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Weed Walk with Susun Weed

The big medicines of the week:


St. Joan's Wort


St. Joan’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Tincture of fresh flowering Hypericum is one of my mainstay remedies. (Tincture of the dried flowers is an entirely different medicine, one that may be dangerous.) I often leave home with two bottles of it: one in my suitcase and one in my carry-on bag. I take dropperful doses hourly aboard the airplane: the anti-viral properties protect me against infection, the anti-spasmodic constituents keep me flexible while sitting tightly packed with the seat in front of me in my lap, and the sunny anti-depressant factors help me outwit jet lag. When I hurt, whether nerve pain, muscle ache, headache, or irritation, I reach for my fresh flowering Hypericum tincture.

Absolutely everything you need to know to use my favorite herb: identification, harvesting, preparation, doses, and indications.  
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Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)
Tincture of fresh flowering motherwort is a “can’t live without it” herb. Five-drop doses, taken frequently, ease and, after several months of use, eliminate menstrual cramps and PMS problems. Larger doses quell hot flashes and stop rapid heartbeat. The “lion-hearted” plant strengthens the heart and helps new blood vessels grow to the heart (and uterus). Dropperful doses relieve anxiety, calm the psyche, and gentle a restless spirit.

All the facts and some fun too: identification, botany, culture, preparation, uses, and a trance to visit with motherwort and learn directly from her
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Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Madame Yarrow’s School of Self Defense is open! Tincture the flowering tops of white flowered yarrow only. I use undiluted vodka tincture as a spray, right on my skin and the fur of my pets, to repel ticks, mosquitoes, and other creepy crawlies. Yarrow tincture (or fresh leaves), used externally, is unmatched for treating and healing all kinds of injuries. I use it to stop bleeding promptly (even from major cuts and wounds), to numb the sensation of pain quickly, to prevent and counter bacterial infections, and to nourish the growth of healing cells at the site of the wound.