This One’s For the Girls

No really, this one’s for the girls…

pads

Homesteading women have many things in common.

One, we care about economics.  There is no way we could live this lifestyle if we weren’t frugal.  We rather like being creative in our endeavors to recycle and reuse.

Two, we care about the environment.  Half the reason we turned to a homesteading lifestyle is because we care about the earth and see her many finite resources being used and trash building up.

Three, we care about health.  We pride ourselves on knowing herbal remedies and leading a healthy, clean lifestyle.

Four, we are women.  Therefore we have moon cycles.

I first read about the detriments of conventionally made feminine products in the Newman’s Own Organic Guide to a Good Life book by Nell Newman.  I had never thought about the sheer cost of these items.  Nor did I consider that they decompose at the rate of diapers.  As in, our great, great, great, great, great…..grandchildren are going to be a really irritated with us!  And the bleach and other chemicals used to make feminine products could be a big reason for the many women’s issues we face today, from hormone disruptions, cysts, fibroids, and cancers.

Niki was reiterating all of these things to me when I met her at her booth at the Pueblo Holistic Fair.  I have read about reusable pads but was skeptical.  I told her without hesitation that I about bleed to death and I wasn’t sure these would work.  She smiled and said they will.  If my body is detoxing, the plastics, bleach, and chemicals from feminine products are going to make my body work harder to detox them too!  I bought a set of her Liddle Rags.  They are made of layers of soft flannel, cloth diaper material, and one side is waterproof fleece.  Snaps secure them.

Wow.  Is all I can say.  Two months of easier cycles.  Comfort.  My cervix was really hurting before.  It doesn’t anymore.  Cramping is less.  Period is lighter.  How is that possible?  Was I just poisoning myself each month?  They are easily washed and very affordable.

Her Facebook page is http://facebook.com/LiddleRags if you want to message her or see what she does.  Better health, save money, and lighter footprint on the earth?  That is a homesteading good thing!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Helen says:

    Glad you are feeling more comfortable – in various ways 😉.

    I have used a mooncup for about five years. The impetus was going part time and needing to save money (before that I had been using organic, unbleached but that still left rubbish to be dealt with). It has a slightly different set of inconveniences but, whichever way you choose, it is important to be talking about these matters.

    1. Farmgirl says:

      Anything that makes being a girl easier!

  2. Harmony says:

    I too like the Diva cup for all the above reasons. I totally agree with using less waste product and introducing our bodies to less toxins. Thanks for the link to this resource. It’s only going to be a couple more years before my daughter has to start thinking about this stuff, too.

    1. Farmgirl says:

      The Diva cup really bothers my cervix. That is why I had the pain. I had used it for years though. I am really glad I was brave and tried these!

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