HER BLOOD IS GOLD was first published in 1993. The book is regarded by many as a classic in the literature of women’s health and spirituality, and it continues to be a major inspiration for menstrual activists and educators as well as for individual women. Over the past seven years it has sold in increasing numbers every year, and often ranks as the top-selling book on menstruation on Amazon.
We menstruate more now than at any time in human history. Girls are starting to menstruate earlier due to protein-rich diets and hormones in food; women are less likely to die young; we have fewer children and therefore spend less time not menstruating. Increased work and family stresses, in addition to more periods, mean that women are more physically and psychologically vulnerable to negative attitudes to menstruation. So it is more important than ever that we investigate ways to make our periods physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy.
Here’s a pdf of the introduction which details the contents of the book as well as its genesis and inspiration: Her Blood Is Gold Introduction
Her Blood Is Gold has its own Facebook page for sharing information on menstruation.
“I’ve just finished reading Her Blood is Gold for the second time, the first being about 12 years ago. I was even more impressed the second time around and have been recommending it in the strongest terms to everyone, men and women, since. 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
“A truly wonderful book. Well-written, positive and affirming.” Jane Bennett, author of “A Blessing Not a Curse: A mother-daughter guide to the transition from child to woman”
See also the many five-star reviews on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk