I am a regular calendar-checker. This means I usually take backward steps to understand when my last period was – most often being too late, too early, having bled too much or too little. This Christmas, I’m probably gifting my period a calendar. I don’t enjoy medicines, so I frequently look for those tricks my grandmother kept telling me about ‘creating heat’ in my body or ‘coolin my body down.’ And quite often, it’s worked. So here’s some of my granny’s age-old wisdom.
Most of these remedies begin and end in the kitchen, but is that really all that bad? Raw papaya helps increase blood flow during menstruation because it helps enable the proper functioning of uterine muscles. However, make sure that you’re consuming raw papaya, because that’s what does the magic, not ripe papaya.
The holy grail kitchen miracle; the remedy for a bad cold, a stubborn tan, blemished skin… And irregular periods? Believe it or not, turmeric does wonders for your menstrual health as well. It not only helps regulate your cycle and balance hormones, it is antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory, which helps relieve menstrual pain. Mix a quarter teaspoon of turmeric into a glass of milk on a routine basis in order to help regulate your period.
- Yoga and Meditation
Namaste, sisters! Stress is one of the most significant causes for hormonal imbalances, which in turn, causes period irregularities. Yoga and meditation help relieve stress, making them the two most effective ways to regulate your menstrual cycle without medicines.
Ginger is not only effective in providing relief from inflammation and menstrual cramps – you can also use it to treat nausea and an upset stomach. Side note: if you’re feeling a case of those “Can’t Get Out of Bed” vibes, the eight movies featuring our favourite kind of ginger – the Weasleys, of course – may be just the kick you need.
Cumin seeds will help induce periods and relieve menstrual cramps. It is one of the most effective home remedies used to prepone periods.
Cinnamon, dadi says, helps create garmi (heat) in the body. By that logic, it induces heat in the body, leading to a regular cycle. The warmth helps relieve cramps as well. This isn’t an excuse to go get yourself a cinnabon, though! Only the real spice will work in this case, but who said you can’t add a spoon to your hot chocolate?
There you have it, tried and tested methods to regulate your menstrual cycle.