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Jill, hello, so wonderful to have you hear! A sitz bath oddly enough is a small bath you sit in, named after, I believe, German for "to sit" sitzen. it is a small tub made of whatever you have, like a dish tub for some, with the liquid and herbs or whatever you put in it, that you sit in - used for hemmorhoids, vaginal troubles, and such. ~~~~~~~~~ Debbie thank you for sharing so other know they are not alone. ~~~~~~~~~ Everyone, do know there are answers, lots of them above, that may have not been tried by you, that really really might work. It is great to see the positive in our lives, AND it is great to worship and honor the sacredness of our vaginas!
Toggle Commented Jul 30, 2009 on Lichen Sclerosis at Healing Wise
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Angela, my thoughts are with you! To again quote from Susun's Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year: "To complete a miscarriage, 1) have an experienced and skilled assistant with you, 2) have herbs which control bleeding on hand, and 3) use 20 drops each of Blue and Black Cohosh tinctures every hour to empty the uterus. Do not exceed five doses. "To control bleeding, use 10-20 drops of Shepherd's Purse tincture or Witch Hazel tincture (not drugstore variety) under the tongue as often as needed." There is nothing about a 24 hour period. This should work in the 5 hours or else something else should be tried. I have know women to do nothing for a month before considering this or other intervention. I suspect this would work best as support to a body that is clearly trying to clear the rest of the material, ie. cramping already, rather than as a cold push to the body. I trust our wisdom. Again I encourage any woman to ask of the doctor's who push the D&C if they have ever seen harm come to any woman from not having one in this case. I wonder if it is natural to have some material that is just cleared out when menstruation returns. I wonder too, if infection is the concern, if we would show signs of such like tenderness and fever. Nicole if you try the cohoshes please do heed the suggestion to have help on hand. with much love, I will be thinking of you, Karen Joy
Toggle Commented Jul 30, 2009 on Completing a Miscarriage at Childbearing Year
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Are you asking about Maca and Red Raspberry roots homeopathically. I have great respect for homeopathic medicine but myself know little about it. Maca is a wonderful Peruvian food with great benefits. If we grew and ate it I am sure it would offer us the same. However just a tiny piece of the root dried and swallowed in a capsule, i am suspicious of. I would gues we grow lots of roots in our own gardens with much of the same benefits, and less of the cost. Red Raspberry LEAVES prepared as teas and infusions are superb for women's reproductive health, especially for tonifying the uterus. I have never used the root. Susun Weed speaks of Red Clover blossom infusions helping to heal fallopian tube scarring - http://www.susunweed.com/Article_Fertility_Herbs.htm I believe I have read it elsewhere as well. lots of love, Karen Joy
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Lynn, hello, though I have already responded to you in person, I am posting my response here for others who may be curious to read.... The difference between a tea and infusions is primarily the amount of herb used and the length of time the herbs are brewed. Teas are made with fresh or dried herbs, usually about the amount that is in a tea bag per cup of water, and are left to sit usually for 5-10 minutes. Infusions are made with dried herbs, an ounce per quart jar, left to sit covered for 4-8 hours. The tea bags your store has simply means the name of the bags. In the end the dried herb is the same regardless. However if you were to buy enough tea bags to get your ounce of herb for an herbal infusion, you would spend far more money than if you bought the same dried herb in bulk. Another advantage to buying in bulk is seeing the quality of the herb bought. You can see a list of herbal suppliers here, http://susunweed.com/Links_herbal_resources.htm#h3, from where you can purchase dried herbs in bulk. lots of love, Karen Joy
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I must then speak up for this lovely plant - Nettle is wonderful. The infusions of the leaves harvested before the plant flowers will nourish us deeply, rich in minerals. It is great for those with blood loss or diarrhea, needing a quick infusion of nutrition. For many entering menopause regular use of these infusions can bring back a few more regular cycles. Karen Joy
Toggle Commented Jul 30, 2009 on Control over Menstrual Cycle at Childbearing Year
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Words are powerful and telling. Labels can be limiting. The words I often hear when reading the medical literature on LS are "disease" and "chronic". Disease has quite an ominous feeling to it - paired with chronic we often assume one we have it it will always be there or there will always be threat of return. This label is given based on symptoms. There is no bacteria, fungus, virus or such to identify. Even when a biopsy is taken it is to rule out other concerns (not sure which) or to look more closely at how the skin looks. Ten people with this label may have different presentations and even different causes. Even in the medical field identification is under some dispute, and cause is considered unknown. Paired then with "chronic disease" all that is hoped for in that viewpoint is symptom suppression. None of this needs to be our truth. A label is like a snapshot. You may be having a great beautiful day but the moment the camera clicked you were wincing at the sun. This does not represent who you are. Many of use may have had moments where we could carry this diagnosis based on