How to Alleviate Menstrual Cramps with Yoga and Aromatherapy


“These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.” –Najwa Zebian

Each woman lives their period in a very subjective manner. Some women suffer very little, while for others, that time of the month can bring intense cramps and a roller coaster of emotions. If you practice Yoga, don’t skip your class –  breathe and breeze through it! Each sequence stimulates relaxation and psychophysical balance, which can be extremely beneficial during your period. Note: specific problems must be addressed with your teacher, who will give you the most appropriate individualized indications.

Make sure you listen to your body and follow the signals it sends. The following are three suggestions to consider when practicing yoga during your period:

  1. Avoid the overturned positions (headstand poses, candle, etc) and those that act strongly on the abdomen (boat pose).
  2. Consider how long you maintain a position as well as your level of physical fitness and general well-being during the class. Act and react based on your body’s signals. If you feel discomfort in a position, listen to your body and avoid that particular position.
  3. Try the benefits of Balasana, a useful position for abdominal pain, fatigue or moodiness. This position is performed a great deal both by beginners and experts, not only because it allows a break between two demanding sequences, but also because it gives the individual innumerable benefits. Balasana reduces fatigue, eliminates stress, relaxes the frontal muscles of the body and gently lengthens the posterior ones, relieves the cervical, reduces back pain, and allows you to have more control over your breathing.

Aromatherapy in Case of Menstrual Pain

To alleviate menstrual pain, the use of essential oils is an aromatherapy application that intervenes both on a psychic and physical level.

Some essences rebalance the female hormonal system, modulating the production of prostaglandins (PGF2), responsible for uterine contractions and spasms; others have an anti-inflammatory and relaxing action to benefit and soothe the muscle of the uterus.

The following are three essential oils that may be useful in alleviating menstrual cramps:

  1. Lavender Essential Oil: This essential oil has an antispasmodic effect on muscular contractions, calming abdominal pains and spasms.
  2. Rose Essential Oil: This essential oil calms spasms due to menstrual pain and relieves bleeding. This oil is Indicated in disorders related to hormonal imbalances, anxiety and irritability that characterize premenstrual syndrome and menopause.
  3. Chamomile Essential Oil: Especially useful for relaxing tense muscles, due to nervousness, irritable bowel, spasms, colitis and gaseous colics, this essential oil alleviates menstrual pain.

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Further Reading:

Proven Fact: Using 100% Cotton Pads Will Reduce Vaginal Irritation and Discomfort

How to Keep Your Winter Sparkle: 5 Remedies to Combat Dry, Sensitive Skin

How to Plan an Effective Workout During Your Period


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