Womb wellness: Sacred moon time

Have you noticed that many sistahs struggle with menstruation? Cramps, bloating, mood swings.  Girlfriends, your moon time can be something to look forward to. It’s meant to be a time of rest.  Better believe it! Take time out and slow down as much as possible. Get those naps in. Note your dreams. Here are a few other tips:

  • Eat well (ideally whole vegan foods). Include lots of raw foods especially greens & seaweeds. Green bananas, okra, yams are awesome womb foods. Superfoods, whole food supplements, herbs are a must. Stay away from drugs & alcohol.
  • Exercise on a regular. Sweat, sweat, sweat!
  • Be very mindful of who you sleep with.
  • Try to wear 100% cotton underwear.
  • Minimize your salt/seaweed intake (especially leading up to/during your menses).
  • Take women’s wellness and nettle teas throughout the month. Drink the teas at least every other day. ie. http://www.traditionalmedicinals.com/product/female-toner-reg
  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily.
  • Use natural birth control. Condoms when necessary.
  • Fast once a week. Fresh juices, water.
  • Do the Het-Heru dance on a  regular.  https://www.tauinetwork.com/Healing-c30
  • Keep the wearing of heels and tight clothing to a minimum.
  • Develop a daily yoga practice. My favourite is Kemetic yoga. Note: Some postures aren’t meant to be done while your period is on. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho7yfOgVHJY    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKee69CrdYo   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gJN5ajJu9w
  • Eat very lightly during menses. Lots of raw foods. Minimize starches.
  • Consume PMS tea (consistently for 7-10 days) prior to the onset of menstruation. ie. http://www.traditionalmedicinals.com/product/pms-tea-reg
  • Enjoy some cocoa 1-2 days before moon time. Consuming it around ovulation may be helpful too. Think: chocolate bars, milk (homemade or bought), cocoa tea etc.
  • Think positively.
  • Use pads like http://www.lunapads.com or http://www.natracare.com.
  • Lay low on sweets and junk food.
  • Maintain healthy relationships. Toxic vibes? Don’t create ’em. Don’t stand for ’em.
  • If you’re the main cook/uncook (heehee) in the house ask your partner to cover the meals until moon time is over.

rest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjNpgORq5eY    I am Womb meditation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otGLtcUX7K8    A woman’s perspective on how to get rid of cramps

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt85eU_Q2hU    Menarche & more

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt7Bn_J-9dU    Spiritual significance of moontime

https://earthmedicine2015.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/the-ceremony-of-bleeding/    Moontime in Himba culture

http://www.birth-institute.com/alternative-medicine-and-childbirth/vaginal-steams  Info. on  vaginal steams

RELAX. REJUVENATE.

P.S. – Looking for resources? Check out all of Queen Afua’s books. http://www.menstrualmovement.com is a great help too.

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