Virginia Craft

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I have been using most of that combination for a couple months now, but I've been taking herbs for years.
Within the last couple years though, I've been interested in learning how to use herbs medicinally and more effectively. Most of what I've learned is from reading, so I wanted to make sure I am taking a safe combination of herbs because I would like to use a lot of them for a longer term (with small breaks in between) in order to really work on rehabilitating and nourishing myself.
Thank you for your thoughts on this, Vida!
5 years ago
Hello Vida, Thank you for being so attentive and willing to help.

Here are my reasons for taking those herbs:

Horsetail - Because 6 months ago I got a compression fracture in one of my vertebrae, so I'm looking to strengthen the cartilage and tissue around the area. I am also interested in growing my hair longer, but that's just an added bonus.
Gotu Kola, Ginkgo, Rhodiola, Eleuthero, Ashwagandha (not all taken together or on the same days) - I just finished bicycling across the country and thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail last year, so I am looking to rejuvenate my fatigued adrenals. Also, as a brain tonic for my overall focus and memory (problems focusing and obtaining necessary energy plague me).
Astragalus - General immune support during these sick months of the year.
St. John's Wort - I tend to experience occasional feelings of depression and mood swings.
Alfalfa, Nettles, Comfrey (Rotated throughout the weeks) - I take these for their general vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and ability to nourish my body. The comfrey, more specifically, to heal minor injuries (as well as the major one, my back) obtained during my travels last year.
Oatstraw - General nerve tonic and emotion-balancer.
Dandelion Root (Rotated with Eleuthero throughout the weeks) - I've recently decided to take a spell from drinking (even though I am not an alcoholic, I just want a break), so dandelion is helping to heal my liver, and provide me with added nutrients.

5 years ago
Thank you, Jessica! It sounds like we are on the same page, and I appreciate your advice. :)
5 years ago
Hey y'all! I am trying to self-learn about herbs and have often used Susun Weed as a resource. I know she is keen on simples, but I am curious about combining herbs daily (taking a break every so often from certain herbs, of course).
Can y'all assist me, guide me, or offer any advice about combining herbs safely and effectively. I'll list what I am currently doing, and please feel free to critique anything.

Here's the line-up:

Tinctures: Horsetail, Gotu Kola, Ginkgo Biloba, Rhodiola Rosea, Astragalus, Ashwagandha, St. John's Wort

Infusions: Alfalfa, Nettles, Comfrey, Oatstraw

Decoctions: Dandelion Root, Eleuthero Root

-- I am taking Horsetail tincture followed by Dandelion Root or Eleuthero Root (I vary between the two) decoction on an empty stomach in the morning.
After breakfast some time, I'll take both Gotu Kola and Ginkgo tinctures together, or just Rhodiola tincture.
For the day, I'll drink a quart of one of the above infusions. Then a second dose will be taken of Horsetail along with Gotu Kola and Ginkgo or Rhodiola tinctures.
I may drink some more Dandelion Root decoction again before dinner.
Before bed, I'll drink about 2 cups of Oatstraw infusion, then right before sleep I'll take Ashwagandha and/or St. John's Wort tinctures.
I will take Astragalus tincture a couple times a week.
** I drink plenty of water throughout the day, as well.

I appreciate any and all advice and guidance. Thank y'all :)

5 years ago