Most women would agree with me when I say that the worst of all the period problems would be the leg cramps that we get during and right after the periods. They may not seem like the worst of the period side effects and yet, the menstrual leg cramps are the reason we can’t climb too many stairs, walk too much or sometimes even have difficulty falling asleep during the periods.
It is usually not serious enough that we take pain medication for it and home remedies can definitely be very helpful in this regard. We have therefore piled up a list of ten of the most common, effective and simple home remedies for period leg cramps to ease the pain and bring relief.
Why Do We Get Leg Cramps During Periods?
- Like most symptoms, the leg cramps during periods are also a result of prostaglandins. These hormones are the reason for the cause of menstrual cramps which can then lead to leg cramps through a similar mechanism of action.
- We experience the loss of some Vitamins during our periods and this can also lead to the leg cramps.
- An iron loss which is seen most of the time during menses can lead to these leg cramps and sometimes this condition is called as ‘restless leg syndrome’.
- Dehydration is often times the reason that muscles develop cramps. It is very likely that we get dehydrated during the periods and this may lead to the leg cramps, especially those we experience right after the periods.
10 DIY Remedies That Can Heal You of Menstrual Leg Cramps
It is often times likely that the period leg cramps get healed just by the use of home remedies and some natural treatments. Some of those remedies such as using essential oils and other massaging techniques have been elaborated here for you to try out.
Drink lots of water and fluids
One of the primary reasons for leg cramps during the periods is dehydration – a reason that most of us ignore. Drinking a lot of fluids can make your leg cramps alleviate to a large extent. Make sure that you drink at least 4 to5 glasses of water during your periods. Including a lot of juices and smoothies can work in reducing your cramps as well.
Massage with Lavender oil
Lavender oil is an essential oil with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It can therefore soothe the pain that we get during out menses. It also releases the tension in the muscles and the nerves of the legs when you massage it right.
Here’s a few steps in which you give yourself the right massage with Lavender oil.
- Take a few teaspoons of Lavender oil and heat it ever so slightly so that it is warm.
- With a few drops on your fingers or a cotton ball, rub it gently on your legs.
- Continue massaging in circular motions all through your legs for a while.
- You can leave the oil on your skin until the next time you take bath as it isn’t very sticky.
Chamomile tea for menstrual leg cramps
Chamomile tea is one of those remedies that work in multiple ways for healing many menstrual side effects. It can calm the nerves and the inflammation that usually leads to the pain. In addition, chamomile tea also acts on the hormones that cause the cramps (the prostaglandins which in the first place cause these cramps and other menstrual symptoms).
There are two ways in which you can use chamomile tea for menstrual leg cramps – one is the obvious way in which you make a tea and drink it and the second one is to use a hot compress that has been dipped in the chamomile tea on your tea. Using both of them works well and here’s how you do it.
Method 1 – making the chamomile tea
- Take some water and bring it to boil.
- Add some chamomile tea leaves to it and continue with the boiling until the colour of the water changes to brownish.
- Strain the tea out and drink it after you add some honey.
Method 2 – Making a hot compress with chamomile tea
- Take a clean cloth and dip it in chamomile tea that was made in the above procedure.
- Squeeze it to dryness and while the cloth is still warm, press it over your legs.
- Continue doing this until the leg cramps go down for about a 15 to 20 minutes.
Red raspberry leaves for menstrual leg cramps
Red raspberry is one of those popular herbs that is used for menstrual problems all over the world. This is because of their ability to work against the hormones that cause all of these disturbances. It works mainly for leg cramps that are caused during menses and pregnancy and that’s because of it’s ability to calm the nerves and the muscles at the legs.
Rich in Iron as well, the red raspberry leaves can relieve many more period problems along with leg cramps. Here’s how you make this simple red raspberry leaves tea.
- Take some water and bring it to boil.
- Add the red raspberry leaves to it (those of a pure quality) and continue with the boiling.
- Strain the tea out and drink it after you add little honey to it.
- Taking this tea twice a day can be a good solution to your menstrual troubles.
Warm compress for leg cramps during menses
Warm compresses are one of the best, immediate cures for leg cramps of any kind although they aren’t the long-term remedy you need for a permanent cure. They can cause immense relief when applied right. If you have got one of those rubber compresses, here is how you use them for period leg cramps.
