Menstruation, while necessary, can bring with it a plethora of problems. Period pain or menstrual cramps-also known as dysmenorrheal- can affect a woman’s ability to function normally. Typically, most women experience menstrual cramps in the abdomen, back, thighs, legs and breasts around the time the menstruation is about to begin. In many women, the pain lasts until the period begins. Some women suffer longer and experience pain until the period ends. Period pain can affect women of all ages. It can be described as a cramping pain which radiates from the abdomen, lower back and down the thighs. A rise in chemicals called prostaglandins which caused uterine contractions, leads to period pain. Today we will take a look at some home remedies for severe menstrual cramps or period pain.
1. Hot compress
Use a hot water bottle or hot water bag to ease menstrual cramps. Apply heat on the abdomen, lower back and thighs continuously for 20 minutes. This will help relax the muscles and stop period pain. Repeat this remedy as needed throughout the day. It is best to take plenty of rest during this phase.
2. Take a hot bath
In order to relieve period cramps fast, soak in a hot tub bath mixed with some Epsom salts. The magnesium in the bath salts relaxes the back and abdominal muscles giving you much needed relief. Soak for at least 15-20 minutes.
3. Drink raspberry leaf tea
Raspberry leaf tea will relax the uterine muscles to stop menstrual cramps fast.
4. Use chamomile
Chamomile is a relaxing herb that can provide quick relief from PMS and period pain. Drink 2-3 cups of chamomile tea. Also use the essential oil of Chamomile for a gentle massage. You can dilute the oil and rub it on the stomach and lower back. Also inhale Chamomile essential oil in an aromatherapy diffuser to relax the senses and fall asleep.
5. Take blackstrap molasses
BSM or blackstrap molasses is extremely rich in minerals. Take a teaspoon or two daily and you might just be able to stop period pain forever.
6. Try Acupressure
For quick relief from period pain and menstrual cramps, press the Sanyinjiao point for 10 seconds followed by 4 seconds of rest over a period of 20 minutes. To locate the Sanyinjiao point: press the point behind the shin bone, on the inside of the leg, four finger widths above the ankle bone. Do this on both legs.
7. Avoid salty foods
In order to stop period pain forever, limit your intake of salt. Drink plenty of water. Avoid consuming junk food before the period. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
8. Eliminate stress
Practice deep breathing, meditation, yoga and yog nidra. These practices help lower stress levels and prevent and stop menstrual cramps and other PMS symptoms.
9. Avoid caffeine
As far as possible, do not drink tea, coffee colas, carbonated drinks, energy drinks etc. You can drink decaf herbal teas, freshly made fruit juices etc. Caffeine aggravates period pain by dehydrating the body and causing contraction of muscles.
10. Aloe Vera
Drink 1-2 tsp of fresh Aloe Vera extract daily before the period is about to start. This natural remedy can prevent severe menstrual cramps.
11. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is anti-inflammatory; drinking a couple of tablespoons daily (mixed with water or juice) can reduce menstrual pain instantly. Add a cupful of it to your warm tub bath as well before soaking in it.
12. Try corn silk
Drink a cup or two of cornsilk tea to get instant relief from period pain.
13. Turmeric extracts or curcumin
Take a couple of tablets of curcumin or turmeric extracts once or twice a day until the period to prevent cramps, PMS, heavy bleeding and pain.
14. Evening primrose oil
This well known herbal remedy is particularly beneficial for treating PMS, breast tenderness and severe cramps. It is available in form of pills. Take them as advised by your doctor or as per label instructions.
Ginger is an anti-inflammatory herbal remedy used for treating all kinds of pains and aches. Drink hot ginger tea by steeping it in water for five minutes. Sweeten it with honey. Green tea with ginger can also stop cramps.
16. Magnesium and calcium
Take calcium and magnesium supplements to prevent aches and pains related to periods. Talk to your doctor about the right dosage. In general, you need 500 mg of Magnesium and about a 1000 mg of calcium every day.
17. Other herbs for period pain relief
Many other herbal remedies can help prevent period pain. These include lady’s mantle, dong quai, oregano, yarrow. You can take them in the form of tinctures or tea. Some of them are also available in the form of pills. Talk to a herbalist before use.
We hope these home remedies for period pain give you much needed relief.