Herbal Preparation Dosages

 

I feel its important to write about dosages for herbal preparations which may assist the body to heal itself.

I’ve realised during the last couple of years that I am a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) . This realisation began when I read Elaine N. Aaron’s book “The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Survive and Thrive When the World Overwhelms You.” I thank Elaine for helping me to appreciate my sensitive side and to learn how to live with it.

As I grow spiritually I also see that I have the traits of an Empath because I seem to feel another persons emotions.

 

 

Being a HSP means that I’m more sensitive than the majority because approximately only 20% of the population are highly sensitive. As a result I’m naturally more sensitive to chemicals as part of my trait.

Sensitivity and Drugs

My sensitivities may also have contributed to the very nasty side effects of drugs that I was prescribed in the past.

While learning about herbalism I have found that my sensitivity means that I require lower dosages. Therefore when I use one of my herbal preparations I only need to take a child’s dose for it to be effective.

If you want to see if you are highly sensitive too take a look at my post;

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In the post I describe my sensitivities along with examples. See if any resonate with yourself and maybe you have others of your own.

The Golden Rule

When I take a herbal preparation I start with the lowest dose possible. I find its best to begin this way. Then if necessary I increase the dose in small increments until I achieve the desired result.

I prefer tinctures to capsules because its so easy to add or take away a few drops.

Capsules

I’m not a big fan of taking capsules. They contain standard doses for everyone and do not take into account individual differences. Even when you go into the hospital for an operation your anaesthetic is tailored to your size. I feel that herbal preparations should be too.

Individual differences include;

Weight

It seems obvious to me that a smaller person does not require as big a dose as a large person. How can a small and thin five foot pensioner require the same dosage as a strapping six foot bodybuilder?

Airlines assume an average weight per person and unfortunately drug companies seem to do the same.

Age

I often find there are separate instructions for children and some even say for adults only. However elderly individuals often need a lower dose as well.

Sensitivities

I find that full dosages are far too powerful for me. An example of this is when I bought myself Astragalus capsules. I bought these because I needed something to try to support my weak immune system.

I took one capsule per day as prescribed on the bottle. After a few days I was bouncing off the walls and couldn’t sleep. This may have been because Chinese medicine says that it may assist with fatigue too.

Therefore I decided to make a tincture with the Astragalus root inside the capsules instead. Now I take a much tinier amount of just five drops of Astragalus tincture in water per day. I’m glad to say that I am no longer bouncing off the walls.

Autoimmune disorders

I’ve read that people with autoimmune disorders who take children’s dosages can achieve success with this amount. An auto immune disease is when your immune system mistakenly attacks your body.

Tinctures

Making a tincture from capsules I open them up to remove the dried root. Then I soak the dried root in alcohol for several weeks and ensure that I shake the mixture on a regular basis. When ready I strain the liquid using cheesecloth and throw away the remaining root. I’m always amazed by the beautiful colours of the liquid that remains.

I find opaque dropper bottles best but if these are not available I use transparent ones and keep them in a dark cupboard.

These homemade tinctures save me a lot of money because a little of the herb goes a long way.

Making my tinctures depends upon many factors and for this reason I consider all factors very carefully before preparing. I only prepare tinctures for myself because I am not qualified to do so for clients. However herbal preparations can readily be bought in tincture form. 

The good news is if you can’t use or don’t want alcohol tinctures glycerine ones can be found instead. These are made with vegetable glycerine which is a clear and odourless liquid produced from plant oils.

Important

I never take a herb for longer than necessary. When the reason for taking the herbal preparation has disappeared I only take the herb for a further 48 hours then stop.

I always stop taking my homemade Elderberry syrup 48 hours after my symptoms disappear. Elderberry syrup is my first stop whenever a cold begins to rear its ugly head.

I love herbs!

I love my herbal preparations because I’m not getting the awful side effects like the ones I got from pill enclosed drugs.

Until next time keep well and happy.

 

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Are you a Highly Sensitive Person too?

Choosing to click onto this page may mean that the title resonates with yourself or someone close to you. Have you realised, or think that you could be, a HSP? Were you often called too shy or too sensitive?

Special thanks

Before I begin I want to give a special thanks to Elaine N Aaron and her book “The Highly Sensitive Person – How to Survive and Thrive when the World Overwhelms You.”

Elaine’s book made me realise that there is nothing wrong with who I am.  I was often made to think that there was and maybe this was because HSPs are in the minority. Approximately only 20% of the population are HSPs.

As a result I’m learning to live with, and love who I am. I was so impressed with Elaine’s book that I passed my copy on and bought another for a friend. If your interested in reading an overview of the book click here;

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Sensitivities

It took me nearly 50 years to realise that I’m a Highly Sensitive Person and I want to share my sensitive traits to see if you could be too.

If you have other sensitive traits please feel free to share them in the comments below.

Acrylic

Whenever I tried to wear clothing with acrylic fibres they always made me itch like crazy. Even woollen garments would effect me sometimes. This meant that during wintertime I wore jumpers made from cotton, polyester or nylon.

I even threw away a hat which I didn’t realise was fifty percent acrylic when I bought it. No wonder it made me itch and brought out a rash of spots on my forehead where it touched my skin.

Perfume

I’ve always been sensitive to perfume and its caused itching and a red rash at times. I need to use gentle moisturisers, body washes and cleansers which do not include perfume because I want to avoid this reaction.

Recently I stopped using hair mouse and have found that red marks and sores which regularly appeared no longer occur. They would appeared on my neck, cheeks and the top of my back because this is where my hair touched my skin.

Noise

This is something which I have always found challenging and I have many examples of how noise effects me;

Background noise

When someone tries to talk to me and there is background noise like a television or a washing machine, I find that I can’t concentrate on what is being said to me. Therefore I have  to mute the television or close the door to shut out the washing machine noise so that I can pay attention.

Ticking

I’ve even been known to remove a clock from a room because its ticking was sending me nuts.

