Some women are unfortunate enough to have extremely heavy bleeding when menstruating. This condition is referred to as menorrhagia, and can be genetic or caused by lifestyles factors. Women that suffer from menorrhagia have not only extremely heavy periods, but may also bleed for longer and experience blood clots and severe cramps. It is, unfortunately, a common occurrence in premenopausal women, but that does not mean they are the only group that suffers from heavy bleeding.
If you suffer from heavy bleeding during menstruation and think there is nothing you can do but deal with it, think again. Below is a list of the 25 most effective and natural solutions for treating menorrhagia.
Take 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves, and steep them in boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain, allow to cool slightly, then drink 2-3 times every day. You can also freeze the thyme leaf tea into ice cubes, then use these ice cubes and apply as an ice pack to the abdomen. At the very least, you can also include thyme in more of your dishes, especially when menstruating.
Rich in antioxidants, tamarind helps to reduce cholesterol in the body, which can help reduce menorrhagia. Consume a tamarind paste after removing the seeds and blending it with some honey and water. You can also prepare a sauce to be used on some bread by boiling seedless tamarind in water then add sugar and salt to your liking.
Any food that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids will help to reduce the heavy bleeding. Foods include seafood, fish oil, nuts, and flaxseeds. Add them to your diet regularly to help treat menorrhagia.
Consuming papaya will ease cramps and contractions in the uterus, which will also help reduce the amount of bleeding. Add papaya to your diet regularly, but eat at least one whole serving every day that you menstruate.
5. Sesame Seeds
Blend 300 grams of sesame seeds in your blender until you’ve created a fine powder. Mix one tablespoon of this powder into a glass of water and drink twice daily during your period. Save the rest of the powder for use throughout the year.
6. Bamboo Leaves
Boil bamboo leaves to create a decoction; consume this twice daily when menstruating. You can usually find bamboo leaves at your local health food store.
7. Fenugreek Seeds
Eating fenugreek seeds can help reduce the amount of bleeding when you menstruate. So that your body can digest the seeds, you will need to boil 3-4 tablespoons in four cups of water for 10-15 minutes, stirring throughout. Strain 10the seeds and eat three times per day.
8. Banana Flower
Cook some banana flower and add it to your yogurt or any dish to increase progesterone production in the body. Progesterone helps to normalize blood flow during menstruation.
9. Rosehip Tea
Rich in vitamin C, rosehip also absorbs excess iron from food. Drink rosehip tea at least two days before you begin menstruating and throughout your bleeding cycle to menorrhagia.
10. Indian Gooseberry
This herb is another excellent source of vitamin C, which helps to treat abnormal and excessive bleeding. The best way to consume the herb is either by eating one or two of the gooseberries every day, or mixing some powder in with a glass of water and drinking.
This herb is not just a garnish—it can also help to significantly reduce the amount of bleeding during menstruation. Make a fresh cup of parsley juice and drink after every meal for the first three days of menstruation. You can also sprinkle it in more of your dishes, including pasta, if the juice is not convenient.
Take 5-7 marigold flowers and boil them in ½ liter of water for 10-15 minutes; strain and let cool. Drink ⅓ of the mixture three times per day.
13. Shepherd’s Purse
This little-known herb provides noticeable relief from heavy periods. Find it in any form at your local health food store.
14. Hawthorn Flowers
Combine 15 grams of saffron with 30 grams of Hawthorn and consume the decoction. This solution will not only reduce heavy periods, but also blood clots and cramping.
15. Cold Compress
Applying a cold compress to the abdominal area will help to reduce the blood vessels and may decrease blood flow. Put a scoop of ice in a plastic bag, then cover with a towel and apply to the abdomen. Allow the compress to sit for 15-20 minutes. You can repeat this remedy every four hours.
16. Chaste Tree
This herb increases progesterone levels in the body, which helps to control excessive bleeding. Using a chaste tree tincture, take about 30 drops up to four times per day during heavy bleeding.
17. Blackstrap Molasses
Blackstrap molasses is rich in iron, which aids in the production of red blood cells and can help reduce menorrhagia. Add 1-2 teaspoons to a cup of warm water or milk and drink it once daily. For another option, you can also add ½ teaspoon of blackstrap molasses to a glass of lemongrass tea, and drink first thing in the morning and the last thing at night.
Cayenne pepper helps to constrict the blood vessels and thus reduce excessive bleeding. For a simple solution, add ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper to a glass of warm water, along with a dollop of raw, organic honey. You can drink this 2-3 times every day during menstruation.
19. Coriander Seeds
Coriander seeds have long been used in Asian cultures to treat heavy bleeding during menstruation. Boil one teaspoon of coriander seeds in two cups of water until the quantity is reduced by half. Strain, add some honey, \then drink while it’s still warm. You can drink this 2-3 times daily.
20. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar works as a natural tonic to remove toxins from the body and reduce heavy periods. As it can also help regulate hormones in the body, it may also help reduce other uncomfortable symptoms associated with menstruation (e.g. cramps, irritability, etc.). For the easiest solution, combine 1-2 teaspoons of unfiltered, raw apple cider vinegar with a glass of water. You can drink this three times per day to reduce bleeding.
Cinnamon has a wide variety of benefits, but reducing blood flow is one of its most impressive. It also has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties, which can help relieve cramps during menstruation. Ass a teaspoon of cinnamon to a cup of water and simmer for a few minutes; add some honey and let cool to room temperature. You can drink this mixture twice daily.
Cinnamon bark tincture is another option, and three drops can be taken twice daily. On a regular basis, you can also add cinnamon to your regular diet, whether you sprinkle it in your coffee or on your toast.
Herbalists agree that comfrey is an effective natural remedy for menorrhagia. Steep two teaspoons of comfrey leaves in one cup of water for about 20 minutes. Strain then drink. You can drink this combination only once daily throughout menstruation.
Magnesium is crucial to keeping female hormones in balance, consuming more magnesium will help regulate blood flow during menstruation. Try adding more magnesium-rich foods to your diet, especially during menstruation, such as oats, nuts, seeds, avocado, dark chocolate, watermelon, and squash.
24. Red Raspberry Leaves
Red raspberry leaves contain tannins which help strengthen the uterine muscles, and thereby decreasing blood flow during heavy periods. Make a tea with the leaves by boiling one tablespoon of dried leaves for ten minutes. You should start drinking this tea one week before menstruation and throughout menstruation; you can drink the tea 2-3 times every day.
Iron is another crucial element to regulate blood flow. To combat heavy periods, add more iron-rich foods to your diet. Good sources of iron include dark green vegetables, legumes, pumpkin seeds, raisins, liver, callaloo, and eggs.
If you suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding, you no longer need to feel hopeless. As discussed, there are many effective natural remedies that can help reduce your bleeding and allow you to continue your normal lifestyle, even while menstruating.