Home Remedies for Menstrual Cramps

by Aashima on October 16, 2011 · 39 comments

Home Remedies for Menstrual Cramps

I know it seems like there is nothing you can do to kill the cramps. Those few days just suck. The mood swings are enough trouble to deal with and the excruciating cramps make it worse.
Thankfully there are some cheap and easy home remedies that make the pain less unbearable.

Hot water bottle

home remedies menstrual cramps
Place a hot water bottle or a heating pad on the abdomen. The warmth from the bottle will make you forget that you had any pain! You can also use a hand towel dipped in hot water.

Back massage

back massage
Although body massage will work better, if you don’t have the time, get a back massage done. This will relax all the muscles in the abdomen area and will help ease the pain.

Cinnamon

cinnamon
Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties that help ease pains. You can sprinkle some over milk or tea.

Exercise

women exercise
Regular exercise is very important for various reasons. Exercising increases the release of endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel happy. Also, endorphins most importantly are your body’s natural way of reducing pain.

Yoga

women yoga
Doing yoga obviously has long term benefits. Most yoga exercises focus on the abdomen area, for instance, downward dog. If that part of the body is strong and well stretched, you tend to have less cramps and less painful cramps.

Mint

mint
This is one home remedy that has been passed on in my family for generations. Two leaves a day for that entire week relieve cramps.

Warm liquids

warm liquids
Warm liquids like mint tea, ginger tea, turmeric milk increase blood flow and relax your muscles. However, there is an exception to this rule- coffee. Caffeine stimulates your muscles causing them to contract and cramp even more.

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Nikita October 16, 2011 at 11:53 am

my cramps are horrible ,i have to give up working and settle down on a bed .When i was younger i fainted twice coz of pain .Even a visit to gynic had no satisfying result.Mood swings is another story.. :waaa:
Yoga helped me to some extent but cinnamon sounds good tooo…will definetly try it.
:thanks:

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sangeetha October 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

hey i too was in a same condition.. try belly dancing.. Great relief from cramps.. It worked for me !!

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Nikita October 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm

belly dancing,… :methinks: never heard of this remedy before …i have tried belly dancing just for fun but never for this .Will think about this.Thanks for the tip Sangeetha O:)

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Rati October 16, 2011 at 1:30 pm

mood swings toh really are a huge part of my special days as well. sanjeev totally avoids fighting with me during those days. :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:

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Rati October 16, 2011 at 2:03 pm

:hihi:

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neha October 16, 2011 at 6:42 pm

so true
i give prior warning “stay away and keep ur words to urself” :pray:

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Nikita October 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm

i warn everyone but no one understands ..:( ..i end up crying .happened too many times to ignore …its time i should do something about it .

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sangeetha October 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm

yeah.. everyday one hour gives you much relief during those days.. i do not have classes here so i have downloaded videos and self taught.. :heart:

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Nikita October 16, 2011 at 8:14 pm

i’m hula hooping from a month ..i still suck at it ,i willgive it another 2-3 weeks and then follow in your foot steps …:)

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shanaiia October 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Nice post…i do most of these remedies…only cant exercise first few days…but i’ll start..i’m sure it helps..

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Rati October 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm

aww!! finally your own DP. Cute. :puchhi:

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shanaiia October 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm

u didnt like the eye ? ;)

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Rati October 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm

you asking a trick question. :shocked: :tongue:

this is cuter. I can see you. It feels like talking to you directly. :))

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shanaiia October 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm

O:) O:) O:) O:) O:)

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neha October 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm

:happydance: love ur dp

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Keirti October 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm

very informative article…. :waytogo: :waytogo: me will surely do cinnamon & mint wala… m too lazy to exercise…. :hunterwali: :hunterwali: :hunterwali:

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Rati October 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm

i swear keirti. those days toh i just want to sleep sleep or just lazy around. :P :P

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Keirti October 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm

yup rati… inna alas aata reta hai usme exercise is beneficial naainsaafi hai ye… :daayan:

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Aarthi October 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Great article :yes:

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Rati October 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I dont leave my hot bottle during those days :worship: :worship: :worship: even the fenugreek water helps a lot. Good one aashima.. I am feeling so lazy today :yawn: :yawn: :yawn:

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pr!y@nk@ October 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm

good tips… :yes: i prefer yoga or if the cramps are just unbearable i take meftal spa! :worship:

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jomol October 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm

ratiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii….one important koshen……which body shop shampoo should i try for extreme moisturizing….I thinking about ordering it online…………batao na zaldi :jog: :jog: :jog: :jog: :jog: :jog: :jog: :jog: :jog: :jog: :jog: :jog:

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Rati October 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm

jomol the rainforest moisturizing one is nice bt it does not add volume to the hair. It moisturizes and softens them up.

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jomol October 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Thankoooooooooooooooooooo….I tho want just soft soft hair :mirror: :mirror: :mirror: :mirror: :mirror: :mirror: :makeup: :makeup: :makeup: :makeup: :makeup: :makeup: :makeup: :makeup:

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shanaiia October 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm

jomol the rainforest moisture range is good…even the banana shampoo quite nice :)

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shanaiia October 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm

ive not used the banana one personally but i know few people who have and they’ve said its quite good..

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jomol October 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Thank you Heer :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: I was so confuseddd….this will be my first body shop shampoo :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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jomol October 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Rati and Heer I didnt find the banana one, :(( I am ordering the rainforest wala :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Rati October 16, 2011 at 2:03 pm

:toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

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shanaiia October 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm

:)) :)) :)) :)) :))

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Pooja_G October 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I suffer from horrible cramps and I don’t feel like eating anything and laze around on bed. However I found out that not eating harms more and the pain increases…eating fruits at this time helps in reducing the pain atleast in my case …I love having papaya fruit (direct from freezer) mixed with some lemon juice and sprinkled with some salt and sugar …it cools down the stomach and helps in the cramps! :haanji: :haanji:

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Shivani October 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm

even i have cramps and mood swings during those days :(( will try the mint remedy….thanks for sharing the tip dear:)

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shruthi V October 16, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I just had it today :cry: Thanks for the info will try it. My mom used to make me have 1 tspn ghee in warm water for my stomach ache!! It wont taste gud, but it works!!

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neha October 16, 2011 at 6:40 pm

for me exercise really helps
n i take red wala crocin pain relief as it says for period pain :(( phirst day

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Aashima October 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Thanks everyone..i hope this helps..

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Visakhi October 16, 2011 at 8:23 pm

A must read article for all girls… :yes: :yes: :yes: ….

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Pragnyadeepta October 16, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Thanks sooo much for this article,Aashima! :puchhi: :puchhi: :teddy: :teddy:
I get horrible cramps and have to give up doing anything for the first 2 days. :waiting: Mood swings are a wholly different story. :secret2: :shame: :shame:
My brother just has an expression like :roll: :pray: whenever it’s that time of the month for me…I still don’t know why. :idk:
And my mother just tells me to warn her beforehand so that she can stop nagging me. Lucky me. :| :hihi: :hihi:

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Gargi October 17, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Nice article aashima! I totally agree with the exercise part. When I was in school, I was always in to sports and all, and it NEVER(seriously NEVER) pained me during those days. But since I passed out school, the pain has started :(( because no play any more :(

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praseena October 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm

what a great article! i find that drinking lots of water during this time helps so much even though we don’t feel like drinking it, we should force ourselves. it really helps. will definitely try the cinnamon trick. thank you, Aashima :rose:

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