Earlier, period was considered as a taboo and so most of the time, women refrained from opening up about it. It is still a taboo for many of us, but fortunately, the mindset of the people is changing nowadays, and with more and more women empowerment, today’s ladies are speaking their hearts out about the various female issues, including the monthly menstrual cycle and the problems associated with it.
Undoubtedly, having periods at right time, every month is a sign of good health of the individual. But we can never ignore the fact that it does cause a lot of mental and physical stress to a large section of women. And, the most common discomfort that the women go through those 4-5 days (especially in the first 2 days) is the period cramps. In fact, PCOS have become increasingly common in women today which are also a reason why many women suffer from extreme level of cramps during the period.
Having periods is a natural phenomenon and is very much needed to stay healthy. But you need not necessarily have to bear the pains every time and can take the help of natural ingredients and remedies to reduce the period pain naturally. Well, yes, there are natural home remedies for menstrual cramps or period. And today, I happy to share a few of the best home remedies for menstrual cramps that can help you kill the period pain naturally. So, if you are pissed off with period cramps and you are looking to kill the period pain naturally, then here’s the post worth checking.
During the monthly period, there is contraction in the uterus in order to squeeze the lining away from the wall of the uterus, and to allow it to go out of your body through your vagina. These uterine contractions are the reason behind most women experiencing period cramps. Mainly the pains occur in the lower abdomen but it can also radiate to the groin, lower back or upper thighs. The pains are higher in the first 2 days that is in the beginning and slowly reduce towards the end of the period.
Birth control pills, over the counter medicines and hormonal treatments can help reduce the pains in most case. But more than using these pain killers and medicines, I prefer using the natural home remedies for menstrual cramps. Using natural ingredients and remedies are often safe, cost effective and without major side effects, so one can use it confidently.
So, are you ready to explore the remedies for menstrual cramps and kill the period pain naturally? I heard you saying yes, so let’s get started.
Best natural home remedies for menstrual cramps or period pain
Menstrual cramps are quite normal when it comes to menstrual cycle. But at times, the pains are so severe that it can cause a lot of pain and affect your day to day work like going to school, college, workplace etc. And, you cannot every time give the excuse of pain and take the day off, so it is advisable that if you have menstrual cramps, you go for the natural remedies and get some quick relief from the pain.
Listed below are the 13 best natural home remedies for menstrual cramps that can help you to kill period pain fast and naturally.
Fennel to ease menstrual pain
Fennel is one natural ingredient that can use to ease menstrual pain fast and easily. This is because it inhibits the contractions of your uterus that are otherwise stimulated by the prostaglandins.
It is not just an assumption but was also scientifically proven. In one study, it was seen that almost about 80% of the young females who took the capsules of 30 milligrams of fennel extract four times a day for 3 days before the starting of the menstrual cycle experienced less menstrual cramps in comparison to those who took a placebo. So, you may also go for the same remedy and see how things turn up in your case. However, if you do not want the capsules, then drink fennel tea to get the relief.
Ginger remedy for menstrual pain
Researchers have found out ginger to be a great option for women to reduce their menstrual pain. In one of the studies, ginger capsules actually helped women to get relief from the symptoms of primary dysmenorrhea which includes painful periods; along with other remedies like NSAIDs which includes mefenamic acid and ibuprofen. The women who were in the ginger group took about 250 milligram of ginger capsules 4 times for the first 3 days of their period. Same was the case with the other 2 groups and all 3 of them actually showed similar benefits. There were no such side effects found in case of any of these. Now, ginger is the most commonly and easily available ingredient for the majority of you and so ginger remedy is worth trying to ease menstrual cramps.
However, instead of the capsules, you can actually make ginger tea and have it more during your periods to ease your menstrual pain.
Curcumin for period pain
One of the natural home remedies to deal with period or menstrual cramps is curcumin. It is the main ingredient found in the root turmeric which as per reports can actually help you deal with the premenstrual syndrome or PMS symptoms.
In the study, women who took 2 curcumin capsules 2 times for 7 days before the starting off period and for 3 days after starting of it actually experienced a significant reduction of the PMS symptoms in comparison to those who depended on placebo pills.
The reason behind is due to the beneficial compounds in curcumin that helps fight inflammation and alter the levels of neurotransmitter. Moreover, women who went for curcumin treatment also showed much improvement in mood, physical and behavioral symptoms. In fact, curcumin is also helpful for individuals suffering from inflammatory conditions like for example inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, autoimmune diseases etc.
So, you may actually go for the capsules or chew some turmeric in order to get relief from the cramps.
Dill remedy for period cramps
One of the other natural home remedies to deal with period or menstrual cramps is the dill remedy. This is actually scientifically proven where research was done on the effectiveness of dill in reducing menstrual cramps in comparison to mefenamic acid. Women were actually separated into 3 groups with the last group being the placebo pills group. The treatment was done for 5 days starting from 2 days before the onset of the period. The result showed that dill powder was really effective in reducing the pain.
You can go for the dill powder remedy if you also want to reduce your period cramps and see the results for yourself.
Chamomile tea for period cramps
Chamomile tea is one of the natural home remedies to deal with period or menstrual cramps. The reason behind its recommendation is because it is rich in anti-inflammatory substances that have got the potential to inhibit prostaglandins which are otherwise responsible for the occurrence of nausea, vomiting, headaches, and diarrhea in females during period along with the cramps.
So, make sure you sip some chamomile tea whenever you are having your period cramps and get quick relief from the pain.
