4 Natural Remedies To Help Relieve PMS
PMS — premenstrual syndrome — can wreak havoc on our bodies in the week leading up to our period.
Whether it’s physical symptoms like bloating, breast tenderness, headaches or digestive problems, or psychological symptoms like extreme mood swings, irritability, anxiety or depression, PMS can be difficult to live with.
Luckily, there are some amazing natural remedies that can help to relieve PMS; read on to find out more about our top four.
Ginger has all sorts of amazing health benefits, so it’s not surprising that it’s at the top of our list for relieving PMS symptoms.
In fact, ginger has been used for centuries to treat menstrual pain and cramps due to its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. The healing powers of ginger are also good for treating the digestive symptoms of PMS like bloating, indigestion and nausea.
The beauty of ginger is that it’s incredibly versatile — you can make your own lemon and ginger tea easily (add a small teaspoon of honey for some natural sweetness), or it can be added to all sorts of dishes — from salads to stir-fries to salmon.
The power of herbs shouldn’t be underestimated when it comes to natural remedies that help to relieve PMS. Here are some of the best herbal supplements you can add to your diet to help alleviate PMS symptoms:
Ginkgo biloba (also known as ginkgo, gingko, or the maidenhair tree) is a popular herbal remedy that has long been associated with women’s health (as well as improving cognitive function).
Ginkgo is thought to help with the psychological symptoms of PMS, like mood swings.
You might not have heard of chasteberry (so-called because it was thought to promote chastity and was used by monks to decrease sexual desire in the middle ages).
Also known as Vitex, the plant grows in Central Asia and the Mediterranean and has been used for centuries to treat several menstrual problems due to its ability to influence certain hormone levels and restore balance to your body.
Chasteberry is thought to alleviate PMS-related breast pain and mood swings by decreasing prolactin levels and rebalancing other hormone levels like estrogen and progesterone.
Evening primrose oil
Evening primrose oil has long been associated with women’s health, whether it’s for PMS, the menopause or something else. This popular herbal supplement contains essential fatty acids which are thought to reduce PMS symptoms with their anti-inflammatory properties.
St. John’s wort
St. John’s wort is a medicinal herb that is thought to improve the emotional and psychological symptoms of PMS, such as anxiety and depression. St John’s wort can impact the effectiveness of contraceptive pills, so it’s worth confirming with your GP that it is okay to use.
One of the most simple natural remedies to all sorts of ailments? A good night’s sleep.
Getting your recommended eight hours of sleep a night can help you to tackle PMS symptoms like fatigue, irritability and emotional mood swings.
PMS can affect the quality of your sleep before your period or for the first few days, as can actually being on your period itself (heavy flows, leaking worries and cramps can all keep you up). Here are some ways to get a good night’s sleep while PMS-ing or on your period:
- Creating a relaxing bedtime routine: whether it’s practising meditation, reading a book, or listening to some calming music or nature sounds, a zen bedtime routine can prepare your body for sleep properly.
- Run a bath: the immersive heat from a hot bath can relax your muscles and have a positive effect on your mental health too, lifting your mood and reducing stress levels. Add a few drops of calming essential oils like lavender to your bath for their relaxing and anti-inflammatory qualities. You can find a wide range of essential oils at Wild Oats!
- Protect yourself with period underwear: specially-designed leak proof pants can help tackle anxiety about leaking and can be paired with your usual period products of choice.
- Adopt the foetal position: this reduces tension in your abdomen and alleviates cramps (as well as slowing down your flow).
- Cuddle up to a hot water bottle: the heat from the hot water bottle boosts your circulation, which can help with cramps.
Although it can feel challenging to start with (especially if you’re suffering from soreness and low energy levels), exercise is a brilliant natural remedy for relieving PMS symptoms.
It tackles both the physical symptoms such as fatigue and bloating and the emotional ones like mood swings and irritability; any type of exercise is great for your mental wellbeing because it releases serotonin and endorphins (happy chemicals) in your body.
If you’re not a naturally sporty person, incorporating exercise into your normal routine can seem difficult. But you don’t have to run regular marathons or take part in high-intensity workouts to feel the positive effects of exercise. Even a gentle yoga session or a slow swim can relieve PMS symptoms.
PMS doesn’t have to rule your life for a week of the month; using these four natural remedies can help you to restore balance to your body and protect you from the physical and emotional effects of PMS.
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