Cramps are painful and every woman has processed with the most terrible period cramps at least a few times in her life. So we’re here with a few cramp relief tips to make sure that you can be pain-free.
Why do cramps happen?
Cramps are caused by an excess of prostaglandins, a hormone created in your body that causes your uterus to squeeze or contract and ultimately shed its lining. So your cramps are actually just contractions in your uterus.
CAFFEINE, SUGER, SALT
Things like caffeine sugar and salt can dehydrate your body making your cramps even worse and will even cause bloating. So as we love a cup of coffee in the morning, a delicious meal, or a salty spice it is best to skip these during your period.
Hot water bottle
This remedy makes it to the top of a list because it always works like a charm! The heat from the hot water bottle helps with cramps in your uterus just like muscle cramps in any other part of your body and will always be your best friend during your time of the month.
Chamomile tea is extremely soothing for your entire body and will help your contracting muscles to relax. It also works as a natural moisturizer so it will help you fall asleep less painfully.
Fenugreek has pain-relieving properties and also relieves water retention and bloating. To use it soak 2 teaspoons of the seeds in one glass of water overnight and then drink it to reduce cramping.
Just like fenugreek Ginger has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties that could definitely help reduce your cramps. Take 1/8 teaspoon of ginger powder three times a day for the first 2 to 3 days of your period to experience the benefits. You can also take Ginger extract capsules after consulting with your doctor.
Sesame oil is rich in linoleic acid has traditionally been used for ages in Ayurveda for pain-relieving massages. Use it to massage your lower abdomen whenever you experience camps.
Essential oils blend
Using soothing essential oils to massage your abdomen is also extremely helpful. Try mixing 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and three drops of lavender oil and three drops of peppermint oil. The coconut oil acts as a carrier to allow for safe application of the essential oil’s. Lavender oil is soothing and relaxing and the menthol in the peppermint oil is numbing and pain-reducing.
Pain relief balm
Instead of making your own essential oil blend, there are also a variety of pain relief balms and gels available online. They contain ingredients like eucalyptus and menthol, just like our peppermint oil, and can be used as often as needed just by applying it onto the area.