Cramp Bark is one of the wonder herbs, best suited for women’s needs. The Cramp Bark tea is one of the most effective methods for preventing and easing menstrual problems, as well as other female related issues. It has long been recognized for its antispasmodic, astringent and sedative properties.
About Cramp Bark Tea
Native to Europe and Africa, Cramp Bark has been introduced to North America and it grows in a wide range of zones. The plant takes its name from the ability to ease cramping. Also called Viburnum opulus or guilder rose, it is a very pretty shrub, blooming with white flowers. The ripe red berries are rich in vitamin C, but are poisonous if uncooked. The fruit is edible in small quantities and has a very acidic taste; it can be used to make jelly. It is however very mildly toxic, and may cause vomiting or diarrhea if eaten in large amounts.
Barks represent the raw material for making herbal products. The flowers can be used as well in a decoction for external use.
Cramp Bark tea is a uterine sedative, aiding in menstrual cramps, afterbirth and postpartum pains. It helps to prevent a miscarriage, as well as internal hemorrhagin.
The following are some of the active constituents of cramp bark tea: hydroquinones, coumarins, tannins, scopoletin, and resins.
Brew Cramp Bark Tea
Cramp bark tea is a muscle and nerve relaxant. If you want to prevent cramps, drink 2 cups of cramp bark tea daily, starting a week before your period will begin. Prepare the tea by steeping a teaspoon of the herb or a teabag in a cup of boiled water for about 7 minutes. Strain, add a sweetener and enjoy it.
Benefits of Cramp Bark Tea
Apart from aiding in the female problems, many herb experts consider cramp bark tea as the best remedy for muscle pains and body aches associated with movement.
Cramp bark tea may help relieve pain from cramps, especially in the leg or neck. It may also help uterine cramps or period pains.
It may help in facilitating an easy labor to women giving birth by building up the uterine muscles.
Cramp bark tea may help relax tense muscles especially if applied topically as a skin ointment or lotion.
Cramp bark tea may lower blood pressure.
This tea may be used in the treatment of asthma.
This kind of tea is very helpful in relieving constipation, colic or irritable bowel syndrome.
Cramp bark tea may help fight arthritis.
Cramp bark tea may offer relief from tension headaches.
Side effects of Cramp Bark Tea
Apparently, there aren’t any known side effects or drug interactions for cramp bark tea, nor are there any documented reports of toxic reactions to the herb. However, not many studies on this plant have been conducted and, consequently, some precautions must be taken, especially because the fruits are potentially toxic.
In spite of its many benefits for women, do not take this tea if you suspect you are pregnant.
Cramp bark tea is very healthy and if your physician approves it, you can safely drink up to three cups a day.