9 Non-Medicinal Ways to Cure Cramps

Relieve menstrual discomfort and pain when dealing with your period.

9 Non-Medicinal Ways to Cure Cramps

Primary menstural cramps occur when prostaglandin, a hormone-like chemical in the body causes contractions that cut off the oxygen supply to muscle tissues.

Secondary menstrual cramps are cramps that are a change from the normal periods a woman has had her whole life. These could be a sign of something more serious (such as infections, endometriosis, or scarring) and warrant a visit to your doctor.


Instead of relying on over-the-counter medications for relief, try these alternative ways to cure your cramps. For more lifestyle tips and solutions for your health concerns, download the official Dr. Oz app!

Watch: Understanding Menstrual Cramps

Use Essential Oils

Massage your abdomen with a soothing blend of essential oils. Rub a couple drops of clary sage oil or rose oil with lavender oil on your lower abdomen and apply a warm compress for a couple minutes. This will help promote blood flow while taking advantage of the oils’ healing properties. Smelling clary sage oil naturally reduces the stress hormone cortisol, and works as an antispasmodic to treat muscle cramps.

Watch: Scents That Heal: Essential Oils

Drowning: How to Respond

It's critical to get the person breathing again as soon as possible.

Drowning can happen quickly. Three children die every day from drowning, and most fatal incidents happen from lack of appropriate supervision. Every minute that passes is critical in saving them or preventing serious injury. Here's what to do if you see someone drowning and you need to help rescue them.

Call 911

You should alert emergency responders as soon as possible. If there are other people around, instruct someone to make the call. If you are alone, help the drowning person until you can give CPR for one minute and then call 911 yourself (then continue life-saving measures).

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