Re: Exhaustion Before and During Menstruation
Thu, 31 Jul 14 23:27:50 -0500
Great to hear from you--the answers to the questions are helpful.
There are so many things you could try. But I think you are right - it could well be a nutrient deficit.
I been pondering today what would be the best thing to suggest. I prefer the most natural solutions, ones easily attainable, and accessible to most. But these things are not always the most convenient to do. At the end of the day, I think in your shoes, I would start with the vitamin Optivite PMT. You can get it on Amazon. 20 years ago I did a lot of research on cycles and nutrition...In fact, I still refer back to Marilyn Shannon's book, "Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition." I took the above mentioned vitamins for years and found them very helpful. It can take a couple of months of taking them regularly to see a difference. (And you have to take 6 per day.) Noting that your cycles can be pretty short (22 days) makes me think also that these may be a good solution. Very short cycles often indicate a luteal phase insufficiency, which can be corrected with these vitamins.
Now, if you are not one who likes to swallow vitamins and prefer an herbal tea route, you could take a PMS tea. Or Red Raspberry Leaf tea-- several cups a day all month. These may work as well, if not better than vitamins, but not everyone is going to follow through with 3 cups of herbal tea a day.
There are also PMS tinctures and such that people with success. A last resort would be natural progesterone cream. I have used it successfully in the past, but am not sure it is that natural. There was a brand a few years ago called, 'Happy PMS, " which tells you why many women used it!
If you don't do the vitamins, a magnesium supplement might be very helpful. Natural Calm, or magnesium oil, or epsom salt baths. Some kelp might be helpful, too. So many are iodine deficient and the kelp is a little boost there. Lugol's iodine would be a bigger boost, but that is a whole new thread. :)
While you are getting your cycles manageable, a few things to help the cramping are these:
Frankincense Essential Oil - massaged into the area of pain.
Cayenne pepper - 1/2 teaspoon in some juice. Amazing for cramping pain. I was doubled over with cramping pain during a miscarriage once and the cayenne in juice stopped the cramping and pain. (And the heavy bleeding, which was why I had taken it in the first place.) You can repeat the dose in a couple of hours if needed. It is a great pick-me-up when you are exhausted, too.
There are so many things you can try. If you are not a vitamin person and prefer a more herbal route, let me know and I will try and be more specific about that. Castor Oil packs may also be of help to you.
I am suspecting there is a root problem causing the exhaustion, the cramping, and the PMS. Fixing that would hopefully help with all of the problems.
Keep in touch!
~Mama to Many~"