Self Care in Your Cycle

Rachael CrowMenstrual Health

First, Womb Packs. Ever since reading Alexandra Popes Wild Genie book over 20 years ago, I’ve been doing castor oil packs on my womb…they are so soothing, they ease cramps and generally help you relax…but, they are so messy…oil gets everywhere, wrapping myself in cling film just feels wrong and the stains…oh no! and this is what puts women off!

Image 1- me with my homemade wrap on my liver and womb…

 

Image 2- The packs are then wrapped in a long faja- a long cloth to hold it all in place and stop my clothes getting oily.

In creating this pack for myself, I decided to create one for women to buy and get the benefits of castor oils packs for themselves. See my video here and read on for the benefits.

 

Womb packs are recommended for period pains, cramps, bloating, fibroids, endometriosis, tumours, cysts, scar tissue and more! Buy yours here!

Castor oil has been shown to increase circulation and promote elimination and healing of tissues and organs underneath the skin. It is particularly effective in being absorbed into the lymph circulation which can improve digestion, immune function and reduce swelling in injured joints and extremities.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU DO A CASTOR OIL PACK?

It’s a relaxing and supportive technique to do premenstrually and up to the first day of bleeding. It can be done up to 3 time a week.

Important- if you’re trying to conceive DON’T do packs after ovulation…stick to the first 10 days of your cycle.

Why do a Womb Pack?

Increased Circulation Castor oil works by stimulating the circulatory system, bringing fresh oxygenated blood to the reproductive organs.

Boosting your Immune system. Doing a womb pack stimulates the lymphatic system around the reproductive area which support the body to remove waste products, cleanse and heal whole area.

Detoxification & Reduced Inflammation If the castor oil pack is placed over the liver as well as the womb, this can be a great way to cleanse the liver, by increasing the blood circulation to the liver this improves liver function. A functioning liver is important to eliminate waste from the body. A sluggish lymphatic system can result in ‘dis-ease and inflammation’ in the body. Fpor the womb and reproductive organs this might be ovarian cysts, fibroids, and blocked Fallopian tubes. Womb packs reduce inflammation, cysts, fibroids, tumours, period pains and generally relax you.

Stress reduction Taking time out of your day to actually lie down and do the castor oil pack can help reduce stress. Relax and focus on yourself and your womb, take the time to meditate, connect to your womb, read a great womby book!

Lie back and relax for about 20-60 minutes!

Storage

Store your used packs in a food bag, in the fridge- DO NOT WASH! Just top up with castor oil each time you use it and replace it in the fridge afterwards. When your pack starts to smell rancid its time to replace it.

Next-  “Steaming” also known as a “Vagacial”!!

What is Vaginal Steaming, Cervical Steaming, Yoni Steaming or Womb Steaming?
Dr. Rosita Arvigo, a naturopathic physician, herbalist, international lecturer, author and teacher of Maya medicine has brought back this ancient practice to modern women. She lived and studied with traditional Mayan healers in Belize for nearly 25 years, and shares that vaginal steaming is very common among women because it works.
Yoni steaming has been known by women throughout history to:
Significantly reduce discomfort, bloating and exhaustion associated with your Moontime
Ease menstrual cramps
Decrease menstrual flow as well as reduce dark purple or brown blood at the onset or end of menses
Regulate irregular or absent menstrual cycles
Increase fertility, especially when combined with Mayan abdominal massage
Speed healing and tone the reproductive system after birth
Treat uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness and uterine prolapse
Assist with the healing of haemorrhoids
Treat chronic vaginal/yeast infections, and maintain healthy odour
Relieve symptoms of menopause

It’s super easy for you to do a vaginal steam at home. Steep approximately 1 heaping cup of steaming herbs in a basin of hot water, find a quiet place to relax, undress from the waist down, and the steam your yoni for 20 minutes or so. Many women pop the basin over the toilet, and sit on the toilet seat, you could cut a hole in an old camping chair- be sure the bowl is on some books or something to make them high enough so you feel the steam, be creative and see how you could be comfy hovering over the bowl! I used to use a large bowl, roll up a towel to make a ‘seat’ on the edge of the bowl and sit for 10 mins or so.
Now I have made a “Steam Throne” from a broken toilet seat, screwed onto some legs and I make a comfy seat from a rolled towel!

