According to pathologists, blood tests are best performed on extracted blood that is no older than 14 days (from memory) and blood donations are generally stored around 42 days in the fridge.
I use these rules of thumbs for how long I store my collected period blood in the fridge. Yep I'm going there.
I started collecting and using my period blood some time last year and it has made a massive difference to the relationship I have with my bleed, my blood and my period.
When you do see your undiluted blood on it's own, you have a whole lot more information to work off with respect to knowing the health or your period and hormones. The colour, texture, consistency, smell and volume of your blood all tell a story :)
There are also a lot of different ways to use your period blood:
1. Topically on your face and body. Period blood has pluripotent stem cells amongst other things and research suggests that it can be used in healing. Many people also report experiencing smoother more glowing and vibrant skin after using period blood in masks or otherwise. I would suggest you ensure you don't have any STI's though before using period blood on your face.
2. Watered down on plants. Period blood is rich with vitamins and minerals and plants LOVE them. This totally discounts the olden day theory that a menstruating woman would kill crops.
3. In paintings. Especially when using your non dominant hand to allow your unconscious to play into the flow of your art.
4. In the shower/bath as part of a period gratitude practice. This is my favourite and I'll share at some point the steps, words and action I take when doing so.
What about you? Drop an emoji for how this makes you feel and let me know if you're on the fence, are all in or far off from considering doing any of the above.
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