Unfortunately, it is common to suffer during your period. Several methods exist to relieve painful periods: hot baths, medicines, sports, plants... Today, we propose a DIY recipe to make your own home-made dry hot water bottle. It's simple and ecological!
Why use a hot water bottle during your period?
You must have already heard about the hot water bottle to relieve period pains. This grandmotherly method is widely known and used in the relief of menstrual pain. painful periods. The hot water bottle is an ideal technique to relieve menstrual pain. How is it done?
The heat allows to relax the muscles which tend to contract during the periods. It also allows to dilate the blood vessels, to increase the blood flow with the heat that it diffuses. The uterine muscle will thus be relaxed and the pain soothed!
You don't have a hot water bottle at hand? We show you how to make one!
How to make a homemade dry hot water bottle?
It is very simple to make a dry hot water bottle: you will only need a few supplies, which can be found at low prices!
Dry hot water bottles, unlike water bottles, do not contain liquids. It is in fact the seeds inside the hot water bottle that will keep the heat and then spread it. We explain what you need and how to make a homemade hot water bottle!
Before you start designing your hot water bottle, here is the list of materials needed:
- fabric, you can choose a fabric from a garment you no longer use (organic fabric is preferred). Just make sure it is heat resistant.
- Seeds: you can choose seeds of cherries, apricots etc... previously washed
- optional: lavender (its scent sometimes helps to relax)
- a needle (or sewing machine)
The first step is to make a fabric pouch, the size of your choice, using thread and a needle, or directly with the sewing machine if you have one.
To make the pouch, simply cut two rectangles of the same size from the fabric and sew them together right sides together. Turn the pouch inside out before filling it.
Don't close the pouch completely before inserting the seeds and possibly the lavender inside. Once the pouch is filled, close it with the thread.
You just have to heat it in the microwave or on a radiator (not electric)! Be careful not to burn yourself: test beforehand to determine the heating time of the hot water bottle.
How to use the home-made hot water bottle during your period ?
To use the hot water bottle, it is very simple:
- you just have to heat it up
- then relax by placing it on your lower stomach or lower back (depending on the location of the pain).
- All you have to do is relax!
You can of course use the hot water bottle for other places like your feet, if you are cold!
Just be careful not to burn yourself by heating the hot water bottle too long.
Think of other natural tips to relieve painful periods
As we explained to you, heat is a very good solution to relieve menstrual pain. But, there are also other natural methods against dysmenorrhea:
- Essential oils to relieve the pain are very effective: we advise you in particular the essential oil of tarragon, the essential oil of clary sage, lavender or even anise.
- The effectiveness of plants is known and recognized: they are consumed in herbal tea and infusion
- If you feel up to doing sports during your period: don't hesitate! Although you might think the opposite, the sport has many benefits for menstrual pain. The endorphins released when practicing a sport cause a feeling of well-being and the practice itself relaxes the muscles, improves blood circulation which allows for better circulation of oxygen in the body.
Practicing yoga during your period also helps to relieve pain.
There is no miracle solution for all women, but certain methods such as exercising, taking dietary supplements, taking medication or even diet can have a positive impact on pain. It's up to you to test which method suits you best!