The normal menstrual cycle lasts between three and seven days. But for some, (typically older) women, they may experience prolonged irregular periods, that are accompanied by heavy bleeding and menstrual cramps. Heavy periods, also known as Menorrhagia, are typically caused by a hormonal imbalance, but secondary factors such as the use of blood thinners, fibroids, birth control pills, infection in the pelvic area, thyroid problems etc can also cause heavy menstrual bleeding. If you want to know how to stop heavy periods, then help is here. Our home remedies for heavy periods give you all the home treatments and herbal teas that there are to relieve the cramps and stop the flow. Be aware that some of our remedies are also used for birth control and should not be used if you are trying to get pregnant.
What causes heavy period?
Unfortunately, the causes of a heavy period can vary from woman to woman. If you have heavy bleeding, you should consult a doctor to determine the underlying reason.
Hormonal balance – the balance between estrogen and progesterone regulates the growth of the uterine lining which is shed during menstruation. If the hormones are unbalanced, too much lining is produced and when it is released, this causes heavy bleeding. This is the most common cause.
Uterine fibroids and polyps – These are non-cancerous growths in the uterus that build up during childbearing years.
Pregnancy complications – Miscarriage of an early pregnancy will cause excessive bleeding. Likewise, ectopic pregnancies can lead to heavy bleeding during a period.
Cancer – There is a small chance that cancer may be the cause. Ovarian, cervical and uterine cancer can lead to heavy bleeding.
Dysfunctioning ovaries – Ovaries, when they release an egg trigger the production of progesterone. If they do not release an egg, this can cause a hormonal imbalance and heavy bleeding.
Adenomyosis – When glands from the uterine lining become embedded in the uterine wall, this can often lead to heavy periods.
Intrauterine device – If you are using an intrauterine device for birth control, commonly reported side-effects are heavy bleeding during periods.
1. Iron Rich Food
To replenish this deficiency, you must include iron-rich foods such as spinach, carrot, beans, seafood, dried apricot, resins, broccoli, etc., in your diet. You can also take iron supplements after seeking advice from the doctor.
Consult your doctor if you want to take magnesium supplements.
Note: Consuming large amount of magnesium causes diarrhea.
3. Omega-3 Products
Essential fatty acids like omega-3, encourage the production of beneficial hormones. In particular, omega-3 helps your body produce more good ‘prostaglandins’ versus bad.
It is thought that an increased concentration of ‘bad’ prostaglandins in endometrial tissue at the onset of your period contributes to heavy menstrual bleeding. (1)
An increase in ‘good’ prostaglandins reduces abnormal blood clotting and excessive menstrual bleeding.
Omega 3 fatty acids are found in oily fish, seafood, flaxseeds. Add Omega-3 or fish oil supplements to the diet to cure the heavy blood flow naturally.
You can make tamarind paste by removing seeds and mixing it in a blender after adding honey and water.
- You can also prepare a sauce by boiling tamarind (seedless) in water. Add sugar and salt according to your taste. Allow it to cool and have it with your bread.
5. Coriander Seeds
Warm it until half of it is left. Allow it to cool and strain the solution. Have it twice or thrice a day.
6. Mustard Seed
Women feel uncomfortable during their period because of high estrogen levels and a hormonal imbalance. Mustard seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids which can help to regulate your menstrual flow and restore the hormonal imbalance.
Take one tablespoon of mustard seed powder with water or milk every day, during your menstrual cycle. It is one of the best home remedies to control heavy bleeding.
7. Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek seeds contain diosgenin, a phytoestrogen compound that can synthesize the hormone estrogen in the body.
Because of this, fenugreek is often used as a form of natural hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women (2). As it helps balance hormones, it is one of the best home remedies for heavy periods.
Take 3-4 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds and add them to 4 glasses of boiling water. Boil it for several minutes and stir well. Strain the mixture and have it, three to four times a day.
8. Sesame Seeds
Sesame seeds are another food source rich in omega-3. They also contain sesamin and sesamolin, which are thought to lower blood pressure and protect the liver. They are also a good source of magnesium.
Added together, sesame seeds should be made part of your diet to stop excessive menstrual bleeding.
Make a fine powder of 250-300 grams sesame seeds in a blender. Store it in a dry container.
Take one tablespoon of this powder and mix it with the hot water (an ounce). Have this twice a day during periods.
9. Wood Apple
Wood apple can be consumed raw, or else, you can have the mixture of freshly ground wood apple leaves and warm water.
This is the natural way to get rid of excessive bleeding.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Research has shown that daily consumption of apple cider vinegar in women with PCOS, who also suffered from heavy menstrual bleeding and irregular periods showed improved symptoms.
The women reported boosted fertility, a more regular cycle and reduction in menstrual cramps. (3)
Take one teaspoon of ACV with water, once or twice a day, during periods.