Studying

Studying as a child I required complete silence and would shut myself away in the quietest room in the house to avoid distractions. My worst memory of  studying was for my A Levels. Our next door neighbours decided to re-pave their driveway for the weeks up to and including my A Level exams. As a result I struggled to concentrate and this was the first time that I didn’t achieve the exam results I wanted. I only scraped through but in my mock A-Levels I sailed through.

Neighbours

When I re-married and moved in with my husband I didn’t realise how noisy the neighbours attached to us were. The noises included the parents screaming and shouting at each other, the boys running around shouting rather than talking, and the dog chasing after them barking. The walls were so thin and living next to them proved to be a great challenge.

Working environments

HSP’s are also known to struggle with the constant low levels of machine noise within their working environments.

Crowds

When I was younger going to shopping centres made me think that I suffered from a form of claustrophobia. So many people around me would make me feel disorientated and dizzy. I can now see that I was just overwhelmed by too many people being around me and sensitive to all of their emotions.

I much prefer where there are less people around if I have a choice. Places like a quiet beach or a beautiful forest. Being with nature always makes me feel calm and happy.

In the last few years I have realised how important alone time is to me. I am fortunate to be in a relationship with a loving and caring husband but I still need alone time. My me time includes walks on my own, meditating, reading, yoga or writing in the office. Alone time is extremely important to me because it reduces my over arousal. Otherwise I may end up getting tetchy and arguing about something unimportant.

Social Situations

Problems dealing with crowds leads me onto how social situations effect me. Here are some examples;

Concerts

I went to a Bruce Springstein concert with my husband because he is a big fan. It was my first concert and I admit that it wasn’t my kind of music.

Halfway through the concert I felt that just didn’t want to be there anymore. I felt very guilty but I asked my husband if I could leave for the second half while insisting he stayed and enjoyed the rest. Now that I know that I am HSP it makes sense that I was simply overwhelmed by the whole situation. Clearly concerts are no longer for me.

Jobs and training

New jobs which require inductions and training with a crowd of people I don’t know have posed a challenge for me. A one to one method of training is more my style.

Parties and nights out

The thought of going to a party or a night out with lots of people I don’t know is my idea of hell. I will avoid such situations as much as possible.

Going out occasionally with people I am close too is ok but if its busy, loud and crowded I am sad to say that I often need a drink or three to get through it. The alcohol dulls my sensitivities. When I have been is a situation like this I need a quiet day afterwards to recover.

Alcohol

As mentioned I have used alcohol to dampen my sensitivities to avoid becoming overwhelmed.

Colleagues always called me shy and quiet at work until I would go out with them for an evening with drinks. Afterwards my colleagues never called me quiet and shy again. Its unfortunate that it took this for them to begin to warm to me.

I also used to perform better at sports like pool and ten pin bowling after a drink. This was probably due to no longer worrying about other people around who might be watching me.

I’m pleased to say that I hardly ever drink nowadays preferring a herbal tea instead.

Low Self Esteem

I definitely have low self esteem when it comes to partner relationships. I have often felt lucky if anyone has wanted me at all, especially with the added complication of a mastectomy after my divorce.

Insecurity

It is said that HSPs tend to feel more insecure. I can relate to this and feel that these insecurities may have been heightened by the subsequent events caused by the death of my brother before I was born.

Light

Light is a strange one for me because I am very short sighted and struggle to see in the dark. My pupils are naturally large due to short sightedness and because of this they don’t seem to enlarge any further in the dark.

I have read that a lot of HSPs wear glasses.

Problems I have encountered with regards light include;

The cinema

A good example comes from a trip to the cinema with my husband and his two children. We entered after the lights had already dimmed. My husband and his children went off to find seats while I just stood there frozen in space. I couldn’t see a thing so I just didn’t move.

Fortunately my husband realised I hadn’t followed and came back to find me. He had to lead me by my hand to my seat. It was an upsetting experience for me and I even shed a few tears. Yet another situation where I became overwhelmed.

Light bulbs

My poor eyesight also means that I struggle with the new energy efficient light bulbs which are everywhere nowadays. They never seem to produce enough light for me and this causes me to constantly strain my eyes. At home I have extra lighting.

Sleeping

Even though I need extra light to see, at the other extreme I cannot sleep with lights on. I find that even the light from a smoke alarm can disturb me.

I have tried sleeping masks to resolve this but because I have a small head I cannot find one that fits securely enough. This means that light still gets through around my nose and the bottom of my eyes.

A good example of this problem comes from a bad experience staying at a holiday park. Our accommodation was right next door to the car park which had lights on all through the night. Unfortunately the curtains in our accommodation were so thin that the lights shone through. This meant a poor nights sleep for me and lack of sleep makes me feel more overwhelmed.

Smell

I am very sensitive to smell but I do wonder if this is a heightened sense due to my poor eyesight.

I find strong odours hard to stomach and these smells include cleaning materials, smoke, and body odours.

I’ve read that HSPs are known to have problems with strong chemical odours. As a result I’m starting to replace my cleaning chemicals with more natural alternatives. These include Bicarbonate of Soda which can be used to clean bathrooms, remove baked on food, clean ovens, and mop floors when mixed with warm water.

Cold

When I was very small I experienced regular bouts of pneumonia until we had central heating installed. Showing an obvious sensitivity towards cold.

As a result in the past I have leaned towards holidays in warmer climes. No skiing holidays for me!

Apart from when I have my menopausal hot flashes I tend to be the first to feel the cold.

Illness

I easily pick up colds and bugs from people I come into contact with. Even just brief contact with someone who has an illness, such as a cold or stomach bug and I tend to end up with it too.

I seem to have a very weak immune system but this has been heightened due to my health problems. In particular my inability to digest food properly because I cannot take in the goodness I need from my food no matter how healthy I eat.

Drugs / Medications

Strong reactions from drugs seems to be the norm for me. Hence the reason for following more natural alternatives with herbalism.

I have been left with both physical and mental long term side effects due to the chemical drugs I have been given. These side effects continue to be very difficult to deal with but I’m happy to say that I do get some relief from herbal preparations.

The chemical drugs that I was given seem to have ended up causing me more problems in the long term than the illness they were prescribed for. It didn’t help that sometimes I was given drugs that I never needed.

