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Moon Cycle

Posted by Carly (Seattle, Wa Usa) on 03/13/2011

Hi -
I was reading that this month is something called a "SuperMoon" on March 19th. The moon will be closer to the earth then than it has been in the last 18 years. Going on the things I have read in the past on how the moon effects a womans monthly cycle....I am wondering how many of you are having issues this month that you normally don't? I always cycle at 28 days...ALWAYS. Except this month. One week late. No, not pregnant. Just wondering if anyone else has had any unusual stuff going on...
Thanks for any input!

Replied by Robin
(Rural, Va)

Yes.. exactly one week late! I have been running 28 days like clockwork.

Replied by M
(Nyc, Ny)

Your menstual cycle is based on your hormones... not the moon.

Replied by Carly
(Seattle, Wa Usa)

Thanks for the feedback Robin - I am normally spot on (no pun intended) every 28 days too - that is why I was wondering it there were others experiencing off things this month. I appreciate your sharing!

M- If it is purely hormones that control the menstrual cycle, than how come over 200,000 results come up when I type "Menstrual cycle and the moon" on a certain search engine?

I for one, find this "SuperMoon" stuff absolutely fascinating!

Here is an excerpt from "menstruation.com.au":

Human beings are affected by the moon. Women especially are affected by the moon and their menstrual cycle is intimately linked to this celestial body.

The moon:

  • regulates your menstrual cycle,

  • can trigger ovulation and fertile times,

  • affects your emotions and

  • affects the way people behave and view the world.

  • Women are connected to the moon by our blood, our hormones and our souls.

    The first step in claiming the gifts of our menstrual cycle is to become re-acqainted with Mother Moon. Putting aside all the scientific phenomena of the way the Moon affects the earths tides, weather, animals, fluids and moods, symbolically the Moon has a lot to teach us.

    In myth the Moon is a primary female archetype travelling the great round of Birth, Maturation, Death and Rebirth each month. This is a primal fundamental cycle of the universe of which every single living thing participates.

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile, Tn Usa)

First I want to say that listening to you and your menstrual cycle and the phase of the moon is not offensive to me. I find it very educational.

I am sorry if I offended folks by saying we in deep stuff due to the goins on in Japan. Of course you Left Coast folks will know sooner than us in the fly over country. Have a nice day.====RH===

Replied by Sp
(Gc, Ci)

My periods are normally 26 days, but this time its due more about 2 weeks. No, not pregnant. Moon does effect our menstrual cycles. When we are in the first 3 days of the cycle and it happens to be a full moon day, the bleeding will be heavy at nights. I have experienced it first hand.

Replied by Woman101

I have to agree, the moon does have an effect. I have amenhorrea (very very infrequent periods) and I'm having my first in over a year. Very bad, very crampy, and what do you know........ Supermoon cycle. I am convinced there is a link. I'll let you know if I have another ne in 18 years!

Replied by Rain
(Los Angeles, Ca)

My daughters cycle actually is longer this month heavier on the 19th. Only been mensturating less than a year. I thought that was a reason. This could be another reason to consider.

Replied by Mb
(Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)

Wow! I was wondering why this past cycle was so strange and off! I forgot it was the month of the supermoon. I was about 2 weeks late on my period and negative on pregnancy.


Posted by Laura (Queens, Ny) on 12/12/2011

Hi EC, I am 49 years old and has not had a period for the past six months. I always use motherwort for mild anxiety on and off so yesterday I decided to take a dropperful and what do you know..... I got up this morning with a period. I was stunned to put it lightly. I thought I was over with this. Anyone knows what's going on? Any input would be appreciated. Thank you guys.

Multiple Remedies

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Posted by Reddy (Baltimore, Maryland) on 09/21/2012

I was struggling with hemorrhage for a while, came to this site, and I must confess, I was greatly relieved when I knew some other people were in my shoes and already had a cure even without visiting d hospital. These few steps have worked for me so far.. I changed my diet to include a lot of cayenne peppers in my food, and lots of water. Also, whenever I use d restroom, I insert vegetable oil in d affected part, and stand while using d restroom. This has worked so far for me... Hope everybody experiencing this situation is also cured... thanks

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Posted by Gina (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada) on 11/04/2010

After 20 years of excruciating menstrual pain, excessive bleeding, clots, and huge tumors, and trying every dietary and nautral remedy I could find, I have eliminated all trouble within four cycles. I have gone from lying in bed for days on pain killers, bleeding for eight days, going through an ultra plus tampon and pad every hour, and having tumors the size of a canteloupe and a mango to painless, light, three day periods, and the cysts are shrinking!

