In studying Chinese Medicine, I've learned that menstruation is seen as a yin time in your cycle. It's a time to nourish and rebuild your energy. Just like the new moon. A time for eating warming foods such as porridges, stews, and a lot of protein. And a good time to drink red teas such as Red Raspberry Tea, Hawthorne berry tea, Roboois, etc., which help to keep the blood nourished.
The period is likened to a postpartum period. In Asian cultures, the care given is the same/very similar during these phases in our lives. In Thailand, the menstrual cycle is a time to keep the body warm with warming spices and teas, especially ginger and turmeric.The abdomen is also meant to be kept warm, and is therefore covered.
And after the period, or postpartum you would fumigate (smoking the herbs under your yoni instead of using steam) the womb to clean and realign it. Honoring your moon time honors every phase, cycle, day and minute of your life. This practice keeps you thoroughly nourished and balanced.
In all cultures, there is an attention given to the women during her period. This is an important time for us. Let's get in tune with ourselves, ladies! Steaming can easily be incorporated into your self-care rituals as you learn how to honor your cycles.
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