- Take the rubber compress and fill it with hot water.
- Press it against your legs gently for about 15 minutes until the pain is gone.
If instead, you want to go the traditional route and wish to use a cloth as a warm compress, here are the steps that you should follow.
- Boil water and dip a clean cloth in it.
- Squeeze the water out of it and while the cloth is still warm, press it gently against your legs.
- Continue doing this, repeating the dipping part when the cloth gets cold for a while until you feel relieved of the pain.
Stretches to heal menstrual leg cramps
Working out may seem like a very bad idea but a little walk and a few stretches can sometimes be very healing for the period leg cramps. Stretching loosens the tension in the muscles gives you almost instant relief from the pain. Here are a few stretches that we’d suggest you try.
- Sit down with your back straight and stretch out your legs forward. Now hold the tip of the toes of your feet and keep your legs stretched that way for a while.
- You can also stand up and bend down to touch the tips of your toes – this stretches your legs as well.
- Bending your legs upwards towards your back while you are standing and holding the feet from your behind is one of the leg stretches that can help you ease the pain in your legs.
There are many more leg stretches which you might try out by taking suggestions from your trainer or an expert who is trained in the area.
Ginger tea for menstrual leg cramps
Ginger has always been known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it great for reducing any pain, especially the ones that are caused due to menstruation. Along with this ginger is also known to set your hormones right and thereby reduce not just leg cramps but also many other period side effects.
You can add ginger to your foods or eat it raw, but making a tea is one of the best ways to extract many of its healing properties. Here is how to make a simple ginger tea that can be a great and yet a simple cure for your menstrual leg cramps.
- Take some water and bring it to boil.
- Peel the skin of ginger and add a few pieces of ginger to the water and continue with the boiling.
- After the color of the water changes to yellow, add a few drops of lemon and honey and drink it.
- Once or twice a day does the trick in healing your menstrual leg cramps.
Not more than twice a day of ginger tea is recommended for healing menstrual leg cramps as there is a chance that it could cause additional problems such as diarrhea.
Often times, it is the lack of Iron that makes your legs ache. This can also be manifested in the form of –Restless leg syndrome, a leg issue that is usually seen in women before and during the onset of periods. Iron supplements and a diet that is rich in Iron can be of help in such cases. Before you take any Iron supplements it is always wise to consult your physician. Here is the list of foods that have got a good amount of Iron for you to try out.
- Dried fruits
- Leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale
- Meat and Liver
..and others along with these. Make sure you include a lot of these in your diet to heal yourself of leg cramps along with getting yourself some right Iron supplements.
Fenugreek seeds water for menstrual leg cramps
Fenugreek seeds are known for their use in healing many menstrual, pregnancy and other uterine health problems. One of the best ways to extract these uses is by drinking water that has been soaked in fenugreek seeds. This water has been of great use for lactating mothers as well as women on menstruation for many purposes.
It is known to work against the effects of hormones in the body that usually cause all the havoc leading to cramps in legs. They also hydrate the body so that the muscle aches are considerably reduced. You can make and drink this water in this simple process.
- Take some fenugreek seeds and soak them in water overnight.
- After you check them in the morning, the seeds are swollen while they are still in the water.
- Drink this water that you get by filtering these seeds away in the morning and this ought to help with your cramps.
Blackstrap molasses for period leg cramps
Leg cramps during menses are usually caused due to the deficiency of some minerals and vitamins, of which black strap molasses can be a great source. It is loaded with many nutrients being a by-product of sugar manufacturing.
There are many other anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory substances that are present in the molasses which makes them great for many period-related health problems. We usually get black strap molasses in some natural drug stores. All you have to do is add this to some liquids or solids that you intake in a day and ingest it. Here’s how you can drink it in milk – one of the most easy ways to take it.
- Heat some milk so that it gets to a point of warmth where you can drink it.
- Add some of the blackstrap molasses (a teaspoon or two) to it and mix it well.
- Drink this once or twice a day as a part of your routine before and during your menses to combat most of the side effects it brings upon such as leg cramps.
A little care and not much strain on your legs is all that is needed to heal your menstrual leg cramps the quickest. Do try out these remedies and let us and our readers know of anything else you’ve got to share on healing leg cramps during periods!
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