Unfortunately, with the run on stores recently, it may be hard to find some of your go-to remedies for minor health issues. What better time to explore natural treatments?
Period cramps can hold you back from living your life sometimes. Between debilitating pain and other hormonal issues, your cycle can drain your energy and keep you from enjoying your week. Rather than using synthetic pain-relieving products, you can try these natural remedies for a more enjoyable cycle.
Take a Morning Walk
The reason that menstrual cramps can hurt so badly is that our hormones are out of balance. Implementing activities like morning walks to get your circadian rhythms back on track can help the body relax more deeply, particularly around this time. When you walk outside in the morning, your body absorbs the red light at that time of day which signals that it’s time to wake up. Helping you sleep better, digest more easily and regulate your hormones, getting natural red light in the morning can help alleviate menstrual symptoms.
Try out Chaste Tree Berry
Rather than deferring to Advil or ibuprofen, start adding Chaste Tree Berry (also known as vitex) into your wellness routine. A naturally occurring supplement, Chaste Tree Berry has been recommended by doctors for decades in helping women experience less pain during their cycles. When taking natural herbs, remember that they take longer to build up in your system than synthetic medications. So, start taking Chaste Tree Berry for a few weeks and you’ll notice the difference during your next cycle.
One of the most effective poses in relieving menstrual and digestive pain, knees-to-chest pose can give you the relief you need. Start by laying down on your back and bring your knees towards your chest, wrapping your arms around your shins. Allow your head to rest and just breathe with your eyes closed. Extremely calming for the nervous system, this pose works to give your system the break it needs and take pressure off of the internal organs.
Decrease Your Toxic Load
The amount of toxins in our food, self-care products and air supply wreak havoc on the endocrine system and can lead to extreme menstrual cramping. In working to reduce the amount of toxins in your body, you can take pressure off of your organs and menstrual cycle. Eating organic whenever possible, using natural products and detoxing with Epsom salt baths and other modalities can help your system move more naturally through your cycle.
One of the reasons that so many women suffer from period cramps is that they rarely have a moment to just breathe. In always moving from one thing to the next, your system never has a chance to slow down and recover. Implement wellness practices like meditation, yoga or just simply deep breathing whenever you can. As your stress levels directly relate to your hormonal balance, it’s so important to learn how to slow down.
Paige Pichler is a writer, speaker, Project HEAL National Ambassador and yoga instructor. She writes about wellness, higher consciousness and health trends for a better life.