I'm insatiable, wanting to test out new herbs and new recipes constantly. Every malady a friend mentions is met with less empathy and more excitement than is probably appropriate because I'm just too happy to find new things to study and practice. Up above is the absurd amount of spent herbs I've ended up with over a 4 day period after making many teas and salves. Every day I make at least two pots of herbal teas. At one point I had a tea and an oil going on the stove while I was measuring out ingredients for some tinctures. Herbs everywhere.
My first project for the week was to formulate an energy and focus tincture for a very dear friend. I know that there are more common herbs that could be used in a formula for this purpose (perhaps peppermint and rosemary?) but I wanted to learn more about schisandra, rhodiola, and eleuthero. I was intrigued by the possibility of using these three adaptogens over the course of a month or so. Instead of getting a quick pick-me-up as one would from something like peppermint, or coffee (which depletes the body of calcium and iron), these three herbs give some immediate energy and also help the body to build up resistance to stress and sickness, and increase energy over time the more they are used. They simply help the body to work better. Since tincturing herbs takes 6-8 weeks I also made a tea blend so we can try the formula sooner.
I've inherited many things from my mother-- a love of nature and learning, unending curiosity and questioning, a love of savory things over sweet. Varicose veins are also something I inherited. I actually had some removed when I was 24 because after standing and teaching for 3 years they were painful and made standing (teaching) pretty much impossible. Other veins are starting to cause discomfort, though it's happening more slowly since I'm not standing all day anymore. I do not want to have any more removed-- I hated the experience-- so I found a recipe for a salve by Rosemary Gladstar I thought I'd try out. I'm not sure how well it will work yet, but I generally have great success with Rosemary's recipes. I'm clearly still learning about proportions... I accidentally made enough for a dozen people instead of just for me and am hoping to find friends who need it.