More than half a women report mild to severe pain from menstrual cramps for 1-3 days each month. The menstrual cramps are also called dysmenorrhea and are usually not a serious health condition. Though many women tend to swallow painkillers to treat period cramps which works for few hours. Popping painkillers frequently is not a good option as it comes with its own side-effects. To help you with the menstrual pain, here are top 5 Ayurvedic ways.
These Ayurvedic remedies are a quick fix for those who are looking for effective ways to treat menstrual cramps.
Traditionally, sesame oil is used in Abhyanga, the Ayurvedic massage. It is packed with linoleum and contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Sesame oil can be used on your lower abdomen while you’re menstruating. Take lukewarm sesame oil and massage your lower abdomen with it in circular motions. Repeat till you start to feel better.
Chamomile tea contains multiple health benefits and one of them is soothing period cramps. Chamomile contains pain-relieving properties and anti-inflammatory properties which help the pain to soothe. Prepare one of chamomile tea by adding 1 tablespoon of dried chamomile to a cup of hot water. Strain the tea after 10 minutes. You can also add honey to enhance the taste. Drink this thrice a day to get relief from menstrual cramps.
Fenugreek seeds are a great way to reduce menstrual pain. Take 2-3 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds and soak it in water overnight or for a minimum 12 of hours. Strain the water and drink it to attain instant relief.
Heat allows your muscles to relax and decreases the pain. When it comes to period cramps, it helps to relax the contracting muscles in the uterus. Fill up a bottle with lukewarm water and place it on your lower abdomen. You can also take the help of heating pads to relieve the pain. Another alternative to this is hot water. Drinking hot water also provides comfort and eases the pain.
Ginger & Black Pepper
Both ginger and black pepper help in providing comfort in menstrual cramps. Due to ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties, period pain reduces and you experience less & less pain with every sip. You can prepare a ginger and black pepper infused tea. Add dried ginger to hot water and brew it for a minimum of 5 minutes. Add a pinch of black pepper to it and allow it to simmer. You can also add sugar to it to increase the taste. Strain and drink this tea at least once a day.
Kindly Note: Don’t add milk to it.