The 5 Must-Haves for Your Periods

Periods (menstrual cycles) are something we could always talk about. I won't be sugar coating this either: they suck! They're a natural way of life but are so negatively stigmatized in the media.

I'm feeling inspired by brands like U by Kotex, who recently opened a pop up period shop in NYC, and Always that had their #LikeAGirl videos go viral! Let's bring on our conversations about periods without feeling shamed!

I feel like everyone has their own tricks for relieving the terrible symptoms of periods, I'll be sharing some of my favorite ways to handle "that time of the month" like a boss!

Essential Oils

My three favorite essential oils are suggested to help naturally alleviate period pain. Lavender and chamomile have incredible anti-inflammatory properties. They also have calming anti-anxiety effects on your mood. Eucalyptus is a stimulant and an analgesic to help with the pain. 

Activated Charcoal

I use activated charcoal 24/7. If you've been following my presence on this blog, you'll know that I use it for just about everything! When I'm on my period, I swallow capsules to help alleviate the bloating and sick feelings I get.

Heat without Electricity

Traditional electric hot pads can be a fire hazard, but there's plenty of non-electric alternatives! I use a microwave hippo plush that I received as a gift a few years ago, and it just so happens to be scented with lavender! The same company also sells different animals with different scents. I also use a hot water bottle with a cute furry cover that my mom gave me. 

Calcium 

When "Shark Week" comes to town, I always drink a big glass of chocolate milk! Studies have shown that foods rich in calcium can help with muscle spasms. Foods such as yogurt, milk and broccoli can give you the calcium you need. 

Period Yoga

I've always heard that exercise is good for periods, but when I'm bleeding for 3-5 days straight, the last thing I want to do is run a lap! Try yoga videos on YouTube--they even have videos for period pain specific yoga poses. 

Join the conversation! What are your favorite tricks for dealing with your period?