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Featured Book of the Month:
The Moon and You - A Woman's Guide to an Easier Monthly Cycle, by Barbara Hanneloré.
Finally, a book to honor a topic that has been neglected and misunderstood for far too long. The message here brings ancient traditions into modern life, giving women a simple model for self care using the rhythms of nature as a guide. Here, you will find practical and comforting ways to support your cycle, and you'll wish you had learned these validating concepts long ago!
"This is a very accessible, simple, yet powerful set of tools, especially for women who have had difficult periods for years, and need a fresh, healing and holistic perspective on this topic." Emily Burger, Luna Touch Bodywork, Ojai, CA
Here are some of our favorite books. Let us know what yours are!
“Celebrating Girls” and “Woman Changing Woman” by Virginia Bean Rutter
“105 Ways to Celebrate Menstruation” by Kami McBride
“4 Seasons in 4 Weeks: Awakening the Power, Wisdom, and Beauty in Every Woman's Nature” by Suzanne Mathis McQueen
“A Time to Celebrate: A Celebration of a Girl's First Menstrual Period” by Joan Morais
“Beautiful Girl: Celebrating the Wonders of Your Body”, “Mother Daughter Wisdom”, and “The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health During the Change” by Christiane Northrup M.D.
“Becoming Peers: Mentoring Girls Into Womanhood” by DeAnna L'am
“Blood, Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World” by Judy Grahn
“Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation” by Thomas Buckley (Editor), Alma Gottlieb
“Blood Stories: Menarche and the Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary U.S. Society” Janet Lee and Jennifer Sasser-Coen
“Capitalizing on the Curse: The Business of Menstruation” by Elizabeth Arveda Kissling
“Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions” by Starhawk (Author), Diane Baker (Author), Anne Hill (Author), Sara Ceres Boore (Illustrator)
“Down There: Sexual and Reproductive Health the Wise Woman Way” and “New Menopausal Years : The Wise Woman Way, Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90” by Susun S. Weed
“Dragontime Magic and Mystery of Menstruation” by Luisa Francia
“First Moon” by Maureen Theresa Smith
“Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation” by Elissa Stein and Susan Kim
Gift from the Elders, by Gail Burkett
“Her Blood Is Gold: Awakening to the Wisdom of Menstruation” and “Honoring Menstruation: A Time of Self-Renewal” by Lara Owen
“Honoring Our Cycles: A Natural Family Planning Workbook” by Katie Singer
“I am an Emotional Creature”, “Vagina Warriors”, and “Vagina Monologues” Eve Ensler
“Jaqi's Moon Box: Adventures of a young girl's menarche” by Tara L Kali
“Menarche A Journey into Womanhood: A mums and girls guide to celebrating her first period” by Rachael Hertogs
“Menstruation: A Cultural History” Andrew Shail (Editor), Gillian Howie (Editor)
“Moon Mother, Moon Daughter” by Janet Lucy (Author), Terri Allison (Contributor)
“Moon Mysteries” by Nao Sims and Nikiah Seeds
“Moon Time: A guide to celebrating your menstrual cycle” and “Reaching for the Moon” by Lucy H Pearce
“My Little Red Book” by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
“Mysteries of the Dark Moon: The Healing Power of the Dark Goddess” by Demetra George
“New Blood: Third-Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation” by Professor Chris Bobel
“New Moon Rising: Reclaiming the Sacred Rites of Menstruation” by Linda Heron Wind
“Period.: A Girl's Guide” by JoAnn Loulan, Bonnie Worthen
“Red Moon: Understanding and Using the Gifts of the Menstrual Cycle” by Miranda Gray
“The Seven Sacred Rites of Menarche: The Spiritual Journey of the Adolescent Girl” by Kristi Boylan
“Shakti Woman: Feeling Our Fire, Healing Our World - The New Female Shamanism” by Vicki Noble
“Sister Moon Lodge: The Power & Mystery of Menstruation” by Kisma K. Stepanich
“Sweet Secrets: Stories of Menstruation Perfect” by Kathleen O'Grady, Paula Wansbrough
“The Faces of the Moon Mother: An Archetypal Cycle” Rowena Pattee Kryder
“The Menopause Revolution: Smashing the HRT Myth--Natural Alternatives to Manufactured Drug Therapy” by Martin Milner
“The Red Tent: A Novel” by Anita Diamant
“The Wise Wound: Myths, Realities, and Meanings of Menstruation” by Penelope Shuttle
“The Woman in the Shaman's Body: Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine” by Barbara Tedlock Ph.D.
