While PMS itself is difficult to handle, menstrual cramps and hormonal headaches make 85 percent of women miserable every month. Though many women resort to over-the-counter painkillers to prevent the pain from interfering with their daily activities, there are several home remedies that can curb it in minutes. One such natural pain-reliever is calendula.

Why Is It So Effective?
An essential oil extracted from marigold petals, calendula oil is rich in natural muscle-relaxing and anti-inflammatory compounds that are readily absorbed by the skin and curtail the pain effectively. [1] They also relax the uterine muscle, increasing blood flow and oxygen to the uterus, reducing pain in the process. [2]

How To Use It

  • Take three to four drops of pure calendula oil and gently massage your belly with it.
  • Or brew a soothing tea by steeping 10 to 15 marigold petals in a cup of water for 10 minutes. Strain and drink warm.

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2. Mirabi P, Alamolhoda SH, Esmaeilzadeh S, Mojab F. Effect of medicinal herbs on primary dysmenorrhoea- a systematic review. Iran J Pharm Res. 2014 Summer;13(3):757-67. Review. PubMed PMID: 25276177; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4177637.