6 Home Remedies for Menstrual Cramps

06/19/2016

6 Home Remedies for Menstrual Cramps

 

You know it’s coming. The bloating. The kind of general “yuck, I just want to nap and lie on the couch and eat ice cream forever” feeling and the flood of emotions. And irritation! And then the cramps. Oh, your kingdom for a way to get rid of the cramps, NOW!

Well, hold onto your crown because you are far from alone in this and heads do not need to roll. Over half of all women who get their period experience menstrual cramps a couple of days a month. Some wonderful, convenient, easy and effective home remedies for menstrual cramps have emerged and are available to you, right at your fingertips, you gorgeous royal highness.

In case you’re wondering, cramps are caused by a few things, including the uterus contracting to restrict blood flow to the uterine lining, which then lets the lining/blood flow out. Hormones are released to make all this happen. Some women release more hormones and therefore experience more intense contractions. Sometimes hormone production gets out of balance from a poor diet or lifestyle stressors leading to menstruation cramps. Discomfort also occurs when inflammation and bloating press on nerves.

Here are six home remedies for menstrual cramps to try, at your convenience, of course. See which work best to relieve the pain and discomfort: (For many, it’s a combination)

  • Hydrate and drink tea – Always drink enough water to stay hydrated. Water keeps body functions balanced and working smoothly and helps reduce bloating. Also, you can sip chamomile tea for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Steep a cinnamon stick with your tea for the wonderful flavor and because it also eases inflammation. Peppermint tea is a muscle relaxer and ginger tea lowers pain, so both are ideal around that time of the month and even during the two weeks leading up to it.
  • Relax with a natural heating pack –
    Menstrual Cramps Reliever

    Natural Hot & Cold Pack For Menstrual Cramps Relief

    This might be the most satisfying remedy because it just feels so good. And, get this, a 2001 study showed that topical heat can be as effective as ibuprofen for cramps! Also, the Journal of Physiotherapy reviewed studies in 2014 and found that heat treatment as a menstrual cramp remedy reduces pain significantly. Now, go curl up on the couch with that heat treatment pack and dessert (or not!) and your favorite guilty show and feel the soothe! It’s best to apply the heat pack to both the lower abdomen and lower back. Take advantage of specially designed natural relief packs built with straps that keep them in place…because the last thing you want is to be fiddling around keeping the heat on!

  • Eat the right fats and foods rich in Omega-3s -Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that help ease period cramps and can be found in fish and flaxseed oil, B1 and B12 vitamins and cold-water fish. Studies are there to back it, showing that taking fish oil, B1 and/or B12 decrease cramps. Other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids include chia seeds, soy, and walnuts. Seeds nuts and vegetable oils also contain vitamin E, which has been shown to decrease period cramps significantly if eaten a few days before menstruation. Too much of some fats gets in the way of proper hormone production, leading to cramping, but the good fats, like coconut oil, olive oil, ghee, organic meats, butter, and tallow, help boost balanced hormone production.
  • Massage essential oils into your abdomen – 
    Pure Lavender Essential Oil

    Essential Lavender oil

    Lavender, clary sage and marjoram essential oils are perfect for cramp relief. Add a few drops to a neutral carrier oil, like almond oil, or get a premixed menstrual-cramp blend, and gently massage it in where you feel the cramps. In one study, women used the essential oils between periods and it helped ease cramps.

  • Get more magnesium – If you have low magnesium levels, you’re more apt to get worse cramps. Magnesium aids in hormonal balance and production and other processes and reduces bloating. So getting your magnesium levels up to normal levels can help reduce cramping. Great sources of magnesium include bananas; dark chocolate; seeds and nuts, like almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, pecans, pine nuts and flax seed; dark leafy greens, like spinach and kale; yogurt; fish, like tuna, wild salmon and halibut; legumes, like edamame (soybeans), lentils, white beans, black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas and black-eyed peas; and fresh avocado.
  • Get enough sleep – Sweet Dreams is an easy way to help boost healthy hormone production. Because if you’re not getting enough sleep, your hormones get wacky, and your cramps come out to play.

 

*This article is meant for basic informational purposes only. It is not intended to serve as medical advice, substitute for a doctor’s appointment or to be used for diagnosing or treating a disease. Users of this website are advised to consult with their physician before making any decisions concerning their health.

 

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