How To Make a Glycerite for Adrenal Fatigue, Anxiety, and Stress

Do you suffer from adrenal fatigue, anxiety, or stress? Here's an easy DIY glycerite for adrenal fatigue that can help you on your path to healing!

I’ve been talking about adrenal fatigue around here, and that’s because adrenal fatigue has been my companion far too often in my life. I’m going to share how to make your very own tincture for adrenal fatigue. That is what my blog is all about, right? I love helping others get to the root of their health problems and correct them naturally. I also love sharing how to save hundreds of dollars making your own herbal medicine instead of buying it!

Be sure to read this post to see if you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue! Even if you aren’t, this glycerite helps with stress and anxiety too!

 Before making an adrenal tincture, it’s good to consider the different herbs that are good for the adrenals.

A Few Herbs For The Adrenals

Ashwaghanda

Ashwaghanda is one of my favorite herbs for the adrenals. It can help restore energy, make you look younger, does a great job lowering cortisol levels, and helps the thyroid hormone. All of these are things I have needed in my adrenal fatigue journey. Most of the time if you’re dealing with adrenal problems you’re also dealing with thyroid troubles so this herb is a win-win! Buy ashwaghanda here. [1]

Rhodiola

Rhodiola is a very potent adaptogen. It fights excess adrenaline, increases mental endurance, elevates mood, and helps the body handle stress. [3]

Holy Basil

Holy basil is another one of those adaptogen herbs that are great for the adrenals and anxiety. It’s also useful for hypothyroidism, hormones, and blood sugar. [2]

Do you suffer from adrenal fatigue, anxiety, or stress? Here's an easy DIY glycerite for adrenal fatigue that can help you on your path to healing!


Astragalus 

Astragalus is great for the immune system and I love to add it to a variety of tinctures and teas for good health. It relieves fatigue and improves vitality and endurance. [3]

Eleuthero Root

Eleuthero root also is another great herb for adrenal fatigue recovery. It increases endurance and vitality and helps the body handle stress. [3] Buy eleuthero root here.

Licorice Root

Licorice root boosts levels of the DHEA stress-fighting hormone. It restores normal cortisone levels. [4]

DIY Glycerite For Adrenal Fatigue

You can take these herbs in tea or capsule form, but another way to take these herbs is in the convenience of a tincture. You can also take them individually or combine them like I have. Many herbs compliment each other and make a more potent medicine together, but they are effective on their own too! What I did was chose 4 top adaptogenic herbs that I had on hand and made a quick and easy glycerite. (An actual tincture is made with alcohol but I made this one with vegetable glycerin.)

Because we are dealing with mostly roots, these herbs will swell to about double their size, so we will only fill the jar 1/4-1/3 of the way. You will notice below that I used 1/4-1/2 cup of astragalus because I like to fill my jar 1/3 of the way instead of just 1/4. You can use your own judgment. There really isn’t a definite right or wrong way!

Adrenal Fatigue Glycerite

Ingredients

1/4 cup Ashwaghanda root(buy here)
1/4 cup Eleuthero root (buy here)
1/4 -1/2 cup Astragalus root (buy here)
1/4 cup holy basil (buy here)
Vegetable Glycerin (buy here)
Boiling water

 Directions

  1. Place herbs in a quart jar.
  2. Pour boiling water over the herbs, just barely covering them.
  3. Fill jar the rest of the way with vegetable glycerin, leaving a 2 inch head space.
  4. Cover jar with a lid and shake well.
  5. Place a dish towel in the bottom of the crockpot.
  6. Place jar on towel.
  7. Fill crockpot with water up to the rim of the jar.
  8. Turn crockpot on low and let jar steep in water for 3 days.
  9. Check water level every day and add more water as needed to keep the level to the rim of the jar.
  10. After 3 days, strain the herbs from the liquid and compost herbs.
  11. Pour herbal liquid into a clean jar  or smaller tincture bottles and label with name and date.
  12. My glycerites keep in the cabinet for a year or two.

Note: Take 1/4 teaspoon 1-3 times a day.

