These Remedies Are The Ultimate In All-Natural Period Pain Relief
If you experience debilitating period pain, as I do, then I'm sure you remember the first time they started and the constant struggle you've had in learning to cope with them. I've been trying to take my own pain away since age 13, and it hasn't looked pretty.
It's been a lot of missed work, sleepless nights, tears of desperation, and a couple of memorable days crippled on the floor. But this month, I welcomed my period with open arms. Now before you judge, hear me out - the last few weeks I have been on a mission to find the best natural pain relief for period cramps and just to give you some context my pain on day 1 can seriously be a 10 on the richter scale. Especially this one so I am looking for something that works better than the strongest ibuprofen.
Over the past few weeks I have been able to source some really great options and I actually could not wait to give them a go. From Eucalyptus cramp patches to adaptogens made from cramp bark and nettle, I managed to collect an interesting medicine cupboard… and ALL natural.
When it comes to periods we have all been sold a bill of goods, mainly that they are something that we're stuck to suffer through. Menstrual pain is generally due to the overproduction of inflammatory chemicals called prostaglandins, which cause your uterus to get all up in a bunch with spasms and pain. Sadly, we’re pretty much all living in a sea of inflammatory triggers. One of the biggest sources is EDCs (endocrine-disrupting chemicals) and processed foods; added sugars, poor-quality oils, artificial ingredients, artificial sweeteners (and much more) also cause excess inflammation. Not getting enough of the nutrients your body needs to support detoxification and elimination, fatigue, and stress can also contribute to inflammation and the painful periods many of us have been experiencing for years.
But periods don’t have to be painful; in fact, they can actually be totally pain-free. I’m not saying you’re going to enjoy your period, but it can become a normal part of your life that doesn’t leave you curled up with a pack of pills, a heating pad, and the TV remote; you can live entirely sans ibuprofen and other pain meds that run the risk of wrecking your gut. Here's how:
You've gotta move those bones, ladies. And do it on a regular basis. You don't need to be taking high-intensity spin classes or boot camps, but research has shown that moderate, regular exercise was effective at significantly reducing cramps associated with menstruation. Even walking every day mixed with some yoga can get your blood pumping enough to reduce cramping.
BE YOU PERIOD CRAMP PATCHES
These patches by BeYou Period work by easing the muscular tension which causes period cramp pain. The two ingredients, eucalyptus oil and menthol have a number of properties which make them perfectly suited to help with period cramp pain. Eucalyptus oil is an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and a natural vasodilator - all of which make it perfect for period cramps. Menthol also has natural antinociceptive properties which results in hyperpolarization. Together they can help soothe your period cramps, effectively, and for a sustained period of time.
Unfortunately I left these patches in the office so they were no where to be found when day one came around and I was house bound for the day crippled in pain however, as soon as I got in the next morning I applied it to my lower stomach straight away. I LOVED them, it kind of gave me the same relief that a hot water bottle does but in the opposite way - it was cool, tingly and way more discreet. I bit like forehead if you have ever tried it?
I could still feel the cramps working away but they felt so far away that the patches added a layer on top to disguise the pain. They really worked for me and I will definitely continue to use and recommend.
YONI - HERBAL BLEND
Nature’s Antidote kindly gifted me their herbal blend with menstrual easing properties, YONI. I was definitely excited about this one because the ingredients sounded so interesting, it contains 10% Chaga Extract – “King of Mushrooms”, which supplies your body with antioxidants, polysaccharides and melanin. Nettle which will restore your iron balance, Cramp Bark, raspberry leaf and ginger which aim to reduce painful cramps, Shatavari to support the reproductive and digestive system, Chaga to deliver essential antioxidants and Lucuma and Cinnamon to reduce cravings.
Yoni is a Sanskrit word that translates to ‘The Womb’ and female sexual organs including vagina and uterus. Indian tradition describes ‘yoni’ as the source of life. It is a space of healing, wisdom and creation at the same time. This herbal blend contains herbs and adaptogens that aim to cherish our ‘moon time’, reduce painful cramps, cravings and negative effects during menstruation.
One week before my period, I began to introduce this into my morning routine to give my body time to cultivate the herbal benefits. I added a full teaspoon into boiling water in a pan and let it simmer for about 10 minutes, this was recommended as it enables the herbs to release their full potential. Once it had turned into a past like mix, I added some milk and honey. It was so soothing to drink but my when the time came around my pain on day 1 was still pretty unbearable but I think this product is something you need to be consistent with so I will continue to use it one week before my period as maybe my body needs to get a bit more used to it.
Magnesium is one of nature’s most powerful relaxants and several studies have found that supplementing with magnesium can reduce menstrual cramps and aching. It can improve a number of symptoms including depression and sleep. Dose: Up to 500 mg magnesium citrate for the first three days of your period, or daily for all-month support. I used pure magnesium flakes from BetterYou which I added to the bath, this helped relieve my muscle tension and subdued the cramps for a long enough time. I also magnesium oil to the painful area e.g. my lower stomach.
I know that sounds crazy because the pain can make it impossible to sleep, but what I mean to say is get regular sleep before your period. You know you already want to nap all of the time before your period because of our trusty friend progesterone! Progesterone is the driving hormone in the second half of your cycle (after you ovulate), and it has been shown to promote and maintain sleep. But even better than sleeping before your period, make sleep a priority all of the time. Regular sleep means going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day. When you have a predictable circadian rhythm, you produce optimal amounts of melatonin. Melatonin is an antioxidant, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory. Those are all actions you want for your uterus when you have a scalding hot-water bottle pressed against your pelvis and there's no relief in sight.