A Few Days in the Life of a Peri-Menopausal Woman

Rachael HertogsMenstrual Health, Musings

cup of herbal tea

When oh when will there be a menstruation book for mothers? For peri menopausal mothers? Whilst I am deeply grateful for the wonderful books that led me to the power of my menstruation- Red Moon, Wild Genie, Her Blood is Gold, Code Red, Wild Power and others…there is very little mention of how to live your cycle whilst mothering, let … Read More

The Gifts of Knowing your Cycle

Rachael HertogsMenarche, Menstrual Health, Moon Lodge/Red Tent, Musings

Wow, well, I’m home from a Wild Power day with the wonderful Grandmother of Menstruation Alexandra Pope and the exuberant Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer. Oh how these women (and the women we sat in circle with) inspire me! No matter how many years we’ve been doing “this work”, there are always more layers to peel, more discoveries of the self to … Read More

Ruby Cups B1G1 Social Mission

Rachael HertogsMenstrual Health

Women and girls affected by poverty face problems during their periods because they simply cannot afford menstrual hygiene products. Without proper sanitary products, girls and women are forced to use degrading substitutes (like mud or old newspapers), which do not absorb well and often carry serious health implications for infections and diseases. Menstruation is a hugely overlooked barrier to development … Read More

Book Review….Love Your Lady Landscape

Rachael HertogsBook Reviews, Menstrual Health

Oh my goddess, Love Your Lady Landscape is fabulous! I have fallen in love with Lisa Lister, she writes about such important issues with humour and forthrightness. I love that she has created her own SHE Flow yoga- no going into asanas you don’t feel like when your bleeding or having an ‘off’ day…its all about doing what makes you … Read More

5 ways to LOVE your body when you’re feeling gross

Maisie BateMenstrual Health, Musings

There can be times in your cycle when it’s tough to even like your body, let alone love it.  Bloating, cramps, mood swings, headaches, stains and leaks and sore boobs – sometimes it can feel like your body is letting you down. Yet this is the time that your body needs your love more than ever. So here’s my top … Read More

What do you mean I’m in autumn?!

MoonTimesMenstrual Health, Musings

Have you over heard a friend saying “oh I’m in autumn” and wondered what the heck she means when its 30 degrees and definitely summer outside? Well it’s pretty likely she is referring to her menstrual cycle. No, really, bear with me on this one. Roughly speaking a womans menstrual cycle lasts around  four weeks and can be broken down … Read More

Why did I try to put the kettle in the fridge?!

MoonTimesMusings

Do you have times where you do random things like trying to put the kettle in the fridge instead of the milk? Asking someone to pass you the butter from the oven? Do you have trouble articulating properly, forgetting words for things or being unable to explain what you want? Are you sometimes barely able to string two words together? … Read More

10 Ways to Help with Heavy Flow

MoonTimesMenstrual Health, Musings

Heavy menstrual bleeding happens to a lot of women, and for the most part they tend to see it as normal.  If you were to visit your GP about it, it is very likely that you would be offered medication to help stop or lighten the flow or be offered the contraceptive pill in an attempt to improve it. (Read … Read More

The Why and How of Yoni Steaming

MoonTimesMenstrual Health, Musings

Yoni steaming has received a mixed press in the last 12 months after Gwyneth Paltrow admitted that its something that she does.  As ever the ‘medical experts’ insist there is no evidence that steaming is beneficial, but it could be argued that there is no evidence because nobody has done a scientific research paper on it! Yoni steaming as a … Read More

I want to normalise rites of passage…

Rachael HertogsMusings

I want ALL girls to be excited and look forward to celebrating their Menarche! And I believe this can only happen is they attend and witness their sisters, cousins, and friends being honoured and celebrated! Which is why, this month, my womens circle and I are holding a “Community Menarche Ceremony”. We are inviting a small group of families (yes, … Read More