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Moontime Tea Blend for Painful Periods

Amber Shehan December 16, 2013

Some days, it really hurts to have a uterus. On those moontime days that leave you breathless and angry and in pain, this tea blend can offer a bit of relief.


The ebb and flow

The moon is rising huge and silver in the sky this evening, full and bright. We are pushed and pulled along by the moon just like the ocean is – we are seventy percent water, are we not? The whole of humanity in the fullness of its gender spectrum responds to this primal pull.

As someone with an active uterus, the pull of the moon can cause my period to start with a fanfare of pain and exhaustion. As I write this, I am having one hell of a moontime: pain, anxiety, bad moods, and a lack of vital energy. Whenever I find myself laying on a heating pad and sobbing for no reason into a pillow, I know it is time for a cup of tea and a little self-maintenance.

Moontime Tea Blend Recipe

Need to find some of the herbs in the recipe? Find good quality herbs harvested sustainably from Mountain Rose Herbs!

Grab a big bowl and mix the following herbs. You can scale the ingredients as you prefer:

  • 1 cup dried red raspberry leaf
  • 1/4 cup dried nettle leaf
  • 1/4 cup dried oatstraw
  • 1/4 cup dried chamomile flowers
  • 1/8 cup dried motherwort
  • 1/8 cup dried rose petals
  • 1/8 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1/2 tsp of ground vitex seeds
  • 1 sliver of fresh ginger (optional, but helps with pain and nausea)

Store your tea blend in a closed container, ideally something dark to protect it from the light.

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Looking down into my favorite teapot.

How to Use the Moontime Tea Blend

A cup of tea:

If you need a cup right away, put a tablespoon of the tea blend per serving into a tea infuser (or an awesome teapot like the one pictured above with a strainer built-in). Cover the herbs with hot water from the kettle and cover your cup. Let it steep for ten minutes, and if you wish, you can add a little honey to it before you drink.

This method of tea brewing is known as an infusion, and the above method is a rather short infusion. The longer you let it steep, the more effective it will be for this blend, so it can be wise to plan ahead.

A pot of tea:

Every night of my moontime, get a quart mason jar with a lid and add 1/4 cup of these herbs to it. Pour the steaming water from the kettle over the herbs, cover the jar with the lid, and let the whole thing steep overnight on the counter. The next morning, simply strain the tea into a new jar to carry around and drink throughout the day. Add your preferred sweetener if you need it!

I find this tea blend to be quite helpful in helping to manage period pain, mood shifts, and the general strain of being on my moontime. But now, lovies, I’m spent. I’ve had wine, and chocolate, and now tea and bed are on the docket.

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Need more?

Herbal Academy: Painful Period Cramp Tea

Herbal Academy: Strategies for Creating a Gender-Inclusive Herbal Practice

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  1. Cynthia on December 16, 2013 at 11:48 am

    OMGs I love those little monster holders!

    I’m going to have to try that tea. I always end up having that time right on Christmas and here’s hoping that calms some of my nerves. I like that you picked so many calming herbs for the tea. I bet its yummy too.

    Rest up!

    • amberpixi on December 16, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks, Cynthia! I’ll be fine, and I’m already feeling better. Phew. I felt like Jabba the Hutt when I woke up yesterday morning…an especially grumpy Jabba, at that. 🙂

  2. Arwen on February 4, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    I enjoyed this article immensely! I have a similar formula that works best as a tincture with nettles, yarrow (for pain relief!) and motherwort that I call “mooning” ha ha. Thanks for sharing the fruits of your labor, I hope your homesteading and herbal-crafts are wildly successful! “green blessings” -Arwen

    • Amber Shehan on February 5, 2015 at 11:40 am

      Thank you Arwen, may those blessings return multifold to you! 🙂 Your Mooning mix sounds lovely, but I hope you don’t need it the next time around. 😉

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