For too long women have been dealing with the mild to
severe pain caused by their monthly menstrual cycle.
The often unbearable pain can really disrupt life’s day to day duties. Having to miss work, appointments and social occasions are not uncommon for women who suffer from severe menstrual pain.
On top of the physical pain that comes with the monthly menstrual cycle, there are also emotional mood swings and often a week long of feeling low.
Remedies on how to deal with both the emotional and physical pain experienced during the menstrual cycle are many and endless, and it has become quite popular that many women turn to the contraceptive pill for relief. Taking the pill often comes with its own side effects, not to mention, the pill alters something that is naturally occurring in the body, which can’t be very good in the long term.
An alternative is to look to natural ways to relieve menstrual pain - here are 6 natural ways:
- Loose Raspberry Leaf Tea
Available in health food stores, loose raspberry leaf tea is a mildly sweet herbal tea (that doesn’t taste like raspberries). It’s made from the green leaves of the raspberry plant and is non-caffeinated. Containing Vitamins A, C, E and magnesium, raspberry leaf tea relieves menstrual pain as it relaxes the muscles in your uterus so the blood flows more freely, it also regulates your menstrual cycle and decreases heaviness of your period.
It’s important to remember that there is a significant difference between loose tea leaves and tea bags; the tea bags will not work.
- Sleep Well
Ensuring you have enough sleep is crucial to keeping a healthy state of mind at all times of the month, especially during your menstrual cycle. A good night sleep aids in keeping stress levels down and helps you feel relaxed and calm, which improves your emotions and the way you deal with the physical pain.
- Keep Hydrated
Drinking lots of water supports liver function and a well functioning liver will keep your hormones balanced during menstruation.
- Eat Greens
Green vegetables like kale and broccoli are rich magnesium, which is a natural muscle relaxant and aids in reducing the pain. Studies have shown that the women with the most severe cramps are often magnesium deficient.
- Avoid Caffeine
Caffeine increases menstrual symptoms both physically and emotionally as it makes cramps felt in the abdomen and lower back feel worse as well as making you feel jittery and anxious, which will antagonize your low moods.
- Lavender Heat Pack
When all else fails, you can’t go wrong with a lavender heat pack. Placing a heat pack on the abdomen or lower back will relax your muscles and therefore decrease the pain, and the lavender smell will create a calm and relaxing aroma.
Do you have any natural ways to relieve period pain? Share them by commenting below!
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