Disclaimer: If you’re a guy, you may want to skip today’s blog post because today we’re talking about the female menstrual cycle.
From the very beginning, I’ve had really sucky cramps. Like “pretty sure I’m having legit contractions” kind of cramps. Cramps that would keep me out of school for an entire week…and not in the good way! I’ve been to the doctor & they’ve done all that they can do but take out my uterus. I’ve been on every kind of birth control, every kind of pill, & for a while I was taking Midol every day just to prepare myself for the next period. For real, my periods are ridiculous! And I’m just giving you the edited version.
Last month’s period was one of my worst one that I’ve had in a while. I was too stubborn to take off work, therefore I did my work sprawled out on the floor next to my desk. No joke! It was horrible. I seriously thought I was about to birth a child. To pass the time as I was writhing in pain & agony, I decided to distract myself with Pinterest. During my Pinterest perusing, I decided to be a little productive a look up ways to ease my pain. I was at the point where I do just about any and everything to make the pain go away because I was so sick of the pills not really working.
So I thought that this month, I’d share with you my findings. Some worked and some I have yet to try out. Here are 10 natural ways to punch your cramps in the face this month:
- Drink Plenty of Water
If you’re not the kind of person that drinks lots of water on daily basis (like me), I recommend drinking 4 water bottles daily one week before our period & 4-5 bottles daily during your period.
- Essential Oils
- Aunt Flow’s Soothing Salve
- Shakti Mudra + Wide Squat
- Heating Pad
This is probably not the safest thing, but I sleep with my heating pad on high every night on my period. It really helps me fall asleep when I have to go to bed with cramps.
- Sip Hot Tea
Yogi makes this really good tea called Moon Cycle that’s perfect for when Aunt Flow comes to visit. But any kind of tea with Raspberry leaves, chamomile, and/or ginger always does the trick for me.
- Pressure Points in the Lower Back
- Take a Little Walk
They recommend this for women in labor, which is ironic because sometimes I do feel like I’m in labor! But it totally works. Last month, I was walking around in circles around my coffee table just to ease the pain.
- Good period foods
- Wide Stance Yoga Poses