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In Rhythm and Ritual

Seed Cycling for Hormonal Balance. Part 1.

In this 2 part series, we are sharing what we have discovered about seed cycling, and the differences we have noticed in our PMS symptoms after following this protocol for 2+ cycles.

Seed cycling. Have you heard about it?

As I get older, it constantly surprises me how much I don’t know about my own body. In the last year, I’ve been becoming much more in tune it - I’m recognising and understanding the signs that I need to rest, time alone or to eat something green. Part of that consciousness started when I decided to no longer take the BCP. I’d been taking it since I was 17 (13 years!) and as a consequence, I really never thought about my hormones or anything like that because it was doing a job I wanted and had all these nifty benefits like preventing acne and PMS symptoms. Before I stopped taking the BCP I researched any affects there might be, and that’s when I stumbled into this world that I’d never thought about, and hardly anyone ever seemed to talk about, all about female health.

What struck me first was how much I didn’t know about how my own body. Where I’ve been living for three decades! One topic I’m quite interested in and I’ve been learning more and more about is the role of hormones – what they are, what they do and what our bodies need to assist in regulating those hormones. It was here that I found out about seed cycling.

Seed cycling is a way of balancing your hormones by eating certain seeds (or oils) during the two phases of your menstrual cycle. It is thought to help with a whole range of hormonal imbalance issues like PMS, infertility, acne, light or heavy bleeding, irregular cycles and tiredness.

So, for a 28 day cycle you take:  

Follicular phase (day 1-14): pumpkin and flax seeds or fish oil

Luteal phase (day 15-28): sesame and sunflowers seeds or evening primrose/borage oil

If your cycle isn’t 28 days, or if you don’t get periods, it’s recommended that you start phase one with the full moon and phase two with the new moon.

So what actually happens when you seed cycle is:

  • your body takes the essential fatty acids that these seeds and oils are full of, and uses them to help your hormones to function;

  • these seeds and oils also contain lignin which binds to estrogen and helps to remove it from the body as needed; and

  • estrogen levels in the first part of your cycle and progesterone levels in the second part are supported.

Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? And that’s what initially caught my attention with this topic. How am I 31 years old and no one has ever suggested simply taking a tablespoon of seeds every day might be a good idea? (It’s recommended that you eat 1 tablespoon of each seed type every day, so in phase one you would eat a tablespoon each of flax and pumpkin seeds.)

If you’re like me, you might think this is interesting and something that might be beneficial to you. But it also needs to be easy to do, right? I could have all these seeds in my pantry but if it becomes an ‘extra’ thing I have to do every day then I’m less likely to do it, or remember, or stick to it! I guess I’m flaky. Knowing this about myself, I wanted to make it easy so I invented the recipes below. Almost always in need of a snack these energy ball style creations have been really great. I keep them in my fridge or bring a few with me if I’m meeting friends for coffee.

It’s also important to note that the seeds should be ground, not whole, when you ingest them. If seeds are whole, they often move right through our digestive systems, and we don’t absorb their nutrients. Most seeds are available ground, but you can easily do it yourself if you have a small blender or coffee grinder. So, because I like things to be easy, I prepare a mixture to use as I need in smoothies or on my granola. I think you could add these seeds to almost anything – if you have a favourite bread recipe add them in or if you make pesto they could incorporated. I just grind a cup each of flax and pumpkin seeds for days 1-14, and sesame and sunflower for days 15-28 and keep it in a jar in my fridge, ready to go.

This recipe is for the first phase of your cycle (days 1-14). In addition to the seeds I’ve added cocoa for a little chocolate boost, brazil nuts for selenium and maca powder for its hormone regulating benefits. But really you could use any nuts you like or add in some chocolate chips or dried fruits.

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Follicular Phase ‘Moon Balls’

  • 1 cup medjool dates

  • 1 cup brazil nuts

  • ½ cup milled flax seed

  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds

  • ½ cup cocoa powder

  • 1 tblsp maca powder

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  1. Soak medjool dates in boiled water for 1 hour. Drain.

