The female menstrual cycle has been misunderstood, feared and cringed at since the beginning of time. There still are several myths around women’s period cycle, but with the internet, at least we have access to more knowledge.
In the ancient times, there was no luxury of having Google handy, so people believed some really weird things which drove them do to super weird things in live – with menstrual blood. Right from considering menstruating women to be witches, while some thought that period blood could heal leprosy and could be an aphrodisiac!
Here are some bizarre facts about menstruation that might gross you art. Also, if you’re eating, read this at your own risk.
Burnt Frogs For Heavy Flow
Medieval Europeans thought that burning frogs was a remedy for heavy menstruation. There was a belief that toads and frogs could cure several ailments. The medieval believed that it could cure anything - toothache to heavy menstrual flow. Beck then, women would either boil the toad, or wear the ashes near the vagina or have powdered toad.
Beauty & Healing Rituals
Ancient Egyptians thought, menstrual blood was a cure for sagging breast and thighs! People would smear blood to ‘fix’ these areas of the body. Definitely, don’t try that one at home! The curing power of menstrual blood also carried through to medieval Europe. They believed menstrual blood could cure leprosy and also that drinking period blood would give you leprosy. We still do not know what is true.
Increasing Fertility With Menstrual Blood
Ancient Egypt had its own set of beliefs, which included drinking menstrual blood. (We told you, don’t read this while eating!) It was literally considered sorcery, and menstrual blood was incorporated into spell casting and medical treatments. Yes, they drank it, because anything deeply mysterious and kind of gross must naturally be magical.
The Greeks were equally odd when it came to believing in the mysterious. As every spring planting ritual began, they would have ceremonies that involved spreading menstrual blood mixed with wine over the field in a kind of sympathetic magic meant to increase the fertility of the soil.
Period Blood Corroded Penis
While a woman was bleeding, some cultures handled it as if it were some nuclear weapon. It was believed that any child that would be conceived during period sex would end up being deformed. According to the authors of The Curse: A Cultural History Of Menstruation , the baby born would be "puny, languid, and moribund, subject to an infinity of fetid maladies, foul and stinking". Then there was also the common belief that having sex with a woman on her period would corrode your penis.
Drinking It As An Aphrodisiac
In ancient times, witches valued menstrual blood, using it to prepare potions containing their menstrual blood in order to enhance their magical powers. If you think that is gross, here’s another fact: they used semen mixed with menstrual blood to create a potion known as “drink of immortality” for warriors, so that they were unbeatable on the battlefield.
One of the most surprising facts is the use of this “sacred blood” is for several rituals in the Hoodoo tradition. Hoodoo is a native African-American folk spirituality believed to have been developed from various spiritual acts, traditions and beliefs in West Africa, specifically Congo, Benin, Togo and Nigeria. One of the rituals was a charm where a woman would mix her blood with a drink and give it to the man she has feelings for to drink – so it would strengthen their bond.
The Romans were not far behind in their beliefs in misconceptions. The men used their wives' period blood as a guarantee of their fidelity, by using the blood in love charms. Folk magic claiming that mixing a drop of menstrual blood in a person's food would guarantee love and devotion from the person consuming that.
Gives us the heebie jeebies even thinking about something as gross as this. Regardless, we wish that instead of indulging in such rituals, women were studied more so in today's time, menstruation would still not be a taboo topic.