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#NoMoreLimits on Menstrual Hygiene

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Today is the 5th annual Menstrual Hygiene Day! Whoop whoop!! 

MH Day raises awareness of the challenges women and girls worldwide face due to their menstruation and highlights solutions that address these challenges.
— MenstrualHygieneDay.org

It's a pretty great time to be a woman in the world but there is still a LOT of work to be done.

In regards to menstruation, while I am incredibly proud that my homeland,  Canada, has done away with the so-called "tampon tax", the majority of countries around the globe still charge a tax on feminine hygiene products calling them a "luxury".

The very real fact is that every woman between the ages of 12 and 52, or thereabouts, needs products once a month to help manage their monthly bleed. Unfortunately, many women in poor countries cannot afford such necessities (are they therefore a luxury?) and their whole lives can be impacted negatively due to this simple fact. They may opt out of school to save themselves, and by proxy their families, embarrassment should whatever inadequate means they are using leak and their blood is exposed to the general public. 

Also, all too frequently, poor women in some of the poorest nations uses dirty clothes and even mud and leaves to staunch their monthly flow. This is bad for their health for a multitude of reasons, least of which is the lack of sanitation. 

Likewise, many women in developing countries do not have daily access to clean water so how can they possibly clean themselves in dirty water?

As we are seeing is many other aspects of this wonderful world, women are coming together and forming movements to spur change...think of the #TimesUp and #MeToo movement. There is also the #smashtheshame movement which wants menstruation to be a topic that everyone, male or female, can discuss openly without feeling ashamed or told to be quiet. It is unfortunate but many cultures consider menstruation a taboo topic and openly shun women who are menstruating from their homes, schools and religious institutions on the basis that while bleeding they are unclean.  It is only through open communication can we learn and teach and grow and change the uneducated minds that make the rules.

Despite increasing evidence for taking urgent action, menstruation remains a neglected public health, social and educational issue that requires prioritization, investment and concentrated effort at national and local levels.
— Preeti Shakya

Many young women do not learn the basic fundamentals of their monthly periods, and more than we can to know are completely surprised by their first period. These women may have little idea how their monthly cycles affects and can be affected by their general health and fertility. Obviously this is important information that every girl should know. Personally of course, I think each girl on the planet should be given a Female Empowerment Bracelet upon her first period, otherwise known as menarche. Then for the next 4o years or so, until the menopause, she will have an understanding of the subtle but significant changes occurring within her body and what they mean and act according to her own desires. 

This #MHDay won't you join me and spread the word? If you think every girl should have access to education and products for their periods, please be brave and put something on social media about it or simply talk in person with a group or even just one young woman - chances are the conversation will be more welcome and informative than you could even imagine. I have found myself in many discussions with young women just starting their menstrual journey and I am constantly amazed at the seemingly never-ending supply of questions. For many girls, you may be the safest source of information. 

If you would like more information regarding #MHDay please visit their website at www.menstrualhygieneday.org 

Also, I am hosting a giveaway with an empowering prize pack. Head on over to giveaway to enter.

 

 

  

The Healing Power in a Cup of Tea

Today is International Tea Day and of all the soothing remedies known to womankind for menstrual discomfort there is nothing quite as pleasurable and effective as a cup of tea. Accompany that warm tea with a comfy couch, a hot water bottle and a good book and you   might not mind being on your period so much and might actually have a moment of divine feminine serenity. 

There are a number of different herbal teas that help with menstrual cramps, bloating and other menstrual-related symptoms.

 

Long known for it's ability to relax muscles and anxiety, chamomile is an excellent tea to enjoy while Aunt Flo is in town but be warned, it has a mild sedative effect on the nervous system and is best enjoyed later in the day or evening. 

Chamomile tea is super gentle and highly effective. This is a tea that you can sip from the beginning of your cycle until the end to keep your body, mind, and emotions in a joyful place.
— herbaltealife
 

 

Cramp bark is traditionally used for any type of cramping or spasmodic pain including uterine, ovarian, abdominal and back pain which makes this an invaluable herb for women who experience any of these kinds of pain during menstruation. 

 

 

Black Cohosh is such a powerful herb that a small pinch added to another blend will bring out the benefit of it's pain relieving properties. The root of this herb acts to help soothe and relax the uterine lining. It is best to only use this in your tea while you're actively having your period and not throughout the rest of the month. It's the big guns so remember, a tiny pinch will do you! 

Whatever tea you choose enjoy your cuppa! 

 

Menstrual Hygiene Day Special

Hello friends. The 2nd annual Menstrual Hygiene Day is tomorrow and it is a day to discuss all things period related with no embarrassment or shame because #MenstruationMatters. One of the many  goals of this day is to banish the shame that some feel discussing this topic because at some time or another, all females menstruate and it is important they know all there is to know about why they get their periods, what to expect throughout the month and managing their periods with proper hygiene. 

In fact, there are so many myths and taboos surrounding menstruation that it affects the way women deal with their periods, oftentimes unnecessarily. 

Have you ever heard of #Menstruphopia? Unfortunately it is real but hopefully the more people who talk about menstruation openly and without shame, such a silly phobia will disappear quicker than cramps on your first day. 

Watch this video to get a better idea of what Menstruphobia is and how it affects women worldwide. 

 

Many esteemed organizations are joining in to raise awareness for this cause. Interesting articles can be found here:

Taboos around periods hurt everyone at the Huffington Post.

What would the world look like if men had periods at the Telegraph UK.

A Woman's Right. Period. 

 

I believe the Female Empowerment Bracelet also serves to open education, communication and to help destroy the centuries of shame that have surrounded this female phenomenon. 

In honour of this day we are offering a special 28% discount on all orders placed between May 28th and midnight May 31st. Simply use coupon code MHD2015 when checking out and the discount will be applied. Like Menstrual Hygiene Day itself our coupon is a play on numbers...it's valid for 5 days (just like the average length of a period) and it's 28 percent off (as a typical menstrual cycle is 28 days in length). 

Happy shopping!