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Benefits of Lavender And Its Side Effects

Lavender which is scientifically named as Lavandula angustifolia is a species of flowering plants of the mint family, Lamiaceae, native to Southern Europe, Southwest Asia, Southeast India, Northern and Eastern Africa. Lavender essential oil is extracted through steam distillation from the delicate purple blossoms of the lavender plant. This oil steals the spotlight amongst all the essential oils as it is extremely gentle yet highly effective. Lavender has calming and tranquillizing properties and also has the capability to flush out toxins. Furthermore, it is used to scale down anxiety, relieve pain and improve sleep.

Benefits of Lavender And Its Side Effects

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Lavender
Nutritional Value of Lavender
Health Benefits of Lavender
Curbs anxiety
Treats hair loss
Rejuvenates the skin
Anti inflammatory property
Antibacterial activity
Boosts gut health
Cures respiratory problems
Effective painkiller
Alleviates menstrual cramps and PMS
Inhibits sleeplessness
Uses of Lavender
Side-Effects & Allergies of Lavender
Cultivation of Lavender

Lavender

Lavender is popular for its sweet aroma. Thus, is commonly used in cosmetic products but it also very beneficial to the human health. Also, lavender oil has proved to be an extremely helpful oil when it comes to benefitting the human body. Commercial brewing of lavender is carried through dried flowers and the oils of the lavender plant. In ancient times, lavender was used for medicinal benefits. It was also used to treat epilepsy and migraine attacks during the medieval era by medical practitioners. Lavender oil can be consumed orally, applied topically or the fragrant can be inhaled.

Nutritional Value of Lavender

The supply of calories gained from lavender is not very high as there are nearly 49 calories per 100 grams of lavender. So is the measure of fat. Furthermore, lavender contains vitamins and minerals abundantly. It also contains caffeic acid which is proven to be effective for preventing cancer. Moreover lavender contains ample amount of calcium compounds that is approximately 215 mg of calcium in 100 grams.

Health Benefits of Lavender

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Lavender
Health Benefits of Lavender

Curbs anxiety

Lavender is very popular for getting rid of anxiety and depression as it boosts alpha and theta also known as relaxing brain waves. Lavender helps lower heart rate, increases the gap between heartbeats and also decreases perspiration which signifies a decline in anxiety levels. For low-anxiety situations, lavender helps lower heart rate, increase the variation between heartbeats and decrease sweat secretion indicating a decrease in anxiety levels. An increase in variation between heartbeats indicates a higher tolerance to stress. In high-anxiety situations, lavender causes an increase in variation between heartbeats in women and an increase in sweat secretion in men. However, while the increase in variation between heartbeats indicates a mild decrease in anxiety for women, the increase in sweat secretion proves the opposite effect for men.

Treats hair loss

Lavender is perhaps potent for treating alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is an ailment in which hair loss occurs from few or all areas of the body. By regularly massaging the scalp with lavender oil diluted with carrier oil, one can boost circulation of blood towards hair follicles which allows the body to deliver vitamins and nutrients to improve hair growth.

Rejuvenates the skin

Due to its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, lavender is very beneficial for skin. Several skin conditions like canker sores, acne, and other allergic reactions can be treated by using lavender oil topically. Additionally, its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities aid to improve skin conditions and reduce the signs of aging such as dark spots and wrinkles.

Anti inflammatory property

It’s clinically proven that lavender oil prevents inflammation and allergic reactions when used either topically or through injections. Also, it can prevent bronchial asthma and restrain inflammation in the lungs.

Antibacterial activity

Due to its antibacterial compounds, lavender suppresses fungal infections and irritations on the skin like common yeast candida. Study states that the effects of lavender oil on various strains of candida with some very positive results. More constituents in lavender oil that are subject to its antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory properties include cis-ocimene, lavandulyl acetate, 1, 8-cineole, limonene and geraniol.

Boosts gut health

Lavender oil is beneficial for digestion considering the fact that it boosts the ability to move food within the intestine. Other than that it also triggers the production of gastric juices and bile that helps in the treatment of indigestion, colic, flatulence, stomach pain, diarrhoea and vomiting.

Cures respiratory problems

Lavender oil can lessen respiratory disorders such as cold, flu, cough, asthma, throat infections, sinus congestion, tonsillitis, laryngitis and bronchitis. It can be used topically by applying on your neck, chest, or back and can also be inhaled as mist. The energizing nature of lavender oil can recline the phlegm and alleviate the congestion caused due to respiratory conditions thus, speeding up the regaining process. The vapor of lavender oil also possesses antibacterial properties which combat respiratory tract infections.

