Good thing she works for an herbalist, Margi to the rescue.
Margi’s Recipe for Menstrual Cramps:
Equal parts Black Haw and Cramp Bark
Sprinkle of ginger and cinnamon chips
Use ¼ cup of herb mix to 1 quart cold water
Cold water is very important when using barks and roots if you use hot or warm water they seal themselves up, so you must start with cold water because we want them to open and release their magic for us.
You make a decoction, or a 15 minute brew, by putting ¼ cup of the herbs in a quart of cold water in a pan on the stove and simmer them covered for 15 mins then you take them off the stove to rest for 15 mins
Strain and VOILA! You have a drink to sip to help ease your cramps.
If you are an herbalist during your moontime you shouldn’t come in contact with the herbs, for you will suck the energy right out of them. Our ability to bleed for days without dying is strong magic that is powerful medicine. A woman on her moontime would not be sleeping next to the medicine man for she is most powerful at this special time. At EarthSong Herbals we are not allowed to work with the herbs or tinctures or even the essential oils during this time of the month. You should take this opportunity to relax, and take care of yourself.
Erin’s testimony: This worked great! I get cramps that radiate along my hips, lower abdomen and lower back and this soothed the pain. I would especially get these in the morning so sipping a warm and yummy beverage felt good and took the place of the motrin or midol I would have previously taken. Two thumbs up for this remedy!