Cayenne pepper is thought to help equalize the body’s blood pressure. This is important during a heavy period because excessive bleeding disturbs the blood pressure across the system.
By equalizing the system, cayenne pepper promotes blood clotting.
Add ½ teaspoon of cayenne powder to a glass of warm water. You can also add honey to it. Consume it every day during the menstrual cycle. If the taste is too much, try taking the pepper in capsule form.
12. Cold Compress
Wrap some ice cubes in a towel or a cloth bag. Put it on the lower abdomen for about half an hour.
13. Blackstrap Molasses
There has been direct no research into blackstrap molasses effects on heavy bleeding, but there is a huge amount of anecdotal evidence that it works.
The reason why these molasses stop heavy periods is most likely linked to their high magnesium and iron content, both essential minerals to reduce menstrual bleeding.
It is thought that the molasses help in the formation of red blood cells and regulate the amount of blood loss during the menstrual cycle, reducing the blood clot and pain.
14. Sacred Fig
Hemostatics help with blood clotting as this is why it is used as a remedy to stop menstrual bleeding.
Make some freshly prepared juice of sacred fig to treat the heavy bleeding. It can be taken twice a day – one full glass in the morning and a glass before you go to bed.
Unripe papaya contains the enzyme called ‘papain’ which suppresses progesterone, a hormone used to prepare the uterus for conception and maintain pregnancy. (4)
Eating papaya helps soothe the abdominal muscles and regulates the contraction of the uterus, which, in turn, controls the blood flow during the cycle.
16. Banana Flower
Eating cooked banana flower with yogurt increases the progesterone and helps control the excessive bleeding during periods.
It also helps maintain hemoglobin levels in the body preventing the anemia that often comes with heavy periods.
17. Mango Bark
It is these properties that can alleviate the symptoms of heavy menses and stop heavy periods.
Extract juice from a fresh mango bark and then add 25 drops of this juice to a cup of water.
Sip it every day to stop heavy bleeding during menstruation.
18. Indian Gooseberry
It is used by Ayurvedic medicine in the treatment of excessive blood flow.
Have one or two ripe gooseberries every day. You can also take its powder with the cold water, to prevent excessive bleeding.
19. Cinnamon Tea
The warming effect of cinnamon reduces menstrual cramps, helps regulate periods and reduces bleeding.
Research has shown that cinnamon improves menstrual cyclicity in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. (5)
Take 2-3 cinnamon sticks and grind them until you get a fine powder. Take one teaspoon of the powder and add it to one cup of water.
Boil the mixture and leave it for a few minutes. Have it twice a day to stop heavy period bleeding.
20. Ginger Tea
Ginger has a strong effect on the production of prostaglandin. In particular, it reduces the ‘bad’ prostaglandin, PGE2, which is known to cause excessive menstrual blood and menstrual cramps. (6)
Boil grated ginger in a cup of water for a few minutes. You can add honey or sugar to sweeten it. Strain the mixture and take it twice or thrice daily, after meals.
21. Jujube Tea
Research has shown that jujube tea changes estrogen hormone levels in the blood and it is thought that this hormonal effect is why it has medicinal value for heavy menses. (7)
Jujube tea can be prepared simply by adding 15 grams of jujube leaves and red dates (a spoonful) to 200ml boiling water.
Strain the tea and drink it 8-10 times in a month, particularly during menstruation cycle.
22. Thyme Tea
However, the herb is also antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory. By reducing the inflammation and tension in your uterus, the tea helps promote blood clotting and eases the symptoms of heavy bleeding.
Steep 1 tablespoon of thyme leaves in the boiling water for 10-12 minutes. Strain and drink it 2-3 times a day.
You can also prepare cold compress by freezing thyme tea in an ice tray. Wrap the ice cubes in a cloth and put it on the abdomen to cure heavy bleeding.
23. Comfrey Tea
Comfrey helps constrict the blood vessels, thereby decreasing bruising when applied topically in an ointment or reducing heavy bleeding when taken as a tea.
It is one of the best herbal remedies for menstruation-related problems as it can provide pain relief to menstrual cramps as well.
To prepare tea, steep comfrey leaves (2 tablespoons) in warm water for about half an hour. Drink it during periods.
24. Rosehip Tea
It is thought that the tea helps menstrual bleeding because it is a rich source of vitamin C which helps the body absorb the iron from food.
However, there is little research in regards to rosehip tea as an effective treatment for heavy periods and there is some evidence that it can help improve blood flow in the limbs, which may have adverse effects on your bleeding.
To try rosehip tea for heavy periods, start drinking the rosehip tea 2-3 days before menstruation and continue it till the periods last. It’s an effective herbal cure for heavy bleeding.
25. Licorice Tea
Licorice contains a compound called glycyrrhizin. Glycyrrhizin is both anti-inflammatory and has arthritic-relieving effects similar to the hydrocortisone hormone.
