It’s not unexpected to feel distressed around your stomach area, lower back, and thighs when you’re menstruating.
During your period, the muscles of your womb contract and relax to help shed the built-up lining. Sometimes you’ll experience cramps, which are your muscles at work. Some women and girls may experience nausea, vomiting, headaches, or diarrhea as well. For mild to temporary cramps, some natural remedies can help provide relief. Read on for tips on getting fast relief and learn how to potentially lessen the pain during your next cycle.
1 Applying Heat
Applying heat to your abdomen and lower back may relieve pain. If you don’t have a hot water bottle or heating pad, take a warm bath or use a hot towel. Or you can make your heating pad;
a. Cut and sew together two pieces of fabric, leaving a hole at the top.
b. Fill with uncooked rice and sew up the hole.
c. Microwave for a few minutes to the desired temperature. Don’t overheat!
d. Let cool, if necessary. Or wrap your homemade pad in a towel to reduce heat transfer.
Reuse as necessary.
2 Massaging with Essential Oil
Massage therapy for about 20 minutes can help reduce menstrual pain. Massage therapy for menstruation involves pressing specific points while the therapist’s hands move around your abdomen, side, and back. You should always dilute your essential oil with a carrier oil. Examples include vegetable or nut oils such as grapeseed or sweet almond oil. A safe concentration is one drop of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil.
3 Hydrate your body
Drinking more water may help ease bloating. Get in the habit of drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water per day, especially during your period. Add some mint or a lemon wedge to make it more palatable. While you’re at it, back off of the salt, which encourages fluid retention and bloating.
You may think this is impossible considering that you are in pain and barely able to move, however, exercising increases circulation to the pelvic region and releases endorphins to counteract the prostaglandins which are the hormone-like substances that cause the uterine muscles to contract during menstruation.
5 Herbal Tea
Herbal teas are warm and soothing, and in some cases, the herbs themselves can be beneficial as well. Some manufacturers market-specific teas, such as chamomile, dandelion, red raspberry, and fennel teas, as providing relief from menstrual cramps.
6 Avoiding Certain Foods
During menstruation, it’s a good idea to avoid foods that cause bloating and water retention such as fatty foods, alcohol, carbonated beverages, caffeine, salty foods, etc. Reducing or cutting out these foods can help alleviate cramps and decrease tension.
7 Baths Soothe Pain
A warm bath can soothe pain and relax tense muscles. Start by adding some Ayurvedic oils as prescribed by your physician. Read your favorite book or magazine to help melt stress and tension away. Taking a bath in the evening is a great activity to help you wind down and sleep better. If you’re not a bath person, a warm shower can produce similar benefits and reduce pelvic pain and other symptoms.
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