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.

I Maca. Do You Maca????

Ok. So, I’m digging for a post title that will peek your attention.

My Maca arrived three days ago and I’m ready to let you in on it.

My friend Ann Marie, yeah Kate’s mom, brought Maca to my attention. She claims that it has helped tremendously with her PMS symptoms and has aided raising her body temp which would be indicative of helping her adrenals.

Maca is a root vegetable that grows in Peru. It “promotes hormone balancing of all the endocrine glands, including the ovaries, testes, adrenals, thyroid, and the pancreas. It promotes healthy estrogen and progesterone levels in women, healthy sexual functioning in men and women, and increased energy and vitality.”

Sounds good. Uh?

It’s my hope that Maca will bring continued healing to my adrenals. Since battling Chronic Lyme Disease, I’ve had to give my adrenals TLC. They’ve taken quite a beating. But I’m living proof that they can heal with the right supp’s and with rest. The adrenals are like a bank account….money in, money out…no money in, no money out! (Well, until recently….don’t get me going why we’re in the economical situation we’re in!) BUT for most of us who live responsibly, no money in, no money out!

Whole World Botanicals has a wonderful relationship with a Peruvian community growing Maca. They use FAIR TRADE practices which I am totally in support of! I bought a bottle of loose Maca and I started with 1/4 tsp per day and will monitor that for a couple weeks to see if my body needs more. I still haven’t started my temp chart from Dr Rind, but should so I can better communicate with my doc. After my labs come back I want to be able to talk knowledgeably with him about my adrenals. He’s always in favor of using alternative treatments and I’m sure he will support this step as well.

Viana Muller PhD

Viana Muller, PhD, is co-founder and President of Whole World Botanicals.

I haven’t had any hot flashes since May, but Maca will aid my menopause as well. It compares favorably with herbs like Black Cohosh, licorice, and other phytoestrogen plants. It supports the libido, vaginal lubrication, mood balance, and energy. Maca helps the body make a better balance of it’s own hormones as reported by Dr. Viana Muller, PhD. She also claims that women who have had hysterectomies have also benefited from using Maca which supports adrenal gland’s production of sex hormones.

A little good news on the weight front. I’ve only lost a couple pounds, but more importantly since beginning my water jogging class at the community college, I’ve dropped one pants size in 4 weeks. I feel better, I feel toned and I feel encouraged. Hopefully with Maca on my side, I will be able to drop another pants size and be quiet content and healty to boot!

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Tips to Heal Your Adrenals

1. Sleep-it’s important to get plenty of restful sleep. No lights on in the room. Melatonin is only made in a completely dark room. Also go to sleep before 10PM every night. Every hour of sleep that you get before 12 Midnight is a 2:1 benefit.

2. Rest during the day. Don’t over work yourself. Remember the bank account. Energy out, rest in.

3. Don’t stress out. Stop watching TV if it is stressing you. Stop worrying about politics or the economy….it’s going to happen whether you worry about it or not.

4.  Stop fostering unhealthy relationships.  Ditch the abuse and neglect.  One sided relationships aren’t worth the effort!

5. Take supp’s that will help rebuild your adrenals. I take 50 mg Iodine from Dr Ron’s, 500mg Bovine Desecrated Thyroid w/ Liver,1/4 tsp of Maca and 1000 mg Vit C.   These are aiding my adrenals.

6.  Spend time in prayer and meditation on Scripture.  Prayer has been proven to reduce stress and promote health!

7.  Ditch the addiction to caffeine!  It’s draining to the adrenals!!!!

Motherwort

Motherwort
Leonurus cardiaca

“Lion Hearted”

I pressed out my first bottle of motherwort tincture yesterday. I was surprised at the first taste. Most tinctures to me have a very strong taste from the vodka used to make them. Not motherwort….she shines threw with an almost sweet taste. I was pleasingly excited and put together another two jars to have ready in 6 weeks.

I initially made the motherwort tincture for my menopause health. It’s suppose to be a great relaxing herb; one that stills any anxiety, helps you rest better at night, helps you get back to sleep when you find yourself wide awake at 2 AM. It’s a beautiful tonic for the heart and according to Susun S. Weed it even helps blood vessels grow to the heart. It strengthens the uterus, relieves cramps, and aids in the elasticity of the vagina. It is also a great pain reliever.

