As women, most of us have gotten as accustomed as possible to our menstrual cycles, but that sometimes means thinking there’s no choice but to deal with the bad aspects. Maybe you get doubled over with cramps or feel so bloated it seems like there’s no way your favorite skinny jeans will fit. Keep reading to learn some natural ways to make your period more pleasant.
How to Have a Healthy Monthly Period
As women, we don’t have a choice when it comes to our monthly visitor. But we can take our health into our own hands by using natural remedies to make us feel better. Try some of these simple home remedies for a healthy, comfortable period.
Brew Herbal Tea
For thousands of years, people have depended on tea to ease a variety of ailments including menstrual issues. Specifically, an herb called shepherd’s purse may be helpful if you characteristically experience heavy bleeding during your cycle. Also, dong quai tea has been found to offer similar results, plus help ease PMS. Dong quai is also useful for easing cramps, because it has a muscle-relaxing ability that can alleviate spasms of the uterus.
Take St. John’s Wort Daily
Speaking of PMS, some health practitioners believe an herb called St. John’s wort can reduce the physical and behavioral symptoms that act as a prelude to your period, but you need to take it daily, rather than just before your period starts. Consider picking up some capsules at your nearest health-food store and see if they bring worthwhile results.
Use Evening Primrose Oil to Reduce Bloating
Evening primrose oil is an herbal supplement that can regulate the body’s fluid retention, meaning it can help you feel less bloated. The recommended amount is 4-8 grams per day, and you can consume it as a tablet or in a liquid form. If you choose the latter, it works well when drizzled over salads.
Try Topically Applying Essential Oils
The tips so far have focused on treating period problems from the inside out, but it’s also worthwhile to apply essential oils to your skin. Clary sage is well known as an option to help regulate hormones and ease PMS, while lavender can calm your emotions and may ease cramps.
For best results, get essential oils in a bottle that features a roll-on applicator. That way, you can apply the contents directly to the abdomen area, or put a drop on a fingertip or diffuser to breathe in the scent as a relaxation method.
Trade Maxi Pads and Tampons for a Reusable Option
Most women reach for tampons and maxi pads when dealing with their time of the month, but some feel those aren’t the ideal choices. Tampons can cause a serious condition called toxic shock syndrome, especially if they are highly absorbent varieties. Symptoms include confusion, low blood pressure, vomiting and a rash that looks like a sunburn. The condition can rapidly get worse, and lead to complications like renal failure, shock and death.
On the other hand, many brands of maxi pads are made with chemicals and substances you probably don’t want coming close to your body if you can help it, such as chlorine, parabens and residues from pesticides.
Make a smart switch by considering reusable menstrual cycle cups that are made from hypoallergenic medical-grade silicone. The material is very durable and it resists bacterial growth, which can help prevent infection. Some versions available offer protection for up to 12 hours, which means you can feel protected all day and just wash the cup between uses, rather than relying on disposable supplies.
Although your period probably won’t ever be something you look forward to with great excitement, hopefully the advice above can help you better cope with it when it comes. By turning to natural solutions we support our body and mind. Sometimes the simple fact of brewing a cup of tea or applying an essential oil is enough to make us feel better during that time of the month.
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