Thursday Love List #5: For the ladies
Organic cotton Lunapanties: I've been wearing the same 3 pairs for every period I've had over the past 10 years or so. They're nice fitting undies (they come in different cuts for those of us who are choosy), with a layer of fleece padding in the crotch. They're great on their own on very light days (say, at the end of your flow), or important added "protection" when paired up with an organic tampon, sea sponge (non-vegan alert on that one) or Diva Cup/Keeper that may runneth over. They're more eco and breathable than a disposable pantyliner, and somehow less of a hassle than reusable pads (especially when you're biking and you don't want pad snaps digging into your delicate parts).
Mine, being the original (older) Lunapanties don't have the "special bands" (mentioned in the video if you follow the above link) that'd hold an extra liner in place, but they're good all the same.
Monthly Info: Love this website. Love it! Every time I mention it on fbook or twitter, I get a bunch of thank-you replies for letting folks know about it. It's so so helpful for keeping track of your cycles - having a record of your menstrual history, and helping to predict when your next ovulation and blood-time should be. It'll even send you e-mail notifications a few days before you can expect a change (ovulation, menstruation). And it's free!(though if you want to make a donation - and so you should once you start using and appreciating it too - they're open to it).
The Path of Practice: Want a stronger sense of ritual and spirituality/meaning in your life? Read this book by Bri Maya Tiwari.
Bust magazine: I have been reading this magazine for a good long while. I think I've only missed one issue since my first one, with Margaret Cho on the cover. It's got a poppy easy-to-consume quality, while still offering interesting articles from an inherently feminist view-point, so you don't have to worry about being offended in that way every single conventional women's mag seems to offend thinking people. (And I'll admit, I loved them just a little bit more when they wrote a positive review of Get It Ripe in their December 2008 issue.)
Home-blended Lady Tea: Here's the herb tea I make myself and drink about a litre daily the week before and the week during my period.
2 parts red raspberry leaves (tones the uterus)
2 parts nettle leaves (good source of minerals, which you need to replenish when you're bleeding; can help with heavy periods)
1 part dandelion root (supports the liver, which regulates hormone production)
1 part red clover (effective hormone balancer)
1 part liquorice root (tastes sweet; nourishes the adrenal glands to help with PMS stress)
1 part dried ginger root (optional - warming; helps relieve muscle cramps)
Combine all herbs in a large bowl.
Bring some filtered water to a boil.
Measure out 1 teaspoon of herb blend for each cup of water or a heaping tablespoon for 4 cups of water. Pour water over the herbs, cover and allow to steep for 10-30 minutes (the longer the better) – you can do this in a teapot or a glass jar.
Strain out the herbs and rebottle – you can store it in a thermos to keep it warm throughout the day.
Transfer remaining herbs into to a glass jar with a good-fitting lid and use over the next few months. (Check with your naturopath or midwife about consuming this when you're pregnant or breastfeeding.)
Ain't being a woman grand? (I'm not even being sarcastic!)