Food

Food sensitivities have been a huge problem for a very long time now. I tried so many different options to help but nothing worked. It turns out this is because cancer treatment many years ago has effected my ability to digest food.

Hunger

Food leads me onto hunger. When I feel the need to eat I have to eat there and then otherwise I become weak and shaky.

It is said that once over aroused HSPs may not notice this hunger. When I think about setting my mind to do something, like decorating a room, I can relate to this. Once I’m in the zone I don’t stop until the task is completed and often forget to eat or drink in the process.

Sugar

I am very sensitive to sugar. A good example of this  is when I used to drink Lucozade Energy. The doctor told me that having an energy drink would help me with the side effects of my constant diarrhoea.

The problem was it would make me very hyperactive, silly, and giggly. At work when I opened the Lucozade my colleagues would laughingly say “oh no here she goes again.” My stepdaughter even called it my “loopy juice”.

It did help me get through work days but now I realise this was not a good option for me. Afterwards I would crash and shake which made the world overwhelm me even more.

It got to the stage that I was drinking the Lucozade Energy every work day just to be able to get through them. I weaned myself off eventually but firstly downgraded the sugar content by drinking coke instead.

Nowadays I use more natural alternatives such as honey in my smoothies and stevia in my herbal teas.

Music

Another of my HSP traits is the effect that music has on me. I was a lover of Rock music and found that playing this type of music would get me in the mood for a night out or generally put me in a good mood. Slow sad songs always had the opposite effect tending to make me feel down.

As I grow older I appreciate both slow and fast music. Embracing my spiritual side I now find meditation music calming and relaxing, especially when it includes the sounds of the sea or a babbling river.

Singing along to songs also lightens my mood. I’m sure that anyone within hearing range would prefer that I didn’t though! I remember having a go at karaoke on holiday in Corfu once and made the mistake of chosing “Its my party and I will cry if I want to” by Lesley Gore.

Its a high pitched song but unfortunately through a microphone my voice sounds pretty deep. People were laughing and sticking their fingers in their ears. Some were even taking videos of my so called performance because they though it was so funny. So you definitely won’t be seeing me anytime soon on X Factor! At least I made people laugh and smile.

Others Moods and Emotions

Other peoples moods and emotions have always deeply affected me. Now I clearly see this as yet another HSP trait.

When I am with someone who is happy then this feeling rubs off on me, likewise if they are miserable I feel sad too.

Exhaustion

Due to various illnesses and subsequent digestion problems its understandable that I get mentally and physically exhausted quicker than others. At times I can’t even have a conversation with anyone. If I try to have a conversation when I’m tired I “zone out” because I am mentally too exhausted.

Exhaustion is also said to be a HSP trait so this trait is obviously intensified further due to my illnesses.

Sex

I have read that HSPs have a more sensitive nervous system. This explains why a soft touch, a kiss, or even a smile can take my breath away. The first time I met my present husband he gave me a small squeeze around my waist and I melted.

There are drawbacks to this sensitivity though because a HSP can be slow to warm up, distracted by a sound, put off by people nearby, and even totally put off by being touched roughly.

Sounds like me! If I’m touched roughly I no longer want to “play” and I won’t consider sexual intercourse if there is someone else staying in the house.

Lower Pain Threshold

HSPs are also said to have a lower pain threshold and to bruise more easily. I certainly agree with the bruising because it is vary rare that I am not bruised somewhere on my body, especially on my legs.

 

 

Do any of these traits sound familiar? If they do the good news is that you are definitely not alone. In fact certain aspects of being a HSP are very special.

Take care of yourself.

 

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Drinking Cherry and Cinnamon tea under the Full Snow Moon

 

Its nearly here! The Full Snow Moon.

I took this photograph while impatiently awaiting the full phase of the Snow Moon. This is the second of this years supermoons and will take place on the 19th February 2019. I saw the first one on the 21st January which was the Wolf Red Blood Moon;

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Looking at the different phases of the moon over the last few days has been wonderful because the moon is particularly bright and beautiful. Reading that the Snow Moon will be the closest moon to the earth this year explains why.

The Snow Moon is also known as the Hunger moon. Native American tribes historically called it this because snow fell heavier in February and made hunting harder.

Here in the UK the Snow Moon is due to rise at sunset approximately 3.53 pm on the 19th February. Therefore I will sit outside ready and waiting. I’ll be wrapping up warm and keeping my insides warm with a toasty  cup of herbal tea.

I’m planning to gaze at the full moon whilst drinking my favourite cinnamon and cherry tea.

Dowsing

During the evening of the Wolf Blood Red Moon I put my crystals outside, along with a necklace I am going to use for dowsing, to re-energise them. Under the Snow Moon I am going to put out a crystal pendant for my husband to have a go at dowsing too.

The pendant is a beautiful turquoise crystal which I bought him. Crystals are often used for dowsing.

We are looking forward to learning together. We will be asking questions while holding our pendants because the pendulum swings a certain way for a yes or no answer. I can’t wait to see what ours do and I will be sharing our first experience on a future blog.

We are visiting stone circles in the Lake District at the end of the month and this is a perfect opportunity for our first go at dowsing. It is said that standing stones mark powerful earth energies and visiting a place like this can help to enhance dowsing skills.

Cherry and Cinnamon Tea

It still amazes me that I drink tea because I only started to over a year ago when I began my spiritual and herbal journey. Now I love herbal teas because I find them both comforting and supporting  of my health.

Cherry and Cinnamon tea became my favourite mainly because I have always loved the taste of cherries. I treat myself to Twinings for this one but its not available in every supermarket. I buy mine from Sainsburys or Morrisons.

Twinings are made from all natural ingredients which draws me to drink them. Also so many of the ingredients in the Cherry and Cinnamon tea means that it is perfect for me.

The ingredients are;

Cinnamon

I keep cinnamon in the house because it is one of those spices that may be helpful in many ways.

Suggested uses are to support the immune system, ease fevers, support digestion, and ease diarrhoea.

As a result I put a pinch of cinnamon in my smoothie every morning. I struggle with a poor immune system and diarrhoea on a daily basis. Therefore I use the cinnamon hoping for balance and support. My body struggles to digest vitamins and minerals causing lots of physical and mental problems to deal with.