Consumption of licorice balances the body’s production of the hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) in the adrenal gland.
Licorice manages the levels of estrogen and progesterone. The hormonal balancing properties of licorice are the reason why it is effective as a herbal tea to stop heavy periods.
Take half a teaspoon of licorice root powder daily, with water.
Do not consume licorice for more than a few days as there are well-documented long-term side-effects. (9)
26. Raspberry Leaf Tea
Menstruation is driven by the balance between progesterone and estrogen, in the body.
Red raspberry leaf cleanses the blood and body of any excess of these hormones, thereby minimizing the hormonal imbalance and aiding regular menstruation.
Leaves of red raspberry contain tannins and fragarine, which help decrease the abdominal pain and relax the uterine muscle. The tea also helps with nausea.
- Take a bunch of raspberry leaves, dry them completely and make a fine powder.
- Add one teaspoon of the powder to hot water (one cup).
- Let the mixture rest for 10-15 minutes, then strain and drink it.
27. Chamomile Tea
Hippurate, which is made when flavonoids in tea are broken down, is thought to be antibacterial which explains why chamomile has infection-fighting properties.
Glycine relieves muscle spasms and is a nerve relaxant. The research argued that high glycine levels relax the uterus, relieve menstrual cramps and stem heavy bleeding.
Prepare an infusion by boiling 5-7 marigold flowers in half a liter of water. Allow the flowers to boil in the water for 10 minutes.
Strain the infusion and let it cool down. Drink at least 120 ml of the marigold infusion, three times a day.
28. Flaxseed Tea
Studies have shown that they can help regulate estrogen levels during the period. (10)
It is this hormone balancing property that is thought to be the reason why flaxseed tea helps stop heavy periods.
To prepare flaxseed tea, steep 1 teaspoon of ground seeds in a cup of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain the liquid and drink three times a day.
Add cinnamon, ginger or honey for flavor, if desired, add some cinnamon or honey for extra flavor
29. Nettle Tea
Nettle tea is a fantastic herbal remedy for heavy periods. It cleans the body of metabolic wastes by improving the functioning of the kidneys.
It also improves your liver’s ability to process excess estrogen which can help with PMS symptoms and menstrual cramps, balancing your hormones.
It also rich in iron which helps with the anemia from excessive blood loss.
Herbal Remedies for Heavy Periods
Parsley is rich in antioxidants which can help reduce inflammation of the uterine tissues.
Prepare a glass of fresh parsley juice and drink it during the first 3 days of menstruation, after every meal.
31. Shepherd’s Purse
The herb used to be used in first aid for treating bad cuts and wounds. As it is widely available, the scrunched up flowers were a quick remedy to staunch blood loss as the herb can cause blood vessels to contract. This is why it is used to stop heavy periods.
Extract of the herb is still used topically for bruises, and for women with heavy menstrual bleeding.
Note: You should not use shepherds purse if you are trying to get pregnant. It may cause miscarriage in early pregnancy.
32. Chaste Tree
In particular, chaste tree helps in the production of progesterone.
Take about 30 drops of chaste tree tincture 4 times a day, during heavy bleeding.
33. Hawthorn Flowers
Hawthorn has been traditionally valued for its astringent properties. It also used to treat diarrhea and to draw out splinters.
As an astringent, it helps to contract blood vessels and stem bleeding.
Mix 30 grams Hawthorn and 15 grams saffron in water. Consume this decoction. It is very effective for the discharge of blood clots and abdominal pain.
34. Rough Chaff
Rough chaff, also known as devels whip, is a herb that is considered a weed but it is a powerful antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral herbal remedy.
The herb is used in Ayurvedic medicine to alleviate menstrual bleeding.
- Take 300ml water and soak 20 gm of rough chaff in it.
- Drink it twice a day.
Do not take if you are trying to get pregnant.
35. Bamboo Leaves
Bamboo is packed full of antioxidants and has been researched as a medicinal plant that can effect the uterus. (11)
Traditional Chinese medicine maintains that bamboo shoots can cause uterine contractions and it is used as a remedy to induce labor so it is not advised to take this remedy if you are trying to get pregnant.
Make a concoction of bamboo leaves and take it twice a day.
It’s an excellent treatment for the abnormal bleeding and other menstruation-related problems.
36. Tanner’s Cassia
All you need to do is take some fresh flowers and put them into the vaginal canal, for 10-15 minutes.
- Take plenty of rest during menstruation.
- Take a healthy diet that is full of fibrous food and essential minerals.
- Do regular exercises and yoga to relax the muscles and abdomen.
- Consult a doctor if bleeding is too much.
- Don’t eat spicy and caffeinated food.
- Avoid consumption of salt during periods.
- Do not take painkillers to reduce the pain as they thin the blood.