Menstrual pain and cramps is something every woman dread and abhor. Hence, most of the women take pain killers to relieve the pain and cramps without knowing that taking too much of pills can be perilous. The pain killers might be effective and beneficial but we all know that every medicine has some side effects too. Therefore, turning to natural things and remedies can be more effectual and harmless. Below are some natural ways to reduce the menstrual cramps as to avoid pills and tablets as much as possible.
1. Fenugreek (Methi)
Fenugreek is known for its ability to minimize the effects of menstrual cramps. Soak 2 tsp crushed fenugreek seeds in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, drain the water and add honey if you want to sweeten the taste. Drinking this tea up to three times daily will lessen your menstruation cramps and other problems related to it.
Taking a warm bath or using a heating pad is also an effectual method to decrease menstrual cramps as it increases blood circulation and helps relax your muscles. If you don’t have a hot water bottle or heating pad, take a warm bath or use a hot towel and place it on your abdomen and back. It relieves pain as effectively as medicine.
Ginger is believed to reduce painful menstrual periods. Shred a small piece of ginger, add it to hot water, and drink.
Cinnamon is a wonder herb. It is packed with dietary fibers, calcium, iron and manganese which help soothe allergies and many other health problems. Drinking it will ease the menstrual pain and cramps as well.
5. Nuts and Seeds
Almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds are full of essential vitamins and nutrients that help relieve painful periods.
Getting a massage during your menstrual cycle can be a good idea. It will help ease the cramps and pain.
Though it is not easy to get a good sleep while in pain but talking a pain killer and sleeping will help you get rid of the pain to some extend and will make you feel better
Taking honey with herbal teas help reduce the cramps. Plus, the tea gives you a soothing effect. So, drinking it hot will make you feel relieved.
Foods rich in calcium like, milk, almonds, yogurts, cabbage etc naturally fight muscle spasms and help you soothe the cramps.
Most of the women don’t pay much attention on their water consumption. Therefore, it is necessary to drink plenty of water to keep your body from retaining water and to avoid bloating of tummy during menstruation. Warm or hot water is even better as hot liquids increase blood circulation and help relax the muscles. Including water-based fruits like cucumber, watermelon etc will also help.