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From Drinking Pickle Juice To Having Sex, Here’s How Latinas Are Getting Rid Of Their Period Cramps

There are tons of awesome things about being a woman. The beauty of sisterhood and the fierce protectiveness that comes with raising up the next generation of women are just some of the great things that come to mind. Still, there’s one thing about womanhood that we can all agree that we’d love to do without: menstrual cramps. Every month, we dread the appearance of Aunt Flow and it isn’t just because of the 3 to 5 days of bleeding. Headaches, bloating and nausea is one thing but the worst symptom of our monthlies has to be the killer cramps that accompany them. 

Over our ovulating years, we’ve tried all sorts of remedies to combat these uterus-shattering pains. We’ve experimented with everything from over the counter medications to traditional brujeria to find something to ease our aches. In order to get the very best treatments there are, we here at FIERCE asked our Instagram followers to share their best cures for period cramps.

 Here’s what the had to say. 

1. This one will get you out of a pickle.

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“Pickle Juice! Soaking in the tub!” — mijacultura

Did you know that vinegar — the main component in pickle juice — can suppress the pain and discomfort that come from cramps and spasms? The juice can also replenish your electrolytes which also helps with cramps. If you can’t handle pickle juice on its own, have a few pickle chips or make a cocktail using a splash of pickle juice and still get some relief. 

2. Add this to your daily diet. 

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“2 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar, in 8 oz of water with honey, and staying hydrated.” — luisa_monterrosa

Apple cider vinegar is one of those miracle foods that are good for a million things. Besides being excellent for your skin and a weight-loss aid, the calcium found in apple cider vinegar is also great for easing cramps. Do as this comment suggests and take a few tablespoons in 8 ounces of water to help with menstrual pain. 

3. The health benefits of cannabis without the high.

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“Extra strength CBD honey (30 mg per tsp) & red maca root powder in my smoothie every morning. It’s a godsend. ????????” — @nuyoricanteacher

CBD oil is extracted from cannabis and can be used for pain relief without the high that comes with marijuana’s THC. This oil can be ingested straight or added to food products. One of the more versatile options is CBD honey. Additionally, maca powder helps to balance hormones and ease PMS symptoms. 

4. Try for a good, old fashioned release.

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“An orgasm. Or cbd oil. Or both.” — maryantoniaa

The hormones released during orgasm — especially oxytocin — helps the mind and body relax. If you are having menstrual cramps during this time, the oxytocin will help to ease these pains. So, if all else fails, get back to bed and make your own cramp relief. 

5. Add heat and repeat.

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“Heating pads are literally my savior” — annaphilipous

When cramping, cold is your enemy. This especially goes for menstrual cramps. If you are feeling those aches and pains starting up, try taking a warm bath. If you aren’t able to get into the tub, grab a heating pad and apply it to your abdomen, back or wherever you’re feeling those cramps. 

6. An antidote that works as great as it smells.

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“Jasmine oil on the tummy! It works in seconds ????” — browngirlswhobruja

Like many essential oils, jasmine oil is helpful for many things. Specifically for our needs, this oil can help stop cramps and muscle spasms. You can get the oil straight or buy a lotion or cream that includes the jasmine extract. Next time you feel the start of your cramping, apply some jasmine oil and see how quickly it helps. 

7. Get active. 

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“Working out helps a ton.” — dey_nz_

To quote “Legally Blonde,” “Exercise gives you endorphins; endorphins make you happy.” Endorphins also help to ease your pain. Exercise also released oxytocin which helps relax our bodies and makes us feel a little bit sleepy. Even if you start off feeling like death, a good exercise routine and a nap can help do your body good during your period. 

8. Don’t caffeinate. Hydrate! 

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“For me, I try to stay away from coffee and increase my water intake. I usually drink a strong espresso in the mornings, but during my period, I drink tons of water instead. Staying hydrated really helps.” — teoami

Caffeine is one of those foods you want to avoid during your period. A little here or there is fine but a lot can make you more jittery and worsen symptoms of PMS. Water, on the other hand, is very helpful while menstruating. Keeping yourself hydrated will help limit the severity and frequency of your cramps.

Hand Sanitizer Was Invented By A Latina Nursing Student In The 1960s

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Hand Sanitizer Was Invented By A Latina Nursing Student In The 1960s

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When the novel coronavirus COVID-19 started to spread in the U.S., hand sanitizer became a hot commodity. Stores sold out of the product needed to clean your hands while on the go to prevent catching and spreading the virus. But, did you know that a Latina nursing student in the 1960s created hand sanitizer?

Lupe Hernandez, a nursing student in California in 1966, is the woman behind hand sanitizer.

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Hernandez was in nursing school in Bakersfield, California when she thought about a gel form of rubbing alcohol. Hernandez realized that a gel form of alcohol would make it possible for people to clean their hands while on the go with no access to water and soap.

Hernandez knew she was on to something so she reached out to an invention hotline and submitted a patent.

While washing your hands is the best way to avoid contracting COVID-19, hand sanitizer is an important tool for those that still have to work. It is also a good option for people who are still healthy but have to go to the pharmacy, grocery store, or bank.

Hand sanitizer was just an industry product until the H1N1 viral outbreak in 2009.

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The 2009 outbreak of H1N1 drove up the demand for hand sanitizer among the public and it was soon packaged for consumers. According to The Guardian, the value of the hand sanitizer market has grown exponentially since the time before and after the H1N1 scare.

In 2018, the global hand sanitizer market value was $2.6 billion. The Guardian reports that the U.S. market value of hand sanitizer was $28 million in 2002 and $80 million in 2006.

