Did you know that according to the latest statistics, more than 150 (!) PMS symptoms can strike the week before your period?
I should be happy, I guess, that I don’t get all of them.
The good news is:
Here you’ll find the 13 most effective home remedies for PMS symptoms (including the annoying cramps).
Combine a few of them, and you can balance your hormones and finally relieve them – naturally and quickly.
What Causes Your PMS Symptoms?
No matter what the average man will claim, not all women suffer from PMS symptoms (headaches, cramps, mood swings, depression, fatigue, bloating, irritability, food cravings, nausea and vomiting and more stuff that makes you look forward to menopause).
Did you know?
These symptoms can be influenced by genetics, nutrition, and stress, but they are largely controlled by hormonal imbalance.
Women who have a proper balance experience little to no discomfort before their period.
For those of us with no such luck, improving the estrogen-progesterone balance naturally is the best way to get rid of PMS – for good.
Natural Remedies for PMS – Overview
In this post you’ll find these tried and tested home treatments for PMS:
- Coconut Oil
- Avoid inflammatory foods
- Cod Liver Oil
- Vitamin D
- Chaste Berry
- Natural Feminine Hygiene products
- Mild exercise
- Lifestyle changes
I was delighted to discover, in the weeks of research I’ve put into this, that just a few dietary and lifestyle changes can go a long way in reducing PMS symptoms – without any medication.
I can’t promise that these remedies will work for everyone but combining a few of them is almost guaranteed to make a noticeable change.
1. Foods to Eat & Avoid To Relieve PMS
1. Avoid fats like Vegetable oil, peanut oil, canola oil, soybean oil, margarine, shortening or other chemically altered fats.
Instead, choose healthy fats like coconut oil, real butter, olive oil (don’t heat!) and animal fats (tallow, lard) from healthy sources, and eat lots of high Omega-3 fish. (Source)
2. Coconut oil is a surprising natural remedy for PMS.
It provides the necessary building blocks for hormone production and it has dozens of other benefits, such as weight loss, inflammation reduction, and even antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
You can start with 1/8 cup of coconut oil a day. Add it to your coffee or tea, it tastes great.
3. Try to avoid inflammatory foods, such as dairy, meat, and grains – as much as you can. I have two close friends who solved their hormonal imbalance with a grain-and-dairy-free diet.
2. Best Natural Supplements for PMS
1. Magnesium can greatly help with both PMS symptoms and menstrual cramping. Magnesium supports hundreds of reactions in the body and often contributes to better sleep (which is essential for the hormonal balance!).
2. Fermented Cod Liver Oil – it has many of the building blocks for hormone production and a great source for Omega 3s and beneficial fats.
3. Vitamin D – The sun is the ultimate Vitamin D source, but if you can always take a natural D3 supplement. Make sure it says “D3” because “D2” is not natural and may do more harm than good.
Also, if you take high doses (2000 units and up) you should add Vitamin K.
4. Chaste berry (Vitex agnus-castus) has gained the most traction with scientists for easing PMS-related breast pain.
Another small study showed that Chaste Berry, combined with St. Johns’ Wort, lowered levels of depression, anxiety, and food cravings. (Source)
5. Maca– a tuber in the radish family that has a history of boosting hormone production and libido. Many women notice less PMS, increased fertility, and improved skin after this high-mineral-and-essential fatty-acids food.
Maca takes time to work, so give it at least 3-5 weeks before you expect results. You can find it in powder form or in capsules but should be discontinued in pregnancy.
6. Ginger Capsules – many women swear by this one.
Ginger capsules can stop menstrual cramps (or any other pain for that matter).This is not surprising, most of us already know how powerful Ginger is as a natural pain reliever.
3. Simple Yet Effective Lifestyle Changes
1. Avoid Toxins – for women with hormonal imbalance, avoiding toxins found in processed foods, pesticides, plastics, household chemicals, and even mattresses – Is extremely important.
These toxins have hormone-disrupting chemicals, which mimic hormones in the body and keep the body from producing real hormones.
Avoid cooking or microwaving in plastic (get rid of your Microwave all together please), try to eat organic food and use natural cleaners to reduce your indoor air pollution as much as possible.
2. Natural Feminine Hygiene options – some of us are sensitive to the chemicals in pads and tampons (there’s also a risk of toxic shock syndrome with tampons).
3. Mild exercise – intense exercise can actually make things worse if you have hormonal balance. Mild exercise and stretching, walking and swimming are best, so claim many naturopathic doctors.
Hip and back stretches increase blood flow to the abdominal and lower back muscles, easing the tension that leads to cramps.
4. Use a heating pad! Heat is a powerful natural pain relieving method. I use it with great success. See the 3 best heating pads for menstrual pain HERE.
5. Last but most important – sleep. One of the best natural remedies for PMS is quality sleep. I can’t stress this enough.
To your health and happiness,