Menstrual cramps are extremely common. In fact, about 80% of women experience cramps at some point throughout their menstrual cycle. Not only that, but for approximately 5-10% of women, the pain from their menstrual cramps can be great enough to disrupt their lives. The good news is, there are lots of easy home remedies that you can use to help ease the pain naturally. These methods provide your body with nutrients, hydration, and much-needed rest for just a little bit of extra TLC. Read on to learn some of the best natural methods of reducing period pain.

Improve period pain by practicing yoga or other exercise

Engaging in a physical activity such as yoga, jogging, or even playing a light sport can have a huge effect on your menstrual pain. This is because exercise and bodily movement both improve your body’s circulation, improving blood flow to your uterus. During uterine contraction, blood flow can become restricted within your uterus, so exercise can be a great way of relieving any resulting pain. Exercise is also known to increase endorphin production, and endorphins help block the pain receptors in your brain, therefore allowing you some relief from any pain signals sent by your uterus. 

Heating the lower back and abdomen

A second, common method of relieving abdomen pain from your menstrual cramps is by heating the area. You can either use a hot pack or submerge your lower body in warm water. If you’re stressed, or just feeling like you need a little bit of bodily relaxation along with pain relief, try taking a warm bath with essential oils. Scents such as lavender and eucalyptus are often recommended for pain relief and relaxation. This is due to their soothing natures. 

A lower back or foot massage with heat can also be helpful for relieving period pain. You could try using biocbd+ Topical Oil as a massage oil after your bath. This will help optimize relaxation and prepare you for sleep. 

Using natural herbs, such as turmeric

There are a pretty wide variety of home recipes available for pain relief, many of which include natural herbs such as ginger and turmeric. Ginger is a naturally anti-inflammatory. It can also help with digestion. As digestive issues are a fairly common symptom of menstruation, making a ginger-flavoured tea may prove useful for lessening pain. Here is one potential recipe for ginger tea that you may want to try. It is said to be both soothing and invigorating, making it good for both your body and soul. 

Similarly, turmeric contains the chemical compound curcumin. This is another natural anti-inflammatory compound related to the ginger family. You could try taking a turmeric supplement or making a simple meal with turmeric to reap some of its numerous benefits. You could also try our biocbd+ Total Body Care, a daily supplement that contain a proprietary combination of organic turmeric (curcumin) and organic, full-spectrum hemp extract.

Monitor your food intake

Monitoring your physical health and your body’s needs is always important. However, this can be even more useful during your period. Our bodies go through lots of changes, both physically and hormonally, during our period. This can make our normal nutritional routines less ideal in some cases. To keep from feeling sluggish or bloated, as is a common experience for many women on their periods, ensure you drink lots of water. Avoid alcohol, carbonated drinks, and caffeine. Similarly, avoid overly salty or fatty foods, and stick to a diet of mainly whole grains and fresh, raw vegetables. 

You may also find yourself low on energy during your period. This is because you may lose a higher number of important nutrients than normal. Vitamins and supplements are a great way of ensuring your daily nutritional needs are met. Iron supplements can be particularly helpful, as iron is lost in greater quantities during one’s period. Overall, staying physically active, consistently hydrating, and monitoring your food intake is the best way to ensure you stay in your best physical condition – and in the least amount of pain – throughout your menstrual cycle.