Go Back   EarthSong Forums > Song of the Earth > Herbalism

Herbalism Traditional and/or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-22-15   #1
Nocturnal~Witch
 
Nocturnal~Witch's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: United States
Posts: 227

Reputation: 6
Default Recipes for Elixirs?

I'm not having an incredible amount of luck (that doesn't require 20 different tabs open trying to research some) finding some decent herbal elixirs.

I'm particularly looking for some libido, lust, love, etc. enhancing/stimulating elixirs that taste good.

Any suggestions?
__________________
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. Albert Einstein
Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. Charles Bukowski
Nocturnal~Witch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-15   #2
feranaja
 
feranaja's Avatar

 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Edge of the forest
Posts: 25,674

Default Re: Recipes for Elixirs?

The first distinction to make is, male or female?

Guido Mase has some ideas here:
http://www.vtherbcenter.org/wp-conte...-Day-herbs.pdf


Generally speaking when I work with a case of low libido I take a history as always and figure out what the root cause is, physical, emotional or spiritual (or all of the above). The classic herbal approach is to use an appropriate adaptogen for stress related issues, with a circulatory stimulant if called for - for several weeks to see if general improvement occurs. Herbs to work into an actual elixir might include shatavari, damiana, maca (although maca really does help more on a longterm basis) and tribulus...depends on the person/cause. Poor nutrition, stress, anxiety - so many factors can play a role so before I go stimulating anyone's libido I start working with the underlying cause.
Now if everything is normal and you simply want to add a little spark, herbalist Asia Suler has some lovely ideas here, including an elixir, but other yummies as well:
https://woolgatheringwildcrafting.wo...isiac-recipes/


A few ideas to get you started?
__________________
"if you don't know how to think, you'll always be a one legged man in an ass kicking contest".

Shane Parrish
feranaja is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-15   #3
Nocturnal~Witch
 
Nocturnal~Witch's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: United States
Posts: 227

Reputation: 6
Default Re: Recipes for Elixirs?

Quote:
Originally Posted by feranaja View Post
The first distinction to make is, male or female?

Guido Mase has some ideas here:
http://www.vtherbcenter.org/wp-conte...-Day-herbs.pdf


Generally speaking when I work with a case of low libido I take a history as always and figure out what the root cause is, physical, emotional or spiritual (or all of the above). The classic herbal approach is to use an appropriate adaptogen for stress related issues, with a circulatory stimulant if called for - for several weeks to see if general improvement occurs. Herbs to work into an actual elixir might include shatavari, damiana, maca (although maca really does help more on a longterm basis) and tribulus...depends on the person/cause. Poor nutrition, stress, anxiety - so many factors can play a role so before I go stimulating anyone's libido I start working with the underlying cause.
Now if everything is normal and you simply want to add a little spark, herbalist Asia Suler has some lovely ideas here, including an elixir, but other yummies as well:
https://woolgatheringwildcrafting.wo...isiac-recipes/


A few ideas to get you started?
Thank you so much for coming through for me fera! It's for a female- Ever since my diagnosis of adrenal failure my libido seems shot. Well actually before the diagnosis bc it's one of the major symptoms other than the drastic change in body temperature, intolerance to the cold, and extreme fatigue/sleepiness all the time, that caused me to seek out the endocrinologist. It's just the one that's the most recent of the lot and one in which I've NEVER experienced problems before in my life. Except maybe literally after having my daughter...naturally.

Let's see how do I word this...Once I'm in the act, I'm totally fine- physiologically, psychologically, the whole nine. It's the actual desire to want to that dropped. It was sudden and drastic. This is despite an actual increase in free level testosterone compared to the average woman. Not super high, but above the norm. However, that very well may just be MY "norm". It would make sense based on certain things- the ability to put on lean muscle mass faster, a more angular jaw, a deeper voice for a female (not super deep, but deep enough), and in the not so distant past- a higher than "average" sex drive for a female my entire life. That's the only thing that's changed (libido) even though the other stuff is the same w/regards to higher free level testosterone.

I also did want some basic ideas for stimulating the libido per the second link you gave, so thank you for that as well!
__________________
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. Albert Einstein
Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. Charles Bukowski
Nocturnal~Witch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-15   #4
feranaja
 
feranaja's Avatar

 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Edge of the forest
Posts: 25,674

Default Re: Recipes for Elixirs?

In an individual whose low libido is related to another issue I would not use stimulating herbs at all. I'd look at working on the adrenals/balancing hormones and anything else that made sense, based on the Intake form, and I'd expect the libido to normalize as the other issues do. A number of my clients will come to me and say "I have this specific problem, can herbs help?" and as I work through their whole history, there's so much going on, from digestive issues to nervous system stress, the "one issue" is the tip of the iceberg. Good herbalists treat the whole person - bottom line, there's no reason not to make some of these lovely recipes and watch the effect, but I believe until you address nutritional issues and have a full work up done, they're going to be band-aids, more or less.
*takes off clinician hat*
__________________
"if you don't know how to think, you'll always be a one legged man in an ass kicking contest".

Shane Parrish
feranaja is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-15   #5
feranaja
 
feranaja's Avatar

 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Edge of the forest
Posts: 25,674

Default Re: Recipes for Elixirs?

Just wanted to add, the term "elixir" threw me a bit, there are all kinds of better ways to take some of these herbs. I love elixirs and make them all the time with specific herbs, but for more direct medicine, a lot of the time we need tinctures or decoctions or even capsule forms.
__________________
"if you don't know how to think, you'll always be a one legged man in an ass kicking contest".

Shane Parrish
feranaja is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



Current time: 06:44 PM (GMT -4)


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2008 - 2019, EarthSong Forums. Most rights reserved.