Here are 9 natural ways that may help ease your discomfort and get rid of period cramps.
That time of the month again?? Frustrating right….especially with the bloating, mood swings, backache, and the painful cramps that come along with it. While it is common to experience period pain and cramps at the start of your menstrual cycle, some women don’t experience pain at all. It is medically unclear why some women experience extreme pain and some do not.
Menstrual cramps are caused when the uterus contracts to shed the lining causing the blood vessels to squeeze and cut the oxygen supply for a small-time period which causes you pain and cramps. Some women also experience nausea, diarrhea, and headaches.
While all we want to do is curl up in your bed and do nothing all day during these times, it is not always possible to do so. Although you can pop in a pain killer pill and get rid of the pain, that is not good for you and can cause various problems in the future making it worse. So, how do we manage to get rid of period cramps?? Well, here are some natural home remedies you can try to help you to go through these times with ease without any possible side effects.
What Can I Do to Relieve Period Cramps?
Drinking more water during your periods will help to ease bloating. Bloating makes the cramps worse, hence drinking water will help to ease it.
Drinking warm water is much better for cramps as it will help to increase blood flow to the skin and relax muscle cramps.
2. Chamomile Tea
We all must have heard about chamomile tea relieving period cramps. Chamomile tea is said to have pain-relieving properties.
It contains anti-inflammatory properties that help in relaxing the uterine muscles and inhibits prostaglandins, hence reducing the pain.
Applying heat with a heating pad or hot water bottle can help in relaxing the muscles and reduce the pain. It is found that applying heat to your abdomen and back during the periods helps reduce the pain more effectively than ibuprofen.
If you do not have a heating pad or hot water bottle, you can also take a nice warm bath or shower or use a hot towel.
4. Ginger Water
Drinking ginger water will also help in reducing the painful cramps. Ginger is very helpful to reduce period pain as it helps to lower the levels of the pain-causing prostaglandins. Having ginger water is also helpful if you have irregular periods.
It also helps with nausea, upset stomach, and fighting fatigue caused sometimes during periods.
5. Sesame Oil
Sesame oil is rich in linoleic acid and it also contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which help with the pain.
Massaging your lower abdomen with warm sesame oil will help you in reducing the menstrual pain. A good sesame oil massage for about 20-25 minutes will help you relax and soothe the pain instantly.
6. Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek seeds are said to help facilitate weight loss and is also helpful to ease period pain due to its therapeutic properties. Fenugreek seeds contain compounds like lysine and tryptophan-rich proteins which help with the discomfort.
All you have to do is soak some fenugreek seeds in water overnight and drink the water to help relieve discomfort and menstrual pain.
I know you might think that why would I want to exercise while I am suffering from this pain and all I want to do is relax and lie down. But, exercising helps to increase circulation to the pelvic region and releases endorphins which counteract the pain-causing prostaglandins.
Hence, it will help in easing the painful cramps. You can do simple easy yoga exercises which will help your body relax and ease the period cramps.
8. Cumin seeds
Cumin is said to have a relaxing effect. It has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties which help get rid of the painful period cramps.
Drinking cumin tea will help in reducing menstrual pain. Just boil some cumin seeds in water, cool and drink the reduction for relief from the period cramps.
9. Avoid certain foods
There are certain foods you must avoid during your periods. Some foods cause bloating and water retention which sometimes makes the pain worse.
The foods you must avoid are fatty foods like chips and fast food, alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, or drinks containing caffeine and salty foods.
Avoid eating these foods during your periods no matter how much you crave them. Eating these foods can cause the period cramps to become worse. If you are craving something sweet, have strawberries or bananas.
So, these are some of the natural ways you can try to help relieve your painful period cramps. Do let me know the comments below if you have any remedy which you try and work wonders for you…