symptoms described and observed, but since we did not ask for a label in that moment we move on to the next. I suspect it carries the label chronic for two reasons - by the time someone goes to have it looked at it has gone on for some time, so takes some time to improve and because the medical field's choice of symptom suppression does not nourish health and true benefits are never truly realized. I offer this view to help any who feels they are stuck in a hole of chronic disease to see some light - there is another way to view the moment. This does not of course change the incredible discomfort some are feeling and the concurrent disruption of many aspects of daily life. For this community is so vital - knowing we are not alone. The word "flareups" to me also suggest this "chronic" condition, one we have to accept having the rest of our life, and one we need to suppress quickly. It gives me an image of a fire that erupts mysteriously, we put out with an extinguisher, and stand waiting for the next eruption, sure it will happen, not knowing when or why. Instead we can shift focus from the "disease" to our selves, our bodies, our vaginas, our health. We can focus on how to nourish this vaginal health. This of course may bring its own debate, but much more heartening discussion likely. There is debate about cause in the medical community. I suspect this is in part because 10 women presenting with similar descriptions have different causes. Again perhaps more time and energy can be put into how to nourish overall vaginal health. Not to discard the search for "why" entirely, but accept the possible unknown. So Delilah and ItchingMommy (I suppose once relieved you would need to change your name, perhaps you would like to do it preemtively :)) have either of you tried the yogurt of herbal oils or sitz baths I have mentioned previously? I wonder why the search for the leaf from abroad when other plants have already been suggested and shown to work for some. with love, Karen Joy
Toggle Commented Jul 20, 2009 on Lichen Sclerosis at Healing Wise
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Nicole, I too have read conflicting thoughts on this herb. Many many traditional herbalists and midwives consider this wonderful for women. Exploring the other viewpoint, which is a great thing to do, I hear more often of some animal grazing on fields of Red Clover that miscarry. This perhaps is from overgrazing due to fences not allowing the animal to make better choices that I would guess it would have known to make. The same I believe for women. We drink the Red Clover blossom infusions as we would consume food - to our taste. I have never heard of a miscarriage caused by this consumption. When hearing both sides I find it important to know what is based on intellectual thought processes and what is based on experience with people, whether through formal studies or not. I suspect these infusions benefit us from their phytoestrogens, helping out hormonal systems function more optimally. I do not know more scientifically though, i am sorry. I suspect too they help us in ways science can not differentiate into plant and body parts and systems. You can see a list of herbal suppliers here: http://susunweed.com/Links_herbal_resources.htm#h3 with love, Karen Joy
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Kara, hello, I do not consider this a good thing for anyone, pregnant or not, to put essential oils on daily. There are many options people use, many I have tried - such as powders like clay and such under the arms, as well as herbal tinctures, though the alcohol seems strong to me. I have settled on a bought deodorant I love - Weleda Rose deodorant. It works better for me than their Sage. One day I may go back to homemade concoctions. I know this must have essential oils too so is not ideal, though I would consider it far safer than undiluted tea tree oil. I only need a little spritz in the morn, though skip some days. Karen Joy
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Emily, thank you for sharing more details. Yes it must be more difficult when your parent does not trust your words in this. You need to know what is true for you. Even if in someone's head it is real, meaning what you are experiencing is very real regardless of the origin. Know that this is a sacred part of your body. I wish I had a good book to recommend that would help you know this. You can get most any book at the library to borrow for free. Even if they don't have the book they can usually find it through interlibrary loan. LIbraries are wonderful! I go back to starting simple. First explore how you relate to this part of who you are. Second be kind to it - no harsh wipes or drugs or invasive tests or tight clothing. Wear loose clothing and either no underwear or all cotton underwear, whatever allows you to feel comfortable and get air. When washing only use water. If you wish soap only use this around the outside, only a little, not every day. And use a gentle natural soap, like goat's milk or glycerin or castille. Third nourish this vital living part of you with yogurt. Get whole milk yogurt with no sweeteners or flavors, containing live cultures. Eat it, even in little bits, through the day, and please do put it on the area that is irritated. Sit on a towel with this for 5-10 minutes, then wipe off. If you are uncomfortable you can rinse off more with water, but no soap. It will help you. Try all these for a week solid, then reassess. I believe it would benefit you to continue the first two indefinitely and the last for 3 weeks then as needed, if ever needed. Though the internal use of yogurt benefits you continually. If you wish to try this, let us know how you are doing. I can't speak for your mom, but I am sure she loves you tremendously. There are many reasons parents distrust their kids sometimes, and unfortunately this is a part of the body that in this culture many are uncomfortable acknowledging. I am not saying it is in your head and not truly something physically happening, but even if it were it is real. To my mind there is no separation between mind and body, so in our head is the same as in our ... anything else. with care, Karen Joy
