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Pre Menstrual Kindness

Rachael CrowMenstrual Health, Musings

Back in 2013 I wrote a blog post called “Take a Sacred Day Each Month” and as I’ve moved into my peri-menopause journey it’s become even more important to give myself much more self care and self kindness premenstrually.

Whilst taking time out (if possible) is a good practice during your moon time, if you suffer from premenstrual symptoms, this is your bodies way of getting your attention. For me,during my premenstrual week, my body ALWAYS wants me to slow down, have more peace and quiet, have time alone, I want easy healthy meals and time for self care practices! Not always easy, but some things can be done in a matter of minutes….

Self Kindness- what can you do for yourself today? treat yourself like you would treat your best friend…have a spa session, a massage, a walk….

ME time….even if its just time for a cup of herb tea, alone in your room with the door SHUT!

A long soak in an Epsom salts bath (with relaxing essential oils!! YES!)

Walk in nature, connect with mother nature …woods, the beach, the local park, sit under a tree

woodland wanderings

Try a castor oil womb pack, womb massage and /or a yoni steam! (check out youtube for ‘how to’ vids!)

Eat simple nurturing (real) foods- miso soup, vegetable broth, stir fry, green juices and smoothies…none of the processed stuff!

Craving the sweet stuff? This is often a sign of magnesium deficiency…the answer (apart from magnesium supplements!) RAW CHOCOLATE! (I recommend Milly’s Moon Time Chocolates! be sure to order them in preparation!)

Try a womb meditation, connect in to your womb and ask her what she needs today.

To connect and work deeper with me, see my on line teachings.

(c) 2018 Rachael Crow, all rights reserved

Guest Post “I Opted Out Of Surgery: Here Are 7 Things I Did For My Endometriosis Instead”

Rachael CrowGuest Writings

cup of herbal tea

I Opted Out Of Surgery: Here Are 7 Things I Did For My Endometriosis Instead

This article is by Mizan practitioner Gemma Barry

Endometriosis changed my life…for the better

It may be hard to believe this statement, but hear me out. I was diagnosed with endometriosis last year—along with adenomyosis, fibroids, and an ovarian cyst. And I want to say this now: Endo is awful. It sucks how long it takes to be diagnosed, and it’s horrible how it affects our lives. The pain and suffering are real, and I hear you loud and clear, ladies. Loud and clear.

But I also firmly believe that there’s another way when it comes to treatment. I was offered the standard care of hormones and a hysterectomy, and I declined both. Why? Because I was born with all these parts of my body and believe that they’re there for a reason, I didn’t want to go through premature menopause (a result of hysterectomy), and I’ve read enough to know that removing the womb doesn’t always mean a cure.

Before you put me in the woo-woo wellness camp,  I should tell you that I used to be a nurse. I speak the language of medicine, and it’s why my surgeon looked at me like I was crazy when I said no to all the options she gave me. As I left, she said she would see me back in her office in 10 years begging for a hysterectomy.

So why did I feel confident walking away from the conventional treatments? Because for the last five years I’ve become intimately acquainted with my body. I’ve gotten to know my own workings inside and out and back to front. When I was suffering from undiagnosed endo I reached out to health care professionals about my symptoms, but I didn’t get the answers I wanted. First, they didn’t have the time or space to talk; I was batted away like I was making it up or making it worse than it was. I felt like no one believed that my pain or symptoms were real. It was very frustrating, and I built up a lot of resentment and mistrust, so I figured I had nothing to lose and tried to find alternatives.

Today I’m pain-free, and my periods are the textbook periods that most women dream of. They aren’t massively heavy, I get no clots, I don’t have pain, they last about five days, and my cycle, that used to be anywhere from 21 to 33 days is now cruising along at an average of 26 days. Here’s how I did it:

1. I charted my cycle

Get an app, get a diary, get a scrap of paper and write down what happens to you every day: your emotions, your flow, your skin, and all the sensations in your body. Be as detailed as you can, and the messages your body is trying to send you will unfold. Aim to do three months to really build up a picture, but the longer you do it the more you will see.

