article by Dr. Mariangel Leota
Menstruation is a period where the female organism secretes certain hormones to make a replacement of the cells that line the uterus (inner layer of the uterus called the endometrium), this process is totally normal in the healthy life of a woman. But this cocktail of hormones that are secreted, usually estrogen, progesterone and luteinizing hormone (LH) also cause a series of side effects, many of them well known to be painful, such as menstrual cramps.
Most common symptoms of menstruation
Among the most common symptoms, the most noticeable are menstrual cramps, these pains are usually felt deep in the belly, they can also contract the abdomen and radiate to other areas of the body. These menstrual pains are accompanied by another series of symptoms. The main characteristics of this pain are:
- Pulsatile type of pain: These pains feel like a throbbing type, the frequency of the intensity varies constantly and feels like a throbbing and throbbing type.
- Start 2 days before the period: You may notice that your period is close when 2 or even 3 days before you feel these discomforts in the womb. The pain intensity is increasing from the first day and reaches its maximum peak on the same day of your menstruation.
- Pungent pain: The type of pain is sharp, like having glasses inside the belly, as many women have described it.
- It extends to other areas of the body: The most common is abdominal stiffness near the belly and is able to spread to the back and thighs.
- Vomiting: Some women may feel nausea or vomiting due to abdominal contraction and the effects it generates in the digestive system.
- Headache: Caused by the vasoconstriction that usually occurs during menstruation, the muscles of the face and head usually contract causing headaches.
- Dizziness: Due to the loss of blood, weakness and dizziness may be felt, causing nausea and disorientation.
Natural remedies to relieve menstrual pain
It is also possible to relieve the pains of menstruation in a natural and reliable way, with treatments that you can easily do at home. There is a variety of vegetables, herbs and fruits with analgesic, anti-inflammatory and relaxing action that can relieve the pains of menstruation.
Sometimes it can be enough with the consumption of certain vegetables and fruits, due to its natural analgesic action, such as the consumption of broccoli or fruits such as blueberries, other times you can prepare some herbal teas like chamomile, prepare ginger tea or even Make compresses to place in your belly and reduce inflammation and pain.
Among the most important home remedies you have:
Known to be a natural analgesic, lavender with its refreshing aroma and intense flavor can also relieve the pains of menstruation. Its consumption can be at any time of the day and its effect can be seen from 30 minutes to 1 hour of having consumed it.
- 20 grams of lavender leaves;
- 1/2 liter of water
Heat water until boiling, then dip the lavender leaves and put out the fire, letting the leaves rest in the water for at least 15 minutes. You can take it accompanied by sugar or honey. If you want, once it is cold, you can prepare compresses with this lavender tea, placing it on your belly.
Basil tea is known for its ability to be a natural antispasmodic and an anti-inflammatory, it has been used for centuries as a natural treatment to decrease intestinal cramps and menstrual cramps. You can use this natural remedy to relieve pain, reduce abdominal stiffness and stomach problems.
- 10 grams of basil;
- 250 ml of water.
In a saucepan, boil the 250 ml of water with the basil leaves, let it rest for at least 15 minutes and consume once it is lukewarm. Preferably, consume in the mornings or minutes before sleeping.
When you seek a natural treatment for any disease or pain, you will get the ginger first on the list, in this case, ginger works as a perfect anti-inflammatory and natural analgesic. Its healing properties were well known by traditional Chinese medicine and today it is still used as a natural remedy to relieve pain, including menstrual cramps.
- 20 grams of chopped ginger;
- 1 lemon juice;
- 250 ml of water.
In a pot, boil the water with the ginger chopped or scratched, let stand for at least 15 minutes, after that, add the juice of a lemon with a little sugar or honey, consume at any time of day. If you cannot tolerate the lemon flavor with ginger, you can replace it with orange or pineapple.
The powerful essential oils
Know the usefulness of essential oils, many of them used to be muscle relaxants and their vasodilator properties, can significantly relieve menstrual pain and reduce abdominal stiffness.
These oils can deflate in a large percentage giving you the relief you need to perform your daily tasks or sleep peacefully.
Among the most recommended oils to use in these cases is: Cinnamon oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil. Gently apply this oil to your belly and abdomen in the form of circular massages and let them apply for at least 10 minutes.
You can take advantage of these days, to consume broccoli in any type of recipe or presentation, it is a vegetable with many benefits, its content of Vitamin C is equal to or greater than orange and the amount of analgesics are profoundly beneficial for menstrual pain. In addition to all this, the regular consumption of broccoli provides you with the amount of Vitamin D and calcium necessary to avoid bone pain and muscle cramps.
Learn about the pepper’s anti-inflammatory power
Peppermint is very popular for being a powerful anti-inflammatory and for being a very commonly used analgesic, its power is similar to a local analgesic, you can use a mint ointment on your abdomen to quickly feel relief when you need it most. This treatment can be an emergency remedy for menstrual pains.
The powerful chamomile
The powerful chamomile is one of the best home remedies a host of pains and diseases, among them is also the relief of menstrual pain.
The relaxing and analgesic effect can quickly calm menstrual cramps besides improving the intestinal discomforts that you may have as a result of menstruation. Only consume a hot chamomile tea at the time you need it most. You will quickly see its effects.
Its consumption favors the balance of several hormones such as thyroid, progesterone and testosterone. It can be taken daily a spoonful mixed with yogurt, juice, milk etc. It is also highly recommended in teenagers because it improves the problem of acne.
Brewer’s yeast is a highly recommended food in hormonal imbalances and in the stages of pregnancy, lactation and postpartum.
It is one of the natural remedies to regulate the menstrual cycle since it is also good for hormonal balance and helps the menstrual cycle return to normal.
To ingest it, make an infusion: add a spoonful of rosemary in ½ liter of boiling water, leave on a gentle fire for 5 minutes and remove from heat. Cover to let cool and then strain and can be taken.
The best thing with rosemary is to take it a week before the supposed day in which your menstruation will arrive.
This is another herb that regulates the menstrual cycle. Place two tablespoons of yarrow in a cup of boiling water. Cover and leave on soft fire for 5 minutes.
In this case it is also convenient to take the yarrow infusions one week before the day when the menstruation should arrive.
It is one of the best hormonal regulators thanks to its estrogen content. It is one of the home remedies to regulate the menstrual cycle and also you can use their fresh leaves to flavor the meals in the diet and also prepare sage infusions that are drunk several times a day.
Another food that regulates the menstrual cycle. The best thing besides to include fresh parsley in salads and other dishes, is to take a parsley juice daily, which we can mix with other vegetables or fruits.
They are a fruit that helps against the problems of the uterus and hormonal imbalances, being also a food that is recommended at the stage of menopause. They also help prevent the appearance of ovarian cysts. They can be eaten fresh or dry but people with obesity problems should not eat more than 3 daily.
It is recommended for any problem of hormonal or gynecological type, besides it greatly improves the health of the skin. Calendula infusions also help regulate menstrual cycles and relieve pain caused by the rule.
Thyme is recommended especially when the rule is accompanied by abundant blood loss. Thyme infusions should be taken a couple of times a day when this happens.