My Herbal Infusion Routine

herb fuse

I rarely take supplements beyond herbs and mushrooms. The only supplements you will ever really hear me talk about will be colloidal silver, clays, charcoal, magnesium oil, and Epsom salt – unless, of course, I discover something new and worth my time.

Instead of supplements, I drink herbal infusions. An herbal infusion is a very strong tea or brew. The way you make an infusion is by adding an ounce of dry herb to boiling water, sealing the jar, and allowing it to sit for an half an hour to overnight, depending on the herb. Preparing your herbs in this method allows the vitamins and minerals to spread out through the water. Keeping the infusion capped helps to keep the vitamins and minerals trapped in the jar so that they cannot escape through the steam. To learn more about infusions, visit this site.

Every herbalist and tradition has their own method of making herbal infusions, but the method that I use is in-line with Susun Weed’s method and the Wise Woman Tradition.

There are quite a few herbs that you can turn into infusions, but I typically only use 8 herbs every month. I also only use one herb at a time; this is called an herbal simple.

The herbs that I work with are rose hips, comfrey, oatstraw, nettle, red raspberry leaf, mullein, red clover, and yellow dock.

Why do I use these herbs? Because they encourage whole-body wellness. Let me explain how…

The Herbs that I Use

Rose Hips (Rosa canina) – Rose hips are a rich source of vitamins C, E, and B2. It is a natural immune booster and can be foraged out in the wild or in your own backyard.

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) – Comfrey helps to strengthen bones, ligaments, and tendons. It is rich in protein and trace minerals. You can also forage this in your own back yard.

Oatstraw (Avena sativa) – Oatstraw is a beautiful herb for emotional health and heart health. It is rich in protein and trace minerals.

Nettle (Urtica dioica) – Nettle, or Stinging Nettle, is one of my favorite herbs. It is amazing for your kidneys, great for anxiety, and boosts energy. It is rich in chlorophyll and other minerals. This is also an herb that you probably can’t leave your home without encountering. Seriously, this stuff is all over the place!

Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) – Red Raspberry Lead is one of my favorites, along with Nettle. It is a fertility herb, helps to balance hormones, has been shown to help with endometriosis. This herb is rich in nearly every vitamin and mineral that is essential for whole-body wellness. You might be able to forage this herb, if you live in an area with red raspberries. I have yet to find any growing in my area, so I typically order mine from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) – This isn’t an herb that I use every week, but it is one that I really enjoy using. My husband was diagnosed with asthma while in the Navy. Since then, he has smoked this herb and used it in an infusion anytime he feels like he is going to have an asthma attack. This herb strengthens the lungs, is rich in magnesium, and can be foraged in your back yard (it’s a beautiful herb, try to find it!)

Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus) – This herb… now this herb is one that I cherish. This herb, I feel, helped me deal with anemia during my second pregnancy. I have used it every since that pregnancy and have had little to no issue with anemia with my current pregnancy. This herb is a liver strengthener, a gentle blood cleanser, and assists the body in absorbing iron. It is rich and iron and can very easily be foraged in your own back yard.

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) – This is a fertility herb (according to Susun Weed), an anti-cancer herb, and is rich in protein and trace minerals. It can be easily foraged in in your backyard in open pasture.

My typical routine for these herbs looks like this:

Sunday – Red Raspberry Leaf

Monday – Nettle

Tuesday – Oatstraw

Wednesday – Yellow Dock (with blackstrap molasses)

Thursday – Red Raspberry Leaf

Friday – Nettle

Saturday – Any one of the other herbs mentioned, depending on what is going on with me and my body

How to Make the Infusions

Roots/barks – 1 ounce herb in a pint jar for minimum of 8 hours (I do a max of 12hrs)

Leaves – 1 ounce herb in a quart jar for a minimum of 4 hours (I usually do overnight)

Flowers – 1 ounce herb in a quart jar for a maximum of 2 hours (Chamomile should only be done for 30 min)

Seeds/berries – 1 ounce herb in a pint jar for maximum of 30 minutes (rose hips can be done for 1-4 hours)

All of the infusions can be sipped with some honey, maple, or blackstrap molasses. I always sip Yellow Dock with molasses in order to help with iron absorption. I also like to add a little Himalayan salt or sea salt, just to get some extra minerals and to help with the taste.

