By Mashaal Rana
Our monthly cramps might be a great excuse to skip gym but that doesn’t make them any less of a nightmare. “Aunty Flo’s” visit once a month is nothing short of a cruel bouncer. During our period, the uterus is contracts to shed it’s lining – which results in painful cramps, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Bloating, mood swings and low energy levels are some of the additional symptoms that follow or even preface the advent of the period.
Enter Dado’s todkas. These are some wise words our mothers would swear by and after trying and testing them ourselves there is no reason to not share the wealth. Find our top five remedies to control that misbehaving uterus of yours.
P.s. You’re welcome.
Bishop’s weed tea (or Ajwain ka kava)
Ajwain is used in Ayurvedic medicine as an antiseptic, a spice and a preservative. In terms of periods, women have been using it for decades to ease spasms in the uterus to allow proper flow during the week. In Perso-Arabic medicine, Ajwain is used to enhance the body’s resistance.
How to make Ajwain ka kava?
Take 2 tsp. of ajwain (in powder or its raw form) and 200 ml water. Mix these in a pan and boil on the stove until the water turns to a brown colour. Remember to strain the mixture before drinking. Can be taken before or during your period.
Apply a hot wet towel or/and a blend of essential oils
As if being in pain wasn’t enough, top that with having that ewww feeling and this is exactly when rest and relaxation are key. Think like this – a crampy period is an ideal opportunity to indulge in some much deserved “me” time. Heat can soothe belly spasms, so try placing a hot wet towel on your abdomen.
Another trick is to use a blend of rosemary and lavender oil that ease muscle pains and the scent acts as a relaxant.
Dry dates and milk elixir (AKA Chuhare ka doodh)
This todka is nothing short of a miracle drink. Although it requires a bit of time, it’s worth to put in the effort, we promise you! The secret ingredient in this is turmeric that is believed to heal the soreness from within and this mixture will ease your period flow and relieve cramps. The mixture is also one that is nutritious and it will energize you, especially during those ‘low’ days.
Heat water in a pan.
When the water starts to boil, add the dates.
Cook for 2-3 minutes.
Remove from heat and let it cool.
Drain the water.
Cut the chuhare/dates into pieces and discard the seed.
Heat milk in a pan.
Add chuhare pieces and a pinch of turmeric powder.
Cook for 10-12 minutes on low heat till it boils.
Strain the milk in a mug.
One tbsp. of Holy Basil (or Tulsi) powder in warm water
Add a tablespoon of tulsi powder (or raw tulsi leaves) to one cup of water and let it boil for 2-3 minutes until the liquid is reduced to half a cup. Add salt to it after cooling. This mixture aids any form of backache if taken twice a day, and what can be worse than the severe back pain we suffer during our week of hell. And shall we tell you a secret? This one is dado jaan’s favourite.
Aloe Vera Gel for 3-7 days
Aloe Vera has been known for his healing properties for centuries – especially for inflammatory troubles. Suffer from bloating during the time? Don’t worry, we got good news for you. Eating 1-2 tbsp. of aloe vera everyday for the week can reduce bloating as it soothes the inflammation caused in the muscles due to back-to-back spasms. Time to go and pick out some aloe vera from the yard? We think so.