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2009 on Bacterial Vaginosis at Healing Wise
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Delilah, this sounds so miserable for you!!! Please know that lichen sclerosis is a label for what you are experiencing in the moment, it is not a disease in that you have it indefinitely. When going through what you are going through, yes, it is hard for people to even function. This is such an integral and intimate part of us, and so central to everyday life it is difficult to impossible to just set it aside and go on. If you are using anti-inflammatories they can bring great relief while using them, but then you can get even worse when off them, since they work by bypassing your normal healthy functions. Consider us and many women reading this as a support. So many suffer silently. Too many think they will have to live with it forever, that it is a curse of womanhood, or that it is a result of some failing on their part. In a culture where we can share intimately and openly, with deep care and respect for this magical part of who we are, this, if it happens at all, would simply be a brief moment in time. Karen Joy
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2009 on Lichen Sclerosis at Healing Wise
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Nettles is wonderful when dealing with allergies AND when pregnant!! I would not work with it in capsules so can not comment on its safety in this form though. I highly recommend is prepared as an infusion: http://www.susunweed.com/How_to_make_Infusions.htm all my best, Karen Joy
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I don't think it is too late at 44. At any age it may be too late for any of us but I would not give up on a person simply for being in her 40s. In time there is statistically greater risk for pregnancy or birth troubles, though this does not mean anyone will have a harder time. It is great you will drink these infusions! I would love one day to hear how you are doing. abundant blessings, Karen Joy
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Hmm, not sure I understand your comment L. I hear this is your opinion. I trust us all to know what is true for ourselves. I think menstruation is one of the gifts of being a woman! For me it is a time where I am closest to a deeper knowing. with love, Karen Joy
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2009 on Control over Menstrual Cycle at Childbearing Year
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Hello, what is the every thing you have tired that has not worked - how much of each how often for how long? Karen Joy
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2009 on Bacterial Vaginosis at Healing Wise
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Debbie and Delilah, yes any oil we would eat would be great down there to help the enjoyment --- however i would never eat or cook with wesson :) And A&D is made largely from petroleum, so I would never put it on my body, especially there. My favorite is coconut oil!! - delicious, slippery and lighter than others like olive oil. Delilah is herpes ruled out? Debbie, hello, thank you for sharing so much, so intimately. So many women have been treated so unkindly, mostly, in my opinion, out of ignorance. You need to know what is true about you. I encourage you to find a statement or a few statements that are affirming and say and write them every day over and over as much as you can. Set a schedule if you need. Are there any of the ideas in the article I linked earlier that you have tried or will try? lots of love, Karen Joy
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2009 on Lichen Sclerosis at Healing Wise
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Hello Toni, welcome. Under this topic the idea is to share your thoughts regarding the first post on sweet birch. To share thoughts in general with people all around the world perhaps you would be interested in our forum, http://www.healingwiseforum.com/ It is free and easy to join. Karen Joy
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Thank you vvv! Karen Joy
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2009 on Chronic vaginal pain. at Healing Wise
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Debbie, I am so glad you find the sisterhood here, knowing you are not alone. Know that labels can be relieving and limiting at the same time! IBS and vaginal troubles often go hand in hand as both intestinal and vaginal systems are wonderful ecosystems. An overgrowth of something can occur in either. Yes, yogurt is great!! Eat spoonfuls of it through the day, put it around the labia and up inside the vagina with your fingers. Sit with it for a bit then wipe off gently. There is no worry about a little left on. lots of love to you!! Karen Joy ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Delilah you do not need to live with this the rest of your life! You can love and nourish your vaginal health and feel wonderful. As we age we change, this is natural, but we can still feel wonderful even if different. Just like Debbie above your intestinal system is disrupted by your "cleansing" of your colon. This disrupts ecosystems through your whole body. As we go through menopause our estrogen levels drops so our vaginal tissues thin a bit and are not as moist and receptive to intercourse as they were prior to menopause. Many menopausal women have incredible sex lives!! Sex is far more than intercourse AND there are things to help intercourse be more enjoyable. It should never be painful for anyone involved. Would you expect your husband to have sex with you if it caused him pain? Might you instead find out how you can help heal his tender tissues and how you both can be intimate in ways that bring you both only pleasure? It is part of partnerships that last some time, that we understand change is a part of life and learn how to embrace and flow with these changes. What you would likely offer your husband if the roles were reversed is what you have every right to ask of him now. Here are some ideas to help love your tender tissues (scroll down): http://www.susunweed.com/herbal_ezine/March08/grandmother.htm And here are some ideas to help you nourish your immune system: http://www.susunweed.com/Article_Strengthen_Your_Immune_System.htm with love, Karen Joy
