In an ideal world, your period comes and goes without causing you pain and discomfort. But the unfortunate reality is that most women experience period cramps. By now, you probably have your own way to deal with them, but if you’re looking for even more options, here are three natural ways to reduce period cramps.
Take an Epson salt bath
A warm bath is always a good idea – especially when you have your period. The warm water feels comforting, and can increase circulation to relieve your cramping. But the real magic comes from the magnesium in the Epson salts, which helps to reduce inflammation and sooth muscles.
Include olive oil in your diet
Compared to ibuprofen, olive oil has been shown to bring greater relief to period cramps. In a study observing women between the ages of 17 and 30, over the course of four menstrual cycles, the women who consumed five teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil per day for two months saw a significant reduction in period cramps. Therefore, adding this anti-inflammatory into your diet might be an effortless way to ease period pain.
Try 4 essential oils
Doctor of natural medicine, Josh Axe, recommends four essential oils to relieve menstruation pain. Just be sure to mix them with a carrier oil, such as almond oil, for safe application.
- Cardamom can be applied to the abdomen to reduce muscle pain and discomfort.
- Cumin has anti-spasmodic properties, and can be applied to the abdomen, too.
- Fennel, along with cumin, has anti-spasmodic qualities, and can also be applied topically.
- Rose oil can regulate your mood, relieve feelings of anxiety and provide anti-spasmodic relief, too.
So, there you have it: three, simple and natural ways to reduce period cramps so you can feel comfortable all month long.