Women in agrarian society typically menstruate less than women in modern, industrialized societies. That is because women weight more than they did in the past, start their periods at younger ages, and stop at older ages. (fat cells produce more estrogen). Also modern food have lead to earlier menstruation.
Prior to the 20th. Century, European and American women menstruate infrequently compared with today.
Some of the most common forms of protection were grass, rabbit skin, sponges, rags, menstrual aprons, homemade knitted pads, or other kind of absorbents.
Menstrual huts were common features in premodern cultures. They were a place where women were separated from the community during their menses for various reasons ranging from fear to respect.Probably since the tenth century, women often used tips of cloth or rags to provide menstrual protection which they would wash and reuse. That is why the term. “on the rag” is used to free from menstruation.
A turning point in the 20th Century.
The changes and progress in feminine hygiene products that we see today are made around the twentieth century. In the United States, progressive value began to shape beliefs and values in the early 20th. Century. After the Civil war and the onset of industrialization, men moved in large number from farms to factories. Women joined them in increasing numbers entering sales and clerical work.
Modern menstrual management was made possible by the modern American movement. Sex education program, menstrual products advertisement and promotion in drugstores, and free, menstrual pamphlets broadly distributed modern approaches to menstruation.Equally important were newly emphasized value of efficiency, convenience, and consistent, carefully monitored self-presentation, which in turn supported new roles for women in school and in the workplace.
Disposable pads owe their origin to nurses who first came up with the idea of holding the flow of menstruation blood, with the help of available wood pulp bandages in the hospital. Nurses in France used these bandages for menstrual pads, which they liked because they were very absorbent, and they were cheap enough to throw anyway.The manufacturers of bandages borrowed the idea and produced pads made from handy products that were inexpensive enough to be disposed.
The Kimberly-Clark Company made bandages from wood pulp for American soldiers in the First World War. The first of the disposable pads were generally in the form of cotton, wool, or similar fibrous rectangle covered with an absorben liner. The liner ends were extended front and back so as to fit thorough loops in a special girdle of belt worn beneath undergarments. This design was notorious for slipping either forward or behind the intended position.
Johnson & Johnson’s sanitary napkins were said to be the first commercially available disposable sanitary protection products for women in the United States. The earliest ones the Company sold were called “Sanitary Napkins for Ladies” and “Lister’s Towels” (introduced in 1896).
The advertisements said “Lister’s Towels, Sanitary for Ladies,” but the problem was that women didn’t want to be seen buying sanitary towels for ladies. So, in the 1920s, the Company came out with Nupak—a brand name that could be safely asked for without being descriptive of what the product did. The box had a label on one side with just the brand name and the company name. The other sides of the box were plain so that it could be carried or stored without embarrassment.
Kotex, first called Cellucotton and Cellu-naps, was put on the market around 1920/1921. These didn’t begin to be accepted until about 1926 when Montgomery Ward actually advertised the product in its catalogue.
Even after disposable pads were commercially available, for several years they were too expensive for many women to afford. When they could be afforded, women were allowed to place money in a box so that they would not have to speak to the clerk and take a box of Kotex pads from the counter themselves. It took several years for disposable menstrual pads to become commonplace.
Apparently women did not wear underpants until the upper classes started doing so in the nineteenth century. It was probably originally developed in England so children could shield their legs and genitals from view when playing at school.
The first ones were essentially two long leg tubes joined at the waist, leaving a large gap in the crotch, enabling the woman to perform bodily functions without lowering them. Later in the century the gap was closed, and the legs became shorter. Sears sold a form of children’s diapers early in the century, which actually looked like today’s briefs, for both sexes. In 1922 Sears advertised “sanitary bloomers” for night wear which look like the briefs we know.It wasn’t until 1935 that Sears sold what we would call briefs for women to wear in non-menstrual situations.
In 1928, Johnson & Johnson started including silent purchase coupons in magazine ads for Modess. These could be cut out of the advertisements and silently presented to a salesperson, without the customer ever having to utter the name of the product. The product, still in a plain box so as not to cause undue embarrassment, could then be wrapped up in brown paper and taken home. A Ladies Home Journal ad stated, “In order that Modess may be obtained in a crowded store without embarrassment or discussion,
Johnson & Johnson devised the Silent Purchase Coupon presented below. Simply cut it out and hand it to the sales person. You will receive one box of Modess. Could anything be easier?” (Ladies Home Journal ad for Modess, June, 1928.)
