I am beyond honoured to have the amazing Loran Hills writing for The Red Lifestyle today.  Loran is a travel guide on the spiral journey of life.  Her business, found at Loran’s Heart, is filled with journaling prompts, nature photographs, and inspirational products to help others grow personally and spiritually. You can find Loran on Facebook and Twitter.from 'Loran's Heart'.  Enjoy, ♥ 

                                     CYCLES OF CHANGE

                “You say there are no words to describe this time, you say it does not exist. 
                    But remember.  Make an effort to remember.  Or, failing that, invent.”

                                           Monique Wittig, Les Guilleres

The moon is magical, feminine and ever circling through space.  The moon pulls us through our menses.  The phases of the moon also represent our phases as women.  We are Triple Goddesses.  Maiden.  Mother.  Crone.

A sliver of the moon represents our girlhood, tender and slight.  As we wax into fullness, we become women of childbearing age, bright and radiant, whether we have children or not.  Eventually we wane and physically slow down, until we are a tender sliver once again.  Ultimately we return to the Sacred Dark.

As I worked on this post, I searched for information regarding post-menopause. Not surprisingly, what I found was primarily medical information, which takes the disease model approach.  Kind of dismal and negative in nature, there are descriptions of hot flashes, night sweats, osteoporosis, weight gain and decreased sexual desire.  (Imagine my indignation some years ago when a doctor informed me that PMS was a disease he had been treating for around 10 years.)

Sprinkled here and there on the internet are mentions of Margaret Mead.  Interviewed on TV in the 1960‘s, she shocked audiences when she said she had something called post-menopausal zest.   At that time no one talked about women and their menses.  (Thank the goddess there are now women like Jo normalizing the conversation!)  Baby boomer women are living longer and have greater access to resources than ever before.  Collectively we are moving into our Third Age.  The Crone is not quite so frightening as she used to be.  What happens next is completely wide open.

I want to share the good news.  As a post-menopausal woman, I have entered a new developmental stage full of possibility.  When I was in peri-menopause, I felt like I was going through puberty backwards; but now, I feel more stable physically and emotionally.  Barring unforeseen circumstances, I can most likely look forward to 20 or 30 more years of opportunity to use my experience, knowledge and capabilities to the best of my ability. 

I’ve developed a pioneering kind of inner drive.  My creative urges are based on a desire to do something meaningful and mystical.  I feel more comfortable in my own skin than ever before.  I worry less about what others think.  I know how to handle emotional peaks and valleys.  Because of all this, I am questioning myself less, battling with my body and self-esteem less frequently, and discovering courage from deep inside to move forward.  I’m starting to feel as though I have truly earned my wrinkles.  I feel like I’m vibrating with internal energy, my hair is on fire, and a cackle is bursting forth.

As women, we need to celebrate all of our cycles.  Whether it’s a monthly or a Triple Goddess phase, each one arrives with a challenge and a gift.

            How can you treat your body with more reverence?

            How can you celebrate the phases of your life in a meaningful way? 

            What do you need to do to manifest the most divine aspects of your highest self?


If you enjoyed this you might also enjoy these awesome guest posts:

Maya Abdominal Therapy by Adrienne Egan 
8 Natural Remedies to help you go with the Flow by Jackie Stewart
Welcome to my first post of 2012.  As you may have noticed I have redone my whole website and there is now more for all of you including 1:1 coaching sessions, new ebooks & courses coming soon (just finishing some artwork) & a new look shop.  Do take a moment and have a look around and let me know what you think.  I hope 2012 is being good to you so far and that you all had a beautiful Christmas and New Year.  

I am so excited to introduce a friend, and fellow participant on Alexandra Pope's Apprenticeship training programme, Adrienne Egan.  Adrienne is 'the only Certified Practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy TM in the Republic of Ireland' and is based in Dublin - she's also incredibly lovely and makes you feel at ease as soon as she starts talking. Enjoy the post and definitly check out her website and blog.

Adrienne Egan
What is 'Maya Abdominal Massage'?
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy ™ are an ancient Maya technique of abdominal massage, handed down by mesoamerican healers, medicine men and midwives for hundreds of years. The Maya believed there was no separation between the body, mind and emotions and this technique reflects this rich healing tradition in which the client is taken care of on every level.

