The above picture is a bit detailed but does show you the myometrium. Above the myometrium is the endometrium. This is the layer, inside your uterus, that builds up monthly with blood, blood vessels, and tissue. When an egg is fertilized, this pumped up endometrium is a fine place for the egg to land and implant. No fertilized egg and the built up endometrium must be shed. This is your menstrual period.
Cramps, ah those nasty, painful cramps. I remember my mom making me tea with whiskey in it. As a young adult, I changed the recipe a slight bit. Black tea was swapped out and chamomile tea brought in. I would add a good full dropper of black cohosh tincture into the tea, with a bit of local / raw honey, and sip away. What a fabulous, and tasty, way to calm the pain of the uterine cramps. Herbs to the rescue!
Black cohosh is an antispasmodic to your muscles, nerves, and blood vessels and is a muscle anti-inflammatory. Black Cohosh contains the anti-inflammatory salicylic acid (the active ingredient in aspirin), among several other natural chemical constituents that create the anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory effects.
Native Americans and traditional community herbalist have used black cohosh, from the beginning of time, to ease female reproductive concerns and aid in labor and delivery.
When American Physicians still practiced plant-based medicine, they administered black cohosh for female reproductive problems, including menstrual cramps and bleeding irregularities, as well as uterine and ovarian pain.
I am offering chamomile and black cohosh as a suggestion to avoid using over the counter and prescriptions drugs that are synthetic. Nature knows best.
Other aids for menstrual cramps are living a natural lifestyle:
- Whole food eating: our bodies function best when not polluted by factory made food products and instead nourished by 100% whole foods. Every organ functions as it should when it is nourished and healthy.
- Movement: a female who is physically active has less or no problems with menstrual cramping
- Age: young girls, just starting their moon cycles, are more apt to feel the pain of heavy menstrual cramps. As we move through adolescence and our bodies develop, hormones balance out, the cramping lessens. After I had my first son, no more menstrual cramps!
- Switch from tampons to a menstrual cup. Many women report far less cramping when they stop using tampons and use pads or a menstrual cup.
- Take herbs to nourish and balance the female reproductive organs so they function in the way nature intended.
- Yoga: is an amazing healing tool. Yoga brings body, mind, and soul together and balances all body functions.
- Acupuncture: this helps balance the flow of healing energy in your body. I can not recommend it enough!
These are good recommendations to get you started on your female healing plan. As you are working towards healing your body and bringing balance back to your physical, emotional, and spiritual self, rely on the chamomile tea and black cohosh to ease the monthly uterine contractions that create painful energy.
If you have natural ways you use to deal with menstrual cramps, share here please.
PS Some more thoughts:
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Post to come: Avoiding birth control pills as a means of "covering up" cramps. In the past few months I have had contact with 4 female's families, women in their early to late 30's with breast cancer. All had been "put on" birth control pills to deal with cramps, irregular cycles, etc. as a teen and each had been on the pill for 20 plus years. No coincidence here ladies; synthetic hormones are not good for your beautiful breasts!
I will elaborate on this in another post. No PILLS to "band-aid" menstrual cramps!
Got Heavy Bleeding? Get Wild Yam!
Heavy bleeding, menorrhagia, is common in early menstruating years, in peri-menopause, and at times when hormones are fluctuating and unbalanced.
(There are a whole host of medical problems that can precipitate menorrhagia but I will stick to simple, hormonal imbalances here.)
Western medicine's answer to the problem is to regulate a females cycle using synthetic hormones. Often times this means prescribing birth control pills to teenagers (women of all ages, really) to regulate their cycles. A teen's body just started to function in a menstruating way; do we really expect it to function perfectly from the beginning? Should we not let her body settle into what will be normal for her?
When menstrual symptoms persist, I urge females to turn to nature for help.
Getting to the root causes of a female's heavy bleeding, not covering it up with a synthetic hormone prescription, supports the whole body's health and healing.
Actions to take:
1. 100% whole food diet - When we feed our bodies whole food, as nature gave them to us, our bodies respond with vibrant health. This means all physiological processes function as they were meant to. This means balanced hormonal health and reproductive cycles.
2. Outdoor exercise, fresh air, and natural light - all three are essential for the optimum function of your body. Go now: get your boots, sneakers, or flip flops on (depending on where you live on this beautiful planet) and get outside. Your ovaries, your whole body, will thank you. Get natural sun light and moon light. Natural light regulates your hormones. Nature is amazing. You are nature.
3. Sleep - Your body functions best with plenty of sleep, preferably before 10 PM. This ensures the best natural rhythms of the body. Human body rhythms follow nature's rhythms because we are nature.
4. A balanced body weight for you. This means taking into consideration your body size, shape, bone structure, etc. Adipose tissue produces estrogen and can contribute to hormone imbalances and estrogen dominance, in women. Maintaining a healthy body weight / body composition supports the female body from having heavy menstural flow.
5. Herbs: There are many herbs that work to balance the female reproductive organs, hormones, cycle... Herbs are food that feed the body cells, nourish your whole body, mind, and soul. You can take herbs in multi-herb formulas or in single herb healing medicines, depending on what you are trying to nourish and heal.
The below company, Living Earth, is the one I have used, personally and for client's health and healing needs. I trust this company and their product. Click on image below to visit the company that offers this female balancing herb. Need help, ask.
Blessing of good health, Paula