One of the most basic menstrual health tips is to drink at least 2 litres of water a day. Simple right.. except maybe not? With enough water, skin cells are able to communicate with each other, period pain can decrease, and vaginas are refreshed. On a deeper level, water is necessary for successful ovulation and for many body, mind, and spiritual processes.
Water is the reason we survive on earth. As our Turtle Island Indigenous community says “water is life.” Yet, in the age of fast-paced lifestyles, endless choices for sugary drinks, and drinking water advisories, it can sometimes feel inaccessible.
Here’s one simple practice to make water consumption for our period & cycle health easier. I’ve been doing this for the last 4 months, and have noticed ridiculously amazing improvements in my overall wellbeing. Find a second hand 2 litre or ½ gallon glass bottle. Really any non-plastic container will do. Every day, find water and fill it.
If you don’t live somewhere with government-provided tap water, we can filter the water at various levels. A filter using cloth, leaves, sand, and charcoal can get out all the clumps.
After filtration, we can bring the water to a rolling boil in a pot over a fire or stove. Add your favourite blend of herbs (I am currently using cumin, coriander, and fennel) to the pot as well, and drink warm or cold.
Keep the glass jar close to your workspace and finish it by evening. At the end of the night, thank the water for providing the energy we need to survive. Within a few days, you will start to notice a huge difference in your menstrual and overall health.