Horsetail: Brutal Kidney Washing

The shape of Horsetail is done by its name (or vice versa) and the major effect is a derivate from the shape. Look carefully and you will see a whisk which can swirl and sweep dirt from your blood. And because the main operation center for blood washing is kidneys, Horsetail mostly works there.

Horsetail is strongly diuretic, so you have to drink more than usually. It is easy to remember. When you want to wash anything you cannot do it without water. If you forget to pour water into washing machine then you will crash whole system. And the same could happen with kidneys and liquid circulation. So drink a lot otherwise Horsetail drying your body.

There is another warning for Horsetail users. The whisk of Horsetail is pretty rough while the kidneys are soft and sensitive. Sometimes I really sense the traces that Horsetail leaves inside of kidneys’ tissue. Then it’s time for a smart combination with some of herbs, providing mucilage. I like to use mullein (Verbascum).

Horsetail is useful herb for external application too. If we stick with the sweeping parallel you can easily imagine cosmetics purpose like facial mask or lotion. Considering the whisk is rough, it’s better to use both for mix or oily skin especially with impurities. Adding a small amount of alcohol helps to reach a clean and smooth skin.

And for those, who like to brush the hair roughly, Horsetail can be used in shampoo or like a hair bath.

What is your favorite use of Horsetail?

With love, Ivana

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Edible experiment

Few months ago I’ve been asked to prepare a sugar-based depilation mass. Preferably including herbs that heal and treat irritated skin. Oh, I like challenges!

At the beginning I decided to go for few ingredients only: sugar, figs, lemon and water. Having no idea about proportions, I had to try. The first attempt contained too many figs, the mass remained soft but delicious on a taste. So, I put it on a pie!

I served the pie with the story and got acknowledgment for both. Especially when I have everybody assured that the mass on the pie has not been used for original purpose yet.

The second attempt brought a much better result. The mass was still a bit soft and resilient, but effective for fine blond hairs. Fortunately, I have that!

The third time was lucky. I got excellent and effective consistency. I already used herbs, my very first choice were chamomile and aloe vera. It still tasted great, so I can depilate and satisfy the taste for sweet at the same moment.

There are a lot of herbal options for this edible depilation and I look forward to the next one. Do you have recommendation or experience? Thanks for both!

Pass or pass on?

One of my friends asked me to draw a picture for a particular activity she decided to start, something symbolic. She wanted me to draw how it comes to me, intuitively. I was pleased and proud, so I promised to do my best.

And I really did. But neither during processing nor after it have I not been satisfied with the result. Too many warnings popped among the pleasure. I feel she could be happy and a part of something bigger but also blind and potentially cruel to the truth of her soul and heart.

Who am I to judge her?

I only wanted to be a supportive friend, drawing nice and positive picture. Instead I feel the pain and regret.

Where is the border between being honest and supportive? Should I pass the picture on including warnings? To wrap the warnings into sugar words?

Or is it better to pass and pretend nothing happened? To block the intuition and draw a new picture full of positives?

I am not sure I could pretend. She is a good friend of mine. I hope she is strong enough to take the warnings and still stay on her path.

But it is difficult to bring her disappointment where she is looking forward.

A visit from another world: The Male Fern

From my childhood, dense growth of ferns made me feel there are very mystic. They look like bounded shelter where monsters or other fairy-tale creatures can live and hide their secrets. I always felt respect, and was a little prepared to run away.

Still I see that the ferns are extraordinary and not entirely understandable. It seems to me they belong to different dimension or different time-space. They are like history that has refused to undergo evolution.

My favorite fern is the male fern (Dryopteris filix-mas). At the first glance, it is proud and bushy, combining ancient wisdom with feathery lightness. Juicy green calls for biting, but it is better to resist such temptation. The male fern is poisonous.

For safety reasons it is rarely used today. But I have experience and very good results with the male fern’s tincture in removing some internal parasites, especially from the digestive system.  It is still valid, that careful use of poison can have significant healing effects.

Those who do not want to treat poisonous aspects can only watch and admire this plant. The fern certainly deserves it. Do you also think so?

With love, Ivana

Liebster Award nomination!