What are the benefits?
This treatment has many benefits for men and women, but especially for women who are experiencing health challenges in the reproductive and digestive systems. It works on the position of the uterus and other abdominal organs and also the free flow of blood supply, lymph, nerve and chi (life force energy recognised in Acupuncture, Reflexology, Tai Chi etc..) in and out of this region.

Daily wear and tear on our bodies, trauma, heavy lifting and disease can cause internal organs to shift thereby restricting the flow of blood, lymph, nerve and chi. This can result in pelvic and abdominal congestion and imbalance resulting in various types of symptoms and pathology for men and women. The body needs these flows to be in balance and harmony for optimum health.

How does it work?
The Maya massage treatment consists of an external, non invasive manipulation that works to reposition these shifted organs, restore optimum womb health, break down adhesions and scar tissue and restore a healthy flow of blood, lymph, nerve and chi to the pelvis and abdomen. As with any other natural healing, Maya Abdominal Therapy seeks to restore the body to its natural balance.

My story
I discovered Maya Abdominal Therapy during my search for supportive complementary therapies to help my own endometriosis condition. Along with a good healthy diet and general self nurturing, this therapy relieved many of my symptoms: fatigue, hormone balance, pain, quality of menstrual blood, PMT and non-physical issues such as stress and fear and general emotional upset. I was also impressed by the self-care massage that my practitioner taught me to perform on myself which enables me to maximize the benefits of the professional treatments I have. I know this is something that empowers me to look after my own health now and as I grow older and gives me a sense of being able to look after my pelvic health which I lost when I first had my diagnosis.

I was so amazed by the efficacy of the treatment, and its benefits for me, not just on the physical but emotional level also, that i have now trained to be the first practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™ in the Republic of Ireland. I am very happy to be able to share this technique now especially with other women.

Who should have this treatment?
If you get the chance to try this therapy I really recommend it, not only for those that are experiencing reproductive health challenges, but also for those that are healthy and are wanting to preserve that good health as they grow older. It is just as nourishing a treatment for women who have had a hysterectomy as all of our organs carry an energetic imprint, so even though the womb has been removed her energy remains and is available for you to connect with.

If you have just started menstruating and are experiencing pain and cramps, this therapy would be a wonderful way for you to address this issue, and an alternative to pain killers if you wish.  It is equally beneficial for those that are not experiencing discomfort at period time, and just have an interest in maintaining good pelvic health.  It creates a nice connection for young girls to have with their reproductive system, an interest in their cyclical nature and the wealth of wisdom that can follow on from having that connection at such an early age.  

Find out more:
 Please see my website www.mayatherapy.ie for more information.

If you are not in Southern Ireland, please see the Arvigo website www.arvigotherapy.com for a practitioner near you.

Adrienne Egan x
Dublin, Ireland

When you talk about periods most women focus on the issue of PMS and the various symptoms they experience.  From mild crankiness to extreme anger, feelings of depression and even suicide, insomnia, bloating, etc. most women have experienced at least one negative symptom at some point in their menstrual life.  These symptoms can make it hard for women to embrace their menstrual cycle and for mothers to pass on a positive attitude towards periods to their daughter. 

There are many factors which can contribute to PMS and stress is one of the big ones.  As more women become multi-tasking workers and mothers levels of stress are on the rise. It is vital that you assess your work life balance and try to find time to nurture yourself and your own needs as well as taking time to assess your life goals so you know where you are heading.

Creating a calming morning and/or bedtime routine can be a great way to ease stress as you take time to slow down, light a candle and just breathe for a few minutes, enjoy some yoga stretches or read an inspiring book.  Scheduling some regular time out from your computer and phone is also a great way to switch off for a little while and feel refreshed. For more on switching off read my blog post 'Simple Living'.

If you are struggling with work related stress then you will love these two blog posts.  The first is a great interview with 'Emilie Wapnick, multipotentialite blogger & professional multi-tasker extraordinaire' featured on the fabulous website Let's Radiate

The second is a great blog post called 'how to love working for yourself' written by the very lovely Jo Crawford at Crafting the Sacred.

You are so very important, take time out today to ease stress and make a start towards a PMS free life. For more ways to reduce the stress in your life and other ways to tackle PMS look out for my new ebook launching soon. 

