Oh periods. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. Everyone’s cycle is different, but it seems to be an almost unanimous decision that cramps are a struggle. Some of us are blessed with minor and less painful ones, while others cannot get out of bed and even keep a bottle of pills in fingertips reach each month. We get it, using synthetic pills to soothe ailments has become the norm, but if you’re tired of using outdated methods like motrin and ibuprofen, we’ve rounded up a few natural remedies to get rid of cramps! I bet you can guess what our first suggestion will be.
But of course CBD is at the top of the list. It’s an all around great compound to target pain and alleviate inflammation, so we suggest giving it a whirl. CBD is naturally derived from the hemp plant, and our bodies even have a complex system (endocannabinoid system) that regulates and absorbs cannabinoids for optimal wellness. Pop a few gummies and you’re good to go!
We even have a starter kit with mini versions of all of our products, because we know that switching up your period routine to all-natural alternatives can be tricky.
You either love it or you hate it! But regardless of your feelings towards ginger, it has been shown to alleviate menstrual cramps in several studies. This root is known for its anti inflammatory properties, making it a perfect natural alternative to add to your cramp regiment. Ginger helps to inhibit the production of inflammatory chemicals within the body, and when consumed during your flow can mean a world of less cramps! Our preferred form is in a tea, but you can also get your daily dose of ginger in its whole form or in a powder.
Pro Tip: Chamomile has also been shown to help with muscle spasms, so try a combination of both teas during your flow!
The end goal of alleviating menstrual cramps is to relax the muscles of the uterus and ease pain. Hopping in a warm bath can help do just this because heat applied to the lower abdomen relaxes the tension taking place in the uterus. Whether your if you have a favorite heating pad or sock filled with rice, either or is a good option!
You may have never heard of this powerful root, but it’s been used for centuries in eastern medicine and is considered a tonic for the female reproductive system across Asia. Dong Quai has a plethora of other health benefits, but the ones we love the most are its ability to keep the uterus healthy, regulate periods and increase blood circulation. Increased blood flow throughout the body means a more relaxed uterus! You can easily get your hands on this root with a simple Google search.
A better diet
Yep! Even though you might feel like curling up on the couch with your favorite period snack, it could be doing yourself a disservice. Foods high in trans-fat don’t provide your body with the proper nutrients, and nourishing your body while bleeding is especially important. Try and incorporate more vegetables, foods rich in antioxidants and iron during your next flow, it really can’t hurt to give it a try. But hey, if you want a cookie, have a damn cookie!
When has less stress ever been a bad thing? Less stress means a happier and more optimal version of yourself. It can also mean less cramps! Find out your favorite and most effective ways to alleviate stress and incorporate them next time you’re flow comes around. I love reading a good book, getting a good laugh with friends, a nice shower with my favorite products and taking alone time to decompress. Whatever your preferred method of de-stressing, just do it!
What are your tried and true natural remedies for reducing menstrual cramps? Let us know in the comments below!