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Methods for relieving cramps naturally
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Ok gals, I’ve made the greatest discovery. Well, I discovered it for myself and hopefully for all of you; that is, how to relieve cramps naturally. It works well, and it works quickly. It’s just what we want, and need. Menstrual cramps are nothing like labour pains, but they are no treat.
There is a wealth of information out there about how to relieve cramps naturally including adding foods to your diet (high fiber foods, plant foods, flaxseed and wild-caught fish), in addition to eliminating certain food and drinks from your diet (i.e. caffeine, salt, sugar, fatty foods and allergy-inducing foods). If can manage how to relieve cramps naturally with (or without) food alone, that’s fantastic. But, if not, read on.
Some good habits that help ease menstrual cramps include applying heat to your abdomen, acupuncture, exercise, etc. I haven’t tried acupuncture but I have tried the other two methods. I have not had success with either. After experimenting with various methods for how to relieve cramps naturally, I have discovered two methods that work really well. The first is an ongoing (daily) treatment and the second is a treatment you can use as soon as the menstrual cramps begin.
The first method I have learned for how to relieve cramps naturally is to take magnesium supplements daily, specifically Magnesium Bisglycinate.
Many experts believe there are a great number of people who are deficient in magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral that is important for many bodily functions, including activating your muscles and nerves, among other things. That’s why it is helpful in eliminating menstrual cramps. It is very helpful for treating leg cramps as well.
I was taking magnesium daily for constipation and anxiety.* Consequently, a pleasant surprise was that my extremely painful menstrual cramps disappeared. However, I didn’t want to continue to take a supplement, so I ceased taking magnesium. After the birth of my second son, the menstrual cramps started again.
It’s tempting to reach for pain relievers. However, pain relievers such as Ibuprofen (i.e. Advil and Motrin) and Naproxen Sodium (i.e. Aleve) can cause mild to severe symptoms with heavy or long-time use such as bleeding in the stomach and an increased risk of heart attach or stroke, among other problems.
For this reason, it is best to avoid these potentially harmful medications whenever possible. That’s why I turn to essentials oils, and why you should think about doing the same.
Essential oils were available to us long before pharmaceutical drugs. They are very powerful. There is a reason they come with precautions. It should be no surprise that they work so well. However, I am often surprised each time. I was very impressed at how quickly my menstrual cramps disappeared.
I used peppermint essential oil and lavender essential oil in this recipe. The reason this recipe works so well is because peppermint essential oil inhibits muscle contractions and lavender essential oil promotes relaxation. Now, without further ado, here is how to relieve cramps naturally:
- 2 tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
- 3 drops organic peppermint essential oil
- 3 drops organic lavender essential oil
Add coconut oil to a blue or amber small glass jar.
Pour in essential oils.
Apply to abdomen as soon as you feel the cramps coming on (and more as needed if they persist).*
*Typically, I do not need to apply a second treatment as my menstrual cramps disappear within about 15 minutes and they do not return.
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