7 Natural Remedies for Period Cramps
Period cramps are a common symptom of menstruation, and almost half the women who menstruate face this problem. Although it is common, that doesn’t mean that you have to constantly suffer through the pain. Yes, we know that a few muscle relaxants and over the counter painkillers can fix the problem, but for those of you who are averse to unnecessarily popping pills, Here are a few tips and tricks to help you naturally deal with your period cramps. With a few lifestyle changes and grandma’s home remedies, it is possible to avoid the inevitable dull pain that has you doubled over instead of going out and about, enjoying life!
A sure-fire way to help ease the tension in your muscles due to period cramps is by massaging the problem areas with essential oils and natural pain relief oils. Research shows that essential oils such as lavender, Clary sage oil and marjoram essential oils reduce menstrual cramps and other symptoms of PMS when massaged onto the lower abdomen or lower back. Make sure you use pure and high-quality essential oils and make sure to dilute the essential oil in some kind of carrier oil or unscented creams to avoid irritating your skin and to reap the maximum benefits of the oils. There are also various period oils available in the market to cater to your needs!
2. Use a Heating Pad
Applying heat to any sore or tensed muscles can significantly help with the pain and discomfort. A hot shower can help, but something that can be applied in localized areas such as hot water pouches and electric heating pads are super helpful in this regard. A study from 2004 shows that using heat for period pain relief is often more effective than taking pain killers. These days, there are abdominal heat patches that are very easy to use and more portable than electric heating pads and hot water pouches!
Practising yoga is a great addition to your routine for a healthy lifestyle. But the benefits of yoga, especially with period pain relief are multifold. Regularly practising yoga can help relax muscles and stretch the parts of the body such as the pelvis, abdomen, lower back etc. which are normally not exercised while doing traditional workout routines. Bhujang Asana (Cobra pose), Baala Asana (child’s pose) and Chakravakasana (the cat-cow stretch) are all great beginner-friendly yoga poses to help strengthen the pelvic floor and lower back muscles.
4. Eat Hearty Food
Eating warm, hearty, nutritional meals can help alleviate period cramps due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Foods such as turmeric, carom seeds and fennel seeds have natural anti-inflammatory properties and can help curb period related woes. Instead of eating junk food, try eating wholesome foods such as soups, stews, or other nutritionally dense foods. Drinking some warm milk with a pinch of turmeric, pepper and jaggery or eating lemon- turmeric pickle with your meals can also help boost your immunity. However, don’t forget to indulge in a bit of chocolate during your time of the month, as it is proven to help with menstrual cramps!
5. Try Herbal Teas
Keeping up the trend of warmth and cosiness to help relieve the stress and pain that comes with menstrual cramps, herbal teas are next on our list! Chamomile and Peppermint teas are great at calming our bodies and reduce nausea and muscle cramps. Teas made of carom or fennel help with the unavoidable bloating that comes with menstruating, and Cinnamon tea is said to help reduce inflammation!
6. Boost your Endorphins
Endorphins are chemicals that your brain produces, and they usually relieve stress and pain in the body. Your body produces endorphins in various situations, such as exercise or sexual intercourse, both of which are great at relieving period cramps! Even 30 minutes of exercise can boost your disposition, regulate mood swings and release the much sought after endorphins! Another unconventional way to boost your endorphins is to reach the big O. you can choose to do this with your partner, or even by solo play!
7. Alternative Medicines
If you are hesitant about frequently taking medication, there are several natural alternative medicines. Ayurvedic medicines such as ginger, Malabar tamarind and Chinese medicinal herbs such as dang gui and peony powder are generally prescribed for period-related pains and issues. There are also other alternative medical therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure, electric nerve stimulation and physiotherapy to help with period cramps.
Imbue Natural offers a wide range of natural wellness products. The Niraama Period pain relief oil is made with organic ayurvedic ingredients such as Yarrow, Vetiver and Patchouli, which help to soothe and relieve menstrual cramps without any chemicals or harmful additives. It’s also scented with sweet-smelling rose, cinnamon and camphor extracts to help with nausea and act as mood elevators!
So here are our best-kept secrets for helping with menstrual stress and cramps, let us know your tips and tricks in the comments below!