Harnessing the Power of Menstrual Blood


Some of us are forgetting the sacred task of becoming a woman. The goal, the journey of self-realization, the inner voyage of the feminine, entering sacred space through becoming still, or marrying the self, a creative union in itself.


The Globe & Mail in Canada ran a story on the uses of menstrual blood for stem cell research. Click on link below:


August 19, 2008 at 4:12 AM EDT
A team of researchers from Canada and the United States has taken an important step toward harnessing the healing power of menstrual blood. …

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if scientific research could demonstrate what native americans have known for a very long time, that menstrual blood is full of generative properties, life-giving and life-enhancing. Mixed with water and poured on plants, it apparently feeds their growth.

Instead of being seen through the eyes of superstition and fear as a polluting element, we can begin to study the ‘blessings of the curse’, as Susan Rako sub-titles her book, No More Periods.

“As yeast is good for dough, so is menstruation good for women.” says a Talmudic scholar.

“Menstrual blood is the only source of blood that is not traumatically induced. Yet in modern society, this is the most hidden blood, the one so rarely spoken of and almost never seen, except privately by women, who shut themselves in a little room to quickly and in many cases disgustedly change their pads and tampons, wrapping the bloodied cotton so it won’t be seen by others, wrinkling their faces at the odor, flushing or hiding the evidence away. Blood is everywhere, and yet the one, the only, the single name it has not publicly had, for many centuries, is menstrual blood. ” Blood, Bread & Roses, How Menstruation created the world, Judy Grahn.

“Several Native American cultures consider women in menses to be at the HEIGHT of her powers. For instance, the Lakota tribe would not permit a menstrual woman anywhere near warriors or healers. They believed that menstrual blood was so powerful that just the presence of such power would weaken the strength of warriors and interfere with a healer’s ability to heal. The menstrual blood serves to purify, to cleanse, renew, and it prepares the woman for higher spiritual accomplishments. The Yurok, and Lakota tribes practiced monthly rituals by retreating into MOON lodges with other menstrual women. There they celebrated the power of their menstrual blood.

SO, at the height of my power, through the ebb and flow of life, giving and life-sustaining blood that flows through me, I isolate myself from the mundane petty distractions and instead focus inward. Thus CALLING VISION for MY PEOPLE. Simple. Get it? Indeed I do feel more creative, more artistic, more insightful, and with each monthly cycle I become more in tune with my connection to nature, thus accumulating a greater store of spiritual energy. ERGO, when I menstruate, I don’t see it as negative darkness or as a curse. Instead I prefer to view the process in a more positive, healthy attitude: it is a natural, sacred connection to the cycles and rhythms of the earth.

Menstrual blood is LIFE GIVING and LIFE SUSTAINING. There are also native tribes that would return the sacred life-giving blood back to the earth. They would sit over seeds and let the sacred blood flow directly on the seeds or on newly planted seedlings, which INDEED DOES give the seeds growing power. I add here to any who are asking, What? That is sick! NO, NOT sick at all. For an experiment I suggest using INSTEAD menstrual cups to collect the powerful blood into a jar. Fill the remainder of the jar with water then use the solution to water your plants. Be sure to use plain water on other plants for comparing the difference. IT IS AMAZING how powerful menstrual blood is. Of course it is NOT a good idea to disclose this to most people because our current culture has deemed MENSTRUAL BLOOD as disgusting and gross. BELIEVE ME, MY PLANTS are so healthy it is amazing. (taken from www.mum.org)



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.


  1. Beautiful, thank you! This reminds me of the fact that I’ve been experiencing monthly bleedings while pregnant (I’m now 23 weeks along). No one I’ve asked seems to know why this occurs and no amount of research seems to help, either. I sense that I simply have an overabundance of “life” within me right now…or possibly I’m so connected to the earth & moon that my body sees no reason to stop it’s monthly flow even during pregnancy. Do you have any wisdom about this?

