Thanks Alexander!Common medical complaints in a survival situation: menstrual cramping
Menstrual cramps are caused because of the cyclical shedding of the uterine lining. The body must build up a blood supply to this tissue, so naturally for recycling it closes off this blood supply later since the tissue is being shed. This is called vasoconstriction. Then compounds are released which cause uterine contractions. Everyone knows to have midol, but if you didn't, the active ingredients are comprised of a pain reliever, caffeine to potentate it and to help people void and reduce bloating (fluid retention), and an antihistamine.
Licorice root tea is very fine for menstrual cramps and provides pain relief. It's not hard to grow and has many uses, but use caution with people with heart issues.
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Valerian is a very good perennial to grow. The roots provide both pain relief and calmness since it causes sedation. “Taking the edge off” is a very helpful herbal property for many things like nervousness. [It does smell bad growing in the garden, and it attracts mice and rats. Since you might need to feed your pets anyway, grow it far from the garden, then trap them.]
Ginger can easily be grown from ginger root remnants and reduces the prostaglins that cause pain in menstrual cramping. So does raspberry leaf tea. It would be wisdom to plant raspberries. Buy some tea for now.
Many many herbs are diuretics, probably most. Black tea stores well and cheaply provide caffeine and diuresis.
See previous postings on stinging nettles made into a tea used as an antihistamine. It's naturally a diuretic. It's one of the best herbs to learn to forage for.
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] I don't know you, but since all women in a household will eventually menstruate at the same time (very interesting phenomena, isn't it?), then knowing how to help them every month is a skill that any shaman with a lick of sense will learn. They'll be grateful, and you'll be a hero.