1.Get enough sleep: Proper sleep is essential for optimal health and it helps metabolize stress hormones better than any other known entity.
2. Meditate for at least 5-to 15 minutes each day, to calm and soothe your mind.
4. Exercise regularly. Ideally, aim for a comprehensive program that includes high intensity exercise and straight training along with core-building exercise and stretching.
5. Breathe properly. When you breathe in and out fully through your nose you activate your parasympathetic rest-and restore nervous system, which expands the lower lobes of your longs, and therefore engages the vagus nerves.
6.”Relax the back of your throat”. So many woman have thyroid problems it’s from chronic tension here; because you are pretty sure the feminine voice isn’t going to be heard. It hasn’t being heard for 5,000 years. You’re not alone. But it’s being heard now.
7. Practice self love and unconditional acceptance. Look at yourself in the mirror at least once a day, and saying: “I love you”.
8. After 21 days, something will happen to you. You’ll see a part of you that looks back at you, and you begin to believe it. I love myself exactly as I am. I no longer wait to be perfect in order to love myself .
9. Optimize your vitamin D levels. Get your vitamin D leve checked. Ideally, you’ll want your range of 50-70 ng/ml.
10. Sunlight is not the enemy. It’s lack antioxidants in your diet that is the enemy. Natural light is a lovely source of Vitamin D; You can’t overdose. But many people to get their levels of vitamin D into optimal are going to need 5,000 to 10,000 international units per day. So, vitamin D is important.
11.Cultivate an active social life; enjoy some face to face time with like mind people.
12. Epsom salt baths (20 minutes, three times per week) are simple, inexpensive way to get magnesium into your body.
13. Keep a gratitude journal. Each night, before you go to bed, write down five things that you are grateful for, or five things that brought you pleasure.
14. Remember: Every emotion is associated with a biochemical reality in your body. So, you want to bring the emotion of generosity, pleasure, receiving, and open-heartedness. The same things that create heart health creates breast health.
Getting the gluten-free diet right is easy when you know the ground rules. Follow the guidelines bellow and you will be on your way to a happy, healthy gluten- free life.
Corn in all forms. Plain rice in all forms. Amaranth. Flours made from gluten-free. Glucose syrup, lecithin, oat gum, plain spices, starch, food start, and vinegar, (only malt vinegar might contain gluten) tapioca flour or starch, potato starch and flour, coconut flour.
Wheat in all forms, including spelt, kamut, triticale a (combination of wheat and rye), durum, einkorn, farina, semolina, cake flour, matzo (or matzah) and couscous. Wheat is found in many bread, cakes, cereals, cookies, crackers, pretzels, pasta, pizza crusts. Read labels to be sure. Most ingredients with “Wheat” in the name including: Hydrolyzed wheat protein, barley and malt, including malt syrup, malt extract, malt flavoring and malt vinegar. Beer made from barley is not considered to be gluten free. Soy sauce is usually fermented from wheat.
Lettuce as a Wrap: Give your wrap more crunch by skipping the tortilla and putting grilled chicken, fish veggies and leafy greens. You can choose mob Bibb, romaine or cabbage leaves .
Zucchini Noodles: A perfect choice for pasta lovers who are looking for a low carb-alternative. Use spiralizer or a julienne peeler to make the 1/4 inch -thick noodles.
Portobello Mushrooms as Burger Buns: Use the caps of two roasted Portobello mushrooms to sandwich together veggies and a patty of your choice. Portobello mushrooms are high in antioxidants.
Mashed Bananans: To make a grain free oatmeal alternative. Mash up a couple of bananas and top with brown sugar berries, seeds and buts. Bananas are great source of potassium and magnesium which are essential for menstrual health.
Make Dark Chocolate-Covered Strawberries: Instead of cookies, go for fruit and chocolate. Dip rinsed strawberries into melted dark chocolate with high cocoa contente and refrigerate. Curb your chocolate cravings with these simple treat.
To commemorate her July 6th. Birthday.
