Painful periods (primary dysmenorrhea) afflict approximately 25% of all women, with estimates for adolescents reaching as high as 90%. Given the prevalence of this disabling condition, and that treatment usually involves NSAID drugs and sometimes oral contraceptives – both of which have serious, even life-threatening side effects – natural alternatives are desperately needed.
Fennel seeds are effective in soothing menstrual cramps and have been used as a natural remedy since a really long time for irregular periods too. Fennel is a very strong herb. Part of reducing menstrual cramps is promoting more blood flow to the pelvic region, and fennel does just that.
Benefits of fennel tea for menstrual cramps:
- Fennel seeds are anti-spasmodic in nature and allow better contraction of the muscles in the uterus. This makes it easier for the blood to flow and also eases pain.
- It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce the swelling of the cervix caused due to presence of prostaglandin.
- The aroma of fennel tea also acts on the frayed nerves and thus reduces stress and anxiety.
Here is how to make Fennel tea:
Get a bag of fresh fennel seeds, preferably ones with a high volatile oil content. Crush up 1 to 2 tablespoons of the seeds with a mortar and pestle. Put the crushed seeds in a large mug and pour a cup of very hot, but not boiling, water over them (turn the kettle off before just before it boils). Cover and steep for 8 to 10 minutes. Strain and enjoy, perhaps with a small amount of honey.