I Tried De Lune Natural Tonic for Period Pain—And Here’s What Happened
The period care industry is thriving—feminine care is a $15 billion industry annually. With all the cultural conversations we’ve been having recently about the pink tax, menstrual equality and nontoxic period care, it only stands to reason that another piece of the industry due for innovation is care for period pain.
I was sick of popping pain pills each month when my Aunt Flo came to visit, especially given the research around what long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs or over-the-counter painkillers like Tylenol and Advil) can do to your heart, kidneys and stomach. So when I heard about a natural option, comprised of food-based ingredients that are designed to help balance out your body’s nutrient needs during your period to alleviate PMS symptoms, I was on board to give them a try. Here’s what happened when I tried De Lune period care’s trio of supplements meant to decrease period pain.
My Problem: Debilitating Cramps, Migraine, Fatigue and Bloating
Without generalizing too much, if you have a uterus, you can likely empathize with my monthly plight to some degree. Day 1 and 2 of my period often stop the clock for me. Incessant cramps that feel like my body is trying to give birth to the blood build up from not creating a baby have me doubled over in pain for a good 24 hours. That pain is usually accompanied by nausea and a migraine, rendering me glued to the couch and my hot water bottle. Add to that the additional fatigue and bloating that are often secondary symptoms, and my period days can be a mess.
I don’t like to take over-the-counter painkillers on a regular basis. They don’t do your stomach and its lining much good, and that’s compounded for me, someone who has a digestive auto-immune disease. But the first two days of my period, I often resort to popping an Excedrin migraine pill (or three…) to marginally dull my cramping pain and headache.
My Solution: De Lune Natural Period Care
I know that my period symptoms are not “normal” period symptoms. Well, let me rephrase—they’re culturally normal and accepted, but they’re not the way our bodies were designed to handle periods. Excessive cramping, serious headaches and lots of bloating can actually mean that your hormones are unbalanced, and your lifestyle, including food choices, are not quite working for your body.
With that in mind, and with the knowledge that I do indeed have documented hormone and nutrient imbalances related to my auto-immune conditions, I was quite intrigued by the claims of the period pain tonic brand De Lune. Founder Mimi Millard spent her post engineering graduate years working with like-minded researchers, physicians and dietitians to craft a new approach to managing and eliminating painful period symptoms. Having herself dealt with debilitating period pain and having had negative side effects from popular painkillers (like the kind of side effects that made her pass out while walking through campus at Cornell University), she innately understands the need for natural solutions for menstruating humans.
Together with a team of experts based in NYC, LA and Chicago, she developed three products that support bleeders’ bodies during their periods in ways that acutely address symptoms, but also are supportive of long-term cycle health. Translation: They treat your immediate pain, but also ultimately help your body regulate itself so you have less pain and period symptoms in the future.
The first of her three products is a pain tonic, which I’d used in the past. It’s a clinically researched blend of herbs brewed in apple cider vinegar that you add to water or tea and sip as soon as you notice period symptoms setting in (or earlier, if your cycle runs like clockwork and you can predict its arrival). It contains inflammation fighters like ginger, calendula and motherwort; uterine oxygenators like zinc and vitamin B1; and spasm soothers like cramp bark, dong quai and fenugreek seed. Each one was selected specifically to be part of a combination that reduces period pain.
The second product, which launched in April 2019, is PMS Pills. These pills offer broad-spectrum support for the cluster of symptoms that is PMS. Its all-natural combination of vitamins, minerals, adaptogens and antioxidants are mood lifters/stabilizers, brain defoggers and body comforters. They can help with mood swings, sadness, irritability, anxiety, fatigue, trouble concentrating, cravings, headaches, body aches and bloating.
The line’s third product is maybe my favorite because it contains chocolate. PMS Chocolates are a powerhouse combo of adaptogenic herbs, medicinal spices and vegan chocolate, meant to curb cravings, decrease anxiety and help the body cope with stress.
The Results: Less Pain, More Balance
I was fully prepared for this trio to do absolutely nothing for my cramps, fatigue and bloating. I mean, if Excedrin migraine couldn’t erase my pain, how could a cocktail of herbs, even if it was researched and tested?
Boy was I wrong. Every month since I’ve started using this trio, I drink the tonic and take the pills, expecting no results and no change in my symptoms. And every month, De Lune proves me wrong. When I wake up at 3 a.m. having had a dream that I’m giving birth, only to realize my period started, I make myself a cup of tea and drop the De Lune tonic into the steaming liquid, sipping it while I start to catch up on whatever TV shows I’ve fallen behind on (yeah, most of the time my cramps are bad enough to keep me up at night). And sure enough, half an hour later, my cramps have subsided enough that I’ve fallen back asleep on the couch, an episode of The Handmaid’s Tale continuing on as quiet background noise.
When I wake up again, I have another cup of tea, and am actually able to make it through the day, whether it be a work day or a weekend. The addition of the PMS Pills, which I’ve only been using for the last two cycles, has been just another booster that I honestly feel is a little miraculous. Because this one is meant to be more supportive over the long-term, its benefits are cumulative and I noticed a significant improvement from my last cycle to my most recent, when I added these pills into my regime. An example: During my April cycle, I slept only four hours the night my period started, as my cramps were so bad. During my May cycle, I didn’t even wake up in the middle of the night when my cramps started. That’s a huge win.
The chocolates, for me, are delicious, but make less of an immediate impact. I do use them during my cycle for cravings, which I think they help, but cravings aren’t my most prominent symptom. I like to think they help with anxiety, which I do sometimes feel an increase of during my period, but I mostly love how they taste. They’re a treat that I know is ultimately supportive of my cycle, instead of just being about the sugar.
Overall, De Lune has become a necessity for my period cycle. I’m fully on board with the line’s impact, and since I’d do just about anything to curb my symptoms, I’m thrilled that there’s a natural remedy that actually works on my PMS.
Interested in learning more about natural period care? Read how this woman is making a worldwide impact on women and girls without access to period products and how the period care industry is changing—for the better.