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4 Simple and Natural Ways To Stop Menstrual Cramps

It is that time of being a woman… cramps… moodiness… just want to curl up in a dark room with a movie on, an oversized chunky throw, and a bowl containing a never-ending supply of chocolate. It seems to be the normal thing to do everywhere during your cycle, but what no one talks about is the fact that you don't need to be a prisoner to your painful body for a week every month. You can use these 3 brilliant steps to stop moodiness and cramps naturally, and permanently.

Yup. I said it. The girl who used to spend an entire 8 days each month curled up in a fetal position nearly in tears, gripping a bottle of Aleve that never actually worked for me, convincing myself that if I didn't take the pills it might be worse. I could barely function and accepted it as just a part of being a woman. I mean… all my friends dealt with some intense cramping too, so it must be normal… right?

Stop Your Period Cramps With These 3 Brilliant Ideas To Stop Moodiness & Cramps, Naturally

  1. Give your intestinal microbiome balance a boost
  2. Ditch toxic disposable tampons and pads for healthier alternatives
  3. Use essential oils
  4. Get “patched”

1. Gut Health, Microbiome Gut Flora Balance, and How It Helps

Those three tips are exactly what I did to go from an 8-day extremely painful period to a 3-day, light cycle that I barely notice.

It's pretty wild. All the science and classes I took growing up and since becoming an adult studying through a nursing program during my last year in the Navy never indicated that our gut would have anything to do with our overall health, let alone our menstrual cycles. But alas… I came across some research that discussed it while pursuing natural remedies for my chronic autoimmune and seizure disorder.

It turns out that when you have a poor microbiome balance (think Candida), it causes you to become estrogen-dominant and can cause a whole host of issues. Fixing your gut health helps tame that gut flora balance and decreases a lot of inflammation issues along with decreasing period cramping severity… and autoimmune stuff (thankfully), including PMS & Candida Overgrowth.

While changing my eating habits did help some with my intense cramping making them more manageable, I still hated the pain coming from that time of the month. I learned along the way to defeating my systemic candida issues that gut health goes a long way to also clearing up menstrual cramps, moodiness, and chronic inflammation. I was pleasantly surprised seeing how a probiotic drink can make supporting your gut health so simple.

2. Stop Using Harmful Feminine Hygiene Products!

This one was HUGE for me. We swapped out all our household cleaners, personal care products, and cosmetics as a means to decrease and eventually stop my seizures and chronic autoimmune disorders. And it worked beautifully (I've been fully symptom-free since 2013). But I never thought a feminine hygiene product would be something to worry about until I researched what is actually in them.

By definition, feminine hygiene products (think pads, tampons…etc) are medical products. I assumed because of that status that there must have been more safety testing than my shampoo. I was horribly wrong. Disposable tampons and Pads are very toxic products. And the chemicals used in them somehow manipulate the sensitive area of our bodies, which causes heavier bleeding, which causes additional cramping.

Since learning that, we hightailed my computer browser over to Amazon and ordered a few new products: cloth pads and 2 silicone cups… which are all washable, reusable, non-toxic, AND since using them, my periods have become significantly, lighter and shorter, and less painful. I can actually function now like a normal person during that week every month.

And yes, I do recommend having more than one silicone menstrual cup. It has been invaluably convenient to have a clean one at all times.

I've noticed since using the cloth pads and menstrual cups that I need less. I use fewer pads and need fewer cup changes each day because my cycles became lighter. Huge win.

3. Essential Oils Are Great for Helping Your Menstrual Pain Not Be So Obnoxiously Troublesome:

Essential oils are a HUGE part of my life (obviously). There isn't much of anything I don't use them for because they work so well. Period cramps are no different. This is my go-to for completely removing all my menstrual pain, naturally!

There are several essential oils that can help you tame your inner beast.

  1. Clary sage,
  2. lavender,
  3. marjoram,
  4. jasmine,
  5. cypress,
  6. ylang ylang

DIY Period Relief Essential Oil Blends

Personally, I don't really DIY essential oil blends for my cycles… mainly because I want something I can keep on hand that is available quickly. I don't often think about period cramps until they sneak up on me IF they do (they often don't anymore, which is why I rarely think about it). So I tend to go for my favorite pre-made blend.

Happy period essential oil blend:

  • 6 drops Fennel essential oil
  • 6 drops Clary Sage essential oil
  • 5 drops Marjoram essential oil
  • 2 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop Yarrow essential oil
  • 1 drop Jasmine essential oil

4. Get Patched

Have you heard of LifeWave's non-transdermal phototherapy patches? They're making waves in the natural wellness industry to help with a myriad of issues, including that time of the month cramps.

My favorite thing about these patches is how simple they are to use. While you can apply them to your skin, I don't (my skin doesn't do well with adhesives). I use them by sticking them to my clothes where I'd otherwise apply them. Then leave them there for 12 hours, and do it again the next day (if needed).

Either X39 or IceWave are perfect for this application. X39 helps with overall wellness, including feeling crampy. And IceWave is great for helping with pain.

Don't miss reading my LifeWave review!

Closing Thoughts

These approaches work synergistically to reduce inflammation, balance hormones, and alleviate pain without the need for pharmaceutical interventions.

By focusing on holistic strategies that support the body’s natural processes, more women can experience significant improvement in their menstrual discomfort.

It is important to consult with your wellness or healthcare team before trying any new remedies, but exploring these natural approaches to managing menstrual cramps can lead to greater well-being and overall health.

Embracing these simple yet powerful solutions may provide a path toward living more comfortably during menstruation.

Author: Nicole Graber

Title: Writer, Editor, Wellness Consultant, Business Strategist

Expertise: Natural Wellness, Healthy Lifestyle, Home Business Strategy, Motherhood


Nicole is a writer, healthy lifestyle consultant, and faith-based business strategist at Gracefully Abundant, with bylines on MSN and the AP newswire. As a survivor of homelessness and chronic health issues, she discovered a purpose in guiding people toward a healthier lifestyle and increased income.

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