Single herbal extracts have gone off and gotten themselves hitched to another. I was in a local store to purchase red clover, red raspberry, horehound, licorice and mullein extracts. Try as I might, there were none to be found. Not in Herb Pharm, not the store brand, not in any brand.
This is the blend I use when I’m in respiratory distress. I took it when I was SOOOO sick in 1992. Every 1.5 hours, til I could taste it, then every 3 hours. I could taste it on the 3rd day. Bronchitis bad. Ya figure, this is 2013 and I STILL remember how sick I was.
So I’ve been sick with one thing or another for the last 6 weeks, since March 21. First it was an infection in my throat, which went to my gums. I ended up going to the medical doc [who didn’t even check my ears, stupid broad], and got the Zpak antibiotic. Big deal for me. Then I got better from that and got bit twice, by some type of bug, upper area of breast.
I saw this dark area when in the hot tub and couldn’t remember hitting that area, how could I get a bruise THERE? Getting out, I checked it and it was red, raised and hard to the touch. What IS this??? I’m thinkin’.
The next day, it ached. Like when you smack your leg hard on something, reallllllly hard. That pain..right? It hurt like that ALL day. Without touching it. and it was 3 degrees hotter than the other side. So what did I put on it? You know that saying, ‘physician heal thyself’? Ya can’t, cause somehow you lose your brain when something happens to YOU. I can’t remember if i DID put something on it. I did by day 5 or so. I didn’t even think of putting comfrey ointment on it!!!
So this pain went on for a week, then, I got ANOTHER bite, obviously a single bite, same breast, lower. I moved my bed from under the window to the middle of the room. No more bites. But I had those two bites for 10 days or so. Then I started sorta getting better and the wind came up. It was 20-30 mph winds with gusts of 40 and more. It blew for Daaaaays. My throat got sore, my lymph nodes got swollen, they backed down. My nose was plugged up. I figured allergies, right? Right??? Noooo, this ain’t no allergy.
It was a choice between eat or breathe when I was taken to Red Lobster for dinner. I learned to eat with my mouth open again. This was April 21. So this last week, the local store was having a super sale in their herb/vitamin dept. It happens once a quarter. I went looking for my single herbs to mix up my tea and be better.
There were no single extracts. Not the kind that I wanted. Red clover and red raspberry, these are standbys. STANDBYS! Nary a one on any shelf. However there were blends for respiratory, blends for coughing, blends for headaches, blends for almost everything you can think of.
And it dawned on me. The herbal companies that used to make the single herbs, now pander the the masses. The masses have FINALLY caught on that God put this earth together and gave us herbs and foods we need to keep us healthy/get us healthy. So the herb companies are making BLENDS for the person that is not an herbalist. The person that just wants to be told what to take, not research for themselves.
And they have forgotten about us, the herbalists. The ones who purchased their stuff back when. The ones who bought their extracts when we all were new and learning. And I’m sad. I don’t have the time to make many of the extracts I want AND I live in the desert. I can’t grow the herbs to make the extracts. Perhaps I should try a different store? There’s not a lot of herbal stores in Phoenix.
Do you ever want to purchase single extracts? Has it been easy to find?