   Jo x


“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter … to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring—these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” 

                   ~  John Burroughs

The past two weeks have been an interesting time.  The loss of a family friend and a two week half-term for my children led me to make a choice.  I could either determinedly plug away at work trying to write blog posts, reply to emails etc. whilst simultaneously playing Monopoly with my girls, making a mountain of sandwiches for my ever hungry son and distractedly answering a never ending stream of 'urgent' questions from all three kids - or I could choose to just switch off from work completely. 

It was a scary thought for someone who has only recently set up a business - but I am so glad I did it.  Switching off allowed me to fully enjoy my children (most of the time) and to rediscover many of the simple pleasures I had regularly enjoyed before setting up my own business, such as movie afternoons, reading books that were not remotely connected to my work, sewing, and long walks with the dog that didn't include my phone!

Okay, so my twitter numbers have dropped off a bit and some people have had to wait a bit longer for email replies but in general it was all fine, no disasters.  Time with our children is so important and when someone you know passes away it makes you look closely at your own life and re-evaluate your priorities.  These two weeks have enabled me to look at my work with fresh eyes and even greater excitement, and clarify my own goals both personal and work-related.
If you can, take some time to switch off for a couple of days and give yourself a mini-vacation from work.  Turn off the computer, ditch your phone and get back to some simple pleasures.  Try:
 ~ doing some painting just for fun
~ cooking nourishing soups and chutneys for long winter nights in front of the fire
~ creating a simple seasonal display of flowers, berries and pinecones
~ indulging in a massage and pamper session
~ reconnecting with some old friends over a lovely meal
~ visiting a farmers market and trying out some delicious new flavours
~ making beautiful flower arrangements for your bedroom and bathroom
~ curling up with a steaming hot drink and a favourite book

   For more inspiration the very lovely Lucy at Dreaming Aloud has written this beautiful blog post  on simple living and 'a tea house dream'.


  Jo x  
Today's post is written as part of the 'Girl Effect' blogging campaign which is taking place between October 4th and 11th to raise awareness of their work and what is happening to many girls around the world.
Girl Effect Blogging Campaign

Each one of us is amazing.  One sperm out of hundreds meeting that one particular egg and combining in an explosion of life to create...YOU!  It’s truly mind-blowing stuff if you take the time to think about it.  For some of us that miracle continues as we ‘win’ the geographical lottery and find ourselves born and raised in a country that enjoys freedom, education for all, and incredible opportunities if we only reach out and grab them.  For others it can seem harder to appreciate the miracle of life.

Imagine...being told you can’t go to school because you are a girl.

Imagine...your sister being forced to marry when she has barely started menstruating.

Imagine...being viewed as unimportant by the law.

~ 130-million young people around the world do not go to school and 70% of them are girls.

~ One girl in seven in developing countries is married off before the age of 15. 

~ Each year in developing countries 14 million girls become mothers between the ages of 15-19, experiencing the miracle of life but unable to fulfil their own life to the full.  

~ In Africa 75% of those aged between 15 and 24 who are HIV positive are female.

We have all heard the proverb ‘give a man a fish and you feed him today; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime’.  I believe that if you ‘give a girl advice you can help her today, but give a girl an education and you can change the world’. When a girl is educated she has the chance to create better life choices, to pass those lessons on to her own children and to raise a family with a greater future.  Without an education a girl remains illiterate, will be viewed as a possession to be married off and will become more vulnerable to diseases such as HIV. 

We routinely marvel at, and applaud, the amazing technological advances in the world. Yet, as we gaze at the stars and dream of how much further we can explore, or play with the latest gadget to hit the stores, we forget that there is still much to do in other areas.  We forget that we still inhabit a world where gender and geography can determine who is educated and who will succeed, and whose birth is celebrated and whose is seen as a burden.

Somewhere today is a young girl who, with an education, could have been a leader but instead is being dressed up and prepared for her own wedding.  Right now another teenage girl is giving birth, not to a business which will help provide for her family, but to a baby girl who will also go without an education.   As a woman and as a mother this is unacceptable to me.   

We can all make a difference by investing in the future of adolescent girls today.  Take a look at www.girleffect.org to learn more about their inspirational work and why not join their blogging campaign from 4-11th October by clicking here.     

You are amazing and you can help another girl feel that way too. Go on, I dare you!  

