Full Moon Women's Menstrual Tea
Happy Full Moon! This is a great time to charge your crystals, meditate and set some Holy Spirit-guided intentions. The moon cycle brings to mind another cycle that we Divinely created female beings (See Colossians 1:27, 2 Corinthians 13:5) experience, the menstrual cycle. It's my desire to help stop the stigma around discussing this very regular and sacred function of our femininity. My wellness Mama, Wisteria Ward of Needful Things Natural Home and Body Care has helped me come up with a drink to make this time of the month a little easier.
I've struggled with anemia and a difficult menstrual cycle pretty much since the onset of having a period. One folk remedy that's been used to help treat anemia is simple blackstrap molasses. 100 grams of molasses (about 7 tablespoons) contains 4.7 milligrams of iron, which is about 26% of your daily recommended value.
I add Raspberry Leaf and Passionflower tinctures to the mixture and drink it to help alleviate the symptoms associated with a difficult menstrual cycle. Raspberry Leaf contains vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, b-vitamins and iron. It helps to tone and strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles, which some midwives and natural healers believe helps to facilitate an easier labor. It's known to help relax the uterus, helping to treat menstrual cramps. It's also known to help treat heavy and irregular bleeding.
Passionflower also helps to treat cramps (dysmenorrhea). It's great for PMS as is known to help alleviate anxiety, irritability, depression, insomnia and stress. It was first used by Native Americans and the Aztecs of Mexico as a sedative. It's now become a popular folk remedy used all over the world.
Encyclopedia.com gives some interesting background on how Passionflower got it's name:
As with any herb or medication, these ingredients can cause relative contraindications (negative effects and interactions when combined with other drugs/herbs etc.) While I've found a great deal of relief with this blend, you should check with your health care provider to be sure that it's safe for you to use.
1-2 tablespoons organic blackstrap molasses
40 drops Passionflower tincture
40 drops Raspberry Leaf tincture
agave, maple syrup or honey to taste (optional)
Add all ingredients to hot water and drink as a tea at least once a day. Can be drunk up to three times a day.
To help ease your stress and tension, try my Crystal Aromatherapy Fizzies and Affirmations for Fall to put you in a relaxed and joyful state.
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