What are the best natural PMS remedies, Elizabeth? I get asked this question all the time. Whether someone whispers it to me at a networking event or puts their hand up at a workshop or talk. I have 5 go-to remedies that I use and I give to all my clients for light cramping and overall aches on the first day of their period.
Sis, remember that if you have regular cramping or severe pain, it’s a sign that you have a hormone imbalance. Please, get your hormones tested so you can find out what exactly is going on with your hormones. Period pain is not normal. It’s very common, but it is absolutely a sign of something else happening in your body.
Next time you get your period, rather than reaching for Advil or Tylenol, you should try one or two of these natural PMS remedies instead!
This incredible mineral is an effective muscle relaxant. This means it will help relax the muscles in your uterus, which contract causing cramps. Magnesium will also help calm the nervous system making it great for headaches and mood swings that come along with PMS. Magnesium will also help decreases prostaglandin levels. High prostaglandin causes changes in bowel movements and period pain.
Try taking 600-800mg of magnesium bisglycinate when you have PMS. Stick to 400mg on a daily basis for maintenance before bed.
CBD, which is the non-psychoactive component of cannabis, has been shown to be hugely anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is often a big contributor to PMS. Cannabinoids like CBD have also been shown to reduce pain and improve mood, this is thanks to acting on our own cannabinoid system.
You can take CBD oil internally or use a gel with CBD in it topically on your lower abdomen.
Peppermint Essential Oil is amazing at decreasing nausea, ditching headaches, and relieving tension. I love peppermint in a roller and you can roll in on the back of your neck, temples and anywhere you feel tension.
Black Pepper Essential Oil is kind of like a secret weapon against cramps, discomfort, and stagnation. Black pepper will help bring the body back into flow, improve circulation and warm the body up. Always use Black Pepper in a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil and dab/roll on your lower abdomen.
Ginger Essential Oil is a beautiful anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic oil. I love diffusing ginger along with clary sage or geranium to help relax and stay grounded.
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
Red Raspberry Leaf contains a powerful alkaloid called fragarine. Fragarine reduces cramps by tonifying and relaxing the uterus. Red Raspberry Leaves are also high in potassium, iron, and B vitamins. These will all help reduce cramping and nausea as well as helping to keep your energy up.
To learn more about the magic of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea, check out this blog post!
Sip on 2-3 cups throughout the two days leading up to and during your period.