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.

 

 

DIY, Herbals

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.)