YOU MUST ELIMINATE ALL PARABENS AND XENOESTROGENS!!!! This means no lotions (use coconut oil, almond oil etc), no detergent (this means no detergent... Not even the ones labelled "eco" or "natural"... Use borax and baking soda to wash your clothes and vinegar to soften them.... The detergent residue from laundry products stays in your clothes and is absorbed through your skin, causing great stress on your hormonal system), no shampoo or conditioner (wash your hair with borax dissolved in very hot water and then cooled slightly, rinse with apple cider vinegar sprayed on your hair and combed through... Your hair will be super soft and lovely and the vinegar scent will evaporate after a bit) , no liquid soaps on your skin (use an unscented natural Bar soap and use vinegar to wash your dishes), no perfumes, no nail polish, no hair colors, no hairspray... Etc. It was Dr. Eckhart's website and research that pointed me in the right direction. It takes a little discipline, but OMG! , it is soooooo worth it!

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Posted by Paritp (Los Angeles, California) on 03/25/2009
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I have suffered from irregular periods almost all through out my life.Sometimes i have 35 days cycle sometimes 45 and sometimes 60..depends on what?? i dont know??I have tried oil pulling with sesame oil ..olive oil...Sesame oil cured my problem for sometime ...maybe like 3 cycles.then again back to usual....i take ACV regularly..........i have started exercising for the past month or so......i dont take casre of what i eat,....eating a looot of sweets.Since last 6 months i have been having 47-60 day cycles.....and once 30 days into a cycle i start bloating and retain a lot of water uptyo 5 lbs...nothing seems to help........no dong quai..no raspberry tea.....nothing u name it and i have tried it can somebody please please please help me ......

Replied by Dianna
(Austin, Tx)

you might want to try blackstrap molasses. but be careful - some people say that it makes their period lighter and others say it made it worse... it made mine lighter with no clots and no pain - it just starts and i'm not even expecting it! i only take about 1/4 teaspoon a day. start small - and if you have no bad effects - increase.

something else that really helped me when my period was dragging on and on once - was soy milk. now i usually do not drink soy milk - because i know that it can have weird effects on hormones - but i was desperate because my period had been going for about 2 weeks. i am 49 and pre-menopause and do not want to take hormones. so i went to the store and bought soy milk - and drink one glass. almost immediately my bleeding stopped.

soy milk has a very powerful effect on hormones! be careful. but it definitely helped.

Replied by Paritp
(Los Angeles, CA)

Thank you so much for your reply but just want to make sure that my problem is not getting periods. What can i do to regularize them? I am 27 and have a 2.5 yr old girl.

Replied by Petit
(Mississauga, Canada)

Hi :) I stumbled on your post today and couldn't figure out whether to reply or not. Then I thought who knows it might change your life!! Well I used to have irregular menses too and my sister too. But mine was worse : bleeding for a whole month. As for her, she would have it only after three or four months. After taking evening primrose oil, it came back to normal ... Maybe you could try to have somebody to advise you or google on the benefits of evening primrose oil. Maybe you should have a blood sample taken to know if you lack iron ... just a piece of my mind. Hope it's enough to get you on the right track. And uh, yes, I would be glad to know if it worked or not. Take care

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Posted by Tara (Houston, Texas) on 03/01/2009

I've been reading all sorts of articles that talk about heavy period bleeding. I usually flood two tampons at once, yes, I wear two at one time and I have to wear Depends with them. I'm 23 and I've had this problem since I was 11. I woke up at 2am this morning because I was bleeding so badly and couldn't go to sleep. I found this site read the articles and went to the 24 hour grocery store near my house. I've just taken apple cider vinegar, molasses, vitamin c and molasses. I will report back and let you know if it worked.

Replied by T
(Maryland, USA)

Have your ferritin level checked - this is directly related to iron storage. You want it to be around 70-90. My period used to be so heavy when my ferritin levels were really low. Supplementing with iron to raise this brought a big improvement in the bleeding. I took a liquid supplement which gave me no stomach or bowel problems. It does take some time to raise your levels.

CAUTION: No one should supplement with iron without knowing their levels first, and you should check them periodically when supplementing. High iron in the body can do you a lot of damage. If you do supplement, take it with vitamin C and L-lysine, and about 10 minutes or so before meals, to maximize absorption. Taking a B-complex regularly is also a good idea.

