There is nothing like suffering from menstrual colics on a day that you had planned to conquer the world. And although I am here to share some natural remedies that can alleviate the discomfort associated with getting your period it is important to remember that during the first few days of your cycle your body is at its weakest and taking it easy for those couple of days is the best you can do for yourself.
Having experienced my fair share of menstrual colics and other symptoms I have listed here the remedies that I turn to when that time of the month comes. There are times when not only the abdominal pain is excruciating but I also get pretty bad back back pain and even the occasional nausea and vomiting.
There are effective natural remedies and taking panadol and other pain killers should be your last resort, although I personally would never take these pills, for menstrual cramps at least, but that is your personal choice.
So when menstrual cramps strike there are a few things that work wonders for me.
Stinging Nettle Tea
Stinging Nettle can do miracles when it comes to period, and not just relieving menstrual cramps but also regulating your cycle and stabilising your flow.
Making yourself a hot cup of nettle tea can ease menstrual pain almost immediately. I also find it quite delicious.
Nettle tea is easy to find in most places, whether you want to buy it or collect the leaves yourself. You do however have to be very careful if you decide to collect it yourself as it needs to be picked at the right time of the year and only baby leaves should be harvested as older leaves can be harmful to your body due to calcifications. Here is a good video that I found which explains a bit more about what you need to know to collect stinging nettle for consumption. In case you don’t feel adventurous enough to harvest the leaves yourselves you can find nettle tea sold in most health food stores.
Hot Water Bottle
Another one of my heroes when it comes to menstrual cramps is my hot water bottle. I fill it up with hot water and place it on my stomach, usually while I’m sipping on my nettle tea. In fact placing anything that is warm on your stomach can ease your cramps.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is one of my favourite essential oils for relaxation and it also works wonders for cramps. I usually add a couple of drops of it into my diffuser and let the aroma do its work. If you do not own a diffuser do not worry, placing a drop of lavender oil behind your neck can be just as effective, but do keep in mind the purity of the essential oils that you’re using. If the oils is pure you may burn your skin so make sure you dilute it with sufficient amount of water before rubbing it on your skin.
And last but not least is doing some mild exercise or walking
I am sure we all know this one, and as much as I like to think that it is effective, I do often find myself still in pain during and after the exercise. However I know that this works for many people so I wanted to mention it here. Remember not to get too carried away as straining your body with too much physical activity can actually make the pain worse.
These are the most effective natural methods for combating menstrual cramps that have worked for me. One thing that I do want to mention while I still have your attention here is the effects of drinking cold beverages on your menstrual cramps. Now, there are no scientific evidence but during one of my visits to a doctor in China I have been told that women should avoid drinking cold beverages at all times, as it can affect the cycle and induce menstrual cramps, since I do not usually consume cold drinks anyway it did not have a profound effect on me, however if severe menstrual colics is something that you are suffering from on regular basis I recommend giving this advice from the traditional Chinese medicine a go. I would also love to hear from you, if it has or or hasn’t been helpful.
I hope you found this article useful and if it left you with any questions or uncertainties feel free to comment below or send me a message and I will do my best to answer your questions.
Thank you for reading this,
Till we meet again…