Effective painkiller

Lavender oil consists of analgesic property and is proven to be remarkable when it comes to treating different types of pains like headache, sprain, rheumatism, migraine, muscle pains, etc. Lavender oil relieves the pain and calms the affected area.

Alleviates menstrual cramps and PMS

Researchers concluded that lavender might help to alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms. Women at reproductive age encounter various symptoms in the premenstrual state known as premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Another latest study proves that when lavender oil is massaged on the skin it can relieve dysmenorrhoea, which is related with menstrual pain and cramping.

Inhibits sleeplessness

Lavender oil is a nourishing substitute to medicines that are prescribed by practitioners for insomnia. Not only it inhibits sleeplessness but it also enhances the regularity of sleep and loosens up the body and mind. Studies state that lavender increases slow-wave sleep in which the heartbeat slows down and muscles calm. The brain organizes memory while in this state.

Uses of Lavender

Lavender is one of the most versatile of all essential oils. It is mostly popular for its soothing effects on the body and mind. Therapeutic-grade lavender has been immensely recommended for the skin. It is also helpful to relieve skin irritations, clean cuts, and bruises. The sweet aroma is refreshing and relaxing.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Lavender

A published study revealed that continuous usage of lavender oil on the skin triggers pre-pubertal gynecomastia, a condition that enlarges breast tissue in boys before puberty. Use of lavender oil should be discussed with a medical practitioner if one is pregnant or breast-feeding.

Cultivation of Lavender

Lavender is a flowering shrub native to the Mediterranean region and North Africa; dating back to more than 2,500 years ago. Archaic civilizations such as the Arabians, Egyptians and Phoenicians used lavender in the preparation of perfumes and mummification. On the other hand the Romans, Persians and Greeks added it to their bathwater to purify their skin. Also in the bible, lavender oil has been mentioned as the aromatic used for healing.

Popular Questions & Answers

I have been suffering from shoulder ache It's been 10 days since I am having this ache. I am having this feeling of some nerves problem Is it the symptoms of brain stroke?

MBBS
General Physician, Fatehabad
Hi lybrate-user, These home remedies for shoulder pain could be the trick for finding relief. 1. Sleep - Try a supported sleep position. Lay on your good side and place a pillow in front of your body. Rest your bad shoulder on this pillow for support. 2. Stand (And Sit) Up Straight - This is particularly important if you spend your days sitting at a desk. When sitting, try placing a small pillow or cushion behind your lower back. Improving your lower back support will, in turn, improve your upper body posture. To improve your standing posture, pay special attention to how you hold your shoulder blades. Made sure they are down and back. 3. Epsom Salt - Fill your bath tub with warm to hot water, and pour in two cups of epsom salt. Mix thoroughly until the salt dissolves. Get in the bath and submerge your shoulder. Repeat three times weekly. For an added benefit, use lavender epsom salts. Lavender epsom salts make a for great stress relief remedy! 4. Turmeric - Turmeric is anti-inflammatory by nature, making it a great home remedy for swelling and pain. Try mixing two tablespoons of turmeric and one tablespoon of coconut oil to make a potent anti-inflammatory paste. Apply to the shoulder in pain twice daily. 5. Neck Release - Sit up straight. Slowly lower your chin to your chest, as if nodding yes, until you feel a stretch in the back of your neck. You can lean your head to the side opposite your bad shoulder for an extra stretch. Hold up to one minute in each direction. Repeat 3-5 times. Hope this helps. Good Luck.
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I am 21 years old female. I feel very disturbed, stressed in myself. I am unable to sleep at night, generally I sleep between 4-6 in the morning. Last year I have gone through abortion also ,due to no heartbeat of baby. I am really very depressed. Kindly tell me, kindly tell me the right path, what should I do? And also whenever I sleep, mostly I see dreams of babies n all. M really very much disturbed. please tell me what should I do? My health is also getting down day-by -day. Also I don't feel well .Please help.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
You are probably upset about the loss of your baby. Luckily you can always have another but before that you must investigate why you lost he baby. Then take necessary medical intervention or precautions to prevent its recurrence. But sleep is very important and any deprivation can do you more harm. Try out the following: In your case particularly, do not sleep during the day; don’t even lie down. Go for regular exercise (breathing through your nostrils only) at a fixed time (at about 6 am) every day, whether you sleep or not. You must develop this habit of sleeping by 10 pm latest every night and wake up at a uniform time by 6 am every morning, even if you do not get sleep. If you do not get sleep, just lie down and if you have a bed lamp (or you could get one) lie down and read something light but not exciting. Your eyes will tire and you will fall asleep. If you like you may also put on light and soft music with the sleep function on. Depending on whether you are a visual or auditory person, you may watch TV in a lying down position until you feel sleepy. Have a warm bath before going to bed (for some people a cold bath at night seems to induce sleep! If you are one of them, please do so). Place the head side of your bed in a North-South position. The room must be as dark as possible and there should be no electronic items that give off even a light LED glow. There must be ample ventilation in the room. Avoid strong odors, except lavender, on your body or in the room, or on your sheets and clothes. There should not be any live plants in your bedroom. Sleep with the lightest of clothes or without any clothing. When lying down to sleep, lie down on your left ear as much as possible. Do not sleep directly under an overhead fan. You must eat a good breakfast, a fairly light lunch, and an early dinner, which should be a very light meal. Whatever you eat in the other meals, have only a pure carbohydrate meal at night with any vegetables, and preferably before 8 pm. Do not drink much liquids after or near about dinner time. When lying down to sleep you may use the 4-7-8 breathing pattern of sleep inducement i.e. Breathe in for four counts through your nostril only, hold for 7 counts, and exhale with a whoosh sound, through your mouth only, for 8 counts. Repeat this four times in the morning and just before you sleep at night. If you know Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT (check this out either on YouTube or Google), then please practice this too for sleep induction. Self-hypnosis and slow relaxation techniques, at night will be tremendously useful. Acupuncture or acupressure will both be very useful too. You can also try the 4-7-8 breathing pattern, which is to breathe in for four counts, hold your breath for 7 counts and exhale with a whoosh sound for 8 counts. This is to be four times at a time first thing in the morning and last thing at night, and any number of times during the day. While doing this exercise place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth. The effects will be seen after a few days. Pray last thing at night before you sleep.
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I am a 16 year old male and since a very long time (approximately 3 years) have been experiencing Hyperhidrosis in both my palms. Also the lines on my palms have darkened, plus I have a lot of lines on my palms. There are dark spots at some places too. My doctor advised me to apply Aldry Lotion before going to sleep for 30 days. Kindly help.

