Feb 2021

4 Herbs You Need To Manage Your Period Pain

  • By: Samantha Denäe

Managing your period is a full-time job when it causes issues like heavy bleeding, nausea, dizzy spells, and having to refrain from life’s many activities. If your period pain is anything like mine, over the counter or stronger medications do not work, so herbs may be a better option for you. Herbs are powerful and contain many medicinal properties to help with a plethora of ailments. From teas to tonics to steaming, herbs can be used in many ways to heal the body. Below are four super herbs you need to manage your period pain. 

  • Dong Quai Root: Sometimes known as Chinese Angelica, Dong Quai aids in treating dysmenorrhea, hot flashes due to menopause, the lack or frequent menstruation, and more. Dong Quai regulates the contractions felt within the uterine cavity and has an amazing ability to stimulate and relax the uterus. It can also improve the timing of your menstrual cycle due to regulating the muscular rhythms. 
  • Stinging Nettle Leaf: Nettle is a powerful herb that reduces the severity of your period cramps and can reduce prolonged periods. It can also decrease the flow of your period if you have a heavy flow. In addition to aiding your period pain, Nettle is a great diuretic that helps with fluid retention and increases the secretion and proper flow of urine by flushing out harmful bacteria that is within the urinary tract, and when it comes to your period your bladder health matters. 
  • Chasteberry: Chasteberry is highly regarded as one of the wonders of womb health herbs and for good reason, it’s benefits for period pain is its ability to stimulate the pituitary gland to produce the hormones needed to signal the body to ovulate called, the luteinizing hormone. Chasteberry also increases progesterone levels and reduces prolactin, a hormone that plays a role in hormone regulation that is also released from the pituitary gland. It can also suppress the release of prolactin which will help to promote ovulation and regulate your menstrual cycle.
  • Red Raspberry Leaf: The mother of womb herbs, Red Raspberry Leaf is commonly used for relieving symptoms associated with PMS like vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea. Fragarine is a plant compound found in Red raspberry that aids in toning and tightening muscles in the pelvic cavity and this allows for the reduction of spasms from menstrual cramping. 

Note: Please do your research and speak with your healthcare provider before using herbs especially if you take other medications for other conditions as I am not a medical professional. 

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