Posts tagged #menstrual

Yoga is a Good Idea Any Day of the Month

As many of you know, yoga is a wonderful exercise regime that is good for the mind, body and soul any day of the month. It reduces stress, helps your fitness and flexibility, and infuses you with energy. But did you know it can also relieve some physical menstrual discomfort and the endorphins it releases can ease your menstrual blues? True.

Yoga is a very personal practice and when one is menstruating (or any day), one should always listen to your body and only do poses and extensions that feel good (even if in a slightly painful way). Some argue that inverted poses (where your feet are raised higher than your head) should not be done while on your period due to the probability of retrograde menstruation - when the blood will flow back into your body instead of out. The potential side effect of this is endometriosis so please practice mindfully.

If you're anything like my youngest daughter, you may be hesitant to join a class at the gym while Aunt Flo is visiting, afraid others might know you're on your period by a telltale bump in your yoga pants or heaven forbid, a leak provoked by extended poses. 

Take heart, there are plenty of routines available online for you to do in the comfort of your own home. Even just a few minutes of yoga can deliver soothing results and help you sleep better. 

If you don't feel like surfing the net, please try these routines below designed specifically for that time of the month to find comfort, strength and peace. 

Namaste. 

Posted on June 9, 2015 .

Healing Herbs That Alleviate Menstrual Discomforts

Spring is well and truly in bloom here in the northern hemisphere and it's one of my favourite times of the year. Who doesn't delight in the heady fragrance of Lily of the Valley and Lilac gracing the warm air? 

I am fortunate to have a modest garden which I attempt to tend with loving care and enjoy the rewards of my labour profusely.

I'm currently planting my herb garden and did a little research on herbs that are helpful to manage menstrual discomforts as I live with my two daughters who often suffer from cramping and pain during their periods. Well, it turns out Mother Nature does indeed have a cure for most common ailments and menstruation is one of them. 

Here is what I found courtesy of the internet and Reader's Digest, The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs: 

Basil

Compounds found in fresh basil leaves called caffeic acid perform the same function as anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (as found in Advil) and naproxen sodium (as found in Aleve). Unlike taking such pills however, eating a few basil leaves, either alone or in a salad, or steeping basil leaves in boiling water to make a tea, can bring relief almost immediately.

 

 

Mint

Mint produces a notable relaxing effect which alleviates the cramping that occurs around your period. The best way to enjoy this result is by sipping some fresh mint tea. Simply boil some water and pour it into a carafe or teapot over half a cup of torn mint leaves.  Allow to steep for 5 - 7 minutes then strain and enjoy.

 

 

Parsley

 

Parsley has a gentle stimulating action that can encourage menstruation. This can be ideal if you're period is late but should not be used if there is a possibility of pregnancy. A small simple garnish or a handful of shredded parsley will suffice for this purpose. Warning: It is wise to use on minimal amounts of parsley if pregnant or breastfeeding. 

 

 
Thyme

Thyme

Thyme possesses a muscle-relaxant effect that was proven to relieve menstrual cramps better than ibuprofen in a recent study. However, taking essential oils orally should only be done by the advice of a medical professional and not when pregnant or breastfeeding. Tea is a safer bet and is actually easier to make yourself using your garden variety thyme. Simply bring a few cups of water to boil and pour over chopped fresh leaves in a cup or kettle. Let it infuse for 10 - 30 minutes, strain and enjoy hot or cold, add a little honey to sweeten if desired. 

 

I hope this information has literally given you some food for thought and you plant a herb garden of your own. One need not have a yard to do so, you can have little pots on your windowsill and enjoy the same results. A little sunshine, a little water and a little love go a long way.  

 

Posted on May 19, 2015 .

Proud Partner of Menstrual Hygiene Day

Feby is proud to be a partner of Menstrual Hygiene Day. 2015 will be the 2nd such day and the same as last year it will take place on May 28. This date was specifically chosen as it represents the average number of days a woman bleeds (5) out of the average length of a cycle (28). 

One reason there is the need for such a day is that ensuring good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) can support the fulfillment of some basic human needs and rights. One such right is the fundamental right to human dignity. Many women across the world are denied this right when they are forced into seclusion because they are menstruating or when they must use leaves or dirty rags to manage their menstruation.

Another reason for Menstrual Hygiene Day is to protect the environment. Many disposable products that are used to manage menstruation are harmful to the environment in a multitude of ways. Many tampons and sanitary pads are made using harsh chemicals such as chlorine and dioxin. These ingredients can leach into the groundwater from the landfills where they rest (for as much as hundreds of years before they biodegrade) and this causes pollution and health concerns. If tampons or pads are disposed of incorrectly through sewage systems this can cause a breakdown in said system and can also lead to public health concerns. 

Menstrual hygiene is also fundamental to making the economy stronger, ensuring health and well-being of all citizens and advancing education. 

All too often girls must also miss school when they are on their periods and this denies them the basic right of education. 

Education about the menstrual cycle and how to manage it is the key to overcoming cultural taboos. In doing so we will eventually live in a world where menstruating women are no longer forbidden from doing everything that non-menstruating women and all males can do. Education is only possible when we communicate effectively about the obstacles that many face.

Here at Feby I've long been an advocate of open and honest discussion on all things menstrual. Won't you join me in helping overcome the remaining stigma and shame associated with menstruation? This is as easy to do as honestly discussing your concerns with family, friends, coworkers and the like without the need to whisper and giggle. Men are equally invested in a strong and healthy future for all and will benefit from understanding the facts regarding menstruation instead of turning away and ignoring any potential problems or hazards. Do not be embarrassed of having such discussions when males are also present. 

For more information please check out this infograph:

and this video entitled  The Monthlies 

and visit Menstrual Hygiene Day.org 

Peace, love and menstrual empowerment for all!