Is it your time of the month again? This time, it doesn't have to be a muddle of hormones, emotional swings and terrible cramps because there's a way to make your periods less painful. Better yet, there are 4. The next time it's leak week, these 4 items will come to your rescue.
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1. Hot Water Bottle
When cramps hit (and they will, just you wait), a hot water bottle placed directly on the affected area can work wonders. Not only is it an age-old remedy, it actually eases menstrual cramps by sending a signal to your brain at a molecular level.
Swirlster Says: Try with the Equinox Hot Water Bag available for Rs 220 from Rs 390. Shop here.
2. Essential Oil
Before you brush off essential oil as sweet-scented hooey, think again. Research has shown that massaging diluted aromatic oil for menstrual cramps significantly reduces the pain due to its analgesic properties. Add a few drops of lavender or clary sage oil into a carrier oil or body lotion and massage gently to feel the difference.
Swirlster Says: Try with the Nyassa Lavender Essential Oil available for Rs 1200. Shop here.
3. Comfy Pants
Does this really need an explanation? Keep your skinny jeans and tights aside for next week as their compressed fit will only exacerbate cramps in your lower abdomen. An adjustable pair with drawstrings (no, not pajamas) can be what you need.
Swirlster Says: Try the Fascination Tapered Trousers available for Rs 699 from Rs 2199. Shop here.
4. Peppermint Tea
Before your period cycle comes around, stock up on peppermint tea. One, because it's a cup full of minty goodness. Two and most importantly, because the menthol in it helps relax uterine muscles and thus, alleviate cramps.
Swirlster Says: Try it with the Twinings Peppermint Tea Bags (Set of 25) available for Rs 320. Shop here.
Now go on and have a happy period.
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