Although the dreaded symptoms of PMS have come to be known as a “natural” part of the female cycle, it is actually a sign of imbalance in the system. One of the most prevalent symptoms of PMS reported include the infamous cramps that often precede and accompany menstruation.
According to Ayurveda, you cannot have pain without stagnation. Therefore, menstrual cramps are often a sign of stagnant and blocked energy in the female reproductive system (Artava). This tea recipe will help to move the energy through this area, while also providing anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and pain-relieving benefits.
For monthly cramp relief, drink 1-3 cups of this tea each day up to a week prior to menstruation, until the bleeding has reduced to a “spotting”. If you are having irregular, painful or debilitating cycles each month, this may be a sign of a deeper imbalance.
- Doshic effect: Vata↓, Pitta ↓, Kapha ↓ (may increase Pitta in excess)
- Servings: yields 4 cups; 3-4 servings
- Time: 20 minutes
- Medium sauce pan
- Fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth
- 4.5 cups of filtered water
- 2 inch cube of fresh ginger, grated or finely chopped*
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 Tbsp of Tulsi leaf
- 1 Tbsp of lemongrass
- 1 Tbsp peppermint leaf
- Honey to taste (optional)
* fresh ginger may be substituted with 1 tsp dry ginger unless there is a strong Pitta imbalance
1. Boil the water in a medium size sauce pan. Once this is boiling, reduce the heat to the lowest setting.
2. Add the grated ginger, tulsi, lemongrass, peppermint and cinnamon sticks. Steep on low heat for 15 minutes.
3. Strain with a fine mesh strainer into your favorite mug.
4. Once the tea has cooled to about 110 degrees, add a small amount of honey if desired.
5. Drink this tea regularly throughout the day for continuous cramp relief, before and during menstruation.