2. I opened up about what was going on

By opening up I was able to educate others on my condition and get the support I needed. So speak with your family and be open with your employers. The only way we can get our needs met is by naming them. Doing this makes this next part easier: Rest around your period. Go to bed early and lessen the demands you put on yourself

3. I looked for some herbal support

I started taking a specific blend that helps with my womb, the pain, my hormones, and blood flow—nurturing and supporting the whole body. If I’ve learned anything through my healing process it’s that herbs are freaking amazing! Nettle is one of my best friends: It’s high in iron and helps to stem blood flow. Chasteberry is the “women’s herb,” and it helps to balance hormones, among many other things.

4. I got Mizan womb massages on-the-go

Many traditional medicine systems incorporate abdominal therapy for reproductive health. I went to get these regularly when I was healing from endo. And believe me, I wish I had known about this magic so much sooner because it really is the most amazing thing you can do for your body. Mizan is an Arabic word that means “balance,” and the treatment itself is a gentle massage of the abdomen that aims to improve the flow of blood and lymph in the body. It helps restore balance and alignment so that the body can heal itself.

5. I changed my sanitary products

Look for natural products, moon cups, diva cups, and reusable pads. Even if this grosses you out at first—give it a try. It was the first thing I did, and I was amazed at how much difference it has made. My cycle started to regulate almost immediately when I stopped inundating my body with toxins.

6. Cut out the crappy foods

Once I made the decision to go it alone, I knew that processed foods and those that cause inflammation—like dairy, gluten, corn, and sugar—had to go. I replaced them with organic products, whole foods, and plenty of vegetables. We are what we eat, so give your body every opportunity to heal by giving it the right fuel.

7. I turned to natural household and beauty products

Commercial everyday products have components in them that mimic estrogen in our body. Exposure to this over time unbalances our hormones and in turn creates a vicious cycle of feeding the problems in our body. It’s important to reduce your exposure to toxins by switching to natural beauty products and adopting a green cleaning routine.

Gemma Barry
Well Woman Specialist
07989 944068
gemma@thewellwomanproject.com
https://www.thewellwomanproject.com

Moon- Pause…..Newsletter

Rachael CrowMusings

Hello Beautiful Sisters,

How has your half term holiday been? It was such a treat to have the sunshine! We spent a lot of time outside in the garden, at the beach and hanging out with friends. It feels like summer has begun early!

I also launched my Broken Basket Woman, moon-pause teachings and it’s been lovely to have a new (virtual!) circle of women to work with. Registration is open until July 26th.

I’ve been pretty active on Instagram lately, sharing some peri menopause tips and it’s often the first place to find out about new products and events! This week I’ve been sharing how Lemon Balm can help with insomnia and anxiety…it’s thriving in the garden here…

And I’ve been sharing posts about chocolate meditation, gratitude practice, importance of friendships, books I’m reading…and more! If you don’t follow me already heres my links… for Moon Times products-

instagram.com/rachaelcrowmoon/ and for Rachael Crow… instagram.com/rachael__crow/ 

 

This Saturday I’ll be in Bristol at the Goddess Temple Pagan Market- info below…do come and say Hi!

In The Shop

Well I was about to list these fab Wonder Woman Pads on my website…but after sharing them in instagram..they sold out…so keep an eye out for the next batch!

These beauties are available… listed on my “in progress” shop…if you’re in the UK you can click the link and check my new shop works for me 🙂 (haven’t quite worked out the international shipping yet!)

On The Blog-

A yummy Choco Bites recipe for you…super healthy! My inner maiden really wanted chocolate buscits on cycle day 6 😉

 

Events-

THIS SATURDAY!! I will be selling my wares at the Pagan Market at the Bristol Goddess Temple…see you there!

Broken Basket Woman online teaching to help ground you in your transformation, give you reassurance and support you in emerging as the Wise Woman you are created to be! Registration open until July 26th.

