The best part about a cup of tea is that you can enjoy it in solitude or even with a group of people. A hot cup of tea is one of the best ways to strike a conversation, learn something new and get close to a person.

But guess what, teas are not just for refreshment or for having a cup over a delightful conversation. Here’s a thing about teas that might have gone unheard. They can significantly help in relieving cramps and abdominal discomfort during menstruation. Yes, you have heard it right; some teas are associated with numbing and relieving the intense pain during menstruation.

During your period, the muscles of your womb contract and you might experience cramps, which is when you know your muscles are at work. While some women and girls may experience nausea, vomiting, headaches, or diarrhea it is possible some might not feel a thing.

We have lined up some of the teas that work best for menstrual pain relief, so ladies sit back and take notes!

· Ginger Tea

Ginger has a long-standing history of traditional use. Several studies have demonstrated that ginger has beneficial effects to not just menstrual pain but it also prevents pregnancy-related nausea such as aids in the prevention of morning sickness and vomiting.

Studies regarding the effects of ginger also suggest the tea works like ibuprofen for treating period pain as well as the associated nausea by binding to HT3 receptors. 

Therefore, it is safe to conclude ginger is worthy of consideration as an analgesic in primary dysmenorrhea.

· Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is one of the most effective medicinal herbs known to reduce cramps that are experienced during menstruation. Some studies show that Chamomile Tea contains compounds that can help to relieve menstrual cramps and bloating.

This is because the tea can help increase the glycine in your body, which is a chemical that relieves muscle spasms and acts as a nerve relaxant to help your body relax.

Chamomile is more efficient in reducing premenstrual pains if you start drinking the Chamomile tea a couple of days before your period comes!

· Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea is an invigorating herbal tea that not only helps boost the mood but also decrease menstrual pain. Researchers point to menthol in mint tea as the active ingredient that is associated with the reduced period pain.

Peppermint tea is a popular herbal tea that naturally contains zero calories and is caffeine-free. Which means you can enjoy it at night as well without worrying about losing sleep.

 It is particularly effective after a meal, before bed—especially if you had a late dinner and experience some stomach problems.

· Green Tea

Now, this one you can always find on your shelf. Green tea is a natural diuretic that decreases water retention in your body and helps alleviate period symptoms including bloating and cramps. 

Given the tea’s powerful catechins contains that helps to improve blood flow and reduce inflammation to soothe the pain.

Study shows that green tea helps in treating uterine fibroids—a common cause of pain in the lower abdomen.

Read on for some at-home treatments that help in relieving painful menstrual periods.

  • Doing regular physical exercise
  • Hot water bag - Apply heat to your abdomen and lower back may relieve pain.
  • Avoiding alcohol, coffee, stimulants, etc.
  • Increase your liquid intake to keep you from dehydration as dehydration aggravates menstrual cramps.
  • Drinking a glass of the juice of carrot and beetroot to keep your dose of vitamins in check.

So next time when it’s that time of the month and if you suffer from debilitating period cramps pour yourself a cup of tea using loose leaf teas or a couple of tea bags and toast to less pain.