Oriental Medicine, Naturopathy, Macrobiotic Nutrition, Macrobiotic Counselling, Iridology, Personal Development Coaching & Spiritual Wisdoms
Women's holistic health & Soul path coach
Hello, I'm Giovana!
At Natural Holistic Harmony we support women, mothers and mothers to be as individuals in understanding the language of their body and getting to know themselves to greater depths.
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What is a period? Knowing the answer to that question opens up a journey to understanding our bodies, how best to support them and how to experience less painful periods.
Along with the physical body & hormonal symptoms during our menstrual cycle phases, there is also an energetic side which is equally as important to be aware of in the whole process. Nothing exists alone, everything you experience internally is influenced by your external experience and vice versa. The environment we are exposed to, our mindset, lifestyle, what we put into our bodies, our day-to-day choices all contribute largely to our experience when our blood comes and how painful or blissful it will be.
As women, we have the unique capacity of an extra form of discharge, detox and cleanse on a monthly basis in our menstrual cycle.
When we look at our bleed as an opportunity of natural cleansing, both physically but also energetically, for our bodies each month, then we can understand that what we put into it, physically and emotionally throughout the previous month, naturally will inevitably impact the experience at the time of menstruation.
It’s naturally a time of release. A blessing of healing bestowed to each woman.
This encourages us to be mindful during the monthly cycle. What we do throughout the month, day-to-day, will often reflect how we feel on the menstruation time. So if we have painful periods, often we want to check in on how our month has been. Taking care of your body between bleeds is one of the main things you can do for a smoother time.
So from this perspective, it is obvious that what we put in our bodies we may have to deal with on the way out.
In society nowadays, we are so conditioned to push through pain. To not listen to our own needs. To forgo the momentary communication of our bodies, due to our pressing schedules, and deadlines.
I know from personal experience, having suffered through my teens and early twenties with extremely painful menstruation, with days on the floor in pain, turning and twisting to try to ease it even just slightly, to try to bear the agonizing discomfort.
I also know many women who have lived this and many who still go through this each month, the varying levels depending on each woman.
Over the years, in supporting my body naturally and holistically, my experience of my time of the month has completely changed. It is completely possible to not need to suffer each month when our bleed starts. In fact, it is possible to feel wonderful, connected, centred, empowered and pain-free in this powerful time of the month.
From my work with other women over the years, I have seen how we all have the potential to feel pain-free within our bodies, all the way through the cycle. There could still be discomfort as we feel our womb detoxing, but we have the potential to not experience the agonizing painful bleeds that so many of us, unfortunately, are used to.
What works for each woman may vary but here are a few tips for you to feel relief immediately.
It varies in results from woman to woman, but a few things you can try at home for immediate relief, are chamomile granules. They are super helpful if you don’t take painkillers. If you take painkillers then it might not be strong enough in comparison.
You can also make a yummy tea with cramp bark, it is another very helpful one that many women I know use and have said it is great for easing the cramps.
Pain can’t always be avoided and sometimes by trying to pretend it’s not there we actually just ignore what our body is trying to communicate to us. Our bodies are trying to help us by signalling something we are doing or putting into our system is causing disruption. So if we can listen and get to the route, next time we bleed we can hopefully minimise the pain by eradicating the cause.
When I am in pain it helps to go inward and not push the body so much, we are taught as women to keep going and going with every single day of the cycle, every day of the month, being proactive, and getting things done.
But the menstruation part of the cycle is called (known as) the winter part (could be written nicer) where you snuggle up and stay home and give time for reflection. We are naturally more sensitive when we bleed and this is where our veil for connecting to the other realms is the thinnest.
The pain doesn’t always mean it’s bad, sometimes it is just calling us to go more inwards. For me when it does get too much though, I take the chamomile droplets.
Food is one of the most helpful things to look at when changing things up, as we literally put it in our bodies. It is more important what we take away in our diet and lifestyle than what we add when starting off.
Consider a bath of water, almost already full, but with black dye leaking into it from a tap. No matter how careful you are to keep the water pure and filter out the black dye, the dye is still infiltrating the water. It is much wiser to seal off the tap and remove any chance of it leaking the dye out again, removing the issue completely. Then going on to clean out the tub and gently refilling it up with fresh clean water.
