Chick weed

Nov. 4th, 2012 11:13 am
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"Combine chickweed with motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) and cronewort (Artemisia vulgaris) tinctures in equal parts. These three plants together are an ancient Chinese remedy for many "women's problems.""


I'm hearing a lot about motherwort recently, especially for hormone and menopausal stuff.
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We made several thins in Potions class today. I'm going to list them in separate posts so that I can find them again.

The one I found that I loved the most was a women's reproductive health tonic syrup. Recipe first, explanation after.

Red rasperry leaf
Nettle Leaf
Lemon balm
Rose petals
Yellow dock

Totalling just about 3/4ounce by weight. Which means it's about 1.5 cups. All but the yellow dock came in a women's nourishing tea. I added yellow dock to help with anemia

in Molasses (or honey, maple syrup, agave, etc, but for anemia, molasses is the obvious choice).

Make a strong tea (in other words boil the ingredients in about 1.5 quarts of water until it's about 3 cups of liquid)

Strain and press the herbs and let drip until you've gotten as much liquid as you're willing to work out.

In class we added honey that was already warmed and viscous, but I'm adding molasses out of a jar, so I didn't heat it.

Add about 1/2 as much molasses as liquid. Sweeten to taste. I am adding a bit of honey for the anti microbal and antiviral properties (and to help it keep longer)

Why make a syrup?
Well in this case, I can make a big batch that's reduced, but ready so that I can drink it whenever I want - hot or cold, just add water or put in a tincture bottle with a dropper and carry with me. It keeps for at least a month, but probably more.

This one is high in iron and I'm going to treat my anemia with it because it's less than a quarter of the cost of what I've been using and should be just as effective because I like the taste so I'll take it more often..
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I am very anemic. Very, very, very. She double my daily dose of liquid iron supplement for the foreseeable future.

I was curious about why not iodine and what I get is that iodine helps detox and now that I'm all detoxed we have to build up the amount of thyroid hormones to get it working again. So no iodine for now.

It also means that I have to deal more directly with the symptoms of thyroid stuff that were being masked by iodine and other things. Right now it seems like those symptoms are anemia related primarily: exhaustion, inability to maintain body-tempreature and dress for the weather, memory and foggy headedness and constant low-level abdominal cramping/pain (mostly in the morning when I haven't taken the iron in awhile).

So I'm tired. It's been better the last few days and worse today. It seems that skipping 2 doses of iron and having a big day yesterday is too many things.

She tools me off of one of the kidney support supplements (the last one!). It seems that eating much less sugar and taking the other stuff and eating lots better consistently means that my kidneys are having an easier time of it. That is very good news. We'll see how it is come bleeding time. I didn't have any nightmares last time before PMS, just one vivid dreams (about zombies).

What else?

I need to really rest more and she doesn't know for how much longer. So I am thinking I need to be home about 5 nights a week. I think if I'd really been being home 4 nights a week, that could work as well.

On an unrelated note, I discovered the joys of downloading music in iTunes for my iPod. I'm hoping this is not yet another way of wasting money. But then I haven't bought new music in a very long time (probably 4 CDs in 6 years or there a bouts).
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Of the articles that I've read recently, this one is v good and helpful


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