Hormonal, much? Yeah, tell me about it! Women’s hormones are always fluctuating every day and at every season of their lives. “The women” goes through many different hormonal stages as she ages and also at different life stages where maybe stress is at an all-time high. I’ve always been the type of woman that doesn’t talk about topics like this out of embarrassment, until I realized that society has made us feel that way about what is natural and biological.
As early as one can remember in American History, women were called crazy for having their periods. The term was coined, Female Hysteria. “In the 16th and 17th centuries, hysteria was still believed to be due to retention of humours or fluids in the uterus, sexual deprivation, or by the tendency of the uterus to wander around the female body causing irritability and suffocation…if pleasure was obtained from them then hysteria could be cured.”
Excuse me, but WTF.
No, women aren’t crazy for spending hundreds of dollars on necessary feminine products that are taxed when Viagra is not. And no, women aren’t crazy for getting a little frustrated or emotional, when Auntie Flow decides to do her monthly visits to make sure her fallopian tubes are working correctly. If someone kicked you square in the balls, I’m pretty damn sure you’d be more than frustrated and wildly emotional. So just for the sake of making what is taboo, a normal thing to talk about with absolutely no shame – I want to talk about hormones and yes, remedies that can help us female goddesses! Because the less we talk about it out of mortification (it’s like that dirty little secret you can’t talk about – it’s best to just hide it in the closet and suffer quietly…), a lot of women who need our help will go through – I don’t know – a few or more years in unecessary discomfort and pain. So I’m here to help a sista out. Can I get an amen?!
From someone who has suffered PMS and extreme menstrual pain for over 25 years, I have tried EVERYTHING under the sun to help my hormones. And yes, I’ve tried Birth Control to help with my cramps and bloating (not because I was sexual active at that time), and it made me feel worse. Here are some natural remedies that has punched Auntie Flow back in the face:
- Raspberry Loose Leaf Tea: I particularly like the brand, Super Herb Tea because it’s a fruity blend with Rosehips and Vanilla. Rosehips have an affinity for women’s reproductive health aiding in regulating menstrual flow and easing uterine cramps. I’m not too sure what Vanilla does but it just makes the tea taste oh so good!! I drink a cup of this every night. The back of the tea bottle explains it best: “Red Raspberry Leaf is perhaps the most popular herb among midwives and herbalists. From fertility to pregnancy to nursing to even menopause. This herb can help women at virtually every stage of life. It has been long revered for its ability to help tone uterine muscles and balance menstrual cycles.”
- Chi Happiness Herbal Supplement: Made by Dr. Chi from Chi Enterprises. I found this homeopathic medicine when I was a nurse working for a Lyme Disease Clinic. I was actually picking up a few shifts from this clinic as a per-diem nurse and the doctor gave me a bottle to try after I complained about my pain. There are only 3 ingredients in these capsules: 1) Anemarrhena aspheloides, native to China, Korea, and Mongolia is known to help with menopausal symptoms such as insomnia, hot flashes, and also irregular periods. 2) Hypericum perforatum, also known as perforate St John’s-wort. St John’s-wort is a medicinal herb with antidepressant activity. 3) Lilium brownii, is the lily bulbs of the flower Lily. Lilium promotes restful sleep and treats restlessness and irritability.
- Clean Diet: When I was younger, I ate a lot of fast greasy food and guess what, when Auntie Flow came to visit, it did me no good. It’s scientifically proven that your gut has more neurons than your brain does! So what you eat, you literally become. It affects your mood, your personality, and how you feel. Just by changing my diet to a clean one that consists of lean meat, lots of veggies and fruits, and a whole lot of water, my menstrual cycle has improved. Overall, less pain, bloating, and mood issues.
- Regular Exercise: It’s proven that regular exercise lessens period pains, decreases bloating, and minimizes PMS! So put your sneakers on. You don’t have to run a marathon every day. Instead, keeping up a regular exercise routine that is easy as powerwalking 30 minutes a day can drastically improve your flow.
- Magnesium Supplements: Mg is a natural muscle relaxant. Things get stiff and tense when Auntie visits, as expected because she is a nosy loud mouth Aunt. I usually take 200 mg of Magnesium everyday for 7 days before she visits. See ya later pain, don’t let the door hit you on the way out!
- Epsom Salt Baths: These salt baths have Magnesium in them. I take an epsom salt bath a day before I start my period and it calms my nerves down, I’m relaxed, and in a peaceful state.
So there are a few of my tips for better female health! I’m not a doctor, although I was a former nurse for 10 years…but I can’t prescribe or tell you what is right for you. I just know that these remedies worked for me and I hope it will for you if you find your panties in a bunch.