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After a long absence...I'm back.

Spokane, WA(Zone 5b)

And glad to read everyone's posts. Except carrielamonts....geeze, I hope things look up for you!! A collapsed lung is no joke.

This last year or so has been a real roller coaster. And you all know how it gets. :(

For those that might not remember me...I have fibromyalgia and was last seen (on the boards) tackling a gluten free diet that was helping. Well, I'm still on my diet, more or less. And it's still working, more or less! LOL!

I'm so glad to be back...
Jacki
AKA
Planti

mulege, Mexico

Welcome back, Jacki.

katie

Spokane, WA(Zone 5b)

Thanks, Katie. Hope things have been okay with you this last year. Glad to be back!
J.

Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

Glad you ARE back Jacki.
Vickie

Spokane, WA(Zone 5b)

Thanks, Vickie!! I took off a year from major gardening and studied herbs and herbalism. But I'm back this year with big plans for my garden.
Jacki

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

WELCOME BACK! She didn't say I have a collapsed lung, just that she's worried because I have a lot of the risk factors. Still coughing, still feel fine!

Spokane, WA(Zone 5b)

Oh good, Carrie....that's better at least! So glad to be back...

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

I feel fine with very little coughing today. I think it's postural, i/e. when I'm lying down (asleep) it's worse. DH thinks I'm on my deathbed, which is pleasant -- NOT.

Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

Eat that attention up Carrie.
OH BOY an herbal specialist. We want to know ALL, LOL

Spokane, WA(Zone 5b)

I wouldn't go so far as to say, "specialist"! Hahaha! I found out there is a WHOLE lotta stuff to herbalism than I ever dreamed. But I have learned a few tricks...

One of the best being; gathering wild St Johns Wort flowers in june. Then I fill a jar with them, pour olive oil (or similar) over the flowers, shake it up and set it in the sun. After a couple of weeks, the oil turns a ruby red! Strain out the flowers and use the oil as is, or mix with melted beeswax to make a salve. THE BEST for body pain, especially having to do with nerves. Works pretty good on my fibro body. Works great on places that generate pain through nerve compression like my neck, my tailbone, welll...my whole spine! It's not immediate relief but I can tell the difference overnight. I've run out of it by now and I really miss it!

Anyone that wants to know the details just give me a shout out and I'd be happy to take you through the process. I'll be making a lot more SJW oil this year for sure!

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

Wow! Who knew!!!!! (Btw, ALL better now!)

Spokane, WA(Zone 5b)

so glad to hear that!

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

So glad to feel it! The scary thing is, I FELT fine, no fever, never breathless or trouble breathing but then I would gak up these huge balls of mucous in the middle of the the night.

Spokane, WA(Zone 5b)

Weird...and scary!

Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

That must be scary Carrie.
I have ST Johns wort and i'd love the directions. I plantd some in a flowerbed, It died in the bed but is growing wild in my clay path.
Vickie

Midland City, AL

Hi, Planti. Iím Nadine. I think I arrived here after you went on sabbatical. Iím Amargiaís most recent problem child. :-) Physical depression is my challenge. Iíve heard of using St. Johnís Wort as an anti-depressant, but this is the first Iíve heard of using it topically for pain. I learn something new every day here. Iíll have to check PF to see if St. Johnís will grow in our zone. ~N~

Spokane, WA(Zone 5b)

Hi Nadine! I have missed hearing about Amargia...

I have also heard about taking st johns wort for depression. I tried it but it just interacted with my regular antidepressent. Besides, that was taking pills and not the plant so who knows what's in there. When it gets closer to June, I'll start a thread on making st john's wort oil.

I've heard that the cultivated st johns wort isn't as effective as the wild. It grows like a weed (fortunately) around here so I can always send some your way during the season. Might get quite a bit of use around Amargia :)

Jacki

Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

I've got ST. Johns wort too. Mine wont grow in a bed but does great out in my clay path. So I can send some.

SE/Gulf Coast Plains, AL(Zone 8b)

Jackie, so happy to see you back in town.
St. Johnís Wort is only marginally hardy here. It makes good sense to get herbs that would struggle in our climate from people in places where the herb naturally thrives. We would love to try the oil you make. Jim is always looking for things that will ease his pain without interfering with his meds and that sounds like it would be worth a try.
I actually used St. Johnís for Depression after I had a horrible experience with a prescription anti-depressant back in the 80ís. I didnít trust psycho pharmacologist for years after that experience. Iím on a prescription anti-depressant now that works a little better than St. Johnís Wort for my type of Depression with no noticeable side-effects. SJW got me through for years though without doing me any harm. Kay*

Midland City, AL

I would still like to try and grow a little patch in the wildflower area for my bees. Will you please send me some seeds when yours goes to seed, Vickie? I wonder if honey made by bees who forage on St. John's wort would help with Depression? Would the hive that had foraged on the flowers be calmer and less likely to sting or swarm? :-) I am willing to make the sacrifice and consume honey everyday in the name of medical science. ~Nadine~

Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

Will do Nadine. I may need some too. I keep having good days and then Zonk-down to the pits again.
The worst part is the beautiful days we're having and i can't injoy them.
Am staying busy tho. Don't remember what i've told you about planting so forgive me if i repeat myself.onions, strawberrys,cukes,sweet peppers,Creole tomatoes,radishes,lettuce,
Remember these are all in containers so not many plants. A local produce farm has strawberrys i love but they were sold out when i went by there and i wont be going back to town for a week.I won't to freeze some. Walmarts is advertizing they are buying from local farmers but they are'nt from this farm so i have my doubts.

Midland City, AL

Thanks, Vickie. Since you mentioned it, I noticed the strawberry farm several miles from here is still open. They use some kind of material that looks like black plastic meaning they have strawberries very early. I'm ashamed to say I've never bought my strawberries directly from them. I think I'll change that.
Planti, do you think the same technique you use to make St. John's oil might be applied to making massage oils from other herbs? Tension makes Papa Jim's back pain worse. He is on powerful muscle relaxers, but they don't always relieve the tension. That's when Mama Kay resorts to massage. ~Nadine~

Midland City, AL

I'm still the slowpoke of the bunch. Nice to have you back, Jackie. Should I be watching for your St. John's oil making thread on the Herb formum or the Accessible forum because it's an oil to help with pain? (Jim)

Spokane, WA(Zone 5b)

Thanks, Jim. I'll put the SJW oil stuff on the Accessible forum I think. I know you guys. Right now I am using dandelion oil which is a nice mellow pain reliever when made into an oil or salve. It's not as good as the SJW but it's nice. Maybe I should do that now, come to think of it, as our bright yellow friends are starting their show around here!

Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

I'm glad someone else likes dandelions. I picked someseeds from my banks lawn and planted them up here. They're spreading nicely. My next project is to start henbits up here.

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