Is Your Period the Pits? Get Real Relief with this Amazing Natural Remedy

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Got Menstrual Cramps and Heavy Bleeding during your period? Tumeric Tea to the rescue! Check out this amazing natural remedy!{Today I welcome Kristin to our contributing writer team. Kristin is sharing with us a fabulous natural remedy for Menstrual Cramps and Heavy Bleeding. Super fascinating. Kristin writes at Nature Had it First, where she and her mother discuss healing from nature–pure and simple.}

This post came from a reader’s experience telling us that she uses turmeric to control excessive blood flow during menstruation.

I too notice that when I am not being diligent about drinking medicinal teas and taking herbs, my period can be very short and heavy; leaving me exhausted, anemic, and very pale.

We love turmeric for so many things, controlling inflammation, helping treat cancers, liver disorders, GI issues and much more, but I hadn’t ever used it to help with menstrual issues.

When I began researching turmeric, it talked mostly about its blood thinning properties and its ability to break up blood clots, so I was still unsure how it could be of benefit to reduce and slow excessive blood flow during menstruation. Then I read that it is traditionally used to stop blood flow during early pregnancy.

So it seems, like many herbs and spices, turmeric can help regulate the body, intuitively working to bring things back into balance.

How Does Turmeric Work?

1.  During the menstrual cycle, an imbalance in female hormones such as progesterone and estrogen, can lead to excessive amounts of the uterine lining to build up and shed during the menstrual period. To treat excessive bleeding a physician may prescribe large doses of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen. These types of medications act to decrease uterine blood flow.

2.  By inhibiting prostaglandin synthesis, turmeric works in much the same way as the physician prescribed non-steroidal medications–but without the side-effects. Prostaglandins are chemicals that stimulate uterine contractions and contribute to pain and inflammation, so the ability of turmeric to inhibit prostaglandin synthesis may also explain why it can also have a beneficial effect on menstrual cramps.

My Experience with Turmeric Tea

If I am taking care of myself, I often don’t even know my period is coming until I actually get it. Then the first day, I usually have some slight cramping. I decided it was the perfect opportunity to try the turmeric.

Although my cramps are not usually severe, I was definitely uncomfortable, so I made some turmeric tea. I did notice an improvement within an hour of consuming the tea in my cramps that evening. I have continued to drink a cup a day of turmeric tea throughout my menstruation and my flow has stayed consistent, but not heavy.

I also do not feel anemic or overly exhausted. Rather than my flow being extremely heavy for three days, my flow is not as excessive and spread over five to six days.

I definitely plan to make turmeric tea a part of my monthly routine.

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Other herbs we find helpful in helping reduce PMS symptoms:
St. John’s Wort Tincture  
Kava Kava Tincture

{From Adrienne:  I bet that adding curry dishes to your diet can help with feminine issues as well. I’m sure your family wouldn’t mind your making My Most Requested Recipe, Pakistani Kima, on a regular basis (just to get some turmeric in your diet :).  Please note – this post is for educational and entertainment purposes only. I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice nor is it making health claims about turmeric. Please consult with your physician prior to using any supplements.  }

Where to Get Turmeric Tea

{From Adrienne again: You can simply buy the tea bags already made:

1.  Turmeric Lemon Tea
2.  Turmeric Root Tea
3.  Kristin’s Turmeric Tea Recipe (uses dairy)

or—you can purchase turmeric and add some to a pot of water, boil and drink (straining is optional).  I find added sweetener helps a lot since straight turmeric is a little hard to stomach.  Here is some Bulk Organic Turmeric or you can visit Mountain Rose Herbs and check out their offerings as well.  You do want to have some fat when you take turmeric, however, in order to make full use of its benefits.}

Alternatively, this dairy and sugar-free turmeric tea recipe is great as well:

 What helps ease things during YOUR period?

