Ginger tea with brown sugar is widely used by Chinese women to relieve menstrual cramps. Ginger is a natural pain killer and it helps blood circulation. Ginger tea with honey is also a natural remedy for flu and cold. However, for menstrual pain relief, brown sugar is essential because it is less processed and thus preserves more nutrients, including minerals to tranquilize the nervous system and thus to relieve pain. The combination of ginger tea and brown sugar not only relives cramps but also helps the body to clear waste due to menstrual bleeding.
It is recommended to consume this tea for at least twice (250ml each time) daily or anytime whenever cramps are felt during period.
1 inch of old ginger
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
5 cups of water
1. Peel ginger and smash it slightly.
2. In a shallow pit, bring water to simmer (not boiled) and add the smashed ginger.
3. Reduce heat and simmer with cover for 20 minutes.
4. Add brown sugar and gently stir to dissolve.
5. Strain and serve hot.
More info about ginger:
Ginger, a gentle stimulant, stimulates the production of digestive fluids which help to break down food and prevent fermentation and the formation of gas.
Ginger tea, enjoyable at any time, is useful in cases of cold or flu. A cup of ginger tea combined with a tablespoon of honey and the juice of half a lemon is excellent. Ginger increases circulation and acts as a diaphoretic to produce perspiration. Both of these actions help to speed the removal of toxins from the body.
Ginger is helpful for congestion in the reproductive system. As it assists circulation, it helps to relieve blockages in the pelvic area and, with its antispasmodic properties, relaxes muscles and alleviates menstrual cramping. Drinking ginger tea has been used to remedy suppressed menstruation. It produces a feeling of warmth which is very comforting in this condition.
Other ideas about relieving menstrual cramps:
1. Avoid cold food and drink, such as ice cream and cold beverages during period because they trigger menstrual pain.
2. Swimming is one of the least stressful and most helpful, of exercises that can be done. Exercising releases endorphins, which are your bodies own natural painkiller.
3. Put heat to where it hurts. Use a hot water bottle or heating pad on your abdomen or lower back. Heat increases blood flow and circulation to your uterus and may help reduce cramping.
4. Calcium aids in relief from cramps. Between 800mg and 1,300mg a day for mild to severe cramps.
5. Keeping active, even by just moving around can help you take take your mind off cramps all together.
6. Drinking tea, warm milk and chocolate have always been considered strong associates to comfort.
7. Curling up in a ball always helps. Sit back so that your bottom rests on your heels, bend forward and rest your chest on your thighs, and wrap your arms around your knees. Breath normal for a few minutes, or as long as comfortable.
8. Honey has natural pain relievers and when a few large spoonfuls are added to some hot water, it can help bring relief.
9. Take a warm, relaxing bath to help relieve muscles and cramps. Add into a bath of warm water, one cup of sea salt and one cup of baking soda. Soak in mixture for around twenty minutes.