Replied by Gean
(Salina, KS)

I have a friend who was cured of very heavy bleeding by drinking red raspberry leaf tea. I have also heard that taking vitex (chaste berry) extract will cure this. It's supposed to be very good for balancing hormones, male and female. It's reported to work in as little as 10 days, although it takes 3-6 months for full effect. I ordered mine from Puritan's Pride. Several people I know have just begun taking it, so I'll post results later.

Replied by Anna Kp
(Perth, Wa)

Hi, I want to add to this! I have had painful periods to the point of fainting in the past, and I too found that the Chaste Tree herb did absolute wonders. I think it's full name is something like Vitex Castus Agnus or something? Anyway, it is cheap, and combined with limited dairy and a healthy diet & exercise, this completely got rid of ALL of my symptoms. I also have taken Magnesium, which was/is just as important I think, but it is definitely the Chaste Tree that has done it for me.. :)

Replied by Elsaeasterly
(Elsewhere, Ca, Usa)

Did you use capsules or tincture?

Oil Pulling

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Posted by lavette (west palm beach, florida) on 11/15/2007
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I have been oil pulling for about a month using avariety of oils, like flax seed oil extra virgin olive oil , coconut oil ,sunflower and now finally walnut oil.and for the first time since Iwas twelve my periods are shorter no cramps no cravings no pms.thankyou earth clinic

Replied by Janice
(Apopka, Florida)

Menstruation Remedies: Can I get more information on Oil Pulling? How much do you take of which oils and when?

EC: Please read this page for more information: https://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/oil_pulling.html

Omega 3

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Posted by Vania (Clarksville, Tn) on 02/18/2011
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Just putting in a vote for Omega-3 Fish Oil for managing menstrual misery.

In the spring of 2007, I was diagnosed with a uterine fibroid, about the size of a cantaloupe. I am not emotionally prepared for hysterectomy, which was the primary recommendation, of course. My online research led me to Earth Clinic. Currently, at the onset of menstruation, I take the most common brand of organic Apple Cider Vinegar with a bit of baking soda, in 8 ounces of water. For over a year, this remedy has greatly reduced the flow and scary giant clots (like a school of goldfish) that made life so miserable. My periods got so light that I started worrying that I was going into menopause at the age of 41.

Unfortunately, during the last 2-3 months, ACV has seemed to lose its potency. My periods became quite heavy again, with lots of clotting (although not at "goldfish" level). Finally I remembered my mother's first recommendation for my symptoms: 1200 mg Omega-3 Fish Oil Capsules. These were also the first remedy that worked for my fibroid symptoms. But I take more than anyone thinks is good for me: 8 in the morning, 8 in the evening, throughout my 8-day menstruation. This works very well, every time. The only reason I decided to try the ACV remedy is that I LOVE ACV!

I had my "well woman" visit about 2 months ago, and no comment was made about treating my fibroid. I don't think these remedies have shrunk the fibroid, because my belly still looks like I'm 3-4 months pregnant, but I can be pretty content if I can continue to manage the symptoms.

Thank you, Earth Clinic-ers, I love you. You give me hope for better health, naturally.

Pineapple and Lemon Juice

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Posted by Huge Improvement In One Hour (Vancouver, Bc) on 05/26/2014
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Hi, I had so much flow that I thought that I would have to go to the hospital. At noon I ate a can of pineapple with about a 1/4 cup of lemon juice in it. In one hour I noticed a difference and by the end of the day my flow had decreased to 1/4 of it's original amount. AMAZING!!! I also took 4 Black Cohosh, 4 Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules, 1 extra strength Ibuprofen. Please take these with a full stomach and spread them out. It can upset your stomach. Also you may be allergic to any of these or they may react with your current meds. So taking them all combined and with this dosage is not recommended. Talk to your doctor and see if this will hurt you. If not, then go for it but cautiously and less agressively than I did. My stomach was a little upset but the next day I went through only one pad. I continued with the treatment and on my 3rd day I hardly need a pad. Tomorrow, my 4th day, I will not need one I expect. I didn't take the pineapple/lemon combo today (ran out) but I am taking the other stuff. I also take Laura Vanderhagee's Liquid Iron, Menosmart and Estrosmart. Excellent Homonal Nutritional Line!!! I hope this helps!!! God bless!!!

Replied by Andrea
(Wales, Uk)

I know you mean well, and what you did helped you. But I would give Ibuprofen a wide birth as the side effects have been known for years. And everyday yet another crops up and sometimes with devastating results.