References:
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Kristin Urdiales - contributing writerKristin Urdiales @ NatureHadItFirst is an author, blogger, speaker, and mother of two children. Kristin was only fourteen when her mother became ill with lupus in 1992. Having already begun to suffer from migraine headaches and extraordinary fatigue, she knew that she was most likely on the same path if she did not make some changes. It would not be until Kristin was in her early 30s that she and her mother would truly discover the things that would improve the health of her entire family. Learn more by visiting Kristin’s blog at Nature Had It First or connecting with Kristin on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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  1. I just discovered rubbing a couple drops of rosemary essential oil over my gut to ease cramps. I just tried it for the first time this month. I used it in the morning before church and my husband complained that I smelled like a turkey; but then he put on cypress to control his coughing and then he said we smelled like a turkey in the woods. It wasn’t until supper time when I felt a little cramp coming that I realized I had gone all day long, since putting on the oil in the morning, without any cramps at all. Was it a good month or a good plan of action? Either way, I’ll try it again next time I need it.

  2. Did I miss it, or does it say how much turmeric per cup of tea? Thanks! Excited to try it ~

  3. Do you have a suggested ratio of how much turmeric to add to the water for making the tea?

    • I have seen many recipes. I am going to try a few out and hopefully post a good one soon – maybe try 1/2 – 1 tsp per cup :). I have done the 1 tsp and it’s pretty strong.

  4. Interesting! I am 46 and my periods have gone crazy! I used to be on very low dose estrogen pills, but wasn’t comfortable taking them. I now have very heavy periods that have come twice in one month or gone 40+ days between. You mentioned that turmeric can be hard on the stomach. Is the store bought tea hard on the stomach?
    Linda

  5. This is very interesting and I want to try this. When you say “add some to a pot of water, boil and drink” can you give some measurement amounts for the turmeric and water please? Thanks.

    • I’ve seen loads of measurements – I am going to do some trials and post a recipe. I would maybe try 1 tsp per cup of water to start…..but use it w/ fat.

      • I’ve heard that you need to take black pepper/piperine with tumeric. This makes it many times more effective.

        • Hi Carrie,

          That is interesting, I will have to check that out! In India, they traditionally consume turmeric with a fat so that it is well-absorbed. So our recipe calls for raw milk, but other recipes use coconut oil, or even bone-broth. If you are using turmeric capsules, I think you would want to observe this same principle. Thanks, Kristin

    • Hi Janette,

      With turmeric it is important to consume it along with a fat so that it is absorbed properly. So if you are using a recipe that calls for water, you may want to add some organic coconut oil for instance.

      Thanks!

  6. I’ve never heard of turmeric tea. Great to know! Thanks for sharing.

    Have a happy, healthy evening!

  7. Nigel Chua says:

    Oh wow I didn’t expect this – I always had thought of tumeric as a spice in cooking, not in teas for drinking…

    Does this help for people with excessive menstrual bleeding? I ask as I have a sister who have a cystic issue (I forgot the name of the condition), but I know she complains of prolonged menstruation, up to weeks at a time =(

  8. This is so exciting to me as I have struggled with anemia and heavy menstrual cycles most of my adult life. Changing my diet (dropping the junk and eating real food) has done wonders over the last few years, but I wasn’t making turmeric or bone broth a part of my every day routine until about a month ago. When this months cycle rolled along, PMS was much better. If I wouldn’t have had fatigue, I wouldn’t have known it was even coming. I usually have a list a mile long of PMS symptoms, so I will take a little fatigue which will probably change for the better as I continue to make this tea a regular part of my daily routine. My cycle is incredible. I can’t believe how “normal” it is – probably the best period I’ve ever had in my life. Nice and light – it is truly amazing. Such a relief that I will never not drink this tea!! This is such a wonderful discovery and very easy to do. For those of us who suffer from horrible heavy periods that make our lives miserable, this is a blessing.

  9. Super interesting! I have been hearing so much about tumeric lately and I am excited to try it since I have inflammation with my candida, thanks for sharing!

  10. My periods have always been heavy, especially since I had my children. What worked for me was to switich to a silicone cup over tampons and to use cloth pads at night. Now I have hardly any cramps and my period is only 5 days not 6, also a bit lighter. I will try the tumeric though :-)

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