I think it is easy to reach for pain killers with our monthly period. Trouble is, those things leave us with nasty side-effects and can also interfere with our digestion. Ever noticed how you get constipated with your period? Those little Nurofen’s might be playing a part in that!
I want to share some natural alternatives to ibuprofen, NSAID’s and other pain-killers for your next monthly.
6 ways to soothe period pain naturally
1. Increase the amount of Omega 3 in your diet.
The hormone like substances called prostaglandins, are the ones that control our clotting, inflammation and pain responses. We want to stimulate the ones that negate those reactions. One of the ways to do that is to increase the amount of Omega 3 in the diet. You can try fish oils, krill oil and eating more Chia Seeds during that time of the month.
2. Try natural pain relievers.
My two favourite herbs to use during your monthly to alleviate pain are feverfew and crampbark. They have beens shown to dramatically improve period pain and aid the body by reducing inflammation at the same time! Plus… not nasty side-effects!
3. Drink plenty of water.
When we think about what our monthly is and what our bodies are trying to achieve, we want to aid the natural blood flow as much as we can. If we don’t drink enough water, the blood becomes more thick and sticky. Make sure you increase your water drinking efforts during your monthly to really aid in a cleaner and easier monthly.
4. Take care of your Uterus.
I attended a Mayan Massage course in London a few years back and was amazed at how much I could care for my uterus by a daily massage done morning and night. This encourage stimulation and circulation of the Uterus muscles and provides valuable nutrients. ** You can learn how to do the Mayan Massage through my video demonstration here.
5. Stop viewing your monthly as a dread and something to be embarrassed about.
This is a natural process and a wonderful way for our bodies to be able to flush out toxins. Men only have two outlets! We get three!
6. Try to take some time out or at least relax more than normal during your period.
It might not be easy to take a day or a half day off work but if you can, try to. Give your body the space it needs to cleanse during this time. Do an easy Yoga class, go for a back massage or just watch a girly movie with a nice cup of tea. Just take some time out and give your body some love.
I hope these ideas really support you during your monthly period. I would also like to stress that having period pain every month, where you are relying on strong pain-killers is actually a cause for concern. It could be an indicator of something more serious going on for you, that could impact your fertility. One of those conditions is called Endometriosis.
After I experienced period pain, pretty much from my first period, I discovered I had Endometriosis. It did take me a number of years to get a proper diagnosis. If you suspect you might have Endometriosis or feel that your monthly period pain is a little higher than average, definitely visit a Gynaecologist to find out what is going on. I have created a list of common symptoms experienced along with Endometriosis, which might guide you on whether you might have the condition.
If you’ve dealt with period pain, what natural remedies have helped you?