Menstrual cramps are common just before and during the period and they make it all so difficult for us. These aching cramps in the lower belly last throughout our periods and can range from mild to severe.
There are different symptoms of menstrual cramps including pain in the lower back, aching pain in the belly, pain in the inner thighs, upset stomach, or even vomiting. Menstrual cramps are usually on the first two days of the period and get less painful on the other days.
These cramps make it all more difficult and in some cases, it can get worse. There are women who are unable to step out of their bed due to these cramps but what to do?
There are a lot of home remedies that one can try to get relief from these cramps. Lemongrass is believed to be effective in treating menstrual cramps. But how to use it?
We talked to Dietician and Nutritionist, Swati Bathwal and asked her how lemongrass can help relieve menstrual cramps. Read on to know the expert advice.
Lemongrass For Menstrual Cramps
Lemongrass is not new to the Indian market but it is now gaining popularity, all thanks to people getting back to the goodness of herbs. Today, you find it easily in any supermarket.
Lemongrass is now widely used for its medicinal properties. It is known to treat a lot of other stomach-related issues other than menstrual cramps. How can you use this herb to treat cramps? Read on.
Expert Swati Bathwal shared, "Lemongrass reminds me of lemon Myrtle from Australia. Both of them carry compound citral which relaxes our muscle and ease our anxiety and bring calmness."
She shared, "Add lemongrass to your curries just like Thai’s, add them to hot water and zest of ginger and lemon to make tea, add them to your soup or scrub to relive cramps. Staying hydration is the key to prevent cramps as well."
How To Make Lemongrass Tea?
- Honey (Optional)
In a saucepan, add one cup of water, freshly chopped lemongrass, or dried lemongrass. Bring to boil. Allow it to steep for a few minutes. Strain and add honey or lemon wedges for flavour.
What Are The Other Ways To Add Lemongrass To Diet?
Other than teas, soups, lemongrass can be used in stir-fries, salads, curries among others. Lemongrass can be used for long cooking and its flavour gets intense if it is cooked for longer. Lemongrass can be minced and added to the curries at the start. You can also add chopped lemongrass to salads and stir-fries for flavouring.
Lemongrass is indeed helpful in treating menstrual cramps. However, if you get no relief from the same, check on your lifestyle habits. Consumption of alcohol, tobacco, dietary supplements, and caffeine in excess can worsen menstrual pain.
Along with adding lemongrass to your diet, make sure you have healthy food, keep yourself hydrated, and exercise as it can all help in preventing pain and cramps.
If the problem persists, consult your doctor. For more such stories, stay tuned!