Wow, what a great herb to keep in your medicine chest! Especially if you are a woman. Motherwort is a member of the mint family and can be cultivated at home easily if you live in the Northeast. I think I’ll be planting some this year so I can benefit from her in the future. Please see Susun S. Weeds full article on Motherwort for specific amounts to take for which ailment. And as we all know this information has not been backed by the FDA approval. I am not a doctor. This is only my own experience and opinion.

444

Me today, almost the big 5 0, nearly 100% recoverd and enjoying life!!!

Wow, yesterday about 11 AM, I hit 444! That’s the number of readings in 6 months on my most popular post/page….“My Journey With Lyme Disease”. I guess there really are a lot of people searching for answers to this puzzling disease.

I wanted to update you on my journey. I am now enjoying near complete recovery! That’s incredibly good news! After 37 yrs of this disease being a mystery and finally being able to find recovery. Not many can say that. Not many will find that.

First of all, I am not a doctor nor do I pretend to be one. The experiences are mine and mine alone.

I still believe with alllllllll my heart that you can’t heal from any disease UNTIL you heal your leaky gut! It cannot be a one time fix all deal. It has to be a lifetime pursuit. You have to be committed to this. It’s not easy. Nothing that’s worth having and fighting for is! But I promise you it is worth finding. Most are still looking for “the answer” to this mystery disease….as far as I’m concerned diet is the answer. Make it your pursuit to find raw dairy where ever you live. It’s there, you have to find it. I believe that the enzymes in raw milk are what our bodies need to heal and also the lacto fermented foods that are made with raw milk as well as others. Then I believe the other protocols will work. Which one? That’s for you to find. I tried many but for me Dr Zhang’s Chinese Herbal Medicine is working.

I can successfully say that Babesia is dead. I’m pretty sure now that Bartonella is also dead. That leaves Bb and Erhliciosis. I’ve finished my 6th month on Dr Zhang’s protocol and will continue for another 6 months. Nothing can compare to what I’ve obtained. Nothing. It is a gift of life I’ve been given from Jesus and I will be thankful forever.

This is why I believe this. As most experts in this field of chronic lyme disease believe now, you cannot heal from the Bb infection without first healing the other infections. That is really very good news. As far as we know, Bb is the only pleomorphic bacteria in the battle we face, so the others CAN be killed and then Bb with rifing and the right protocol. Yes, it takes time, but they can successfully be killed. Once I killed Babesia, Bartonella was uncovered and became very active…lots of bone pain and pain in my feet, specifically the bottoms of my feet. It wasn’t until the other day that I realized I was having lots of joint pain and haven’t had any bone pain for a week or so, nor any claw marks on my upper thigh. But now the joints are hurting…this is indicative of lyme (Bb). For me Bab’s was the ultimate worst of all the infections I have had. It is a cousin to Malaria. The symptoms being very similar.

With these other infections gone, I can program my rifing even more specifically toward Bb. I have been rifing religiously for 18 months. I rifed for one hour two days ago and I am doing well. As far as I can tell the only herxing I’ve had is a pretty bad head ache today….that I can live with. I know it will pass. Plus the night of and last night my joints were very swollen. One trick I have when I rife is I put my hands up to the machine and if I feel anything in them I know it’s killing the Bb in my joints. It did!!!! It hurt pretty badly for a few minutes. I’ve done that with my crowned tooth and boy does it do a number on the Bb hiding in there. I am very familiar with my body and I know where the Bb lives. I know what joints to look at. For instance I broke my left foot when I was 8. That is the foot/ ankle that always hurts. I also injured my left knee in 10th grade and that is my lyme knee. 😦 It will swell pretty badly. I broke my left elbow when I was 2….I knew before I asked my mom which arm it was because of the joint pain in that elbow! I’ve also had 8 surgeries on my hands due to a car accident and they will flare as well and I get a lump near one of the incisions. I have one crown in my mouth…it loves to hide in there. And due to the fact that my crown is on the right upper side I also seem to have issues with pain in my right eyeball as well as the side of my head hurting. And my right side of my face doesn’t sag anymore from the palsy. It used to love my gut, until I healed it. Now I don’t have indigestion issues or pain. No head aches unless it’s from a herx. My energy is back and I feel better at near 50 then I did at 30!!!!!! 🙂 That’s so cool! My vision is great. I just had my eyes examined and they are better than ever. No more episodes of deafness, no more bright flashing lights in my eyes, no more mood swings, no more muscle pain, no more craziness, no more chronic fatigue, no more feeling like a train hit me, no more tiredness, no more laying around trying to wake-up for an hour, no more lack of motivation, no more nausea, no more panic attacks and I guess the list could go on. The funny thing is I have to think really hard to remember how bad it was.