Something is changing. We are slowly wrapping ourselves in our cocoons and preparing for the Initiation into Wise Woman, knowing we will emerge as something different, a beautiful butterfly…Physical symptoms, spiritual questioning, life changes may feel overwhelming. As a circle we will gather our fragmented pieces back into ourselves and gently weave ourselves back together. I will lead you, tenderly holding and guiding as we create space for healing, reweaving and just BE-ING.

Drum Making, due to popular demand I’m now offering 1-1 drum making sessions. contact me if youre interested.

Shamanic Drum Making Workshop

 

22nd-23rd Sept- £75- VERY limited places!! A womens all night vigil set in 100+ acres of woods here in West Wales, with cacao, sweat and fire, druming and singing with some hours of silence.

COMING TO WALES!! Clare is bringing her Fertility Massage training to Cardigan, I’m helping her organise this and theres a *few* places left!! 26th – 29th January 2019. FFI on this course see Fertility Massage

To book any workshops (except the Fertility Massage) email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

Warm wishes, Rachael xxx

www.moontimes.co.uk

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Recipe- Healthy Cacao Bites

Rachael CrowMenopause

Cycle day 6, inner spring. My inner girl wants chocolate biscuits! My hearth goddess (see pic above) watches over me and guides me to make tasty nutritious foods…. And for those of us in perimenopause it’s really important we look after our health which means having a good diet!! So here’s my raw ultra nutritious cacoa bites… I blended some toasted nuts and seeds, added gluten free oats and yam flour. Then I blended some majool dates with melted cocoa drops and mixed it all together!

What you’ll need…

1 cup of gluten free oats

1/2 cup Yam flour (coconut flour works too)

1 cup of nuts- I used a mix of almonds, cashews, pecans and walnuts

1/2 cup of sunflower seeds

1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds

1 cup of majool dates (or soaked dates)

200 grams cacao drops

Toast the seeds and nuts in the oven, grind in a blender, add to a mixing bowl and mix with flour and oats.

Melt the cacao drops and mix with the dates in a blender- if its too thick, add a few table spoons of warm water to get a slightly sloppy consistency.

Mix it all together then smooth out into a baking tray. pop it in the fridge to set…then viola, choco bites!

The Journey

Rachael CrowMenopause, Musings, Workshops

While I was away on the Welsh Isle of Enlli I attended a short writing workshop hosted by the “artists in residence” who were a group of poets, writers and photographers. We took part in a few different writing warm up practices- one of them in which we were given a paper boat and we wrote where we were going on the sails, who we were with on our boat and what we were taking with us….mine began with going to the otherworlds, with crow and owl and on my boat i had offerings for the Earth….and so my story began to unfold…

I’m on a journey, and ever unfolding journey. Sailing the waters of life with Crow and Owl as my guides, I have my offerings to the Great Mother and i leave them along the trail for others to glean hope from.

“This too will pass” She whispers in my ears, “all will be well”, “Keep following the lights, I’m lighting the way for you…..”

But there are times when all seems dark, I cannot hear the call of Crow or the hoot of Owl, no lights lie ahead. So i sit in my cave, deep in the aloneness of the dark, reaching out all of my senses to feel Her, to feel my sisters, holding me in their hearts as I take this journey, for myself and for them.

I will be strong and positive, this is The Womens Journey, Initiation to Wise Woman, this is what it is to be alive in a womans body- enjoying the ebbs and flows of our cycle, taking solace in the sleepless nights- these opportunities for deep processing, reading books into the early hours of the morning, breathing with each heat surge and feeling my body being cleansed of all that i no longer need.

In the deep darkness of the cave I feel lost and broken, no longer able to stir up the power of this threshold, I’m abandoned by Her voice, I’m lonely and scared. The voices in my head are driving me insane.

A flapping passes my face, Crow is here, pecking away at the rotten flesh of my life- no longer needed, the energetic blockages and baggage that I’ve carried my whole life and since I wont let them go, Crow pecks and pecks to loosen my grip on the energetic threads binding me.

Ah, Her soothing voice comes, “let go, let go, It’s alright, it’s safe to let go.”

