It has been confirmed: menstrual blood is just as magical as you thought. Thanks to this VICE article, you have one more use for your evicted uterine lining (other than cool art) - plant fertilizer! Menstrual blood works to fertilize soil because it “contains three primary plant macronutrients—nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium”; those with green thumbs and a period can now save a few bucks with their blood-water solution instead of dropping tons of money on Miracle-Gro.
According to Beca Grimm’s article, you’re going to need a few things:
1. A menstrual cup (which is also an eco-friendly take on the wasteful pads & tampons)
2. An outdoor area to garden
3. A large glass jar
4. Plants to garden (she grew some lettuce!)
5. Possibly a refrigerator - Grimm didn’t refrigerate hers, so this is a personal/hygienic choice.
Collect your flow using the cup, then instead of flushing it away (gasp), store it in the glass jar. When you’ve collected all you need, mix with water (Grimm says she had a ratio of nine parts water, one part blood).
Personally, I find this to be a super cool way of repurposing cells and nutrients that we already have IN OUR OWN BODIES. Nature is cool. Science is cool. DIY gardening is cool. Try it out and let us know how it goes in the comments!
Images via vacupractor.com, atomcave.com
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