- from pads to pain relief
Periods are a completely natural process for our bodies, but often the way we interact with our period causes us to lean on synthetic choices - the period products we turn to or the way in which we manage and relieve our PMS symptoms.
At Natracare, we believe that keeping our lifestyle as natural as possible is the healthiest way to live - including our periods! Here are our top tips for having the most natural period possible from products to pain relief:
Nix the plastic
Did you know that most conventional period products are made from a mix of synthetic materials such as plastic and rayon, some of which are made to feel “cotton-like”? What’s more, they’re also often chlorine bleached to whiten their appearance. These materials and chemicals then sit in your most intimate and absorptive areas for hours on end throughout your period.
Natracare period products are made from natural materials like organic cotton and sustainably sourced wood pulp, and absolutely no plastic, rayon or chlorine! Our natural products are kinder to your sensitive skin, as well as the planet as they’re biodegradable and compostable.
Relieve pain, naturally
For many of us, dysmenorrhoea (period pain) can range from uncomfortable to debilitating every month, and often this can leave us reaching for pharmaceutical treatments like Ibuprofen to help reduce the pain. However, these synthetic treatments are limited in their effectiveness – only 31% of users experience pain reduction from these pills. They’re also not a natural option for your body and come with a whole host of potential side effects and health risks.
That’s where Yurika! comes in! Yurika! Cramp Free Naturally is made from a combination of two medicinal botanicals – bitter fennel seed and ginger rhizome and it eliminates period pain and associated symptoms. Certified by Health Canada, Yurika! is an organic and natural solution to menstrual cramps - that actually works.
Sweat it out
If you don’t have Yurika! on hand, a way to potentially manage your period and relieve PMS symptoms naturally is through exercise. Exercise can help to reset your mood, reduce cramps and help you to beat the bloat. Additionally, during your period you experience a low-hormone phase that helps you to recover more quickly from workouts! Whether you take yourself for a jog, roll out the yoga mat or hop in the pool for a swim, exercise can help you get through your period.
Switch up your diet
Adjusting the food you eat on your period will provide your body with the fuel it needs to help naturally relieve cramps, as well as keeping your energy levels up throughout your period. Magnesium rich foods like kelp, dark chocolate, spinach and pumpkin seeds will help your body through the menstrual phase.
The good old fashion hot water bottle (or other source of heat) has long proven to be a go to method for reducing cramps when circumstances allow.
Have we missed your favorite natural period go-to? Let us know in the comments below!
Natracare started in 1989 when founder, Susie Hewson, created the world’s first 100% organic cotton tampon. Since then, Natracare has been designing and producing products that are kind to our bodies and the planet. Natracare products are plastic free, biodegradable, and compostable, just the way they should be!