Some more on rosemary:
--And I will aim to be more proactive on this thread now!
Some more on rosemary:http://elaharrison.com/blog/item/herb-of-the-spell-rosemary-for-remembrance --And I will aim to be more proactive on this thread now!
Chew a leaf or two. Make a vinegar for your scalp. Or just crush and bruise a few leaves and add to your water, or add a few leaves to your tea or coffee. In cold and flu season, you could add crushed/bruised leaves to honey and leave it for a week, and the honey will extract the aromatic compounds. You can then use the honey with a vinegar or tea, great cold-chaser and opener of mucous membranes.
What an awesome idea and way to use Rosemary and what an outstanding article you wrote on your blog. We both truly hope to see you be as proactive as you like here Ela.
Talking here a little about tea and leaf combinations, does anyone combine green tea with black Pu erh tea to reduce the caffeine ratios or do you find that the 10% caffeine found in the concentration of brewed leaves just not worth the effort? Asking as drinking caffeine as a byproduct in any form after 2pm has been suggested as a taboo by Dave because of sleep issues.
Btw, agree that tulsi is wonderful, and I like it very well combined with green tea. Another combination that's wonderful, and tastes great, is tulsi+astragalus.
Re pu-erh and green tea, I find they are comparably stimulating, and the smoky/fermented taste of the pu-erh overwhelms the more subtle green tea so may not be worthwhile. I love them both, don't get me wrong. I might put a bit of matcha in with pu-erh. I like white tea also.
Of course different people have different caffeine clearance. But I find 2pm to be a pretty good cut off. On the other hand, I just got an insight today that maybe I need to take a break from caffeine period.
On a different subject, using herbs for gut health:
Back in January/February, I posted quite a bit about all the gut issues I was having--SIBO-type symptoms, a lot of pain/gas/bloating.
This had gotten so much better as I focused more on a ketogenic bp diet, gradually opening up to more animal products, less fiber, less veg (!) but most of all, working intensively with herbs.
My gut had gotten so bad because of fasting so much. I blamed binge/purging, but reading my journals there was always some heroic fast before a binge/purge and that's where the pain would come up.
So there I did it again with 2 weeks of the RFLP. My guts were all the way back to sleepless January, pain, weakness.
And I'm so grateful and delighted to be able to say that I'm better now! A week of working with the herbs.
Here's what I did:
(1) Calendula infusion (strong infusion of the flowers steeped in water for several hours). This is one of the main herbs that's been helping me in recent months. I continued with it but upped the strength of the infusion
(2) strong Comfrey infusion
(3) Peppermint--IMPORTANT--this is a great example of how different potency of an herb can hugely impact how it works. Peppermint "tea" (the leaves just steeped in hot water for a few minutes) would give me heartburn. I tend to low stomach acid, and peppermint tea is super alkaline.
But you know wise folks like John Brisson recommend enteric-coated peppermint _oil_ for SIBO, and other herbalists know that stronger peppermint preparations can help with small-intestinal inflammation.
So, I started with peppermint spirits (=the essential oil diluted in alcohol), a few drops on a teaspoon of xylitol. The latter as a mild anti-microbial as well as a carrier for the peppermint spirits. I did this three times a day.
When it was obvious that this was helping, I made a very strong infusion of peppermint leaves, as in about an ounce of leaves steeped overnight. This is a very different preparation than "tea"--not just the aromatic compounds but everything else as well gets extracted with this sort of time and proportion.
I am drinking this infusion mostly combined with my calendula and comfrey infusions, because it is so strong. Occasionally, I'm drinking just a small amount of it straight.
(4) With meals, I'm taking Iberogast sometimes, but sometimes also using my own bitters preparation, a tincture of grapefruit and bitter orange peels, cloves, cardamom, and fennel. As needed.
It's my own fault that I put myself in the position of having such terrible gut pain again, but I feel extremely grateful, and somewhat validated as an herbalist, that I've been able to help myself.
That is a great question!
Last week a whole bunch of people told me I "looked better," even not having known that I'd been fasting and then had to work on healing. One of my friends I confessed I'd been fasting, and she was quite upset, and she very very much wanted to give me some of her bone broth!
So obviously there's something there. I'm not quite ready yet, but in terms of my move away from veganism, I'm eating eggs more frequently and sardines/anchovies too, and I've always jived with the idea of bone broth, skins/bones/organs/marrow... And interestingly, I find myself perusing the meat sections at the grocery store lately, where I never used to even be aware of them. I guess since I've dropped fruit and many of the veg that used to be my staples maybe it's understandable.
Am traveling right now/not much internet/kitchen but when I get home, if I do end up jumping into bone broth, I'll love to share some ideas on these lines.
I'm thinking, though, that things like carrot tops that often get thrown out would be great in broth.
This might sound really goofy too, but remember the stone soup fable? I have seriously found myself wondering whether it would be beneficial to put healing crystals in one's bone broth. Good minerals, etc...
It will not take very much cilantro for the dextox effect. A teaspoon of cilantro contains enough phenolic compounds to safely remove quite a bit of toxic material from the body for elimination.
For this to be accurate, there would need to be a human transport protein that accepts chlorella into the cell/plasma in order to work systemically. Have you identified such a protein?
Try vegetables with turmeric, curry and a little piece of ginger, too!!
I remember hearing something about holy basil removing fluoride from water. The leaf, not extracts.
Is calcium even that important? Asian cultures thrive on very low calcium but get plenty of vitamin D.
Top 10 herbs that can help you to control high blood pressure. Basil, cinnamon, cardamom, flax seed, garlic, ginger, hawthorn, celery seed, french lavender etc....
Just joined the forum, and saw this post. I love what I'm hearing! This is awesome!