Once a month us women we go through discomfort, and sometimes a lot of pain when we get our periods. Our hormones change, our breasts get sore, we get more moody and emotional, and often we experience a lot of painful cramps that can make it hard to continue our usual lives.
I used to get very painful period cramps the first day of my cycle, to the point of where I was getting sick to my stomach. My go-to remedy was to take a painkiller and have a nap until the numbing kicked in and I would just sleep through those painful hours. Many times I had to leave work early because I was just in too much pain.
I thought it was just the way it was and I couldn’t do anything about it. Even my doctor told me my pains were because of how my uterus is positioned.
Interesting enough though, when I started making and eating raw chocolate, I noticed the pain I was feeling decreased considerably.
As I learned more about nutrition, I understood about how important magnesium is in the body, and how easy it is nowadays to not get enough of it through diet alone. Cacao – which chocolate is made from – is one of the highest sources of magnesium. So this is why my PMS symptoms and pains have gotten a lot better since I was eating more real chocolate.
Also, I started using essential oils, which have been incredibly helpful to relieve the pain within a couple of minutes without me having to take pharmaceutical painkillers like Advil.
So if you too suffer from bad discomfort and pain during that time of the month, here are my tips that have helped me and I want to share with you in the hope that it will help you, or someone dear to you:
1. Supplement with magnesium
Or eat more raw chocolate. Or both! 🙂 Magnesium is an essential mineral for over 300 enzyme functions in the body. It is a muscle relaxant, essential for heart health, digestive health, mood balance, sleep, and dealing with stress. Most of us do not get enough magnesium from our food, and we get depleted a lot faster with stress, coffee, alcohol, processed food etc.
A great book that talks in detail about the role magnesium plays in the body is “The Magnesium Miracle” by Carolyn Dean, M.D.
2. Peppermint essential oil
Essential oils are powerful plant medicines used by humanity for thousands of years. Peppermint essential oil is a carminative. It helps to numb stomach and intestinal nerves which lead to pain from cramping and gas. It also helps with feelings of nausea. Peppermint oil is great for relieving muscle tension and it brings a pleasant tingling sensation to the affected area.
3. Lavender essential oil
Lavender is a nervine tonic, meaning that it has wonderful calming properties for the nerves, helping relieve discomfort and stress during that time. A couple of drops of lavender combined with a couple of peppermint applied on the belly do wonders for me and take the pain away within maximum 5 minutes.
4. Applying heat treatment
If I am at home I also find that putting a hot water bottle on my stomach area really helps to relax the cramps and drive the oils even deeper faster. It feels very comforting too!
So these are my tips for minimizing and dealing with PMS pain. Since doing all this, the cramps have been a LOT less painful, so I don’t dread that time of the month so much! I have a little pouch with essential oils on me all the time, so I just apply a few drops when I need them – wherever I am at the time – and carry on having an amazing day! 🙂
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I hope this post helps you or someone you love, bring relief naturally during that unavoidable time, so you can have amazing days no matter what date of the month it is – without the need to use painkillers that also carry a bunch of negative side effects.