Headaches and Periods: Is there a connection?

Headaches and Periods: Is there a connection?

By Les Xules

Even with the right lifestyle choices, headaches and migraines can strike when we least expect it, and surprisingly may just be a part of our monthly cycles. That doesn't mean that one must have to suffer in silence. There are many herbal plants and remedies that can be used to help our menstrual cycles to provide balance, relief, and ease of those bothersome headaches.

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How Your Menstrual Cycle Affects Your Sleep and What You Can Do About It

How Your Menstrual Cycle Affects Your Sleep and What You Can Do About It

By Les Xules

Most people with menstrual cycles face problems during the pre menstrual period, enduring the struggles of PMS insomnia, and experiencing sleep issues just before their period. A ton of research has been conducted on the effects of menstrual cycles and sleep.

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Our Bodies: An Intimate Look at Gender, Plant Medicine + Menstruation

Our Bodies: An Intimate Look at Gender, Plant Medicine + Menstruation

By Les Xules

Five Mexico City-based artists, activists, and educators joined Xula for this photo essay that provides an intimate look about how these individuals relate to plants, natural remedies, gender, and menstruation.

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Xula Interviews: Lotus LaLoba

Xula Interviews: Lotus LaLoba

By Samantha Martins

Using the tools of plant medicine, energy work, and more, Lotus shares these tools and her wisdom to support others in living their most embodied, fulfilling lives, curating thoughtful spaces and communities for Black and Brown bodies to experience limitless love and healing. 

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Turmeric The Versatile Root Herb

Turmeric The Versatile Root Herb

By Dashayna Brown

Turmeric’s historical uses in medicine and cuisine remind us that people of color have been connected to the earth as a way to heal and create for themselves through what nature provided. Its practical uses remain the same all these years later.

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portrait of Karen Rose in front of apothecary in Brooklyn, New York

The Many Roles of a Master Herbalist

By Demetria Marshall

What are the defining qualities of a Master Herbalist? The many roles Karen M. Rose embodies as an herbalist reflects the beauty of preserving the practices of our diverse origins that not only distinguish our unique talents, but bridge communities deprived of the knowledge and practices they need to heal themselves.

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red raspberries berries and leaves

Should I Take Raspberry Leaves for Womb Health?

By Demetria Marshall

Rubus idaeus, aka red raspberry, is a member of the rose family native to Europe, North America, and Asia. Though raspberry does not bloom a flower quite as stunning as the rose, the plant similarly overflows with medicinal properties. 

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close up smiling portrait with xula cbd tincture dropped

Trust Your Gut: How CBD and Herbs Can Balance Your Digestive System

By Anika White

The human gut microbiota (especially gut bacteria) play a pivotal role in your wellbeing—and everything you consume, down to hemp and other herbs, canbe the difference between feeling funky and being your best.

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Passionflower has also been employed to enhance the effects of hallucinogens*

It's High Time to Harness the Power of Passionflower

By Anika White

You may know it by one of its many names: maypop, maracuja, granadilla, Passiflora incarnata, or passionflowerLush green vines covered with purple and white flowers climb the garden wall, like blooming tentacles grasping for higher heights. Some believe it’s a sign from the heavens, for others, it’s an earthly way to ease anxiety. 

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Mugwort has been used for period pain relief for centuries

This "Weed" is Used for Dream Divination and Period Pain Relief

By Anika White

So what do you call a weed that’s been used as a medicinal plant, culinary herb, acupuncture aid, and spirit tool for centuries? Mugwort has entered the chat. Mugwort is what’s referred to as a oneirogen, or oneirogenic herb because it has the ability to create or intensify dreamlike states of consciousness.

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