“Things We Don't Talk About: Women's Stories from the Red Tent” (Movie) by ALisa Starkweather , Dr. Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost (Director)
“Vagina” by Naomi Wolf
“Wild Feminine: Finding Power, Spirit & Joy in the Female Body” by Tami Lynn Kent
“Womb Wisdom” Padma Prakasha
“Women of the 14th Moon: Writings on Menopause” by Amber Sumrall, Dena Taylor
“Women Who Run with the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
FREE Moon Magic Workshop on Puberty Curriculum from Kesa Kivel download here! This curriculum is written for female facilitators to use with girls. Girls are most comfortable learning about menstruation from a female instructor and in an all-girl setting. An environment of privacy, safety, and comfort will help ensure that girls participate fully in the workshop. Of course, boys need information about menstruation, too; however, she recommends its best if boys and girls are taught separately.
Holy Sponge!, sustainably harvested sea-sponges, belly balms, moon calendars
Moontimes UK, organic and re-usable pads, sponges, and cups
Natural Flow/Ecofemme, reusuable pads, sponges, teas and more
Hello Flo— period kit delivery service (including period starter kits for a girl’s first period) and informative weekly blog. They produce hilarious commercials too!
Ruby Cup, high quality and sustainable menstrual hygiene product made of 100% Medical Grade Silicone and can be re-used for up to 10 years.
The Keeper/Mooncup—menstrual cups described as safer, more comfortable, greener, and cheaper than other sanitary products.
Diva Cup— healthy and sustainable menstrual.
Maxim disposable, organic, body-friendly products such as tampons, pads, and panty-liners. They are working to have menstruation be an experience in which we work with the earth and our bodies. Their products are designed to be healthful and toxin-free as well as completely organic and biodegradable.
Moxie—menstrual products that are fun and pretty and dioxin-free.
Lunapads—reusable pads and menstrual cups.
Thinx—“smart underwear” designed for women on their periods which acts as a sanitary pad. For every pair sold they will donate 7 Afri-pads (reusable sanitary napkins, products of ) to a young woman in need.
Cora— holistic, eco-friendly, and body-friendly product delivery service for cycling women. For every hygiene box sold, one is donated to girls in need.
The Period Store—menstrual product delivery service (traditional, alternative, international, or eco-friendly) that comes with a monthly art-print, a gourmet sweet, and two tea bags an a “periodical” blog.
Be Prepared. Period.—a company which works to provide healthy products and educational resources for girls and women on their periods. Their informational pages include tips for educating young women (tips for dads, tips for first periods, tips for girls with special needs), as well as other period-related health concerns.
Cycle Tracking Apps:
My Moontime- cycle tracking designed by Dana Michelle Gillespie
The Flow—an app designed to help women track their cycles and the effects that each phase will have (libido, fertility, period, etc.) and gives lifestyle tips to get the most out of each cycle.
Aakar Innovations—an organization working to provide women with jobs manufacturing sanitary pads which will keep girls at school and women at work.
Azadi— an organization which not only provides girls and women with the knowledge and materials to manage menstruation. They also are working to engage the community, leverage media to bring large-scale awareness, and mobilizing the people and organizations to create action all in an eco-friendly way.
Beauty in Blood—an art organization which challenges you to view menstruation through a different lens as both subject matter and medium rather than the socially conditioned view.
Be Girl—an organization designed to empower girls and women in third world countries by providing them with sanitary products.
