Yep, it’s that time beautiful time of the month again. A time cripples with that not so beautiful feeling around your lower back and abdomen A time when your insides are being squeezed out, literally.
The pain and discomfort can at times be too much, which can make some reach for pain relievers and a bunch of other not so nice pills. However, these medicines often have side effects which is the last thing we need when we are menstruating. We’ve created some really effective natural ways to help alleviate the pain and PMS.
Bringing on the “Heat”
Let’s start from the oldest trick in the book: using a hot water bottle! Heat aids in increasing blood flow to tissues, relax muscles, and provide relief from soreness and tightness. A review of studies that was published by the Journal of Physiotherapy, discovered that heat minimizes the amount of pain women feel during their period. Taking a warm bath, has the same effects too and can be very soothing by adding some essential oils like patchouli, clary sage and lavender which all help to support women’s hormones.
Keep your Cups Full… of Water!
One of the main reasons why we sometimes feel painfully bloated (especially during our period) is due to our bodies trying to retain water. There are a number of reasons as to why this is happening, but one of the biggest culprits is the fact that you might not be getting enough fluids. It’s important that you regularly drink water, but not just any water. Ideally, you’d want to gulp down warm or hot water because hot liquid increases blood flow and could help relax cramped muscles plus it’s much nicer for your digestion. Eating foods like watermelon, celery, cucumbers, or lettuce, all of which are water-based, can help keep you hydrated too.
Dabble in Essential Oils
Aside from the many benefits that they already offer, essential oils can also help relieve menstrual pains. Essential oils like marjoram, lavender and clary sage has been reported to lessen pain and even shorten its duration, according to a study in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research. So go on and start massaging your cramped lower abdomens with some carrier oil like sweet almond oil or olive oil.
Acupuncture is a medicinal practice that has been around for a very long time now. It helps our body’s nervous system relax, allowing blood to flow to the internal organs more effectively. With the nervous system relaxed, stiff muscles are prompted to loosen up, providing a sense of relief. The ancient method is also said to have an anti-inflammatory effect.
Have you tried these natural solutions before? Let us know in the comments below!