  2. Place all ingredients in a blender.

  3. Blend until well combined*.

  4. Using a tablespoon, scoop out mixture and form into balls with your hands.

  5. Refrigerate.

*Mixture should hold together easily when you are forming the balls and should not be wet.

This recipe is for the second phase of your cycle (days 15-28). I LOVE pumpkin and will try it in anything! This recipe also includes maca powder for its hormone regulating benefits, plus some moringa which also assists to regulate hormones and digestion, and is high in vitamins A and C.

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Luteal Phase ‘Moon Balls’

  • 1 cup oat flour

  • 1 cup medjool dates

  • 1 cup roasted pecans

  • ½ cup sunflower seeds

  • ½ cup sesame seeds

  • ½ cup pumpkin puree

  • 1 tblsp maca powder

  • 1 tblsp moringa powder

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  1. Soak medjool dates in boiled water for 1 hour. Drain.

  2. Place all ingredients in a blender.

  3. Blend until well combined*.

  4. Using a tablespoon, scoop out mixture and form into balls with your hands.

  5. Refrigerate.

*Mixture should hold together easily when you are forming the balls and should not be wet.

With both of these recipes, I make the balls and put them on a plate in my fridge for a few hours. Once they have solidified a little I store them in an airtight container in my fridge and they keep really well. Each of these recipes make 20 or more balls.

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Samantha x

The information shared on Rhythms and Rituals blog is shared in the spirit of storytelling and sharing information we have found helpful and useful. It is not intended to provide medical advise, diagnosis or treatment.

Rituals for Radiance


Our Rituals for radiance collection. Welcome!

This collection has been 10 years in the making. As we dreamed this collection, we began with a word or feeling we wanted to access in the moment. We worked backwards to formulate, and after many trials and errors we invite you to come away with us in ritual. Allow your senses to guide you towards a radiance that can only come from within….

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Ritual ~ series of actions, in prescribed order.

Skin is the largest organ of our body and it is perfectly apt that in caring for it, you can tend to the sweet soul contained within.

Placing intention, offering presence and remaining committed to our rituals can be one of the simple ways in which we can make our days slower and make the ability to care for ourselves more accessible. 

I began to make skin caring a ritual for self caring when, at the end of a busy mom day, and the door was closed, it was just me. I had time and space to think and tune in my body. I was washing my face, why not take an extra few minutes to intentionally massage and soothe, not just my tired skin but my weary soul? 

There are other moments, in which I feel, and believe this feeling is more easily accessible to us, and that is when we are grounded in nature. As earthlings we are so deeply connected to the earth that disconnection can be a cause of dis-ease.

Taking oils, pressed from plants and seeds, potent essences from flowers and leaves and waters from the steam distillation of plants, we can hydrate and nourish our skin, all the while being in the presence of the powerful aromas of nature. 

Each product in this collection is named with the intention of inspiring that connection to nature and to self. And formulated to balance and nourish skin, supporting it’s health and radiance.

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Begin your own Ceremony with a cleanse oil, experience the Glory of hydrating flower essences in the spritz of a hydrosol. 

Reveal brighter skin and a replenished being after a grounding facial treatment.

Time out to tune in.

Allow skin to Feast on the hydrating droplets of a hyaluronic acid serum, infused with essences of magnolia and helicrysum flowers.

Discover the Ritual of facial massage. Infusing moisturizing and replenishing oils into your skin, inhaling the aromas of two different types of rose. 


Imagine the Glory of neroli and violet flowers in full bloom, their essences bottled and available to you.

Find your rhythm in ritual and in life.










Favorite Blogs for Health and Wellness.