Bachelor of Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences (BNYS), M.sc in yoga and naturopathy, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Ayurveda, Delhi
Aldry lotion can be used under doctor's prescription. Avoid excess exercise Avoid wearing black dress Avoid excess alcohol Drink 2-3 liters of water daily Use rose water/ lavender oil in bathing water Bath in cold water Soak 10 raisins in water and keep it over night. Take this on your empty stomach Regular purgation therapy is needed take 1 tsp of amla powder with ghee/ honey after taking the raisins Practice pranayama daily.
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I'm 30 year old male. I sweat very excessively particularly my armpit area. My clothes get complete wet as if someone has dipped in into water. Kindly suggest.

MBBS
Internal Medicine Specialist, Kendujhar
Hello, Thanks for your query on Lybrate "As" per your clinical history is concerned please follow like this - 1) Do [T3, T4 & TSH and USG thyroid gland]to rule out Hyper thyroidism 2) If normal then visit your [psychologist]to rule out GAD, and If confirmed then discuss about [escitalopram] Do follow few lifestyle modifications like this - 1) Take care of your body by eating a well-balanced diet and take one multivitamin caps like [Rejuvit Plus] 2) Try to limit alcohol, caffeine, and sugar consumption. 3) Take time out for yourself every day 4) Trim a hectic schedule to its most essential items, and do your best to avoid activities you don't find relaxing. 5) Mix four drops of lavender oil in one teaspoon of almond oil, olive oil or any base oil. Use it as a massage oil on your neck, back and shoulders. Repeat daily or a few times a week until you see any improvements. Hope that helps.

I delivered girl baby on 28.10.17 and its normal delivery. Initially there was very less milk supply and I was given glyzifer by my doctor which resulted in good supply. My breast milk gets clotted at least twice a week if I don't feed within 2 to 2.5 hours. As of now I'm feeding my every two to two n hours. My baby is 2.5 months old and my paediatrician has asked me not to wake my baby unless she is hungry n sometimes my baby sleeps for 4 hours. What to do to prevent engorging n clogged ducts? Thank you.

