After seeing what kind of unnecessary junk is sometimes put into menstrual pain relief medications, I decided to find my own alternative.
Start by preparing hot water for your chamomile tea. (Chamomile is a naturally relaxing herbal flower related to the daisy.)
Water should be slightly cooler than boiling; steep the herbal tea for 3-6 minutes until it is soft yellow in color and the brew becomes lightly fragrant.
Take one 220mg Naproxen sodium tablet (Aleeve) and one 325mg aspirin tablet. Be sure to drink one full 8oz glass of water with these pills to keep yourself well-hydrated.
Sip on the chamomile tea. The tea will help you relax while you wait for the pain relievers to take effect.
OPTIONAL: Since a few menstrual relief pills contain diuretics (sometimes caffeine, other times a chemical), you can follow up your chamomile tea with a green or white tea. Green tea can be steeped for 1-3 minutes at 180F, while white tea should be steeped only for 1 minute at 165-170F. Chamomile, green, and white teas can be steeped up to three times by steeping for an additional minute at the proper temperature.