If you want to fertilize your yard without supporting harmful manufacturing processes, and if you want to go beyond ordinary composting but are not yet ready for humanure, you may want to try blood tea.
As described in the previous post, nitrogen is important to both plants and animals. There’s lots of it in our bodies. If you weigh 150 pounds, about 4 pounds of you is nitrogen. Where is it?
Some of it is in your blood.
That’s right: bleeding on plants provides them with essential nutrients that they need to grow.
Classic movies notwithstanding, no one is suggesting that we open our veins over our garden beds. But if you happen to be female, you are probably bleeding profusely on a regular basis and wondering if there’s something better you can do with all that stuff.
Enter blood tea.
It is simple to make. First, stop using disposable sanitary products. They contain toxic chemicals, produce an enormous amount of garbage, and cost the average woman $2,200 over her lifetime. Instead, invest in reusable products, such as cloth pads.
Once you have cloth pads, you will need to wash them. In between the time that you use them and the time that you wash them, you will want to throw them into a bucket of water, to prevent the stains from setting. But then, what to do with the resulting bloody water? Your first thought will be to pour it down the toilet.
Don’t. Pour it on your plants instead. This is blood tea.
If a menstrual cup is a better reusable choice for you than cloth pads, the process is similar: empty the cup into a jar, dilute the blood with some water, and feed the result to your plants.
This is not disgusting or unsanitary. It is a healthy way of using our biological processes to nourish other life. “That time of the month” is far more joyful when we use it to produce more plants instead of producing more trash.