Crankytown—a website designed to offer information about menstruation to young women in a fun and accessible way.
Crimson Movement—an organization devoted to empowering women by giving women the tools to communicate more freely about their cycles without fear or shame and thus to address some barriers that they face. They focus on education, cultural sensitivity, social attitudes, the environment, and financial sustainability.
Days for Girls international—an organization working to provide girls in third world countries with reusable sanitary products in order to help them to stay in school and get jobs.
Femme International—an organization which works to educate girls and women in Kenya. Also works to provide “Femme Kits” which include menstrual products such as menstrual cups.
50 Cents. Period.—provides sanitary napkins to women in need in India. Also works to empower women and girls to stay fully engaged in their lives and educations without the stigma and barriers surrounding their period, gender, and reproductive choices.
Goonj..—an organization which provides women in India with sanitary cloth for sanitary napkins.
Huru—an organization working to provide women in third world countries with sanitary pads.
Irise International—an organization which works to provide an affordable and sustainable sanitary product and to offer menstrual health education.
Menstrupedia—an organization devoted to educating young women about menstruation in a positive and healthy way. They also work to dispel negative myths around menstruation.
Pasand—an organization working to provide women with jobs manufacturing sanitary pads which will keep girls at school and women at work.
Period Makeover—a group devoted to researching how hormone imbalances can affect our day-to-day health, how we can change our lifestyles to live a more balanced life with our cycles.
The Period Project—an online organization of period-positive artists, writers, etc. dedicated to spreading information about women’s health and sexuality of all times. Their goal is to start a conversation about menstruation in a positive light ant to create a community.
Plan USA—an organization working to provide sanitary products and education about menstrual care to women in third world countries and poor communities.
Red Tents in Every Neighborhood, DeAnna L'am—an organization which works to build menstrual communities through red tents, workshops, and offering mother/daughter advice for discussing menstruation.
Save the Children—an organization working to assure global health. They have education programs within which they teach people (children and adults, women and men) about menstruation, HIV/AIDS, and other STIs/STDs.
SHE (Sustainable Health Enterprises)—an organization working to provide loans and instruction to women in developing countries in order to help them to start manufacturing sanitary pads from banana fibers. This allows more women to be consistently employed/attending school in areas where menstruation is taboo.
Society for Menstrual Cycle Research—an organization which strives to provide guidance, expertise, and ethical considerations for researchers (in the social and health sciences, humanities scholars, health care providers, policy makers, health activists, artists and students), practitioners, policy makers and funding resources interested in the menstrual cycle.
Transformation Textiles—an organization which distributes reusable underwear and pads as well as offering menstrual education to women and girls in third world countries.
The 12th Right—an NGO devoted to helping women stay in school by providing them with menstrual products and education. Their goal is to remind women that health is their right.
TwoRags—a company which donates feminine products for each pair of cotton underwear that they sell.
Vikal P Design—an organization which is working to provide youth-accessible education, education products, and sanitary napkins, and to promote openness about a woman’s cycle.
The Waratah Project, an initiative to influence the way we collectively think about menstruation and menopause away from old notions of shame and towards a more positive and woman-honoring way of understanding these universal aspects of female experience.
WASH United—an organization working to promote health through sanitation in developing countries. This includes developing activities around menstrual hygiene management to specifically address the most neglected WASH issues in the schools context.
The Women’s Quest—an organization which works to help women and girls establish a physical and spiritual connection with their cycles through workshops, tracking, and education.
World Toilet.org—an organization devoted to sanitation and health. Their work includes helping with menstrual education in order to break the menstrual taboo, recognizing menstruation as central to womanhood and humanity, and responding to menstrual needs.
Youth for Seva—an organization which works to introduce menstruation as a topic of conversation and to thus reduce its taboo. It also helps to educate girls and has doctors and gynecologists on hand.
Zana Africa—an organization which works to help make pads, deliver health education, and inform policy in Kenya.