Wombs Love Warmth

Wearing a haramaki may boost fertility?

Apparently so…..many acupuncturists recommend them to their clients they are treating for fertilty issues such as ‘cold uterus‘…

The abdomen (hara or dan tian) is the centre of qi (energy). Acupuncturists advise that that warmth supports womb health. Heat on the uterus, abdomen, and lower back decreases common discomforts of menstruation including cramping and helps to reduce stagnation of energy in the uterus.

Cold in the uterus is related to menstrual problems and infertility. Warmth is supportive to the internal ‘fire’ energy of the uterus, and many traditions around the world keep the womb warm to keep the internal fires of health stoked, and support the flow of qi energy.

In “Surprising ways to change your lifestyle and boost your fertility” the Mirror newspaper recommended women:

“Wear a Japanese garment called a haramaki – which is effectively like a boob tube around your tummy,” says Gemma McCrae, life coach. “My acupuncturist diagnosed that I had a cold uterus – which meant that it wasn’t a hospitable environment to conceive and grow a baby. I’m now 22 weeks pregnant.”

Keeping your core warm is not just good for fertility….

A warm core is “Key for our health, fertility and creative power” says Tiffany Power of Nurture Works Yoga – A ‘Cold Womb’ is one of the key patterns underlying infertility in Chinese medicine. But our Womb is not only a cradle for physical babies; it is the source of all our creative and nurturing power as women. When we allow this sacred space within us to freeze over, we lose our capacity to connect with this gentle, yet unstoppable, strength in our centre. In addition, Cold stagnation in our Womb is a cause of painful menstrual cramps. “

So keeping this vital part of us supported and cosy in a haramaki can help improve our health in a number of ways.

Click here and here for more tips for natural ways to boost your fertility

Signs that you are low in Yang Energy:

“ Someone who is deficient in yang lacks the catalytic spark, the cellular chemistry of combustion. When our fire is weak, we become cold and slow, and physical processes become sluggish.” (Qi Gong master David Leggett)

In Chinese Medicine the following are signs that your Yang energy may be depleted: always feeling cold, hypo-activity, lower back pain or soreness, low energy, poor circulation, poor digestion, urinary disorders, low libido, infertility.
Wearing a haramaki can help with this by keeping your core warm and raising your overall body temperature

 

Keeping warm on snow days – cozy in a haramaki back warmer

Do you have a snow day today? The key to getting outdoors is the right gear. We even managed a sea swim (6 degrees) with the help of our hats, haramakis and thermals.

Cozy with a fire, tea and a haramaki (with a hot water bottle shoved down the back) we can crack on and go through finances, stock take and planning for the future. With a little help from Gary 😉

Photo credit Ruthie Delfruity

Furoshiki zero waste wrapping

Haramakis are not the only Japanese concept that NukuNuku has adopted. We have cut down on our wrapping paper waste by using Furoshiki – fabric wrapping. We have a few beautiful posh ones from Japan, some slighly fraying but well-loved home made ones and a number of scarves that have been repurposed.

They look beautiful and can be reused every year time and time again. Just folding afterwards – no paper mountain to make you feel guilty and end up in the recycling. I am working on the more complicated wrappings for complicated shapes….

Furoshiki is also used to carry items or in place of a bag. Here there are some beautiful ones and advice on how to tie…

Cold Water Swimming Hack

Discovered a few weeks ago when we had a river swim….

I took an isothermal bottle  full of boiling water, my daughters mini hot water bottle and two haramakis – one cotton for next to the skin and an ultra-warm angora core-warmer. Once out of the water and dressed (and while my fingers still worked) I filled the hot water bottle with the boiling water and popped the hot water bottle in my roo pouch of haramakis. Combined with my robe I built up a nice warm core radiating heat.  Added tea and amazing marmalade cakes and I was a very happy post-swim seabird! Been doing it ever since to beat the after-drop….

Tips for a less wasteful Christmas…

Pondering on the horror of the cult of consumerism epitomised by the feeding frenzy around ‘Black Friday’ we started thinking of an alternative way to approach Christmas and came up with …

A few tips for a less-waste Christmas

Buy pre-loved

Shop from second-hand shops to find unique gifts that are built to last. Charity shops, vintage markets and shops like Brighton’s own Pre-Loved

Give memories not ‘stuff’. 

Go for an experience. No shortage or great ideas in Brighton. It even has Feminist Swear Nights which sound truly perfect for our potty mouthed Seabirds… Membership of the Duke of Yorks Cinema? (last year they had great Black Friday deals…might be the same this year? Apologies for mentioning BF), A Kimchi making workshop, a gig or a talk about anything from micro-dosing to the art of flirting….

Make your own cards, presents and wrapping

We love re-using fabric wrapping like the Japanese Furoshiki or old scarves. The kids re-use last years cards for gift tags and we are busy collecting glass jars to make kimchi for everyone this year. Show our love for their guts 😉

A Secret Santa actually worth doing

Have fun, save money and get a gift you actually want with a friends and family Secret Santa. Our family uses  DrawNames to keep it anonymous and add as many present suggestions as you want. Saves you time and money and avoids you getting or buying unwanted landfill…

  • Don’t go anywhere near a Poundland.
  • Make your own crackers without the landfill plastic moustaches.
  • Buy things that will last – as Vivienne Westwood says “buy less, choose well, make it last”. Like our haramaki core-warmers 😉

What are your top tips? Do share….