  2. Hello, Laura – Thank you for visiting my site and posting your comment.
    I wish you a beautiful pregnancy – and a beautiful life with your child.

    I am sure that you have consulted your physician about your bleeding – which is unusual.

    It is possible that your uterine capillaries (tiny blood vessels that line the uterine walls are weak) – which may be the cause
    of your breakthrough bleeding.

    Some women take Vitamin C with bioflavnoids (this is a compound vitamin – most vitamin C just contains ascorbic acid.)
    The bioflavnoid helps to strengthen the capillaries.

    I know of women who are not pregnant who have taken this extra water soluble supplement and it has helped them
    with their excessive bleeding.

    Please consult with your physician before you do this.
    It is not harmful.
    But you are in his/her care – and just asked my advice.
    I have just passed on some women wisdom.



  3. hi – can applying menstrual blood on my scalp help grow & strengthen hair ? my scalp has always been scanty 🙁 and i am quite desperate for a good remedy to turn it into a head full of healthy thick hair….if menstrual blood can helo fertilise & grow plants, surely it can do the same for hair follicles….?!

  4. I just do not know the answer to that question….scanty hari can be due to hormone imbalance…not sure that menstrual blood will be the answer……try it and let us know.


  6. Wonderful to connect with you too. Love what you are doing…. Please feel free to email me at leslie@holyhormones.com
    Blessings, Sister….Leslie

  7. Hi,
    I would love to do some ceremonies by myself and for myself using my menstrual blood for healing purposes. Does anyone have any suggestions or rituals they have used before? I would love to hear about them and get inspired
    thanks sisters

  8. So glad you are interested in menstrual ceremonies. I just did a quick Internet search and found dozens of sites – http://www.yoni.com/moonlodge/ropmenarche.html, http://www.womanwisdom.com, http://www.sharanya.org/articles/menstruation//w_coa-sample-interview.shtml.

    I highly recommend Susun Weed – this is an article she wrote in 2001 – http://www.susunweed.com/An_Article_peaceblood.htm
    Please visit her website at http://www.susunweed.com

    A wise woman healer indeed.


  9. Is there a chance of menstrual blood clearing up skin conditions? I have what are known as fordyce spots on my penis, and lately I’ve been having sex with my partner during her period and they have all but cleared up.

  10. Perhaps…. why not? Menstrual blood has a lot more value than we know. Interesting moniker.

  11. Belinda says:

    Thank you Leslie, for such a wonderful page. It is so wonderful reading that others are connecting to their blooy, cycle and womb space. I have been discovery the mens for about 9 months now, I have been practicing the ritual of blessing the earth with my gold and placing it on my face. The amazing difference to the growth of the plant and the new shoots are amazing. I planted a whole yard of lawn plugs and only feed one section blood, I also planted this section in waxing moon, the contributing factor is amazing, we have lush, thick grass and the other is just managing to hold in and now starting to spread. My skin is amazing, it glows and people are commenting and asking me ‘WHAT’ have you done, you can see them scanning my face, I think they think that I have had a face lift. As I look 10 years younger. hahaha! If they only new. lots of love, luanlight and womb wisdom to all that bless their blood.

  12. Belinda – So nice to receive your comment and blessing on this eve before the lunar eclipse.
    We have much to learn about our body and our connectedness to the planet and the great cosmos.
    The menstrual cycle is an integral connection to both – and is what has empowered women.
    Thank you for you for sharing your experience.

    I am reading a book called Earthing, Clint Ober who discovered that the earth is filled with negative electrons – and acts as an anti-inflammatory on our bodies.
    Make sure that you walk barefoot through all of that lush, thick grass filled with your blesses menstrual blood.



  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcrGusMLMQ4, this is from the book, Barbara Marciniak – Earth – Book 1994 , who gives some great ideas of also marking the land and using this to treat plants for huge growth that I have started doing with amazing results.. we are life, we are of nature, I have used it diluted to mark my parking spot in front of the house and make it mine, the land I love to hike on and my gardens and have the Goddess know Her ways are returning and the age of man is sliding into the shadows as I write this..

