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Dysmenorrhea is painful menstruation. It is one of the most common complaints for women and one of the leading causes of absenteeism from work, school, and other activities (Hoffman, 2003).
The word is characteristic of its symptoms, where “dys” means bad, and “meno” means menses (Marieb & Hoehn, 2013). Symptoms can start a few hours or days before bleeding, and include cramps, nausea, vomiting, and other aches and pains. Symptoms usually go away within two or three days.
I have often suffered from dysmenorrhea, and used to have to rely on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as advil and ibuprofen. The use of NSAID is common in treating dysmenorrhea, as is the use of birth control pills. The problem is that these come with side effects.
I will share with you four herbs that have personally helped me find relief from painful menstruation, and offer little to no side effects. Of course, it is always best to consult a healthcare provider before proceeding with the use of any type of herb or herb product.
At the end of October I was having a conversation with my friend Faith, and we were discussing how we did not feel that we were properly taking time off.
I felt that my days off were so busy that I needed to take days off to recover from my days off, which of course defeated their purpose. When Monday rolled around, I did not feel fully rested.
Faith shared that a few years ago she used to partake in what she called “Wellness Wednesdays.” Every Wednesday she would take time off to spend the day at the beach or something of the sort, and on that day she did not do any work.
I was fascinated, first at the fact that she took time off in the middle of the week, and then that this habit helped her be the most successful she had been in all her career. More importantly, everything in her life went “well.”
I decided to try this myself, and below is what I learned. Faith also decided to bring back Wellness Wednesdays, and you can read about her experience here.
BMI or Body Mass Index was developed in 1871, and was implemented to help determine if an adult’s weight was appropriate for their height (Mahan, Escott-Stump, & Raymond, 2012; Schlenker & Roth, 2011).
Although BMI does not directly measure body fat, it has a high correlation with the amount of fat in the body. Usually, the higher the BMI, the more fat the person carries. However, BMI does not account for higher weight due to an increase in muscle mass as opposed to fat, so this correlation is not always accurate (Mahan et al., 2012; Schlenker & Roth, 2011).
A person’s BMI can be an indication of several factors, including under-nutrition, over-nutrition, and obesity, and these may tell us clues about our health. In this week’s article I will tell you about these factors. I will, however, start with telling you more about BMI.
I have written a few times about aromatherapy and the benefit of essential oils. I have shared how they can help reduce stress, treat acne, help balance the chakras, and assist with a few other conditions. I have even shared with you my favorite essential oils, as well as different ways in which to incorporate aromatherapy into our lives.
But, aromatherapy and essential oils also have little known benefits of supporting high blood pressure, cognitive tasks, menopause, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Here are studies that have shown how they support these four conditions.