If there’s one thing that is certain in this world, it’s that period cramps are, in fact, THE worst. They’re painful, they’re uncomfortable, and sometimes, they can keep you in bed for days. But, there is still hope. Beyond your standard period pain-relief meds, (think tried and true Motrin or Midol), there are a number of natural remedies out there for those who prefer a more holistic approach to relieving pain. Discover eight natural remedies for period pain relief below.
Exercising is probably the LAST thing on your mind while you’re hunched over and clutching your stomach, but hear us out with this one. Despite the unsavory thought, exercise is actually an excellent way to relieve menstrual cramps. Getting active allows more blood to circulate throughout your body which will help ease up your period pains.
We know, we know: The thought of sipping on a glass of wine to ease the pain is incredibly appealing when Aunt Flo drops by for her monthly visit. Unfortunately, consuming alcohol can actually make period cramps worse. So when Aunt Flo does swing by, take a break from the vino and opt for some water instead.
And speaking of water, it seems to be the cure-all for many period-related ailments. When it comes to cramps, kicking up your H2O intake can definitely help. Bloating is one of many PMS symptoms, and not only does it make it difficult to button your favorite skinny jeans, but it also tends to make the rest of your symptoms (cramping included) even worse. Drinking water will reduce the amount of bloating your body is experiencing. So, the more water you drink, the less bloated you’ll be, and the less pain you’ll feel.
Acupuncture is a great remedy for a number of conditions, and menstrual cramps are no exception. Regular acupuncture treatments can reduce bodily inflammation and help us ladies relax by releasing endorphins. Plus, the needles used for treatment are thin and bendable, so even if you have a fear of needles, you can rest assured knowing acupuncture is relatively painless.
Drink Chamomile Tea
Another liquid remedy, sipping on some chamomile tea can aid in reducing cramps. The tea contains anti-inflammatory agents which stop the releasing of certain cells that cause pain when released. So get sipping.
Add Some Ginger to Your Diet
If you haven’t already started incorporating ginger into your diet, you definitely should, as it’s a miracle worker for many aspects of your personal health. In fact, consuming even just a 250mg capsule of ginger when you’re on your period can help ease any cramp-related pains.
Whether you sit in a hot bath or are a fan of placing a hot water bottle on your lower abdomen, a bit of heat can help with cramps. So get the tub going and indulge in a little *you* time while easing the pain.
Change Up Your Diet
Now, there’s no need to get crazy with your diet, so don’t go quitting certain foods cold turkey. But making slight dietary changes while on your period can help relieve menstrual cramps. Avoid sugary or salty foods when you’re on your cycle, and instead opt for foods that have anti-inflammatory properties — think blueberries and bell peppers. Find yourself a yummy recipe and get cooking.