To some people, period blood is the grossest thing in the world. To others, it’s something useful and cool. Yes, there are girls out there who use their period blood after it comes out of their body. You can actually use things like a menstrual cup to harvest your blood to use it for, well, some pretty weird things. I don’t mean to sound judgmental – do whatever you want! – I guess it’s just not something I’m used to. And of course I’m not saying that you guys have to try this stuff, unless you want to of course. But I do find it interesting! I think we can all agree that period shaming sucks, so if using menstrual blood for something else makes people accept it more, then great.
It also shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that other cultures have been using period blood throughout time for various rituals or incorporating it into their daily lives. So, try to have an open mind here. Period shame might just be holding us back in some ways. And, really, what’s so horrible about it? It’s coming out of your body, it’s not something totally foreign. ANYWAY. Let’s get to the point – here are some weird ways you can use your period blood:
Feed It To Your PlantsPeriod blood contains nutrients plants need, like nitrogen. Plus, animal protein is commonly used to repel pests from plants and... we are animals, after all. If you have a green thumb and want to try this, dilute your period blood 10:1 (so, 10 cups of water to one cup of period blood, for example) so you don't kill your plant by mistake, by overall, your period blood is really good for all kinds of plants. This girl used it to grow lettuce.Source: iStock
Feed It To Your CrushIn some cultures, putting a woman's menstrual blood in a man's coffee, tea, or other dark drink would um, bind them together? No magic spell required, just stir it in. So gross. I know it sounds like it used to be forever ago, but not so long ago, a maid got fired for putting her menstrual blood in her boss's drink to "strengthen their relationship", so not for nothing, but people still do it. So, okay, don't do it. But just know it's happened. Source: iStock
Eat It Yourself And Become Low-Key ImmortalPeople used to eat menstrual blood because they thought it had properties that would make them a god(dess). It really seems like cultures are one of two ways on period blood; it either makes you straight up immortal or contaminated in every weird way. In this case, since period blood was linked to the start of mankind, the universe, creation, and everything, naturally consuming it would give you the direct hookup to being a god.Source: iStock
Use It As A Face MaskPeriod blood fights acne! If you aren't squeamish, put that stuff directly onto your face. It's an old superstition that putting menstrual blood on your face is *really* good for you, so if you feel like taking a page out of that book, go right ahead. It came from your body and you wouldn't get weirded out if you got your own drool on your face, right? Yeah, I'm definitely trying to make this okay even though it gives me the heebs. Have you ever tried it? Let us know.Source: iStock
Use It As PaintMenstrual blood is the go-to medium when you want to make topical, controversial art and also have a really symbolic tie-in to femininity, creation, womanhood, etc. This woman made a giant painting of a fetus with four months' worth of period blood. People have been doing it forever, and it looks like you can get some color variation out of it (I KNOW), so, if you're artistically inclined, go right ahead.Source: iStock
Use It To Dye Yarn, Then Knit With ItSpeaking of strange art projects, this woman dyed yarn with her menstrual blood, and knit insults with it. See? Topical. Feminist. Definitely going to get a reaction out of people. This seems like a complicated multi-step process, but if you're REALLY into your art and know how to embroider stuff, by all means go for it.Source: iStock
Get Your Stem CellsStem cells don't have to come from umbilical cords or fetuses! If you don't like the idea of harvesting embryos for stuff, you can still be pro-science and pro-stem cells since you can apparently get quality, adult stem cells from menstrual blood and they're just as useful as cord blood. Who knew?Source: iStock
Start A Free Bleeding MovementRemember these girls who said screw tampons and pads and straight up let their period blood flow as a form of protest? It's not a common use for your period blood, but you can get political with it just by existing, not hiding it, and not apologizing. Source: iStock
Bottle It And Send It To Your Favorite Law Maker Who Wants To Police And Regulate Your Own Damn BodyPeople are getting more involved with politics today. Someone already made a portrait of Donald Trump using her period blood, so it's only a matter of time before someone bottles up their menstrual blood and overnights it to Mike Pence. I have yet to find a record of someone doing this, but it's more of a suggestion. I'm surprised some performance artist hasn't thought of this yet.Source: iStock
Have you tried any of these? Would you ever or is it too gross? Let us know in the comments!
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