Thanks for letting us know you're interested in Herbal Medicine and Period Health. You'll now only receive emails which pertain to these interests. Here is some content about both to get you started. If you're interested in taking your herbal knowledge to the next level I'd highly recommend checking out the online courses by Herbal Academy or looking into the degree which Lincoln College runs in the UK.
Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year but for most of us it's arguably the most stressful. For weeks before hand we desperately cram our work in so we can buy ourselves time off. We rush about the shops..
Last winter I had a touch of depression. I didn't realise at the time though because it came out in the form of social anxiety attacks. The thought of going out and socialising, or even going busy places with lots of strangers (e.g. London) was all a bit much for me. Life circumstances have changed and that has all passed now but not without a fair bit of fight.
A while ago I asked you to help me out with something, and help you did. You filled out a form to tell me what bothers you most about your periods. The results of which helped me put together the new version of my course Joyful Periods. Mood swings was the second most common problem you guys mentioned. So I thought I'd write a little something about the topic. For details about why you get mood swings head over to the article I wrote for Kali boxes at the end. But first, lets learn about a few herbs that can help.
So you've had a stressful week. You had to do some extra long hours to stay on top of things and make sure you've got enough money at the end of the month. The stress has you sleeping rough all week and you've woken up groggy every morning with barely enough energy to get up let alone make breakfast. So you reached for the coffee and got on with the day on an empty stomach. By the end of the week you're exhausted, accidentally falling asleep in front of the TV, maybe you feel like you're catching a cold too. Next week you'll get back into your swing of things.
Don't panic! Unless of course you think you might be unexpectedly pregnant. In which case, panic and pee on a stick!*
If your cycle has been longer than 32 days for 3 months in a row you could have something called Oligomenorrhea. It's not a condition it's just the posh name for having long cycles. It could be totally normal for you but if it's not, it's a good idea to get it investigated. Usually long periods are a sign you're not ovulating (having an anovulatory cycle in doctor-speak). If you're around 40 this is probably happening because you're starting to transition into perimenopause.
Whoever knew the mentioning of a pineapple could cause so much controversy at Christmas. My husband and I were visiting a grand old house in Wales, on our way to a Christmas getaway. In the house was a dining room, set out as it would have been in the Victorian era. It was cold and blustery outside. Upon this table were the usual luxuries for the era, golden candelabras with nature inspired motifs and golden pineapples.
“Wouldn’t it be nice to have some of these decorations for our own Christmas?”, my husband remarked.
“Why would I want a symbol of white men raping and pillaging foreign lands on my table at Christmas?!”, I replied.
It was a tad negative, I admit, and when my husband pointed out that if we were to impose a ban on all fruits from sunnier climates from Christmas we would be missing a large portion of our Christmas pudding... I soon backed down.
I recently subscribed to a period box to see what it's like and was shocked by how much plastic was involved!
I've been using re-usable femcare products for well over a decade and had started to take it for granted till I bought these "run of the mill" products.