She was a feminist before her time, incorporated indigenous and national Mexican symbols into her art with complete authenticity, and kept up a passionate. If explosive romance with Diego Rivera. Her self portraits are incomparable as her spirited, self aware.
Say you don’t love letters then write gorgeous ones.
“I don’t know how to write love letters” Kahlo penned ever so humble to her 1946 flame Jose Bartoli. Then she added, “Since I fell in love with you everything is transformed and is full of beauty. Love is like an aroma, like a current, like rain. You know, my sky, you rain on me and I, like the earth receive you”
The moral of the story: When communicating with lovers, set the bar low and the leap over it with dazzling colors. Kahlo’s supposed ignorance of the epistolary form may have been her greatest strength. It let her play with language and emotion in ways that normal long-distance communication would have prohibited.
When something bad happened to most of us, we run and hide from it suffering memories deep into our subconscious and hoping no one makes us confront them again. Unfortunately that’s not the way life works, and repression tends to lead to all sorts of psychological problems. Kahlo had a different way of going about things.
Despite suffering from polio as a child and from a terrible bus accident as a young adult, she never despaired. In fact, she began painting while bedridden, for it was one of the few things she could do easily on her back. And after her miscarriage at 24, Frida wrote to her doctor, “I cried a lot, but it’s over, there is nothing else that can be done except to bear it”.
But she did far more than accept the tragedy; she incorporated it into her artwork. Her painting “Henry Ford Hospital” features a nude Kahlo connected with a set of umbilical cords to a series of potent symbols. Rivera’s mural “Detroit Industry” worked with similar imagery, showing a baby huddled inside the roots of a plant. These paintings are haunting and moving but we tend to forget that they’re radically brave. Kahlo (and Rivera) recognized the tragedy must be confronted, that the most private matters can have a place in our public and artistic personas.
Horticulture has long been associates with creativity and serenity, but Kahlo took a hobby to a whole new level. In the courtyard of her famed Casa Azul (Blue House) in Coyoacán, a borough of Mexico City, she cultivated a plant universe so seen it’s still being maintained for visitors today. Her botanical interests also inspired the natural motifs in her paintings, particularly as her health declined in the 1940’s and ‘50s, and she spent more an more time at Casa Azul. “I paint flowers so they will not die” she said of the works.
Learn to know thyself.
Millennials are constantly being accused of narcissism, and the “me! me! me!” attitudes on social media may have some wishing people would know themselves a bit less. But Kahlo recognized the importance of looking deeply with in herself in a piercing and authentic way. There’s a reason, after all, that we cite her self portraits as her most famous works. “I am my own muse,” she’s often quoted as saying, without a touch of irony, “The subject I know best”.
Rather than presume she could speak for maths of other people, Kahlo painted what she knew. But there’s a difference between those self-portraits and most Instagrammed selfies. Khalo’s work was honest and accepting, portraying her life’s less glamorous side instead of hiding it the way we tend to today. She did not lurk beneath filters and shiny social media sheen, for she recognized that knowing herself meant being candid and open.
Live in a world of paradox.
Most of us wanted to believe that the universe is logical, so we present ourselves as consistent human beings. But take one look at Kahlo’s work, and you’ll see that she never saw the world in that flat, boring way. It’s something her lover Diego Rivera captured exquisitely, in a letter to a friend.
I recommend her to you, not as husband but as enthusiastic admirer of her work, acid and tender, hard and steel and delicate and fine as a butterfly’s wing, lovable as a beautiful smile, and profound and cruel as the bitterness of life.
Life coach Kahlo would tell you that gentle and harsh can be combined, ugliness and beauty easily intermixed. That your life, like her artwork, need not be understood through a single lens. It’s an incredibly liberating idea: to abandon singular identities and learn into chaos.
Long before the “I’m not into labels” undergraduate began to flourish at American colleges, Kahlo was rejecting the idea that humans could be categorized and subsumed under simple words. She is often called a surrealist due to the way her paintings mix images in a dreamlike way, combining symbols and bodies in ways that seem impossible for the waking mind to perceive.
But Kahlo rejected the term, saying “They thought i was a surrealist”, but I wasn’t I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality”. Truly great artists, after all, cannot be pegged to single movements or ideologies, and Kahlo knew this. She always defined her work on her own terms: as her reality.
