Ok, welcome back, children. I hope you all enjoyed our last post about some of the best strains to use for your period. I want to welcome you to follow the Pussy Power series, which is going to focus on learning natural and alternative methods of healing/caring for our vaginas as part of the ultimate goal of de-colonization and reclaiming our full ancestral/feminine powers. Going through my own journey of learning, unlearning, and experimenting with my sexual/reproductive health has been an enlightening, though often lonely journey, but I feel called to share some of what I've learned so maybe some of you can skip the hardships and get straight to the sweetness ;) Hopefully we can share our knowledge and have the most bomb pussy squad running around town.
I want to stick with our periods for a while because, damn, I feel like everything I learned in middle and high schools are no longer relevant--from what I use to collect menstruation, to the medication I use, and most importantly, my attitude toward bleeding. Last month, we discussed the best strains of weed to smoke as pain pill alternatives for pesky cramps, and this week I want to give some non-weed options for those who don't/can't medicate or those looking for maximum effectiveness. As always living a healthy lifestyle is essential to maintaining your vaginal health. Peep some of my holistic favorites below and let me know what else you use to manage period pain.
1. Baths/Heating Pad
This is my number one favorite remedy because it works almost instantly. When I feel like I'm gonna die I strip and hop in a hot, hot bath. I change up what I add to my bath, but it usually always includes epsom salts (infused or non-infused), tea tree and lavender essential oils, and some rose petals. As soon as I'm fully submerged, I immediately feel the pressure in my uterus disappear...Water truly heals (in case you need another reason to protect it!). It is also pretty cool to see the different patterns your blood makes in the water :) If you have access to a tub, I would highly recommend relaxing in the tub as long as you can. If you don't have a tub, try a hot shower. If you get caught while out, I find the portable/disposable heating pads to be helpful.