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2009 on Lichen Sclerosis at Healing Wise
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It may be, that is if this is due to a need of more progesterone. Again though if you are looking for something to bring you to how you once were - amount of cramping, cycle length, blood flow - there may be nothing sufficient. You arae changing. This is normal and natural. Know when I speak of Vitex I am speaking of Vitex berry tincture. You can do other nourishing things, like increasing ways you love your body, exercise, especially yoga like strengthening and stretching to open up the whole pelvic area, eating more whole grains and beans and seeds and nuts, Red Raspberry leaf infusions to tone uterus, kegel exercises, etc. - any of these that have appeal rather than feel like a chore or a route to battling your natural change. lots of love, Karen Joy
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2009 on Taking Herbs While Menstruating at Childbearing Year
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Jennine, i hear your care and love for yourself! Know that from menarche to menopause is series of sometimes undetectable shifts. We do not turn on at 13 then turn off at 50. changes at 44 are normal, at 34 they are normal! It is very possible you are completely wonderfully perfectly healthy! t is great you wish to support your system. I would do this then with gentle nourishing means - foods, exercise, visuals, smells, energy work, etc. The formula you are taking may be fine. It is a mixture of way too many things for me. I prefer one at a time. lots of love, Karen Joy
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2009 on Taking Herbs While Menstruating at Childbearing Year
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Jennine, in the case above I have to acknowledge we are all unique. If she feels the Vitex is causing a problem I support her in discontinuing while bleeding, however I have not seen much to suggest it would really be a problem for most. There is no reason to discontinue while you bleed unless you feel it effects you in a way you do not like. I have found for some of us, there is a desire to stop while bleeding, without strong argument why. Though there is no literature i know of that lists any harm. In all cases I am speaking of Vitex tincture since this is what I work with and recommend. I am not familiar with Vitex as a capsule and its potential affects or harm. Was there more you had question on? Karen Joy
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2009 on Taking Herbs While Menstruating at Childbearing Year
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Neeharika, what many of us do is drink a quart each day, alternating between the two each day, approximately. If you do this every day you need about 8 pounds of each herb dried - Red Raspberry leaf and Nettle leaf. lots of love, Karen Joy
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Dasha, there are lots of things I would suggest you try before something like tea tree oil on the are, pregnant or not. The first main suggestion is whole fat plain yogurt with live cultures in it, put in and on the area a couple times a day and let sit for at least 5 minutes before wiping or rinsing off. It is fine if some is left there. Also please consume it , even by little spoonfuls, to help increase your gut bacteria. How do you experience this? How is it being diagnosed? Ever had it before, how long has this time been? HOw is our digestion? with love, Karen Joy
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Most of the ideas I hear for getting rid of ringworm are simply topical covering up of it - with egg whites, lemon, tape, plant sap, etc. None of these ought to be harmful for your babe :) lots of love, Karen Joy
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Katherine, Iooking quickly at our list of herbal suppliers, http://susunweed.com/Links_herbal_resources.htm#h3, I see the first one, Mountain Rose, ships all around the world. I suspect many others do too. Please know what you are looking for is the dried Red Clover blossoms. I am not sure what blend and blended meant where you were looking. "the chances of a woman with endometriosis being able to conceive is slim" - I do not consider this true. In fact what I saw is that 70% of women with endometriosis will conceive without intervention within 3 years. It is found that some women with endo. deal with some level of infertility, but it is undetermined if the endo itself causes this. Yes, Red Clover blossom infusions can help your chances of conception! As will a good solid well rounded whole foods diet prepared in ways you can digest, healthy fats in your diet, reduction of xenoestrogen rich plastics in your environment, elimination of artificial hormones of any sort, and healthy relationship with your reproductive system. I am unsure what a "jab" is to stop monthly cycle, and wonder if anything that is capable of doing this, other than natural pregnancy and menopause, is allowing of anything to heal. do you feel it has helped? with love, Karen Joy
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