Never get caught up in your success.
Even the most humble and authentic specimens of humanity cannot help but be dazzled by validation and fame. Unless you’re Kahlo. As her art grew popular and beloved by high art circles, she stayed true to her roots and skeptical of elitism. “They are so damn “intellectual” and rotten that I can’t stand them anymore,” she once griped of European surrealists. “I would rather sit on the floor in the market of Toluca and sell tortillas, than have anything to do with those “artistic” bitches of Paris.
So if you ever become too self-satisfied, too proud of the success Kahlo as life coach has brought you, ask yourself once more. Get off your pedestal and sit down on the floor.
Turmeric is a yellow, culinary spice widely used in South Asia. The health benefits of turmeric care derived from curcumin, the substance in turmeric which also provides its yellow color. Curcumin has a very powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The medical ingredients present create amy turmeric health benefits.
Aids metabolism and weight management anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antioxidant,anti-arthritic, blood purifier, improves digestion, prevents gas and bloating, lower cholesterol, is an excellent skin toner.
When you are cooking with turmeric is good idea to mix it with some black pepper oil and then stir in 1/4 teaspoon of ground pepper. A basic curry powder can be made in 8 parts ground coriander, 4 parts ground cumin and 1 part each of turmeric and cayenne or paprika. You can decrease the canyon and paprika instead if you don’t want it spicy and tore this in glass container in your pantry for up to 6 months.
- 1 cup of water to a boil
- stir in a 1/4 teasponn of ground turmeric
- simmer for 10 minutes and strain before drinking.
- you can stir in honey, fresh lemon juice to add flavor.
Blend it into a smoothie or juice it. You can add a pinch or two of ground turmeric or on to two inches of raw free thumeraic to a flavorful smoothie.
- 4 cups dark leafy greens, spinach works well
- 1 cucumber, diced
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 lime, juiced
- 4 carrots, pealed and diced
- 1 apple, cored and diced
- 1 cup of strawberris
- 1 cup ice (optional)
This ancient Ayurvedic recipe that can be made a number of ways. it is essentially just a turmeric paste mixed with warm mil and oil or ghee. You can use any kind of milk for the recipe (dairy, goat, almond, oat, soy). To make the paste simply bring 1/2 cup filtered water to a low simmer and then mix in 1/4 cup of ground turmeric stirring constantly until it makes a thick paste (this can take 5-10 minutes) adding more water as needed. To make the golden thick paste this can take 5-10 minutes adding more water as needed.To make the golden milk mix medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. Stir in about 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil or ghee before drinking (you can also add other spices like cinnamon, ginger, black pepper and honey).
Dry skin brushing is the secret and has long been a part of Ayurveda cleansing philosophies. Ayurveda is a 5000 – year old science originating in India and is believed by many to be the oldest healing science.
Our skin is an organ of elimination, just like kidneys, lever and colon. It’s the largest organ of your body and it’s estimated that one of third or your doy’s daily impurities are excreted through the skin. Dry skin brushing helps the pores clear and skin active to assist the body in this cleansing process. If your skin becomes inactive, its ability to remove excess toxins is impaired. This places extra stress on other organs and on your body in general.
As we age, our bodies become less effective in shedding outer layers of dead skin build-up of dead skin can result in thick, dry and somewhat leathery look, which is often common with more mature skin. As well as exfoliating this outer layer, dry skin brushing also stimulates the sweat and oil glands, providing more moisture of the skin. It also keep young skin rest, vibrant and free breakouts.
- It’s best to dry brush first thin in the morning before you shower. Start with light pressure until you’re used to the sensation, then move on to firmer strokes.
- Use a natural bristle firm brush and a handle, which allows you to reach your entire back and easily brush the bottoms of your feet and the back of your legs. There are many options in dry brushes, just make sure to find one with natural bristles. You can probably find a brush in a local store, ore on line.
Step by step guide to dry skin brushing
- It’s best to dry brush in the morning before your shower.Start with light pressure until you’re used to the sensation, then move on to firmer stokes.
- Use natural bristled brush
- Start with the soles of your feet, use swift upward strokes and brush from the feet, up the lead, working towards your heart.
