I have my first opportunistic infection of the season due, undoubtedly, to too much stress for about a week. I could feel it beginning - that unspecific not-quite-right feeling with a focus on the throat, chest and nasal passages. With all the tinctures I've made in the past, I focused on two - my immune system booster and the cough & cold remedy. I've been taking them intermittently for a couple of days and although it's not gone yet, it's been keeping it from taking over and getting worse. I can still feel the usual move from my throat, down into the chest and back up to the nose but it usually gets far worse as it moves. Not this time. My immune system tincture has Echinacea, Chaparral, Ginger and Marshmallow root. The cough and cold remedy is a strange-tasting concoction I borrowed from Rosemary Gladstar (my mentor) that has onion, garlic and elderberries in honey and water. I know! Onion and garlic in honey? It is, I must admit, an odd flavor but not awful and it helps almost immediately so I use it! I also made a hot tea blend with Chamomile, Peppermint leaf, Marshmallow root, Rosehips, Echinacea, Elecampane and Eucalyptus leaf. I should probably put these on the website somewhere, shouldn't I?
With some non-specific symptoms that I couldn't attribute to any root cause, I decided it was time to take myself over to a Naturopath who'd been recommended to me numerous times. It was an amazing experience. Based on the lengthy questionnaire I was required to bring in, he pinpointed issues and told me things about my past health that were pretty impressive and right on the money. He indicated that I put a lot of stress on my internal system - liver, kidneys, adrenals, endocrine system and gall bladder and really need to work on my diet. I'm starting to make some small changes a little at a time but I also prepared a tincture that will aid the health of all those systems. As you know, I make all my tinctures in glycerin and this one is no exception. It contains Dandelion root & leaf, Burdock root, Milk Thistle seed, Echinacea root, Chamomile flowers, Ashwagandha root, Black Cohosh and Cayenne powder. I think I'll take it once a day for 3-4 days and then once a week for a few weeks before giving those systems a rest and seeing how I feel overall.
I know a massage therapist who has recently been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and wants to avoid surgery so he decided to try a lotion with essential oils and herbal infused fixed oils that may give some relief. I first infused a blend of Jojoba, Apricot Kernel and Evening Primrose oils (all with anti-inflammatory and muscular/neurological relief properties) with Chamomile, Comfrey leaf, Cayenne and White Willow Bark. Then I used this as the oil in the lotion and used essential oils of Yarrow, Sandalwood (sustainable), Rosemary cineole and Peppermint. I'll let you know if it helps. If it does, I'll probably add it to my lotions page. No, actually, I'll probably make it as a salve next time.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.