PMS Symptoms are Caused by Hormonal Imbalance
You’re achy, cranky, crampy and the last thing you feel like doing is going to work or school. Your head hurts, you’re bloated like a balloon and all you want to do is curl up in bed with a nice hot water bottle and a silly book. Except you can’t, because life just doesn’t work like that and the bills won’t pay themselves.
Sounds familiar? Chances are it does, as thousands of women experience premenstrual syndrome symptoms every month. For years, from when they are teens to when they are in their fifties and the menopause starts (bringing with it a whole new set of problems but’s that’s a topic for another day.
Fighting PMS Hormonal Imbalance, the Traditional Way
Premenstrual syndrome symptoms are caused by hormonal imbalances. And it’s not just the commonly blamed hormones like estrogen and progesterone imbalances that are the problem. Once those hormones are thrown out of whack then others are affected as well. Insulin and the stress hormone cortisol can increase as well (explaining some of those chocolate cravings and that tummy bloat) and, in fact, all kinds of bodily systems and functions can go a bit haywire.
The way most women try to treat PMS is to swallow a handful of Midol or paracetamol, put up with the mood swings, slap on a bit of lippie and just try to grin and bear it. For those who really suffer every month sometimes, a doctor will prescribe something a bit stronger.
Unfortunately, these measures can only mask the symptoms for a little while, they do nothing to address the root causes of the symptoms. There are, however, lot’s of health information on natural remedies that do, and the best of these are worth exploring in a little more detail to help your hormone imbalance.
Essential Oils for Relief
A number of essential oils may be very helpful in addressing the individual components of PMS. Clary sage oil, for example, helps to naturally balance out of whack hormones while cypress oil boosts circulation to help relieve cramps. Both can be topically applied, with a few drops of the essential oil mixed with a carrier oil like almond oil.
Lavender essential oil is a fantastic overall stress buster (to keep that pesky cortisol at bay) when inhaled (via a steam bath or an essential oil diffuser) and Peppermint essential oil, when applied to a damp compress, can help battle pain directly at its source.
Fresh Ginger Tea for PMS Relief
Besides being a spicy, tasty addition to many recipes fresh ginger root can be a great natural remedy for a number of ailments as well. It is effective against these symptoms, especially cramps, but if you can’t quite deal with the idea of gnawing on a chunk of ginger root (it is very spicy) you can turn it into an effective pms premenstrual tea instead.
To make ginger tea, grate a teaspoon’s worth of fresh ginger into a cup of boiling water, allow it to steep for a few minutes, strain and add honey to taste. Consumed once or twice daily this tea may contribute to help your hormone imbalance and keep the symptoms at bay while also helping to alleviate slight nausea that can accompany other PMS hormonal imbalance symptoms.
Flaxseed is one of the best natural sources of the powerful and versatile antioxidant omega 3 fatty acid for women’s health. Research has shown that omega 3 can help relieve some of the emotional turbulence that comes along with PMS as well as bloating, headaches, night sweats and cramps. One tablespoon of flaxseed a day, sprinkled in cereal or on a salad can be all you need to seriously reduce these unpleasant symptoms very effectively.
Alternately you can also find a significant amount of omega 3 fatty acids in fish like salmon, tuna or trout.
Calcium and Magnesium for Pre menstrual Relief
These trace minerals are crucial to your overall health in general and yet many women simply do not get enough of them from their everyday diet. In terms of hormonal imbalance relief calcium helps balance out hormone levels, relieve cramps and stress, while magnesium has been shown to be effective against premenstrual headaches, bloating and breast tenderness.
Foods rich in these minerals include green leafy vegetables, beans, kelp, blackstrap molasses, and bananas or you can choose to take a daily supplement instead/as well.
Exercise for PMS Relief
Although it understandably may be the last thing you feel like doing a little extra exercise and some lifestyle changes can be a great way to combat some of the worsts symptoms of PMS including weight gain. It does not have to be an extra grueling workout in the gym though, a brisk walk in the fresh air will do just fine.