I am a recent subscriber to your online site but not new to your books and great knowledge.
I have started making infusions for my bones and menopause.
Thought I read from you that horsetail is good although now I don't see it in your prescribed recipes, ie nettles, oatstraw, dandelion leaves.
Is it safe? Thought I read it needs to be in a certain form. Frontier herbs has only one option Equisetum avense.
Also Susun recommends comfrey but not officinale. All that Frontier offers is Symphytum officinale. Is that safe for infusions?
Thanks so much!
Horsetail is one of the herbs that Susun usually will talk about adding to an additional herb for infusion – a bit of horsetail to oatstraw for infusion for example… She doesn’t usually use horsetail as an infusion on its own but you can add to an infusion up to ½ to ½ ratio. It is usually recommended that the horsetail that is being used is harvested in early spring.
From Susun: “My teachers were insistent that it be picked before the end of May, so get out and get it if you are planning to use it this year. Apparently, the silica content gets higher and higher as the plant grows, making the older plants problematic for the kidneys. A pinch of horsetail added to other infusions is said to make the minerals even more active and absorbable.”
You can read more on horsetail here: http://www.susunweed.com/herbal_ezine/february04/menopausal.htm
All comfrey sold is pretty much listed as officinale, but since they almost always sell the cultivated variety it would actually be the safe uplandica… If worried, the only absolute way would be to grow and harvest your own. Richters is a great resource: https://www.richters.com
Some more of Susun’s thoughts on comfrey and it’s cultivation and sale: http://www.susunweed.com/herbal_ezine/June08/wisewoman.htm
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