5. Massage with essential oils
Getting a massage over the lower abdomen can help relax tense pelvic muscles thus alleviating menstrual cramps. While others may use typical massage oils including body lotion, a 2013 study highly recommends essential oils over other types of oils in bringing menstrual pain relief. The researchers established that the group of women that used essential oils experienced more relief from cramps than the other group that used carrier oil. What is even more effective, is adding a few drops of essential oils to carrier oils for a relaxing abdominal massage.
Experts recommend about 20 minutes of gentle massage therapy with essential oils as backed by a 2010 study on 23 women with endometriosis-triggered menstrual cramps. The massage involves rubbing specific points around the abdomen, side, and back. A good massage helps promote healthy blood flow thus relieving menstrual cramps. Essential oils have additional health benefits to the body.