Dittany Menstrual Cramp Remedy

Dittany or “burning bush” is known for its useful remedies in both medieval medicine and Chinese traditional medicine.  Ironically, both ancient healing traditions associate 7 primary remedies for Dittany, but those list are different (see our post on dittany remedies).

Easing Menstrual Cramps with Dittany / Burning Bush

Here we focus on a remedy inspired by Hildegard of Bingen, using dittany to help resolve menstrual cramping.

Tea for easing menstrual cramps and painful menstruation:

  • 1 Teaspoon dried, crushed dittany root boiled with 8 ounces of water.
  • Let simmer for 15 minutes and then strain.
  • Drink 2 cups a days

Also see our post for 4 more teas to reduce cramps.

Tea for Metrorrhagia (abnormal uterine bleeding):

Based on the herbal monastic medicine remedy for metrorrhagia Pastor Benedict. Metrorrhagia, or abnormal bleeding from the uterus, outside of the normal menstrual cycle, occasionally occurs in women over 40.

This tea is not an appropriate remedy for endometrial cancer or other more serious conditions. Be sure to consult your medical provider to rule out anything more serious before using this tea.


  • 2 tablespoons of Shepherd’s purse
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon balm
  • 2 tablespoons of Lady’s mantle
  • 1 teaspoon of valerian (root)
  • 1 teaspoon of dittany root

Mix 2 tsp of the mixture with 8 ounces of hot water and steep for 5 minutes. Drain and drink. Take 1 Cup 3 x day

From Hildegard of Bingen. For overall good health, promote healthy complexion, improve circulation, improve digestion, and speed recovery from illness. Find the recipe to prepare fennel herbal powder here.

More about painful menses you find here.

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