12 years: 25 drops
12- adult: 35 drops (1/4 tsp) to 88 drops (1/2 tsp)
Take the tincture by itself, in a glass of water or in a cup of tea. Some find this tincture more effective when taken in warm water.
As with anything take the weight of the individual into consideration. You may have a heavier 12 year old or be a small woman. Ultimately if you are in question do some research and do what you believe is best for you and your family. These are just suggestions. Herbs are a medicine, more is not better.
Note For Nursing Women:
Red Raspberry Leaf, on the other hand, can increase milk production. Some say the oatstraw does as well.