Hello colder, darker evenings. Apart from my regular yoga practice and friend visits, I tend not to do much else in the evenings this time of year. It's the perfect time to create rituals that restore and maintain the health and wellness of mind, body and spirit. There is such a sacredness to Winter, to slowing down, and re calibrating. To digging deep into our selves and planting seeds for the seasons to come. This can be really uncomfortable, I mean, we get settled into one season and bam! it's changed again. This goes for other seasons too, like the season's of our relationship to our self, our mothering/friendships/marriages/careers. It's all constantly ebbing and flowing, some more abruptly than other, but nonetheless when we are in sync with the rhythm of Nature, and do what our human bodies but cosmic souls are supposed to do in Winter, its easier to weather them. And not merely survive the Winter, but thrive. You know, that thing we are supposed to do but sometimes get in our own way of doing. 

Which brings me to sharing a few of my favorite blogs and resources! One, It gives you something to read on those lovely long evenings, and two, they are inspirational, educational and full of resources to help you thrive.

Flopsy Life

Brittney from flopsy life, runs a blog, a "guide to simple, curated living for those who feel they don't quite fit this world" that is somewhat hard to put into words, you just have to go visit her and take a tour. She opens up conversations about anxiety and depression, sharing recipes, things that inspire her, gives tips on wellness and basically shows us what it is to be human. One of my favorite feels from the blog is the way that Britt celebrates others - their creativity and energy. And, it's all captured by Isaac, Brittney's partner who does the photography. I just love it! 

Image taken from  by Isaac Peters Photography 

Image taken from by Isaac Peters Photography 



Kelsey Schaivon

Kelsey and I connected through our love of Natural Beauty, based out of Calgary, she is a Holistic Nutritionist and Mindful Beauty Educator. What's that exactly? She runs workshops and demos, and basically show us how to simplify our beauty routine, in a mindful and holistic way. I love her blog for recipes and diy beauty treatments and for the utterly beautiful and feminine way she shares her beauty.  I've tried a bunch of her recipes, both skin food and food food! She generously shares @kelseyschiavon

I mean, how beautiful does this look? Find it over on

I mean, how beautiful does this look? Find it over on


Kori Leigh

Kori, who among other kick ass things, is a Holistic Nutritionist and Lifecoach based out of Calgary. She runs workshops, retreats and courses on self care!! This online course runs over nine weeks and is for women only! 

Her words on the course ''We dive into everything {self-care}, from digestion to the effects of stress to weight loss, gut health, liver love, body image, goal setting, stress management, sleep hygiene, overcoming obstacles, immunity, detox and sex-talk. This is more than a "food program" or a "diet" -- this program is a way of life. This program is the beginning of the journey into your heart centre -- the birthplace of your ability to care for self first. ''

Sleep hygiene?? So important, and one I admit to sacrificing for the sake of my yoga practice, or reading, or spending time with my husband. Kori shares the most beautiful recipes and health boosting elixirs and she has inspired me to skip my morning coffee for an adaptogen latte. More than that she bares her soul in the most authentic and real ways, sharing her struggles with depression and darkness but ultimately showing us that there is always light. 

Image shared from   So good!!

Image shared from  So good!!



Mark Groves @createthelove

I follow Mark on Instagram and he posts genuine, real and balanced advice on relationships. Life gets full, raising families, running businesses and often the first thing to get neglected is the relationship with our significant other, the relationship that is our strongest pillar of support for all of the awesome things we are doing.  Mark says on his website  that great relationships happen by choice, we create them. I couldn't agree more! Just like the relationship to self, they need constant tending to, one of the greatest joys about being in a long term relationship is the growth and evolution that occurs, it just needs weeding and loving along the way. 

Image and words by  @createthelove

Image and words by @createthelove


I've found it really worthwhile to look at who and what (ahem recent news) I follow on Social Media, to question the amount of time i spend on social media, what sort of images and messages am I allowing myself to be the recipient of?  Being more mindful and conscious has allowed me to make some real connections and I love this! Let's keep it balanced though, and enriched, with holistic and meaningful content.