Pain and cramps during menstruation are an inevitable part of a woman’s life. Usually blood flow is accompanied by mood swings, irritability, acne and fatigue. Women across the globe experience a shooting pain in the lower abdomen along with backache, nausea and cramps in the legs. Although most women are able to tolerate the pain or take a painkiller; it affects some women severely. Period pain can disrupt their life to such an extent that they usually take the day off and might even have to get pain killer injections to make the pain subside. Periods leave them extremely weak and they don’t feel like getting up from the bed.
Of course, there are some lucky women who continue with all their daily chores and they are not bothered by menstruation. For some, childbirth changes the scenario and they don’t experience pain during periods after the birth of a baby. However, majority of women do face some challenges when they have periods. Women, who take medicines while in pain, usually get in to the habit of taking them even if the pain is not much. These medicines can have a side effect when taken over a prolonged period of time.
Here are a few home remedies that can help to beat period pain the natural way:
1. Ginger Tea – Known for its pungent flavor, ginger often lends a unique tangy taste to various foods. Well, it is no less than a miracle food item. Not only can it help to lower the period pain; it can also help in making the cycle regular.
Tip – Boil a cup of water with a piece of ginger in it. Simmer for five minutes and now strain this liquid. Add a teaspoon of honey and drink this like tea during your periods.
2. Use a heating pad – Applying heat is perhaps the easiest way to get rid of the pain. Heat helps to relax the muscles of the abdomen and eases the flow of blood.
Tip – Just place a heating pad on the lower abdomen and lie down in a comfortable position. Alternatively you can also use a hot towel. Soak a towel in boiling water and place it on the abdomen. Dip it in water again when it cools down. A hot water bath can also help to eliminate the pain of periods.
3. Cinnamon Tea – This aromatic spice is full of essential nutrients and is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and antispasmodic properties.
Tip – When you’re in pain, just take a cup of warm water and add half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder along with a teaspoon of honey and drink it. It works wonders for the abdomen. You can also boil some water with a cinnamon stick or cinnamon powder and sip it like tea. If it doesn’t taste nice, just add a teaspoon of honey to it.
4. Papaya – Papaya is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It contains various nutrients such as Vitamin A, calcium, iron and carotene which help to soothe the walls of the uterus and ease the pain.
Tip – If you remember your date, have some papaya before the starting of your period. This will help to prepare the uterus and strengthen it.
5. Flaxseeds – Flaxseeds contains the essential fatty acids which are responsible for controlling the production of the hormone progesterone. Flaxseeds help to improve the functioning of the uterus and decrease the severity of period pain. They are also known to help with fertility issues.
Tip – Just consume 1-2 tablespoons of flaxseeds everyday to avoid menstrual cramps. Alternatively, grind some flaxseeds and add them to yoghurt, cereals or shower them on your salads.
6. Mustard – Mustard contains lots of magnesium which is very helpful in relieving cramps in the legs. Mustard seeds are also helpful in relieving lower back pain.
Tip – Take a bucket and put some warm water to it. Add 1-2 tablespoons of mustard powder to it. Mix well and dip your legs in this water. You can also consume some mustard seeds by adding them to your diet. For lower back pain, take some mustard seeds extract and rub it on the lower back. They help to improve the blood circulation and it has a warming effect.
7. Basil – The sacred plant found in most Indian households is a cure for various common ailments. It contains a compound called caffeic acid, which is known to possess pain killing properties and thus it proves to be very effective in relieving menstrual pain.
Tip – Take a handful of basil leaves and crush them to extract the juice of these leaves. Now add them to a cup of warm water. Sip it slowly thrice a day. You can also chew some basil leaves.
8. Fenugreek Seeds – Using fenugreek seeds is one of the most effective ways to curb menstrual pain. They help to clear the stomach and relieve the pain.
Tip – They can be consumed after soaking overnight or in a powdered form. The only thing you need to keep in mind regarding fenugreek seeds is that they can become stale very fast once powdered, so it is advisable that you grind those just minutes before consuming.
9. Fennel – The favorite spice for Indians to digest food is also a great cure for relieving period pain. It helps to improve the blood circulation to the ovaries.
Tip – Take a teaspoon of fennel seeds and grind them. Eat them with some warm water. You can also boil them in a cup of water and drink it like tea.
10. Parsley – The only thing that comes to my mind on seeing parsley is ‘garnishing’, but many people are unaware that it has many more uses apart from being a decorative item in various dishes. It is packed with nutrients and is used to relieve menstrual cramps very often. The presence of a compound – apiol in it help to relive cramps and facilitate the flow of blood. In fact, it is used to treat many other conditions so always keep a stock of parsley at home.
Try these home remedies and fight the menstrual cramps!