Keeping It Natural: Homeopathic Remedies for PMS That Actually Work
Simply being a woman comes with a host of challenges; one of those is most certainly PMS symptoms. Whether you’re someone who deals with mild fatigue or back-aching cramps or find yourself on a mood rollercoaster for days, we’ve narrowed down some of the best natural remedies to help keep those feelings we can’t control at bay.
The most straightforward action is to be aware of what you’re eating. Foods rich in calcium help relieve PMS symptoms, as do those rich in vitamin B6. Hence, EatRight.org suggests having low-fat milk or yogurt, almonds, kale, beans, pistachios, turkey, garbanzo beans, bananas, potatoes, and fortified cereals. They also emphasize limiting your salt, alcohol, and caffeine intake to keep your bloating in check, sleep well, and level out your mood.
While over-the-counter medicines like Tylenol or Midol sometimes help with cramps and backaches, sometimes you need backup in the form of a hot water bottle or heating pad. But what do you do when you can’t stay stationary in a chair? Rael’s Herbal Heating patches are not only super easy to use and affordable, but they also last a long time: Each patch stays warm for up to 6 hours.
They stick well and soothe her cramps. They are warm without being hot. They last a SUPER long time too. Great product and worth every penny,” says one frequent user of the product.
Similar to a patch for cramps, there’s also a patch for mood swings! According to Insider, The Good Patch Her Patch Soothes Menstrual Discomfort with Black Cohosh and Menthol is “affordable,” “effective for up to 12 hours, applies directly to the skin for fast absorption of plant-based ingredients, allows the wearer to be active on their period,” and “offers a hemp-derived CBD option.”
While the Rael patches work instantaneously, the Good Patches’ effects are often felt “within a half-hour or so.”