Jo x

Today's Fabulous Females are Kim Burgas and Jac Torres Gomez the inspiring ladies behind Crimson Campaign.  Read on to find out how a cup of tea led to a beautiful friendship and a campaign to change the world.
Jo x 

United in Friendship and Social Good for Women

Jac and Kim, the founders of Crimson Campaign, originally met in Japan in 2004 on a study exchange and their story is quite simple.  Jac offered Kim a cup of her famous chai and they have been friends ever since!

We could say that this is the end of the story, but really it is much more beautiful than just that first chai...

The start of something amazing...

Our friendship did start with a cup of chai and as tea has often been described in literature as the drink that changed the world, our first shared cup certainly changed our lives forever.  We were studying abroad in Nagoya, Japan and soon realized over several subsequent cups of tea that beyond the common interests that initially brought us together - a love of languages, cycling, hiking, and, of course, tea - we carried with us a passion for social change and for women’s empowerment.

Jac: For me, the major catalyst to make this passion into something big was when a young friend of mine turned 12 early last year, and just after her birthday she rang me to have a chat.  This young friend seemed a little quiet and when I asked if she was OK, she started crying and told me that she had gotten her first period and hated it.  Although this rang a bell of sadness in my heart, what really spoke to me was when this young female friend then went on to say ‘I just wish I was a boy’.
I thought, how sad that for many young women, her first period is a time of shame, fear and exclusion, rather than a time of celebration and pride.

Kim: For me, the catalyst to start Crimson Campaign came from many conversations after Japan with women about their menstrual product options.  I started using a menstrual cup in 2003 and was astonished by how few women knew about this option, as well as many other reusable solutions that are environmentally friendly and cost effective.  The complexity of the issue of menstruation and its role in women’s empowerment truly came to a head during a presentation I gave to an environmental group at my university in 2005 about sustainable menstrual solutions.  Half the club’s members (most of them women) left when they were informed about the meeting’s topic of conversation.  The discomfort and disinterest was a blaring sign to me that something needed to change.

The Power of Friendship to change the world...

When we then met again in person in Mexico for Jac’s wedding in July 2010, what had previously been a running conversation about how we should do something about an avoidance of speaking about menstruation, turned into something so much more real and very beautiful - Crimson Campaign.

Since we started, we have felt so blessed and humbled to have an opportunity to improve  the lives of women and girls.  Being able to dedicate one’s life to something so magical, so impactful is very rewarding, and being able to do this with a beautiful and inspirational person - who also happens to be your best friend, is a dream come true.  
Our friendship surely has had an impact on how this campaign has taken off since we launched the Crimson Campaign website on International Women’s Day in March 2011.  Our individual strengths - such as Kim’s gift of designing ‘brilliantly ‘out of the box’ for social change and her wicked sense of humor about EVERYTHING, and Jac’s passion for education in fragile contexts and developing communities and knack for getting people to talk openly about periods and other weird and wacky things - keeps us balanced and allows us to stay true to our friendship even in times of adversity.

We not only find each other a grand inspiration, but also find true strength and guidance in strong women and girls we have met who are willing to speak up against the status quo and who believe that following one’s heart will create a better world for all.  Inspirational women such as Caroline Chisholm, Aung San Suu Kyi, Mary Robertson, our mothers, Elissa Stein and Susan Kim encourage us to power forward to ensure the work we do with Crimson Campaign remains true to who we are and our belief that ALL people should have every opportunity to shine and be brilliant, regardless of their gender or a biological process such as menstruation.  

This work is why we wake at all hours of the morning or night to have a Skype call between New York City and Canberra, why we each spend hours of everyday working to improve Crimson Campaign, why all our conversations now-a-days have a ‘crimson tinge’ to them and why our friends and family now call us ‘the period ladies’.  We know we are blessed to have been given such an amazing platform to work on Crimson Campaign, and that even though times do get tough we love what we do and will continue to do it until we create the change we want to see in the world - considerations and respect around menstruation so that  women and girls are empowered.

We are sure we will be united in friendship and social good for many years to come, and invite you to share our journey by visiting our website and getting involved. www.crimsoncampaign.org  

   Jac & Kim x

    'How wonderful it is that nobody
       need wait a single moment
  before starting to improve the world.'
               ~ Anne Frank ~

One of the best things about my job is discovering incredible women who are passionate about making a difference in the world and promoting menstrual health and awareness.  Today's blog is written by Jac Torres Gomez and Kim Burgas from Crimson Campaign.  Read on to discover how they are changing the world of menstruation and check back on Friday to discover more about Jac and Kim in our Fabulous Females blog post.

