Natural Ways To Alleviate PMS Symptoms

Moodiness, bloating, acne — you know the drill. But, your time of the month doesn't have to always be a drag when you know how to take care of yourself. 

Perhaps one of the most effective natural remedies for PMS is to take care of your hormones — beyond your actual period. If you have mood swings, cramps, insomnia, or symptoms of anxiety before your period, try taking chaste tree berry. This herb is said to stimulate your endocrine system to produce more progesterone, which can help curb classic feelings of PMS (via Women's Health). However, natural remedies often take time to build up in your system so they won't work as a quick fix. 

If you're looking for more herbal remedies, try adding Shatavari to your wellness routine. This adaptogen's name loosely translates to "she who has a thousand husbands" and is said to help with various female ailments from PMS to trouble conceiving and even menopause (via Well+Good). Naturopathic doctor Amanda Frickt tells the outlet that this herb acts as an "antispasmodic [muscle relaxer] on uterine tissue" which helps to reduce abdominal pain and even balance your pH and estrogen levels. You can add Shatavari to your smoothies, morning coffee, or take it in capsule form as well.

Limit your sugar intake and take it slow

Unfortunately, your everyday routine likely contributes to your experience of PMS. Downing coffee, ingesting lots of sugar, and not getting enough sleep can drastically throw off your hormones. Reducing your intake of these substances and limiting your salt consumption can reduce symptoms like bloating and breast tenderness (via VeryWellHealth). 

Since your body is preparing to shed cells, you're likely going to need more rest and support. Along with fluctuating hormones, your cycle can obviously bring up physical and emotional discomfort. By allowing yourself to rest, journal, reflect, and feel your emotions as needed, you can help your body and mind have an easier time throughout your cycle. Doing breathwork practices, meditating, and making more time to relax can help offset symptoms by giving your body space to do what it needs to and supporting yourself throughout your experience (via VeryWellHealth).

We're not meant to move at our usual, rapid pace during our period, so embrace the time to rest and know that you can give your body exactly what it needs.