M.B.S.(HOMEO), MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Visakhapatnam
Natural Treatment for a Clogged Milk Duct. Take a hot shower and massage breast tissue. Make a Lavender tea tincture. Massage around the entire breast, up into the arm pit, with a special focus on the clogged duct area. Apply moist heat to the breast for 15-20 minutes prior to feeds, or take a hot shower allowing the hot water to pour over the affected breast. Massage the breast while in the shower or between compresses, pressing with your thumb from behind the plug toward the nipple. Use vibration over the plug. The handle of an electric tooth brush or any hand held massager will work. Nurse the baby. Nurse more frequently than usual, every 2 to 3 hours. Do not miss any feedings. Make sure the baby is deeply latched Our Lactation experts recommend Luna Lullaby Nursing Pillow & The Pump Station's own Back Pillow to get your little in the proper position and make the latch-on process easier. Start each nursing on the affected breast. If using only one breast at a feeding, nurse on the side with the plug at each nursing and pump the other breast as frequently as you would have nursed on it. Pump. Pump the affected breast for 10-15 minutes after nursing. A hospital grade pump may be more effective especially if the baby does not nurse well or you cannot tolerate feedings.
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Popular Health Tips

Hair Fall - 9 Quick Tips That Can Help You Handle It!

MBBS, MD Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Bangalore
Hair Fall - 9 Quick Tips That Can Help You Handle It!

Hair-fall is a normal process, if we consider the hair-growth cycle that lasts for two to six weeks. The usual rate of growth is about one centimeter a month. After two to three months, hair which were in their ‘resting phase’ shed to allow new hair to grow back. Deviation from this normal cycle leads to abnormal hair-fall which can then become a matter of concern.

Tips to handle abnormal hair loss

  1. Testing hair thinning: Take 20 to 30 hair strands and hold them between your thumb and index finger. Pull firmly and slowly. If more than six hair strands happen to come out at a time, then you might be suffering from abnormal hair loss.
  2. Limited use of hair dryers: Consistent heating weakens the hair proteins and leads to brittleness and fragility of hair follicles. Hence, limit the uses of hair dryers, curlers, hair straightness or hot brushes.
  3. Avoid Perms: Avoid chemical straightening or curling which breaks the inner bonding of your hair and makes the hair brittle.
  4. Avoid bleachingBleaching removes the natural pigment and weakens the hair follicles.
  5. Avoid pulling the hair strands tightly: Certain hairstyling involves tightly pulling the hair and using clips or elastics, tight braids, plaits, cornrows, tight ponytail. Avoid using heated rollers. ‘Traction alopecia’ is the term coined for tightly pulling of your hair.
  6. Use a mild shampoo: Regularly washing your hair cleanses your hair as well as your scalp which prevents any chance of infection and the subsequent hair loss. Instead of shampooing daily, do it on alternate days. Mild shampoo includes sultaines, sulfosuccinates, silicones, and amphoacetate.
  7. Right Choice of Shampoo: Use different shampoos for different purposes; dandruff, greasy or normal hair and for dry hair. If the shampoo is rich in protein, it may boost the volume and make it thicker and smoother for a temporary period, but does not repair the damaged hair
  8. Use a good hairbrush: Use a soft brush, made of natural fibers. Instead of a brush, use a comb for wet hair.
  9. Scalp Massage: Massage your hair with nourishing oils such as rosemary, coconut, almond or lavender oil. It warms your skin and boosts blood circulation and provides nutrients to the follicles.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!





 

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Enlarged Breasts in Men(Gynecomastia ) - Know Its Surgical Treatment!

M. Ch. (Plastic Surgery), MS - General Surgery, MBBS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Noida
Enlarged Breasts in Men(Gynecomastia ) - Know Its Surgical Treatment!

Swollen breast tissues in men or boys caused by hormonal (testosterone and estrogen) imbalances is called gynecomastia. Both breasts or one breast, can be affected by gynecomastia. At any point in life, from birth to puberty, even in adulthood, you might develop gynecomastia. Most of the times, gynecomastia is caused by hormonal imbalances, but there might be some underlying causes as well.
Gynecomastia is normally not a serious condition, but it can be difficult to deal with the pain and embarrassment.

It can be cured with surgery or medication, if it doesn't go away on its own.

