Period pain can range from being a mild annoyance to being so severe you feel like the only thing you can do is curl up in a ball on the couch. However, there are some natural ways to reduce the aches and pains that come along with having a uterus. These tried and tested methods can be used alongside traditional pain killers or can be done on their own to help get you through that time of the month – that’s the beauty of natural therapies. Interested? Here are our favourite natural pain reliever methods to try the next time you need a little TLC:
1. Focus on Hydration
The healing benefits of water have been known for thousands of years, and while enjoying a hot bath or shower is a go-to move to relieve period pain, making sure your body is hydrated can actually be a powerful weapon against pain and cramping. That’s because staying hydrated can help relieve bloating, which in turn lessens the effects of cramping. So, it pays to drink up. You could also add some fruit, mint leaves or even some collagen powder to give your water a little extra “punch”.
2. Use Heat Therapy
Our favourite! Applying heat to your abdomen and lower back can help the uterine muscle (and the muscles surrounding it) relax and ease the intensity of your cramps. The best and safest way to do that is by using a heat pack, warmed in the microwave and hidden in the front and back pockets of a Calm Crew Fleece. Not only does this cosy pullover feature specially designed heat pack pockets but it also has neck collar pockets to house essential oil diffuser pads for maximum abdominal pain relief. It’s just made for comfort.
3. Try Essential Oils
Studies show that using essential oils can help both relax you, and reduce any feelings of discomfort, especially when used with abdominal massage. To get the full benefits, choose a blend of essential oils that can help promote feelings of calmness and clarity. Our pick for period discomfort? The Calm Crew Anxiety Essential Oils, which help reduce nervous tension and can improve sleep quality.
4. Reduce Your Caffeine Intake
Although you might feel like making your usual latte extra strong, it might be worth switching to herbal tea during your period instead. Having too much caffeine can actually cause your blood vessels to narrow and this can make cramps and discomfort worse. Some herbal teas, however, have been scientifically shown to reduce period pain. These include ginger tea, green tea and cinnamon tea. So, choose your flavour and sip on a hot cuppa instead.
5. Enjoy Gentle Exercise
Sure, you may not feel like running a marathon during this time of the month, but studies show that doing some gentle exercise can help with cramping and bloating. But don’t worry, we’re only talking about slow walks, mild stretching and relaxing yoga… just enough movement to get your blood moving, but not so much you break out in a full sweat. Try listening to your favourite podcast or playlist to take your mind off the discomfort or exercising with a friend so you can motivate each other.
6. Stock Up on Veggies
Did you know that what you eat can help relieve period pain? The key is to make sure you’re eating enough vitamins E, B1, and B6, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. An easy way to do that is to choose fruits, dark leafy vegetables, nuts, lean proteins (including lentils and beans), and whole grains. These kinds of foods help reduce bloating and inflammation. Plus, foods rich in manganese, think almonds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts, can help easing cramps, as well. Lastly, reducing salt intake can help you stay more hydrated, which again can reduce that pesky bloating and those annoying cramps.
Author: Lucy E Cousins