Cinnamon remedy for menstrual cramps
As per research, cinnamon can actually be beneficial to you when it comes to reducing the period cramps and hence it is in the list of the natural home remedies to deal with period or menstrual cramps. The study showed that women who took 420 milligrams of cinnamon capsules thrice daily for the first 3 days of their period, actually had experienced less menstrual cramps along with less menstrual bleeding and reduction in nausea and vomiting in comparison to those who went for placebo.
There were also no side effects reported and hence you can actually consider adding a little amount of cinnamon in a cup of hot cocoa or in your cereal to gain the benefits.
Drink lots of water during periods
Drinking lots of water is one of the easiest and the simplest natural ways to deal with period or menstrual cramps. This is mainly recommended because many women experience bloating during the period which actually worsens the situation to a great extent. But, if you drink plenty of water during your periods, it will help you ease the bloating which in turn will help to reduce the overall discomfort associated with the period.
Also, vomiting and diarrhea is becoming common during the periods. In such a situation, if you drink about 8-10 glasses of water with mint or lemon wedge in it, then it will actually help you replace the lost fluids.
Essential oil massage to get relief from the pain
Massaging your abdomen with essential oils can actually help you reduce the pain. The main reason behind this is because it encourages the flow of blood in that area. However, when it comes to massaging, I will suggest you to use few drops of essential oil along with the carrier oil of your choice. Well, this is because adding essential oil will actually give more significant relief than using only the carrier oil and studies are a proof to that.
In the study, one group of women had massages only by using almond oil while the other group had massaging done using a blend of essential oils like cinnamon, clove, rose, and lavender oil in almond oil base. The second group actually were more benefitted than the first group which itself proves the importance of the essential oils in this respect.
Acupuncture for period pain
Acupuncture treatment stimulates certain trigger points in your skin only to produce the desired benefits. And, now, as per Healthcare Medicine Institute, you can actually use it to get relief from your menstrual cramps as well.
In acupuncture, the acupuncturist can use needles to reduce the period cramps. The practitioner can show you the extract position of the trigger points and how to stimulate them in order to get the benefits. It can actually reduce the inflammation along with releasing the endorphins and make the individual relax.
When you apply pressure at certain specific points on your abdomen, back, feet and the fleshy part in between your index finger and thumb, it can help you reduce the pain. This is a drug-free remedy and you all can try it out. Consult an expert in the beginning to know the techniques and once you are confident about it, do it yourself whenever you have the period cramps.
Eat healthy diet during periods
As always, your diet definitely plays an important role in treating the menstrual cramps. You need to add more amounts of anti-inflammatory foods like blueberries, cherries, squash, bell peppers, tomatoes etc. in your diet to ease out the period pain. You must also include omega 3 fatty acid rich foods to intensify the benefits. Also, include more amounts of calcium rich beans, dark leafy vegetables, almonds etc. in your diet to get maximum benefits in easing out menstrual pain. All of these foods will help you combat the problem of inflammation and alleviate your period pain. Apart from that, eating healthy can also help you get rid of irregular monthly period and that’s why you should be mindful of eating healthy.
It is also very much necessary to avoid all of the unhealthy stuffs like for example excessive fatty, sugary or salty foods. Also, try to avoid the trans-fatty foods, alcohol, caffeine and tobacco for maximum benefits.
Maintain sleep routine
Sleep is vital for general well being and as per reports, it is very essential to ease your menstrual cramps as well. In one study, it was seen that women who were suffering from insomnia can actually have more dysmenorrhea and more interference with day to day activities, in comparison to women who do not have insomnia.
It is hence very much needed that you maintain proper sleep routine. In other words, please go to bed on time and avoid waking up till late at night at any cost. Also, take into account the other factors that help in better sleep. I have a post on that. You can refer to it for the details. Here is the link. Check it out if you want.
Heat massage for period cramps relief
Heat massage is actually very effective in killing the period cramps. Heat helps the muscles in the uterus and those around it to relax which in turn eases the cramps and the associated discomfort. Also, applying heat helps increase the flow of blood to the areas where you are experiencing the cramps which actually helps in the flushing out of the pain-producing substances like prostaglandins.
Simply take a heating pad and place it in your lower abdomen, back, thighs or the other areas where you are experiencing the pain. You may also soak in a warm bath and get relived from the pain and the discomfort. You can also use a glass bottle, filled with lukewarm water and roll it around to massage the affected areas to get quick relief from the period cramp.
Gentle exercises to ease the pain
Well, I understand that exercises are probably the last thing you want to do while you are having extreme period cramps. But trust me, gentle exercises can actually be of great help to you in reducing the discomfort of period pain. In fact, it got proven in a Taiwanese study where the participants experienced less menstrual cramps with 12 weeks of twice-weekly yoga classes.
Hence, it’s worth going for walks, practicing basic yoga, some basic stretching etc. and see where things get better for you or not.
Over to you
Having a proper menstrual cycle every month is very important for the well-being of a female. But the period often comes with excessive period cramps, which at times, become extremely painful to bear.
But as you know, period cramps are pretty normal and are a part of the period process. But thankfully, there are ways and remedies that can help you to get rid of menstrual cramps or period pain easily and naturally.
I have already discussed about 13 such simple yet very effective natural home remedies to deal with period or menstrual cramps. Most of these remedies are scientifically proven, and hence the effectiveness of these remedies can’t be ignored.
Feel free to try some of these remedies and hacks to kill the period pain fast and naturally.
Before concluding, I would like to know if you have already tried any of these remedies. Feel free to share your remedies and let us know how you deal with the menstrual pain naturally?
Stay safe, stay healthy and happy.
Eliana the chief editor at bodyandbeans is a professional yoga instructor and a fitness freak. She has done her master’s in history from Kolkata University. She is passionate about healthy eating and living practices.