  14. I am very interested in Shamanism and believe myself to be a Shaman. I am from a long line of women who do native ceremony. I have never been pregnant and I am about to be 46. I missed my moon house for 3 months, and had a 3 month long moon house afterward. I was concerned but then thought, “What if my blood could be used in ceremony? What if my heart and my body are trying to tell me something?” I found the article you posted by Susun Weed and it was like an AHA moment for sure. I started right then and there harvesting my menses. I have a sacred place on my land and put in a circle around me with the intention of healing the planet and honoring the Sacred Feminine. It was so incredible! I did it on the full moon last month. Very powerful. I am in my moon house again and loving the connection I feel with body’s own natural abilities and connection to the Mother. Thank you so much for this place to share! I loved reading everyone’s experiences! Blessings to you all!

  15. I am so glad you found this site. Very empowering experience. Thank you for sharing. We do need to make menstruation a sacred act instead of being ashamed of the process. Blessed be.

  16. My boyfriend is so against my 11 year old daughter who has her period or moon to come in his room where his drum is or where he sleeps when she has her moon. Says she will ruin it. Makes my daughter feel dirty..

  17. Twila that is so sad. Dump the ^%&* boyfriend. Shaming girls at such an early age makes them feel like they are victims of their bodies. If you/she does not get out of this relationship she will be emotionally damaged. This is the power and control that men take from women – by shaming them. Not acceptable. At any age.

    Unfortunately, these attitudes stem back to Biblical times – and they are alive and well in many parts of the world.

    Please introduce your daughter to empowerment sites for girls about menstruation.
    Surround her with books.
    There is a ‘Our Bodies Our Selves’ book for teen girls.
    Even if she does not look at these books now – she will in the future.
    Build her a library of books written by women about women.
    It is empowering.
    It turned my life around from wandering in a void – to having a sense of power and belonging.

    Thank you for posting here.

    Hormonally yours,


  18. Twila – Sorry for my harsh response. I was so shocked by your comment this morning – I reacted and did not realize this is your boyfriend and not your daughter’s boyfriend.
    But then again…. how can you watch your daughter being shamed?
    How does this man treat you?

    Your daughter may very well resent you for being in this relationship and being treated this way as she gets older.
    Are you willing to risk your relationship with your daughter for this man?


  19. Hi, this past few days I’ve been doing research about menstrual blood. I am a very open minded person and will try new stuff. I’ve read about menstrual blood having stem cells that can work better than cord blood cells. If the menstrual blood can grow a plant and make it more beautiful, and if it can make your skin glow and look younger, what if you drink it??? Just like you water the plant you drink it diluted in water? Can you store your blood in the freezer? Could this be the fountain of youth if you drink it? I would love to read your opinions

  20. Anyone have thoughts on this?

    Hormone regards,


  21. Yes, wonderful to read. And if only we women could let our growing girls know how powerfully wonderful menstruation can be, they would be able to welcome it more fully – and get the help they need as they go through the transition. I support mothers of daughters as they come of age: http://ritesforgirls.com/early-starters/

  22. Suchitra Jenni says:

    Thanks! and i wonder if drinking menstrual blood increases fertility after 40 ?

  23. Not sure about that. Your menstrual blood is filled with nutrients as well as toxins (if they are in your body). What you need is a strong bioavailable supplement like the EMPowerplus Q 96 on my blog to nutrate your body – nutrate the brain for optimum hormone functioning so that fertility is not an issue.

    Let me know if you need more information.

    Hormone regards,


  24. Jodie Davis says:

    Interested in your information. Two years ago I went to a Lakota Sundance and while I was their I started menstruating and had to go to a separate women’s camp. While their, through dreams, I received a Moon Ceremony.

