Supporting Homeless Women….Newsletter

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Greetings SiStars!
This comes to you at the end of a deliciously busy fortnight, I held a drum birthing on the land here at Temple Druid and then have just returned from a wonderful weekend with the Moon Mothers on Miranda Gray’s training here in Wales!
We’re getting ready to wind down in to the school summer holidays, how about you? If your kids haven’t broken up yet, take five minutes for yoursef and check out whats happening with us below.
In the Shop
For a homeless woman, having her period can be one of the hardest parts of living rough. As part of the ongoing #ditchthedisposables campaign, Moon Times and EcofluffyMama are collecting menstrual cups to be donated to homeless women via two charities. I wrote about the campaign for homeless women on the blog back in January and you’ll be hearing lot more about it over the coming weeks.  The main focus of activity will be in August and will include special discounts from Moon Times, so make sure you are following us on Twitter or Facebook and share this newsletter with any friends who you think might be interested so nobody misses out! See below for a bit more about the #ditchthedisposables campaign.
What is Ditch The Disposables?
Ditch The Disposables is a campaign to spread the word about reusable menstrual products, and highlight the dangers of using disposables. Do you know what’s in  tampons and sanitary towels?
Not many people do. This is because the ingredients don’t need to be listed since they fall under the category of ‘medical device’. Campaigners such as Naturally Savvy and Women’s Voices For The Earth have been challenging Always Pads, to get them to #detoxthebox since they discovered cancer causing chemicals in their products.
Testing of the Always pads found they contained several chemicals of concern, including: Styrene: carcinogen, Chloromethane: reproductive toxicant, Chloroethane: carcinogen, Chloroform: carcinogen, reproductive toxicant, neurotoxin, Acetone: irritant….! For more info see
Love Zimbabwe Cloth Pads
I’m so proud of Moon Times connection with this project; when you buy these pads you are supporting women in Zimbabwe to earn a fair wage and make life better for their families and communities.  Available to buy as singles or a pack of three and you can choose from flannelette or velour bamboo.
Cup and Sponge Kits
Perfect for the summer festival season there are our Menstrual Cup Travel Kit or our Sponge and Panty Liner Kit. The kits include a cup or sponge of your choice, 2 Moon Times panty liners and a drawstring bag to keep it all tidy.  Perfect for your Moon Time when you have to be on the go.
On the Blog
Coping with menstrual migraines – is this something you struggle with? Maybe this post will have some suggestions in that will help you.  Let us know how you get on.
In Other News
Did you know that I’m also a doula?  There are a few of us here in Pembrokeshire and you can find out all about us via our Facebook Page – Pembrokeshire Doulas and website  We are a group of Doulas – fully qualified, mentored and training, who work together to offer various services to the pregnant women of Pembrokeshire and their families.  Services include; antenatal, birth, postnatal and breastfeeding support, blessing ways, mother roasting, Closing the Bones, Naming Ceremonies, Belly Casting, belly binding, womb blessings, massage, shiatsu, herbal support for pregnancy and labour, birth art and birth photography.  So any locals come and have a look, meet us all and pass on our details to your friends!

Events ….still a few places left!

8th August 2015 – Bushra Finch of Mizan Therapy is coming to West Wales to deliver her Wombspace Workshop. Learn some useful ideas for optimising your wombspace health to help resolve menstrual pain, irregular cycles, improve fertility, aid post natal recovery, glide through the menopause…. and much more. More information can be found on the Facebook Event Page and you can book your place direct with Bushra via email –

3rd October 2015 – Scar Sister Day – Workshop with your Sacred Tattoo, Drum, Ritual and Ceremony. With tattooist Suzi Edwards (Earth Pathways Diary artist and sacred tattooist) and myself, Rachael Hertogs. A day of ritual tattooing in Pembrokeshire. Follow the link for further details and how to book.

See you next time, with love

Rachael xxx