Do you suffer from restlessness? Yeast overgrowth? Illness? Here are some herbal combinations made from medicinal plants to aid your body while it heals itself.
To learn more about how to use medicinal plants in your every day life, be sure to visit The Herbal Academy and sign up for the online course that best suits you. The kids and I are going through the Beginner course for school right now, but we’ll be ready to move on to the intermediate next semester. Lots of fun, engaged herbal learning! The Academy is offering a special FREE course to online herbal students of all levels through the month of January. I can’t recall that they’ve ever done that before, so I would check it out quickly, if I were you. Be sure to let me know what you think of the course, should you decide to jump on the offer. Click below for more information:
Before we begin, here’s my obligatory disclaimer. The following is not meant to diagnose any illness or suggest treatment that goes against the advice of your medical professional. Do your own research and determine what’s best for you; we are simply sharing what works for us. Be smart and consult your holistic or allopathic doc for professional medical advice.
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Medicinal Plants to Grow
For a list of Must Have, Must Grow Medicinal Plants please visit our post on the subject.
Please also visit it’s sister post, How to Plan and Plant a Medicinal Herb Garden to learn how to start growing medicinal plants.
You may not be able to grow every herb you use in a year but I bet you can start growing at least one or two – and then you will be hooked on the process! I love growing medicinal plants in amongst my veggies, fruits and other bedding plants. Herbs are lovely in the garden and usually provide great forage for beneficial insects. Many also smell delightful and produce lovely flowers or foliage.
Harvesting Your Own…or Not
Harvesting medicinal plants will require that you learn how to dig roots, clip leaves, dry seeds, cut flowers and several other skills but you can do it. You’re a very smart person.
If you’d prefer to purchase your medicinal plants for right now, no worries! There are several quality companies that sell very good medicinal plants. Herbs from all over the world can be found for purchase. The company I deal with for purchasing organic, dried herbs (especially in bulk) is Mountain Rose Herbs.
If you wish to purchase medicinal herb seeds for next year’s garden, I can highly recommend Horizon Herbs – I love their seeds! Here are a few more great seed sources:
To learn to grow and keep notes of what you’re doing in the gardening, check out The Gardening Notebook below.
Recipes From a Friend
The recipes for the herbal combinations I’m going to share with you originating with my herb mentor and friend, Amy Jones. Amy is a homeschooling supermom, awesome wife, lover of medicinal plants and the co-founder of the LDS Holistic Living Conference. I share them with her permission and a link back to the Conference site. The link is important because it will take you to a store page for the Conference where you can purchase the “Home Farmacist Workshop Binder” which will teach you about herbs and essential oils, herbal recipes and how to encapsulate, make tinctures, salves and more!
This is not an affiliate link for me; I just really want you to know about this great deal on family herbal education.
Herbal Combinations for Health
So, here are just a few of the herbal recipes we use every year in a house with five small children and two forty-something adults. Medicinal plants can be used for maintenance, and therefore in mild doses, but check with your doctor to see if you can ingest these along with any OTC or prescription medicines you may take. Especially consult with them if you’re using these medicinal plant combinations for acute conditions. Naturopath doctors can be very helpful integrating medicinal plants into your health regimen.
To learn how to encapsulate, just visit this link to DIY Supplement Capsules.
This is a strong antiviral and antibacterial combination. The adults and children in our home take this for acute infections. We encapsulate this combination ourselves and, for example, when battling an infection of some kind we’ll do what we call a “blitz”. We take two capsules of X Pac every fifteen minutes for four hours (we set a timer or we forget). After that, we take two pills roughly four times a day, every day for seven days. I make a tincture of this combination for the little ones who can’t swallow a pill.
If you need to do a cleanse for chronic sinus infection or something similarly obnoxious, Amy recommend the following X Pac Cleanse:
Day 1 – Take a dose (3 squirts of tincture or 3 pills) every waking hour. Day 2 – A dose every two hours. Day 3 – A dose every 3 hours. Days 4-10 – A dose every four hours.
X Pace tastes, as Amy quips, like the devil’s armpit, so I have to mix it in with our homemade grape juice and some honey. Even then, you can totally still taste it and its gross. Fair warning. Why use it then? Because it works.
Equal parts, Goldenseal root, Echinacea Angustifolia (root and leaves), Ginger root and Licorice root. Mix together and encapsulate. If you purchase the cut and dried roots, you’ll need to pulverize them to a powder in order to encapsulate them. I do this in my Vitamix and can recommend that but I don’t know that I’d try it with a whimpier blender. You can buy it in powdered form, though.
The benefit of buying cut roots and whole leaves of medicinal herb varieties is that the beneficial properties remain intact for longer. Those medicinal properties start to deteriorate over time and crushing or blending can speed that along. I try not to purchase more than I need for a year of any medicinal herb if I buy it in powdered form so that I don’t end up wasting any.
