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Are you vegan? A lot of times diet can play a huge role. You can have a normal flow when vegan as long as everything is totally balanced; I know a number of women, myself included, who have stopped bleeding because of changes in diet. Make sure to include foods and herbs with lots of iron and calcuim. Adding dong quai daily is a good idea, as is this tea. I have a very light almost nonexistent flow and this tea works like a charm:
2 parts pennyroyal
begin drinking it around the time in the month you would like to bleed or used to bleed. Follow the moon perhaps. Drink it for one week (the week you choose as your “menstrual week”). During the rest of your cycle, drink uterine tonics (red raspberry leaf, comfrey, horsetail, nettle, roots, etc, and follow what I said in the cramps post about adding peppermint to the first half of your cycle and chamomile the second to help regulate and support your hormones and Female organs.
In the past two months I have been working on getting my herbal first aid kits into the local herb shoppe I intern at. As they are coming along so beautifully, I decided to try and sell some things on etsy as well. Buy my teas and (soon) salves here! It is all so exciting to be seeing these dreams becoming reality.
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Now I have your attention, huh? I’ve been reading a lot of things and thinking lately about how horrible periods are for some women. The debilitating pain and feelings of being able to do nothing about it. Well, there are answers and I’ve decided to try to help. Many women’s cramps and heavy flows stem from their Female systems just not being supported enough. This support comes from caring for your body always, not just the week of menstruation. Uterine tonics are vital to women’s health, but also think about the liver. (The next few paragraphs and herbs come from the beautiful Rosemary Gladstar, as I have not had much experience with cramps and heavy flows in my time)
The liver is my favorite. A big part of its care is knowing which foods clog it up. It so happens that many of the foods our livers have a hard time processing are also foods that have a negative effect on the Female system: alcohol, sweets, and coffee especially line up between the systems (the liver also heavily dislikes dairy).
Cramps often come from the drop in blood calcium in the ten days before bleeding ensues. This is characterized by muscle cramps, headaches, bloating, depression. Include foods and herbs rich in calcium at this time. Supplements are fine, but should not be solely depended on.
-deep green leafy vegetables
Caring for your system is an everyday task. If done correctly, this can lessen the intensity of menstruation each cycle, until it is actually manageable and cramps naturally happen less. A good everyday tea or tincture is (with tea drink 1 quart daily, tincture 2 dropperfuls twice daily):
During the month drink
1 part wild yam
2 dandelion root
2 burdock root (look at this liver lovin!)
2 licorice root
1 yellow dock
1 pau d’ arco
When you start eating more calcium (ten days before bleeding starts) switch daily tea to
4 raspberry leaf
If you are a Woman who suffers unbearable cramps, tincture this recipe and take 1 dropperful every half hour to an hour during cramps
1 cramp bark
Don’t eat anything cold, and place a hotpack over your uterus.
For heavy menstruation, often this can be caused by an iron deficiency, which can be helped by adding many of the herbs mentioned in the calcium deficiency blend. Raspberry leaf, comfrey, nettles, yellow dock, astragalus, oatstraw are all great. Seaweeds are fabulous to add into your diet. Roots will help as well, they are generally high in vitamins and will aid the liver.
If you are a heavy bleeder, one week before bleeding begins, drink
2 shepard’s purse
daily, and continue into menstruation but in smaller doses. This will eventually help get you to a normal level of bleeding, but as with the cramping regimen, will take 3-4 months to notice a difference. But if you stick with it, you will get there.
General uterine tonics:
-dong quai (be careful! only take a little bit as it is an emmenagogue and can cause bleeding to start early/ too heavily. DO NOT use during flow.)
-vitex (chaste tree berry)
A great little tip that not many know about is to drink peppermint tea daily the first half of your cycle (from the end of one period to the peak of ovulation (go online to learn how to identify this, here is a good site. It isn’t necessarily when you’re on your period but about halfway through the cycle)). Drink chamomile daily for the last half (end half of ovulation to the start of your next period). This regimen helps balance hormones, making the process easier.
Remember your body is individual, and what works for one person may not work for you. Be patient, try different things, and don’t stress, that will only make it worse. Listen to your Female self and understand what she needs. Diet is key, as well as caring for your liver. Are horrible cramps worth the drunken night you can barely remember? Consider it…
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8 oz (hot) water
3 tablespoons chia seeds
1-2 honkin’ tablespoon honey
1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
drink everyday (or every other) for the best poos of your life. The best cure for constipation, the scoots, etc.
Chia seeds are high in protein, omega fatty acids, and fiber.
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