DIY Adrenal Glycerite
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup Ashwaghanda root
  2. 1/4 cup Eleuthero root
  3. 1/4 -1/2 cup Astragalus root
  4. 1/4 cup holy basil
  5. Vegetable Glycerin
  6. Boiling water
Instructions
  1. Place herbs in a quart jar.
  2. Pour boiling water over the herbs, just barely covering them.
  3. Fill jar the rest of the way with vegetable glycerin, leaving a 2 inch head space.
  4. Cover jar with a lid and shake well.
  5. Place a dish towel in the bottom of the crockpot.
  6. Place jar on towel.
  7. Fill crockpot with water up to the rim of the jar.
  8. Turn crockpot on low and let jar steep in water for 3 days.
  9. Check water level every day and add more water as needed to keep the level to the rim of the jar.
  10. After 3 days, strain the herbs from the liquid and compost herbs.
  11. Pour herbal liquid into a clean jar and label with name and date.
  12. My glycerites keep in the cabinet for a year or two.
Notes
  1. Take 1/4 teaspoon 1-3 times daily.
Jill's Home Remedies http://jillshomeremedies.com/
You may be interested in my other adrenal fatigue posts, How to Know If You Suffer From Adrenal Fatigue, and How to Heal From Adrenal Fatigue.

 

Resources

  1. Axe, D. J. (2017, July 21). Ashwagandha Benefits Thyroid and Adrenals. Retrieved August 11, 2017, from https://draxe.com/ashwagandha-proven-to-heal-thyroid-and-adrenals/
  2. Dr. Josh Axe and Eric Zielinski. (2017, July 20). Holy Basil Balances Cortisol and Hormones – Dr Axe. Retrieved August 11, 2017, from https://draxe.com/holy-basil-benefits/
  3. J. (n.d.). Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome: The Adaptogenic Herbs You Need to Know About. Retrieved August 12, 2017, from http://www.foodrenegade.com/adrenal-fatigue-syndrome-the-adaptogenic-herbs-you-need-to-know-about/
  4. Sep 10, 2013 Jack Challem. (n.d.). Fight exhaustion with adrenal-support supplements. Retrieved August 12, 2017, from http://deliciousliving.com/conditions/fight-exhaustion-adrenal-support-supplements
  5. H., About HeatherHi, I’m Mommypotamus. My mission is to help you put delicious, healthy meals on the table, find effective natural remedies for common complaints, make your own fuss-free personal care and home products, and save time and money in the process., K., J., L., A., . . . Good, A. (2017, August 11). Adrenal Support Tincture Recipe. Retrieved August 12, 2017, from https://www.mommypotamus.com/adrenal-support-tincture/

Let’s Balance Blood Sugar With Cinnamon!

 

Much to my delight it actually felt like fall yesterday! Right at the beginning of what is supposed to be one of the hottest months of the year! After weeks of unbearable heat here in the Midwest, it was a welcome relief. I pulled out my Doctor Cinnamon Tea and made a whole pitcher of it for us to enjoy. Something about cooler weather puts me in the mood for warming herbs, and cinnamon is definitely one of those! 

As I made the tea I was reminded of how you can balance blood sugar with cinnamon! In fact, just 1/2 teaspoon a day can help! However, if you actually struggle with blood sugar balance or diabetes, a slightly larger amount would likely be necessary. [1]
 
Most people enjoy the taste of cinnamon, so it’s easy to use it to lower blood sugar. You can take cinnamon before eating that sugary dessert, and not suffer as much from the side effects! Research shows that cinnamon improves those with type 2 diabetes by helping them respond to insulin, which helps normalize blood sugar levels. [1] It stimulates insulin receptors, thus improving the cell’s ability to use glucose. It also lowers cholesterol and triglycerides.

One study was conducted using apple pie. The scientists expected the pie to have an adverse affect on sugar levels, but found the blood glucose levels to be actually lower! Why? Because the pie contained cinnamon! [2]

Another study was conducted with 60 patients that had type 2 adult diabetes for several years and were taking anti-diabetic drugs. They were given cinnamon for 40 days. They found that the cinnamon reduced blood sugar levels and increased the natural production of insulin.  It also lowered their blood cholesterol. [3]

Cinnamon also helps boost brain function by boosting brain activity. [1]

You want to buy quality cinnamon – not the seasoning at the store for 50 cents. :)  Fresh, good quality cinnamon is the best way to go if you want to help your sugar levels.

How much cinnamon to take?

It’s recommended to take 1/2 tsp. – 2 tsp. a day.  Start out with the smallest amount and increase if needed.

Are you looking for a safe and easy way to help balance blood sugar? Here are 4 ways you can balance blood sugar with cinnamon!

4 Ways to Balance Blood Sugar With Cinnamon

1. Powdered Cinnamon

Buy it in powdered form to use in foods or sprinkle on oatmeal, cereal, applesauce, toast, etc.  A yummy toast is to put butter, honey and cinnamon on whole wheat bread!  Buy organic powdered cinnamon here.

