GOT PMS? Here's 4 Natural Remedies That'll Stop Your Cramps, Bloating + Fatigue...Period!
I've dealt with Dysmenorrhea (severe menstrual cramps) and PMS since beginning my menstrual cycle at 11 years old. Every woman feels like they're the only ones who endure the worst symptoms, until they find out they're not alone. My symptoms of dysmenorrhea were so bad, I'd have to stay home from school the first 3 days of my cycle. Unbearable is an understatement. I couldn't sit upright at my desk properly long enough to focus on the lesson. As I got older and began my journey of living holistically, I researched and tested a few natural remedies as an alternative to masking the pain with Midol. My goal was to significantly decrease my PMS symptoms by controlling my hormones, and here's where I started.
When your stress levels are raised, the nutrients in your body that create healthy levels of progesterone and estrogen kicks your body into survival mode. The signal that tells you to stress is the same one that tells you to ovulate. No Bueno! I've established an amazing self-care ritual that I believe everyone should have for themselves. I keep active, meditate daily, travel often, surround myself with positive people, and journal.
EAT WHOLE/ORGANIC FOODS
A diet based on nutrient-rich whole foods is the most important factor. Hormones fed to animals WILL affect your hormones, so I made the conscious decision to go plant-based 8 years ago and that has been the best decision I've made, by far. Cruciferous vegetables are filled with nutrients that contribute to hormonal balance. I eat fish(salmon) every once in a blue moon if my body craves more. I understand not everyone is interested in going plant-based and I respect that but I will stress buying organic and free-range when you can.
Low levels of magnesium and B6 can cause menstrual cramps, so be sure to take these supplements if you think you’re not getting enough through your diet.
This has been a massive help for me. I add several drops of Lavender, Chamomile, or Ylang Ylang oil to a warm bath and soak for a minimum of 30 minutes. This helps deliver the essential oil directly to the skin while also providing a rich aroma that can be therapeutic. I also combine 3 to 5 drops of the oil to a carrier oil like almond or coconut oil and rub into the skin on the areas where the cramps are worst.
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