I surrender to Crow and the soothing voice of the Mother, and i become aware of wise Owl residing in my womb space, gently reminding me my wisdom is inside me, in my womb. I drop down into my womb and feel the comfort of my inner wise woman and eventually fall into a deep peaceful sleep.

Tomorrow I will have the strength to continue the journey.

 

Island Life…….Newsletter

Rachael CrowMenopause, Newsletters, online teachings, products, Workshops

Hello dear ones!

I’m in post Bardsey bliss after the most beautiful week away on Bardsey Isle- Enlli in Welsh 🙂 There was no electricity, nor hot running water- definitely no wifi so it was a weeks immersion into nature. (also a risk of the winds whipping up and being stranded!! Luckily it didn’t happen but I don’t think I would have minded if it had!) The highlight of which was the daily connection with the seals- sitting with them each day was magical and mesmerising, they are such gorgeous creatures.

(see their noses popping up in the photo)

Unfortunately I returned home to a broken laptop…which I quickly nipped into the repair shop in town with and was told they would have to send it away….just as I’m in the middle of uploading my next online teaching! …yes, this was the face I pulled in the shop! The assured me they would try and ‘rush’ it through! So I’m on an old slow computer, painfully waiting for apps to open and things to upload! Bear with me….

In The Shop

If you’ve perused my blog website lately you may have noticed a shop appearing…well because my shop software is so old and tired (like me and this computer I’m on!) so I’m slowly moving things over to a woocommerce platform which is a bit simpler. I will probably be dropping some products so keep an eye on my current shop for sale items!

What’s on Sale at the mo? Well take a look at our selection of pad sets…including the lucky dip sets! and still reduced…our Cycle Charting Journal, grab one while stocks last!

 

On The Blog-

Fingers crossed this slow computer stays going long enough… if you click to my blog there should be a piece of writing I wrote while on Bardesy about the peri menopause Journey!

Events-

Broken Basket Woman online teaching to help ground you in your transformation, give you reassurance and support you in emerging as the Wise Woman you are created to be! Teachings open on June 1st.

Something is changing. We are slowly wrapping ourselves in our cocoons and preparing for the Initiation into Wise Woman, knowing we will emerge as something different, a beautiful butterfly…but sitting inside the soup of the cocoon, in a place of limbo, a void, we can feel as if we are going crazy- becoming Broken Basket Woman and terrified we will not be able to weave ourselves back together.

Physical symptoms, spiritual questioning, life changes may feel overwhelming. As a circle we will gather our fragmented pieces back into ourselves and gently weave ourselves back together.

I will lead you, tenderly holding and guiding as we create space for healing, reweaving and just BE-ING.

 

Drum Making, There’s still spaces on my next drum birthing day is Sunday 24th June (book by 21st May).

Do you have a group who would love to make drums? I’m happy to host groups or travel to you (if youre not too far away!) Would you like a custom made drum? Have a look at my drum shop page for inspiration. If you’re ready to buy a drum…check out my Etsy shop and use the 10% off discount code in the image below.

22nd-23rd Sept- £75- VERY limited places!! A womens all night vigil set in 100+ acres of woods here in West Wales, with cacao, sweat and fire, druming and singing with some hours of silence.

COMING TO WALES!! Clare is bringing her Fertility Massage training to Cardigan, I’m helping her organise this and theres a *few* places left!! 26th – 29th January 2019
Felinganol Retreat Centre, West Wales (near Cardigan and Mwnt beach) Hosted by Clare Spink, a 4 day Spiritual, Practical & Theory course for practitioners wishing to specialise in Women’s Health & Fertility.This practical hands-on course will teach you how to safely perform the womb & sacral massage on yourself and your clients. FFI on this course see Fertility Massage

To book any workshops (except the Fertility Massage) email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

Warm wishes, Rachael xxx

www.moontimes.co.uk

P.S. If you find this newsletter useful, why not share it and forward it to a friend.
P.P.S. If you are on Facebook join our Ask Aunt Flo group, for peer support on all things cloth pads, cups and sponges as well as plenty of women’s wisdom, lady love and frank discussions – come over and join the conversation!