Cherry

Cherries contain vitamin C and E and the antioxidant quercetin. Antioxidants help to protect healthy cells from damage and quercetin may also help to reduce the risk of cancer and strokes.

I find these good enough reasons to keep eating and drinking one of my favourite fruits.

Cherry Stalks

The last time I ate cherries I kept and dried the stalks. I laid and separated the stalks on kitchen roll and left them to dry for a few days.  Then I placed them into a sealed brown paper bag for storage.

I’m keeping them with my herbal preparations in case they are useful. Cherry stalks may ease oedema (swelling caused by fluid) and cystitis (urinary tract infection) by drinking a cherry stem tea.

Making cherry stem tea
  • Place 2 teaspoons of cherry stalks into a cup of boiling water.
  • Cover and brew for 10-15 minutes.
  • Strain and remove the stalks.
  • Drink up to 3 times a day.

Blackberry Leaves

I forage for blackberry leaves because bramble leaf tea is a suggested use for diarrhoea. Therefore it can’t harm that this is in my favourite tea too.

Rose Hips

Another herb that I like to forage for are rose hips;

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I love using my rose hip vinegar for sore throats by gargling and swallowing. Works for me!

Liquorice Root

There are many suggested uses for liquorice root. I buy Pontefract cakes for my husband which he eats because he has a chronic cough and they may help as an expectorant.

However liquorice must only be taken in moderation and for that reason my husband only eats the Pontefract cakes 2 or 3 times a week.

Cautions

  • Should not be taken in pregnancy, or if there is cirrhosis or digitalis.
  • Over-consuming may result in low potassium levels or high blood pressure.
  • Must not be take long term with depression because it may cause water retention and loss of potassium from the blood.
  • May cause fluid retention in the face and ankles.

Orange Leaves

A Bitter Orange, also known as a Seville Orange, leaves have herbal suggestions. The leaves are said to be antispasmodic (suppressing muscle spasms)  and digestive. Again I’m very attracted to the digestive support.

 

 

I finish by wishing you all a beautiful experience watching the Full Snow Moon.

Till next time.

 

 

 

 

Breast cancer and radiotherapy

I tell my story based upon radiotherapy treatment I received for breast cancer over 20 years ago. 

I went for an initial visit to the radiotherapy clinic to be tattooed. Travelling to the appointment I was very nervous because I was worried it would be painful. I was also in shock because I had no idea that I would need to be tattooed for radiotherapy treatment. So my mother and father came with me for support.

I have read that tattoos are still part of todays treatment. 

Being Tattooed

Entering the radiotherapy room I was asked to undress waist upwards and lie down. Feeling very embarrassed and uncomfortable exposing my remaining right breast I did as I was told. Making this harder was the fact that the room seemed to be filled with men.

I did become desensitised to exposing myself as the sessions progressed.

To my relief I found that the tattoos were small dots around the area where my body would receive radiotherapy. I still see these tattoo dots today. Some of the dots made me flinch because they were tattooed onto bony areas. I was still sensitive from the mastectomy too.

A couple of days after the tattooing session I received a call from the radiotherapy clinic. I was asked to return to be measured again because the tattoos had not been put in exactly the right place. I fretted about having to return for more tattoos but when I arrived I found I didn’t need any more. All the radiographers did was measure the distance from the existing tattoos to the new correct area for treatment. What a relief!

Radiotherapy Treatment

I received 20 sessions of radiotherapy which were administered over four weeks Monday-Friday.

Travelling to and from the hospital was an hour each way therefore I was given a choice. I could stay at the facility Monday – Friday and come home at weekends or travel every day. I knew from what the doctors told me that driving myself every day whilst having radiotherapy treatment would be too tiring for me.

Therefore my father drove me to and from every one of those sessions. I felt he was my rock especially because it was not long after his own heart attack. Coming home every night really helped. My father’s help was a godsend..

At the radiotherapy sessions I met another young patient helping us both to know that we were not the only young one there. She was 29 years old and told me that she had to stay at the facility. As a result she didn’t get much sleep because she was sharing with a lady who snored loudly. Again I realised how lucky  was to be able to go home every night.

Sleep Bra

I was given a special sleep bra during radiotherapy treatment because my skin wasn’t ready to cope with the weight and pressure of a full prosthesis. Filling the separate pocket of the sleep bra with a type of cotton wool gave it a rough “boob” shape. I decided to attach the “boob” pocket to the sleep bra with two safety pins because it stopped it moving about. Wearing loose fitting tops I tried to hide its poor shape.” 

Possible Side Effects

Radiotherapy side effects vary between individuals and depending upon where on the body the treatment takes place.

Being zapped on my chest meant that  there was an increased risk of my arteries hardening.

Soreness

I patted my chest area with Johnson’s baby powder using cotton wool every night because it was sore from treatment. My red and itchy skin felt like it was sunburnt.

Washing with bath puffs and mild perfume free soap I minimised the pressure on the tender area where my breast had been. I wash with bath puffs even now because touching the area too hard still makes me flinch.

Tiredness

Sleeping and resting was very important because being very tired was one of the biggest side effects for me. I had to ask for help with light tasks too.

Hair Loss

I still experience hair loss under my left arm pit. Looking on the bright side though I only have to shave my left armpit half as much as the right and it sweats less too.

Emotional issues

I wondered if I would survive which is stressful. However I remember only a couple of “why me” moments;

  • I curled into a ball at the bottom of my bed repeating “why me” over and over again.
  • Travelling in the back of my parent’s car once I cried not even knowing why.

Sex and fertility issues

My sex drive completely disappeared during this time.

Stiff joints and muscles

Joints can become stiff, swollen and uncomfortable during radiotherapy. Doing my physiotherapy exercises certainly helped me to avoid this and helped to retain movement of my left arm.

Lymphedema

Radiotherapy can damage the body’s lymphatic system which stops fluid building up in the body. The lymphatic system is a network of channels and glands that form part of the immune system (the body’s defence against illness). Lymphedema is the build up of fluid which can cause painful swelling.

