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Soothe Menstrual Pain Naturally with These Home Remedies and Treatments

Soothe Menstrual Pain Naturally with These Home Remedies and Treatments

Every woman knows the complexities of monthly period. You all know the constant cramping pains and throbbing that come with it. According to a Physician, in periods days the uterus contracts to help expel its lining. Prostaglandin, a hormone-like substance, which is involved in pain and inflammation, trigger the uterine muscle contractions. High number of prostaglandins are therefore associated with more severe menstrual cramps. About 75% women experience menstrual pains, and about 10% women experience severe cramps. For some women, their cramps even affect their daily routine work.

To help you in soothing your monthly menstrual pains, given below are some home remedies that ease menstrual cramps.

 

1. Heat

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Heat helps relaxing the contracting muscles in the uterus. Applying heat on the lower abdomen is the most effective way to control menstrual cramps.

How to Do It

  • Use a regular plastic bottle filled with hot water for applying heat. You can even use a heating pad by placing it over the lower part of your abdomen and lower back. Keep applying the heat until you feel more comfortable.
  • Taking a hot water shower also helps in pain relief.
  • Soak a towel in water and then heat it in the microwave for one minute. Place it on the lower abdomen until the pain is gone. Keep repeating it for better results.

 

2. Ginger

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Wonder benefits of Ginger include effective ease in menstrual cramps. Ginger plays a vital role in lowering the levels of the pain in periods cycle. It can also make irregular periods regular and helps fight fatigue associated with premenstrual syndrome.

How to Use It

  • Grind a small piece of ginger and boil it in a cup of water for five minutes. Pour it in a cup and add lemon juice and a little honey. Drink this tea three times a day during your menstrual cycle.
  • Ginger can also be added in your food while cooking or for garnishing.

 

3. Basil

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Basil is also a very effective herb for soothing menstrual cramps and pain. Basil has the caffeic acid which has pain-killing properties.

How to Use It

  • Extract the juice of a handful of basil leaves. Add two teaspoons of the juice to one cup of warm water. Drink this every few hours to ease cramps.
  • Alternatively, add one tablespoon of basil leaves to one cup of boiling water. Cover tightly and allow it to cool. Drink it three times daily while having pain.

 

4. Cinnamon

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Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and antispasmodic properties that can soothe menstrual pain. Additionally, cinnamon is an excellent source of iron, calcium, manganese and dietary fiber.

How to Use It

  • Add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and one tablespoon of honey to a glass of warm water. Drink it three times during the first day of your period to relieve pain.
  • Make cinnamon tea by stirring one-fourth teaspoon of cinnamon powder into a cup of hot water. Let it sit for up to five minutes, add a little honey and then sip it slowly. Drink two to three cups of cinnamon tea one to two days before your period starts to prevent cramps.

 

5. Fennel

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The phytoestrogenic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties of fennel can help relax the muscles in the uterus, which in turn relieves discomfort and cramping.

How to Use It

  1. Add one teaspoon of fennel seeds to a cup of boiling water.
  2. Boil the mixture on low heat for five minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and pour the tea.
  4. Mix one teaspoon of honey and mix well.
  5. Drink this herbal tea two times daily beginning three days before the expected start date of your cycle. Continue drinking it as needed for pain. Drink it hot for best results.

 

6. Chamomile Tea

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Chamomile tea has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties that ease the spasmodic contractions and help relax the uterus that cause pain during menstruation.

How to Use It

  1. Bring one cup of water to a boil.
  2. Pour it into a cup and add a chamomile tea bag.
  3. Let it steep for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Squeeze out the tea bag and add some lemon juice or honey as desired.
  5. Drink at least two cups of chamomile tea a day during the week before your period.

 

7. Blackstrap Molasses

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Blackstrap Molasses is also another effective remedy for menstrual cramps. Being rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium and vitamin B6. Blackstrap Molasses soothe the muscles of the uterine walls and helps reduce blood clots.

How to Use It

  1. Add one to two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses to a cup of warm milk.
  2. Drink it as soon as you start having cramps and continue as long as needed.

 

8. Parsley

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Parsley has two compounds, myristicin and apiol, that are highly effective at soothing the menstrual pain and relieving cramps. Additionally, it can help regulate irregular cycles.

How to Use It

  1. Put one-fourth cup of fresh parsley in a mug.
  2. Pour in one cup of boiling water.
  3. Let it steep for five minutes.
  4. Strain the solution and drink the tea immediately.
  5. Drink this tea twice a day during periods to minimize pain.

 

9. Papaya

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Papaya is an anti-inflammatory agent and very helpful in treating menstrual cramps. It includes nutrients like iron, carotene, vitamins A and C and calcium that help ease muscle contractions and soothe the uterine walls. Including papaya in your diet helps to minimize or eliminate pain.

 

10. Flaxseed

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Flaxseed helps in reducing the intensity of menstrual cramps. Flaxseed contains essential fatty acids which help in stabilizing the production of progesterone. Additionally, flaxseed can help treat fertility problems and improve uterine function.

How to Use It

  1. During menstrual cramps, consume one to two tablespoons of flaxseed daily.
  2. You can sprinkle ground flaxseed over a salad.
  3. You can use flaxseed with cereal
  4. You can put it in a smoothie.
  5. You can consume flaxseed with yogurt.

 

11. Water, Water, Water

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Staying hydrated can help with bloating which makes cramps feel worse. Before 2,3 days of starting period, keep a water bottle handy. You can add some mint or a squeeze of lemon to encourage you to drink. Reduce usage of salt and avoid alcohol. Max. allowed usage of salt is 2,300 mg per day.

 

12. Comfort Foods

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Fatty fried foods, potato chips and doughnuts are not your friends during menstrual cycle. Stick your diet to a low-fat, high-fiber diet: lentils and beans, whole grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables (especially leafy dark-green ones).

Nutrients such as magnesium, vitamins E, B1, and B6, omega-3 fatty acids and zinc help relieve muscle tension and inflammation and cut back on the hormone-like substances responsible for those painful cramps.

 

13. Lay Off the Latte

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Caffeine makes cramps worse, so reduce use of coffee before and during your period. Make sure you’re not consuming energy drinks, soda, chocolate, or tea. If you need a morning or midday beverage, try a small smoothie packed with veggies instead.

 

14. Massage

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As short as 5 minutes a day massage on your belly can ease tension and boost the blood flow to help you feel better. Start one week before you expect your period.

Women who start rubbing a cream with a blend of clary sage, lavender and marjoram oils on their abdomens after their period had cramps for less time during their next one. These essential oils have pain-killing compounds.

 

15. Acupressure

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Touching key places on your belly, feet and back can increase blood flow and release endorphins to soothe your body and mind for a little while. There’s also a spot in the fleshy part between your thumb and index finger that relieves aches and pain.

 

16. Treat Yourself to a Bath

The warm water will help calm your muscles and your mind. Don’t have a bathtub? A warm shower can be soothing, too.

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