HOW TO NATURALLY RELIEVE PERIOD CRAMPS

September 18, 2017 2 min read

Woman's stomach

It’s that time of the month AGAIN.

You’re plagued with monster menstrual cramps that just won’t let up. But instead of cracking out on Midol for a little relief, have you ever considered some natural menstrual cramp remedies?

Hot Water 

Hot water is one of easiest ways to relax your body and release stress in your muscles. While a shower will help, a bath will do significantly more for you during your cycle. If you don't have time or a bathtub, you can use a hot water bottle instead. Fill the bottle with hot water, and rest it on your lower stomach while laying down. The warmth will ease pain and cramping. You can also place it on your lower back for relief in that area.

Castor Oil

Because it is anti-inflammatory and promotes circulation, using castor oil topically during your period is very effective at relieving cramps. Place a 1-2 teaspoons of oil on your bare stomach, and use your fingers to gently massage for 5-10 minutes. 

Magnesium 

Many of us are magnesium deficient because we don't get enough from the food in our diets. Even if you are not, magnesium can assist your body to relax deeply and release tension.

Ginger/ Turmeric 

If you get nauseas during your period, make a cup of hot ginger tea. Simply grate a nub of fresh ginger into hot water and let it steep for 3-4 minutes. Then strain, and drink the warm water to ease your stomach. If you have access to fresh turmeric root, this can be incorporated too as it helps with inflammation.

Red Raspberry Leaf 

This plant is derived from the leaves of a raspberry plant and usually consumed as a tea. It has a strong flavor, similar to black tea, but is naturally caffeine free. It also helps ease cramps. 

Woman doing yoga in studio

Yoga 

Try to do some light yoga stretches to release tension in your back. Yoga poses are beneficial during your cycle. Feel free to also just get on the mat and do what feels good for you, but avoid inversions. 

Sleep

Don't underestimate the importance of sleep during your period, and don't push yourself too hard! Your body is working diligently and using up a lot of energy, so just be kind to yourself and be sure to get at least 8 hours a night.

To help with the pain, these are the things that may help. If your period cramps seem severe or you don't get relief despite trying some of these options, check with your doctor to rule out more serious health issues.


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