X Pac is my go-to antibiotic and the only time it didn’t work for me was when I was being an idiot – you can read about that here, if you care to. During an infection we’re also consuming a quality cod liver oil, eating a gut nourishing diet, consuming a lot of fluid, resting, self-quarantining and ingesting as much natural Vitamin C as possible (usually in the form of rose hips or wolf berries or pine needle tea).
To get a Vitamin C tea combination, click here.
For your convenience, I created small cards with the herbal formulations on them to stick in your herb binder or wallet so you know what you’re going to need on hand. I would put these on my fridge so that I could find them when it came time to mix up more – I’m forever losing my herb notes! Just click on the image and it will take you to the document so you can print it. Hope they’re handy!
Feel Free to download this reminder card for X-Pac.
Yeast X Formula
If you’re looking to try an herbal cleanse to break the hold of your yeast overgrowth over your life, this one worked so well for me. Yeast overgrowth can cause many problems in our systems, not the least of which is a broken gut. Please read the three part guest series that Amy contributed to Homestead Lady on yeast overgrowth to learn more – here’s part one, part two and part three.
You may have a yeast overgrowth and not even realize it but hear me when I say that chronic pain in a seemingly healthy person is NOT normal. It’s not normal to live on antacids. There’s nothing acceptable about horrific acne and even your arthritis might be optional. Possibly depression, too. Its incredible how much our gut health can affect everything else.
Equal parts Chaparral leaf, myrrh, olive leaf and Pau D’Arco all in powder form. This one is way too nasty to tincture, fyi. When I did my first herbal cleanse, I took four, 4x a day for four days. Then I took 3, 3x a day for three days. Then 2 and then 1 – get it? Amy recommends the following dosage pattern in general: 3 pills, 3x a day for two weeks, then 2-3 pills every day for however many months you’ve calculated you need it (see how to calculate that below).
A maintenance dose is two or three capsules a day for a month for every year you think you’ve had a problem with yeast overgrowth. For example, let’s say you’re thirty years old and you guesstimate that you’ve struggled with yeast over growth since you were fifteen. After you cleanse, you proceed to take one or two capsules of Yeast X Formula each day for a month, for fifteen months.
Its important that you do not consume sugar or white flour during this cleanse. Don’t worry, you probably wont want to – really. Also, make sure you’re either doing an enema consistently or drinking a lot of senna tea – both would be better. You do not want dumped toxins to hang around in your intestines. Again, go read Amy’s series for more information.
This has to be coupled with cleaning up your diet. If you’re not yet willing to make changes to how you eat to switch yourself over to a diet of gut healing foods, then you wont see all the benefits of this process that you will when you’re ready to make such changes. Its ok to be where you are on this path; don’t beat yourself up, just begin from where you are. For A LOT more detailed information on this subject, please follow the links for Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of a guest post series by Amy on Yeast Overgrowth in the Human Body. PLEASE read those posts!
To download your reminder card for Yeast – X, just click here.
Realities of a Yeast Cleanse
This kind of cleanse kills off your yeast and, I ain’t gonna lie, day three is a bit of a bugger. Plan to rest, drink a lot of water, eat nourishing foods and be nice to yourself during the cleanse. Always be careful with cleansing. There are a lot of great cleanses out there but there are also so crazy ones. Be prayerful/meditative and do what’s right for your body. Again, you holistic doc or naturopath or possibly your forward thinking allopathic doc can help you navigate this process.
One of the great side effects of killing off your yeast overgrowth is that you no longer crave sugar. FYI, you’re not getting rid of all of your yeast because you need some; you’re just putting it back in its place. With a lot of out of control sugar cravings, its actually not you wanting the sweets, its’ your yeast. Yeast likes warm, dark places and a highly acidic diet. It loves your gut area and craves sugars and refined grains.
More energy, less inflammation and a sudden feeling of optimism are also great side effects as I can attest from personal experience.
More Yeast Information
For more information on healing your gut, nourishing diets and how to embrace your health, I can recommend the following as being good online and in print resources:
I can’t say what will end up working for you, these are just mentors that benefitted me. In my experience, healing your gut is an individual process and there probably won’t be just one thing that works. You’ll find many methods and connections that bring about your healing.
Just keep in mind that you CAN heal; your body wants to be healthy. Your Maker designed it to be the only self correcting machine on Earth and it has carried you this far despite what you may have (often unwittingly) done to it.
For irritability, hyperactivity, coughs, stomach upset, nervous system upset, restlessness and general yuckiness, this one medicinal plant combination can help!
Equal parts Hops flower, Valerian, Wild Lettuce and Fennel all in powder form. Encapsulate or tincture. Be judicious when using Valerian; consult an herbalist or doctor with questions.
To download your reminder card for Chi-Lax, just click this link.
I hope you find these helpful! I encourage you to learn more by purchasing the Conference binder and learning all you can.