Treating PMS With Natural Means

beth September 23, 2012

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For one week each month many women find that their world gets a little chaotic. Their emotions run on high, they may have cramps, headaches, bloating, and just feel awful. Many people brush of premenstrual syndrome or PMS as “normal” and just something they have to deal with if they don’t want to take mainstream medicines that may or may not work – and some of which have side effects of their own. Here are some ways you can reduce your PMS problems and feel more of a hormonal balance in the future.

The list of symptoms is a long one but can include:

  • Breast swelling
  • Bloating
  • water retention
  • Acne
  • Fatigue
  • Food cravings
  • Aggression
  • Pain
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Mood swings
  • And so much more.

Natural Help

Real food diet – Eating real, whole foods goes a long way in setting a healthy foundation that relieves PMS symptoms. These symptoms are typically caused because things are out of balance. It is important to remember that unhealthy processed meals do nothing for your health and that follows through to hormonal issues. During this time it is also important to cut caffeine, alcohol, and salty foods that can further tilt hormones away from their normal stance.

Exercise – I’m sure every woman has been told this before but it’s true;  physical activity releases endorphin”s which help to relieve stress, ease tension, and get the added bonus of improving ones overall health.  Even if I just pop in a workout dance video after I put the baby down I always feel better when I am done.

Calcium – Many people are calcium deficient and don’t even know it. An increase in calcium intake online casino canada has been known to online casino alleviate PMS symptoms or to stop them all together. Since calcium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body it”s important to make sure you are getting your share – we eat a lot of yogurt which is a good source!

Sleep – When on your period, fatigue typically is more pronounced. Make sure you are getting the extra sleep your body needs to function properly. This can often be hard to find time to do but even just going to bed a little earlier can help.

Chasteberry – This herb is used worldwide to easy menstrual issues and promote a regular cycle. Many find it especially useful to ease breast tenderness.

Dandelion root – This  is known as an excellent treatment for issues involving hormone imbalance. Two components in dandelion, taraxerol and taraxasterol, both help to regulate hormones.*This is often taken as a tea.

Black cohosh – This herb helps relieve the cramping associated with PMS by relaxing the smooth muscles of the uterus. It also helps with insomnia and depression. If you’ve never used this herb before make sure to start off slow because it can upset your stomach in the beginning.

Evening primrose oil – I can always tell when that time is approaching due to breast tenderness. Evening primrose oil can alleviate some of that discomfort.

You Do Not have to Suffer

I”ve found that if I start watching my diet, exercising more, and making sure I am getting enough calcium in my diet the week before my cycle that in general my PMS symptoms are far lower. I also try to get more sleep during this time period, well as much as you can with a toddler, because I know I am already going to be irritable – and lack of sleep will increase that. The best part is when symptoms to occur I know that I can treat them naturally without exposing my body to harmful medications.

*Before you start taking any herbal supplements make sure you consult with your Naturopath or other health care provider. We are not doctors – simply sharing what we have found works in our homes.

What do you use for relief from menstrual pains?

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  1. Definitely red raspberry leaf tea! I take 2 – 3 cups a day from just before I’m to start and all the way through, plus more if I start having any cramps. I haven’t had to use any other form of pain meds. I make sure I take evening primrose oil all month to keep my levels up. Magnesium helps with being able to relax and be calm as well as pain management. I supplement with oral and transdermal magnesium. And starting on the iodine protocol ( and yahoo group: Iodine) has done wonders! for resetting my hormones evidenced by putting my cycle back to my 20’s in terms of timing and quality (I’m 48 now). Summary: red raspberry tea, evening primrose oil, magnesium and the iodine protocol.


  2. Essential oils are great for relieving discomfort associated with PMS. doTERRA has a blend called Solace that many women swear by. You could also try Peppermint and Lavender individually or combined.


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