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Irregular periods is a common problem for many women. While some get their periods right on time, many women have irregular cycles too. With rising stress levels, this is becoming more and more common.

Papaya

Papaya has been used for ages as a cure for irregular periods. Just slice up a papaya and eat for five to eight days. Consume at least 15 pieces (cubes) a day. This remedy is the most successful. But papaya produces lot of heat and you may want to offset it by drinking lots of water.

Black sesame seeds

Black sesame seeds have various nutritional benefits, but here we shall only focus on it as a remedy for irregular periods. This remedy is my favorite.

  1. Wash and clean sesame seeds (since they usually have lot of dirt)
  2. Dry roast the seeds.
  3. Make a powder of jaggery.
  4. Mix the seeds with the jaggery powder.
  5. Roll the mix into small balls.

Eat two balls each day.

You could also buy sesame ladoos from the grocery / local condiment store if you don’t have the time to make it yourself.

Grape juice

Just blend some black grapes in a blender and drink the juice. Grape is seen to have properties that cure amenorrhoea.

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Cilantro (Coriander leaves) herbal tea

  1. Boil one glass of water.
  2. Finely chop cilantro and add to the boiling water.
  3. Add a small piece of ginger. Allow it to boil for a few more minutes.
  4. Let it cool completely.
  5. Strain and drink once everyday.

Aloe vera

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You could either chew on the pulp of fresh aloe vera or make a juice of aloe.

Blend the aloe pulp with some mint leaves in a blender till smooth. Drink this juice thrice a week.

Asafoetida

Asafoetida or Hing is an important ingredient used in Indian cooking. It has a very unique flavor and hence remains indispensable. For regulating periods, you could follow a simple process. Everyday, make a glass of buttermilk (250 -300 ml). Add finely chopped cilantro leaves and a teaspoon of asafoetida powder to the buttermilk and drink in the afternoon.

Cinnamon

I’ve personally not tried this remedy, but have come to know that cinnamon can be used as a remedy for irregular periods. Add this fragrant spice to your tea, latte or fruit roll – however you like it! And let me know if it worked for you!

cinnamon

 Turmeric

Turmeric is one of the best natural remedies for irregular periods. Add one teaspoon turmeric powder to warm milk. Stir till the turmeric dissolves and drink daily before bed.

My two cents – While the above remedy may be useful for some, my suggestion is to include a pinch of turmeric in your everyday cooking. It has numerous other benefits including cancer fighting abilities and is great for immunity too. Whatever you make – a simple gravy, soup or anything with spice in it, add little turmeric too. In the long run you will see greater health benefits.

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Tea of figs

Figs have been seen to have good effect in regulating the menstrual cycle. It is preferred you use fresh figs since they have more nutrition and less sugar content.

  1. Cut one fresh fig and peel the skin.
  2. Cut it into small pieces.
  3. Boil two cups of water in a vessel.
  4. Add the fig pieces to the boiling water.
  5. Allow it to boil for five to eight minutes.
  6. Switch off and allow to cool.
  7. Strain the tea and add little jaggery to it.
  8. Stir well till the jaggery dissolves.
  9. Drink once daily.
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Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is available in grocery stores. Mix 20 ml of apple cider vinegar with 200 ml for water and drink once daily before food. Ideal time would be ten to fifteen minutes before food.

Regular exercise

Losing a few pounds is a healthy way to regulate your periods. Just spend 20 to 30 minutes each day doing some active workout. This could be brisk walking, swimming, cycling, running, Pilates, aerobics or anything else that you like. But stick to the routine and do it religiously. Yoga (even just suryanamaskar) is a great way to shed those extra kilos.

Yoga

Squatting

The traditional Indian method of mopping the floor is by squatting and mopping with a cloth. As hard as this may sound, this is an excellent exercise to reduce your weight as well as to regulate your periods. While working out, you can also get your house clean! This exercise may however not be suitable for those suffer from arthritis.

My note to sisters with irregular periods

As far as regulating periods goes, I can tell from my personal experience that it is pretty difficult just with natural remedies. While certain remedies work for some, it might not work for others. I tried papaya, turmeric, asafoetida and none of these worked for me. But black sesame seeds with jaggery always worked wonders! I also mopped the floor in the squatting position if sesame seeds didn’t work. So don’t give up easily. Try one by one and you are sure to crack the code.

If you do not get your periods in spite of trying these remedies, do consult your doctor. It is important for your health to regularize your menstrual cycle. Many women who have had children fail to understand the importance of irregular periods post delivery. Just because its job is done, doesn’t mean you neglect the health of your uterus. Get that menstrual cycle back on track with these home remedies.

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.