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A FEW FORMULAS FOR SPRING

Enjoy the sharing below, and meanwhile we invite you to a new blog written by Mary Light, ND MH LMT, at https://www.naturopathicschoolofannarbor.net/blog

One of the most common questions for those new - or seasoned  - to using herbs, for health, is that of what herbs to mix, which herbs to use for what, quantities, and methods of preparation and  administration.... whew!  That's a lot of info....  We'd like to start here in simplicity by offering recipes and formulas which will give guidance..... with a little narrative here and there from our 20 year background of herbal practice and education!

CALM CHILD TEA "Tea" is made by pouring boiling purified water over herbs in a pot or jar; steep 20 min. strain.

Use only herbs from reputable sources- never use catnip from a pet store for ingestion.  The herbs called for in this recipe are known as "cut and sifted" , vs. powdered or whole

2 oz catnip herb, 2 oz spearmint leaves.  Mix well.  Use 1 Tablespoon loose herbs per cup of tea for a child , or an adult.  Other additions in small amounts for flavor may include dried cut orange peel, a few cardomom pods, and a sprinkling of cut and sifted dried licorice root to the formula.

BASIC NERVOUS SYSTEM REJUVENATOR This is usually capsulated ; a dose is 1/2 t. twice a day or 2-3 capsules ; it's nice to take two at night. This formula can be taken 5 days a week, over a period of 2-3 months, then rest.  Uses powdered herbs. This formula nourishes and strengthens the nervous system , aids sleep, reduces anxiety, calms. 

4 parts GOTU KOLA, 2 PARTS VALERIAN, 2 PARTS KAVA KAVA, 1 PART ICELAND MOSS mix very well with a wisk slowly till all herbs are integrated throughout.  A "-part" can be a tablespoon, a 1/4 cup, an ounce, .... all parts being equal. 

AXILLARY LYMPH /BREAST POULTICE

For one poultice, for one side of the body, mix 1/4 cup castor oil with 3 drops cypress essential oil , 3 drops chamomile essential oil, and 3 drops of frankincense essential oil.  Do not use a larger amount of these essential oils to this amount of castor oil.  Mix well.  An effective poultice cloth is a piece of flannel (it does not have to be wool flannel, in fact I never use wool flannel, I use cotton).  The "axillary " area of the body is our underarm. This is a lymph node station.   Use half of the mixture per poultice.  It is ideal to apply the oil to the cloth, set in place, and if you have a hot water bottle set that in place .  Smaller hot water bottles are available. Use 3-4 consecutive nights for an hour to address lymph congestion, to move lymph, and consider applying to entire breast to move lymph and relieve congestions. 

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