The time of the month is notorious for bringing physical and emotional pain, especially when you’re suffering from excessive bleeding during your period. Luckily, there are some excellent home remedies that can help you feel better faster, so you can get back to business as usual—no pads or tampons required! Here are some of the best home remedies for periods that are sure to leave you feeling better in no time at all.
1. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is commonly used in household kitchens and restaurants to add a hint of sourness to various dishes. What many don’t know, however, is that lemon juice also has amazing properties when it comes to natural hemostasis (the slowing or stopping of bleeding). In fact, studies have shown that lemon juice works as well as some commercial products designed to stop heavy periods—through research specifically on its effects during menstruation is limited.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has astringent properties and can help stop excess bleeding during your period. Gargle with aloe vera juice and honey to reduce excessive bleeding. Eating two tablespoons of aloe vera gel daily for two months is another option to try if you need to slow or halt excessive bleeding during periods. Continue taking aloe vera gel until your flow returns to normal.
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda can help with period cramps, easing discomfort and lightening your flow. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it to relieve menstrual cramps. It’s important to do so before bedtime, and then drink lots of water afterwards to avoid an upset stomach. You can also try adding 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar to a bath to ease your pain. Adding 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil is said to have calming effects as well.
4. Banana Leaves
Menstrual cramps are nothing to trifle with. If they’re really bad, or if you’re at your wit’s end (it happens), go ahead and take a few ibuprofen tablets—but be sure to eat something every four hours to prevent stomach ulcers. Bananas are a great choice because they have potassium, which helps regulate water levels in your body and keep things moving through your system smoothly.
5. Castor Oil
Castor oil is one of my favourite home remedies for stopping bleeding during periods. Castor oil stimulates your uterus, and it’s especially useful after a C-section birth. To use castor oil, combine four tablespoons of castor oil with two tablespoons of any base oil and mix well until completely blended. Store in a clean bottle or small jar to avoid contaminating other oils.
6. Cinnamon Powder and Honey
A great home remedy for excessive bleeding during periods is cinnamon powder and honey. If you have heavy bleeding during periods, try it. Boil a teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a cup of water till it forms a thick paste. Drink half a teaspoon of it three times a day until your period stops. You can also eat two teaspoons of honey with half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times every day till your next period begins to ease off your excessive bleeding during periods.
7. Ginger Water
Ginger contains a chemical compound called gingerol, which is thought to be responsible for easing menstrual cramps and preventing excessive bleeding. By infusing water with fresh ginger root, you can create a health tonic that will help ease your period discomfort. Drink two cups of water daily during your period to relieve your bloating and nausea caused by menstruation and improve your digestion.
8. Yogurt or Apple Cider Vinegar
For instant relief of your period cramps, yoghurt or apple cider vinegar can be a great option. Before taking them, it is advisable to consult with your physician about their safety. However, if you think that these two home remedies are safe, here’s how they can help you: Yogurt contains calcium and magnesium, which have both been shown to lessen menstrual cramps.
9. Turmeric Milk
Turmeric, more commonly used in Indian cooking, is a well-known anti-inflammatory and painkiller. When consumed regularly in small doses, it has anti-clotting properties that reduce menstrual bleeding. To get turmeric’s full benefits, mix 1/2 teaspoon into a glass of warm milk before bedtime and drink it before you go to sleep. A hot bath can also help.
10. Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek is considered to be a diuretic, helping to reduce bloating and water retention. Consuming fenugreek seeds can reduce cramps and control excessive bleeding in periods. Grind 3-4 teaspoons of fenugreek seeds into powder and mix it with one cup of curd or buttermilk. The mixture should be consumed daily on an empty stomach until your period ends. You can also consume few fenugreek seeds soaked in water after dinner.