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4 Natural Ways to Deal with Period Cramps

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Period cramps are a pain, and so is dealing with them! As if menstruating weren’t enough of a bother, many who suffer through Mother Nature’s monthly gift are also blessed with cramps that make you ache to your bones. We all know about pharmaceutical methods of coping with said icky feelings, like Midol and birth control, but there are also a variety of natural treatments for these painful times. Here are four ways we thought might be helpful!

Tea Please!
A hot cup of tea can do wonders for not only pain, but bloating as well. Although a simple ginger, peppermint or chamomile blend may do the trick, there are special teas created to help ease menstrual pains, like Mighty Aphrodite by David’s Tea, which helps with cramping, and is organic. 

David’s Tea Organic Mighty Aphrodite, $10 (50g), davidstea.com

Essential Yours
Inhaling the pain away with essential oils can be a fabulously soothing method of dealing with painful cramps — whether you apply directly to areas that need extra help or you add some drops to a hot bath to help you relax. Anyone who is DIY-inclined can create their own mixtures, but there are blends on the market made specifically for dealing with cramps, nausea, and all the other fun things that go hand-in-hand with a visit from Aunt Flo. Canadian brand Saje’s Moon Cycle is 100 per cent natural, vegan, and animal friendly.

Saje Moon Cycle PMS Relief Remedy, $20, saje.com

Herbal Care
Cramp bark is an antispasmodic muscle relaxing herb and, as you may have guessed from the name, it helps treat cramps. The bark can be bought online or at herbal dispensaries, and it can be boiled in water to be sipped like a tea, or found in a tincture (the drops can be put into water or placed under the tongue, as needed).

Shanti Tea Cramp Bark, $13, shantitea.ca

St. Francis Herb Farm Cramp Bark tincture, see here for where to buy. 

Flower Power
Weed is all the rage now that Canada has opened the recreational cannabis market. Luckily menstrual cramps just happen to be on the ever growing list of ailments that can be treated with this once provocative plant. And the beauty of cannabis is the multiple ways it can be consumed. There are body balms, bath soaks, suppositories, vaporizers and edibles — although you can’t purchase them legally until later in 2019. What is legal? Cannabis flower and oil, meaning you can make your own edibles, etc, you’re just not allowed to sell them, and CBD sourced from hemp (so the plant that doesn’t contain THC). Be sure to look out for strains with higher levels of CBD, the element in cannabis that helps with pain relief that doesn’t have any psycho active affects. Products that are made of only CBD are being praised for their ability to pacify an angry uterus. 

Fleurs Pain Potion, $55, fleurstea.com

Calyx Wellness CBD Tincture Boost, $50, calyxwellness.co

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The Eco Edit Reading list september 2018

The Reading List: September 2018

Beauty Fashion Lifestyle

Ah, Summer 2018 — we hardly knew ye. Fall is upon us and the temperatures are dropping, but, on the bright side, the past few months were filled with progress in the world of fashion, beauty and sustainability. Below is a reading list of all of the season’s news highlights.

From fires to fish nets, here’s what went down.

Burberry Feels the Heat
Burberry recently announced they’d stop disposing of their leftovers. This summer, outraged sparked online after it went viral that Burberry, along with other designers, frequently burn (yes, actually set fire to!) overstock to avoid resale and to retain a sense of exclusivity. Now, Burberry has not only declared that would they end the practice of incinerating unsold items, but the brand has also promised to become fur-free. Our animal friends thank you, Burberry! (New York Times)

New Kid on the Block
Sustainable living boutique Eco + Amour opened up in Toronto this month. The store sells beauty and cosmetics, as well as lifestyle products, such as natural household cleaners. Items are priced by the weight, and only sold in refillable containers (you can bring your own or purchase one at the store). Eco + Amour is located in 30 Bertrand Ave, Unit B106. (Cosmetic Design)

Fabrication Sensations
Thinking sustainably is, yes, about consumption and shopping habits, but it also gets down to the heart of fashion itself, in the fabrications and materials used to make each and every garment. Here is a list of four new material innovations that will help brands across the globe think more sustainably. (cbc.ca/life)

ASOS Does Their Part
British online fashion retailer ASOS is using their leftover textiles to create menstrual pads for women in Kenya. In partnership with sustainable clothing brand SOKO Kenya, The Kujuwa Initiative assists the many women in the African country that cannot afford pads or tampons, while making use of fabric that would have otherwise gone to waste. The pads come in a kit that also includes soap, two pairs of underwear, instructions and a wash bag. They can be reused and last up to three years. (The Independent)

Hitting Snooze, Naturally
If you have trouble sleeping, which is pretty likely at least on some occasions, here are nine all-natural ways to help induce some quality zzz’s tonight. You can thank us in the morning! (The Social)

Going Green in Style
Mother Earth isn’t the only one that wants you to stop using plastic shopping bags — fashion designers do, too. Over the summer Celine, US designer Scanlan Theodore and other brands released reusable bags intended for grocery shopping. Glamming up your weekly shopping routine doesn’t come cheap however as the bags will set you back hundreds to thousands of dollars. The bags have also been criticized for being made of plastic, despite the fact that they are not single-use. (Daily Telegraph)

Fishnets to Leggings
Girlfriend Collective has just introduced a line of ocean-friendly leggings made from reclaimed fishing nets. A percentage of each sale goes to Healthy Seas, a not-for-profit organization that helps support divers who work to keep the ocean clean. If fishnets aren’t your thing, the brand also offers their original leggings made from recycled water bottles. (Bustle)

Feature images courtesy of Girlfriend Collective

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