I love being a woman but there are times when I wish I didn’t have to go through the menstrual woes which are common in most women. Besides having to go through occasional menstrual cramps and headaches, we have to juggle our mood swings and inconveniences of having to wear sanitary pads. Sometimes, I wonder when I could do away with all these menstrual woes without having to rely on painkillers.
What causes all these menstrual woes like menstrual cramps?
I guess I could blame it on one thing – the hormonal imbalance in my body. After ovulation, the two hormones which will drop drastically are oestrogen and progesterone. The fluctuation in the hormone levels in our bloodstream is what causes premenstrual syndromes (PMS) like headaches and mood swings.
That’s not all. During menstruation, your body produces prostaglandins to trigger uterine muscle contraction and shedding of the uterus lining. But if your body produces an excessive amount of prostaglandins, it will cause severe menstrual cramps.
Thus, is there a way to bring these hormones to a balance? Besides eating healthy and exercising regularly, there are supplements which are specifically targeted at menstrual health.
Scarlet: Menstrual Health Tonic
One of such supplements that I have tried so far is The Scarlet Company. They have just launched a menstrual health tonic which is 100% natural. It consists of a blend of herbs like Chasteberry and wild yam.
Some of the product benefits include alleviating premenstrual syndromes, bloating, cramping, swollen and sore breast, irregular cycles and emotional swings. In addition to that, it also claims to boost mental health, energy, focus and concentration, skin health, fertility and detoxification.
How does this health tonic helps to improve menstrual health?
Scarlet contains hormone-balancing super herbs that help regulate and balance the release of oestrogen and progesterone in the body.
Its formula also includes Calcium, Magnesium, vitamins D,E, B6 and B12 which helps to alleviate PMS.
How does it work?
This supplement comes in a form of 70 ml-glass bottles which is mixed with guava juice. Each box has 8 bottles of the tonic. You are supposed to consumer one bottle per day, about 8 to 24 days before the start of your menstruation.
You can order the product on a month subscription basis where the tonic will be delivered directly to your house.
To see results, you probably need to consume this tonic consecutively for at least 3 menstrual cycles as it does some time for the natural supplement to take effect.
What’s in the box?
The tonic is stored in 70-ml glass jars which are tightly sealed.
How does it taste like?
Since the tonic is mixed with largely water and guava juice, it tasted just like any other guava juice. It’s sweet and fruity.
I guess you can mix it into a glass of fruit juice or smoothie too. I like to drink it chilled.
I drank the 8 bottles of Scarlet tonic about 10 days before my menses. I don’t think there are any observable changes or improvements for me as I only tried for one month. It’s no surprise for me since such natural tonics usually take some time for it to produce an effect on the body, which is also why consuming such natural supplements are safer too. But I do noticed that I have fewer mood swings prior to my period.
And when my period came, I still have menstrual cramps on the first couple of days and headaches – the usual menstrual woes I often experience during menses.
Would I go for another round again? I guess it depends. It is actually nice to take it as a form of a supplement to boost my health. Given a choice, I would rather take natural supplements than to take painkillers like Panadol and ibuprofen.
Have you tried such menstrual supplements before? Let me know in the comment box below!
It is priced at SGD69.90 for a box of 8 bottles. They provide free shipping in Singapore.