I'm absolutely certain that some people's period pain is worse than giving birth. The reason why your body feels like it needs to curl up into a ball is because of painful muscle contractions in your lower abdomen that inhibit blood flow. There are natural ways to fight it, trust me!
I've traveled around the world to figure out the best natural methods to make your time-of-the-month a little more enjoyable. Here are 10 tried-and-tested natural ways to relieve your period cramps. No more birth control, no more pain medication.
1. Herbal Tea
Coffee is supposed to make us feel alert and alive, especially during a time when we feel like we're about to collapse into the fetal position on the floor, but try to avoid it. Drink herbal tea instead of a hot caffeinated drink. Research has found that chamomile tea has sedative properties that relaxes your muscles in a short amount of time.
I cannot stress enough how great Omega-3s are for your body! Salmon is rich in this fatty acid, which is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that taking fish oil supplements are more effective to treat your menstrual cramps than pain medication like ibuprofen.
You should already be drinking a few glasses of water every day, but you should be drinking more glasses than usual when you're on your period. Water not only keeps you hydrated, it also fills up your bladder, which presses on your uterus, releasing the accumulated blood that's causing your cramps.
4. Walking Slowly
This may sound counterintuitive, but exercise actually makes you feel better. When you're up and moving, your body releases feel-good hormones that mitigate pain. Of course, you can't start break dancing when it feels like someone has stabbed you in your uterus, but try your best to get up and walk around your house for a bit. I find it hurts more when you're clutching your stomach on the floor than when you're slightly hunched while making an effort to walk. It's a little painful at first, but in a minute or so you'll feel better.
5. Aloe Vera Juice
You probably put aloe vera on your skin when you have a sunburn. The cooling gel relieves the pain and helps heal your damaged skin. This happens because the plant has anti-inflammatory properties that ease pain, which has also been found to relieve menstrual cramps. You can apply the gel on your lower abdomen and back, or drink the juice.