Cramp bark is the common name of Viburnum opulus, an herb which is well known to help people experiencing cramps. It grows in the hedges, thickets, and woodlands of Europe. It is also found in North Africa.
The bark from this herb is typically collected in spring and summer, normally while the plant is in flower. Tea brewed from the bark of this shrub has been used as a remedy for cramps in America since the pioneering days. The red berries of this shrub were also used to make medicinal jams by Native Americans.
The abundant white flowers of this plant see it used as an ornamental shrub across the world, including in Australian gardens. It has a bitter nature that is also cooling and drying, which lends itself well to the main actions of this herb: as a relaxant, astringent, anti-spasmodic and diuretic.
Folklore sees cramp bark used for protection and as a female energy. The relaxing nature of cramp bark also sees it used as an aid for some meditations. Here it helps to let go of the days tension so that you can move on to a more detached and relaxed state.
Cramp Bark is used for a wide variety of purposes, including:
- Helping to reduce the pain associated with and the severity of menstrual cramps.
- Supporting cardiovascular health and reducing high blood pressure.
- Helping to relax cramping muscles and reduce pain in the gut.
- Helping to reduce spasmodic coughing.
- Helps to reduce the urgency and pain of urinary tract infections.
- To help provide relief for tension headaches
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25 grams = $7.99
50 grams = $11.99
100 grams = $18.99