  Jo x 

A movement has started....it whispers in the wind, has a red tinge to it and improves the lives of women and girls.  Some respond to this movement with shy curiosity, others are outright offended that the conversation has even started, and others may not appear to even give a damn...  

The movement is called Crimson Campaign, and it’s time to pay attention.

Crimson Campaign works toward gender equality globally by advancing considerations and respect around women and menstruation.

Everyday girls and women in different countries around the world experience shame, exclusion and fear because of a natural biological process - menstruation.

For some girls, the only response they can give when they begin menarche is to wish they were a boy.  The implications for this is the creation of an unnatural gender-neutral society (and even male-skewed) as opposed to loving and embracing the differences between men and women.   Sadly, this is slowing us in truly achieving equality for women and girls globally and has deeper implications for boys and men, and more broadly the community.

Crimson Campaign works to bring this to the front of conversations and development agendas through collaboration with multiple and diverse stakeholders in order to engage the population at large.  By tackling five major barriers to achieving positive considerations of menstruation and changing these barriers into five areas of action, Crimson Campaign addresses the broader issues surrounding how menstruation is viewed in today’s world.

Our five areas of action Crimson Campaign are:

1)  Financial - implementing solutions to decrease the added expense of menstrual products including advocating for local communities to develop their own reusable menstrual products to use and sell.

2) Environmental - promoting products that are safe for our bodies and environment, and knowledge of how our choices can impact on our environmental footprint.

3) Cultural - supporting women who are implementing positive local community solutions, as well as educating and celebrating cultural ‘women’s business.’

4) Educational - ensuring all girls and women have equal access to positive information about menstruation, and that menstruation is considered in order to improve school attendance and engagement.

5) Social - creating a platform for active dialogue and open conversations about menstruation to bring it to the forefront of all we do.

Although we are a new social enterprise and launched in March 2011, we are well underway on the journey to achieve our outcomes and have developed strong, positive partnerships with others working in this space, including the amazing work of The Red Box Company.  

Currently we have three major projects until the end of 2011:

1) the development of an environmental tool to allow women and girls to measure the impact on their menstrual product choice on the environment,

2) work in the Pacific to see the feasibility of supporting local women to develop locally produced, environmental friendly, reusable menstrual products and possible small business, and

3) a social challenge to engage graphic designers in creating a new public face for menstruation.  

We look forward to continuing advancements in considerations and respect around menstruation globally, and invite you to contact us if you would like to be involved in our work.
'We have been lost to each other for so long. My name means nothing to you. My memory is dust.

This is not your fault, or mine. The chain connecting mother to daughter was broken and the word passed to the keeping of men, who had no way of knowing...

..And now you come to me...you come hungry for the story that was lost. You crave words to fill the great silence that swallowed me, and my mothers, and my grandmothers before them'

( Prologue, 'The Red Tent', Anita Diamant)                                        

A few weeks ago one of our followers, Awen Clement, contacted me regarding a fantastic project she is involved with.  I thought it was such a beautiful idea that I asked her to share it with all of you.  I hope you find it as inspiring as I did.
Jo x    

The Red Tent Project
(by Kate Woods, edited by Awen Clement)

    'In this fast-paced, modern life, where women are expected to be everything-do everything-superwomen, we feel the lack of community support that we would have had only a couple of generations ago.  Our periods are something to be hidden, our pregnancy's something to be 'got on with' and we should be happy with a healthy baby, regardless of our childbirth experience.  I was lucky enough to be raised in a family where menstruation and creating life was seen as special, that being a woman is magical and that women supporting women is how it has been and should be.  I am supporting this project because I see and feel the disconnection between women and their bodies, hopefully we can give them a place to find it once again.' ~ Awen - mum of three and student midwife'

There are a number of projects around the world under the heading of the Red Tent, honouring as they do the concept from the book by Anita Diamant.  Some are virtual, some real time circles of women.  The latest manifestation of the concept, to have a hand built Red Tent yurt, is the brain child of Kate Woods, Doula and Doula Educator based in the South West of the UK. When she put the idea out on Facebook, the response was a resounding YES!

