Thursday, March 29, 2007

but...it's not supposed to hurt anymore...

I haven't had random day (meaning not cycle related) of pain in months. But for some reason, today my ovary was acting up again. I'm really hoping I wont need to medicate to sleep tonight, but I have a feeling....I've been a little slacky on my herbs, maybe that's it. Last month was amazing though! No pain! Okay, well, 1 1/2 hours of pain when my period started, but any one who has experienced this knows this is huge! I didn't even take a loritab (I wasn't home) and now I apparently have a great concoction I can take when things get bad. We'll see how things go next month. I should probably try it for my ovary tonight....

So what did I take? It's a long list: chammomile, blessed thistle, red raspberry, cramp bark, squaw root, peppermint, dong quai, wild yam, and lobelia. If anyone plans on repeating these, I would strongly advice you to see an experienced herbalist first if you are new to herbs. You can pretty much take as much chamommile and peppermint as you like, but some of these, like lobelia and cramp bark, are muscle relaxants that shouldn't be used daily. So safety first!

Despite my setback today, I am very impressed with the effects the herbs have had and need to do some more experimenting with which ones to take when. But I'm feeling positive. If nothing else, I no longer have days where I'm willing to do anything, even surgery, to be free of pain. And THAT is very nice.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

I'm ambitious.

The weather has been so nice and it inspired me to get my garden ready. I've been allowed to extend my garden into some of the mud in my small front yard. There used to be grass, but we have crappy soil for grass. Now it's a few blades of grass amongst mud. So I began mulching and adding compost and manure. The plan:

Lupinelupine2.jpg, Chives, Allysumimage.jpg, Snapdragons, Lily of the Valleylilyvalley.jpg, Bleeding Heartbleedht11.jpg, and Violas. I also have a hydrangea bush to put in a pot. We'll see how it does.

The bulbs I planted last fall are starting to pop up and my ground cover looks awesome. Last year my zuchinni, onions, lettuce, and tomatoes did well, my peppers, strawberries, and cucmbers sucked, and the beans didn't even flower. We'll see if I learned anything and an improve things this year.

OH! My (indoor) beans this year have not only flowered, but now there are little beanlets coming off the stems. I'm such a proud mommy. Way to go beans! Still waiting on the peas. The carrots seem to be doing well and the tomatoes are not happy it's not 90 degrees in my house. Sorry tomatoes.

Just because I don't have a large yard (and am growing things out of season) doesn't mean I can't have fresh veggies. The lesson here, if there's something you don't like about your home, see if there's another way to make it work!

Monday, March 5, 2007

my turn

I'm sick now. I actually feel fine, but I've had this awful sore throat. I haven't had one all year :(. Oh well, I guess it was inevitable.

Since I prefer using holistic treatments, I've been enjoying hot herbal tea and apple cider (not together), lots of vitamin C, Ricola cough drops with echinacea, and gargling with hot water (not too hot!) and cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper is probably the most effective treatment I've found yet. I tried to grow a plant so I could use it for medicinal purposes, but the seeds never sprouted. Sad. :( But today is better than yesterday. That's good. Anyone else ready for 60 degree weather yet?

In other news, I've finished replacing all the flooring in my home (except underneath the furnace and water heater)! Yay! We got the last bedroom done Saturday and I feel very accomplished. :) No more carpet! I finally have a carpet free home! If you think carpet is clean, try ripping some up. I had to wear a mask from all the dirt and that was still in it. Yuck!