The Results are IN! Newsletter

Rachael CrowMenopause, Newsletters, online teachings, products, Workshops

Hello, apologies for the lateness of our newsletter this week…the bank holiday totally threw things out of order and the days flew away!! I hope you had a sunny and relaxing weekend!

THANK YOU so much to all of those who filled in my survey and left me the kind comments I’ve screen shotted below! <3  I will be taking on board the results- and one of the overwhelming responses was women wanting guidance and information about peri menopause…so keep scrolling to see my latest blog and teachings.

If you haven’t had time, the survey is still open and takes just 2 mins.  There’s a 15% off product code at the end of it to entice you 🙂

In The Shop

Cups, the perfect menstrual product for the upcoming holiday and festival season!

Or maybe try a Cup Kit? We have our Love Zimbabwe light flow pad kit that comes with a choice of cups and our Moon Times travel kit– a cup, bag and 2 Moon Times panty liners.

On The Blog- 

My latest offering; this month Basket Woman came to me, she encompasses all of the archetypes of woman, but at the threshold of menopause she is Broken Basket Woman, and at this place she begins to weave herself back together again.

Standing at the threshold of what our society labels ‘menopause’ can be a lonely and scary time. Something is changing, we are slowly wrapping ourselves in our cocoons and preparing for the Initiation into Wise Woman, knowing we will emerge as something different, a beautiful butterfly…but sitting inside the soup of the cocoon, in a place of limbo, a void we can feel as if we are going crazy- becoming Broken Basket Woman and terrified we will not be able to weave ourselves back together…. Here is my offering to any other Broken Basket Women out there. https://www.moontimes.co.uk/blog/2018/05/broken-basket-woman/

Events-

Broken Basket Woman online teaching to help ground you in your transformation, give you reassurance and support you in emerging as the Wise Woman you are created to be!

Drum Making, There’s still spaces on my next drum birthing day is Sunday 24th June (book by 21st May).

Do you have a group who would love to make drums? I’m happy to host groups or travel to you (if youre not too far away!) Would you like a custom made drum? Have a look at my drum shop page for inspiration.

Coming in Sept- a womens all night vigil set in 100+ acres of woods here in West Wales…dates and prices to be confirmed…keep an eye on my Facebook and in the newsletter!

COMING TO WALES!! Clare is bringing her Fertility Massage training to Cardigan, I’m helping her organise this and theres a *few* places left!! 26th – 29th January 2019
Felinganol Retreat Centre, West Wales (near Cardigan and Mwnt beach) Hosted by Clare Spink, a 4 day Spiritual, Practical & Theory course for practitioners wishing to specialise in Women’s Health & Fertility.This practical hands-on course will teach you how to safely perform the womb & sacral massage on yourself and your clients.  FFI on this course see Fertility Massage 

To book any workshops (except the Fertility Massage) email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

Warm wishes, Rachael xxx

www.moontimes.co.uk

P.S. If you find this newsletter useful, why not share it and forward it to a friend.
P.P.S. If you are on Facebook join our Ask Aunt Flo group, for peer support on all things cloth pads, cups and sponges as well as plenty of women’s wisdom, lady love and frank discussions – come over and join the conversation!

Broken Basket Woman

Rachael CrowMenopause, Musings, online teachings

Standing at the threshold of what our society labels ‘menopause’ can be a lonely and scary time. Something is changing, we are slowly wrapping ourselves in our cocoons and preparing for the Initiation into Wise Woman, knowing we will emerge as something different, a beautiful butterfly…but sitting inside the soup of the cocoon, in a place of limbo, a void we can feel as if we are going crazy- becoming Broken Basket Woman and terrified we will not be able to weave ourselves back together…. Here is my offering to any other Broken Basket Women out there.  xxxx

 

Broken Basket Woman

I am Basket Woman, weaver of life

and so far, my basket has served me well

it was woven tightly and held all my dreams

As a child it was filled with mermaids and selkies

horses running free, teddies to cuddle, a place to just BE

When I flew the nest it held my hopes and fears

paperwork, bills, love letters and tears

Later it held babies, washing and food

a basket of apples, a basket of love (ever flowing)

After years of giving from my basket of life

my edges are frayed, my base is worn out

 

I’m falling apart, and I don’t know who I am…

mother, giver, lover, feeder, cleaner, mender

Creatress, Priestess, Warrior, Saint?

