I used to have horrible menstrual cramps. Over the years my period pain has improved dramatically, thanks to these natural remedies.
When I was in my 20s, I used to have really bad cramps on the first day of my period.
I remember one time at work the menstrual pain was so horrific that I actually crumbled to the office floor covered in a cold sweat.
One of my male colleagues had to literally carry me home. When I saw the concerned and confused look on this face, I thought, “If he only knew what it was like to be a woman…”
10 Natural Remedies for Period Pain
Over the years my menstrual cramps have improved dramatically. I think this is largely due to a healthier diet and lifestyle, along with my increased awareness of my own body.
During this process, I’ve also discovered that certain natural remedies can be helpful in relieving menstrual pain.
Here are 10 simple natural remedies for menstrual cramps. I hope some of them can help ease your period pain.
1. Vitamin E and Fish Oil
Vitamin E and fish oil can prevent excessive clotting and hence relieve menstrual cramps.
In her book Women’s Body Women’s Wisdom, Dr. Dr. Christiane Northrup recommends taking a dose of 1,000 mg EPA and 720 mg DHA, the active ingredients in fish oil, together with 1.5mg of vitamin E for menstrual cramps. You can use any amounts that approximate these proportions.
2. Vitamin D
A Italian study showed that vitamin D may help relieve period pain by reducing the production of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which can trigger painful periods. Learn more about the study on vitamin D and period cramps.
Several studies have confirmed the effectiveness of magnesium in improving PMS moods, and in reducing period cramping, weight gain, swelling of the hands and legs, breast tenderness, and abdominal bloating.
The U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for magnesium is 280 mg/day for women.
Personally, I use Calcium-Magnesium Complex 1000mg by Country Life. It’s convenient to get my daily doses of calcium and magnesium in a single capsule. And even though it contains 500mg of magnesium, it’s worked fine for me.
4. Certain Essential Oils
When you experience premenstrual or menstrual pain, give yourself a gentle belly massage with a few drops diluted in almond or avocado oil.
Learn more on how to use essential oils to relieve period pain.
5. Ginger and Brown Sugar Tea
A common cause of period pain is the lack of blood circulation in the uterus. Ginger is very warming, which can help promote blood circulation in the pelvic area and ease period pain.
In China, ginger and brown sugar tea is a very popular home remedy for menstrual cramps. It’s very simple to make: just take 15g of fresh ginger root and 50g of brown sugar and boil as tea. Drink it during your period.
Motherwort is a phenomenal plant for female reproductive issues. It can help regulate menstrual cycles (for irregular periods), as well as ease period pain — thanks to its antispasmodic properties which calm the uterus when cramping.
7. Hawthorn Berry
Hawthorn berry is a well-known food herb in traditional Chinese medicine, mainly used to improve digestion, eliminate waste, strengthen heart function, lower blood lipids, and dilate blood vessels to promote blood circulation, which makes it an ideal remedy for menstrual pains and cramps.
Or alternatively, you can take a hawthorn berry supplement.
Nettle is often recommended for excessive menstrual bleeding, which can also help reduce the severity of menstrual cramps.
Consider drinking nettle tea a week before menstruation, and see if it helps you.
Learn more about the benefits of nettle and how to make nettle tea.
9. Cramp Bark
Cramp bark is a muscle relaxant that is great for period cramps. It’s made from the stem bark of the guilder rose, also known as the high bush cranberry or snowball tree.
It relieves pain quickly but does not make you drowsy like some other muscle relaxants, which makes it a natural substitute for painkillers.
Heat helps to relax contracting muscles in the uterus and ease menstrual cramps.
Try Nature’s Approach Aromatherapy Herb Pack, which is microwaveable, and made of all organic materials.
If you don’t have access to a heating pad, simply use a regular glass bottle with hot water and apply it to your abdomen.
I hope you find my tips helpful. Have you tried any other natural remedies for menstrual cramps? If so, please share with the rest of us.
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