Suffering from hellish cramps? Just smear some period blood on your face, suggests Yazmina Jade Adler, a 26-year-old woman from Melbourne.
On a SBS show called Medicine or Myth?, Yazmina shares that she engages in a sacred ritual every month to save her body from the pain of periods.
The ritual, which Yazmina discovered when she met a shamanic womb woman, involves meditating in a sacred space and applying her period blood to her face and body.
‘I use blood in a way to connect either through putting it on my hand or anointing it on my third eye,’ she reveals on the show.
‘By doing this, it has relieved the discomfort.’
To gather her menstrual fluids Yazmina uses a menstrual cup for her period, then pours it into a small jar.
Yazmina is sharing her remedy to urge other people to reconnect with their bodies, suggesting that it could be a fix for period pain.
‘I’ve been using this remedy now for about 10 months to a year and my cramping has gone,’ she says.
‘What I found is taking that time out, actually be with myself, and meditate, connect with my body, it’s like the pain has gone away.
‘I just want every woman to feel it.’
Yazmina, who calls herself a ‘blood witch’, previously said that her ritual helps her engage with her body in a ‘sacred’ time.
She said: ‘It’s taken me years to realise that bleeding is a sacred ritual time, for women to go inward, to let go, to create, to use in powerful manifestation and to honour our womb power and MOTHER EARTH.. I have been drawn more and more to reconnecting with my body and especially the womb…
‘We hold sacred wisdom with our wombs. Our BLOOD holds the same wisdom, it’s something to be celebrated, honoured and worshipped. Not hiddened, disowned and sanitized.
‘We have shamed ourselves as women for bleeding, men have placed this taboo on us for bleeding. It’s a time to reclaim our power through reclaiming that which comes naturally for us.. It’s a blessing.
‘As women, we’re deeply disconnected with our bodies because of societal shame.’
‘I am definitely inviting women to explore their own ways with the power of blood. It holds a powerful energy and history with magic and spellcasting. ‘This is about reclaiming that power. It’s about connecting with your whole being and exploring all of ourselves.’
As you might expect, there’s no scientific evidence to suggest that covering yourself in your own menstrual fluids poses any medical benefits, including pain relief.
But there’s also no evidence to suggest there’s harm in trying. The act of meditation or other mindful rituals could help to reduce the pain of periods, although research findings on this topic have been mixed.
Yazmina isn’t the first woman to apply menstrual fluids to her skin in an attempt to find physical benefits.
Sex and story coach Demetra Nyx spent years being embarrassed of her periods, until she began to apply her own menstrual blood to her face. She also paints with her blood, and shares photos online to get rid of the idea that periods are ‘gross’ or something to be ashamed of.
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