May 13th – 17th is National Women’s Health Week, so we’re talking about the one visitor that makes even the best hostess cringe – TOM. Every month women across the world experience pain, nausea, mood swings and more due to Premenstrual Syndrome, PMS. Unfortunately, some women experience more severe symptoms, a condition referred to as Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, or PMDD. Over-the-counter medications can relieve some symptoms, but when taken excessively can negatively impact your organs. This has led more women to search for natural relief during that time of the month. Here are our best natural remedies for menstrual cramps and more pesky PMS symptoms.
Things To Avoid During PMS:
When TOM comes into town, it can start to feel like you’re no longer in the driver’s seat of your mind. From cravings to mood swings, you may not be calling the shots, but resisting the urge to indulge in certain things may help reduce your discomfort during your period.
Avoid Sugary and Greasy Snacks – Although that bag of chips is calling your name, it may be in your best interest to reach for a healthier option like your favorite fruit. Sugary and high carb snacks satisfy your cravings, but once they’re gone, they can leave you more bloated and feeling even more tired than you were before.
Avoid Caffeine – While you may feel great right after that cup of coffee, the crash that follows can make your symptoms seem worse. This natural diuretic can lead to dehydration, making headaches and cramps more severe.
Avoid Alcohol and Tobacco – These products tend to worsen menstrual cramps and can cause dehydration which also intensifies other symptoms like headaches and fatigue.
Natural Ingredients For Menstrual Cramps
To ease some of your discomforts, you can incorporate these ingredients to potentially help keep some of your symptoms at bay:
Chamomile Tea – Drinking a cup of tea each day may help alleviate inflammation and reduce the effects of prostaglandins (hormones released by the uterine lining that stimulate cramps, swelling, pain and contractions during labor). Increased prostaglandin levels are responsible for nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches and more.
CBD – More women are turning to CBD as a natural remedy for menstrual cramps because of its potential to relax muscles, reduce inflammation, decrease nausea and balance mood. CBD works with your Endocannabinoid System, or ECS to bring about therapeutic effects. The ECS is responsible for regulating pain, sleep, memory, mood and more, so using CBD may impact these processes as well. Hemp Bombs edible products may stabilize your mood and topical products like our CBD Pain Freeze can be applied to your lower abdomen and back to relieve the severity and pain of menstrual cramps
Ginger – Some women take ginger capsules to relieve nausea that accompanies PMS symptoms.
Water – Dehydration leads to more severe symptoms, so making sure your body is well hydrated at the start of menstruation may help reduce pain, headaches and cramps.
Daily Activities To Soothe Menstrual Cramps
Exercise – Some light exercise like walking, light jogging and swimming during the days leading up to your period and the beginning days of menstruation may relieve cramping and increase your energy. Exercising releases endorphins which boost your mood to potentially ease your PMS symptoms.
Give Yourself a Massage – Massaging the area below your belly button but above your pubic bone with essential oils like lavender and clary sage or CBD Pain Freeze may encourage your muscles to relax and lessen your menstrual cramps.
Apply Heat – For some women, applying a heating pad, hot water bottle or warm rag to the lower back or abdomen helps relax their muscles and reduce pain equally or even better than ibuprofen. Taking a warm bath may have similar effects and encourage better sleep.
Get More Sleep – Getting restful sleep allows your body time to heal and relax. When you’re sleeping, you’re less likely to feel discomfort, and you may wake up with less severe symptoms.
Every woman experiences PMS or PMDD symptoms differently, so the natural remedies for menstrual cramps are dependent on your own body. It can’t hurt to try different combinations and products to find what gives you the best relief. Tracking your cycle can help you be better prepared for your symptoms and possibly curb them before they begin. Do you have other natural remedies for menstrual cramps? Let us know in the comments!