I will warn you, some of these taste like absolute crap if you’re not used to bitters. That being said, your body NEEDS bitters. Sadly, the Western diet is often lacking in bitters, therefore, Western people’s bodies have grown accustomed to finding the taste of bitters intolerable.

Rose hips are, by far, the tastiest of all of these infusions. The flavors will vary, depending on the rose variety you have gathered from, but I have found them all to taste almost like a wild berry juice. My children love rose hip infusions and I never have any trouble getting them to drink them when they’re sick or during cold and flu season.

That’s right, I give my kids infusions. Nearly all herbs that are safe for infusions are safe for children. My children have sipped from every one of the infusions I have listed except for oatstraw and comfrey. This isn’t because I distrust oatstraw or comfrey, my children just haven’t been interested in drinking them, yet.

These infusions, along with a healthy food lifestyle, plenty of exercise, and lots of sunshine, helps to keep me happy and healthy.

What’s your favorite herbal infusion? 

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Herbal Consultations

Primordial Willow Herbal Consultations - Consults Conducted Using the Wise Woman and Cherokee Traditions

Introduction 

I offer herbal consultations online and in-person (if you live in the Fort Smith, Arkansas area).

With my consults, I explain ways that you can improve your health naturally with food, supplements, herbs, lifestyle, and herbal oils.

My Mission

My mission is to help educate and empower people on ways that they can take charge of their health naturally.

Approach

I approach my consultations as if I were teaching you a class. I will not tell you what you should or should not do. I am here to help you learn about health and herbal medicines. The way I approach this is that you bring up the topic for the “class”, and I begin teaching it. For example, if you are dealing with Fibromyalgia and are interested in approaching it naturally, I will present to you research and information on herbal allies, lifestyle, and foods that can assist you in whole body wellness.

I do not treat you, give you a shot, give you a magic pill, or tell you that you must follow my guidance. You are an individual and you are the one in control. With my “classes”, I merely present to you information that you can choose to implement or not implement.

I listen to you and will answer any questions you may have – there is no such thing as a stupid question!

You are never my patient. The origin of the word patient is from a Latin word meaning “to suffer”. Instead, I refer to people that I work with as my clients. With the word client, it reiterates that you are in control, you have simply sought me out for advice.

What’s Involved

The first thing we will do is speak over the phone, via Facebook messenger, or email – regardless if the consultation is intended to be in-person or entirely by phone/online. During the phone call or internet communication, we will discuss your health, why you are seeking out the assistance of an herbalist, and what you are hoping to accomplish. After this communication, I will email or mail you a questionnaire containing health and lifestyle questions that I need filled out before our next visit.

After our first visit, and once the questionnaire has been filled out, we will either meet in-person for a consultation, or we will conduct the consultation over the phone or internet. This will be the primary consultation and will last roughly 2 hours, but I never set a specific time. However long you and I feel we need to discuss the issues will be how long we take. I will provide you with information on herbs, supplements, and lifestyle changes that you could implement in order to achieve whole body wellness. I will also provide you with information on herbs, supplements, and lifestyle changes that are specific to your condition.

A follow up visit isn’t always required. For some, the initial visit is all that they need. For others, they prefer to see an herbalist for years as health issues arise. You, the client, will decide on your own whether or not you would like a follow up visit.

I also have a lending library of books that can be borrowed by clients who are visiting with me in-person.

Costs

My standard cost for a 1 hour consultation, plus a follow up appointment, is $85. If you come from a low-income household, please let me know and we can work out a sliding scale option. I believe that health care is a RIGHT for all people, regardless of income, race, gender, sexual orientation, or status and I am very willing to work with your needs.

If bartering is more your thing, then groovy, because it’s my thing, too. I do ask that, if you bring up barter, the things that you wish to barter with me are of equal monetary value to the price that I charge for my services. If you would like an idea of some of the things my family and I are always interested in receiving as barter, check out this list here.

Supplements and herbs are not included in the costs, but rather, are sold separately. I will work with you if you are unable to afford certain herbs that you’re interested in trying. Many of the herbs and supplements that I recommend to my clients I sell myself and will be able to barter with you for those items. If you are unable to afford an herb or supplement and I don’t carry it, I will work with you on trying to find an alternative herb to use.

