Sexual Health By Jeannuke / a couple of years ago Share Tweet Pin Share Painful menstrual cramps are a common occurrence for many women. Your menstrual cramps may not last long but for the short time you experience them they sure are agonizing. Should the pain persist for longer than 48 hours your best option is to see a doctor. Your other option to relieve yourself from the recurring nightmare of menstrual cramps is to use home remedies. Here are some easy DIY home remedies you can try today. 1. Ginger-root Tea You can relieve menstrual cramps with Gingerroot tea as it helps trigger natural pain relieving hormones in your body. Bring to boil and simmer a handful of gingerroot, cut into slices for about 15 minutes. Let the tea cool and drink it warm. 2. Consume Calcium Rich Foods and Drinks Calcium reduces menstrual cramp pains as it helps maintain your normal muscle tone. During your periods, muscles lacking in calcium become hyperactive and cause cramps. Therefore, increasing your calcium intake helps you reduce your menstrual cramps. Try to take up to 800mg of calcium daily. This is equivalent to about three glasses of milk. To increase the level of calcium in your body, you can also take magnesium supplements as they increase your body’s capacity to absorb. Also, ensure that you include foods rich in calcium in your diet such as vegetables, beans, salmon, nuts, tofu, and whole grain foods such as whole-wheat flour and buckwheat 3. Cramp Bark Viburnum Opulus, more commonly known as Cramp Bark is one of the oldest and useful herbs use for easing menstrual cramp pains. Cramp Bark soothes even the severest cramps that escalate into nausea, hot flushes, sweaty chills and vomiting. 4. Blue Cohosh Blue cohosh is another traditional herb used to help women through painful menstrual periods. It is mainly consumed in tincture form and you should strictly drink only 1-2 ml of it three times daily. You should also strictly avoid using blue cohosh when you become pregnant as it can cause your child to have heart complications. 5. Black Cohosh Black cohosh is another ancient medicine used for period cramp relief. It is different from blue cohosh and you can consume it in several forms including the crude plant, dried root, rhizome, or as a powder extract. The recommended dosage for best results is 20-40 mg twice daily for six months. 6. Exercise Exercising is one of the most overlooked yet easiest ways to ease the pain of menstruation. For example, merely going out for a 20-minute walk helps reduce menstrual cramps by improving circulation around your pelvic organs. However, do not over exert yourself while walking. Take it easy and walk in a relaxed way by loosening your arms and hips and moving freely. 7. Keep Warm As easy and as obvious as it may sound, taking a warm bath or placing a heating pad on the area where you feel the pain may just do the trick. Warmth on the affected areas relaxes your muscle spasms and subsequently eases the cramps and pain. If you are going to go out in cold weather, make sure to wear warm clothes and a jacket that keeps your hips warm. In this way, you can ensure your pelvic muscles are warm enough to stay relaxed. Conclusion With the above listed home eddies for menstrual cramp you should be able to ease your period pains effectively going forward. Just take care by ensuring that you have no allergies towards any of the above recommended supplements and foods. Also, consult your doctor if you are not sure about something. Do not forget to give us your thoughts on menstrual pains and related issues in the comments.