- Once you covered your lower body, move to your hands and work up your arms toward your heart in the same manner.
- Next (using a long handle brush or get your partner to help out), brush your back.
- Last, work on your abdomen (moving in a clockwise direction to follow the movement of the colon, chest and neck. It’s best to avoid your face as most people’s facial skin is too sensitive.
- Brush for about three to five minutes until your skin is rosy and slightly tingly.
- Always shower after your dry brush to wash off the dead skin.
- Keep a separate dry brush for every member of the family, and be sure to periodically wash it.
Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga and one of the oldest existing systems of health, In Ayurveda, it’s believed that all persons are made up of the same primary elements that exist in nature: fire, water, earth, air and space. These are all present in each of us in different quantities, and this unique make-up called our dosha or constitution is what dictates our individual characteristics and experiences. Ayurveda teaches us how to make choices that are ideal for our body and mind, according to dosha.
1.Use Tongue Scraper:
In Ayurveda, health is closely linked with the presence or absence of toxins in the body. Using a tongue scraper first thin in the morning, before brushing your teeth, is considered an excellent way to remove toxins and bacteria that accumulate in the mouth while you sleep.
It’s used to improve not only your breath and overall oral health but your digestion as well. That’s because tongue scraping is said to enhance your sense of taste, and taste is actually the first step in the digestive process.
2. Try oil pulling:
Oil pulling is the practice of using sesame or coconut oil as mouthwash, swinish it around in your mouth for anywhere of 10 to 20 minutes. This is an ancient Ayurvedic ritual that has become more popular in recent years as more people become aware of its many health advantages. Oil puling detoxifies the body by puling toxins from the mouth. It’s excellent for the teeth and gums and also has teeth-whitening and breath-freshening effects. When done regularly, oil pulling has a rejuvenating effect and helps to enhance the senses. Ayurveda gives a lot of importance to the tongue, which is believed to be intimately connected to various body organs. Purifying the tongue with oil therapy is thus believed be beneficial for the whole body.
3. Practice self massage with body oil:
Abhyanga is a luxurious Ayurvedic ritual that involves self massage with warm oil all over the body. It feels jus as amazing and relaxing as it sounds!
This wonderful practice has many benefits, other than the obvious: well-hydrated, baby-soft skin. When warm oil is absorbed into the skin it’s believed to nourish all parts of the body, enhance circulation, and stimulate the lymphatic system. The act of self-massage itself is nurturing ritual involving the sense of touch, and important healing tool in Ayurveda.
Traditionally, either coconut oil or sesame oil are used, depending on your particular dosha. The oil should be lightly heated for better absorption and then gently massaged into the skin from head to toe, going in circular motions and always moving toward the heart. You can relax for about 10 minutes afterward to allow the oil to absorb into the skin prior a bath or shower. It’s both purifying and invigorating!
4. Rise with the sun:
Ayurveda encourages us to rise early ideally, before sunrise, or before 6:00 A.M. In Ayurveda it’s believed that we should live our lives in rhythm with the sun cycles as we are deeply connected to nature.
Vata the dosha that is made up on the elements of air and space, is responsable for movement and this is a time when our energy levels are optimum and our brain is active. In other words, it’s an ideal time for spiritual practice or exercise. Performing sun salutations or yoga asanas are a great way to start the day.
5. Eat mindful:
Ayurveda teaches us that it’s not just what we eat that is important but how we eat allow for this. We are so used to rushing from one activity to the next that often we find ourselves eating our meals at our desks at work, or scarfing down dinner while watching TV or answering emails.
In Ayurveda food is considered sacrade and should be honored and eaten with intention. Mindful eating requires us to slow down and honor the food we are putting into our body. This act of slowing down is similar to the pause between breaths, and the same intention that we practice doing yoga.
Eating is such an essential part of our lives we should be giving it the same time and consideration we give to other activities.
Miranda Grey an author, artist, healer who breaks down the menstrual period. From her book Red Moon.
- Take action in tune with who you are.
- Identify what you love, what you are good at, where your talent lie.
- These are your unique gifts to express into the world.
- Taking action, high self-belief, optimism, risk-taking, logical thinking, easy learning, good memory and higher levels of concentration, planning and organizing, research.
