Every 28 days on average, many women experience the same ordeal… Mood swings, bloating, acne, back pain, nausea, but above all, a terrible stomach ache due to the arrival of menstruation.
A real pain, especially since for the past few months, experts have been advising against taking anti-inflammatory drugs that would cause complications in case of Covid-19 contamination. Fortunately, there are natural, hormonal or medicinal solutions to relieve these pains.
As silly as it sounds, what we eat can have a real impact on menstrual pain. The first thing to watch out for is the consumption of sugar. Why sugar? Because eating too much produces an excess of insulin, and excess insulin causes the production of pro-inflammatory prostaglandins (the main culprits for our menstrual pain). In addition, nutritionists recommend eating lots of fatty fish, such as mackerel or salmon, as well as any other food containing omega-3s.
This is the most common trick, and perhaps one of the most effective. The hot water bottle is a great relief. If you don’t have one, you can take a plastic bottle, fill it with hot water, keep it on your stomach until it cools down, then repeat the operation if necessary.
Another trick that works well. You must have noticed that curling up on yourself like a fetus tends to soothe your menstrual pain. Lie on your side, then bring your legs back towards your chest. In the same vein, by applying pressure to your stomach, you feel relieved. Several doctors have explained that this technique takes the pressure off the abdominal muscles and allows you to relax them.
In Morocco, it may be THE number one remedy that women use. Thanks to its antispasmodic properties, thyme (Zaatar) acts effectively on uterine spasms. Taken a few days before menstruation and during the first days of the cycle, it greatly calms the contractions of the uterus, thus eliminating pain.
Essential oils have several virtues that can relieve you, especially during your period. Often used for their antispasmodic properties, they will relax your muscles. Simply massage the painful areas, in this case the abdomen and lower back, using one of the following oils:
Clary sage essential oil.
The essential oil of tarragon.
The essential oil of ylang-ylang.
Clove essential oil.
The essential oil of peppermint.