That time of the month… ladies we all know what I’m talking about. Nobody likes it but it’s something we all have to deal with. At the best, it’s an inconvenience. Aunt Flo never arrives when we’d like. At worse, you can end up with menstrual cramps so bad that you are not leaving the house… make that your bed!

The all too common approach to dealing with menstrual cramps is popping painkillers all day long. Other women even get on birth control just for easier periods. However, I like to keep things natural. Painkillers might not seem like a risk since they are so commonly used but they do have their reasons why you should avoid them unless absolutely needed.

There are many ways to improve cramps from a holistic side. Before getting into my menstrual cramp relief salve, I want to go over the ways that we can help reduce cramps in the non-treatment sense.

Here are the everyday lifestyle changes we can make to help that time of the month be much easier.

Ditch the Pads and Tampons
Did you know that switching to natural feminine care products like mama cloth and menstrual cups can reduce cramps?! It’s crazy but true!

Sip Some Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
Drinking red raspberry leaf tea is a must for any woman if you ask me. It is a wonderful all around uterine herb and it can help relieve cramps and other period related issues like PMS.

Watch What You Eat
Cleaning up your diet can help with cramps. Avoiding sugar, caffeine, and estrogen mimicking foods like soy, while consuming healthy fats like coconut oil and avocado can help reduce cramps.

Get Enough Magnesium
Getting enough magnesium is said to help reduce menstrual cramps also. Most of us are deficient in magnesium so eating plenty of magnesium rich foods and applying magnesium oil is a great thing to do even if you do not suffer from cramps.

Move Your Body
Exercising is something we should all do however, exercising at least a few times a week helps your body reduce cramps naturally by getting more blood to your muscles. Yoga can be especially helpful during the week of your period as you can take a more gentle approach to exercise and there are even some specific moves to help ease cramps.

Now that we know what we can do to relief cramps in our day to day life, let’s learn how to make that menstrual cramp relief salve because sometimes no matter what you do, you still need something in the remedy section to help with those awful cramps!

What Makes the Menstrual Cramp Relief Salve so Great?

Arnica Oil – My recipe uses arnica oil as it’s great for aches and pains but if you are pressed for time, you can always just sub in your favorite oil such as olive oil or coconut oil.

Clary Sage – This powerful smelling  herb is great for regulating cycles and improving moods.

Lavender – Lavender is a well known relaxing herb but it also is a pain reliever.

Bergamot – During this time, we all need a mood brightener and something to pick us up out of any depression; bergamot is perfect for that job.

Ginger – This spice is great at relieving pain and lessening cramps.

Menstrual Cramp Relief Salve - this stuff is amazing! I use it every month and it helps so much! No more painkillers for my cramps!

Menstrual Cramp Relief Salve

1/2 cup arnica oil (see recipe)
1/2 oz beeswax
30 drops clary sage essential oil
30 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops bergamot essential oil
15 drops ginger essential oil

Directions:
Place arnica oil into a small saucepan and add beeswax. Heat over low until the beeswax is melted. Stir to fully incorporate.

Transfer your salve mixture to a container of your choosing (I love these jars).

Allow mixture to cool for 10 minutes or so and stir in the essential oils.

Allow salve to cool before covering with a lid.

To Use:
Apply menstrual cramp relief salve to lower abdomen, back, or wherever you are experiencing cramps.
Massage into the skin. Reapply as needed.