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Nicey Keenlyside

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I have used Yarrow on many occasions, it is one of my favorite go to herbs to manage fever, as yarrow will adapt to what is needed in the body. In cases where an even low grade fever or raising of body temperature is needed it is most helpful as it will raise the body temperature (this makes it VERY useful in folks who are always cold) and in high fevers it can be used to break the fever as it is diaphoretic (Makes you sweat). Dosage for an infusion is 1tsp to 1 cup boiling water, let steep for 15 minutes and drink. I am attaching a simple herbal monograph for those who want more info:

Achillea millefolium
Common Name: Yarrow
Parts Used: Arial parts -dried and harvested when flowering)
Actions: Nervous System relaxant, anti-pyretic, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, astringent, diaphoretic, anti-hemorrhagic, hemostatic, hypotensive, peripheral vasodilator, bitter tonic, choleretic, carminative, hepatic, emmenagogue, diuretic vulnerary.

- Thrombotic conditions with raised blood pressure (lowers blood pressure)
- Fevers
- Sore Throat
- Topically as an eye wash for eye inflammations and irritations (make a tea and let it cool, soak cotton balls and set gently on top of the eye)
- Colds, Flu
- Dilates the peripheral circulatory system (aka, allows heat to flow more evenly in the body by improving circulation)
- Internal and External bleeding
- High blood pressure
- Varicose Veins
- Hemorrhoids (can be used as a direct compress - make a tea, let cool to a comfortable temperature, soak a clean cloth or cotton, apply directly to the site, get comfy for 30 min to an hour 3x daily or as needed)
- Digestive tonic - stimulates the appetite
- Diarrhea
- Regulates/normalizes duration of the menstrual cycle
- Topically for healing wounds, infections, bruises, swellings, and strains

Tincture Ratios and Dosage (for internal/oral application - do NOT put a tincture on your hemorrhoids )
- 1 part herb to 1 part 25% alcohol - 2 to 4ml 3 times daily
- 1 part herb to 2 part 45% alcohol - 2 to 6ml daily (once!)
- 1 part herb to 5 parts 45% alcohol - 2 to 4 ml 3 times daily

Additional Applications:
- Fresh Juice (Can be taken orally or applied topically)
- Poultice
- Bath (Handful of dried herb to 500ml of boiling water, steep for 15 minutes then pour strained water into bath - do not leave the herb with you in the bath unless you wish to become a sweating, hot, and slightly cranky person)

As a precaution: I am not a doctor, this information is not meant to treat or diagnose. I am a student of medical herbalism sharing the information I have from notes and findings within my own Materia Medica.

-Nicey <3
5 years ago
Hello Permies!!

I am a student of medical herbalism currently enrolled in a 4 year program in Canada, I would LOVE to start a seed exchange for those who are looking for seeds and/or want to exchange.

Is this something anyone would be interested in??

Current Herb Seeds I have Available for Exchange: All Organic and open pollinated in my garden (happy to supply photos).

- Calendula
- California Poppy
- European Poppy
- Catnip
- Oregano
- Sorrel
- Thyme
- Lemon Balm
- Stevia
- Rue

Looking to trade 1:1 for the following:
- Great Burdock (Arctium lappa)

Feel free to send me a PM!

-Nicey <3
5 years ago
Hello there!

That is a lovely Burdock you have there. In reading the other posts, it is true, great burdock has bigger leaves which are deeper green with ruffles and spire closer together along the stalk. What you have here is Lesser Burdock.
There are three types of Burdock in the Arctium (Burdock) family, these are Arctium lappa (Greater Burdock), Arctium minus (Lesser Burdock), and Arctium tomentosum (Wolly Burdock). The way to properly identify a burdock is by the shape of the plant, as we know it is tall, the leaves grow in a spiral, and are generally tear shaped, in greater burdock they are deep green and ruffled, in lesser burdock they have longer stems, are lighter green, and have no ruffle, and in wooly burdock the leaves are covered with soft hairs. Also, the most key way is via the burs, the brown dried burs in the photo have visable hooks at the end, this is another key element.

Exciting find and fantastic specimen!

- Nicey <3
5 years ago
Hello fellow Permies!

I am a small scale gardener in coastal BC who's late spring cabbage is now ready to be picked. While I will be using some fresh, and will also be freezing some, I wanted to make sauerkraut with the rest. I know how to make sauerkraut but have only ever done it in the fall where I can leave it to ferment on the porch outside in stoneware crocks. Is it possible to make sauerkraut in mid July? I have about 15 heads of beautiful Copenhagen variety which are ready to go. Any tips on krauting during the hot season would be VERY welcome and appreciated - is it even possible or will it just spoil?

Thank you!
-Nicey <3
5 years ago
Hi there!

Your lovely little purple pepper is a common Capsicum annuum, also known as your standard run of the mill chilly pepper. These types of peppers come in multiple colors, green, red, orange, yellow, even white and purple.
5 years ago