Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to the physical and emotional changes that a woman experiences a week or two prior to menstruation. This condition varies in different women as some may experience mild to extreme symptoms. PMS itself can be an illness as it has the ability to interfere with a woman’s daily lifestyle. Some of the symptoms experienced include; tender breasts, acne, nausea, migraines, dry skin, water retention, weight gain, bloating, swollen feet, dizziness, brain-fog, forgetfulness, nausea, mood-swings, food cravings, loss of appetite, random bouts of crying, and many more. You may want to reduce these symptoms and keep your body in check before the period arrives. Below are a few tips on how to use turmeric for PMS relief
- An excellent hormone regulator.
When experiencing PMS, hormone levels typically tend to spike up causing an imbalance in women. Turmeric has a small percentage of artificial estrogen that is derived from a key compound called curcumin. This compound regulates the imbalance in hormones, which if left unchecked, often leads to the various symptoms listed above.
When experiencing PMS, one can get headaches, backaches or light uterine cramps and most often, pharmaceutical painkillers are often sought to assuage the conditions. Turmeric is an effective painkiller when it comes to PMS since curcumin is anti-inflammatory in nature. Turmeric can also be used to reduce period pain because of its antispasmodic property, which means it that it makes intense muscle spasms to subside. Another common symptom that most women undergo is the bloated feeling which happens when the gastro-intestinal system is inflamed. Using turmeric can reduce the excessive inflammation.
Some women experience heavy menstruation (menorrhagia) while some do experience absent or irregular menstruation (Amenorrhea). Turmeric is recommended to help with balancing menstruation flow as it is an emmenagogue; it stimulates regular blood flow in the uterine region.
How to use turmeric for PMS relief:
1 teaspoon of turmeric ( We recommend an organic local brand such as Daillies)
1 cup of hot water
Stir and drink first thing in the morning and just before bedtime.
Drink this mixture 1 week prior and during your periods.
*** It is advisable to take turmeric right after your first meal, and after dinner. For some people and in rare cases, taking turmeric on an empty stomach may cause acid reflux/heartburn.
*** Ensure to take iron rich foods 1 week prior, during, and 1 week after your periods as most women often experience symptoms related to iron-deficiency during these times.