Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) has probably plagued women for ages. But, for some reason, it took centuries for doctors to recognize it as being a bona fide medical problem. If you've been diagnosed with having episodes of PMS, then you may know there are more than one hundred symptoms associated with this medical condition. Instead of suffering the next time it affects you, use these homemade treatments for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).

According to the medical experts, women who experience PMS are affected by it anywhere from a week or two before they start their next menstrual cycle. Some of the most common symptoms include abdominal cramps, tiredness, joint pain, anxiety, mood swings, headaches, neck aches, water retention, nausea, hot flashes, tender breasts and food cravings. While no single homemade treatment can erase all of the symptoms, it can help bring relief to at least one them. For example, soaking in a bath tub full of warm bath- no bubbles, please, as bubble bath can cause vaginal infections- can help relieve abdominal cramps and joint pain.

Another homemade treatment for Premenstrual Syndrome is what my mother calls a "Hot Toddy." To make this remedy, heat up a large cup of tap water in your microwave. Stir in a teaspoon or two of lemon juice, (according to your taste), a half teaspoon or so of honey and a couple tablespoons of whiskey. Sip this concoction and it will act as a muscle relaxer. You won't get drunk from it, but it will soothe and calm jangled nerves. It will also help you sleep like a baby.

Your diet alone can play a large part in decreasing symptoms that are caused by PMS too. Eating a healthy diet that's high in fiber will help relieve constipation; eating plenty of foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and especially iron, will help replenish your body; while foods that are high in fat can aggravate the symptoms.

Although you may already feel like you're going to float away because you're so bloated from Premenstrual Syndrome, it's still important to drink plenty of water every day. The water will help keep your body hydrated for optimum health. It will also help flush away harmful toxins.

Then, drink Dandelion Tea, which is a natural diuretic, or take the supplements as a homemade treatment to get rid of the excess water in your body. You should also eat foods that contain lots of potassium such as milk, bananas, broccoli and fish too, when you're suffering from Premenstrual Syndrome. (But, watch your sodium intake.) The potassium will help reduce the amount of excess fluid in your body. Plus, it will help add this important mineral to your body. One side effect of diuretics is that, along with the excess water, you lose potassium.

And finally, taking Evening Primrose Oil capsules is yet another homemade treatment that can help alleviate many symptoms of PMS. You can find Dandelion Tea and Evening Primrose Oil capsules both at your local health food store. Follow the dosage instructions on the labels.

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