Menstrual Difficulties

1,000 mg calcium
500 mg magnesium

Calcium and magnesium work together to regulate muscle contractions and the conduction of nerve impulses.

Ginger Tea (for cramps)
Grate two to three teaspoons of fresh ginger root and simmer in two cups of water for several minutes. Add lemon and honey to taste. Drink as much as desired.

Acute Cramps
Combine equal parts of ginger, valerian, and cramp bark tinctures, to be taken in half-teaspoon doses every twenty minutes until the symptoms subside.

A couple of days before menstruation begins, massage the following combination of essential oils into the abdomen once or twice a day, as well as using them in the bath.

Blend together equal parts of chamomile, an anti-inflammatory; clary sage, which relieves depression; lavender, a relaxing herb; and tarragon and marjoram, which are anti-spasmodic.

Hot Ginger Poultice
Make a strong ginger tea or add a half-teaspoon of ginger essential oil to a quart of hot water. Dip a towel in the water and wring it out, lay it over the abdomen, and place a hot water bottle over the ginger towel to retain the heat. Relax for fifteen minutes.

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