Love Andrea c XXX

Ibuprofen side effects ( And this is just SOME 'side effects'!!! ) There are even more ''uncommon ones which are common and many go 'unreported' by those in the know.

Along with its needed effects, ibuprofen may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking ibuprofen:

More common

  • Abdominal pain
  • acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • bloating
  • cloudy urine
  • decrease in amount of urine
  • decrease in urine output or decrease in urine-concentrating ability
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  • excess air or gas in stomach or intestines
  • full feeling
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • itching skin
  • pain or discomfort in chest, upper stomach, or throat
  • pale skin
  • passing gas
  • nausea
  • noisy, rattling breathing
  • rash with flat lesions or small raised lesions on the skin
  • shortness of breath
  • swelling of face, fingers, hands, feet, lower legs, or ankles
  • troubled breathing at rest
  • troubled breathing with exertion
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
  • weight gain

Less common

  • Abdominal cramps
  • stomach soreness or discomfort

Rare ???? I know quite a few people that have suffered these 'rare 'effects on ibuprofen

  • Agitation
  • back, leg, or stomach pains
  • bleeding gums
  • blistering, peeling, loosening of skin
  • blood in urine or stools
  • bloody, black, or tarry stools
  • blurred vision
  • burning feeling in chest or stomach
  • change in vision
  • chest pain
  • chills
  • clay-colored stools
  • coma
  • confusion
  • constipation
  • cough or hoarseness
  • dark urine
  • decreased urine output
  • depression
  • difficulty breathing
  • difficulty swallowing
  • dilated neck veins
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • extreme fatigue
  • fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • fever with or without chills
  • frequent urination
  • general body swelling
  • general feeling of tiredness or weakness
  • hair loss, thinning of hair
  • headache
  • hives or welts
  • hostility
  • impaired vision
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased volume of pale, dilute urine
  • irregular breathing
  • irritability
  • itching
  • joint or muscle pain
  • lab results that show problems with liver
  • lethargy
  • light-colored stools
  • loss of appetite
  • lower back or side pain
  • muscle twitching
  • nosebleeds
  • painful or difficult urination
  • pains in stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
  • pinpoint red spots on skin
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • rash
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • red, irritated eyes
  • redness of skin
  • seizures
  • severe abdominal pain, cramping, burning
  • severe and continuing nausea
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots in mouth or on lips
  • stiff neck or back
  • stomach upset
  • stupor
  • swollen or painful glands
  • tenderness in stomach area
  • thirst
  • tightness in chest
  • unpleasant breath odor
  • upper right abdominal pain
  • vomiting of blood
  • vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds
  • wheezing
  • yellow eyes and skin

Symptoms of overdose

  • Bluish lips or skin
  • difficulty sleeping
  • disorientation
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
  • drowsiness to profound coma
  • hallucination
  • lightheadedness or fainting
  • mood or other mental changes
  • muscle tremors
  • not breathing
  • rapid, deep breathing
  • restlessness
  • slow or irregular heartbeat
  • stomach cramps
  • sudden fainting
  • sweating

Some side effects of ibuprofen may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in ears
  • hearing loss
  • nervousness

Rare ??????

  • Crying
  • depersonalization
  • discouragement
  • dry eyes
  • dysphoria
    Dysphoria is a state of feeling unwell or unhappy; a feeling of emotional and mental discomfort as a symptom of discontentment, restlessness, dissatisfaction, malaise, depression, anxiety or indifference.
  • And often gets ''misdiagnosed'' as 'Bi-Polar Disorder' which I believe from experiences of others I know that have been 'Labeled' this way to be a vitamin or nutritional deficiency accelerated by stress, or grief.
  • euphoria
  • feeling sad or empty
  • lack of appetite
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • mental depression
  • paranoia
  • quick to react or overreact
  • rapidly changing moods
  • runny nose
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • sleeplessness
  • sneezing
  • stuffy nose
  • trouble concentrating
  • trouble sleeping
  • unable to sleep

Replied by Mr. Ree

If and when you take ibuprophen also take one gram of lysine..

Pineapple, Lemon

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Posted by Bb (California ) on 01/29/2018
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I use this remedy (Fresh Pineapple and Lemon Juice) and it has worked well for me but I do it the easy way. Using this ratio of 3/4 cup of pineapple juice (store bought is fine, you don't need fresh) and 1/4 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice, you save time and money and still get results. I take it every two hours if I have a super heavy flow. Sometimes I double the quantities and take it two or three times a day. It always reduces the flow to a manageable level and it works fast.

