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6 natural ways to soothe your period cramps

Between mood swings, cravings and trouble with sleeping, periods can be the absolute worst. Painful cramps specifically can get the best of you, but have no fear! These 6 completely all-natural remedies will put your cramps at bay and help you feel better in no time.

Homemade heating pad

All you need is some rice and an old sock to make this easy and quick heating pad that will soothe your cramps. Take a larger sock (fuzzy socks work great for this) and fill it halfway with dry rice. Place the sock in the microwave for a minute to heat it up. Then, lie down and put the warm sock on your stomach for immediate relief.

Essential oils

Certain essential oils might reduce pain associated with period cramps. Oils such as lavender, cinnamon and peppermint are easy-to-find scents that you can try the next time you're feeling under the weather. Put them in a diffuser or directly massage them onto your skin to feel their effects.

Yoga for cramps

Practicing simple yoga stances and breathing techniques can be relaxing ways to ease your menstrual cramps. Poses such as child's pose, cat-cow or corpse pose can help with cramping, according to Moreland OB-GYN.

You can also find some great yoga flow videos on YouTube that are specifically designed for period cramps.

*Lots* of water

Staying hydrated is key to keeping your cramps at bay. Drinking water helps to decrease bloating and lessen pain related to period cramps. Aim to drink at least eight cups of water a day, but even more if you're experiencing serious discomfort. Drink up, girl!

Herbal teas

In addition to water, drinking certain herbal teas can also ease your cramping. Raspberry leaf, chamomile and peppermint are all good teas to try out if your cramps are getting to you. These teas contain anti-inflammatory properties that can help with muscle cramping, so give them a try during your next period!

Warm bath

Taking a warm, relaxing bath is always a good idea, but especially during your period, hot baths can really help with cramping. Just like the heating pad, the heat from the water helps to decrease muscle tension. Pro tip: Throwing in some Epsom salts will add magnesium to the water, a natural mineral that aids in period cramps.

Looking for some more period help? Check out these articles from GL!
🦋 4 pads for an easier period
🦋 Your official guide to alternative period products
🦋 5 habits that are making your period even worse

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by Hannah Kennedy | 5/12/2023