Symptoms and signs of gynecomastia include:

  • Enlarged glands in the breast tissue
  • Tenderness in the breast

The causes that trigger gynecomastia include:

  1. Hormonal changes: Testosterone and estrogen control the sexual development in men and women respectively. Estrogen is not a hormone that only women produce; men produce it too. When the production of testosterone and estrogen are thrown out of balance, gynecomastia occurs.
  2. Medication: Certain medications such as anabolic steroids, androgens, HIV/AIDS medicines, antibiotics and chemotherapy can cause gynecomastia.
  3. Drugs and alcohol: Substances such as alcohol, marijuana, amphetamines, heroin and methadone cause gynecomastia.
  4. Health condition: Certain factors, such as aging, hypogonadism (a hormonal disorder), hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland), tumorskidney failure, cirrhosis, liver failure, malnutrition and starvation can lead to gynecomastia.
  5. Herbal products: Essential oils derived from plants such as lavender or tea tree, used in lotions or shampoos, have weak estrogenic actives. They have been said to cause gynecomastia.

Gynecomastia can be cured either with medication or surgery. Surgical options for gynecomastia are, however, limited.

Treatment

There is no definitive medical treatment. The main answer for Gynecomastia is surgery. It is a daycare procedure in most situations. It is done by a Surgeon, usually, a Plastic surgeon does a better job.

Anesthesia- Either Local or General anesthesia is given to make it painless

Procedure-Through a small incision in the areola, the swelling is removed by both Liposuction of the Fat part and Excision (removal) for Breast gland part. As the incision is through the areola, the final scar is hardly visible. In extensive swellings, skin also needs to be removed, wherein a scar around the areola border is visible.

Recovery- usually can go back to work in 2-3 days time. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Cystic Acne - 6 Effective Remedies For It!

DHMS (Diploma In Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery), FWT (W.B)
Homeopath, 24 Parganas
Cystic Acne - 6 Effective Remedies For It!

Cystic acne is a serious form of acne, which is characterized by deep, inflamed acne breakout. Red cysts are developed under the surface of the skin, which cause great pain. Cystic acnes are not only painful, but also affect your appearance and self-confidence.

Hence, effective steps should be taken to get rid of them. Here are 6 effective remedies to treat cystic acne.

  1. Do not pop: Avoid popping the acne which appear on your skin. Cystic acnes should never be popped because of their depth and popping or squeezing will make them worse. The more you touch them, the more they tend to worsen, and permanent scars may be left.
  2. Ice: Applying ice cubes directly to the acne affected area for some time constricts the blood vessels in the cyst. By applying ice, the size and redness of the acne get reduced.
  3. Proper skin careYou should maintain a simple skin care routine and avoid scented moisturizers. Before applying any lotion, ensure that your skin is clean and exfoliated. Use oil free and non-scented moisturizers.
  4. Do not get obsessed: Avoid spending hours looking at the cystic acne in the mirror. The more obsessed you, the more negative thoughts will come into your mind, making you feel even worse.
  5. Towels and pillowcases: Do not let other people use your towels and pillows. Abstain from washing these items with strong detergents and use natural, non-scented laundry products. Change your pillowcases and towels regularly.
  6. DietIn case of cystic acne, you should take several diet precautions. Cut down the use of dairy products, excessive sugar, grain products and caffeine. Fried food and fast food should be avoided as well.

For better healing of cystic acne, you should consume probiotic rich foods, foods high in zinc, protein and fiber. You can consume several supplements as well, such as probiotics, zinc and Omega-3 fatty acids.

  1. Relax: Stress makes the condition of cystic acne worse. You should undertake relaxation techniques to reduce stress as hormones released due to stress can make the acne worse. You should try natural stress relievers.
  2. Sleep: Having proper sleep at night regularly improves your health and reduces inflammation due to cystic acne.
  3. Exercise: Regular exercise benefits the lymphatic system and detoxifies the body. Your mood and self-esteem are improved, which have been hampered due to acne.
  4. Essential oils: Essential oils such as lavender and tea tree help in treating cystic acne. With anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, these oils are effective and can be applied to the acne directly.

Cystic acne is a severe form of acne, which requires proper care and treatment. Several simple remedies can be used to treat the same. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Dengue - 5 Ways You Can Prevent Yourself Against It!

MD - Internal Medicine, MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
Dengue - 5 Ways You Can Prevent Yourself Against It!

The monsoons cool the air down but also provides an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. A mosquito bite is universally abhorred. A sting that turns into dengue is even more disliked. Dengue is a mosquito borne disease that causes high fever, rashes and pain in joints and muscles. Since there is no vaccine that can completely eradicate dengue, it becomes important to take preventive measures to reduce mosquitoes and keep the disease at bay.