How will the Red Tent be used?
The plan is to raise funds for a 20' yurt, which will enable women to meet in real time. The space will be for women to grow, share, bleed, dance, birth, laugh and cry in. The seasons of women’s bodies will be celebrated and the opportunity to create and share wisdom will be honoured.

 The yurt will travel to festivals and other events, offering a space for all ages of women to come into, to share stories, skills, to offer breastfeeding workshops, bellydancing for pregnancy, rites of passage celebrations for girls coming into their moontime, Birth preparation workshops and Menopause workshops.

 The elders can support and educate the new young women and the Mothers can empower the pregnant women, and so on, like a set of Russian dolls, each sharing her power and being nurtured in her own.

What next? 
The space will be for birthing too when not on tour and the project are in the process of negotiating a piece of land in Somerset, to offer a Birthing space in, complete with a wood burning stove and birth tub.

How can I get involved?
The project needs volunteers and is having its first meeting in Glastonbury, Somerset, on the 3rd of September. Contact us via the Facebook page if you can come along.

This space is being created with thoughts and words, good wishes and promises even as I write, through sheer inspiration and perhaps a memory of what once was. When I first put words to this dream, the response was incredible. We know what we need. Now we need to weave it into form.

We need only £5000 to create this...help become part of something which will be passed on through generations, from us to our daughters, as we become Grandmothers...

Further information and the link to donate can be found at http://www.consciousbirthing.co.uk/the-red-tent 

Find us on Facebook;  The Red Tent Project

Tweet with us: @redtent_uk 


'Notice your true feelings, accept them and then you can allow them to be gently balanced with these safe natural remedies.'
                        ~ Jackie Stewart ~

I'm very excited to introduce this weeks 'Topic of the Week' written by the fabulous Jackie Stewart offering a great introduction to the world of Bach Flowers for menstruation.  Look out on our Facebook and Twitter pages for news of a beautiful meditation which Jackie has created for us  and which will be posted soon on our blog and Freebies Page. 


 Jo x
8 Natural Remedies to Help You Go With the Flow

If I asked you how you feel when it’s your period what would you say?

Emotional? A bit weepy? Vulnerable? Over-sensitive? Wiped out? Ungrounded? Crazy and out-of-control? Angry? Paranoid? Jealous?

All of the above, and they change on a moment-by-moment basis?

You’re not alone. These are all common feelings when it’s ‘that time of the month’ and they can all be brought into balance with the Bach Flower Remedies.

There are 38 Bach Flower Remedies discovered by Harley Street doctor Edward Bach in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Bach was way ahead of his time in understanding that a healthy mind leads to a healthy body and he devoted his life to finding natural cures for his patients’ ailments.

Now millions of people around the world use Bach Flower Remedies to bring balance to their emotions and enjoy greater physical health as a result. Bach Flower Remedies are taken orally – 4 drops straight on the tongue or in a drink gently restore balance. You can take between 1-8 Bach Flower Remedies at a time and they work best when you take the remedies that match exactly how you’re feeling.

You might find that your PMT emotions change over time so it’s important to think about how you feel NOW to help you select the most useful remedies.

I used to get really angry just before my period and would find reasons to pick a fight with my boyfriend so I could take my rage out on someone. Then I went through a phase of feeling really weepy and vulnerable every month when I just wanted to hide under the duvet.

It’s important to be honest with yourself and accept exactly how you’re feeling without trying to change it. Your monthly period is the perfect opportunity to get in touch with emotions you might not notice the rest of the month. These are the hidden parts of you that call to be noticed and healed. Notice your true feelings, accept them and then you can allow them to be gently balanced with these safe natural remedies.

Here are my recommendations for the most helpful remedies for PMT – note which remedies best match how you feel when it’s your time of the month.

Just begun to have periods or approaching menopause? Walnut is the remedy for you. It supports you with any transitions in your life, making it easier to accept the changes that are happening to your body. Do you get super-sensitive, vulnerable and in need of protection? Again walnut is the best choice; think of the walnut shell like a shield around you helping you to feel strong and protected.

Do you get bad-tempered, angry, suspicious, jealous, paranoid or defensive? You could quite happily kill someone for looking at you the wrong way or you’re convinced everyone’s talking about you? Turn to holly if you feel any of these strong emotions; it’s a balm to the heart and gently releases these feelings restoring love and openness.