  25. Hi, Jodie -yes, women are separated from the Sundance during their menstrual cycle. I used to be disturbed by this – but it was explained to me not too long ago that women were separated at this time of their cycle because of their power – not because they were being ostracized by menstruation.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Hormone regards,


  26. Leslie,

    Thank you for this post. I’ve always been “ashamed” of my period and always wish it went away every month and was relieved when it was over. I feel empowered now after taking control of my feelings over getting my period. I started using a moon cup to collect my period and freeze it. I’m not sure if I’ll ever use it but I saw it was good for fertilizing my plants so most likely I will use it for that as I have a garden. I’m curious what will happen if I apply it to my hair..I wonder if it will help it grow or not. Have you heard of anyone using it for their hair and had results from it?

  27. Cindy – what a great comment – I do not know about using menstrual blood for hair… why don’t you let us know? It would seem that if period blood is a good fertilizer it would also be good for hair growth.

    Just found this in doing a quick search –
    Menstrual Blood Hair Dye Advocate

    Woman advocates using menstrual blood as hair dye & to save the world one period at a time.

    I could not get the video to play – maybe you can.
    If you are losing hair (more than just wanting it to grow) that could be due to low progesterone levels.

    Hormone regards,


  28. L'appel Duvide says:

    I know this is an old article, but I ran across it and wanted to share. I had been researching menstrual blood facials, there’s a lot of mixed opinions out there and hardly anyone who’s shared their experiences if they have done it. I finally got bold, bought a menstrual cup, and applied the blood on my face like a masque. I left it for 20 minutes, it dried and felt very tight, like a masque does as well. I washed it off, and…. My face was so so soft and glowing, toned, and firm! And the next day, the few blemishes I had were virtually gone!
    I applied the menstrual “masque” each night until my period was over, and by the end of the week my skin was the best it’s ever been. I can’t explain why or how it works, but as far as my own personal experience goes, it was extremely beneficial and I’ll probably be doing it each month. (I definitely won’t be sharing this with anyone I know, they’ll think I’ve lost my mind. lol.)

  29. Hi L’appel – well you have come to the right place – most here anyway won’t think you are crazy…

    found this great information: Menstrual blood: it’s not what you think it is and it’s certainly not “dirty”

    Menstrual blood is mainly composed of blood, old parts of uterine tissue, cells from the mucus lining of the vagina and bacteria making up the vaginal flora.

    Menstrual blood is different from normal blood due to its composition and its physical properties.

    Put another way, menstrual blood is blood mixed with secretions from the vagina and cervix, old cellular tissue, red blood cells and mucin. The composition of this mixture varies according to the various phases of menstruation which starts with an opaque liquid stage, followed by a thicker stage and then a clear liquid.

    The content of menstrual blood varies from one woman to another, from one cycle to another and depends on the woman’s age. The thickness of the uterus will also have an effect on the content of menstrual blood.

    Vaginal secretions that are present in menstrual blood are mostly made up of water and electrolytes such as Sodium or Potassium.

    The various substances making up menstrual blood are found in a lower concentration than in ordinary blood, for example, there is more water, less iron and less hemoglobin. The pH level of menstrual blood is similar to that of ordinary blood (7,2).

    The concentration of proteins, cholesterol and bilirubin are also lower than in ordinary blood.

    Menstrual blood however does not contain elements that are necessary for coagulation and so therefore remains liquid and does not coagulate neither in the body, nor outside.The three elements necessary for coagulation are not present in menstrual blood (prothrombin, thrombin and fibrinogen). Menstrual blood contains many elements which keep the blood thin.

    The number of blood platelets is also less than in ordinary blood. The thickness of menstrual blood varies from day to day, from one woman to another and according to the composition of the blood and the presence of mucin. Menstrual blood is generally thicker than water and ordinary blood.

    The thickness of menstrual blood is also dependent on the quantity of cervical secretions.

    Many women use menstrual blood as a fertilizer for their plants.. so I can see how it would work for your face.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Hormone regards,


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