Feel guilty since I posted this and haven't responded! Yikes where does the time go?? I have never done a professional training but have studied with lots of different herbalists over the past 15 years, have a minor in botany, and just love the concept of sharing the planet with plants that offer medicine to help us live and be healthy. I haven't taken any pharmies (other than ibuprofen once a month for a day when I had my moon) in my adult life. The power of herbs amazes me!
So my encouragement to all of you studying and interested. Susan Weed and Rosemary Gladstar have some great books. I really like James Green's manual on how to make a wide variety of herbal goodies and of course the late Michael Moore for materia medica. To name but a few!
I second the caution of herbs in pregnancy. There are many resources available for lists of herbs to avoid. Not difficult to obtain, so always check. Good to stick with tonics like RRaspberry, Oatstraw, Nettles, Dandy lf, etc.
Just made a promilk tea for a friend who just had a great homebirth. Goats Rue, Blessed Thistle, Fennel and Fenugreek. Thinking of a sitz blend for me, but have plenty of time for that. Nipple butter and some baby booty balm on the list. Haven't done salvy consistency for awhile so may need practice. Do share any tried and true proportions with me if you have them. I'd much appreciate it! My last cream kinda flopped! I am so bad with recipes adn measurments but can't waste such precious ingredients again! What else to make? Thinking of a diaper spray for the reusuable wipes. Just plain water, little lavender and tea tree essential oil maybe? What do you think?
Owlgirl w/ life partner of 7 years & Nadia Avani 12/18/10.