Herbals

Women’s Herbal Tea

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A couple of years ago I was told by a doctor I may have uterine fibroids.  After testing, it was found I did not.  I was maybe beginning to go through perimenopause.  I was told by that doctor I could still have an endometrial ablation and my symptoms may improve.  With the possible side effects and the $3,500 co-pay, I decided the ablation was not for me.  I was then told I could begin taking oral contraceptives to regulate my periods.  I have had a tubal ligation and I have no desire to take oral contraceptives.  My other option was do nothing and deal with the symptoms.  Since my symptoms are annoying but not threatening, I decided to seek out more natural relief.

The first thing I discovered is to clean up your act.  Get enough sleep, exercise, don’t drink, don’t smoke, cut back on caffeine, meditate, be happy ALL the time (just kidding- manage stress), and eat healthy.

I also discovered certain herbs could help.

I started making a tea very similar to the tea I made years ago when I was pregnant and nursing.

I purchased several herbs in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbals. (No affiliate program, I have purchased from this company for years and have always been pleased with their quality and service.)

 

I mix equal parts raspberry, alfalfa, and red clover.  All are said to be high in nutrients.

 

Then I add nettle leaf.  Nettle leaf is said to help with anemia.   It has a strong taste but I have found it helps when I am low in iron and at times I have craved it.  Other times, I find it too strong and just don’t drink it.

To this mix, I also add vitex/chasteberries.  Chasteberries are said to be good for menstrual cramps, pms, menopause, and uterine fibroids.

I mix all the herbs together.  To make my tea I add a handful to a glass jar and steep with hot water (or make sun tea in summer months).  I strain the herbs and drink either hot or over ice throughout the day.

 

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How do I feel?  Well, I still have heavy periods and I still get cramps BUT not as painful and not as heavy AND I no longer have an issue with anemia.

*PLEASE NOTE:  I do not take any medications but if you do please check to see if your medications could interact with any of the herbs.  Also, before beginning any type of herbal or vitamin supplement check to see if it is safe for you to consume.   The ideas and information contained on this web site are not meant to be used for diagnosing, prescribing, treating, curing or preventing any disease or illness. The information provided at appointments and contained on this web site has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is presented for informational purposes only, for use in helping to maintain and promote health in cooperation with a physician. Nothing found anywhere on this web site should be construed as an attempt to or offer to diagnose, prescribe or recommend in any manner a treatment, cure or preventative for any illness or disease.

 

 

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DIY Rose Bath Fizzies/Bombs

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Citric Acid
  • 1/2 Cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Milk Powder (Replace with cornstarch if you would prefer vegan fizzies)
  • 4 Tablespoons Oil (I used coconut BUT I prefer to use almond oil or mango butter.)
  • 2 tbsp. Dried Rose Petals
  • Several drops Rose oil
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Instructions: 

  • If using coconut oil/shea butter/or any other oil or butter that is solid at room temperature, melt the butter until it is a liquid on low heat.
  • Mix all ingredients.
  • Form your fizzies using any type of mold.  (I used a mold but you could use ice trays, clear plastic ornaments, etc.)
  • Allow fizzies to dry.  I leave them out for a few hours.  I place them on waxed paper on a cookie tray.  When dry, I store in an airtight glass container.

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*Note:  This may be obvious but please keep your DIY project mixing bowls, pots, measuring cups, etc. separate from your cooking items.  I made the mistake of leaving my DIY melting/mixing pot in the sink soaking one day after making sandalwood body butter.  One of my children washed it and cooked rice in it.  Sandalwood rice may SOUND cool but I assure you it was inedible! 😉

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Shea Butter Body Butter Recipe DIY

Spring may have arrived according to the calendar, but I woke up to 2 inches of snow on the ground.  Winter weather is still wreaking havoc on my skin (especially my hands).

This shea butter recipe is my favorite hand cream for winter.  It may also be used as an all over body butter.

INGREDIENTS:

 

8 oz Shea Butter

1 oz Almond Oil (May use light olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, etc.)

1 tbsp.  Beeswax

15-20 drops Sandalwood Oil

Optional.  Shea butter has a very earthy scent and I have found the shea butter compliments the scent of the shea butter.

 

DIRECTIONS:

Heat shea butter, almond oil, and beeswax on low heat until melted.

Let mixture cool.

When the mixture starts to solidify, add essential oils and mix with a hand mixer.

Store in an air-tight container.

(If you want to get the air bubbles out just tap the jar until leveled.)

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DIY Eye Make-up Remover

Yes, you can buy make-up remover wipes pretty inexpensively.  However, I have discovered several brands irritate my skin.  So, I started making my own make-up remover wipes.

You will need:

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  1. Something to use as the wipes. I mainly use these wipes to remove eye make-up so I purchase cotton rounds from Dollar Tree.  You can also use paper towels or make or purchase fabric cloths if you wish these to be re-usable.
  2. Witch Hazel – This is pretty inexpensive and can be found at most grocery or drug stores in the medical supply aisle. (Think band-aid aisle.)
  3. Oil– I made this batch using coconut oil but have made wipes before using a light olive or almond oil.
  4. Water
  5. A container to store them 
  6. Essential Oils (OPTIONAL)  For this batch,  I used rosehip seed and carrot oils because both contain vitamin A and C. NOTE: Both oils do have a heavy scent. You may want to test them before you use them.  I have also made wipes using essential oils such as lavender or orange.

Directions:

1. Mix oil, water, and essential oils together.  (It was 5 degrees this morning, so I did need to melt my coconut oil first.  I just put the jar in a bowl with warm water until it had reached desired consistancy.)

*I used 1 tbsp. coconut oil, 1 tbsp. witch hazel, 3/4 cup water, and about 20 drops each of carrot and rose hip oils.  Adjust as needed.  You do want your liquid to saturate your wipes.

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2. Place your wipes in a glass jar or other storage container.  Pour liquid over wipes.20180107_083724

3. That’s it!  During the summer I like to store them in the fridge but the rest of the year I just keep them at room temperature.  I usually make a new batch once or twice a month.

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Comfrey Salve

If you have never made salve before and are interested in doing so, good news- it is super easy!

I started making comfrey salve years ago and my family uses it for cuts, scrapes, minor burns (glue gun mishap, anyone?), bug bites, and rashes.

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Ingredients: Olive oil, comfrey root and or leaves, beeswax

I prefer to make this using fresh leaves and roots mixed with plantain (the herb/weed, not the fruit!).  However, if fresh is not available you may certainly use dried comfrey leaves and or root.

This batch was made using comfrey root.

First, I filled a mason jar with dried comfrey root and olive oil.  I knew I would be making a small batch so I did not fill the mason jar.  I let this mixture sit for several weeks.  (If using fresh material, you will need to keep an eye on this so it will not spoil.)

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After allowing my olive oil infusion to sit for a few weeks, I strained the mixture.

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I added beeswax to the mixture and heated on low heat until the beeswax melted.

Next, pour your oil into a jar (jars).

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Allow to cool.

Voila!  You now have your own handmade salve.  I store this in a cool/dry place.

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If you do not have comfrey in your garden and cannot find it locally, I suggest purchasing from Mountain Rose Herbs. I purchase beeswax from my local farmer’s market but you can also find beeswax from Mountain Rose. (Not an affiliate link, I have purchased from the company for years and have always been pleased with their quality and service.)