Balance your hormones naturally, and reduce symptoms of PMS

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PMS symptoms, heavy periods, cramps and blood clots are often a sign that your sex hormones are out of balance. In order to truly deal with the core root of the problem, and not just the symptoms you would therefore need to try to rebalance your hormones.

What You'll Need

  • Hot water bottle
  • Castor Oil
  • Water
  • Agnus Cactus/Vitex tincture
  • Maca Powder
  • Ground Flax seeds
  • Lemons
  • Epsom Salts (Himalayan salt or Magnesium flakes)

What You'll Do

Tips & Warnings

  • <p>1. Water Often hormone levels remain high as they are getting reabsorbed into the body, because there is an issue with the process of elimination. Ensure that you are drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day to stay properly hydrated. Drink warm water with lemon first thing in the morning to increase elimination from the body.</p> <p>2. Castor Oil Pack This should not be done during a bleed, but can be done 2-3 times a month. This is very relaxing, so should be done in the evening before bed. Soak an old flannel in castor oil and lie it over your the lower abdomen, where your ovaries/womb is located. Wrap some clingfilm around it to stop the castor oil from dripping, it is best to lie on an old towel to ensure that no damage is done to your clothes or furniture. Place the hot water bottle on the area, be sure not to put it directly on the skin, but have your top or a towel in between. Relax here for 30minutes, whilst reading a book, meditating or watching the tv. After 30minutes wipe the castor oil off of the area. The flannel can be wrapped in the cling film to keep it soaked and can be topped up with more castor oil for the next time. Be sure to relax for the rest of the evening as it can make you quite sleepy.</p> <p>3. Maca Powder Maca is an adaptogenic herb that comes from the root of a south american plant. It works by... Add it to smoothies 2-3 times a week. As with any herb it's effects in pregnancy have not been tested, so if you are trying to conceive it is best to take it towards the beginning of your cycle and stop once you have ovulated, to ensure you are not pregnant.</p> <p>4. Vitex/Agnus Cactus Another herb, this time in a tincture form, this should not be taken if you are pregnant or on hormonal contraception. 15-25 drops should be taken in water in the morning on everyday of your cycle. It will take 3-6 months to see the benefits of the herb working. Herbs should not be taken for long periods of time.</p> <p>5. Ground Flax Seeds Add 1tbsp of ground flax seeds to your diet daily, they can be added to smoothies, soups, salads or simply drank in a glass of water. The flax seeds add fibre to the diet and help to keep things moving. They are also a great source of omega 3 so will help to reduce inflammation in the body. 6. Epsom salt baths Adding magnesium to the body in this form, which is best absorbed through the skin, can help to reduce inflammation and pain. As well as being really relaxing, which is sometimes all you need when you aren't feeling great. If you don't have a bath, put your feet in a bucket with the solution and sit back relax.</p>
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