BeeDee marshall

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Welcome back Yuri.  Thank you for your expertise and generosity.
1 month ago
J Davis I agree on the caveats for pregnancy and dosage on gp.  What I like a lot about it (for me) is that I only think about it when I really need it.  Otherwise, it sits in the cupboard and minds its own business. :^)
5 months ago
He takes 5 drops twice a day now.  The first week he took it 4 or 5 times a day. The tincture is a glycerite, but an alcohol tincture might work as well. It is half fenugreek and half thyme. Lemon thyme, to be exact, from our garden, but regular thyme should work.  I posted a video showing how to make a glycerite at  about 2/3 down the page.  
5 months ago
Sounds like you have a good start with the plant and mushroom medicines you mentioned.  Chamomile is always good for children as is catnip. The apple cider vinegar should help as well.

To find out whats in the back yard/woods etc, I would get a good herbal field guide for the Southeast.  Peterson's Guides are worth looking into: also shows central n america as does  

I like Thayer's books for overall good foraging info and I would suggest nettle as a good first plant to forage for kidney health.

Good luck. Foraging is a very addictive pastime :^)
5 months ago
My husband has had allergies, chemical sensitivities (neighbor's clothes dryer and hot tub chemical smells) and sinus congestion for the last 14 years.  It would hurt me to see him come back from a walk, all stuffed up with a sinus headache that would linger for days.  He would netty pot and press his head and wait for it to let up.  Then, he fell and bruised a rib and was in pain from lung congestion, so after addressing the rib injury, I suggested he take a fenugreek/thyme tincture I had made for him.  It was amazing.  Within two days his congestion was cleared and then he found over the next few weeks that he was not reacting to the usual smells and his sinuses were clear.  He missed a day and it came back, but was stopped when he resumed taking the tincture.  My understanding is that a person's constitution...his is wet and cold/mine is hot and important when taking herbs.  Both fenugreek and thyme are warming and drying so they wouldn't do me that much good, but for him they connected the right dots.  He even finds he doesn't get chilled as easily and his nose isn't running all the time.  Everyone is different, but this was such a game changer for him (and me too) that I wanted to pass it along.
5 months ago
Holy Basil-Tulsi- is a wonderfully calming herb that is great as a tea or glycerite.  It is easy to grow, even in the NE as an annual and smells great. I make a lemon balm/tulsi tea every evening and it mellows me right out.  For high anxiety, I have found that Ghost Pipe really helps to give me some perspective and distance from whatever I am anxious about.  It  works for mental and some physical pain. As far as I know, it cannot be cultivated, only foraged in the late summer/early fall in wooded areas.  You only need the aerial parts, so if you are careful and respectful when harvesting, there will be more when you come back the next year.  I tincture it in alcohol and only take three drops at a time.  I have taken it before going out into the world and found the experience to be like psilocybin "light", calming deep and colorful.  There is some controversy over it being over harvested.  Like psilocybin, it is not addictive.
5 months ago
I have been making an elderberry/aronia/rosehip glycerite (made with vegetable glycerin) for a few years now. All three grow on our land. I use the sealed simmer method (much like waterbath canning) on each berry/rosehip separately, then strain and combine the fluids for the final tincture.  We have never had toxicity issue and when the flu is going around we take a couple if dropperfuls two or three times a day.  The waterbath never heats the bottled berries/rosehips to boiling and I store the final product in a cool cupboard.
A video
for learning the sealed simmer method (I got mine from The Modern Herbal Dispensatory by Easley)   Also  seems pretty good.
5 months ago
Hi Dr Sharol..welcome to Permies and thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.  I have your book on my Thriftbooks wishlist :^), but the sale price looks pretty darn good!
I look forward to reading your comments in the medicinal herbs forums.
5 months ago
I have had this off and on for about three years so I know how aggravating it is.  I occasionally take NatroBio's Restless Legs. It is a homeopathic remedy that works most of the time, but not always.  I have also found that since I started taking Gotu Kola  tincture (3 drops once a day), the circulation in my legs has improved and the restless leg problem has eased up considerably.  Your mileage may vary. :^)
5 months ago

Amy Gardening wrote:First post ever! The tool I use most, is not even a garden tool. It's called a Dasco Pro Nail Puller 15" long x 3" wide. Indestructible. Great for digging, weeding, levering out rocks, measuring 3" holes for planting, making furrows for seed, deconstructing old stuff to harvest wood, pulling out salt-bush thicket, carrying cholla and other cactus, removing buried barbed wire, wedging up pots, opening pellet bags, readjusting bricks and pavers,...

Thanks Amy.  That is one cool tool..I'm gonna have to get me one :^)
7 months ago