BREAKDOWN OF MY CHARGES

1 1/2 to 2 hour initial consultation – either in person or via phone/internet (after you have filled out a questionnaire) 

A personalized list of herbs, lifestyle changes, and dietary changes that I recommend to you.

Resources provided to help you find local services and supplements that may help you on your path to healing. 

Collaboration with your care provider (optional and only if your care provider is comfortable with this).

Follow-up (usually 1 hour) visit 1 month later in which we can adjust or change supplements if needed (additional follow-up visits will cost $35 an hour).

5% discount at my herbal apothecary (where you will be able to purchase many of the supplements I recommend).

10% discount on my herb classes. 

5% discount on my doula services.

TOTAL COST = $85

What I Need From You

My consultations are not a substitution for visiting a doctor, because I am not a trained doctor. Visit with a doctor if you have a disease or ailment that requires such attention. My herbal consultations are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure specific ailments. Instead, my consultations are designed to help provide you with information on how to achieve whole body wellness through natural means and self-empowerment.

Herbal medicines and supplements will only go so far. In order to be healthy, you have to make healthy your lifestyle. You can’t simply take a supplement and expect to be cured. In order to achieve whole body wellness, you must create a lifestyle to achieve it – this is where I come in. I am here to provide information on how to achieve that lifestyle, while tailoring it to your specific needs.

Communication between client and herbalist is an absolute necessity when I am providing a consult. I need you to be open and honest with me.

My Background and Training

I have been working as an herbalist since 2013. However, I have been studying herbal medicine for most of my life. Herbalism and botany have always been passions of mine, and I have decided to turn those passions into a career.

I have trained through independent studies, as well as correspondence studies.

I am trained in the Wise Woman and Cherokee traditions, but am familiar with other traditions. The majority of my work is within the Wise Woman scope of practice.

THE WISE WOMAN TRADITION SCOPE OF HEALING

From Susun S. Weed’s Book ‘MENOPAUSAL YEARS’

Step 0: DO NOTHING! (sleep, meditate, unplug the clock or the telephone). A vital, invisible step.

Step 1: Collect Information (low-tech diagnosis, reference books, support groups, divination).

Step 2: Engage the Energy (prayer, homeopathic remedies, crying,visualizations, ritual, aromatherapy, color, laughter).

Step 3: Nourish & Tonify (herbal infusions/vinegars, love, some herbal tinctures, life-style changes, physical activities, moxibustion).

Step 4: Stimulate/Sedate (many herbal tinctures,acupuncture, most massage, alcohol). Risk of developing dependence on step 4 remedies is influenced by frequency(how often), dosage (how much), & duration (how long).

Step 5a: Use Supplements (synthesized/concentrated vitamins or minerals, special foods like royal jelly or spirulina). Supplements are not step 3. There’s always the risk with synthesized/concentrated substances that they’ll do more harm than good,e.g., the men who took fish liver oil in capsules & had a greater mortality from heart disease (the oil was rancid).

Step 5b: Hi Dosage (synthesized alkaloids, oral & injectable hormones, high dilution homeopathics). Overdose may cause grave injury or death.

Step 6: Break & Enter (fear-inspiring language, surgery, colonics, Rolfing, psychoactive drugs, invasive “diagnostic” tests such as mammograms & biopsies). Side effects are inevitable & may include permanent injury or death.

Before working as an herbalist, I worked as an Arkansas licensed pharmacy technician.

Areas that I specialize in (but am not limited to) include:

  • Children’s Health
  • Fertility & Infertility for Both Men and Women
  • Hormonal Imbalances in Both Men and Women
  • Herbal Birth Control
  • Pregnancy & Postpartum Care
  • Special Pregnancy & Birth Situations (Miscarriage, VBAC, etc.)
  • Chronic Migraines
  • Skin Disorders (Psoriasis, Eczema, etc.)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Men’s Vitality and Wellness
  • Anemia
  • Degenerate Disc Disease
  • Infant Health & Wellness

If you are interested in working with me, please fill out the form below. You can also fill out my client history form here. If you fill out the client history form, please email it to me at danienewcomb (at) gmail (dot) com. I will need the client history form filled out before we can conduct the primary consultation.

Blessed be!

-Danie Lopez Newcomb

Primordial Willow

The Perks of Being a WAHM

 

 

I get to drink herbal teas that I crafted myself from my favorite coffee mug. 


I get to stop work and get some much needed cuddles from my kids . 


