5 Natural Remedies To Relieve Period Pains
I have suffered from severe period cramps all my life, especially after getting off the pill the pain got so bad that I was unable to get out of bed for the first two days. In this post I have put together five remedies that help me relief my period pains.
Prostaglandin is the hormone which stimulates the uterine muscles to contract and shed the uterine lining, the higher the levels of prostaglandin in the body the more painful the contractions. If you have very severe period cramps it is important to visit a gynaecologist and find the root-cause of the pain. It might be a hormonal issue such as endometriosis or other medical issues such as fibroids or ovarian cysts.
1. Magnesium is important for healthy bone formation, regulating blood pressure, maintaining heart health, energy production and nerve functions. But most importantly supplementing with magnesium helps to relax muscles. When I am on my period I take magnesium malate orally and take warm baths in magnesium chloride and sulphate. I also make my own magnesium spray with magnesium flakes and water in a spray bottle and spray it on my stomach throughout the day. For the exact recipe click here.
2. Applying heat with either a heating pad, hot water bottle or a hot bath with essential oils make my cramps more bearable. I use an electric heating pad on either my belly or lower back. When I take hot baths adding essential oils such as ylang ylang and lavender oil help to reduce cramping.
3. Cinnamon tea and pills/Ceylon cinnamon is an herb that is filled with antioxidants and flavonoids. It is known to lower cholesterol, help with insulin resistance, improve blood sugar levels, digestion, and most the immune system. Ceylon cinnamon may help regulate menstrual cycles and lessen heavy bleeding through calming the uterus and closing the blood vessels. Cinnamon supplements should never be taken by women who have liver issues. For women with PCOS is important to get pure ceylon cinnamon, which is available on iHerb and amazon.
4. Black seed oil has been shown to be incredibly beneficial for women with menstrual pains. There are antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory agents in black seed oil, which aid in relieving period pains and muscle cramps. Black seed oil is the most concentrated and beneficial form. I make sure to only buy organic, cold-pressed, unrefined, pure black seed oil in a glass bottle. I either consume the oil orally or rub it onto my belly.
5. Eating a healthy diet plays a huge part in the inflammation in the body. Less inflammation decreases the painful cramps, water retention and bloating. Cutting out all refined sugars is what works best for me. I also avoid animal products, vegetable oils in salads and cooking and fatty foods like french fries and potato chips. I increase my intake of whole grains such as oatmeal, whole-grain bread, vegetables such as broccoli, kale, sweet potatoes and legumes.