Is that some kind of specific mental image? Sure, but cramp-related pain is also pretty damned specifically if you ask me. I’ve always been the kind of person who keeps a heating pad within arm’s reach of my bed just in case the telltale back pain from the previous day hits.
And recently I added a new tool to my time-of-the-month arsenal. Last year I got a sample of ENUF Period’s The Ritual Cycle Support CBD Balm ($77), and I was so surprised at how effective it is that it’s become a staple in my nightstand. For a few months now, I’ve found myself reaching for this pain-relieving balm and sighing once I slather it on. It graciously suppresses that classic fire belly pain I get on my FDP (first day period).
ENUF Period’s The Ritual Cycle Support CBD Balm – $77.00
Designed to relieve menstrual discomfort, this balm is infused with CBD, a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, believed to have analgesic properties. The soothing formula contains shea butter, kokum butter and jojoba oil to nourish and hydrate the skin and relieve pain. Easy to apply and fast acting, The Ritual provides targeted relief.
Why this CBD balm is so great for period pain
1. It smells pretty good
The first thing I noticed about this balm was the fragrance. It has a lovely, subtle aroma with notes of essential oils, like something you would smell after a fancy massage. Many topical pain relievers have a clinical wintergreen, menthol, or even hand sanitizer scent that isn’t super relaxing. When I’m not feeling well, I don’t want to smell such pungent and uninviting things. ENUF’s site explains that their signature scent features notes of patchouli, cedarwood, lavender, and peppermint.
2. The temperature is always neutral
I can’t stand putting on a cold dollop of goo – be it sunscreen, Icy Hot or even lube, thank you very much. There’s nothing more unpleasant than something chilly glistening on my skin.
ENUF’s balm delivers here. This is because many of their ingredients, such as murumuru butter, kokum butter, jojoba oil, and shea butter, solidify into a neutral temperature solid at room temperature. Water-based gels and lotions feel cooler because the water draws heat from your skin and evaporates on contact. That evaporation gives you that cold feeling (and is how a lotion dries on the body). When using an oil or a butter, the water content is much lower.
3. The texture does not make me feel slimy
Despite being an oil and butter balm, I don’t feel like I’m ready for a greased watermelon race (fellow Hoosiers will know what I mean). Sometimes massage oils feel like they get everywhere and don’t sink into your skin. This is not the case with The Ritual balm.
4. My pain goes away
Most importantly, my stomach cramps melt away when I apply this. It’s so reliable. It also doesn’t feel masked like it’s threatening to come back any minute. The small container is a higher price for me at $77, but a little goes a long way, and the jar lasts quite some time.
Using a CBD-based product is definitely a personal decision. But for me, this balm answers my pain needs around the time of my period. Don’t forget to consult a trusted healthcare provider if you are experiencing abnormal menstrual pain and are unsure if you should incorporate something new into your home routine.