It is not unusual for women to endure pain around their belly, lower back, and thighs during menstruation week. The awful experience that women go through where they feel as though their insides are ripping apart, is because of the womb contracting and relaxing in order to get rid of built-up lining. For this reason, some women may suffer from cramps while others are lucky enough. Along with this pain comes along feelings such as nausea, headaches, bloating, constipation, and more.
During menstruation, most women take a pill for a temporary relief of pain. However, it is not beneficial to take too much medication as it can have side effects as well.
There are natural remedies that can help tone down the unberable discomfort, which can be done at home. Various foods and drinks are an aid to relief of cramps, and can boost your health at the same time. Let's take a look at what ingredients we can use from home to heal menstrual pain.
Drink More Water
The most important beverage of all, water is the first and foremost option when it comes to easing menstrual pain. Water is essential for the body to function properly. Being hydrated throughout during menstruation week can help the body get rid of excess sodium which leads to bloating, and lessen cramps. If water is too plain a drink, try adding some fruits to make infusions.
It is always better to drink something hot when suffering from menstrual cramps, rather than opting for a cold beverage. Studies suggest that chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory properties that can relax the uterus, and ease muscle spasms. Moreover, it is also a natural relaxant for the mind as well.
Cinnamon is a renowned spice for its delicousness which also includes plenty of health benefits. Similar to chamomile, cinnamon has anti-inflammatory, as well as antispasmodic, and anti-clotting properties that aid in easing menstrual pain. It can also be beneficial for preventing nausea and vomiting.
Cinnamon can be consumed in a cup of hot water in the form of a tea, or cinnamon powder can be mixed with honey in a glass of warm water for a nice drink to relieve cramps.
We already know that Ginger can be useful to drink when we are suffering from a cold or even a sore throat. It can also be an effective way to ease menstrual cramps! Ginger fights fatigue that comes from PMS (premenstrual syndrome), and lowers the level of pain inducing prostraglandins.
Grate ginger to a a cup and boil for a few minutes, before drinking it. It can be drunk seperately or with a mixture of honey and lemon, or another addition to a cup of tea.
Parsley is a type of herb that is mainly used in cooking. It contains apiol and myristicin, which effectively stimulates the process of menstruation, relieves cramps, and aid in regulating the irregular menstrual cycles.
In a cup of boiling water, put at least one-fourth cup of fresh parsley and leave it to soak for 4 to 5 minutes. Seperate the leaves from the cup, and drink the parsley infused water to ease cramps.
Basil in another herb used when cooking, and acts as an effective herb that relieves menstrual pain. Caffeic acid that is found in basil consists of pain-killing properties, which aids in lessening the cramps that occur during menstruation.
Basil can be used as a drink by adding a tablespoon of the leaves to a cup of boiling water. After covering and leaving for some time, drink it throughout the day for relief.
Instead of popping a pill every few hours, try the above homemade drinks during menstruation week to reduce the pain. It is easily available in most stores, and are super easy to make as well.