- This is the time to start something new. Start the new diet or fitness regime, write up your CV and research jobs, learn something relevant to your work, catch up on work unfinished in your menstrual phase. Make a list of everything you need to do and work alone so that you can work fast.
- Focus on mental tasks such as budgets, creating reports, strategic planning, and reading complex materials.
- If we look at the world through blue glasses it looks blue.
- If we look through pink glasses it looks pink.
- But if we shut our eyes and feel the world with our hands we know its true shape.
- The Goddess asks you to shut the eyes of your mind and feel with your heart.
- Understanding people’s emotions and needs, altruism, productiveness, practical focus, good communication and listening skills, ability to help and nurture others, emotional strength, mediation and conflict resolution. This is the time to create and nurture productive relationships you are a natural team player. Run meetings, carry out staff assessment, customer relations and complaints management.
- Empathize with the needs of co-workers, clients and target audiences and focus on selling your ideas to people. Market yourself.
- Also help other people to achieve their workloads and needs, and perhaps for a week be the workplace ‘Agony Aunt’.
- All the love, acceptance and worth you ever desired lies within the Goddess.
- Stop, relax, and she will enter.
- Now you have love, acceptance and worth,
- What are you going to do?
- Peaks of compulsive creativity and inspiration, non-logical thinking, intuition, ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking, critical analysis, solution creation, the need to clear out.
- The pre-menstrual phase is a time of decreasing physical energy and stamina, but if we do tasks when we have the energy and rest when we don’t, we can make this a highly productive and beneficial phase.
- Review the ‘to do’ list and delete or delegate non-essential tasks. Look for problems and create ‘fixes’. Give time to your wild creativity – give it projects or problems and write down your ideas and insights as they occur.
- Avoid teams and meetings and work alone so that you can work at your own pace. Clear out things that no longer work well and tidy your workspace.
- Enjoy and embrace this quiet time.
- You have permission from the Goddess to make time today to feel happy.
- Inner knowing, ability to accept and let go, big picture thinking, ability to reflect and to commit, positive visualization, simplicity, recognizing core needs and referencing the mission statements of projects or the company.
- This is a time of low physical energy, so we need to slow down to receive the optimal skill sets of this phase.
- Think about the bigger picture and the mission statements of projects, employers, and your life to see if they are in alignment.
- Make the big decisions – to change the direction of a project, to change jobs, to go for promotion, or leave a partnership – and to commit to something new.
- Reflect on tasks, focus on the real needs and on how to create the next step. It is the optimal time to let go of the emotional baggage of the previous month.
“Any woman can do any task at any time of the month do it well. But if a woman does a task during optima days in her cycle, she can excel” -Miranda Grey
Lavender is a universal oil that has traditionally been known to balance the body and works whenever there is a need.
1.Lavander has soothing properties and is often used to help balance and calm emotions with PMS.
2. Stress and Anxiety. Lavender has a natural calming effect and will soothe anxiety and stress.
3.- Insomnia. Lavender essential oil will help you sleep and relax. Rub it on the bottoms of your feet and wear your favorite socks for better absorption.
4.- Menstrual Cramps. Rub essential oil on the abdomen and it can bring relief within 15 minutes.
5.-Heals insect bites. A drop of lavender oil on bites helps relieve the itch.
6.- Aching muscles. Add lavender essential oil to a carrier oil and massage into aching muscles. This is a great thing to do at bedtime.
7.-Headache. Rub some on the temples and forehead. If you also have peppermint oil, the combination of both in a carrier oil will work wonderful for your headache.
8.- Fatigue. Add some drops of lavender essential oil to your that water to relieve fatigue.
9.- Natural air deodorizer. Add lavender oil to a vaporizer of diffuser when you have allergies and colds.
10.- Fresh linen spray.- Add some drops of lavender oil to a spray bottle with water and spray on your sheets, pillows and towels for a natural linen spray.
11. Make your own bath scrubs. Use sugar olive oil, and lavender to create a wonderful exfoliation scrub for rough skin.
12.- Strengthens the immune system. Using lavender regularly can help build up your immune system.
13. Summer times drinks. Add lavender to sweet iced tea and lemonade for a refreshing drink.
Botanical family: Labiatae (mint) Extraction Method: Steam distilled from flowering.