Our body, in a simplified analogy, is much like that. It is more efficient when searching for positive results, to first take away the things that are contributing to the negative results first.
Many things can contribute to painful menstruation, we can have a whole blog post just dedicated to that, listing all of the possible contributing factors and why. But for the purposes of this broader post on the overall look of what we can start to do to relieve the painful symptoms of our menstrual cycles, here are some substances listed to consider:
(this can vary from women to women, depending on our individual body constitution and what we are most susceptible to. For a more specific list for your own personal bodies needs and constitution – refer to the bottom of this page and book an enquiry for a personalised NHH report)
It is helpful to avoid too many acidic-forming substances like sugar, alcohol, dairy, white flour, tobacco, and meat. These things will often throw the body out of balance which contributes to the pain later in the cycle.
Remember the black dye analogy? It is easier to take out the black dye completely than to keep trying to clean the water, while the black dye pours into the water inside the bath.
The alternative, alkalising your body, supports a more peaceful experience of the menstruation part of the cycle. It has massively powerful health benefits, improving memory and mental alertness, supporting optimal functioning of your cells, promotes a healthier heart and reduces the risk of chronic diseases. It also is supportive for physical mobility and reduces the potentials of muscle degeneration.
Aiding the body in a more alkaline promoting lifestyle has not only benefits immediately to see, but also promotes a long life of vitality and wellness.
Foods that are helpful for the body in promoting natural balance and aiding in less pain or no pain in the menstruation time, are:
A variety of fresh whole organic vegetables, grains and pulses, as well as a good variety of dark leafy greens, fresh fruit, frozen or fresh berries, as well as a good balance of highly sourced sea vegetables, are a wonderful way to support our bodies into natural balance, encouraging a more easeful menstrual cycle.
Choosing organic foods for your quality of produce, is ideally what you want to be putting in your body. This limits the number of toxins that the body has to deal with in our modern-day to day lifestyle. It also can limit symptoms and diseases developing later down the line.
“Wellness is the complete integration of BODY, MIND and SPIRIT – The realization that everything we DO, THINK, FEEL and BELIEVE has an effect on our state of wellbeing.” as described eloquently by Greg Anderson.
Schisandra is also one of my favorite herbs. She is supportive in balancing the hormones and also in strengthening the reproductive system. In eastern medicine, she is considered a five-taste herb – which is very balanced because she exhibits more than one taste supporting energetically different body needs. A multipurpose and adaptogenic herb that helps us also adapt to challenging, stressful times.
Lastly, maca, a root that is well known for its hormonal balancing properties, contributing to improving symptoms of PMS and menopause as well as aiding women with PCOS. Please refer to one of our previous posts on Instagram (@natural_holistic_harmony) for a little more information specifically on Maca and its amazing benefits.
I know many women who have had wonderful benefits from consuming maca daily (in moderate amounts), having reported a very noticeable difference in their menstruation part of the cycle and especially reducing the symptoms of PMS.
When it comes to the menstrual cycle, every woman’s experience is unique to her. We have to take into consideration, often many aspects of our lives, the physical body’s health and balance, our mental state, our emotional wellness currently and through the month, our level of sleep and physical activities, and more.
However, what I have found over the years is that, when we start with the physical body, especially excluding the foods, beverages, and other things that we consume that alter negatively our bodies balance, and include the health-promoting nourishment, we begin to see results quickly. Especially when we are supporting our own individual unique constitution and current body’s condition and personal needs.
There is so much more that we can talk about supporting our bodies into natural alignment, to gently aid through the month, to prevent the agonising pains of cramps and other menstrual cycle symptoms both in the bleeding time and throughout the month. But for now, let us know how you are getting on with these possible changes.
If you are dealing with painful periods or uneven menstruation, I offer an in-depth 1-2-1 Iridology and Holistic Wellbeing Consulting package, tailored to your individual needs, where I can assist in reducing symptoms and getting to the root of the cause. Please contact the office to book your introductory consultation or receive a FREE 20 minutes discovery call where you can find out how best we can support your specific needs.