Epsom salts and hempseed oil
This summer has been very busy, challenging and quite interesting in terms of work and family. I have been going through a lot of physical and mental changes in the last few month. One of the most unexpected changes is the difference in and the intensity of my pre-menstrual symptoms.
I have been prone to getting a bad cold with a sore throat, body aches and pains as well as really bad cramps. It took me a few months to realize that all this was happening like clockwork the week before my period was due. Once I finally realized it, I tried a few remedies and I thought I would share them with you:
1) acupuncture: a session or two of acupuncture in the week leading up to Aunty Flo works like magic to clear any aches and pains.
2) hempseed oil:
I watched a YouTube video on the benefits of hempseed oil and I decided to try it out. As much as I don't really like the taste of the oil, I have to admit that it did wonders for my system and I keep a bottle in my fridge. This month, I forgot to take it regularly, and I paid the price in aches and pains and a bad sore throat, again, before my period.
3) Epsom salt baths: I randomly bought a book titled the clean and Lean diet from TKMaxx a few months ago and I'm only just reading it. One of the secrets of a losing tummy fat, or excess water is apparently taking an Epsom salt bath lasting at least 20 minutes and up to 40 minutes. I did some further Google research and read that it helps alleviate pms symptoms as well and I was sold. I got a huge bag of Epsom salts this week and proceeded to add two cups to a bath tub filled with warm water and soaked in it for 25 minutes. Although my alarm was set for 40 minutes and although i drank 750ml of water in that time period, I could not bear to stay in longer. The bath certainly cleared my cold quickly. The jury is still out on it helping with losing weight, and I was certainly very bloated the day after,although I am not 100% sure that had to do with the bath. I will have to give that one another try again and report back.
It would be interesting to find out other tried and tested methods for alleviating pms symptoms.
Take care and have a great weekend ahead.
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