When I have my periods, I make myself some crataegus (hawthorn berry) tea. It helps promote menstrual flow and ease period pain. Try it.
In my recent interview with Jason Moskovitz, a licensed acupuncturist at the Tao of Wellness, he pointed out that menstrual cramps, pains and mood swings are generally caused by some kind of stress, whether internal or external, that interrupts the natural blood and energy flows of the body.
If you really think about it, this makes perfect sense.
The essence of life is movement. When things are moving, they are alive and growing. When things are stagnant, they degenerate and die.
This is a simple truth of nature. And we can certainly observe how it applies to our own body, and in our own life.
Finding PMS relief is no exception. It really comes down to getting the blood and energy moving and circulating.
This can be achieved by exercising our body, eating food that is nutritious and alive, thinking loving thoughts that support and strengthen us, balancing activities and rest, and through some external aids such as massage, acupuncture, herbs, scents, oils and teas.
Crataegus (Hawthorn Berry) Tea Recipe
Today I want to share with you one of my favorites, a simple crataegus (shanzha) tea.
Crataegus is commonly called “hawthorn” in the West and “shanzha” in China. It’s a well-known herb in traditional Chinese medicine, mainly used to improve digestion, eliminate waste, strengthen heart function, lower blood lipids, and dilate blood vessels to promote blood circulation, which makes it an ideal remedy for menstrual pains and cramps.
I’m expecting my period in a few days, so it’s a perfect time to make some crataegus tea.
The recipe is incredibly simple. Just put a handful of crataegus/hawthorn into a teapot and boil it with water. Then add some black tea and a small amount to red/brown sugar.
You don’t need to add black tea if you prefer only crataegus. You can also leave it in the pot and brew it with lower heat for 10 more minutes after boiling. It’ll give you a more intense flavor and effect.
This tea has such a refreshing quality to it. It instantly awakens my senses. And I really enjoy its subtle sour taste with a hint of sweetness.
Make one for yourself and drink it from 3-5 days before your period, throughout your period, and 3 days after your period.
See how you like it – and if it helps you to relieve menstrual pains and cramps.
Of course you can drink it any other time for better digestion and blood circulation. Interestingly, it’s also a popular drink among the Chinese ladies who want to lose weight.
A word of caution though, if you have a weak stomach and spleen, and if you are pregnant, this tea may not be suitable for you.
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