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How to Ease PMS/PMT?
What is PMS or PMT?
Premenstrual Syndrome or PMT, Premenstrual Tension are those symptoms that women experience every month in and/or around their period. The severity of the PMS symptoms is a good indicator as to the health of the female reproductive tissue and the hormones. If either the reproductive tissue or the hormones are depleted than you can experience PMS.
Common symptoms of premenstrual syndrome include but are is not limited to:
- Tender, swollen breasts
- Tired or low energy
- Mood swings
- Strong craving for sweets
- Weepy (cries easily)
Days and Flow
During menstruation, a women’s blood flow varies between light, medium or heavy and the number of days vary between lasting 1-3 days, lasting 3-5 days or lasting 5-7 days. A light flow would be a spotting and maybe a little more blood, but nothing that requires constant and frequent changing of your pad or tampon. A medium flow is having 1-2 days with a good amount of blood with the remaining days being lighter. A heavy flow is having 3-5 days of heavy bleeding with frequent changes of pads or tampons.
What to be aware of
What I want you to be aware of is if your flow has changed at all. Generally, as we get older our flow tends to become lighter, but if this happens it is showing that the reproductive tissue isn’t as nourished as it used to be.
The reproductive tissue is one of the last tissues fed and one of the first tissues that become depleted when we are stressed or traumatized. The body views the reproductive tissue as “extra” in that if conditions aren’t right in the body it will take from that area of the body in order to protect the rest of the body. Remember, the reproductive tissue is there to reproduce. If conditions aren’t right externally and internally then the reproductive tissue is the first to let us know.
If you are currently experiencing PMS symptoms and you haven’t before it is a good indicator that the reproductive tissue is somehow getting depleted. If you have had PMS symptoms all of your life then it is a good indicator that your body has struggled to maintain a healthy balance of hormones and the tissue may or may not be depleted.
What you can do
Here are some simple steps to ease the PMS symptoms. Some of these steps may take more than a month to feel the result from, but if you keep at them you will get relief.
Make sure the foods you are eating are nourishing. This means that you are eating a vegetable, grain, protein and some “good” oil in your mid-day meal. The mid-day meal is the most important meal for a few reason’s
- The sun aids our bodies in digesting food
- If you miss having a vegetable, whole grain, protein and oil in your mid-day meal you will crave sweets in the afternoon and a drop in energy
- This is considered a round, balanced meal
Rub castor oil in a clockwise direction on your belly when you are experience cramping, cover with a cloth and put a hot water bottle over the cloth. Castor oil is very nourishing and the heat from the water bottle will help the oil penetrate into the skin
Avoid coffee and/or black tea. Both coffee and black tea depletes the body and creates havoc with your hormones. If you want to get rid of your PMS symptoms then I suggest you completely cut out black tea and coffee.
Avoid drinking alcohol when you are having your period and when you are experiencing your PMS symptoms. Alcohol will amplify your condition and create further depletion in the tissue.
Take a hot bath and add oil. Both the hot bath and the oil will help calm you down. Take this time to allow yourself to relax and release any tension.
Add oil. This will be the most controversial suggestion I put in this article. Now, those from the States will be further ahead in accepting this suggestion then those in Europe so my suggestion is that you just give it a try. You will never know unless you try if it helps you or not. For those of you who are very depleted and suffer with your PMS every month then I suggest a sesame oil. Start adding it to your foods and as an after bath moisturizer. For those of you who don’t feel especially depleted, but do have PMS symptoms then a sunflower oil would be best. It does matter what oil and the two I suggested would be the best to start with.
Give the suggestions a try. If you have questions or comments please feel comfortable in leaving them here.