If you're like me, you have experienced period cramps that sometimes keep you curled up in bed and uninspired to keep doing the things you love. Over the years, my period cramps seem to have gotten a bit better. I've learned natural ways of dealing with them and taking better care of my body before, during, and after my period.
When I was younger, I would often resort to large amounts of Advil to keep my cramps under control. Of course, it worked to relieve the pain, but it wasn't great for my digestive tract.
Instead of popping pain medications, I've found that the following natural remedies usually do the trick.
5 Natural Remedies for Painful Menstrual Cramps
Our bodies are all made so differently, so you may have to do some experimenting with each of these natural remedies to find the mix that works best for you.
#1 - A Good Old Heating Pad
Applying heat to your lower abdomen can be just as effective as ibuprofen to help relieve menstrual cramps. It helps relax your muscles and calms the soul. I always have my heating pad on when my cramps begin to get uncomfortable. My favorite heating pads tend to be more traditional (like Fabrication Enterprise's heating pad featured below) because they can be used on your stomach, back, neck, and legs.
#2 - Potent Essential Oils
I like to combine a few essential oils together such as coconut, marjoram, peppermint, lavender, clary sage, rose, and chamomile. Do some research to find a combination that you like, making sure that they do wonders for inflammation and cramping.
I use a combination of doTERRA essential oils and Young Living Essential Oils.
#3 - A Full Spectrum CBD Rub and/or Tincture Drops
One of my newest discoveries is CBD, and I have to say it's surprising to me how much it's already making an impact in my life. I've been using Be You CBD's 1000mg Holy Grail Tincture before bed and it really helps me rest at night. Also, when it comes to menstrual cramps their 850mg/500mg Full Spectrum CBD Grumpy Bitch Balm works quickly to ease the pain and inflammation. It's also amazing for breast tenderness throughout my cycle. I especially love the fact they don't use any toxic fillers, and their packaging is beautiful!
#4 - Pain Easing Herbs
It's been proven that curcumin, fennel, cinnamon, dill, and ginger can make a huge difference. Studies show that taking these herbs a few days before you start your period can help with pain relief, nausea, heavy bleeding, aches, mood swings, and swelling. These herbs have anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. It's a good idea to consult with your doctor before consuming herbs and vitamins.
#5 - Exercise Regularly
Exercising regularly, especially around your period can help tons with PMS and potentially decrease the likelihood of pain. When you moderate exercise, endorphins are released, which is a natural cramp reducer. My preference is yoga, a fast walk, or trampoline exercises. Moving my body quickly elevates my mood and gives me the energy I need to keep focused.
Also, make sure you stay away from sugar, alcohol, and other inflammation-inspiring foods that can intensify your cramps.
If for any reason you are experiencing severe pain and/or heavy bleeding, make sure you visit your doctor.
Have any natural period remedies that you would like to share? Please insert in the comments section. I can't wait to read your tips.