I’m telling you. This is a great place to be and I wish it for all of you! I pray you can be brave enough to fight the good fight. Changing the way we eat is not easy. But it is essential!

And probably my most prized recovery is my brain. I remember sitting in the doctors office 3 years ago crying….saying, “all I want is to be able to think again. Will I ever get my mind back?” He didn’t have any answers. Well, I’m here to tell you that your brain too will heal….it’s a miracle!!! I could never be doing any of this if it weren’t true. I didn’t know how to do anything on the computer; upload, download it was a foreign language to me….and now look at me! You know, everyone with Lyme has NO memory! But it will come back! I can even add again and think logically…well sorta…I never was good with logic! But you know what I mean. You can recover your mind! But I’m so glad the craziness is gone. You know what I mean.

And then of course I did drastic detoxing for mostly 7 yrs. I detoxed the heavy metals as well as the bio-toxins and neuro-toxins for the last three yrs. Using the infrared sauna, hydrotherapy, coffee enemas, and I relied heavily on God in times of intense Bible reading and prayer. I spent two hrs every day for 3 yrs detoxing in the mornings and drawing my strength from God. He found me in my greatest time of need. My favorite saying then was:

When God is all you have, God is all you need.

I’m starting to dream again. To believe that it’s possible for me to return to India, God willing. To continue to pursue my dream of giving women in India hope. To find the organization that I can partner with to travel and to obtain fair trade goods to sell in my own shop. To dream bigger and bigger with each new day. To remember that I was made for such a time as this. To know that God does have a plan for me. One of prosperity and good health. One of a future with hope. And so I encourage you today to pursue life….that you may live! That you may find God at this point on your journey. To believe that there is more for your life than suffering. To believe that Jesus is the only way. He alone can heal us. He is the Great Dream Giver!!!! Watch out world, here I come!




Village Herbalist 102

Herbwyfery 102

 

I always loved being a teacher. I taught my kids at home for 15 years! Oh My Gosh, that seems like an eternity. No wonder I act like them. 😀

 

Working with herbs is so rewarding. I’ve successfully made salves, tinctures, lip balms, lotions, infusions, and teas. It’s a great place to be when you know that you have whatever it takes to treat an ailment or injury and as the father of medicine said, “FIRST, do no harm.” Last night I listened to two herbal lectures from Herb Mentor, my herbal classroom and came away with some great information. Since many of you may not be able to afford these classes each month, I thought I’d share a few tips and ideas with you, since I am now a village herbalist~one who shares freely her knowledge with others to bring health and healing.

 

Making an Herbal Infusion

A Nourishing Herbal Infusion is thought by many to be the best way to consume all the good nutrients from herbs. It’s such a simple process and I do it daily. I drink 2-3 cups of infusion daily for my health. More specifically I began to drink these for my menopause health. You can use whatever herbs are needed for any specific condition. I use Stinging Nettle, Red Clover, Oatstraw and occasionally Comfrey.

Gather your herbs…I buy my organic herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs. I use a lot, so I get them in bulk, as you can see.

Boil several qts of water.

Gather your measuring stuff and either a qt jar or 1/2 gallon Mason jar.

Measure your herbs…usually 1 oz (which is roughly 1 C) to 1 Qt of boiling water. I use 1 Cup of each herb to 1/2 gallon of boiling water. When I strain it I end up with 1+ Qt of infusion.

Pour the boiling water over the herbs carefully. You can use a knife to stir and to prevent the jar from cracking. Just hold the knife in the jar as you pour the boiling water.

Allow this to sit for 4-24 hrs. (oops did I say 24, I meant 8, but who’s counting!)  I like mine after 8 hrs. usually overnight.  Strain and enjoy either hot or cold. I really don’t care for it hot, but I love it cold. It may take some getting used to the “green” taste, but some of the herbs are mild and I think it tastes just like iced tea.

Since I’ve been using  my herbal infusion for menopause, I’m happy to report that I no longer have heat waves or otherwise known as hot flashes. It took about 1 month of regular drinking before they disappeared, but that’s really great news.

 

Now for some show & tell. If the DEA came into my house they’d be busy for months trying to identify all this stuff.

We’ve inherited a number of pieces from my in-laws and this is an old cedar chest that I didn’t have room for. I saw a spot against the dining room wall and thought it’d be great for storing my bulk herbs.

