The menstrual experience is anything but monolithic. While some women barely notice when their time of the month starts and ends, others can't help but notice the debilitating pain and discomfort that signal aunt flow is coming or going. To cope, many have turned to unhealthy habits that involve self-medicating with painkillers and other drugs that elicit negative effects on their physical and mental health. In today's blog, we'll provide you with some natural medicine solutions for those who struggle with bad periods. Suffer in silence no more!
Say goodbye to bad periods
When you're in physical pain, you'll do almost anything to make it go away. With that said, the desperation might lead you to seek solutions that provide temporary relief, but also come with harmful and unwanted side effects. Instead, try these natural remedies as an alternative to easing period pain, discomfort, and other aggravating PMS symptoms.
All herbal teas contain anti-inflammatory properties that can help address many common health issues, namely menstrual pain. Our top recommendations include ginger tea, peppermint tea, and chamomile tea.
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids can work wonders for alleviating period pain and menstrual cramps. Not only do they help with your painful PMS symptoms, but they're amazing for your overall health. Kill two birds with one stone by incorporating more fish, nuts and seeds, and plant oils into your diet while on your period.
It will also help to eat more iron-rich foods, such as spinach, lentils, and lean meats while reducing your intake of sugar and processed foods. As a general rule, a balanced diet is always the way to go.
If you own a diffuser, these double as both a natural medicine alternative for bad periods, as well as a pleasant home fragrance that not only alleviates menstrual discomfort, but will boost your overall mood.
No diffuser? No worries. Rub a bit of any of lavender, sage, or rosemary oils onto your abdomen, temples, or the back of your neck for relief from cramps or those awful headaches being on your period tends to induce.
On that note, let's take a second to expand on CBD and the abundance of health benefits it has to offer not only for painful periods and pesky PMS symptoms, but your overall wellbeing.
This magical compound interacts with your body's endocannabinoid system (ECS) to yield a variety of physiological effects such as reducing inflammation, pain relief, balance hormones, and relieve anxiety or mental distress. Although it is a derivative of the cannabis plant, unlike its notorious counterpart THC, it contains no psychoactive side effects. So you get all the benefits listed above without the risk of intoxication. Thus, CBD has become an increasingly popular natural medicine for bad periods, menopausal symptoms, depression, mental health issues, joint aches, insomnia, chronic pain, and a host of other health conditions.
Last but not least in our natural medicine recommendations for bad periods is - you guessed it - CBD.
Ladykind offers two sublingual CBD tinctures that can be used interchangeably throughout the day and night. Both have earned spots on the Beauty Shortlist Awards for the quality of their formulations and their recognized benefits to women's wellness.
The first, Rise Up Daily Mind-Clearing Tincture, is your new best friend for more productive mornings. On top of alleviating the pain and discomfort you've been suffering through while on your period, this little gem will boost your mood and focus so you can glide through your day with ease. We recommend starting with 1/4 of a dropper at first, and working your way up to a full dropper as you deem necessary.
The second, Wind Down Nightly Mind-Relaxing Tincture will have you clearing out your cabinets full of gummies and other vitamins that have failed you in helping you to relax and unwind at the end of the night. Not only does Wind Down help to regulate your circadian rhythm and regulate your sleep patterns, but it will also improve the actual quality of your sleep. Just a few drops of this bad boy in your night time herbal tea will make you forget how much pain you were in just minutes prior.
Still have questions? Check out our previous blog post debunking five common myths and misconceptions about CBD.