Honour your moontime

From Rachael Amber’s Cycles Journal – https://www.rachaelamber.com/cycles-journal

To all the ladies reading my blog,

Your moontime, your body’s cycle, is sacred. The term “ritual” is derived from the Sanskrit word R’tu, which means “menstrual.” This etymology suggests that ritual in a general sense and menstrual acts have a common origin.

When a girl is born, her complete potential egg supply is born with her. In the womb, she creates about seven million egg cells. At birth, she has two million. By puberty, there are only about 400,00 are left, of which fewer than 500 are actually released. The human female egg is the largest cell in the human body. It is the only human cell that can be seen with the naked eye.

What do you use during your menstruation period of the cycle? Approximately 70% of women of menstruating age use tampons. A woman may use nearly 11,400 tampons in her life. Where does this all go? Similarly with disposable pads – they all land up in our landscapes (a landfill is also a landscape, it is part of our environment, our home, our planet), poisoning the soil and our water system as plastic, non-biodegradable waste.

Before the creation of tampons in the 1920, Western women used reusable rags. Some scholars suggest that premodern women just bled into their clothes, especially since they had fewer menstrual cycles than modern women. Some women are now trying out free bleeding.

What do I use every month? I’ve got a menstrual cup, but I haven’t used it in a while because I simply use MoonTime’s beautiful handmade Shwe Shwe pads, which I featured on the blog last year and am now selling via the art.love.nature shop on Hellopretty.

It all started many moons ago when I became a mother. Conceiving, growing and birthing my son Sylas made me realise the power women hold in the miracle of bringing new life into this world and how truly perfect the design of the female body is. That was my bridge of awakening and where my journey began of truly getting to know myself.

In 2013 I was doing my Movement Medicine apprenticeship in the UK when a friend gave me a small workbook with exercises to get to know my menstrual cycle better. Through the process I felt liberated and empowered and the seed was planted.

My passion for sharing with women deepened and life experiences brought me to a place of working with and getting to know my womb space better. My being was activated and I knew I wanted to do something where I could encourage and bring women together from all walks of life in our shared experience of our monthly moontime. I feel we have become disconnected from nature and ourselves and that by observing our blood and the process, we get back to our roots and it becomes a ritual which holds much wisdom and many insights.

MoonTime Creator, Anja Bock

Each pad consists of 4 layers of 100% cotton Shwe Shwe fabric, 1 layer of 4-5ml toweling, 1 layer of breathable waterproof material and 2 quality press studs – making it adjustable for your comfort. It effortlessly folds around your underwear and effectively stays in place.

They’re available in 7 different base colour options and in a variety of sizes, or as a nifty starter pack. Get yours at hellopretty.co.za/artlovenature or on MoonTime’s website at www.moontime.africa/shop, or at one of their stockists in Cape Town, Durban, Gauteng or on the Garden Route.

MoonTime also offers a natural balm that can be “rubbed on any tired, achy, bloated, crampy, lumpy body part for sweet relief“:

I hope this post helps to inspire you to become more intimately connect with your own body and its cycle. I believe each of us as women (and those who identify as women) are experiencing our own unique journey in reclaiming our femininity, and the sacred feminine, in a respectful, embodied and healthy way.

Two more of Rachael Amber’s awesome illustrations as part of her illustrated annual journal to track moon and menstrual cycles.

Source for some of the above facts: https://www.factretriever.com/menstruation-facts