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The Best Natural Remedies for Period Cramps

We all know how painful that time of the month can be. From headaches, to nausea, to intense cramps, your period can really do some damage to your body in a very short amount of time. Personally, I don’t like being dependent on medication, and really try to focus on using mainly natural remedies for these horrible cramps. Here are 4 natural remedies to relieve period cramps!

1. ANYTHING with Ginger

While ginger does have a distinct flavor, and can sometimes be off-putting, it truly is an amazing herb to use for the aches and pains you get during your period. Having ginger tea, or boiling ginger slices in water to drink throughout the day can do wonders at relieving both your menstrual cramps and any inflammation that occurs. The University of Maryland even recommends ingesting ginger two to three times a day when you are experiencing cramps.

2. Massaging the Area

While this might not be the most long-lasting remedy for period cramps, it definitely helps in the moment. Massaging yourself, specifically with essential oils, can help in those moments where the pain is just too unbearable. This remedy can be used when you are in a pinch, and don’t have much time to do anything else. 

3. Essential Oils

If you aren’t able to massage yourself, you can also apply soothing essential oils.  Some essential oils that provide relief are lavender oil, cypress oil and peppermint oil, which you can find easily online. In order to relieve this pain, simply apply the essential oils to the lower abdomen and the back of the neck.

4. Changing Up Your Diet

It has been found that when you eat more nutritious foods, especially fruits and vegetables, you are less likely to have intense period cramps. Some foods to include in your diet in-order to prevent aches and pains are: green leafy vegetables, flaxseed, avocado and high fiber foods.

Cramps can really be a b*tch, and I know that I will try anything to get rid of the pain. Be sure to try out these remedies and tweet us on twitter @UConnHC to tell us which remedy works the best for you!


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Sade is currently a senior at UConn, and is enrolled as a Human Development and Family Studies major. Sade enjoys binge-watching youtube videos, doing her makeup, and people who get her name right the first time meeting her (shah-day). Sade hopes to go into early education, preferably into teaching at a head start or birth-to-three center.
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