2. Cinnamon Sticks

Buy cinnamon sticks to stir hot chocolate (YUM) or tea with.  The hot beverage will pull the properties out of the cinnamon stick for your benefit. Kids can also chew on cinnamon sticks or use them for straws to get healthy benefits including manganese, iron, calcium and dietary fiber. Buy organic cinnamon sticks here.

3. Cinnamon Tea

Buy a tea mixture like Dr. Cinnamon Tea that contains not only cinnamon, but also orange peel, red raspberry leaf, ginkgo and green tea for extra health benefits.  This is the tea I made just yesterday and we love it! The herbs in this tea will help blood sugar levels, and also varicose veins, inflammation, fight cancer, plus many other benefits!  Drink 2-3 glasses a day.  Buy organic Doctor Cinnamon Tea here.

4. Cinnamon Capsules

Take in capsule form. If you don’t care for the taste of cinnamon or you would like the convenience of a pill, you can buy the cinnamon in capsules or buy powdered cinnamon and put them in your own capsules to save money and to be sure that you’re using a capsule without any added fillers (that a lot of companies use). Buy the capsules and capsule machine here.  

I personally struggle with blood sugar problems from time to time, and greatly enjoy the benefits of cinnamon!  Cinnamon is good for those who are pre-diabetic too.  It will reduce your chances of becoming a diabetic.

So, whether you have blood sugar problems or would like to prevent them, start making cinnamon a part of your diet, and live a better quality of life!

Do you struggle with blood sugar problems? How do you control it naturally?

Resources

  1. Axe, J., Dr. (2017, July 07). 13 Health Benefits of Cinnamon & Nutrition Facts. Retrieved August 05, 2017, from https://draxe.com/health-benefits-cinnamon/
  2. Cinnamon spice produces healthier blood. (n.d.). Retrieved August 05, 2017, from https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn4413-cinnamon-spice-produces-healthier-blood/
  3. (n.d.). Retrieved August 05, 2017, from http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles/cinnamon.htm

This post has been updated from its original publishing on May 23, 2011.

How to Teach Your Teen To Make A DIY Acne Remedy (Plus a Giveaway)

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One of the most embarrassing things to me when I was a young teenager was acne. I didn’t have it as bad as some, but I did have it worse than others. I was willing to do ANYTHING to have a clear face. My mom had no knowledge of natural health and I was far from the natural journey that I’m on now. I was completely clueless about anything I could do to help myself.

This lack of knowledge landed us in a dermatologist office. Not that I’m saying dermatologists can’t ever be of help, but this dermatologist prescribed me daily antibiotics (for SIX years!) and an even stronger medicine for 6 months that left open sores on my skin and the medicine is now on a list of being not safe (obviously).

I honestly at the time believed all medicine to be great if it improved the symptoms and I gave no thought to the warnings and possible side effects printed on the inserts. All I knew was that my face stayed clear as long as I took the medicine! Needless to say, I’ve paid greatly with my health as a result of taking the medication and am still on the pathway of learning and healing.

I say all of this because I am SO thankful I can teach my children how to treat acne naturally! I don’t want them to suffer as I have due to lack of knowledge. I think it’s important to not only make natural medicines for my girls, but to TEACH them how to make them themselves so they are equipped for the future.

(BTW – I have a great giveaway at the end of this post! Be sure to check it out! You could win a gift card to use toward herb books or any books of choice!) 

What Causes Acne?

I think it’s important to teach teens what causes acne. I’m not going to go into depth with this post, but the true cause of acne is basically because of a toxic body and an imbalanced hormone system, compromised liver, and poor digestive system. The cause of this is diet. Sugar, fast food, packaged food, etc. all have chemicals that cause the body to become toxic. When teens hit their hormone changing years, things get worse and toxins push out of the body in the form of acne. There may be bacteria that lives on the skin that can contribute to acne, but the root cause is TOXINS. Detox baths on a regular basis help with this.

Teach your kids about nutrition and research together what the ingredients are in the food you eat. It’s pretty difficult (though not impossible) to consume a “perfect” toxin-free diet. I certainly don’t eat a perfect diet, but I eat a lot better than I used to and am always trying to improve this area. Teaching your kids about true nutrition will hopefully help them make better food choices. 

Even if you are not up to addressing diet or detoxing in your teen’s life right now, this acne remedy WORKS regardless! I may just be bold enough to say that it works better than any medication (in my experience), and it’s a whole lot safer. I made this acne remedy for a teenage guy that exhausted medication at the dermatologist and thought nothing would help. BUT this acne remedy did work for him! 