Luckily I never developed lymphedema although I was at high risk because my lymph nodes had been removed. If I had my left arm would have been painful, large and swollen.

Sunbathing

I have used factor 15 sun lotion ever since the radiotherapy treatment because I was told anything less would be no good. The skin is more sensitive after treatment.

Nerve damage

I have recently wondered if I have brachial plexopathy caused by the radiotherapy. This is damage to the brachial plexus which is an area on each side of the neck where nerve roots from the spinal chord split into each arm’s nerves.

Ever since the cancer treatment I have struggled to lift with my left arm and assumed this was due to muscle wastage from the mastectomy. However it has been found that radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer may lead to permanent damage to the nerves of the neck, shoulder, or arm.

As an example I recently reached my left arm backwards to pick up my handbag and couldn’t lift it at all.

 

If you found this post interesting you may like to take a look at my “Tips to deal with a mastectomy and breast cancer” post.

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Keep well

 

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Witch Hazel

 

In my last post “Growing Alfalfa Sprouts” I looked for herbal support for after my husband’s operation.

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I found that witch hazel may also support my husband’s recovery after his nose and throat operation.

Witch hazel is also known as winter bloom.

Uses

The doctor told my husband that he may suffer nosebleeds for a few days after his operation. Searching for herbal suggestions to ease nosebleeds I found witch hazel and bought a bottle to give it a try.

Reading about witch hazel told me that it promotes the stopping of bleeding because its haemostatic. Haemostasis is a body’s response to blood vessel injury and bleeding. As a result blood clots are formed and bleeding stops.

I’m pleased I found witch hazel because its also cooling, cleansing, and anti-inflammatory.

Easing Nosebleeds

Arriving home my husband’s nose continued to bleed. Therefore taking a cotton wool pad I tore it half. Rolling each piece I soaked the ends of each half with witch hazel.

Inserting the witch hazel soaked ends into his nostrils we waited. After re-applying fresh swabs three times, by end of the day the nose had practically stopped bleeding. Consequently leaving my husband with just traces of blood in his mucus.

We both believe that the witch hazel stopped the bleeding quicker.

I bought pure and organic witch hazel for this process. Having very sensitive skin I use products containing the minimum amount of chemicals possible.

I chose;

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Not a cheap option to choose, but I can’t put a price on my husband’s health.

Cautions

  • Witch hazel is no longer used internally.
  • Try a little first to make sure that you don’t get a skin irritation.

I place tiny amounts of new products onto my skin to test for any reaction. I choose a part of my body that is easily hidden in case I get a negative reaction. Due to my high sensitivity I warily await to see how my body will react.

I still have a unsightly red mark on my ankle caused by a bug bite in the summertime. Therefore I dabbed witch hazel onto it because its said to be ideal for many skin problems. Five days later I can see the redness reducing already.

Divining

Witch hazel twigs have been used as divining rods to find underground water for years.

Water divining is also known as dowsing and dowsers are sometimes known as water witches. I love this name! People believe that using the twigs of the hazel tree to divine has something to do the “witch” part of the name.

Walking over an area with a hazel twig, L-shaped  rods or a pendulum locates high-energy points. The rods cross over or separate, the hazel twig twitches and the pendulum swings when a high-energy point is found. Dowsers walk several criss-cross routes with their chosen divining tool until the tool  moves in the same place each time.  Finally confirming to them that the right area has been found.

I’ve been reading that even water companies have started dowsing to detect leaks again;

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-water-companies-magic-dowsing-rods-use-engineers-leaks-no-scientific-evidence-sally-le-page-a8069616.html

Chosen tool for dowsing

I’ve been wanting to have a go at dowsing by using a pendulum. Under the recent wolf blood red moon I put outside a necklace and my crystals.

Spiritually using the moonlight or a running stream is said to rid tools of old energies. Therefore placing my crystals outside under the moon I hoped to re-energize them and cleanse my necklace ready for dowsing.

Looking at my Drinking Chamomile under the wolf blood red moon post gives more information;

http://theforagingherbalist.com/drinking-chamomile-under-the-blood-red-moon/.

I was given the chosen necklace by my mother many years ago and therefore  it is very special to me. Sadly my mother and father have now passed away. Making the necklace’s angel pendant even more special because I feel like my mum is now an angel looking over me.

I keep  a copy of a dowsing article from Spirit and Destiny magazine in readiness.  Until then I keep my necklace in a black pouch to protect it.

I love Spirit and Destiny magazine which feeds my body, mind and spirit just as it advertises. Here is their webpage if you wish to take a look;

https://www.spiritanddestiny.co.uk/

Lastly I want to thank my dear friend for introducing me to this wonderful magazine.

Blessings to you all.

 

 

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Tips to deal with a mastectomy and breast cancer

Everyone’s experience of breast cancer and their type of operations will be different. However here are my tips which may be helpful to others;

Sleeping

For the initial few weeks after my left mastectomy I slept on the sofa with a pillow next to my chest. I draped my left arm over the pillow and this made it more comfortable for me to sleep. It is over 20 years since the operation and I still favour sleeping on my right side. The left side becomes uncomfortable and stiff after a while.

Hot flushes

My particular cancer treatment forced me to have a chemically induced menopause from the age of 26 which lasted two and a half years. I’m now experiencing my natural menopause and I wish I knew about gel cool pillows back then. I lay the gel cool pillow on top of my standard pillow or I place it inside my pillow case. On particularly warm nights I place it in the fridge for a little while before bedtime because it makes it cooler. When I put mine in the fridge I also put it inside a bag so that it doesn’t end up smelling of the food in the fridge.

I mainly use my gel cool pillow during the summer months. I find mine is fantastic for my night sweats and I truly don’t know what I would do without it.

Here is a link to show you the type of pillow I mean;

Gel cool pillows at Amazon

Taking time for yourself to relax

I found that I could relax a lot more during this difficult time by lying on the sofa with my eyes closed listening to gentle music. My choice back then was of rain forests and whale music. I would light an incense stick and my candles to create a relaxing ambience. In the last couple of years I have taken this a step further by doing regular meditation and yoga.

