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herbs for cramps?

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What are the best herbs for bad cramps? Are there herbs for cramps I can grow in my garden?
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Yes, there are...

Garden Sage...outdoors


Ginger...Indoors or out

Now keep in mind that a couple of the herbs can cause flooding if one uses them too much...Sage and go easy with them.
Ginger can be infused in some Olive oil and made into a GREAT external rub.

So research these suggestions and see what works for you.
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Cramps are often associated with dehydration. Drink plenty of water.

Eat plenty of food which contain potassium (such as oranges or bananas) especially after strenuous exercise. A little apple cider vinegar in water will also ease cramps.

Take a few drops of a tincture made from Cramp Bark, and rub a little of the tincture onto the affected area.

Combine 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon Cardamom and 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg. Thoroughly mix into 1 cup boiling water, over and steep for 5 minutes. Sip while warm, or take by the teaspoon.

Make a circle with your thumb and first finger and press hard using both hands over the cramped area. Works very quickly.

Drink a cup of Yarrow tea for very fast relief.

For menstrual cramping:

Drink a cup or two of Chickweed leaf tea a day to ease pain and cramping.

Eat 1/4 cup Pumpkin seeds in the few days before your period is due.

The following herbs alleviate the symptoms of cramps, leg, back, and headaches: Hops, False Unicorn, Blessed Thistle, and Blue Cohosh.

Drink a tea made from the leaves, seeds or roots of Lovage.

Drink a tea made from any of the following: Meadowsweet leaf, Motherwort leaf, Oregano leaf, Pineapple leaf, Rasperry leaf, Sage leaf, Sweet Joe Pye root, Valerian root, Vervain leaf or Wild Yam root.

Put a few slices of fresh Ginger root into a saucepan with some brown sugar. Cook over low heat, cool, and drink the liquid.

Boil 2 teaspoons dried Cramp Bark in a cup of water for 10-15 minutes. Add a little grated or powdered Ginger if desired. Drink 1-2 cups per day. A few Angelica leaves and/or Chamomile flowers may also be added.

All of these herbs can be grown in your garden - assuming your climate suits them, of course. FYI, Cramp Bark is also called Guelder Rose, Viburnum opulus.
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I'd be really interested in knowing what books you get your info from.
I've been researching herbs for half a century or more from a large range of sources, and have put the collected information into my own books. One day, with luck, I'll be rich enough to have them published!!
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