Premenstrual Syndrome, commonly known as PMS, has tortured women for centuries. It causes irritability, breast tenderness, erratic mood swings and abdominal cramps. Not to mention the inexplicable chocolate cravings. But you don’t necessarily have to give in to the woes of PMS. Here are some natural remedies to calm the beast.
As soon as you start experiencing PMS symptoms, make necessary modification to your eating habits. To start with, minimize your intake of caffeine and alcohol. Prefer nibbling or eating every 3 hours to large meals. Avoid processed food items, junk food, aerated drinks and sugar-laden food. Eat a balanced diet, include fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts, fish, eggs, and pulses. Drink at least 10-12 glasses of water every day.
Include Calcium-rich foods in your diet. Consuming supplements for Magnesium and Vitamin B6 also helps. But read the instructions before you start on supplements.
If you believe in the power of herbs, you must try using them to relieve your PMS symptoms. Your choice of herb could depend on your location, but here’s a list for you to explore:
- Raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus)
- Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa)
- Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa)
- Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis)
- Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
- Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
- Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
- Chaste tree or chasteberry (Vitex agnus castus)
Consumption of these herbs should be made under professional supervision of an Ayurveda practitioner or therapist. However some herbs can be consumed liberally.
Sweat it out
We know it sounds like a task to even stretch when you are PMSing. But physical exercise can go a long way to help you relieve the pains.
Yoga - Grab a mat and hit the floor. This ancient form of exercise will calm your nerves and relieve your pain. You can refer to our blog Simple Yoga postures to beat Menstrual Cramps for a better understanding.
Exercise - Pick an activity of your choice and stretch those muscles! There’s nothing better than good, regular workout sessions to regulate your blood and relieve the PMS symptoms. But a word of caution, do not overdo any activity, and before starting any new exercise, consult your family physician.
The Spiritual Route - Connect with your Self. Meditate, keep calm, and don’t let the stress get to you. Alternative therapies like Reiki, Pranic healing and crystal healing can also help ease the symptoms.
Your grandmothers, great grandmothers and even their grandmothers experienced PMS in their lifetime. It is nature’s way of nudging you to take care of yourself. So slow down and take a break. Creating a combination of natural remedies will surely tune down the intensity of your PMS symptoms. We hope this helps!