For more information take a look at my aromatherapy post;

http://theforagingherbalist.com/?s=aromatherapy

Washing

Using a wash puff is a gentle way of cleansing the area after the operation. Personally my mastectomy scar and surrounding area still remains tender over twenty years later. Therefore I continue with washing this way to this day.

Mastectomy bras

Some body areas will be more sensitive to wearing a bra after the operation. I find that I am often sore where the bra band goes under my missing breast, even leaving blisters at times. To help with this I found that a spray on plaster may help to relieve the irritation. Although what worked remarkably well for myself was dabbing on a anti foot blister solution. I used Avon’s Foot Works foot solution. Unfortunately Avon no longer produces this but you may be able to find a suitable alternative. If you do please let me know in the comments section below.

Where my bra straps go over my shoulders is also a problem. The breast forms can seem heavy and make the bra straps cut into the top of my shoulders. Another disadvantage of these heavy breast forms are that they quickly stretch the elastic of my bra straps and I end up buying new ones often. With the expensive cost of mastectomy bras this is a major downside.

There are specially made plastic inserts available for bra straps. They can be placed where your bra strap and shoulders meet which can relieve the strain on your shoulders.

My favourite mastectomy bra at the moment is Nicola Jane’s padded bra. Being padded the bra hides many sins and when I’m dressed I can’t see any differences in the shape of the real or false breast. I also love that you can change the straps for clear ones or cross them over at the back. This is the one I wear;

Prosthesis options

I find it fantastic to wear a “swim form” prosthesis option for everyday wear. The swim forms are also made of silicone and shaped to your natural breast shape, but they are hollowed out at the back making them much lighter. There are also foam options available but personally I find these too light and they constantly ride up. Even with these lighter options available I often can’t wait to take off my bra and prosthesis. I put on my  favourite item of clothing which is a soft squishy dressing gown and hides the fact I only have one breast.

Personally I also love the padded mastectomy bras. I find these give you a much more even shape, they hide many sins. I have two favourite online mastectomy outlets that I like to use these are Nicola Jane and Amoena.

Nicola Jane’s website is;

https://www.nicolajane.com/

Amoena’s website is;

https://www.amoena.com/

I have over 20 years experience of living with a mastectomy. If I can help you with any questions you may have please do not hesitate to send me a message..

 

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http://theforagingherbalist.com/breast-cancer-and-radiotherapy/

 

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Growing Alfalfa Sprouts

 

Alfalfa is also known as Purple Medick, Lucerne, Californian Clover, and Buffalo Herb.

My husband had an operation on his nose and throat and I searched for suggested herbal assistance to support his recovery. Alfalfa seeds looked a perfect choice because suggestions say that this herb may help with;

  • Infections of the sinus, ear, nose and throat.
  • Disorders and diseases of the respiratory tract.
  • Assisting to produce new connective tissue and microscopic blood vessels that form on the surfaces of a wound during healing.
  • Building you up after an operation.

I used the alfalfa sprouts because I could easily blend them into soup. I wanted to make soup for the first couple of days due to my husband’s sore throat. Also soft foods were recommended after the operation. He knew he was going to have to eat the soup whether he liked it or not. Tee-hee!

I’ve read that there is 150% more protein in alfalfa sprouts than in wheat or corn.  I’m intolerant to these so the sprouts are a great alternative for me.

Growing Process

I couldn’t find any alfalfa sprouts to buy therefore I decided to grow my own.

The seeds are not cheap but I found the following organic ones which seemed reasonable when I compared prices ;

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338456669&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2FForest-Whole-Foods-Organic-Alfalfa-Seeds-EU-Origin-Great-for-sprouting%2F222158743824%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26var%3D521001075657%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649

If you decide to buy these for yourselves I want to point our that when I received them they had the following warning;

May contain traces of gluten, tree nuts, sesame, soya and peanuts.

I also ensured that the seeds were suitable for home sprouting. Please see the below NHS sprouted seeds safety advice before you decide to sprout your own;

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/sprouted-seeds-safety-advice/

Container

I decided to use a large clip top storage jar because it is surprising how many shoots you can get from a small amount of seeds.

I added two tablespoons of seeds to the jar.

Soaking

Next I three quarters filled the jar with water.

I then put cheesecloth over the top of the jar which I secured with an elastic band.

Here is an example of the cheesecloth I use;

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Alternatively you may wish to use a sieve by placing it upside down over the top of the jar.

I left the alfalfa seeds to soak overnight for 8-12 hours making sure that they were out of direct sunlight.

Drain

The following morning I drained away the water by pouring it through the cheesecloth. If your using the sieve option drain with this.

If its summer time and water is scare I can drain into a bowl so that I can use the water on my outside plants. Waste not, want not.

I then turn the jar upside down into a bowl to allow the seeds to continue to drain. If preferred you can prop the jar at an angle and drain onto kitchen roll. I find that using the cheesecloth I don’t lose any of the seeds in the process.

The jar is filled with water at least every morning and evening. I swirl the seeds around in the water to rinse them and then drain. This process adds the moisture required to allow the seeds to grow. I make sure that I keep the seeds out of direct sunlight at this stage. Putting the jar at an angle allows air circulation which is needed to germinate them. So I don’t shut them away in a dark cupboard.

Progress

Here are my shoots sprouting at the beginning of day three.

Growing alfalfa sprouts would be a great project for children. A bit different to the carrot tops and watercress that I used to grow as a child.

I am as excited as a child watching them grow though.

Sunlight

On the fourth day after I rinse the seeds I put the jar in a sunny windowsill. Finding a sunny window can be a challenge at this time of the year.

On the fifth day the alfalfa sprouts were ready because they were about half an inch in length.

I put a couple of heaped tablespoons into the soup I was preparing along with some other vegetables. After the mixture had simmered for 10 to  15 minutes the vegetables were cooked and ready to blend. Ta-da! Soup with an extra special twist.

Cautions

  • Alfalfa should not be taken with vitamin E because this will weaken the efficiency of the vitamin E.
  • It has an oestrogenic action meaning it mimics the action of female hormones. For this reason its advised not to take it during pregnancy.
  • Don’t take if you have Lupus in your family. Lupus is where the body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs and it may trigger this in some sensitive people.

