This is a 4-part herbal tea designed to aid with all your moontime woes.
I actually suggest you drink this up to a week before your period begins. You can drink it all through your cycle to strength the Uterine walls and generally aid you with feminine health.
The 4 herbs we're using:
Raspberry Leaf - If you're a female of the menstruating sort and you haven't heard of this, you are missing out. Raspberry leaf is probably the single most miraculous herb for women. Taken a week or so before the period, it can shorten the length, prevent a lot of cramps, and aid you with PMS. Take note this is not raspberry TEA--this is only the green, leafy part. It tastes very mild and "leafy" if I have to pick a word, lol. PS, if you're pregnant you can also benefit from raspberry leaf tea. Be sure to research when you should take it (some say after 3 months, some say throughout pregnancy) but it can aid with an easier birth and a faster recovery time.
Cramp Bark - The other miracle herb. Like the name suggests, Cramp Bark is used as an anti-spasmodic, so it's for all sorts of muscle cramps, bad pain, and PMS-related and menstruation cramping. It has also been used to prevent miscarriage. This really works like a charm.
Spearmint - Relieves gas, bloating, and indegestion. IF YOU'RE LIKE ME, YOU GET ALL 3 DURING THIS AWESOME TIME. It's also a diuretic. (I add it for taste, too.)
Lavender - I use lavender for headache relief (which I also get), for stress, and for taste in this tea. Also makes it smell wonderous.
NOW: TEA TIME!
First, let's talk about infusing tea. Do you have a tea infuser? Is it a tea ball?
Did you know tea balls are probably the worst way to infuse a tea? If you have nothing else they're fine and dandy, but you want to give the tea space to move around!
If you have cheesecloth lying around, you can use that. You can also get one of these babies. Teavana sells them too. They have the luxury of a top, because a tea infuses best when covered.
LET'S TALK ABOUT HOW TO INFUSE HERBAL TEAS!
To infuse an herbal tea, you don't need to scald your eyebrows off. A "soft boil", in which small bubbles begin to rise, is just fine. The ideal steeping time is usually 10-14 minutes (covered) in order to get the full effects of your tea!
OKAY MIXING TIME!
So we have our lavender, spearmint, crampbark and raspberry leaf. I'm going to give you the directions for one cup of tea, because I am quite horrific with math and stupidly forgot to write my bulk recipe down. (I think I ended up repeating my one cup recipe multiple times.)
You should be looking at 2 1/2 teaspoons of tea per cup. Ready?
1 teaspoon raspberry leaf
3/4 teaspoon cramp bark
1/2 teaspoon spearment
1/4 teaspoon lavender
Simple, right? Just throw all your herbs in the infuser together, pour soft boiling water over it all, cover, steep for 14 minutes, and enjoy. Try to drink it a while before your period, and it works best drunk 2-3 times a day. As far as working time if you have cramps NOW, it can be anywhere from 15 minutes-an hour in my experience.
Do you also have stupid PMS swelling like I do? You can do this, too...
1/2 teaspoon rosehips
1/2 teaspoon spearmint
1/2 teaspoon dandelion root
And drink as a tea twice a day. The rosehips are also packed with vitamin C, as well as working at relieving the water retention. Dandelion root has been used for PMS for a very long time.
Just some simple teas to help you with your cycle :)
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If you're a first time herb-buyer, 4 ounces is a LOT OF HERB. Be sure to have someplace to keep it! (8 ounces of most herb take up a 10-inch tall by 4 inch wide container.)