Teasel Root Medicine
My journey with Teasel Herbal Medicine began while learning about local plants to forage. It is commonly used in Chinese Medicine for it's many healing properties. Warming, detoxification, toning the kidneys and liver, improving blood circulation, strengthening bones and ligaments and more! I started foraging for wild edible mushrooms and learning about useful plants in my local area. Forests, fields, meadows, creeks all contain abundant healing plants and fungus for human use. So I found a massive patch of Teasel in a local field near a forest, and was very excited to forage some. In addition to ordering some Teasel Root Tincture online, I harvested some local Teasel for myself.
Uprooting with Gratitude
Giving thanks for the life of the plant is an important part of the harvesting process. These are biennial plants that live for 2 years, so the first year plant is the ones we harvest. These little guys will never bloom. They will be used in plant medicine to benefit and heal, so their purpose is noble and honorable. Nevertheless gratitude is appropriate and thanking the plants is healthy. Pulling up the root feels like unplugging an ubilical cord from the soil, it's connection to the life source of earth's soil.
Within the first 4 days of drinking a daily cup on Teasel Root Tea, I felt increased warmth, circulation and energy. The detox cleansing process caused some light sweating and perspiration releasing some strong odor from armpit glands. The urine became lighter in color and odorless. This plant definitely has detox and cleansing properties that I felt quite fast. Using a moderate daily cup of tea. Each cup of tea was boiled and steeped using fresh roots. Not dried. After about 6 days of daily cup of tea, the armpits stopped releasing as many toxins and the stink was greatly reduced. This signfies to me that the initial cleanse of greater toxins only took about 1 week.
I harvested another batch of roots and am continuing to drink a daily cup of root tea. I think this 2nd week will be mainly flushing out and completing a cycle of cleansing. Also increasing my water intake and time spent resting with a quiet mindful silence. Recharging and listening to my body. Healing what is broken is the Chinese meaning associated with this plant. ( Xu Duan ) and this is the intention I hope for in my relationship with this plant friend. I have bruised my wrist carpal bones a lot this summer with skateboarding and taking the brunt of falls on my hands. So I intend to improve bone repair and provide power to my structural elements. To assist them with repair with the help of Xu Duan.