I can breastfeed Little a, while potty training Big A, while submitting articles for publication, all at the same time!


I don’t ever have to get out of my pajamas, if I don’t want to (but I usually do). 


I can eat a brownie for lunch without being judged by my co-workers. 


I can go to a friend’s yard and pick weeds all day long and call it “work”. 


I can watch documentaries (or Charmed) all day while working without getting reprimanded.


I get to write, work with herbs, and spend time with my family – 3 of my favorite things to do. 


I don’t have to commute and get stuck in traffic on a regular basis. 


I can raise my children while also maintaining a career. 


I can share what knowledge I have in order to help others, while at the same time, also gaining new knowledge from the people I interact with. 


There are many downsides to working from home while raising children, but the positives totally outweigh the negatives for me. I love what I do, I love that I get to actively be involved in my children’s lives, and I also love the flexibility that being a WAHM provides for me.

 

What are some of the perks you enjoy from being a work-at-home parent? 

How to Make Flax Eggs

How to Make Flax Eggs

I often mention using flax eggs in place of regular eggs in my recipes. I do this because organic free range eggs are pricey and I like to save them for scrabbled eggs and omelets. Flax is much cheaper than organic eggs in my area and it works just as good in baked goods.

I’ve had several readers message me asking what exactly is a flax egg. Instead of constantly explaining via emails on how to make a flax egg, I decided I would just make a quick little post that I could link people to.

Ingredients


1 tablespoon of freshly ground organic flax (if it has not been freshly ground, or stored in a fridge after grinding, it will go rancid, so only buy ground flax if it has been refrigerated)

2 tablespoons of filtered (or spring) water

A bowl

Directions

Step 1: Combine the flax and water. You don’t need to mix it at all, just make sure that the flax is sufficiently covered with the water.

Step 2: Move the mixture to the fridge. Keep it in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. I prefer to keep mine in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Step 3: Remove the bowl out of the fridge. The flax will now be gelatinous; similar to how an egg is. Add this to your baking recipes like you would normally with eggs.

Yields 1 Flax Egg (equivalent to 1 regular egg)

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Deities ABC’s for Children

Pagan God & Goddess ABC's for Witchlings

Lately I have been really interested in simple ways to teach my children the mythos of our ancestors. I decided a neat way to teach my kids the ABC’s, as well as teach them some lore, would be to incorporate the two together.

Below is a little alphabet I came up with featuring certain deities. My hope is that Aaron and Autumn will pick up some of the deity names while they are learning the alphabet. Maybe you can use this with your children as well.

Blessings!

A is for Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom

B is for Baldr, the God of Good Things

C is for Chiron, the Great Healer and Teacher

D is for Danu, the Mother of the Faeries

E is for Epona, the Protector of Horses

F is for Freyja, the Powerful War Goddess

G is for Gaia, the Earth Mother

H is for Hades, the Lord of the Dead

I is for Isis, the Goddess of Magic and Life

J is for Juno, the Goddess of Marriage

K is for Kali, the Goddess of Life and Rebirth

L is for Lilith, the Empowered Goddess

M is for Maat, the Goddess of Truth and Justice

N is for Nyx, the Night Mother

O is for Odin, the All-Father

P is for Poseidon, the Lord of the Sea

Q is for Quabso, the Goddess of the Moon and Rain

R is for Ra, the Sun God

S is for Selene, the Moon Goddess

T is for Thor, the Hammer-Weilding God of Thunder

U is for Uranus, the Sky Father

V is for Vishnu, the God of Souls and Incarnation

W is for Wohpe, the Goddess of Peace

X is for Xi Hou, the Goddess of the Sun

Y is for Yamuna, the River Goddess

Z is for Zeus, the Lord of the Sky

Primordial Willow

This was originally posted on my old blog, The Crunchy Pagan Mom Blog

Medicinal and Magical Herbs: Dragon’s Blood

Medicinal & Magical Herbs - Dragon's Blood Resin

Introduction

Dragon’s blood is a red resin that is derived from various plant and tree species. The best Dragon’s Blood comes from trees found in South America.

In ancient times, people believed that Dragon’s Blood literally came from the blood of dragons. During Roman times, Dragon’s Blood was used as a dye, pigment for painting, and for medicinal purposes. The Greeks and Arabs also used this resin for medicinal purposes. During the medieval period, it was used for ritual and alchemical purposes.

