PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) is the physical and emotional symptoms that many women suffer from a week or more before their period due to hormonal imbalances.

Premenstrual Syndrome is a condition that many women suffer from, with a number of symptoms that can affect them in varying degrees. In the worst cases, PMS can be so disruptive that it causes one to alter their lives. There is help however, with many home remedies to help ease the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

What are the symptoms of PMS?

The most common symptoms that women experience with premenstrual syndrome are:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability and sometimes angry outburst
  • Cyclic cramping
  • Tenderness of the breasts
  • Weight gain and bloating
  • Disturbances with sleep patterns
  • Shifts in blood sugar levels
  • Headaches
  • Cravings
  • A drop in sexual desire

Home Remedies for Premenstrual Syndrome

If you’ve tried the numerous over the counter remedies for PMS and have found no real relief, or you want a more natural way of dealing with the symptoms of PMS, there are a number of alternatives that you can try at home. Some of these can help, over the long term, to balance the hormone levels responsible for causing PMS, lessening them greatly or preventing them altogether.

The following herbs are referred to as adaptogenic, which means they work with our system to give us the right amount we need to get things back in balance, as opposed to chemical over the counter remedies that can sometimes overwhelm our body.

  • Wild Yam – Used for centuries as a traditional remedy for menstrual issues, labor pain and even intestinal issues, Wild Yam is a good option for those who have high estrogen levels. It contains a substance called diosgenin, which is very similar to the estrogen found in our bodies. It works by re-balancing the hormone levels.
  • Black Cohosh – Used widely for its ability to relieve menopausal symptoms, Black Cohosh also works well for the premenstrual syndrome symptoms of sleep disruption and irritability.
  • Chasteberry – This herb has been found to reduce symptoms, such as edema, pain and swelling of the breasts, depression, headaches, irritability and constipation related to PMS.
  • Magnesium, Vitamin B6 and Calcium blend – This combination provides a powerful way for combating PMS symptoms, such as mood swings and pain. Magnesium itself can help battle those cravings for chocolate too! In fact, one symptom of a magnesium deficiency is chocolate cravings.
  • Dong Quai – This herb has been used by Asians for many centuries in traditional medicine. Used for health ailments in women primarily, it has been referred to as female ginseng and helps with pelvic pain, fatigue, painful menstruation, and recovery from giving birth. It is often blended with Black Cohosh.
  • Lemon Balm – Another herb that has been used for centuries, it has the effect of calming, as well as relieving anxiety and insomnia related to PMS.
  • St. John’s Wort – This herb has widely been used for combating depression and mood swings. A word of warning, they can make birth control pills less effective.

Looking after yourself

Other things, such as making lifestyle changes, quitting smoking, and eating a healthier diet can have a long-term impact on coping with premenstrual syndrome. Avoiding things like salty foods to reduce bloating, and caffeine and alcohol to reduce mood alterations are just some of the things you can do to take back control of your life from the grips of PMS and its related symptoms. It may help to see your doctor about any vitamin or mineral deficiencies that you may have as well. It is not about just treating the symptoms of PMS through home remedies, but healing from the inside to lessen their severity and occurrence.