For many of us, the cramps that accompany our periods are the worst part of being a woman. But you don’t have to be miserable each month! Please welcome Angela Johnson from Health As You Can as she shares with us her top 5 natural PMS cramp remedies EVERY woman should know. (These are great remedies to add to your Home Health Arsenal, too!)

90% of women suffer from them. If you’re reading this article, I’m assuming you are one of them. PMS symptoms can range from moodiness to breast tenderness to bloating. However, for me and many women, the most severe PMS symptom?


I can always tell when they are about to come. They start off slow, warning me that they are on their way. Then they come in full force like the waves of a tsunami, one after another, until my pain reliever kicks in and calms the storm. At one point, I was taking 15 or more 200 mg ibuprofen tablets a day. I’m not proud of it but I had to do it just to function.

However, reading about the effects of NSAIDs on your liver, scared me, so I started looking into alternatives.

I should have known that the Lord had provided tons of natural remedies to treat cramps. I only had to look for them. The relief that these remedies have provided cannot be overstated. You see, ibuprofen and Midol help temporarily but I believe that some of these natural remedies have actually helped heal my body.  I still have PMS and period cramps, but they are nothing like they used to be!

If you’ve had cramps so bad that you’ve curled up into the fetal position and cried then you will definitely want to read this post. I pray that it will help you fight the battle against PMS cramps and win.

For many of us, the cramps that accompany our periods are the worst part of being a woman. But you don't have to be miserable each month! Here are 5 natural PMS cramp remedies EVERY woman should know!

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But first, let’s talk about some of the reasons why we get PMS cramps.

What Causes Cramps

When you search Google to figure out what causes PMS cramps you might find answers like “PMS cramps happen when there is an elevated production of prostaglandins which are hormones that cause your uterus to contract. When you have strong uterine contractions, the blood supply to the uterus is momentarily shut down, depriving the uterus muscle of oxygen and setting up the cycle of menstrual cramps and pain.”

However, what I think is even more helpful to know what it is that we do to cause PMS to be so painful.

Although there are many reasons why we might have PMS or period cramps, there are just two that I want to highlight because I think they are the biggest contributing factors.

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Reason #1: Being Overweight or Obese

When we carry too much fat on our bodies, we also carry too much estrogen, because estrogen likes to hang out in our fat cells. Having an excess of estrogen is not a good thing. Besides it causing issues like hair loss and thyroid dysfunction, it also causes us to have PMS symptoms which of course includes cramping.

Reason #2: Nutrition

Since being overweight or obese can cause PMS cramps, it’s no surprise that there’s also a direct link between what we eat and PMS. It boils down to this: inflammatory foods like pizza, French fries, ice cream — you know, all the foods we love — cause our cramps to get worse.

While anti-inflammatory foods like spinach, fatty fish, and avocados can help decrease our cramps.

Now, we have an idea of some of the things that make our cramps worse. However, besides losing weight and eating better there are some natural remedies that we can try that may make our cramps even less painful.

Note from Scattered Woman: Since we know nutrition is key to SO MANY aspects of our health, don’t forget that an easy way to up the nutrition content of your food is by adding healing herbs! Learn how in the Herb & Essential Oil Super Bundle! 

My Top 5 Natural Remedies To Eliminate PMS Cramps

Vitex Chaste TreeVitex Fruit

Because I had to endure so much torture every month (and at one point twice a month), I was determined to find some natural remedies that would tame this horrible beast that was my cramps. So, I went online and discovered that the Lord had created all kinds of herbs that help women deal with menstrual issues.

Although I’ve tried many of them, the herb that has been my mainstay is vitex fruit. Vitex fruit or chaste berries come from the chaste tree, which is a member of the mint family. This herb helps with PMS symptoms like bloating, mood swings, and mostly importantly cramps.

I believe this herb has not only decreased the severity of my cramps over time but I also believed it helped regulate my period and kept me from having my period twice a month.

You can buy vitex fruit in many forms: tea leaves, capsules, tinctures, and essential oils. I personally have only used the capsules, but I see no reason why it wouldn’t be beneficial in its other forms as it is a very powerful herb.

You can learn more about the healing powers of herbs in general in the Herb & Essential Oil Super Bundle.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is a major overachiever. It seems like it pops up on every “natural ways to cure XYZ” list, this one being no exception. Apple cider vinegar or ACV, when taken before a meal, especially a meal high in inflammatory foods, can help prevent the cramps that come with eating unhealthy food. And unlike vitex fruit, which works slowly, ACV works quickly in treating your PMS symptoms.

