Yesterday I was asked once again about wormwood. Many people have legitimate concerns, having heard that wormwood isn't safe during pregnancy. Due to the controversy about this herb I spend extra timing researching it when I was studying for my Master's Degree in Herbology. I can also throw in about twenty years of personal use with this plant with humans and pets/livestock.
First the concern. It IS true that if your animals get out and scarf a large amount of wormwood at once that they may lose a pregnancy or have convulsions. The truth is that overeating on ANY plant can cause acidosis, entertoxemia or other problems specific to that plant. Also using this plant in tincture form or oil form highly concentrates the phyto (plant) chemicals in this plant- namely the one we are concerned with is thujone- greatly increasing the risk of having an adverse effect. Absinthe, made with wormwood as one of the ingredients for several centuries, caused many problems in those that became addicted to it. Because of that we never ever use essential oil with wormwood in it and never do I use extracts where wormwood is a primary ingredient.
However, used in it's whole plant form, and in quantities no where close to the 'goats got out and ate a big patch of it' situation this herb has much value to offer. It may be helpful in gi and distresses, may aid bile movement and liver function, may help protect the liver from plant toxins that are ingested around the same time, may aid the body in oxygenating the uterus as well as might have natural antibiotic properties. Most people are aware that it may have anthelmintic (worm removing) properties. It's also historically to be thought a tanaecide to possibly help the body kill tapeworms. It's a very valuable plant and I love using it with my pregnant goats, alpacas and horses due to the possible uterine enhancing and toxin protecting properties within my DWA herb blend that we sell on our website at www.firmeadowllc.com .
May you be fully blessed!
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Sleepless in ....?
Getting sleep at night is very important for the overall physical, mental and emotional wellness of your body. To work with the pituitary gland and the Krebs cycle of the body ten pm is an ideal time to 'hit the hay'. But what if that brain won't shut down or sleep mode won't kick in? Or dinner is still flip flopping reminders back and forth? Here are some simple assistants for you. The best part is, they are all non narcotic and nourish your system rather than drug it. Nor will they cause the body to produce less of it's own hormones that it needs, such as what happens when one supplements with melatonin types of products.
First on the list is Slumber. The herbs contained within help supply building block nutrients to bring the body down into that all important REM sleep. Without deep REM sleep your body doesn't truly rest, repair or restore. My recommendation is to take one+ per 75 lbs of body weight (so 120 lb person can take two) with water 20 to 30 minutes prior to bedtime. Capsules can be opened and stirred into a bit of vegetable or fruit juice if wanted.
Relax-Eze also can be used for sleep assistance in the same way as slumber. It can be taken before bedtime and can also be taken again in the middle of the night if one should wake up. Several of my clients have also used it to help support their bodies in anxiety, hyperactivity and Restless Legs types of issues. If some of these other issues are challenging in your family I can also direct you to other products for broader coverage if you like. This product can also be used with children at the rate of 1 capsule per 75 lbs (so 1/2 of a capsule for 38 or so lbs, etc).
For the flip flop wont stop stomach I encourage people to try to not eat the last two hours before bedtime, as well as take Soothing Digestion to encourage their stomach to calm itself down and to encourage a healthy balance of flora in the GI tract for digestive health. This product can be used anytime day or night and can be considered a daily supplement. Use Lower Bowel formula with it to help start working with the cause. Also avoid eating fruit (except apples) with or for the two hours immediately following a meal to avoid fermentation problems.
May all of your rest times be blessed!!!
Here's a real easy nectar to make for your hardworking fliers that will give them minerals, vitamins and antioxidants!
See how pretty it looks. If I didn't tell you this wasn't made with red food coloring and nasty excitotoxin refined white sugar would you know?