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4 Natural Tricks for Menstrual Cramps

4 Natural Tricks for Menstrual Cramps
*As a working woman for Fruitful Yield, there's nothing that can dampen my day like bad cramps. Naturopath and Fruitful Yield Educator Dr. Kalli has previously said that menstrual cramps are "common, not normal". Meaning, many women get them, but it's not a sign of good health if they're really bad. Be sure to talk to your doctor about your supplements and health concerns, and check out our previous article on women's hormones. I hope you enjoy this list of my favorite tricks! 
Sincerely,
Michelle, Fruitful Yield Staff Writer

Hot Water & a Heating Pad

The last time I had cramps, it felt like someone was wringing out my insides. I was at work and didn't know what to do, but drank some tea in the meantime. Then I let the hot water bottle rest on my abdomen while working, and to my surprise it really helped. That led me to doing some research on the effects of heat on cramps. According to an article published on PubMed last year, though more studies are needed, heat may be soothing on menstrual cramps. Drinking hot water or herbal tea can work in the same way. Both are supposed to relax cramped muscles by increasing blood flow in the body. Personally, drinking hot water and applying heat to my abdomen at the same time felt extremely comforting!

Raspberry Leaf Tea

Raspberry Leaf, 16 Tea Bags

When it comes to exploring the power of hot beverages, I can't forget to mention raspberry leaf tea! While I have not been a long time drinker of this lady-targeted tea, my co-workers swear by it for drinking in the week leading up to, and during menstruation. If you're going to do the hot water trick, you might as well be drinking a tea that's supposed to further support feminine wellness. If you don't like the flavor, try sweetening it with a touch of honey. Or, try it iced, and add some citrus fruit slices to change up the flavor! 

Evening Primrose Oil

Evening Primrose Oil 500 mg - 250 Softgels

Many women swear by the beneficial effects of Evening Primrose Oil. According to Penn State Hershey's article, Menstrual Pain, some studies have found evening primrose oil to help relieve PMS symptoms. Personally, I've used it for breast pain leading up to my cycle. Coworkers have used it for mood support and bloating during PMS. 

Calm

Natural Vitality Raspberry Lemon Natural Calm Powder, 8 oz.

The body's muscles tend to cramp up more when the body is lacking magnesium. Therefore, magnesium has become integral for me when I have cramps, and it even helps me relax. Calm drink powder combines magnesium into your favorite juice or water for a worry-free blend. I love Calm right before and during my period. The Raspberry-Lemon flavor is my favorite, and lucky for me, it comes in a 16 oz., 8 oz., and a single serving size for on-the-go!
Did you like these period tips? Help a sister out and let us know your own tips in the comments below!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Comments

  • Alison March 15, 2020 at 12:04 am

    Thank you so much for these tips. My personal favorite is the heating pad, but I will try the others you mentioned.

    • Fruitful Yield March 17, 2020 at 12:13 pm

      Yes! Please let us know which you end up liking! Best of luck.

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