During the teen years (and into childbearing age), menstruation is frequently accompanied by PMS, cramps, headaches, bloating, mood swings and acne. The following herbs may help ease these discomforts:
Aloe Vera is a smooth muscle relaxant that specifically targets the pelvic area and Apana Vayu. It soothes cramps by relaxing muscle tension and spasms.
1/4 cup Aloe vera juice + ó tsp. cumin powder + 2 pinches hing
Musta is used to treat menstrual disorders such as dysmenorrhea, PMS, irritability, menstrual pain and the retention of water. It also helps in the treatment of yeast and Candida formation, parasites, sluggish liver, indigestion, dysentery, loss of appetite, chronic fevers, gastrointestinal problems and menopausal symptoms. Musta also helps to reduce inflammation and heals the skin, making it great for treating breakouts and acne during adolescence.
Asafoetida is known to increase progesterone, a hormone that helps initiate the menstrual process. If your period frequently starts out light, this herb should help to start it on time and maintain more regularity. It also reduces the pain associated with menstruation, gas and bloating.
Dandelion helps eliminate excess water weight associated with PMS and relieves that uncomfortable balloon feeling. Due to its detoxifying effects on the liver, Dandelion can help treat the root cause of the bloating rather than just masking symptoms.
Drink one cup of dandelion tea 2-3 times daily.