PMS, pre-menstrual syndrome, and DMS, as I call it, During Menstrual Syndrome, are no laughing matter. Because if you think about it, we’re spending half our lives feeling not ourselves. Two weeks out of every four-week month either approaching our period or in it, and we’re wasting a lot of time not feeling our happy, healthy selves, right?
PMS can last anywhere from 7 to 10 days before our period, during which many of us suffer with acne and breakouts, breast tenderness, fatigue, irritability (or even anger), cramps, mild to severe depression, water retention, mild nausea, and more. DMS, of course, can include a long list of symptoms from headaches, migraines, severe to mild cramps, lethargy or exhaustion, nausea and others.
But you might not know that the main causes of PMS and cramps are not merely hormonal imbalances caused by your approaching menses but also
- An unhealthy diet (especially on high in inflammatory Omega 6 fats and sugar)
- Unidentified food allergies
- Environmental toxins
- And thyroid problems that aggravate hormonal problems
In fact, eating a plant-rich, fiber-rich diet, getting more Omega 3 rich fish, nuts, and seeds in the diet, and trying some of these natural cures below might just 86 your PMS and cramps completely.
Here are my top 6 recommendations for banishing the time-of-the-month blues completely.
Adaptogenic herbs are herbs that promote stress-reduction and, hence, they balance stress hormones like cortisol. Two particular adaptogens, holy basil and aswagandha, have been found to balance sex hormones in women, and, thus, reduce PMS symptoms caused by them like irritability, bloating, breast tenderness, mood swings, and fatigue.
Magnesium is a mineral it is very important to get enough of before and during your period. Magnesium is required by the body to metabolism estrogen. For that reason, it helps relieve cramping and many other symptoms of PMS and DMS, such as weight gain, belly bloat, and breast tenderness. Anything that helps balance estrogen right now is your friend—that and the stress hormones. Transdermal magnesium oils are a wonderful way to absorb and metabolize magnesium swiftly and more effectively, helping you to get quick relief from all the blues that time of the month brings.
Chasteberry helps balance two important sex and fertility hormones that help to ensure fertility and hold the baby firmly within the womb during pregnancy—progesterone and estrogen. Chasteberry is a wonderful herb that helps balance these hormones in women, and is known to relieve PMS and cramps and to help women deal with menopausal issues as well.
Dong quai is a powerful ancient Chinese herb that is wonderful for all conditions pertaining to hormones from adrenal fatigue, to estrogen dominance, to PMS and menstrual pains. In fact, Dong quai was originally introduced to western medicine (circa 1899) for women suffering with severe cramping. It has also been found to boost mood and cure insomnia for women with PMS or their period. Some doctors have found the effects of Dong Quai are intensified when taken with another hormone-balancing herb called Black Cohosh.
Adrenal fatigue is caused by hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol consistently rising when we’re stressed until we over-deplete them, causing depletions and imbalances that cause complete exhaustion. Yams are the number one food prescribed for this condition. Wild yam extract, in fact, has been show to help women to immediately relieve hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms when applied to the skin.
As you can see, wild yam extract has a powerful impact on the stress and sex hormones, both of which are affected during PMS and your period. Because of its powerful abilities to balance hormones, many women swear by it for PMS and cramps. Many stores today sell wild yam cream because it has become wildly popular (no pun intended). In fact, some doctors are prescribing it today for women suffering from hormonal imbalances of all kinds.
Although you might feel like laying around and pampering yourself with your favorite snuggle-up blanket and some comfort TV, getting moving may be one of the smartest things you can do to relieve cramps and, especially, boost your mood before and during your period. Try taking a walk in the park. Being around those trees and green grass helps to ground you mentally and emotionally while the walking will boost endorphins and help balance your hormones. It’s a win- win.
Finally as a bonus our Goddess Vaginal Detox Pearls has helped many women lessen their menstrual cramps.
What are your favorite PMS/DMS remedies? Help another woman out by sharing yours.
Author: Vanessa White @OlanikeeOsi