Us ladies don’t get it easy and normally grin and bare it through conditions and illnesses whilst we work, rest, play and keep family life in balance.
But don’t put up with it if you don’t have to. Mother nature has provided us with some remedies to help deal with some of the pitfalls of female health, here we look at some common female ailments and what we can do to fix them.
1. Period Pain – also known as dysmenorrhea and according to Women’s health concern.org affects around 80% of women and can include symptoms such as stomach and back cramps, breast pain or tenderness and can coincide with other signs of premenstrual syndrome such as mood swings, tiredness and bloating.
Vitamin B6 is said by the Linus Pauling Institute to aid symptoms of PMS including pain, breast tenderness and neurological signs like moodiness and depression.
Cramp Bark, according to the University of Maryland Medical Centre, is a herb that can help cramping that coincides with period paid, and as a side benefit, it’s also great for headaches too.
Fish Oil has been studied on its effect at treating cramps in periods by the Global Journal of Health Science and was deemed a success. Its effect is thought to come from its anti-inflammatory actions.
Vegan or don’t eat fish? No issues, just take an Algae-based Omega 3 oil capsule instead.
2. Cystitis – symptoms of cystitis include burning on urination and an urgency to pass urine with failure to go. Help ease symptoms by drinking 3 litres of water a day to help flush out bugs and make urine less acidic. Adding a teaspoon of baking soda can also help alkalise the urine further.
Cranberry juice is also great for preventing the bacteria that causes cystitis from sticking to the lining of the bladder. However its important to note that most store-bought varieties contain lots of sugar, which is a big no-no for infections of the bladder – so invest in cranberry capsules instead.
3. Thrush – causes itching, a thick white cottage cheese like discharge and redness and swelling of the Vulva.
Put an end to symptoms by avoiding all foods that contain sugar including so-called healthy options like dried fruit and fruit juice. Sugar feeds an overgrowth of yeast, which is the primary cause of thrush and therefore will keep feeding the condition unless it’s eradicated.
A healthy dose of probiotics namely the Lactobacillus acidophilus strain should be taken every day.
A topical treatment can be made by mixing coconut oil with probiotic powder and inserting it into the vagina either in a pessary or soak an organic mini tampon in the mixture and place inside for 10 minutes.
Oregano oil and garlic capsules are powerful anti-fungals that can be taken to fight a candida overgrowth.
Don’t want to take capsules? Simply include garlic and oregano in your food wherever possible.
4. Mastitis – is inflammation of the breast tissue normally caused by a blocked milk duct due to breast-feeding.
These localised issues can end causing flu like symptoms with signs such as shivers and aches.
Treat mastitis naturally by taking fish oil or algae oil to treat inflammation.
Drink lots of water to help milk supply and flush out bacteria from the body
Cold cabbage leaves that have been in the fridge over the breasts, yes it’s an old wives tale but a good one all the same. It is thought that cabbage has both antibiotic and anti irritation actions. It is theorized that this natural mixture of ingredients helps lessen tissue congestion by dilating local capillaries and therefore improving the blood flow in the area.
So look in your larder and not your medicine cabinet and blitz those problems naturally.
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