Herbal Remedies for Period Pain and Cramps

Some women are fortunate enough to get their period regularly, and if they’re extra lucky, they get through it without even noticing, free of pain or any other kind of discomfort. However, there are many women who don’t have that luxury. Those women describe often severe pelvic, lower back or abdominal pain during their period, as well as paralyzing cramps which make it impossible for them to function normally. However, there are various medicinal herbs that can help with these issues and women all over the world are now turning to them for relief. Here are some of these remedies.

Cinnamon 

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This amazing spice, with its wonderful aroma and even better scent, is great for many things. You can use it to add flavor to your pies, make your own pumpkin spice latte, or you can simply sprinkle some over your sliced apples, to transform them from a simple snack into a lovely dessert. Not only is cinnamon loaded with antioxidants, but it can also help you manage your menstrual pain. It may not be as effective as ibuprofen, but many women will gladly use cinnamon since it’s a more natural way to deal with their menstrual problems. Furthermore, cinnamon may also be a helpful remedy to those women who get nauseated and who vomit often during their period, as well as to those who want to reduce the volume of their menstrual bleeding. One to three teaspoons a day should do it, so go ahead and spice your oatmeal or any of your smoothies with cinnamon to make your period more bearable.

Essential oils

One smart way to enhance your blood flow and relax your muscles is to get a massage in your abdomen area so that the tension in your pelvic muscles subsides and you get fewer cramps. However, if you massage yourself with the addition of essential oils, such as clove or clary sage, the massage maybe even more efficient, since these oils may relieve pain. Other essential oils, such as lavender or rose are excellent for aromatherapy, so sprinkle a couple of drops into your bathwater, or you can inhale them. Perhaps you can even combine them with some light yoga or stretching exercises since moderate exercise can help you with cramps and pain as well. One problem you might encounter when on your period is the lack of will and strength to exercise, which is why you should feel free to reach for some pre-workout supplements. Just make sure that you only use the best pre-workout women can get, so that you get the energy you need to exercise and feel better.

Chamomile

There are certain cells in your uterus which release prostaglandins while you’re on your period. This leads to contractions of your uterus muscles, causing you pain and cramps. Plus, when in your bloodstream, prostaglandins can make your already painful period worse, as they can also cause headache, nausea, and diarrhea. One of the ways to reduce these effects is to take some chamomile tea since it can obstruct prostaglandins and increase your menstrual flow, which then eases some of the most unpleasant period symptoms. Chamomile can also calm you down and make it easier to fall asleep, so feel free to sip as much of this tea as you want, especially in the evening.

Ginger

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Not only has ginger been known to fight inflammation and alleviate pain, but also the fatigue and nausea you sometimes experience during your PMS or your period. Furthermore, it may balance your menstrual flow and reduce cramps, making your period more regular and far less unpleasant. Plus, this is a warming planet, which can provide you with additional benefits throughout those painful and uncomfortable days. You can either grate some fresh ginger into your tea or lemonade for some additional flavor, spice your meals with it or you can make ginger juice with a tablespoon of grated ginger, water, and some sugar. Drinking this juice or some ginger tea three or four times a day, or after you’ve eaten, may do wonders for your menstrual pain and cramps.

Dealing with menstrual pain and cramps may be much easier with these natural home remedies, but in case your pain is persistent and is preventing you from doing your normal day-to-day tasks, you should visit your doctor. That way you can rule out the existence of some more serious issue and you can get a recommendation for some over-the-counter medication for your problem.

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