Pagans today use Dragon’s Blood for ritualistic purposes. In modern times, Dragon’s Blood is most commonly used for incense and as a varnish for furniture. Some people, especially people who practice Latin American Folk Medicine, still use Dragon’s Blood for medicinal purposes.

Medicinal Properties

Dragon’s Blood can be used to treat all sorts of ills. During the Roman times, it was used to treat intestinal issue. Many folk medicine practitioners today use Dragon’s Blood to treat menstrual issues, bleeding, and wound healing.

Dragon’s Blood can also be used to treat stomach ailments, most commonly diarrhea. Unlike many diarrhea treatments, however, Dragon’s Blood does not treat the issue all the way to the point of constipation. This makes Dragon’s Blood a very appealing diarrhea treatment.

Some people have claimed that Dragon’s Blood can be used to treat skin disorders such as eczema. It can also be used to treat insect bites and possibly burns.

The plant best known for obtaining medicinal Dragon’s Blood is a tree known as “Sangre de Drago”. The literal translation for Sangre de Drago is, “blood of the dragon”. This tree can be found in South America and is used by many who practice Latin American Folk Medicine. When the tree is pierced or cut into, it “bleeds” red ooze that looks somewhat like blood.

Dragon’s Blood is an antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal.

Possible Side Effects

So long as you obtain true Dragon’s Blood, such as the Dragon’s Blood found in the Sangre de Drago tree, there are no known side effects. Some companies label red resins as Dragon’s Blood, but they are not from any known medicinal plants or trees and can possibly be toxic. If you plan on using Dragon’s Blood for its medicinal benefits, only use the kind derived from medicinal plants.

There have not been enough studies conducted to know of any possibly side effects. If you are pregnant or nursing, it is probably best that you avoid consuming Dragon’s Blood, just for a safety precaution. If you have any type of blood disorders, consult with a medical professional before using Dragon’s Blood.

There are possible side effects with any herb or pharmaceutical medication. These vary from person to person. Most people will take this herb and experience no negative side effects. Speak with your herbalist, midwife, or medical professional before beginning an herbal treatment.

Medicinal & Magical Herbs: Dragon's Blood Resin

Magical Properties

Dragon’s Blood is a very powerful magical tool. It increases protection and banishing spells and can also be used during fertility rituals.

You can use the resin to make an ink to inscribe magical seals. This is an excellent idea for anyone who keeps a magical journal, or those who enjoy using magical inks in the Book of Shadows.

The most common way to use Dragon’s Blood magically is through incense.

How I Use This Herb

I’ve yet to use this herb for its medicinal benefits, but I do plan on trying to get some for my medicine cabinet very soon. The benefits of this herb are too great to ignore and I could definitely see myself using it often, especially in the treatment of skin disorders.

What I currently have been using Dragon’s Blood for has just been for magic. I use Dragon’s Blood incense for rituals quite regularly. I even used it for a fertility ritual for Little a.

Dragon’s Blood is absolutely amazing for magic. It is so powerful and I feel such a strong connection with the spirits I work with when I use Dragon’s Blood. In my personal experience, it is an herb you can use when you’re just starting to work with a new spirit and you’re unsure as to what they specifically like. All the spirits I have worked with seem to be accepting of Dragon’s Blood until you discover what it is that they prefer.

Dragon’s Blood also has an amazing scent. Some people don’t like it. In fact, I’ve had people over at my house after I’ve burned Dragon’s Blood and they can’t tell if they love it or hate it. It’s an odd smell, but I absolutely love it.

I would advise you to be careful with where you purchase your Dragon’s Blood from. Many people will label things as Dragon’s Blood that isn’t even remotely close. If you only want Dragon’s Blood for the scent, than this probably isn’t an issue. But if you want to use Dragon’s Blood medicinally or magically, I recommend you try to find legitimate Dragon’s Blood.

You can order Dragon’s Blood resin from Mountain Rose Herbs

Do you have a favorite medicinal and magical herb? 

This post originally appeared on my old blog, The Crunchy Pagan Mom Blog. This post also contains affiliate links. Photo courtesy of dreagle25 on Photobucket
This article is for information purposes only. It is not meant to be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any ailments. Consult with a medical professional and use your own common sense before using herbal medicines.