This month, if you find yourself on the verge screaming at your science teacher, or staying in bed all day with cramps- check out this list of totally natural remedies for your period probs. Instead of grabbing for over-the-counter medications, consider one of these natural remedies that are just as effective, easy to use and affordable.
1. Menstrual Cramps! Cure: Hot Water Bottle.
Placing a hot water bottle on your abdomen is one of the easiest tricks for soothing monstrous cramps, or any cramps really. Placing a hot water bottle on your abdomen is as effective as painkillers for up to an hour. Why does heat soothe the pain? Scientists found that if warmth over 100°F is applied to the skin near to where internal pain is felt, it switches on heat receptors at the site of injury. These heat receptors in turn block the receptors that detect pain in the body. How: * When choosing a hot water bottle, pick one that comes with a removable cover. The cover protects your skin from being exposed to too much heat.
* Boil water and carefully pour it into the hot water bottle. Fill it until it’s 90% filled, so that the bottle is squeezable. Make sure the top is securely on, so that hot water doesn’t leak out.
* Lie down for at least an hour on your bed or on a couch and enjoy the heat wave.
2. Body Aches! Cure: Chamomile or Ginger Tea
Drinking chamomile tea twice a day has a warm relaxing effect on your body, and can help to relieve sore muscles and general aching. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties, relieves muscle spasms, and acts as a nerve relaxant. Ginger is known to relieve inflammation and pain. How: * To make a soothing chamomile tea, add two tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers to a small sieve/tea bag, and steep it for five minutes in a mug filled with boiling water. Remove the sieve and enjoy the calming effects of the tea.
* To make ginger tea, steep three slices of fresh ginger in boiled water for five minutes. Strain out the ginger, pour the tea into a cup, and add one tablespoon of raw brown sugar.
3. Bloating! Cure: Leafy Greens
To reduce bloating, make sure your diet includes lots of leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or swiss chard. They’re rich in calcium and magnesium which help to reduce water retention, which can cause uncomfortable bloating. Both minerals work together and balance each other out. How: * Spinach can be eaten raw as a salad with your favorite dressing. Kale can also be eaten raw by removing and discarding the tough rib. Chop up the kale and add to a bowl, followed by rubbing it with a tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper.
*You can also sauté leafy greens in a pan along with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Sautéed kale and chard are especially delicious when added to a small bowl of brown rice with a ¼ teaspoon of soy sauce for extra flavor.
4. Tender Feelings & Emotions! Cure: High Fiber Foods
Eating lots of high-fiber foods can help to balance emotions by keeping your blood sugar levels stable. Raspberries, pears, apples, cooked lentils, almonds, artichokes, broccoli and oatmeal are a few good options. Why should you keep your blood-sugar levels steady? The higher your sugar intake, the more severe your emotional symptoms are likely to be! High blood sugar can trigger hormones like cortisol which is the stress hormone. How: *Keep your meals wholesome and high in fiber. Take the time to cook for yourself or pack snacks for school that include the above ingredients. Ditch the donuts and the sour patch kids this month.
5. Anxiety & Stress! Cure: “Legs Up The Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)” Yoga Pose
The “Legs Up The Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)” is great for easing anxiety symptoms, in addition to relieving lower back pain and menstrual cramping. A few yoga exercises practiced daily can help to regulate the breath and relax the body by gently releasing tension from the large muscle groups, increasing feelings of well being, and flushing all parts of the body and brain with fresh blood, oxygen, and other nutrients. How: *Lay your yoga mat directly in front of a wall. Scoot your right hip close to the wall. Slowly swing your legs up onto the wall and lay down so that your shoulders and head are resting flat on the mat. *Slowly ease yourself forward until your buttocks touches the wall. Place a pillow or rolled up blanket under your lower back/lumbar spine. Allow yourself to close your eyes and listen to yourself breathe in and out. Stay in this pose for 10 minutes or longer if needed. When you’re ready to come out, swing your legs to the left or right of your body, and slowly push yourself up using your arm strength. 6. Acne! Cure: Deep Cleansing Mask + Lots of Water.
There are hormonal changes and fluctuations that happen during your period that can cause acne. To prevent an acne breakout, drink water. Then drink some more water! Water flushes out toxins from your body, keeps you hydrated, and doesn’t have any of the side effects of other beverages. While hormonal acne is internal, the more you can reduce bacteria in your life, the more you’ll reduce the chance of it being on your skin. Stick to a skincare regimen that works for your skin type. How: * Try a deep cleansing mask just before your menstrual cycle, Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is a 100% calcium bentonite clay powder that works well.
* Mix 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar or water, with 2 tablespoon of clay powder. Apply it incredibly thick and leave on until it goes all crispy (it will make your face feel like it’s pulsating), then rinse off with lukewarm water, and use a light moisturizer. Don’t use it more than once every two weeks.
Priscilla Woolworth is the author of LOLA (Lots Of Love Always), a book for young women about how to adopt sustainable and healthy lifestyles. Priscilla wrote LOLA in order to empower girls with information to lead fulfilling lives.