Herbal Infusions For Woman

Using herbs in the form of nourishing infusions is one way to get the most from your herbs. I usually fix one half gallon every other day and drink 1-2 Cups a day. Not only is my menopausal body getting the nutrients that are so important at this time in my life, but my symptoms are also greatly reduced. When I drink this infusion, I rarely have hot flashes and my sleep is improved, mainly because I’m not being disturbed with flashes! I highly recommend Susun S Weed’s book “New Menopausal Years”. It has more information in it than you can chew in one sitting. I’ve read it and re-read it. The most important piece of information that I gleaned from Susun, is that as women, we exchange our breast and uterus for a youthful appearance and a slimmer body! Taking HRT (hormone replacement therapy) steals the lives of woman every single day to cancer! Our bodies were made to go through this change. It’s natural and it’s healthy.

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

Here are some good suggestions by Susun S. Weed; The Wise Woman of herbs. Her website Menopause Metamorphosis is very encouraging and has a lot of wonderful information if you are going through this passage of life. She talks about many of the issues facing woman in this passage. I took note of some basic herbs and nutrition guides that will be of help to anyone.  Of course her book is packed full of many herbs that I have not given credit to.  Please consult Susun’s book for more details on your specific needs.

1. Good Protein: raw yogurt (I do all raw), lentils, grassfed meat, soy free eggs, lots of raw dairy including cheeses.

2. Phytoestrogens: Nourishing herbal infusions, lentils, roots and seeds.

3. High Quality Fats: Help the thyroid and immune system. Herbal infusions. full fat raw yogurt, organic chocolate (as if I need an excuse!!!), EVOO, raw butter, nuts and seeds (soaked is best).

Basic instructions for making herbal infusions. Choose your herbs. Measure 1 Cup herb to 1 Quart of water. Pour boiling water over the herbs and steep for 4 hrs or overnight. I prefer mine cold so I make mine in the afternoon and stick in the frig till morning (after it’s cooled). Then strain the herbs out and feed them to your chickens! I personally use the three listed below because I like the taste of them mixed but not necessarily individually. When making 1/2 gallon I use 1 C of each herb below and fill the mason jar with boiling water. Stir and allow to sit. If you’re worried about your jar cracking you can hold a table knife in the jar to prevent cracking.

Some of the herbs she lists are: Stinging Nettle, Oatstraw, Red Clover.

A. Stinging Nettle: (Urtica dioica) builds energy and strengthens the adrenals, makes bones flexible, gives you healthy hair, and beautiful skin. 1 Cup of Nettle Infusion=500 mg Calcium, generous amounts of bone-building magnesium, potassium, silicon, boron and zinc. Excellent source of Vit A, D, E and K. And is a good source of B Vitamins.

(couldn’t find a pic of Oatstraw)

B. Oatstraw: (Avena sativa) reduces high cholesterol, increases libido, and strengthens the nerves. It has a generous 300 mg of Calcium, and plenty of minerals. Steroidal saponins nourish the pancreas and liver, improve the digestion and stabilize moods. And is a good source of B Vitamins.

C. Red Clover: (Trifolium pratense) is better than its cousin Soy. Red Clover contains 4 phytoestrogens compared to soy which has 1 (isoflavone). It in fact has 10x more phytoestrogens than soy “milk”, fewer calories, more calcium, and no added sugars! It is the world leading anti-cancer herb. It also improves memory. And is a good source of B Vitamins.

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