When your period hits, it is common to feel discomfort in your abdomen and lower back, some even experience cramps in other muscles, nausea, headaches and diarrhea as well. While the pain that is associated with periods are out of our control (unfortunately). Luckily, there are many natural alternative routes to relieve and get rid of the pain around that time of the month.
Applying heat to your abdomen and lower back for pain can help tremendously. One small study published in 2001 in Evidence-Based Nursing found that topically applied heat was just as effective as ibuprofen for period cramps.Use a warm water bottle, a heating pad, warm cloth, or try relaxing in a warm bath to relieve the pain.
There is no secret that turmeric is one very powerful source to many great medicinal benefits. This orange colored spice is great at regulating menstruation and balancing hormones. The anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties found in turmeric help relieve menstrual pain. Add a teaspoon or more of turmeric to your daily routine to gain the many benefits it has to offer. Make your own turmeric tea by mixing in 2 teaspoons powdered turmeric into 2 cups boiling water, and add 1 tablespoon of your favorite sweetener and a sprinkle of black pepper.
Essential oils have been used for centuries now to help heal the body and calm your mind. Oils can also be used to bring relief from menstrual cramps and help your overall health. Lavender, Rose and Eucalyptus oils are all great at helping to reduce cramps, as well as bringing on a more calming and relaxed effect that helps with other PMS symptoms. Add a couple drops of the mentioned oils above to your warm bath for an ultimate relaxing sensation. Mix 4-5 drops of oil with coconut oil to rub directly on areas where you feel the pain.
Avoid Certain Foods
While menstruating, it is best to avoid foods that may cause you to bloat. Foods you should always try to stay away from while on your period are salty foods, caffeine, alcohol, fatty foods, sodas and sugary foods. Staying away from these foods or cutting down on your intake during that time of the month will help ease cramps. The foods listed may not be the best for your body, but around that time of the month, they happen to be the foods you crave most. Try eating fruit instead of sweets, and sip on ginger, peppermint or chamomile tea instead of sugary sodas.
When experiencing pain from cramping, exercising sounds crazy. However, exercise can reduce stomach pain significantly. Any type of physical activity can help reduce the pain, try taking a jog, going for a bike ride, or playing a game of kick ball with the kids. Exercising helps to release endorphins and will in return reduce your cramps. Exercising 3-5 times a week can not only reduce pain brought on by cramps, it will also improve your overall health tremendously.