I’m been thinking about, experimenting with, and enjoying creating my own natural remedies for a few months now. Some of my concoctions have been amazing; others less impressive. Either way, I’m gathering knowledge about herbs I’ll be able to use for the rest of my life.
My curiosity with natural health remedies got started when I looked into alternative ways to treat depression. I am very thankful for the bump in my mood I get each day thanks to my little white pill. I don’t know how I would have survived the last few years without it. But I hate feeling so reliant on one piece of medicine.
Over the past few years, I’ve supplemented the medicine with getting as much sunlight and Vitamin D as I can. In the winter I take Vitamin D supplements and go tanning once or twice a week for 10-12 minutes on the most basic bed available. I also keep a big full-spectrum light by my bed to use when I wake up in the morning and before going to bed. I spend as much time as I can run in a sunny location during the winter months. Usually I can only squeeze in a couple weeks, but I was lucky to be able to train in
for two months last year. Albuquerque
Over the past year, I’ve tried a couple new things. I’m meditating regularly, about 10 minutes, 5 days a week. I’ve also tried to get some counseling, but there are not many options on my poor-runner state health care plan. My latest scheme has to get seen by a local psychiatric clinic that takes Medicaid, but you have to go through an intake process, and I’ve been playing phone tag with the admissions dude for about a month now.
While all these methods seem to elevate my mood, I’m always looking for better ways to manage my depression and seasonal affective disorder. In my research, I came across
Wort, a plant that has been used
medicinally around the world. St. John’s Wort is commonly prescribed for
depression in St. John’s Europe, but is rarely used in the . United States
I’ve started drinking
Wort tea, and I made a St. John’s Wort tincture, which will be ready
to try soon. I also just put together the ingredients to make a seasonal
affective disorder tincture from Rosemary Gladstar’s book, Medicinal Herbs.
The tincture calls for equal parts St. John’s Wort, oat tops, and Hawthorn
berries, leaves, and bark. St. John’s
ü 2 parts
Wort flower St. John’s
ü 1 part green oar top (milky top of just-riped oats)
ü 1 part hawthorn leaf, flower, and berry
ü 80 vodka
- Fill a
glass jar with herbs, leaving
2 inchesof space at the top.
- Fill the jar with vodka.
- Let the mixture sit by the radiator/heater/fireplace for 1-3 months, depending on the recipe, shaking it as often as you remember (recipes recommend once or twice every day).
- Once the time is up, strain the herbs out of the liquid, and divide between dropper bottles.
To use a tincture, squirt a droperful of the tincture into a glass. Fill the glass with some water or juice, and drink. Tinctures don’t always taste great, but the health benefits are well worth the flavor.