Bryant RedHawk wrote:I love to use the little cloth bags that are for containing herbs in soups and so on (I found them at Bed Bath and Beyond for about 4 bucks for 4).
Using these bags I get no sediment in the brew, I can let a decoction simmer away for up to two hours with no bitterness showing up and no filtering needed to get the "gunk" out of the tea.
Lemon or lime juice is great for preserving in warmer conditions.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:It's too bad that you don't have time to make a decoction. If you did have the time (takes about 2.5 hours total (including transferring to Glass Jars for storage in the fridge) I would recommend you give the four herb tea (now referred to as Essiac) a trial since it is really easy to make and you don't have to stand over it.
Sadly, with no time to spend on cures, there really isn't anything to do but stick with the pharmacy drugs.
Hugo Morvan wrote:Hi Mandy, for sleep issues like waking up in the night and then "thinking" terrible thoughts i use Valerian roots mixed in vodka. Valerian relaxes your body. I just take it before sleeping. I adviced it to my mother when she had sleep issues, but she bought it from the store then gave it to me, and i found it to be weak. So that's another one thing, the stuff they sell is weak.
If stuff is really bad, i take hops along, people use it in pillow fillings, i mix fresh hop cones into vodka, i tastes foul, but it's a medicine.
I managed to get someone so dosey and sleepy with a mixture of those two he fell asleep on the toilet for a while, then slept wonderful in his bed afterwards.
Valerian is not addictive, valium, the chemical deriverative is though, and that's rather unbalanced, and gets you hung over.
Catie George wrote:I know this is the most annoying and challenging to implement advice in the world, but i have a huge correlation between how much meds I need, and how well I've slept. Saturday night, I slept well, and required no pain meds the following day. Last night, I only slept 2 hours or so, and today I required pain meds and an antihistamine, and still was in pain. I've also discovered that since becoming sick, I require far more sleep than ever before - instead of waking naturally after 6-7 hrs, I now seem to need 9-10. Even if it doesn't decrease the pain level, I find I can tolerate a higher level of pain without resorting to meds when I have slept well.
I know absolutely nothing about herbs, but my sleep and pain levels have benefited most from blackout curtains and a heated mattress pad, and investing in a better pillow. As a city dweller, I also find an occasional camping trip (i don't use flashlights) to reset my internal clock to the real day/night schedule helps with sleep. I camp about 2-3 times a year (usually winter and summer), but would benefit from it far more frequently (I missed my usual December trip, and am itching to go now). I also find getting up and spending time outside near dawn and dusk helps reset my circadian rhythms.
Also - what's your version of complicated decotions? Would an herbal tea be something you could manage? I haven't bought it in a long time, and have never successfully grown it, but I used to find a holy basil (tulsi) and lavender tea improved the quality of my sleep.
Hugo Morvan wrote:Hi Mandy, for sleep issues like waking up in the night and then "thinking" terrible thoughts i use Valerian roots mixed in vodka.
Sheep Sorrel, Slippery Elm Bark, Burdock Root, Turkey Rhubarb
Lorinne Anderson wrote:I know you are wanting to 'grow' your medicine... but turmeric (curcumin) capsules have pretty much eliminated my historical, multiple, daily doses of ibuprofen and codeine with acetaminophen. I was a true skeptic, but it made a tremendous difference for me