The female body is an intricate system. With all of the stresses of modern life, it's easy to disrupt your hormonal flow. If you find yourself once a month asking "What fresh new hell is this?" while navigating chronic pain from your cycle, we've got some all-natural, homeopathic cures that promise sweet relief. These easy, inexpensive, and super-effective cures are all available at your local health food store. Switching to organic remedies means less stress on your liver over time. In the time of the quick fix, we're advocating a slow play. Your body will thank you.
PMS symptoms can be dramatically reined in with the proper nutrition. Altering your diet in the weeks leading up to your cycle can have a significant impact on mood, energy levels, and pain. Even with a few minor tweaks, you'll see major results. These are our favorite quick fixes.
Pumpkin seeds are packed with magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 fats. Magnesium helps to soothe nerves, alleviate stress, and assimilate calcium in the body. A fourth of a cup of pepitas contains nearly half the recommended daily amount of magnesium. Get your minerals up.
Alright, so we've already told you to eat your cruciferous greens during your cycle. It's not the most fun. If you're going to splurge, consider our fave non-GMO snack. Sugar and caffeine can ramp up your body's stress levels, making chocolate a poor choice. Science says chocolate cravings are a magnesium deficiency. Avoid the dark temptations of cacao and reach for popcorn instead. It's a friendly carb.
Getting the proper essential fatty acids reduce the psychiatric symptoms of PMS such as depression, anxiety, and a lack of concentration. Good fats can also offer relief from bloating and headaches. A spoonful of this peach-flavored cod liver oil is all you need.
Turmeric is having a moment. The latest trendy superfood is a naturally anti-inflammatory one. It also possesses natural blood-thinning properties that can reduce or slow heavy flow resulting from hormone imbalance. Take it as a tea, or whip up a batch of our favorite anti-inflammatory beverage treat: golden milk.
Caffeine aggravates stress levels and can make cramps more intense. Dial it back from your diet a week before your period. Hormones are processed in the liver. A clean liver means less PMS. Drinking hot water with lemon will naturally alkalize your system. Milk thistle and dandelion root also help detox the liver.
Ginger is an effective addition to combat both anxiety and fatigue. A natural diuretic, dandelion (the herb, not the flower) is a source of iron, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin C that will further alleviate the bloating, fluid retention and weight gain symptoms of PMS. Boil some fresh ginger and and add to dandelion tea for the one-two punch.
Calcium reduces fatigue, depression, cramping, bloating, and appetite change symptoms of PMS. The recommended daily dose for women is between 500 and 1200 milligrams. In order to properly absorb calcium, the body needs magnesium. Magnesium is the linchpin to the body's proper assimilation and use of both calcium and vitamin D. This beverage mix is one of my personal favorites. Magnesium deficiency in women can lead to severe PMS symptoms and painful cramping. Taken as a supplement, the mineral will relax the uterine and pelvic muscles, thus alleviating cramps.
Siddha cell salts and flower essences are homeopathic oral sprays that eliminate various blockages and disruptions in the electrical part of the nervous system caused by internal and external stress. Designed to enhance both physical and emotional wellness, the female balance formula balances hormones and lowers stress. If you suffer from migraines or cramps during PMS, I strongly recommend this super easy all-natural remedy. One bottle lasts about a month. Check out the company's full lineup for everything from sleep aids to better skin.
Wild yam creams contain the active ingredient diosgenin, a photo steroid responsible for the production of pregnenolene, the precursor to all adrenal cortex steroids. If you experience nausea or cramps, wild yam reduces the muscle spasms of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries, providing effective pain relief. Used traditionally for centuries by Native Americans to provide relief from nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, the natural remedy can be easily applied through the skin. The cream enables the active ingredients to enter the bloodstream and be stored in the fatty tissue for use by your endocrine system, helping to naturally balance female hormones.
Evening primrose oil is an all-natural, effective cure all for most menstrual symptoms due to its high potency of essential fatty acids. It is well-loved for alleviating cramps, period pain, acne, anxiety, mood swings, headaches, and heavy or irregular periods.
If you suffer from menstrual cramps or low back pain, valerian root is your new friend. It can be taken as a tea, but be warned that it has a distinctive flavor some may find off-putting. If so, go for gel caps. These all-natural muscle relaxers will chill out your body without adding stress to your liver (unlike Tylenol and Advil.) For added relief, add some anti-inflammatory white willow bark.
Modern technology is here to help. From wearable devices that eliminate cramps to subscription tampon services, the no-brainer basics have received many an elevated upgrade. Treat yo self to these luxe versions of the bare necessities.
Cora is an organic subscription service that delivers a monthly stock of tampons to your doorstep. Tampon choice is essential to female health. Many name brands are rife with toxins and chemicals, some of which can cause abnormal tissue growth. Cora's organic cotton, biodegradable, and hypoallergenic material makes for a safe and eco-friendly alternative. What we love best about the brand is the ingeniously discreet cardboard capsules and petite black leather clutch that protect your supply on the go.
Thinx are period-proof underwear with award-winning, patented technology designed to keep you dry. If you are thinking to yourself, "Does this hocus-pocus actually work?" Yes. Yes, it does. I tried them. There are different coverage options, depending on your flow. Shop accordingly.
Even if you're not keen on forgoing tampons completely, these magical undergarments will forever eliminate any stress whatsoever surrounding leaks. Think middle of the night, business meeting, running late, date night, white jeans… All the things. Where were these in middle school?
Ah, cashmere. The Rolls-Royce of materiality is enough to make any situation feel luxe. As the your basic hot water bottle offers sweet relief for cramping muscles, why not swaddle it in an extra layer of coziness? Sure, it's decadent. The adorable factor of the mock-turtleneck alone is a delightful diversion in the midst of bodily aches.
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