Herbwyfery 101

Herb Tinctures

Herb Tinctures

Wow, I’m back to the 101 classes. I’m not a pro at much, although I know a lot about a lot of different things. For one thing with the Lyme Disease and Company I don’t have the memory for much. But as I heal, little by little I do remember the things that matter most in life….feed the dogs, take a shower, cook meals, phone numbers. Not only is it important for me to remember my stuff, but for some unknown reason a mom and wife is to remember where everyone else put their stuff. Personally I think I’m doing pretty good.

This past week was a doozy. I’m not sure, no one is, so I might as well take a stab at it. I think I’ve uncovered the Bartonella which may have been hiding for a while hoping to go undetected. I’ve been on Dr. Zhang’s Chinese Herbs for about 70 days now for the co-infections. The main herb is to kill the Babesia which is also known as the American Malaria. Fun stuff!!!! I’d rather play with a pit of vipers. I’m pretty sure that most of the Bab’s is dead now….of course I’m not 100% sure, but it feels like it. In it’s place though Bart has decided to make his entrance with a bang. Knocked me on my butt for a good week with symptoms such as deprevation of oxygen in english that means, I can’t breathe, horrible migraine headache, fatigue, weakness, bone pain, brain swelling and all other inflammatory issues. In many ways, this is a good sign. I keep saying; no pain no gain. I know that sounds weird but with this disease it’s the death of the bacteria and company that produce neurotoxins and biotoxins and cause the outrageous symptoms. So, from where I sit there’s one less Bart in this house! And that my friend is good news! 8)

In my search the other day to figure this out and get some relief, I remembered (see) that I forgot (see), to take my Cod Liver Oil with my raw butter. I have so many things to remember to do, with food, without food, wait an hour…yada yada yada! But basically I forgot. So, here I sit sucking my raw butter and enjoying it thoroughly! The other thing I remembered to do was pull Stephen H. Buhner’s book “Healing Lyme” off the shelf. I had rememberd (see) that Boneset, Ashwaganda and Red Root were used in some way for these diseases. I went in the kitchen and proceeded to brew a batch of tea…….let me tell you, no amount of honey can make this stuff tolerable. But then most of what I do isn’t tolerable but I have to do it. Can you say bitter! I downed it with some raw honey and for the first time in days the breathing issue stopped. No, I don’t know if it was the herbs, but I would like to believe it was.

My experience with herbs throughout my life has been one of healing. I of course use herbs for cooking just like most people, and I have had my herb garden/perennial garden mostly for the beauty, but I have largely relied upon them for healing. Chronic Lyme Disease and Company do not respond to Rx antibiotics. I’m not going to get into this now. I’m working on a page about Lyme and Company, and will explain the ins and outs then. My choice has been herbs and other natural remedies that many people have gotten very good results with. As the father of medicine, Hippocrates said, “First, do no harm”.

My Materia Medica for this week are:

Boneset: Eupatorium perfoliatum

Part used: Above ground plant

Actions: Immunostimulant, mucous membrane tonic, smooth muscle relaxant, antiinflammatory, cytotoxic, mild emetic, peripheral circulatory stimulant, gastric bitter, mild antibacterial.

Dosage During Coinfection: One cup of mild tea, 2-4x day. Usually for 2-4 wks. The tea form is more potent than using as a tincture. Pour boiling water over 1 oz. of herb and allow to steep either overnight or for 15 minutes.

Side Effects and Contraindications: None.

Red Root: Ceanothus americanus

Family: Rhamnaceae

Part used: The root or inner bark or the root. Various species can be used interchangeably.

Actions: A Lymph system stimulant and tonic. Also an anti-inflammatory for the liver and the spleen. Red root is used as an astringent, a mucous membrane tonic, alterative, antiseptic, expectorant, antispasmodic, and a strong blood coagulant.

About Red Root: “Red root is an important herb in that it helps facilitate clearing of dead cellular tissue from the lymph system. When the lymph system can clear out dead cellular material rapidly, they healing process is increased, sometimes dramatically. There is some evidence that red root’s activity in the lymph nodes also enhances lymph nodes’ production of lymphocytes, specifically the formation of T cells.”

Side Effects and Contraindications: None
Most of this info on herbs was taken from “Healing Lyme” by Stephen Buhner.

If you are interested in learning more about herbology, see the category Herbs for The Herb Mentor. It is one of the greatest herb classes I’ve tried. You can even receive a trial lesson.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am only giving information from my own experiences and research. If you or someone you love has Lyme Disease please seek medical help from a qualified doctor (that may be hard to find).

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