How to Teach Your Teen to Make A DIY Acne Remedy

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Identify the Plant

Plantain is the featured plant in this recipe for acne! And it grows everywhere all over the world (except Antarctica). You should have plenty growing in your yard or somewhere nearby. It’s one of the most common “weeds” around. Make sure you pick plantain from an area that is not sprayed with pesticides. It’s important for your kids to recognize herbs confidently so they can use them safely and successfully. 

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Here’s a beautiful plantain plant in full bloom! It will grow these seed pods in the mid to late summer. The leaves, however, start growing in spring and can be used anytime!

You can also purchase dried plantain here if you can’t find fresh. You’ll just use a different amount for the recipe, but I’ll make note of that below. It’s super simple either way!

Plantain is an astringent herb, meaning it has drawing properties. That’s just what we need for acne! We want to draw the toxins out!

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Here’s the front and back of a plantain leaf I picked. It’s a smooth leaf with raised veins on the back of it. The number of veins depends on how big the leaf is. Also take note that the bottom of the leaf has a purplish/reddish color.

Gather the Supplies 

For this recipe, you’ll only need raw apple cider vinegar, plantain, and a jar! Use whatever size jar you wish, depending on how much you want to make at a time. We’ve already discussed how plantain helps acne, but raw apple cider vinegar does too! It’s also an astringent and with regular use, can help pull those impurities out and clear up the skin. So with the plantain and the vinegar, you’ve got a powerful weapon against acne on your hands!

Concerned about the smell of vinegar on your face? No worries. It disappears after a few minutes. 

DIY Acne Vinegar

Ingredients

  • Plantain
  • Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Jar

Directions

  1. Wash plantain
  2. Tear plantain into smaller pieces to help “bruise” the leaves and release the properties. You can also crush the leaves with a glass jar.
  3. Fill a jar with fresh plantain (leaving a 2 inch headspace) or fill it halfway with dried plantain.
  4. Fill the jar with the raw apple cider vinegar, leaving a 2 inch headspace.
  5. Cover with a lid and leave in a cabinet for 2-4 weeks.
  6. Shake jar daily or at least a few times a week to keep things well distributed.
  7. After 2-4 weeks, strain the herb out and retain the liquid.

Note: Apply the plantain vinegar morning and evening everyday to face, back, chest, or wherever you have acne. Don’t wash the vinegar off but allow it to do its work all day and then all night after you apply it before bed. You can apply makeup over it once it dries. Because the plantain pulls toxins out, you will most likely have more breakouts for a few weeks before it clears, but be consistent every day and you’ll reap the rewards! 

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  • DIY Acne Vinegar
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    Ingredients
    1. Plantain
    2. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
    3. Glass jar
    Instructions
    1. Wash plantain
    2. Tear plantain into smaller pieces to help "bruise" the leaves and release the properties. You can also crush the leaves with a glass jar.
    3. Fill a jar with fresh plantain (leaving a 2 inch headspace) or fill it halfway with dried plantain.
    4. Fill the jar with the raw apple cider vinegar, leaving a 2 inch headspace.
    5. Cover with a lid and leave in a cabinet for 2-4 weeks.
    6. Shake jar daily or at least a few times a week to keep things well distributed.
    7. After 2-4 weeks, strain the herb out and retain the liquid.
    Notes
    1. Apply the plantain vinegar morning and evening everyday. Don't wash the vinegar off but allow it to do its work all day and then all night after you apply it before bed. You can apply makeup over it once it dries. Because the plantain pulls toxins out, you will most likely have more breakouts for a few weeks before it clears, but be consistent every day and you'll reap the rewards!
    Jill's Home Remedies http://jillshomeremedies.com/

Now Time For a Giveaway!

You certainly don’t have to be a homeschool mom to teach your kids about herbs, but I have an exciting homeschool giveaway to share!

I’ve gotten together with a great group of bloggers to make getting ready for the new school year just a little bit easier and hopefully a little less stressful for you.  How does $250 sound in helping you buy curriculum, books, games, puzzles, and educational supplies?  Two people will win a $250 gift card to the online store of their choice (choices are Rainbow Resource, Christianbook, or Timberdoodle). 

Rainbow Resource and Christianbook has some awesome herb books to choose from! I’ve already started a list!

We know homeschooling can put financial strain on families – whether it’s from living on one-income or buying curriculum for your children – the financial aspect of it can be stressful.  Our hope is that we can bless  homeschool families so they can buy the curriculum and supplies they need (or maybe a want you can finally splurge on) for their school year.

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