 

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Foraging Tips for Beginners

I started foraging last year and absolutely love it. I’m writing this post hoping to inspire others to forage too.

Foraging Guidelines

Firstly l look on the internet to find somewhere that I am allowed to forage.

There are important guidelines for foraging that I follow. I find the Woodland Trust Foraging Guidelines invaluable. Check them out for yourself if your thinking of having a go;

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/things-to-do/foraging/foraging-guidelines/

Weather

I then check the weather and dress accordingly. My favourite way to check is by using the BBC weather website because I find it the most reliable forecast;

https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather

Clothing

I like to wear walking boots when I forage because I often walk off the beaten track. I particularly love to pick my way through woods and walk beside river banks and the sea.

In very warm weather I like to put on my walking sandals. My sandals are made by Earth Spirit and I wear this brand because they are extremely comfortable, robust, and have a great grip.

This link gives you an idea what they look like;

Earth Spirit Sandals at Amazon

Despite the weather forecast I keep my rain mac handy because of the changeable British weather. When I forage I need to use both of my hands so carrying an umbrella is not practical.

When I finish foraging I often look down and see that I have muddy trouser bottoms. For this reason I don’t wear my best clothes foraging. Another reason for me not to get dressed up is because my sleeves often get snagged on thorns.

Packing my Backpack

Filling up my backpack I ensure I leave enough room for my herbal bounty.

I don’t include everything but the kitchen sink because a heavy backpack makes my shoulders ache.

Labelling

I take small freezer or food bags with me so that I can separate each herb that I collect. I take them back out again when I get home to prepare them.

When I place the herbs inside the bag I stick on a label and write the herbs name on it. Some days I collect several different herbs so this makes them easily recognisable.

Reference material

I take a couple of books with me to help me to identify the herbs. “Hedgerow Medicine” and “Wayside Medicine” books by Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal are very useful to me.

These books include photographs of the herbs. From these pictures of the herbs flowers, leaves or fruits I can easily identify them. I enjoy reading about the herbs history, uses, and suggested preparations.

Buy these books at Wordery

I also print and take the Woodland Trust’s monthly foraging tips with me. They do a list of herbs to forage each month. This is their February link;

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2018/02/foraging-in-february/

If I took anymore reference material with me than this my backpack would be too heavy.

Protection

I pack my gardening gloves because of the sharp thorns that I encounter.

I take wet wipes with me because they are handy to remove sticky berry juice from my hands. Some berries are so ripe that when I give them a slight squeeze their juice spurts everywhere.

My first aid remedy for stained clothes is immediately giving the stain a vigorous rub with a wet wipe. This action removes most of the damage. Then as soon as I get home I spray what is left with Vanish and wash the clothes.

Cutting

I also take secateurs because I find some of the plant stalks and branches  can be very tough.

I don’t take anything with me to dig up roots because this is not allowed without the landowners permission.

Being environmentally friendly is very important to me. Therefore I only forage enough for my personal use and ensure that plenty is left behind for the wildlife.

Herbs are so beautiful and I feel that it would be a crying shame to remove them all from the landscape.

When night falls

I get carried away sometimes and the dark rolls in before I realise.

For this reason I carry a wind up torch with me. I use the wind up variety so that I don’t need to worry about my batteries running out.  My night vision is very poor therefore carrying a torch is a necessity for me.

Food and drink

I like to take a bottle of water with me. Sometimes I take a small flask of herbal tea if it feels particularly cold outside.

I take a health bar with me because it gives me a natural burst of energy when I need it. Nakd or Frusli bars are my personal favourites.

Very Important

Finally I ensure that I take my rubbish home with me. I hate to see natural beauty spoiled by litter.

I don’t litter for the following reasons;

  • Its unsightly
  • May cause damage to the wildlife
  • Harms the environment because most of the litter I see is not biodegradable.

National Trust

My favourite places to forage include National Trust sites. Most of their places support foraging.

I also have a love of history and the National Trust combines my love of history and foraging perfectly. I particularly love to visit their Tudor properties and some of their gardens and woodlands are amazing.

Here is a link to their foraging guidelines;

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/news/our-position-on-foraging-for-wild-food

I like to visit National Trust sites as often as I can. Consequently I find that their annual membership saves me a lot of money when compared to paying for each visit seperately.

 

Be happy, healthy, and go have some fun!

 

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Foraging on the Beach

Powerfully uplifting

I decided to revamp my bathroom using feng shui.  Using a compass I found the feng shui bagua (energy map) of my home. This map told me the decorative suggestions for each room.

As a result I’m using the earth element colours shades which include brown, yellow, and orange. Along with elements such as seashells and candles.

For those who don’t know what feng shui is it originates from China and shows you how to optimise the energy in your home and environment.

To find out more about feng shui and your own bagua areas try The Spruce website which I found invaluable ; https://www.thespruce.com/feng-shui-4127926

 

Candle Holder Search

I decided upon a candle holder with a seashell design for my bathroom because it would cover two of the required feng shui elements.

Deciding to go to the shops at my closest seaside resort I went to see what I could find. Amazingly the only shell decorations they had included plastic shells! This seemed crazy because the beach was only a hop skip and a jump away. 

The Beach

Itching for a walk on the beach I did this before going home. Being January the beach was lovely and quiet. I walked right to the sea’s edge because I couldn’t wait to hear the sounds of the sea. I find the sea so powerfully uplifting while at the same time calming.

Walking on the beach made me realise I could make my own candle holder! I started picking up shells from the beach and found most of them washed up within the seaweed. Although finding and picking them up as they wash up on the beach is much more fun!

Beach Ethics

I ensured that there were no sea creatures attached to or inside the shells. If in any doubt I throw them back into the sea.

My haul

Inner Child

When I go to the beach I like to bring out my inner child. I do this at the waters edge seeing how close I can get to the water before the waves catch me. Its particularly fun when collecting shells which have just been uncovered by a wave on the beach. I dash in quick to get them when the wave recedes and run back quickly with my trophy before a new wave crashes in and covers my feet.