Do you turn into a crazy banshee: feeling totally out of control as though you’re driving a car at 100 miles an hour and could crash at any moment? Do you fear that you’ll do something really dangerous or your mind could give way altogether? Do you suffer from extreme cramps? Cherry plum restores tranquility and composure when any of these states are experienced, helping you to release extreme feelings and express your emotions calmly.

Maybe you feel really happy one minute then find yourself crying the next as your emotions move from one extreme to another. Do you find it impossible to decide between two things?  Even simple decisions like what to wear or what to eat can reduce you to a quivering wreck? Scleranthus is the flower remedy to bring balance when your emotions shift from one extreme to another and it will help you find balance with decision-making too.

Wrung out, exhausted and you need to curl up in bed for a few hours or a day every month? When you feel depleted physically, emotionally and mentally the best remedy to take is olive. It restores strength and vitality so you’ll soon feel renewed.

Find yourself banging into things, falling over, getting all dreamy and ungrounded or even passing out? Clematis will bring your energy back down to earth so that you’ll feel much more grounded and aware of your body.

Some women and girls have feelings of shame and embarrassment about their periods. Maybe your first period arrived unexpectedly in an embarrassing situation or you’ve been teased about menstruation and feel really awkward about it. If you feel ashamed or embarrassed, then pine flower remedy releases those feelings helping you to accept your body.

Do you feel dirty or disgusted when it’s your time of the month? If you get obsessive about keeping clean or feel repulsed by your natural blood flow then crab apple remedy will help you feel more comfortable and loving towards your body.

If you want to find a natural way to support your emotional wellbeing, the Bach Flower Remedies are the perfect choice.

You can buy Bach Flower Remedies direct from my favourite suppliers here.

I can combine your choice of Bach Flower Remedies in a bottle and send them to you. Click here to find out more.

Want to explore your emotions in more depth? Book me for a one-to-one consultation in person or by phone or for an intuitive diagnosis by email. Click here to find out more.

Words by Jackie Stewart, images by Jason Smalley

About Jackie
 I first used Bach Flower Remedies in my 20s and was impressed at how effectively they got to the root of my problems. I studied Bach Flower Remedies and a wide range of flower, gem and crystal essences at the College of Vibrational Medicine in London and have been working with clients since 1999. I offer soul support combining spiritual counselling with flower and crystal essences at www.flowerspirit.co.uk and am the co-creator of the Barefoot Breathing e-course at www.essenceofwild.co.uk

I’d love to meet you online:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/JSFlowerspirit

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Barefoot Breathing Course at www.essenceofwild.co.uk
    Hi, I'm Jo Macdonald.  I'm an author, menstrual cycle teacher, self-love warrior, mum, women's circle leader & workshop facilitator, and passionate about the power of womanhood for all ages.

    work with women, and girls, to help them discover the
    true power of the
    ir menstrual cycle so they can live
    beautiful, creative and successful lives.  I want you to be filled with joy and inner wisdom. 

    DISCOVER MORE AT MY *NEW* WEBSITE www.jomacdonald.com

    'Jo Macdonald is a pioneer... lifting negativity surrounding menstruation' Alexandra Pope - Menstrual Queen & author

    My Gorgeous Goodies

    'Note to Self: The Secret to becoming your own Best Friend' my first print book available now.

    Praise for 'Note to Self'

    "What a beautiful compilation of love, support, and wisdom from varied voices on an assortment of women's experiences. A truly inspiring read filled with encouragement on speaking your truth and living authentically!"
    Kimberly Wilson, Author of 'Hip Tranquil Chick' and 'Tranquilista'  

    "Every woman, in fact every teenage girl, needs to read this, and use the guidance to write their own love letter to themselves. This book is filled with so much healing, gentleness and love. Thank you for bringing it into the world."
    Jen Saunders Founder and Editor-in-Chief 'Wild Sister' magazine


    'Preparing for your Daughter's First Period' E-Kit featuring 5 Ebooks PLUS a FREE Ebook just for you.
    'Rock Your Rhythms - the easy guide to charting your menstrual cycle' Ebook
    Click on the image to discover my fabulous fun free posters for women and girls


    To get my book recommendations, and more, you can visit my regularly updated Amazon store here 

    Things I blog about:

    Fabulous Females
    Guest Blogs
    PMS Buster A Z
    Recommended Reading
    Self Care
    The Pill


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