So many women suffer from crippling cramps during their monthly cycle. As busy moms, career gals, and wives we can’t afford to take a time-out each month and the inability to simply function normally can play havoc with a busy schedule. However, we also don’t want to have to constantly resort to drugs with potentially damaging side-effects. We found some natural remedies that offer menstrual cramp relief that should help women in managing this monthly struggle.
Relief can be as simple as applying heat to your abdominal area using a heating pad or hot water bottle. Leave it on for 15 minutes to help ease the pressure and pain. Heat increases blood flow to the area, and relaxes the contracting muscles that are causing the pain. If you’re at home, soaking in a hot bath can also do the trick. Even better, make and use some of The Cosmetic Chef’s detox mustard bath soak to help relieve the tension.
If you don’t have a heating pad, you can purchase one like this Homespun Apothecary Microwaveable Heat Pack for R79 from Faithful to Nature.
DO SOME LIGHT EXERCISE
Gentle exercises like a short walk and especially swimming helps promote oxygen flow throughout your body so your muscles are able to relax. Stretching will also bring about similar results because stretching and aerobic exercise help with the production of endorphins, your body’s feel-good hormones.
STRIKE A POSE
Certain yoga poses promote relaxation and the stretching of your abdominal muscles. Plus, yoga can help shake your bad mood. Try these cramp-relieving poses before your day kicks off. Click the links for further instructions.
1. Half camel pose: Kneel upright on the floor (so your butt isn’t resting on your heels) and reach back with your right hand to touch your right ankle, keeping your hips pressed forward. Hold for 5 deep breaths. Repeat on your left side.
2. Seated forward fold: Sit with your legs straight out in front of you and bend forward as far as you comfortably can. Hold for 5 deep breaths.
3. Reclining spinal twist: Lie on your back, and cross your left knee over to the right side. Extend your arms out wide, gazing to the left. Hold for 5 deep breaths. Repeat on the other side.
4. Child’s pose for lower back pain: Start on your hands and knees, with your knees about hip-width apart and your big toes touching each other. Keeping your hands on the floor and arms outstretched, rock your butt back towards your heels and lower your torso to the floor.
DRINK SOME TEA
Known to be soothing, chamomile has sedative properties that help to relax and smooth muscles, such as the muscle that line the walls of your uterus. Chamomile also inhibits inflammation in a similar manner to certain anti-inflammatory drugs, but without any harmful side effects. Anti-inflammatory drugs help to decrease the prostaglandin production, thus relieving menstrual cramps.
You can also try sipping on ginger tea. According to a 2013 study, the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of ginger can be more effective than drugs like ibuprofen for pain relief. Plus, it’s good for tummy troubles that sometimes accompany really bad menstrual cramps.
LOAD UP ON CRAMP FIGHTING NUTRIENTS
Load up on omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E and magnesium. These nutrients are thought to reduce inflammation. Dark leafy greens and avocado are great sources of cramp fighting nutrients like magnesium. Try our leafy greens soup and enjoy the additional collagen boosting benefits for a youthful glow!
I’m also super pleased to have discovered that dark chocolate is also pretty high in magnesium. So enjoy some good quality dark chocolate to help with your cramps – it’s medicinal!
There is anecdotal evidence that regular acupuncture treatments can help with painful periods. Acupuncture is a technique of healing using thin needles to stimulate specific areas on the body. It’s based on the idea that illness is caused by imbalances. By correcting the imbalances, the body can work to heal itself. If you’ve been struggling with painful, periods, you might want to give acupuncture a try.
Yup, orgasms help to relieve all kinds of pain, including menstrual cramps, through the release of endorphins, which help you to feel instantly better. They also help to relax your whole body and induce sleep so you won’t feel any cramping at all!
Check out this cute Glamour video which is a brilliant summary of your period, and your monthly hormonal roller-coaster, in 2 minutes!
If you regularly experience pain and cramps that disrupt your ability to function, see your doctor to rule out any potentially serious issues.
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