We all want to reduce the amount of chemicals we put in and on our bodies and that goes for monthly PMS relief as well. There are many natural remedies for PMS that can treat physical and emotional symptoms without popping a pill or using products that contain toxins.
Premenstrual syndrome often includes physical woes such as bloating, cramps, breast tenderness and headaches in the week or two before starting your period. Meanwhile hormonal fluctuations can also lead to mood swings, anxiety and trouble sleeping.
Natural PMS treatments make a real difference for many menstruators and most are easy to integrate into your wellness routine. Taking better care of your overall health with natural, holistic approach is the first place to start. Because when it comes to PMS, the better you treat your body, the better it will treat you back.
It may sound counterintuitive when all you want to do is curl up in bed, but exercise can work wonders for regulating mood swings and bloating. 30 minutes of aerobic movement on most days — think brisk walking, cycling or a dance class — can actually make you feel less tired and depressed, improve your sleep and help with PMS-related swelling. Yoga and breathing exercises may also reduce your stress-aggravated PMS symptoms.
Step away from the salty snacks! They only encourage bloating and fluid retention. Eating smaller but more frequent meals can help fight that feeling of fullness while PMSing, as can foods high in complex carbs like fruits, veggies and whole grains. Also reach for foods high in calcium like dairy, leafy greens and almonds which have been proven to reduce PMS symptoms. And finally avoid caffeine and alcohol as much as you can.
Heat can help relax muscles including the ones in your uterus. An easy and natural way to get heat relief is with patches specifically made for menstrual cramps. LOLA’s heating patch is toxin-free and is easy to adhere to your underwear or clothes so you can wear it while in your pajamas or outside the house. Each patch provides up to 11 hours of soothing heat on your abdomen, lower back or wherever you feel pain during PMS.
Acupuncture and Massage
Research has shown that most women get natural PMS relief from acupuncture. It’s believed the practice increases circulation and lowers stress hormones which can enhance mood and alleviate pain. Massage therapy performed by a professional, partner or even yourself can also provide natural relief for period cramps and pain.
Vitamins and Supplements
Vitamins specially formulated to target cramps and promote a healthy menstrual cycle are an easy way to improve your symptoms in seconds. Calcium, fennel seed and Chaste tree berry are common natural supplements for PMS. You should always check with your doctor before taking herbal supplements because some can interfere with birth control and other medications.
Inhaling or applying essential oils as a treatment for premenstrual syndrome has been associated with a reduction in anxiety, depression, pain and bloating. Lavender, peppermint, citrus and ginger are among the oils packed with PMS-fighting power.
Because PMS is a different for everyone, there is no silver bullet when it comes to treatments. Match your PMS symptoms with the natural remedies that target them to start getting worry-free relief.