Regular ol’ aspirin not cutting it when it comes to your cramps? Good news! There may be another solution.

A new study shows thyme essential oil could be more effective at relieving menstrual cramp pain than ibuprofen or other NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs). And it does so without the harmful side effects (like ulcers, bleeding, holes in the stomach or intestine, etc.) that can be caused by pharmaceuticals.

Researchers studied 84 women experiencing painful cramping during their menstrual cycle (been there). The women were separated into three groups. The first was given ibuprofen and a placebo oil, the second was given thyme essential oil and a placebo capsule, and the third was given a placebo oil and placebo capsule.

According to Inquistr,

The group receiving the thyme oil reported better pain relief than the ibuprofen group. Both experienced less pain than the placebo group.

The group taking the ibuprofen still reported pain relief in the second month, but not as much relief as in the first month of the study. In contrast, the group that used the thyme oil reported even greater pain relief in the second month of use than the first.

Researchers say that this makes sense because the body builds up tolerance to drugs, often resulting in increase dosages to achieve the same effect. Because thyme essential oil is recognized by the body, the body does not build up tolerance.

Could it be time to trade in your Midol for a more natural solution? Clary sage, lavender, and EndoFlex blend have also been found to relieve cramps, but best results come when you use high-quality therapeutic-grade oils. And those don’t come cheap. The synthetic stuff, while less costly, doesn’t work as well.

For women with extremely painful cramps, it might just be worth it.

xx, The FabFitFun Team