Here are a few tips that can reduce your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes:

  1. Do not allow water to accumulate: Mosquitoes breed in standing water. To prevent this do not allow rainwater to collect in pots or stagnate in your garden. Ensure that your water tanks are kept covered always. Keep buckets turned over when not in use. Coolers are generally ineffective in the monsoons so empty them out and keep the trays dry. It is also a good idea to empty and dry swimming pools and ornamental fountains during the monsoons.
  2. Use mosquito repellant: Dengue mosquitoes typically bite a person during the day. Hence, make it a habit to put on a mosquito repellant along with your sunscreen every time you step out. Mosquito repellants should be used on all the exposed areas of your skin including your ears. Using a mosquito net around your bed at night is the best way to ensure safety against mosquitoes. You could also attach mosquito repellant patches on your infant's clothes.
  3. Do not allow mosquitoes indoors: Install mesh shutters on your doors and windows. This will allow air in but will keep mosquitoes out. Take a close look at your doors and windows for holes through which mosquitoes could come in. Also look at their joints and edges to ensure that there are no gaps. Burning camphor and lavender or tea tree aromatics can also help keep mosquitoes away.
  4. Grow mosquito repellant plants: Citronella and tulsi are two plants that are well known for their mosquito repelling properties. Grow these plants near your window and the entrance of your house to naturally repel mosquitoes.
  5. Avoid outdoor activities at dawn and dusk: Sunrise and sunset are when mosquitoes are most active. Hence avoid being outdoors at this time. If you must be out, wear protective clothes that minimize the amount of skin exposed. Wearing light colours instead of dark colours can also help as mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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7 Ways To Treat Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)!

Diploma In Advanced Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgery, ATSM (Urogynaecology), MRCOG, DRCOG, DGO, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Noida
7 Ways To Treat Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)!

Premenstrual syndrome or PMS is a common phenomenon that happens to over 75% of menstruating women. It refers to a set of symptoms that a woman experiences 7 to 10 days within the onset of her monthly period. The symptoms often cause great discomfort to the woman, but disappear soon after the period gets over.

The symptoms include muscle cramps, headache, body ache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, mood swings and a lot more. This is not a pathogen related disease. It is caused due to hormonal imbalance before the start of menses in women. The level of female hormones i.e. estrogen and progesterone fluctuate inside a woman’s body prior to the menses. They are believed to have an impact on certain chemicals released by the brain. Therefore, women experience these symptoms during this time of their monthly cycle.

You don’t need to depend on strict medication to get rid of these symptoms. They can vanish if you make some changes in your lifestyle. Here are some natural ways to get rid of these symptoms:

  1. Check your diet: In order to enjoy a healthy period, you need to avoid certain food items. Trans fats and hydrogenated fats can increase these symptoms. Cut down on the sugar content of your meal as high sugar level can give birth to some of these symptoms like mood swings, headache, nausea, etc. It is also important to check the water content in your body. It is advisable to avoid salt as too much water retention can be bad. Too much consumption of caffeine can cause depression and anxiety.
  2. Go for a holistic and balanced diet: Women must include sufficient amounts of minerals and vitamins in their diet to avoid PMS. Try eating foods that are rich in magnesium such as bananas and leafy green vegetables. Also consume Vitamin A rich foods, mainly yellow and orange vegetables.
  3. Take up some light exercises: Light aerobic exercises may help you in getting some relief from bloated stomach and pain. But, don’t exert yourself in doing stressful exercises.
  4. Try some heat: Applying a heat pad can provide relief from muscle cramps and abdominal pain. Heat dilates the blood vessels and improves flow of blood through them. This provides relief from any sort of pain.
  5. Drink right: It is true that too much retention of water in the body can worsen PMS. But it is advisable that you drink sufficient amount of water during the periods or before it starts. As experts say, water itself can hinder water retention in your body. Besides water, go for herbal drinks like a cup of hot ginger tea. Some herbal drinks can work wonders in preventing PMS.
  6. Sleep well: Adequate night sleep is a must for menstruating women.
  7. Oil message: Use lavender oil and cypress oil to avoid muscle cramps and tension.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Table of Content

Lavender
Nutritional Value of Lavender
Health Benefits of Lavender
Curbs anxiety
Treats hair loss
Rejuvenates the skin
Anti inflammatory property
Antibacterial activity
Boosts gut health
Cures respiratory problems
Effective painkiller
Alleviates menstrual cramps and PMS
Inhibits sleeplessness
Uses of Lavender
Side-Effects & Allergies of Lavender
Cultivation of Lavender