For me, recognizing moon time as sacred is an essential part of being a healthy woman. “Moon time” has this name because menstruation usually lines up with the new moon, and our bodies are heavily influenced by the phases of the moon.
I have suffered from cramps at the beginning of my moon for years, and finally I got the message that my body is signaling me to rest, slow down, and relax.
Here are some ways that I love to honor my cycle:
- I track my cycle and mark when each cycle is so that I can anticipate when it is coming, and to acknowledge, celebrate, and honor this time.
- I make sure I have what I need—diva cup, chocolate, and Healthy cycle tea.
- When I know it is coming, I start to go to sleep earlier and rest more. I take the escalator at the bus station instead of the stairs, sit whenever I get a chance, I don’t plan travel for that time of the month, and ease up on rigorous exercise. When I worked at an office, I would bring heating pad to work, and drink Healthy Cycle red raspberry leaf tea. I take my Cal-Mag vitamins. I don’t make plans after work—I go home and read or relax.
- A few days before moon time begins, I do a yoni steam with lavender, rose petals, red raspberry leaf, and chamomile.
When my moon comes, I make very good use of my heating pad, get cozy, and relax. I light ared candle to honor this time, drink tea, eat warm soups, and of course dark chocolate or cacao nibs (which have no sugar but still quell the craving). My favorite thing to do is lay with the heating pad on my lower back and put massage oil on my womb area.