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Homemade Herbals


Homemade Herbals

I make most of the family’s medicine, customizing what I feel each member needs. Leah had a lot of congestion and mucus, so her tincture included chickweed, plus burdock for overall health (blood, liver, especially). Anika got burdock and dandelion as a winter tonic. You can see both girls signed their name to the “mother jar” of tincture – they felt pretty special that Mommy was custom-making something for each of them (plus I like the idea of their energy engaged as part of the formula). The teasel root tincture is for me – it is often used for Lyme’s Disease, but I was using it to help repair muscle tissue in my shoulders… which is greatly improved – and a surprise benefit was a better menstruation – non-painful, light flow, short duration (I used to get periods so painful, I’d faint. The flow was heavy and lasted, sometimes, for 10 days.)

I cannot for sure say if this can all be attributed to teasel, or to osteopathy, which I am also receiving. However, a definite improvement is noticed overall, and I’m happy regardless of what caused it. However, if you’ve tried teasel, I’d love to hear back about your experiences with it.

English: Dipsacus laciniatus (cut-leaved tease...

English: Dipsacus laciniatus (cut-leaved teasel) at Skokie Lagoons in Glencoe, IL. Photo by Cassi Saari (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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2 thoughts on “Homemade Herbals

  1. Hi. I just came across your blog and noticed you wanted to hear back from others who take teasel. I am 36 years old and have been taking it on and off for Lyme. Lately I have been taking it more regularly and what I noticed it when I take it like this, my normally painful, ridiculously heavy (soaking super tampons every 20 mins heavy) periods went from a nightmare to pain free, light flows. So I experimented for a few months and hands down it’s the teasel. I know it’s used for uterine bleeding in pregnancy, but I am fully convinced it makes menstral cycles normal too.

    • Thanks for your Comment, Cat. How interesting. I didn’t know it was used for uterine bleeding in pregnancy, actually, I always had talked about other herbs for that. Knowing how teasel worked for you with your menstruation – which had very similar symptoms to mine – sound much the same as I had experienced it. I was on it for about 3 months, then off for 2 months, and the heavy bleeding returned, without the severe pain. So, I’m back on it and will see how the next few months go. Thank you very much for sharing your experience!

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