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Menstrual Cramps


Menstrual cramps are known as “dysmenorrhea”:

What causes dysmenorrhea?

The cramps you feel as a result of dysmenorrhea are caused by uterine contractions (when your uterus tightens and relaxes, allowing blood to leave your uterus).

The lining of your uterus releases special chemicals called “prostaglandins” (pronounced: pross–ta–glan–dins). These chemicals (or hormones) are released from the lining of the uterus and increase the strength of the contractions, especially during the first couple of days of a woman’s menstrual cycle (when levels are high). High levels of prostaglandins may also cause nausea, diarrhea and lightheadedness.

Source: YoungWomensHealth.org

Eat warming foods like ginger or turmeric

Last month, I was so busy that I did not have a chance to boil the ba zhen soup.

In times like this, I’ll order foods that include fresh ginger root (aged ginger is the best!), which soothes stomach discomforts.

Also, did you know that fresh turmeric juice is given to Chinese women who have just had their babies? According to Chinese beliefs, a woman’s womb is at the “coolest” (and most vulnerable or “yin”) point and thus needs “warming” (strengthening or “yang”) foods like ginger and turmeric.

One of the easiest is to make ginger tea using Organic fresh ginger from Peru. Just cut about 4-5 slices of fresh ginger root and steep them in hot, boiling water for about 20 minutes?

Drink the ginger tea warm and you’ll feel a soothing sensation all over your body, especially on a cold day 🙂

The Ginger People Organic Ginger Juice, 32 Ounce (pack of 1)

Cold-Pressed 12,000 mg whole Turmeric and Ginger Root Juice, MCT Oil, Ashwaganda, Black Pepper (Organic)

I think I started having menstrual cramps when I was 15 or 16 although I got my first period earlier.

A few days before my period, my whole body feels bloated and of course, I’m super grouchy. PMS.

On the first day, I’d feel dizzy and my stomach would be one tight knot. All I want to do is crawl into bed. On the second day, I would stay in bed as the menstrual flow is the heaviest. Maximum dizziness. On the third day, life starts to feel good again 😀

Since I have an active lifestyle that requires me to climb stairs, drive, handle kids and haul gear, I will boil “period soup”, or ba zhen soup, which is nourishing for the female body as it helps to restore red blood cells.

Massages with ginger-based products

Ginger-based products are especially warming and comforting at this time of the month so I decided to go back to natural products.

I love my ginger rubs so ever since I was introduced to Young Living Essential Oils, DiGize has been one of my favourite oils in the premium starter kit:

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DiGize™ is a blend of pure Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, and other essential oils, designed as ointment that soothe discomforts topically.

Ingredients
Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise, Patchouli.

Whenever I am having stomach discomforts, I just rub 2-3 drops of Young Living’s DiGize (preferably diluted with 1 tsp of virgin coconut oil or your favorite carrier oil) over my belly and feel relief from inhaling the soothing aroma and the warming sensation on my abdomen area. Bliss…

I have also used DiGize for the little ones and they feel comforted too ^_^

DiGize is one of the 10 bottles found in the Premium Starter Kit (with an aroma diffuser)

(If you’d like to order DiGize or the Premium Essential Kit (12 x 5 ml bottles of essential oils, click here to purchase the Premium Essential Kit, which contains 10 everyday essential oils).

*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.