Gotu Kola Powder

10-01-15

I didn’t blog yesterday, only because I didn’t really have anything to say.  Although my plan is to write something down every day, I suppose I won’t hold myself to a strict plan.

Yesterday I received my order from nuts.com, and in my box was a one pound bag of Gotu Kola Powder.  The powder only costs $10.99 and it’s another “little something” that I thought I’d take daily for a while to see what happens.

Gotu Kola is apparently helpful for a lot of reasons, but I’m particularly interested in it for its positive effect on wounds, connective tissue and veins.

I don’t have any wounds in my perineum, but I had one (episiotomy), and I do believe that my prolapse was caused (at least in part) by damaged connective tissue, as a result of my difficult childbirth.  If I can do something to facilitate the health of my connective tissue, I’ll do it!

Also — I don’t have varicose veins that I know of, but as I mentioned in an earlier post about my period, I do have a new and different varicose-vein-type-pain (if I even know what varicose vein pain is) in my vulva during my first 2 days of my period.  I’m curious to see if the Gotu Kola helps that.

I’d like to list ALL the neat things about Gotu Kola here, but instead I’ll refer to you to this herbwisdom.com link I found.  Here’s a short excerpt:

“According to pharmacological studies, one outcome of gotu kola’s complex actions is a balanced effect on cells and tissues participating in the process of healing, particularly connective tissues. One of its constituents, asiaticoside, works to stimulate skin repair and strengthen skin, hair, nails and connective tissue (Kartnig, 1988).”

I really have nothing to lose and a lot to gain by trying the herb.  This morning I dissolved 1 teaspoon of the powder in a mug of hot water and drank it like tea.  It tasted fine, not at all unpleasant.

Something directed me toward this herb, “regarded as one of the most important rejuvenative herbs in Ayurvedic Medicine.”  Rejuvenation = Peace!

I am healed.

Drinking Raspberry Leaf Tea

09-27-15

When I was pregnant, I drank organic raspberry leaf tea.  But after my baby’s birth, I stopped.  I guess I should have continued drinking it, though…

Because I was recently going through my pantry looking at the various teas I have, and I picked up the raspberry leaf tea box (Traditional Medicinals brand).  On it, it says that raspberry leaf “supports healthy menstruation , tones the uterus and may be used for menstrual cramps.”

Tones the uterus.

That sounded good to me.  If it tones the uterus, then maybe it tones other parts of the pelvic organs.  Logical, right?

I like the idea of doing something as simple as drinking tea to facilitate wellness in my womb.  Damn– I wish it hadn’t taken me this long to resume drinking this tea.

I know you can’t believe everything you read on Dr Google, but this website mentions that raspberry leaf tea is an astringent…

“Raspberry leaf tea is used as an astringent because of a compound in the leaf called tannins. Medically, an astringent is a substance that causes the tissues and openings of the body to constrict, reducing the flow of bodily fluids and slowing bleeding. According to the University of Michigan Health System, these astringent properties are the reason that drinking raspberry leaf tea may ease diarrhea and soothe sore throats. Ingesting astringents reduces swelling, which may be the reason for relief of symptoms.

I’d like to see some of my tissues constrict.  And if there’s residual swelling, then I want to reduce that!

This other website says lots of good things about the tea, including that it helps regulate hormones, ease digestion, strengthens the entire female reproductive tract, and it’s effective in UTIs (recall yesterday’s post on bladder health).

All this sounds great for healing prolapsed tissue.  It certainly doesn’t hurt to try.  There are worse things than “having” to drink a delicious tea!  I’m going to have a cup daily for a while, to see what happens.

I’m going to find a little peace in my mug!

I am healed.