I have tried virtually every other remedy on this site and the lemon/pineapple combination is the only thing that worked.

Pineapple, Lemon
Posted by Sunshine (Rochester, Michigan) on 04/14/2016
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Juice Fresh Pineapple with core, Lemons with Pith

Hi, I had been heavily bleeding for 9 days.I had many other heavy bleeds before this and had already tried the following remedies with no success:

  • Low fat diet
  • homeopathic remedies (tried two different remedies)
  • cayenne pepper
  • flax oil
  • Shepard's purse tincture
  • flax oil
  • vitamin D
  • red raspberry tea
  • vitamin C with bioflavonoids
  • yarrow

I read a comment on another blog (not earth clinic), that a women juiced a whole pineapple including the core, but not the skin and with it juiced 4 lemons, carefully cutting the skin off but not removing the white pith, as you will juice the white pitch of the lemon and the lemon seeds. I drove to the store (10 min. away) and did not think I would make it through the store, without spotting, I was gushing so bad. When I got home I made the juice and drank the whole amount. It tastes bitter with the ratio of 4 lemons to one pineapple. In 4 HOURS the bleeding flow reduced by half. After 6 hours I took another juice of 1 pineapple 4 lemons, and in 3 Hours the bleeding completely stopped. Next period, flow began a little heavy, I did one juice of pineapple and lemons (Must be Fresh, must include pineapple core and lemon pith in the juice), went to normal flow never had a another heavy flow which really was a hemorrhage).

I told my sister about this, because she was having very heavy flows. One of her flows was 21 days. Her doctor had given progesterone, but it was not greatly helping. She decided to do pineapple, lemon and it stopped her flow after 21 days.


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Posted by Rururu (USA) on 06/05/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Last period was a nightmare. I was bloated, exhausted, unable to leave my bed/hot water bottle unless it was to stagger into a hot bath. Maximum ibuprofen did nothing.

I tried ginger tea with alder bark and birch bark which helped the pain, to the extent that I could cut back the ibuprofen. I was able to end my period with plantain (Plantago lanceolata, not the banana-like things). So far so good. But I thought I might have cysts or fibroids so I rushed off to the doc who said she could find nothing. We agreed to wait for next period and see how that went.

In the meantime, I had ordered Apple Cider Vinegar with mother and Blackstrap Molasses and started taking it a couple of weeks ago alongside my usual herb tonic, which often includes plantain. I boosted turmeric in my diet and added maca every other day, a B complex daily and probiotics.

I have boosted my fruit and veg intake and cut down on coffee, but I still have one mug in the morning and I still eat non-organic meat (can't afford not to! ).

I am happy to report a better-than-normal period on exactly the right day! I am definitely going to continue.


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Posted by Jacques (Quebec, Canada) on 01/09/2015
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In reference to Beth who has heavy menstrual bleeding, the best and the most useful way is to take QUERCETIN 500-mg x 3 days. It will stop the bleeding the first day. The propriety of the quercetin is to re-enforce the micro vessel to prevent the bleeding. I have a lot of success with the quercetin for this problem.

You can buy the quercetin online or in health store. Very effective.

Raw Foods, Cod Liver Oil, Exercise

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Posted by Tina (Houston, USA) on 06/03/2012
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Few things that helped resolved my menstrual issues:

Raw foods during your period will cut down length of the cycle, and will give you lighter bleeding.

Good quality Cod liver oil, all month long, but increased quantities during period, will CONSIDERABLY reduce bleeding.

Daily exercise or walking briskly.

Good luck!

Red Raspberry and Cinnamon Bark

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Posted by Ls (Toledo, Usa) on 11/08/2009
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For profuse menstruation drink freely of a tea made with red raspberry leaves and cinnamon bark or cinnamon bark alone. This remedy will be found very effective for reducing pain and flow.

In a gel-capsule combine ground cinnamon and dried red raspberry leaves of equal volume; not by volume weight. Combine half the gel-cap with cinnamon and the other half with red raspberry. Gently packed the red raspberry leaves. The gel cap size is of your choice. I use size 00.

An easy way to fill a capsule is to place the ground or powdered material in a saucer or on a plate and scoop the two sections of the capsule together through the material; both halves will fill.

Fill one whole capsule with ground cinnamon and one whole capsule with dried ground red raspberry leaves. Use half of the cinnamon capsule and it place on one end of half the red raspberry capsule. Look at the capsule halves closely as one side is longer and a little bit bigger. This is so the two halves will combined to make one capsule.

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