Posted 05 January 2011 - 08:16 PM
Fascinating stuff! I'd be really interested to know how you prepare the wild yam cream as I've been having the devil of a time with the hormonal imbalances of menopause and really don't want to go down the drugs road. I would have thought hot flushes/flashes were something to laugh at until I've started experiencing them and I'm all over the place. I love the idea of your pretty bottles.
I took dried wild yam pieces, and filled my jar 1/3 full and then covered them with warmed coconut oil till the jar was about 2/3 full. I looked up what amount of vitamin E oil I would need to use to preserve the cream, but I can't remember at this point how much that required. I tend to look up the technical information in the books and written recipes I have when I need it and don't memorize it.
To extract, I put a lid on the jar and then put some water in my crock pot. I put a rag in the bottom of the crock pot to prevent the jar from cracking due to direct heat, then set the jar in the water and turned the crock pot on low. I put the lid on the pot to keep the steam in and make sure that the jar was surrounded with heat instead of letting it escape. I looked up the amount of hours it would need to process to get the best extraction of the properties, but I don't remember that part either without looking it up. I'm not at home right now so I can't get my recipe. lol
When the heat extraction was finished, I strained the yam out with cheesecloth. I usually keep it in the refrigerator, but had set it in the cabinet for some reason the day I took that picture.
I had to experiment with dosage, and I'm positive that dosage will be different for everyone (I don't treat anyone but myself so take my experience for what it's worth lol), but what I did is start with a very small amount of cream - like a pea sized drop - and rubbed it into my skin in the area over my ovaries. I then just 'paid attention' to my body the rest of the day to see if I could sense a change. I didn't, so I used the same amount again the next day, just to be sure that I didn't miss something the day before. Still felt nothing. I did it one more day though, and nothing. I skipped a day, then did 1.5 pea sized drops, and I could tell difference. I was doing this during my monthly cycle. The next time my period started, I started out with the 1.5 drops per day, and did another increase to 2 drops and could tell a big difference. Less mood swings, less cramps, and less fatigue.
This method and the times and measurements I used were based on hand written instructions that were given to me by an herbalist I respect, and they worked for me. If there's any errors or reasons not to use wild yam this way, I don't know about them.
Edited by Aloe, 05 January 2011 - 08:18 PM.
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