Menstrual cramps have many women dreading that time of the month. Many of us have a stash of painkillers, reaching for it whenever the cramps roll around. However, there are other ways to relieve the pain apart from meds.
Here are some natural cramp remedies that you can try-- they provide different solutions based on your taste and schedule.
1. Diet change
It's common to get cravings for sweet and deep-fried food during your period. However, these don't do you any good. Studies show that reducing saturated fats and increasing vegetable consumption reduces cramping.
According to some healthcare professionals, cramps are a sign of nutritional deficiencies. Low levels of magnesium (found in almonds, spinach), fish oil, and vitamin B1 may contribute to menstrual cramps.
Working out while having cramps sounds like torture, but, believe it or not, it helps. We're not talking about intense exercise. Any activity that gets your body moving and boosts blood flow will do. Exercise releases endorphins that suppress the prostaglandin hormones that give you cramps.
You can work out as a preventative measure, by doing it a few days to your period.
Orgasms are an excellent way to release endorphins, making you feel instantly better by fighting the hormones that induce cramps.
Acupuncture calms your whole nervous system and increases blood flow to the internal organs.
Another way to beat the pain is to use a hot bottle or heating pad. Note: Make sure the water is warm to avoid burning yourself. The heat relaxes the contracted uterine muscles.
If you can't afford the time to lie in bed due to a busy schedule, you can use heating patches. These allow you to enjoy the heat treatment and still move around.
Instead of a regular massage, include essential oils to the mix for effective pain relief.
NOTE: Ensure you dilute the pure essential oils, as they are too potent to be used alone.
7. Herbal teas
Have you ever heard of viburnum opulus, otherwise known as cramp bark? Health professionals recommend taking it 2-3 days before the onset of cramps. However, it still does the job if you take it when in pain. Boil two teaspoons in a cup of water and drink three times a day. Consult your doctor before using this treatment.
There are studies in favor of drinking chamomile tea. Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce the levels of prostaglandin.
The Sole Toscana Beauty Team