HER BLOOD IS GOLD was first published in 1993. The book has become a classic in the literature of women’s health and spirituality, and continues to be a major inspiration for menstrual activists and educators as well as for individual women.
Over the past decade Her Blood Is Gold has sold in increasing numbers every year, and often ranks as the top-selling book on menstruation on Amazon. The book was republished in new editions in 1998 and again in 2008, and was revised and expanded each time.
“Her Blood is Gold is a seminal, thoughtful and enlightening book that explores this most deeply female experience and why it needs attention, gentle consideration and curiosity. Thank you to Lara Owen for her deep contemplation, her scholarship and her vision.” Jane Bennett, author of The Pill: Are You Sure It’s For You and A Blessing Not A Curse: A mother daughter guide to the transition from girl to woman.
“Like the wise-women whose memory she celebrates, Lara Owen is both scientist and poet. In this wonderful book, she shows how “the curse”, when ritually respected and restored to its ancient position, becomes every woman’s crock of gold.” Chris Knight Ph.D., author of Blood Relations: Menstruation and the Origins of Culture (Yale Univ. Press), Professor of Anthropology, University of E. London.
“Her Blood Is Gold is a graceful and empowering book on menstruation, filled with insights that are equally valuable to both men and women. This book should be included in the curriculum of every school on this planet.” Christiane Northrup M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom (Bantam).
“Lara Owen presents a viewpoint on menstruation which is startling in its reversal of conventional attitudes. Her presentation is so lucid and convincing that after reading it one wonders how one could ever have regarded menstruation as a problem. This book is a must for any woman seeking wholeness. This is the rare kind of book that creates culture rather than merely commenting upon it. Lara Owen has sketched the outlines of a new social norm.” Steven Bratman M.D., author of The Alternative Medicine Sourcebook (Lowell House)
“I want to tell you how much your book on menstruation has meant to me…..If I’d had it when I was thirty it would have saved me a lot of pain and confusion.” Scilla Elworthy, author of Power and Sex: A Book about Women (Element Books)
“This fascinating exploration into the rich underworld of the female body is a well-written, passionate and thoughtful plea for a return to body-consciousness and acceptance of what it is to be female.” Lyn Webster Wilde. author of On the Trail of the Women Warriors (Constable and Robinson).
“Lara Owen’s well-researched, beautifully crafted and elegant book offers the reader a profound perspective on the role of menstruation in the life of women and society. It explores the physical, emotional, spiritual and practical dimensions of menstruation and provides a new and powerful view on this still taboo topic. Owen’s book is a classic and a must read for every woman and every man who wishes to understand this powerful part of feminine life. Her book changes lives. You will never look at menstruation in the same way again. Everyone should read this innovative, thoughtful and powerful book. A major contribution.” Gemma Summers, PhD, author of How to Get What You Want Without Losing It: A Woman’s Guide to Resolving Conflict (Bantam)
“A gift for any women who is ready to increase her health and power.” Jean Mountaingrove, in Sagewoman
“It’s been called everything from a “curse” to a “visiting aunt”, but a new book dares to call menstrual periods a celebration……….Lara Owen says a woman’s period is a time when she can tap into her own inner wisdom. The book is written from a personal perspective and supported with medical, historical, political, cultural and spiritual viewpoints as well as interviews and anecdotes from women who have “awoken to the power of their own periods.” Chicago Tribune
“An eye-opening examination of our historical and cultural attitudes. Owen helps women recognize the power of their periods, make the most of the pre-menstrual “altered state” and heal the wounds inflicted by a patriarchal culture.” Moving Words
“Menstruation has long been considered women’s dirty little secret, discussed only when missed…….Lara Owen explores the mysteries and spiritual significance of menstruation.” Elle magazine
“Lara Owen’s book seeks to restore to this vital, natural function the dignity it lost in a patriarchal world that has portrayed it as dirty and threatening.” Gannett Suburban Newspapers
“I highly recommend this book for Lara Owen’s ability to help us look with fresh eyes at a common feature of our lives.” Whole Earth Review
“Owen does a real service here by bringing this issue out of the closet in the way she does. Graceful and very readable. I can’t recommend this book enough. Read it and then pass it on to your sister, your mother, your best friend.” Colleen Devlin, womenwriters.about.com
“This is an extraordinary book that is difficult to put down.” Network for Optimal Aging and Wellness
To buy online, these links will take you directly to the book at Foyles (in London), Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and Fishpond (in Australia). If you can, please support your local independent bookstore by ordering the book from them.
Her Blood Is Gold was first published in the US as Her Blood Is Gold: Celebrating the Power of Menstruation (HarperSanFrancisco 1993) and in the UK as Her Blood Is Gold: Reclaiming the Power of Menstruation (Aquarian/Thorsons 1993). A Brazilian edition (Seu Sangue E Ouro) was published by Editora Rosa dos Tempos in 1994.
The book was subsequently reissued by The Crossing Press in 1998 in a revised, expanded edition, with more information on cross-cultural practices, and a whole new section on natural remedies for menstrual symptoms. The title was changed by the publishers to Honoring Menstruation: A Time of Self-Renewal.
In 2008, Archive Publishing published the book in the UK under the original title, combining all the content of the first and second editions to make a definitive version. In 2009 this new and complete edition was published in the US and in 2013 in Australia.
Her Blood Is Gold has its own Facebook page.
Lara Owen writes and researches on menstruation, work, and feminism. Based in Melbourne, she teaches and consults internationally.