I was doing well avoiding the waves this time but then my feet started to sink into the wet sand covering my walking boots. This made me laugh – great fun!

Your inner child is the playful side of you. Connecting to mine makes me smile, laugh, and happy. We all have an inner child connect with yours and have some fun!

Preparing the shells.

Cleaning

Firstly I cover and soak the shells in a bowl of warm water with a good squirt of bleach for a few hours. I repeat this process three times. 

Then I soak them in warm water with a squirt of washing up liquid a further three times. I do this until the water runs clear and no sand remains in the bottom of the bowl.

There are many suggestions out there to clean shells but this worked to take away the smell of the sea. I wouldn’t suggest bleach if the shells are going to end up anywhere near animals.

Drying

I cover my draining board with kitchen roll and place the shells on top until dry. When dried the shells may appear dull.

Scrubbing

Using an old toothbrush I scrub the shells reaching into all of their nooks and crannies.

Polishing

Using a fresh cloth I pour a small amount of baby oil onto the cloth and rub this gently into the shells. The baby oil can be found for a reasonable price in most supermarkets.  I buff each shell into a nice shine.

Beautiful!

Natural Design

Inserting shells into different shapes and sizes of glass vases I looked for the perfect candle holder design. Unfortunately nothing looked or felt right. Even displaying them in different shaped and coloured bowls didn’t hit the mark.

I thought about adding craft sand. Then I remembered how beautiful the shells looked in a pile after they had been polished. I decided to make a design just with the shells and took some of the larger shells into the bathroom.

Piling the shells on top of each other I decided that I loved the more natural look.  I put a couple of flat shells on top of the two piles I  had made and found that they were perfect for holding tea candles.

When I made two designs that I was happy with I stuck the shells together with Gorilla Glue where they touched each other. This was tricky and I needed gloves to stop the glue from sticking to my skin. Holding the shells together for a couple of minutes I then left them to dry fully. I  decided placing them on a piece of cardboard would be best in case the glue leaked onto the table I was using.

Glue puffed outwards as it dried so I used a toothpick to gently push the glue back out of sight. I didn’t want the glue ruining the final effect.

Gorilla glue is amazing and I use it for many craft projects and DIY around the house. It is very strong and bonds stone, metal, ceramics, glass, foam, and now shells!

Here is a link to show the Gorilla Glue that I use;

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gorilla-Glue-For-Wood-Stone-Metal-Ceramic-Glass-Waterproof-100-Tough-60ml/332511984192?_trkparms=aid%3D555017%26algo%3DPL.CASSINI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D55149%26meid%3D24daf9b722ee4b94b1f2b11b0b63cede%26pid%3D101006%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26%26itm%3D332511984192&_trksid=p2045573.c101006.m3226

My candle holders

 

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Drinking Chamomile under the Blood Red Moon

I got up at 5am this morning to see the Super Wolf Blood Red Moon because I read the UK would see it best between 5.15 and 5.45 am. It was a total lunar eclipse. I took a photograph but it was a lot more impressive than my camera could capture.

It was a “super” moon because the moon’s orbit was as close to the earth as is possible which means that it appeared ten percent larger than usual.

The “wolf” moon is the name for the full moon in January.

The sun’s light is refracted around the earths atmosphere which gives the moon the “blood red” colour.

The evening before I put my crystals in a bowl outside on my garden table to re-energize them. I’ve been waiting for the right full moon for a while to do this.

I love the magazine Spirit and Destiny which advised to cleanse old energies by leaving crystals or tools out in the moonlight for an hour, or to hold them in a running stream. The Super Wolf Blood Red Moon is said to bring powerful energies so this seemed the perfect time to cleanse my crystals.

In my opinion Spirit and Destiny is a great read for a spiritualist. I particularly like the oracle deck sections and all the advice towards health and wellbeing.

Here is the Spirit and Destiny website link if you would like to check it out for yourself;

https://www.spiritanddestiny.co.uk/ 

Chamomile tea

I decided to take a cup of Chamomile tea outside with me to watch the moon for a while. Getting up so early I hadn’t had much sleep yet and therefore I wanted to use the chamomile to doze off again afterwards. It had the added bonus of keeping me warm in the chilly air.

After a while the cold air forced me inside but I watched a little longer from my bedroom window. As the moon disappeared behind the clouds I started to yawn my chamomile tea was doing the trick.

 

It worked!

I also reach for chamomile tea when I have a headache.  It works for me and I much prefer to do this than reach for headache pills.

Inhaling Chamomile

Drinking chamomile tea I put both hands around my cup and lift the cup and breathe in deeply before I drink. The smell of chamomile can balance the emotions and promote patience. My husband would be the first one to tell you that I need more patience. The smell is soothing and relaxing. There are also essential oils for chamomile if you prefer to use a diffuser, but remember pure essential oils are best.

As a essential oil chamomile may also help with the following;

  • Ease negativity, grief and sadness
  • Aid those who are nervous and behave like children
  • Depression

Making your own chamomile tea

My chamomile is bought in tea bags but if you can get hold of fresh German Chamomile you can make your own.

  • Pick the flowerheads in summer.
  • Dry out the herbs. I dry my herbs by hanging them upside down in the house.
  • When dried chop up the herb. I store mine in brown paper bags.
  • Label the bags with herb name, date of expiry (12 months later), ingredients, and uses.
  • Add one teaspoon of the dried herb to a cup of boiling water, and infuse for 5/10 mins. I just cover mine with a small plate.

Other uses for German chamomile

May also be useful for;

  • Calming down the digestive system.
  • Nervous excitability.
  • Restlessness.

To name just a few.

CAUTIONS

German chamomile can cause allergy problems to anyone allergic to the ragweed family.

Gardening

In the future I want to make my own herb garden so that I can have all of my favourite herbs to hand for home remedies.

Chamomile will feature in this garden in the form of pathways between the herbs so that I an easily tend to them all. I have chosen chamomile due to its calming fragrance. Simply treading on the paths will crush the herb dispersing its scent into the air.

 

Wishing you all love and happiness.

 

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