Viral outbreaks like H1N1 make hand sanitizer a highly-prized commodity and some people try to profit off that fear.

Matt Colvin faced severe backlash after he and his brother bought out thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer in Tennessee and Kentucky after the first COVID-19 death in the U.S. The two covered 1,300 miles driving through Tennessee and Kentucky buying all of the hand sanitizers they could find in various dollar stores.

The brothers then started selling the hand sanitizer on Amazon for as much as $70 a bottle. Amazon shut them down and the attorney general of Tennessee launched an investigation into them for price gouging. They pledged to donate the product and Tennessee officials are making sure they follow through with the promise.

READ: American Cities And States Announce Mass Closures As They Brace For The Growing COVID-19 Outbreak

American Cities And States Announce Mass Closures As They Brace For The Growing COVID-19 Outbreak

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American Cities And States Announce Mass Closures As They Brace For The Growing COVID-19 Outbreak

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A number of states and cities across the U.S. are taking drastic measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Bars, restaurants, movie theaters, concert venues, gyms, and schools are all shutting down to limit the spread of the virus that has infected more than 179,000 people globally. The death toll for COVID-19 in the U.S. continues to climb as more cases are discovered. Major cities are taking the virus seriously and taking extra steps to keep their residents safe and healthy.

COVID-19 has been detected in 49 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.

There are currently more than 3,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. with more than 70 deaths reported. Most of the deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities in Washington state among elderly people. California, New York, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia have also reported deaths from the novel coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of President Trump’s COVID-19 response task force, doesn’t doubt that we are still waiting for the peak of infections and deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19.

“Well, it’s certainly going to get worse before it gets better and the kinds of mitigation strategies, containment, and mitigations that you’re talking about, is to do that kind of physical separation of people, which is one of the very effective ways you really mitigate the spread of the virus,” Dr. Fauci, an official with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said on ABC. ” If you look at the pattern of viruses, particularly these kinds of viruses, and even look at what’s gone on in China and in Italy and in South Korea, you go along like this the way we were then you have this big spike that goes way up. Then after a while, after much disease and suffering and death, it comes back down again.”

Dr. Fauci added: “The purpose of the mitigation is to get that peak and to blunt it so that it’s a bit of a hill as opposed to a mountain. We’re at a critical point now, more in some regions of the country than in others, the kinds of things that are going on will hopefully make that blunting of that peak so that we can save a lot of lives and save a lot of illness.”

Major cities across the U.S. are shutting down businesses and telling residents to self-isolate to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Update on COVID-19 Response from Mayor Eric Garcetti

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, I’m taking executive action to temporarily close bars, nightclubs, restaurants (except takeout/delivery), entertainment venues, and other establishments in the city of Los Angeles. These orders go into effect at midnight tonight and will stay in place until March 31 unless extended. There is no food shortage and grocery stores will remain open. We’re taking these steps to help protect Angelenos, limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, and avoid putting a dangerous strain on our health care system. This will be a tough time, but it is not forever. Angelenos have always risen to meet difficult moments, and we will get through this together.———————————————————Para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de COVID-19, estoy tomando medidas ejecutivas para cerrar temporalmente los bares, discotecas, restaurantes (excepto comida para llevar / a domicilio), lugares de entretenimiento y otros establecimientos en la ciudad de Los Ángeles. Estas órdenes entrarán en vigor a la medianoche de esta noche y permanecerán vigentes hasta el 31 de marzo al menos que se extiendan. No hay escasez de alimentos y los supermercados permanecerán abiertas. Estamos tomando estos pasos para ayudar a proteger a los Angelinos, limitar la propagación del nuevo coronavirus y evitar una tensión peligrosa en nuestro sistema de atención médica.Este será un momento difícil, pero no es para siempre. Los Angelinos siempre se han levantado para enfrentar momentos difíciles, y lo superaremos juntos.

Posted by Mayor Eric Garcetti on Sunday, March 15, 2020

West Virginia, Washington D.C., Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Michigan, Florida, Washington state, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Arizona, North Carolina, Minnesota, Illinois, Los Angeles, New York City, and San Diego have all shut down schools.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Sunday night that entertainment venues, gyms, fitness studios, bars, movie theaters, and nightclubs would be closed until March 31. Bars and restaurants can only serve take-out orders in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf expanded measures to the rest of the state to halt the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Tom Wolf called on the state to close all nonessential government offices and putting a stop to all nonessential business. Health experts are calling for Americans to do a better job od self-isolating and hunkering down to prevent COVID-19 from spreading further.

“This isn’t a decision that I take lightly at all,” Gov. Wolf told the press during a briefing. “It’s one that I’m making because medical experts believe it is the only way we can prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed by patients.”

Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York joined together to pass similar lockdown provisions to tackle COVID-19 together.

‘”Our primary goal is to slow the spread of #Coronavirus so that the wave doesn’t crash our healthcare system,” Gov. Cuomo tweeted. “Social distancing is the best way to do that. I have called on the federal gov’t to implement nationwide protocols, but in their absence we are taking this on ourselves.”

On Sunday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered all hospitals to cancel elective surgeries, closed senior city centers, and postponed an election in Queens. Visitors are also no longer to go to Rikers Island.

Health experts are urging all Americans to take the necessary steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.

Social distancing and self-isolation are important tools Americans can utilize to make sure the COVID-19 outbreak is curbed. It is going to be a very tough time for millions of Americans who are hunkering down and waiting not the next few weeks as the global community tries to get this virus under control. Everyone has a part to play. Now’s the time.

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