“Healing is an art. It takes time. It takes practice. It takes love”
Painful menstrual cramping is something that I have struggled with for years. I remember being doubled over in pain, clutching the heating pad for dear life, and literally praying to God to please take the pain away. Chances are, if you’re reading this then you can relate. But the good news is that if you keep reading you will learn that there is freedom from menstrual cramps! I have been able to heal myself from painful periods and you can too!
The term for painful periods is dysmenorrhea. Your doctor will most likely prescribe some sort of birth control, or pain reliever to alleviate your suffering. They won’t be able to tell you the underlying cause, or how to adequately address it without a pill. What I will share with you will require no prescription or over the counter remedies. All you need is consistency, patience and a willingness to learn how to become your own healer.
In 2016, I decided that I was done with birth control forever. That is when my healing process began. Fast forward 3 years and I now have a 2-3 day period free of pain, and all the inconveniences associated with that dreaded time of the month. I want to share with you the holistic remedies that you can incorporate into your life to have a pain-free period. But first we must get to the root cause.
The root cause of cramping and pain is due to blood stagnation in the uterus. Blood must move freely and properly throughout the body, especially the uterus. If there is pain, then there is no free flow. Painful periods are often accompanied with blood clots. Blood clots also indicate that there is stagnation in the uterus. Other causes of cramps are fibroids and endometriosis. But for the purpose of this article we’re going to discuss stagnation.
Now we’ll discuss 5 ways to increase blood flow in the uterus to decrease stagnation and pain
Of the myriad benefits water bestows on the body (clear skin, relief from acid reflux and increased energy) water dilutes the blood and prevents it from clotting. Water also decreases PMS pains. Drinking enough water is crucial to addressing menstrual cramps and having a healthy liver, spleen and kidneys. Take half your body weight, divide it in half and that’s how many ounces of water you should drink at a minimum everyday. Every. Single. Day. Water should be your drink of choice and is key for a healthy Womb.
2. Herbal Teas
Robin Rose Bennett says, “Mother Earth’s medicine chest is full of healing herbs of incomparable worth”. Daily I drink 2-3 cups of homemade herbal teas which will help heal and revitalize my uterus. Herbs such as raspberry, nettle, mugwort, chamomile, dandelion, and sarsaparilla drunk as a tea will help to relieve cramps and help generate free blood flow in the uterus. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com for your herbal tea needs.
3. Eat Magnesium Rich Food
Magnesium relaxes the smooth muscles of the uterus and will help ease pain as blood flows. Foods that are rich in magnesium are:
- Dark chocolate
- Chia seeds
- Pumpkin seeds.
Additionally, eliminating meat (chicken included) will greatly help.
4. Yoni/Vaginal Steaming
This is probably my favorite recommendation. As a Certified Vaginal Steam Facilitator, I know full well the varied benefits of vaginal steaming. It is a natural, self-empowering practice that will not only help to ease painful cramping but also help to address fibroids, PCOS, urinary tract infections and vaginal dryness. To learn more about vaginal steaming, please visit this article Beauty In A Barbell: Vaginal Steaming 101
5. Emotional Healing
Blood stagnation in the uterus is often a result of unhealed emotions. You can’t heal if you don’t deal. Healing isn’t pretty. It’s actually pretty painful. But if you want complete healing, you’ll have to go through the process. You’ll have to face all the things you’ve either buried, hidden or pretended to not see and feel. The body speaks the mind. The aching pain in your womb may be due to the aching unhealed wound (s) of the past.
Incorporating these 5 habits into your life will help to relieve your menstrual cramping. Remember, the body has the miraculous ability to heal itself if the right conditions are created. You have the power to create those conditions. You have the power to be your own healer and create free flow in your womb.
Kathleen, “The Nutritional Truth Teller” is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, and a Certified Vaginal Steam Facilitator. She is the owner of Beauty In A Barbell Nutrition, whose sole mission is to optimize the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the Black community through African Holistic Health. She carries with her the ancestral knowledge and wisdom of the medicine men, women, healers and warriors she lovingly calls her ancestors.