Beauty and well-being: how does the moon influence us?

Impact of the moon on our well-being

Only coincidences?

There is this acquaintance who telephoned me regularly and who one day said to me “Listen! Haven't you noticed that every time I call you and it's a full moon and ask how you're doing, you say, “Well! I can't say it's going well!" ? There is this magnetist friend who sometimes helps me overcome my health concerns and who one day, when I had asked for his intervention, said to me "Right now we are going through a difficult lunar phase and many people are affected and are woozy”. There is that since my earliest childhood I have dreams that are often premonitory and have the power to deeply affect not only my daily life but often also that of those around me. For a little over two years now, every time I have dreams I note what phase of the moon they occurred in. I don't dream only on the full moon but on full moon days it's systematic. There is this friend who makes me aware of the fact that my menstrual cycle seems to be in sync with the lunar cycle, my period always appearing around the full moon.



No ! Proof that these are not just coincidences!

These coincidences are far too numerous to be simply the result of chance. I am not the only one to have noticed that the cycle of the moon can have a significant influence on both our mind and our physiology. So I wanted to know a little more and go deeper into the matter. I submit a few examples from recent scientific literature that show that it is wise to take into account the influence of the moon on our behavior.


Does the moon have an influence on the quality of our sleep?

In August 2013 an article published in the scientific journal Current Biology in English was entitled "Evidence that the Lunar Cycle Influences Human Sleep" and was signed by six Swiss scientists under the direction of Christian Cajochen, professor at the Center for Chronobiology of the University from Basel. Thirty-three adult volunteers of both sexes spent several nights in a sleep analysis laboratory. They couldn't see the moon and didn't know what stage of its cycle it was. Their brain activity, eye movements and hormonal levels were recorded. On the nights closest to the full moon they took significantly longer to fall asleep and slept less. Their brain activity was lower. Their level of melatonin, the hormone that regulates the sleep cycle, decreased considerably as well as that of cortisol which, in addition to melatonin, regulates the circadian cycle. The participants in the study, without knowing the cycle of the moon, complained, the closer we approached the full moon, of a deterioration in the quality of their sleep. This can give some credibility to Hippocrates, considered one of the fathers of medicine who, in the XNUMXth century BC, wrote: "He who is seized with terror, fear, madness during the night is visited by the moon goddess.



Does the moon have an influence on the menstrual cycle of women?

The menstrual cycle of women of childbearing age lasts on average 28 days very close to the lunar cycle of 29 days. A study published in 2011 in scientific journals Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica shows that out of 826 women monitored aged 16 to 25, almost 30% of them had their period during the full moon, while the highest percentage of women having their period on another day of the lunar cycle did not was only 12,5%. 

Does the moon have an influence on the date of childbirth?          

A Japanese study taking into account 1000 natural births in Kyoto shows that the greater the gravitational force of the moon, ie the closer it is to the earth, the higher the number of births. 

Does the moon have an influence on the success rate of heart operations?

A study published in 2013 in Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery shows that patients who underwent heart surgery on the day of the full moon were discharged from the hospital after 10 days, four days earlier than patients operated on on another day of the lunar cycle, and that their probability of dying as a result of the operation was significantly lower.

“Naturally,” as the surgeon, Dr. Sellke says, “we can't routinely do this kind of operation around the plain moon. But a better understanding of the effects of the environment, including that of the lunar cycles, on our health, can ultimately make us better understand the importance of these cycles and offer better treatments to our patients”.

Chris Isherwood
Chris Isherwood


This explained the observations that I had been able to make on my own person and which confirms that the moon exerts a significant influence on our behavior. By conscious or unconscious decision we can very well ignore this action of the moon on our daily life. As with any perception, it requires sensitivity and openness, which is not given a priori to everyone. However, I think it is essential to listen not only to your body but to your whole being and your environment. It is important for our mental as well as psychic balance to develop our perceptions and not to close ourselves to all these signs that challenge us and speak to us. In a word to stay open. It is at this price that we can find the harmony and vital energy that will allow us to overcome the obstacles encountered in our path and to continue to move forward.


It was during the XNUMXth century that Chronobiology was developed. A science that takes into account the fact that many observations tend to show that plants, animals, including humans, even kept in isolation, continue to express behavioral rhythms related to the environment from which they have been isolated. This is what gave rise to the concepts of “Biological Clock”. The first recognized “Biological Clock” that inhabits every living being on earth is that linked to the sun, whether daily with day and night or annually with the seasons. This is the “Circadian Cycle”, now widely known to the public. It manifests itself, among other things, in the “jet lag” suffered by air travelers who change time zones. It is now established that the vast majority of living organisms, including humans, carry in their genes molecular mechanisms that are in synchrony with the daily solar rhythm. It is only recently that similar molecular mechanisms linked this time to the cycles of the moon have been demonstrated. Living beings would therefore have, inscribed in their gene, a second biological clock, it is the one called the "circalunary cycle".

Earth seen from the Moon

Huffington Post
Huffington Post


Circulum cycle and body care

The moon is a satellite of the earth and therefore revolves around it. The phases of the moon are defined by the portions of the moon illuminated by the sun and visible from the earth. It follows that the phases of the moon change daily. For what concerns us it is enough to take into consideration only two of these phases: the new moon and the full moon. At new moon, the moon is exactly between the sun and the earth, so the face we see is not illuminated and the moon is invisible from the earth. At full moon the earth is between the sun and the moon and the face we see is entirely illuminated by the sun. From new moon to full moon we say the moon is waxing while we say it is waning from full moon to new moon. The complete cycle lasts 29,5 days and from one phase to another just under 15 days. These waxing and waning phases should not be confused with the so-called "rising moon" and "waning moon" which refer to the position of the moon on the horizon and which we will not consider in this news. . When I see a crescent moon, I use a mnemonic device to know which of the two phases we are in: if the crescent represents a C we are in phase Ddecreasing. Conversely when it forms the belly of the D we are in phase Cblushing.

Regarding the role that the moon can play in body care I feel that, as with gardening, there is a good deal of intuitive common sense that can help us make the right choices. During a waxing moon its impact will tend to pull upwards and promote growth, while during a waning moon its effect will be much more to give density rather than length.

So, if what you are looking for is to restore volume, sturdiness and thickness to your hair, then choose a waning moon cut. On the other hand, if you wear your hair short, also have it cut in a waning moon, you will keep your haircut longer. On the other hand, if you want length and finesse quickly, then wait for the next waxing moon for your haircut.



Question size of the ends, I think that the service aims above all to strengthen your hair and to eliminate the split ends, so I would advise to do it in waning moon.

Regarding hair removal, the choice of the right moon phase does not seem as obvious to me as for hair. At first glance, one might think that it is preferable to wax on a waning moon, as regrowth will be slower, thus delaying the next waxing date. But at the same time the hair will be stronger and more robust than if it had been done on a waxing moon and therefore the next waxing may be more difficult. Everyone has to find the right balance depending on the circumstances.

For the size of the nails we can follow the same logic as for the hair. If you have fragile nails and aim above all to make them stronger, be sure to cut them in a waning moon. On the contrary, if you want them to grow back quickly, choose the waxing moon.

The waxing moon is often associated with renewal, outward energy, the ability to change. If you've been craving new colors but having trouble getting the hang of it, now might be the perfect time to go ahead and dye your hair.

The moon and the sun

Gabrielle Wang
Gabrielle Wang


And to end a quote:

« Sometimes love and desire sleep together. And on those nights we see the moon and the sun ».
Liliane Wouters

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