If you've been looking for new suggestions and ideas on how to naturally relieve menstrual cramps, look no further! In this sacred blog post, we've shared our top 3 recommendations for menstrual cramps and how to support this sacred time of the month.
So, here are 3 ways to naturally alleviate menstrual cramps ~
1. Honor your body and your cramping
Each month when you menstruate, you probably notice yourself feeling extra tired and crampy. This is your body's way of reminding you that she needs rest and nourishment. Know that your body never does things to spite you or hurt you and rather your body cramping is your body's call for rest. When you start your next cycle, feel into your body and honor what you need in that moment.
So many of us have been taught to push through things or force our bodies to preform a certain way. This is your loving reminder to honor your body, especially during your menstrual cycle! If you hear the call to rest on the couch, try to honor that! If you have the choice between going out with girlfriends or having a quiet evening in, choose the one that feels the most in alignment with your cramps and cycle.
It is okay to rest and honor your body during your menstrual cycle.
You'll likely find that the more you listen to your body and honor the need to rest, the less cramping you'll experience.
2. Switch to a menstrual cup
Yes, it's true! With the hundreds of women I have worked with personally, every single woman noticed a reduction in cramps when she switched from commercial pads and tampons to a menstrual cup. I have found that most women feel a 75% reduction in cramping simply by switching to a menstrual cup! Incredible, right?
More and more studies are coming out showing that cramping may be associated with the toxic chemicals used in the manufacturing of pads and tampons. Dioxins, genetically modified cotton and xeno-estrogens are only a few of the concerning ingredients that may be causing our body to experience far worse menstrual cramps.
When we switch to a menstrual cup, our body is no longer thwarted with toxic chemicals and instead can simply bleed. If you've followed the GoddessCeremony Blog for very long, you've heard me share how life changing menstrual cups are! Make the switch and notice all of the life changing results! Read more about the top 11 reasons to switch to a menstrual cup here.
3. Drink red raspberry leaf tea while you cycle
Red Raspberry Leaf tea is perhaps the most healing herb for women. This beautiful herb has been recommended for hundreds of years by midwives and herbalists to support the female reproductive system.
Red raspberry leaf is an astringent herb, meaning it's tonifying and strengthening. Red raspberry leaf is also bursting with iron, a mineral we lose a lot of when menstruating. Drinking this as a tea each day, especially during your menstrual cycle, will support your body in bleeding fully and restoring balance.
You can purchase red raspberry leaf tea on our website here or at your local health food store.
It's important to remember that knowledge is power. When we know better, we can do better for our bodies! Encourage yourself to see your menstrual cycle as a time to rest, be still and honor your body above all else. Menstruating does not need to be painful, draining or awful. Rather, it's time to make this a sacred and empowering experience each month.
If you want to learn more about making menstruation an empowering time, listen to our podcast about sacred menstruation here!
Please comment below and let us know what you decide to start doing each month!
In lunar gratitude,
Cassandra Wilder, N.D.