I also inherited these wonderful old Champaign crates and thought they’d be great hung on the wall in the kitchen, but so far they sit in the dining room also. It works. I bought the jars at WalMart. I use Anchor Hocking, because AH does not put lead in their glassware. Lead leaches and I don’t need anymore heavy metals to detox from.

Oil Infusions that are ready to be stored in the fridge. I use them for making salves, lotions, lip balms, etc.

 

I also have several tinctures brewing. Tinctures take some planning. Since they need to sit for 4-6 wks, it’s best to think ahead and always have what you need. After my last deer tick bite, I kicked myself in the head for not having the Sarsaparilla tincture made. It’s recommended as a preventative against Lyme Disease by herbalist. (But not proven by the FDA!) Gotta say that!! After listening last night to my herbal lectures, I have a list of more tinctures to get ready.

Willow Bark

Elder Flower, Thyme & Yarrow

Dandelion

Rose

Fresh Nettle

I’ll share later what these are for. But go ahead and start making some tinctures. Here’s what mine look like stored in the dark cupboard.

I’ve got Motherwort that’s almost ready, Smilax ornata (Sarsaparilla) & Vanilla Bean. You want to make sure you label them with the name of the herb, the date, and the type of alcohol….I use 100 proof Vodka. I also just purchased 80 proof Scotch Whiskey as recommend by our Village Herbalist on the Herb Mentor. After they sit for 4-6 wks, strain and label again.

Here I have Goldenseal labeled with the date. Store them in dark bottles and they will last indefinitely.

 

My Rite of Passage (girl talk)

I thought I’d write a little about the “rite of passage” I’m in. Yes, as it’s known “the change” or “menopause”. I was dreading this as much as I dread going to the dentist. As it turns out, if one has lived well and continues to do so, it’s not a big deal especially when compared to what I’ve been through with Lyme Disease. The hot flashes don’t even compare to the night sweats from Bab’s (Babesia- American Malaria). So, I’m the last person to complain about dressing in layers or throwing off the covers at night or turning down the thermostat. Bring it on! The only part I’m not cool with is the extra “natural” weight gain. Susun Weed talks about this being an added benefit to going through this change more smoothly. The extra ten pounds of “good” fat, good muscle and good bone will be your best ally. It’s finding that place of accepting a body that doesn’t look like a teenager any longer. It’s accepting the new me. The healthier me. So, I’ll continue walking and running and gardening and doing whatever I can, but learning to accept the new body that now houses the new me.

We’ve been eating organic farm fresh foods for awhile now, probably 10-15 yrs. My body isn’t full of preservatives and additives. I don’t eat sugar. I don’t eat whites of any kind except soy free chicken egg whites with the orange yolk. I eat lots of grassfed meat, raw dairy, raw ferments, and organic veggies, lots of good fats and some supp’s and herbs mostly for the Lyme. I don’t take Rx med’s unless my life depends on it; literally. I’ve been a “wise woman” for awhile using herbs and such. As a result not only am I finding healing from the wretched Lyme Disease, but I suppose I have assisted my body with this “passage”. I’m actually celebrating this time of life. It’s been 40 long yrs that I’ve lived out the curse…I’ve done my time. I’m looking forward to this phase of life. The kids are leaving home gradually, and we’ll retire soon. Like I’ve posted before, life is hard, but God is good.

Psalm 34:8

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

Here are some good suggestions by Susun S. Weed; The Wise Woman of herbs. I found her site Menopause Metamorphosis. There 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.

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 (see my recipe for guiltless chocolate), EVOO, raw butter, nuts and seeds.

Some of the herbs she listed are: Stinging Nettle, Oatstraw, Red Clover , and Comfrey.

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.

D. Comfrey: (Symphytum) leaf is free of the compound (PAs) found in the root that can damage the liver. It is also known as “knitbone” an ally to those with thin bones. Comfrey contains special proteins used in the formation of short-term memory cells. (that’s what I need) And it has a soothing mucilage that adds flexibility to joints, eyes, vagina, and the lungs.

Directions for making a Herbal Infusion

1 oz = 1 Cup

1 oz of Nettle leaf, Oatstraw, Red Clover, Comfrey or other herbs. Add to a Qt size jar and fill with boiling water. Allow to brew for at least 4 hrs or overnight. Strain and drink 1-2 cups/day.

Disclaimer: All information is for educational purposes only. If you need medical advice please seek it from a trained professional.