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Herbal Alchemy

By Andrée Beauchamp 22 Jul, 2017
St John's is a  dear friend and ally which i have been taking for many years.  I collect the upper stalk of leaves and flowers once they are in bloom in mid July. This is a perfect time to go out and wild craft St. John's Wort to make a tincture, a salve for burns and bruises or dried for tea.

St John's likes to grow in abundant sunlight in stands along the roadside, in meadows and at the edge of the forests. St john's is rich in volatile oil, flavanoids, and alkaloids (hypericin, hyperforin,) two of its most important chemical compounds, which have been extensively researched this past century,  for what scientists believe act as the anti-depressant.  St John's Wort actions are nervine, anti-inflammatory, astringent, vulnerary (skin) anti-microbial, and anti-viral.

St John's is  specifically an ally to restore the nerves, to lift the mind and to relieve depression and anxiety. Peter Holmes in the The Energetics of  Western Herbs says  St John's supports the kidneys, the adrenals and intestines due to tension and constraint, with deficiency. This would explain why St John's has been such a supportive and wonderful plant remedy for me. Peter Holmes shares in chronic conditions involving the whole nervous system, St John's nervous relaxant and nervous restorative abilities are especially suited to women in menopause, and for people in general  who struggle with nervous tension, insomnia, irritability and depression.   St John's also works well for people who work out often reducing lactic acid build up in their tissues after a vigorous yoga class or workout. Take one dropperful before and after practice to ease your bones.

The French speak of Millepertuis as a plant that shares good humor for those who take it. Oh St. John's to you, i am so deeply grateful.  Come along and pick up a tincture of St John's Wort in the Dharani Dispensary, or use the herb to make a tea. The color and the aroma of St. John's Wort is truly divine. metta.

By Andrée Beauchamp 15 Jul, 2017
Lady Yarrow is a valuable medicinal plant to grow in your native gardens.  Yarrow has moved around in my garden, at her own pace and where she feels she can sprawl a little more over the years.  She likes dry chalky soil and heat generally and is found in the meadows and rocky hillsides of our Canadian shield.  I notice the yarrow is doing rather well this year despite all the rain. 
Her new growth in the late Spring fans out like a squirrel's tail, and later the sturdy stalks rise up to give bloom to the thousand petaled flower which last quite along time in the summer. Yellow and pink versions of yarrow are more decorative-however the white yarrow is the most medicinal of the three.
Yarrow has been found, along with Chamomile, in ancient burial sites of the great Persian sages dating back to 270 AD.  In China, sturdy yarrow stalks were used as divining sticks. The name Yarrow Achillea, is named after the great Roman General Achilles, who discovered that yarrow stopped the bleeding of his soldiers wounds while at war. Chewed upon and stuffed into a fresh wound of some depth, yarrow will staunch the bleeding quickly. Yarrow was of great service to the carpenter or woodsman of old, and a sprig of yarrow placed in their tool box was a talisman for protection and for keeping out of harm's way.  Yarrow is considered a plant ruled by Venus and for that reason myths also said, when we place yarrow at our doorstep or under our bed, love doth come. 
Medicinally, Yarrow has a complex and diverse array of more than 40 chemical constituents that make it a rather fragrant and versatile plant. Yarrow works particularly well for young women who struggle with irregular menstrual cycles or for people who experience nosebleeds. Yarrow can drop the temperature of a spiked fever if taken in due time, may end a pregnancy, and will address a urinary tract infection readily. Yarrow is also considered a gentle long term remedy for the liver. One does not use yarrow as a dried herb so much as in a tincture. As a dried herb yarrow is bitter and g suitable combined with other herbs, as is here with Michael Tierra's blend for flue, with yarrow leaves and flowers, echinacea root & elder flower.  A Yarrow tincture combined with water and oil works well to deter mosquitoes.
Susun Weed simplifies and specifies the use of  Yarrow as a blood mover internally and stops blood externally. Yarrow works particularly well for people with varicose veins and circulation concerns. Do note: Yarrow does reduce blood pressure. 
Harvest the yarrow stalk and blooms after they have just opened  to dry or to make as a tincture, or as a delicious vinegar. Yarrow used as a simple, is a highly effective remedy when the situation calls for it. OM
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