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At-Home Remedies to Relieve Period Discomfort

We’ve all been there...curled up into a fetal position, with never-ending period cramps from hell. Popping pain killers might seem like the go-to option, but adding homeopathic and natural remedies during Aunt Flo’s visit can also help relieve those dreadful period pains. 


The Tea on Tea.

Chamomile tea is known for its soothing properties, which can give you an extra boost of comfort during that time of the month. The warmth of tea, in general, can relieve some of the tension, and the herbal blend of chamomile may ease cramps. Ginger tea is a pain-relieving remedy. Ginger tea is an ancient remedy used for many different types of pain and inflammation. 


Get Moving.

I know that exercising while on your period may seem like the LAST thing you want to do. But, doing some light workouts can relieve pelvic pain. Getting your oxygen and blood circulation flowing through yoga can relax the body and alleviate some of the discomforts. Doing certain yoga poses regularly will give the most effective results. This will also increase endorphins, which will give you a boost in your mood. 


Massaging With Essential Oils.

Lavender essential oil is commonly recognized for its calming effects. Women reported having fewer cramps when they used diluted lavender oil and massaged it near their pelvic area. You can also use a lavender-scented lotion for similar results. Peppermint, clary sage and rosemary also have evidence of having pain-relieving properties!

 

Avoid Salt.

Sometimes, all we want to do is eat a pile of junk food while on our period. But, consuming large amounts of salt can cause dehydration and bloat. More water retention = more bloating, and nobody wants that! Do your best to minimize salt intake while on your period, and focus on eating and drinking clean. 


Intake your Omega 3’s.

Regular intake of Omega 3’s help reduces certain hormones called prostaglandins. Those hormones produce menstrual pain and inflammation. Salmon, chia seeds, and Brazil nuts are some foods that are high in Omega 3s, but taking a daily vitamin works too.

 

Written by: Emily West