There are many natural PMS remedies out there; some of them work and some don’t. That’s why I have gathered all of the PMS remedies that have helped me get some relief, and will hopefully help you too. I have never had horrible, debilitating PMS, but these proven remedies should help regardless. These natural PMS remedies are cheap, effective, and easy. Plus, they don’t have any side effects that you would get from taking a pill for it! Despite what you may have been told, PMS can be relieved naturally and you can feel great every month.
This is one of the best natural PMS remedies out there. However, you must look for certain ingredients in your tea based on what PMS symptoms you have. One containing the herb chasteberry will help with anger, breast tenderness, and headaches. Dong Quai is an herb beneficial for those suffering from painful periods. I love Yogi Woman’s Moon Cycle tea which contains both of these herbs and tastes amazing. Alternatively, drinking peppermint tea is also good for relieving PMS bloating.
Most people don’t recommend consuming anything with caffeine on your period, but I find dark chocolate will relieve some of my PMS symptoms. Have you ever noticed that you crave chocolate around your period? If you do, stick around because there are actually reasons behind those cravings! Eating dark chocolate boosts serotonin (the “feel good” hormone) and gives you a mood lift. Your body is seeking that good feeling, so why not give it what it craves? Dark chocolate is also rich in magnesium, which has been shown to relieve menstrual cramps and PMS-related fatigue. Besides, is there anything chocolate can’t fix?
I’ve already discussed how peppermint tea reduces bloating, but so can peppermint essential oil. It can also reduce menstrual cramps if applied topically. All you have to do is put a few drops of peppermint oil on your stomach and some other oil (like olive oil) to neutralize it if you have sensitive skin. I always get relief from doing this, and it feels even better massaging my stomach a little bit too. It feels so relaxing and cooling, and the smell is invigorating too!
Although yoga is beneficial for everyday stress and anxiety, it is especially crucial during PMS. If you have stress due to your monthly cycle, yoga will help you relax and balance your mood. It not only helps with the emotional effects of PMS though; specific poses help with physical symptoms. For example, doing any yoga pose that involves folding over will give you some relief from menstrual cramps. This includes seated and standing forward bends, child’s pose, and triangle pose. However, if any pose feels uncomfortable, make sure you stop immediately; doing inversions can especially cause this.
This is probably the best preventative measure you can take forPMS. I’m talking about cardio exercises. That doesn’t mean you have to work out so intensely, but you have to be regular about it (at least 3 days every week). I’ve noticed a dramatic difference in my stomach cramps on days I exercise than when I don’t. They seem to vanish instantly during my workouts. Not only that, but exercise will also boost your energy, increase your feel good hormones, and decrease the severity of your PMS symptoms down the line.
Getting enough B vitamins in your diet during your monthly cycle is crucial. If you suffer from lethargy, stress, depression, or anxiety and it gets worse during your cycle, you may have a B vitamin deficiency. Supplementing your diet with the B vitamins will lead to increased energy and a relief from depression, anxiety, and stress. You can also consume foods rich in B vitamins to get your correct levels. Bananas, lentils, oranges, avocados, spinach, broccoli, and sweet potatoes are also good sources.
Calcium and magnesium are both key nutrients that work together and can help with almost every PMS symptom. As I stated above, magnesium can get rid of menstrual cramps and fatigue. It can also reduce bloating and moodiness, if you are suffering from either of those. The hormone estrogen is responsible for the process of absorbing calcium in our bodies. That means it’s important to get enough calcium to work with the estrogen. Supplementing your diet with calcium can relieve almost all PMS symptoms (if you are deficient).
Your monthly cycle does not have to be a week full of suffering. Every single one of these things has helped me during my worst symptoms, and hopefully they will help you too. What home remedies for PMS work well for you?
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