Tictures for "That Time of Month"

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A couple weeks ago I shared some ways that my older girls and I like to make “that time of month” more comfortable and add needed nutrients to our bodies. Along with teas, hot packs and baths we also like to use these tincures. One helps relieve cramps without the use of pain medicine and the other lessess your flow of blood. You can grow/forage your own herbs or buy them from an on-line company. Two of my favorite sources for herbs are Mountain Rose Herbs and Bulk Herb Store. They are both wonderful companies. 



Yarrow

Heavy Bleeding Tincture/Glycerite
1 Part Horsetail
1 Part Yarrow
1 Part Redrasppberry Leaf
Vodka or Vegtable Glycerin
Hot Water (if using glycerin)


Cramp Tincture/Glycerite
1 Part Lemon Balm
1 Part Catnip
1 Part Oatstraw
1 Part Redraspberry Leaf
1 Part Yarrow
1 Part Peppermint
1 Part Dried Ginger
Vodka or Vegtable Glycerin
Hot Water (if using glycerin)



Vodka Method:

Mix herbs together filling a glass jar 3/4 of the way full. Cover with vodka and give it a good shake. Store in a dark place such as a cabinet for at least four weeks. Shaking every day. Strain through a cheese cloth or old t-shirt, squeezing out as much liquid as possible. Store in a glass jar. The tincture will retain it’s potency for at least two years. Store in a dark location.


Glycerin Method 1:

Mix herbs together filling a glass jar 3/4 of the way full. Pour just enough hot water over the herbs to dampen them. Fill the jar with glycerin and give it a good shake. Store in a dark place such as a cabinet for at least six weeks. Shaking every day. Strain through a cheese cloth or old t-shirt, squeezing out as much liquid as possible. Store in a glass jar. The gylcerite will retain it’s potency for at least one year. Store in a dark location.

Glycerin Method 2:

Mix herbs together filling a glass jar 3/4 of the way full. Pour just enough hot water over the herbs to dampen them. Fill the jar with glycerin and give it a good shake. Place a towel in the bottom of a crock pot, nesting the jar in the towel. (This is to prevent the jar from breaking.) Add water until just a inch of the jar remains uncover. Place on the lid and cook in warm to low for three days. Strain through a cheese cloth or old t-shirt, squeezing out as much liquid as possible. Store in a glass jar. The gylcerite will retain it’s potency for at least one year.

Catnip

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About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is a dorm “mama” to a gaggle of amazing girls ages 10 to 18 at a home and school for the Deaf in Baja California, Mexico. She believes that life was meant to be lived barefoot with lots of open space to roam and play. Katie is passionate about nourishing food, herbs and simple living. She can often be found with a cup of tea or coffee and a piece of dark chocolate while she writing, reading and living life.

Comments

  1. Christi, in Rosemary Gladstar’s book “Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health” she suggests using 1/4 (1 dropper full or 35 drops) to 1/2 teaspon (2.5 dropper fulls or 88 dropps) for adults every 30 to 60 minutes until the symtoms subside. For my girls 12 and up I give them two dropper fulls every few hours. I do the same for myself. It is also best to start with less as each person’s body may reacate different. It is also best to do your own research on each herb individualy before using them.

  2. I love this! I don’t need it anymore (hysterectomy 7 years ago) but I do have a daughter who is 12 so it isn’t too far off.

    Silly question though, how do you use the tinctures?

  3. Thanks Katie! I’ll definitely look into it and do some research as well as talk to my midwife. :)
    Blessings!
    Tabitha

  4. A Restful Place, I think it should be fine to use for afterpains from childbirth but I am not certain. I would do some research on your own as some herbs make lactation more difficult. I hope you find something that works!

  5. Hi Katie! This sounds so interesting – I’ll have to try it. Do you know if you can use the Cramp Tincture/Glycerite for afterpains after childbirth? I’d be really interested in that as I’m pregnant and would love to prepare now and do as much natural as possible. My last pregnancy I tried some natural things from my midwife but none were too effective. :) Thank you so much! I’m following your blog now. :) What a blessing!

  6. Lori, I hope it helps! My girls and I love using them.

  7. Super practical! I don’t typically have very painful cramps but I have plenty of friends that do that will love having these recipes. Thanks!

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