Be sure the water isn’t too hot, so as to avoid burns!! Stay wrapped in warm blankets as you sit. This is a great time to write in a journal, meditate or set some intentions!

Once the time has passed, remain wrapped in blankets and lie down in a warm bed for the night. The herbs will continue to work on your reproductive system as you sleep, and you’ll wake up feeling healed and nurtured.

The tissues of the vagina are exceptionally porous and absorbent, and the warmth of the steam works to soften and open them. When the herbs are placed in the hot water, their medicinal properties, including volatile oils, are released and carried to the surface of your skin, and to the inside of the vagina, where they are absorbed into the bloodstream and, ultimately, into to the uterus.
The medicinal herbal steam increases circulation, thins mucus, and cleanses the entire reproductive system, allowing it to shed unnecessary membranes and buildup. In doing so, we support the uterus to function at its best, thus reducing the amount of work it has to do, and therefore your discomfort.

Vaginal steaming is an age-old remedy that has been tested and approved by generations before us, and its time has come in our modern culture.

I recommend blends from Womansoul, or make your own, add crystals too if you like!

Herbs that can be used

Oregano: Used to bring on menses. Increases scanty flow. This herb is used for its antiseptic, stimulating and strengthening qualities. Oregano is a wonderful herb for aiding in prevention of infection.
Marigold: Tagetes erecta is used to induce perspiration, cleansing of the vaginal tissues. It is also healing to wounds and hemorrhoids. Calendula officinalis aids in the healing of tight scarred tissues of the labia and perenium due to episiotomy, or vaginal tear. Note: Do not steam an open wound, this could cause pain and swelling.
Basil: May reduce painful menstruation. Helps to bring on menstruation.
Mugwort: In addition to fighting infection through its antibiotic and anti-fungal properties, mugwort balances female hormones and stimulates the production of hormones that help to maintain uterine health as well as protect the uterus from things such as ulcers and tumors. Mugwort steam opens the pores, allowing the beneficial herbs to penetrate into the blood stream. In addition, mugwort helps to stimulate menstrual discharge and ease cramping.
Rosemary: An aromatic and antimicrobial herb, rosemary treats bacterial infection, speeds wound healing, inhibits yeast growth, and stimulates menstruation.
Lavender: One of the most relaxing herbs we have, lavender supports healing, and it also promotes menstrual flow.
Yarrow: Astringent, tonifying and cleansing, yarrow is great for regulating menstrual flow, treating ovarian cysts and supporting overall uterine health.
Partridge berry: Revered as a wonderful herb for the female reproductive system, partridge berry treats infertility, regulates menstrual cycles and helps decrease severe menstrual pain.
Motherwort: Astringent, tonifying and cleansing, motherwort strengthens and relaxes uterine muscles, eases uterine cramping, and may help treat uterine fibroids. Motherwort stimulates uterine tone and blood flow.

Finally- Womb Massage

I try to do a womb massage at least once a week, I usually start with a Moxa treatment- warming the womb with mugwort sticks and then move into massage- I use a carrier oil with frankincense oil (very soothing, helping relieve stress and anxiety, reduces pain and inflammation, and boosts immunity.)

Womb Massage is based on ancient Mayan massage techniques. It is a blend of deep massage, releasing, holding and untightening tissues. Womb massage includes deep massage of the abdomen and sacral areas.

Womb Massage can help with:

Digestive problems
Fertility problems
Constipation, bloating
PMS
Painful or irregular periods
Ovarian and breast cysts
Ovulation problems
Fibroids, heavy bleeding
Pelvic infections
Migraines
Miscarriages
Organ prolapse
Pre-menopause/Menopause
Frequent urination

 

Enjoy your self care for your womb!

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(C) Rachael Crow 2019