I’m Broken Basket Woman, sitting here alone

I need to fix myself, I need to sit, to dream

to weave myself back into being….whole.

 

Join me in my Broken Basket Woman online teachings, exploring the Threshold of Menopause.

(c) Rachael Crow all rights reserved 2018

Women Share their Words to Describe the Inner Seasons…

Rachael CrowMenstrual Health

#innerspring #preovulation women share words about the post bleed/ pre ovulation phase of thier cycle…..

#innersummer #ovulation Some words shared by women about this time in thier cycle… See how some women feel powerful and they can take on the world at this time while others feel anxious and overwhelmed? This is why it’s important to know your own cycle, where do you feel your power and where do you feel sensitive? Where do you feel most comfortable? Discomfort?

#innerautumn #postovulation #premenstrum words shared by a circle of women how they feel at this time in the cycle… For many this can be a tricky phase to navigate, it’s a time when we need to look after ourselves and up the self care techniques, ask for help and find some time to be alone.

#innerwinter #menstruation sharing words from women on this phase of the cycle…. Have you got any to add?

The Wheel of the Seasons Turns once more…..Newsletter

Rachael CrowNewsletters, products, Workshops

Welcome, we connect once more!

I can’t quite believe how fast this year is flying by, Beltane will be upon us next week, May pole dancing and honouring the earth and the turning of the seasons with fire jumping, tying wishes on trees and making May crowns!

Like many others who run web based businesses, all this GDPR privacy legislation is mind boggling, I’ve adjusted my privacy policy and as everyone has to opt in to receive my newsletters I’m covered on that front! So that I can tailor my newsletters to your interest, I would if you would spend 2 mins answering 5 quick questions on my survey? There’s a 15% off product code at the end of it to entice you 🙂

In The Shop

This month we’re still promoting sponges- we have a trial pack for those who might be interested in trying one out….they are fab for holidays; sunbathing or swimming whilst on your moontime.

And don’t forget we’ve also got the sponge and panty liner kit– a great “fits in your handbag” kit!

On The Blog- 

One from the archives...managing your moontime on the move! A great guide as to what products are best for holidays, festivals, camping etc.

Events-

Drum Making, There’s still spaces on my next drum birthing day is Sunday 24th June (book by 21st May).

Do you have a group who would love to make drums? I’m happy to host groups or travel to you (if youre not too far away!) Would you like a custom made drum? Have a look at my drum shop page for inspiration.

 

Coming in Sept– a womens all night vigil set in 100+ acres of woods here in West Wales…dates and prices to be confirmed…keep an eye on my Facebook and in the newsletter!

COMING TO WALES!! Clare is bringing her Fertility Massage training to Cardigan, I’m helping her organise this and theres a *few* places left!! 26th – 29th January 2019
Felinganol Retreat Centre, West Wales (near Cardigan and Mwnt beach) Hosted by Clare Spink, a 4 day Spiritual, Practical & Theory course for practitioners wishing to specialise in Women’s Health & Fertility.This practical hands-on course will teach you how to safely perform the womb & sacral massage on yourself and your clients.  FFI on this course see Fertility Massage 

To book any workshops (except the Fertility Massage) email info@rachaelcrow.co.uk

Warm wishes, Rachael xxx

www.moontimes.co.uk

P.S. If you find this newsletter useful, why not share it and forward it to a friend.
P.P.S. If you are on Facebook join our Ask Aunt Flo group, for peer support on all things cloth pads, cups and sponges as well as plenty of women’s wisdom, lady love and frank discussions – come over and join the conversation!