Periods are not fair. I know menstruation is linked with the moon’s cycles and it’s all mysterious and beautiful and we cis-women are honoured to participate in this mystical-feminine-energy every month, but my period is annoying and irregular and full of cramps and puffiness and crabbiness and headaches. Ugh!!
This month, in the midst of debilitating menstrual cramps, decide to make a raw juice designed to ease the discomfort!
You will need:-
6 large carrots
Carrots are a fantastic diuretic, meaning that they fight bloat and water retention by making you pee more. Fabulous!
4 large celery stalks
Celery has anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties, plus a secret power: it helps to alleviate muscle and menstrual cramps and may even tone down migraines. Celery juice has been part of my cramps-relief routine for a year now, and it works!
3 apples (any kind)
Apples are like Mother Nature’s laxative. Their high fiber content makes you have to go Number Two like nobody’s business, especially when combined with carrots. There will be no period-induced constipation with them in the mix.
Lemons are here to heal period-skin; the natural antibacterial and anti-fungal fruit fights acne, excess oil, and blackheads—and also helps detoxify your system.
Piece of ginger (at least as big as your thumb)
Ginger is a miracle anti-inflammatory root, but here’s where we get real: ginger has been proven to fight menstrual cramps.Proven. Drink your ginger, y’all.
Wash everything, then toss in a juicer or blender (In a juicer, add the ginger last, separately, after the rest has come together. If using a blender, peel the ginger, and add a cup of water to the mixture to help liquefy your fruits and veggies.)
This mixture will be a gorgeous, bright, sunset orange—just looking at it will cheer you up. It tastes sweet, slightly sour, gingery, and delicious! Serving suggestion: try it over ice, with a straw, while lying in bed with a hot water bottle on your throbbing uterus and Netflixing a reality show like Cake Boss.
Cued from Beautylish by Krista Burton
Photo credit: Kris Krüg