Two Important Tips with ACV:

  1. Make sure to get the ACV with the mother in it, which means it’s unprocessed and unpasteurized. ACV with the mother has retained all of its original proteins, beneficial bacteria and enzymes and as a result, has a cloudy, murky appearance. If the ACV looks too perfect and clear, all the good stuff has been filtered out. That’s not what we want, so keep that in mind. Look for the brand Braggs or an organic version.
  2. Protect your teeth when drinking ACV by diluting a tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water and using a straw. To be even more protective, drink a plain glass of water after you drink the ACV water.

ACV is great for detox baths, as well, and detoxing in general is helpful for alleviating your worst PMS symptoms! Learn more about making your own detox baths with ACV in this post.

Blackstrap Molasses

Molasses is apparently not just for biscuits anymore. The high nutritional content in molasses makes it a powerhouse remedy for your menstrual and reproductive health. Nutrients like iron, magnesium, vitamin B6 and selenium are in blackstrap molasses and they all have been known to help relieve cramps and other PMS related symptoms.

Two Words of Advice Regarding Molasses:

  1. Unless you already know you love molasses, do yourself a favor and get the organic molasses like the Wholesome brand. The taste difference between organic and nonorganic molasses is like night and day!
  2. Heat a teaspoon or two of molasses in about a ½ a cup of water and then add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to the mixture. I know it sounds weird but it honestly tastes good. It’s kind of like a warm spiced tea of sorts and combining them makes them an even more powerful pain reliever.

Note from Scattered Woman: I tried this ACV/Molasses “tea” at the beginning of my last cycle, and it WORKED! Huzzah! I now have a new, personally tested remedy to add to my Home Health Arsenal! LOVE IT!! ❤

White Willow Bark

This is a recent addition in my natural medicine arsenal. White willow bark is called “nature’s aspirin” because it contains salicin which was what was originally used to make aspirin. However, white willow bark does not have the same side effects as aspirin, like the risk of internal bleeding.

This is because natural medicines, like white willow bark, contain other compounds and chemicals that do not disrupt the other functions of the body. The Lord seemed to make these herbs with the ability to cure or treat an ailment in one part of the body without setting off a negative chain reaction in another part.

On the other hand, over-the-counter and prescription drugs usually have an isolated chemical, that may be beneficial to one part of the body, but it does not contain the other necessary components to prevent it from upsetting the natural balance of other parts of the body.

So you can take white willow bark (in moderation), instead of aspirin, ibuprofen, or Midol, and it won’t damage your liver or stomach. However, be careful not to take willow bark and the over-the-counter painkillers together.

Green Drinks

The Nutribullet blender changed my life. I can always tell when I haven’t had a green drink or a ‘nutriblast’ (as it’s called in the Nutribullet universe) in a few days because my energy levels go way down. It has also been beneficial in treating my PMS cramps.

I put spinach, blueberries, strawberries, and sometimes acai berries (if I can afford it) in mine and it’s delicious. If you notice, these are some of the same anti-inflammatory foods that I mentioned earlier so it’s no surprise that this green drink helps eliminate cramps. I try to drink one every day or at least 6 days a week. If you try it, I promise you won’t regret it.

For many of us, the cramps that accompany our periods are the worst part of being a woman. But you don't have to be miserable each month! Here are 5 natural PMS cramp remedies EVERY woman should know!

Ready to Try These Natural PMS Cramp Remedies?

PMS cramps are not only painful, but they visit you every month. However, they don’t have to be as severe or impact your life as they do now. I believe if you start slowly introducing all of these into your diet, your PMS symptoms will improve beyond belief.

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It’s all about those baby steps!

All praise to the Father for creating all of these herbs and plants that help heal our bodies without harming them. I pray this post has been helpful to you and that your PMS cramps will be a thing of the past. And if you’ve tried any of these remedies or have some natural remedies of your own that have helped you, please share them in the comments below!

Don’t forget to get even MORE safe & natural remedies for a whole host of ailments — female & otherwise! — in the Herb & Essential Oil Super Bundle!

For many of us, the cramps that accompany our periods are the worst part of being a woman. But you don't have to be miserable each month! Here are 5 natural PMS cramp remedies EVERY woman should know!

Angela Johnson is the owner of the Christian lifestyle blog Healthy As You Can (HAYC), as well as an author and certified life coach. She started this blog to help support Christian women with the various struggles in their lives like their weight, health, career, finances, emotional well-being and their walk with Christ. If you’d like to see all of Angela’s healthy lifestyle resources, you can sign up for free access to her resource libraries here. You can also connect with Angela in her free Facebook group.















  • Jessica says:

    Thank you for this post. Natural matters! I haven’t tried these particular remedies but I have been using things like essential oils to support my body (especially my liver) and have noticed a HUGE reduction in the pain I experience from cramps. I just recently started using reusable cloth pads (totally didn’t even know they existed before) and that has also greatly reduced the amount of cramping I have experienced. So far I have found that anything that helps reduce my body’s toxic load helps to some extent.

  • Jesse Murphy says:

    This is great! Thanks for the tips! 🙂