I am honored to get this award nomination from Jewish Thoughts, who deeply inspires my soul in her posts. I like to follow her thoughts from beginning to the final point, even though sometimes I don’t perfectly understand the subject. But I feel a kind of resonation in my heart, so it counts.

Additionally, I sincerely welcome this opportunity to know each other closer and more personally.

The rules of the award as follows:

  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 blogs.
  5. Notify those 11 blogs of the nomination.
  6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

Jewish Thoughts asked me following questions:

  1. When did you start blogging?

It is nearly one year, time is running so fast!

  1. Why do you write?

From time to time I have internal tension from too many ideas and putting them down is a kind of therapy. Doing it in English is a language practice. Finally, I love my herbs and it is a pleasure to share what I love.

  1. What is your favorite holiday or festival?

Definitely birthday and not necessarily my birthday. I consider each birth of a new life as a miracle, so it deserves to be celebrated.

  1. What is your greatest ambition?

You should ask me twenty years ago! I would give you a long list of them! Today I am more humble in ambitions as I believe that being a decent woman with open heart is a good start.

  1. If you could have any one thing what would it be?

Honestly I don’t know. I cannot remember anything in terms of things. If the thing could be a strong health, this would be my favorite.

  1. What was the best day of your life?

Speaking about miracle of the life, it was probably my birth. Otherwise I wouldn’t taste the miracles after then.

  1. What is your favorite season?

Spring, because it is kind of rebirth among seasons.

  1. Do you enjoy reading?

It depends. I don’t like reading for reading, reading as an escape from the present moment, an escape from daily life. I like reading for pleasure, especially with taste of inspiration and/or information. But I don’t aspire for hunting information which I cannot use.

  1. What is your job?

I work on myself as a consultant in the field of personality development, especially how to deal with various stress factors.

  1. What is your favorite recipe?

In principle, I am not a fan of recipes. I like to understand how things react and then create myself. That’s why I cannot make the same soap twice regardless precise documentation. I believe it is similar like weather. You can recognize when it rains, but the rain is never exactly the same. And it couldn’t be.

  1. What makes you want to wake up each morning?

I simply like to live. It doesn’t matter if it’s raining or sunshinig.

 

Now I give you the confession, I mean the random 11s about myself 🙂

  1. I’m mad for herbs.
  2. I need a space to create and sometimes it’s difficult to keep the rules.
  3. When I’m enthusiastic with some idea I need to share it, even though the others couldn’t feel as much enthusiasm. But it’s so difficult to confront the ideas with four walls only! 🙂
  4. I love Hebrew letters! I feel them like many layers’ bright spots in spiritual darkness.
  5. I love Hebrew language! The sound of it gives me strength, protection and excitement.
  6. I like drawing with colored pencils, but I’m not able to use any “wet” technique.
  7. I’m afraid to follow my inner calling in all aspects of it.
  8. I am aware of the fact that any decision based on a fear has never brought me to happiness.
  9. It’s much easier for me to give advice than to make the advice alive.
  10. I love nuts! Especially almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashew, pistachio and many others. If you pay a visit, bring some of them.
  11. You can expect some experiment from my kitchen in return 🙂

 

I would like to nominate other 11 blogs for the Liebster award with humble hope they accept it.

  1. Reflections on Existence
  2. Wildlife and Eco Gardens
  3. The Dancing Herbalist
  4. The Zero-Waste Chef
  5. Wildflower, Medicine Wolf
  6. Platyzoa, artborean
  7. Jessica Baker
  8. AquarianSoap
  9. Naked but Content in My Flower Garden
  10. Rhythm in Life
  11. Farmer Hick’s Homestead

 

And here are my short 11 questions:

  1. Coffee or tea? And which one?
  2. City or wilderness and why?
  3. Cat or dog?
  4. Book or TV?
  5. Summer or winter for holiday?
  6. Running or walking?
  7. What ice cream do you love if any?
  8. What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?
  9. What is your favorite activity for leisure time?
  10. Do you play an instrument? Which one?
  11. Are you satisfied with the location of the world where do you live?

 

Thanks for taking part in this award nomination!

Ivana