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A recent diagnosis of kidney stones sent me into the medicine cabinet, The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal (*), Shaker Medicinal Herbs (^) and The Complete Medicinal Herbal (~) for helpI made a cup of Chamomile tea, squirted in some Wild Carrot Seed tincture, lined up last years bountiful herbal harvest and began to read.  Wild Carrot seeds have already proven to be a urinary tract ally, for me; so I knew I was setting off in the right direction.

Turns out Wild Carrot, AKA Daucus carota and Queen Anne’s Lace “is an active urinary antiseptic” and “has been considered a specific in the treatment of kidney stones, for a long time.” (*pg 85)  With “diuretic, carminative and deobstruent” (^pg 137) actions, the primary ingredient of my tea will be Wild Carrot seeds.  I’m so glad I collected loads!

I believe in cross potentiation and, therefore added 3 more herbs:

 Golden Rod, Salidago virauria, for its delicious, anise flavor.  Most days I, already, enjoy a cup of Golden Rod tea; and, “As an anti-inflammatory urinary antiseptic, Golden Rod may be used in cystitis, urethritis and the like.: (*pg 146)

For more on Golden Rod: https://forageporage.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/golden-rod-natures-blonde-bombshell/

 Agrimony, Agrimonia cupatoria, “may be used in urinary incontinence and cystitis” (*pg55); and is “Highly recommended in gravel.” (^pg126)

 Cleavers, Galium aparine, have proven, “Valuable in curing suppression of urine and to cure inflammation of kidney and bladder.” (^140) and, “makes an excellent cleansing tonic” (~pg62)


6 parts Wild Carrot Seeds

1 part Golden Rod

1 part Agrimony

1 part Cleavers

1 tsp, steeped in 1 cup boiling water for 10-15 minutes; and strained.

A spoonful of good local honey is a great addition; as is cinnamon; as is a squirt of “Violet tincture” (~pg 114).

It’s imperative to drink loads of water, while drinking this tea.  Actually, that’s the point!  The diuretic action, of the herbs, results in long, forceful urinary evacuation; facilitating flushing of the stone causing materials. The first time, I thought it must have come all the way up from my toes!  Although I can certainly feel the stones passing, it isn’t nearly as painful as before.  The anti-inflammatory action helps reduce the passing sensation from acute agony to an urgent discomfort; certainly a vast improvement.  After the first cup, I was no longer nauseous or breaking out in cold sweats and shaking.  It’s been two weeks of drinking two cups a day; and I feel a great deal better.  For the next two weeks I’ll continue to drink a cup a day of this tea.

Making my own Herbal Remedies, from plants I foraged, makes me feel very powerful and satisfied.  My tea has no carbon foot-print!  I walked to forage it.  The herbs dried in the open air.  I picked, prepared and stored it with love.  In the process I got exercise, fresh air and sunshine.  My tea is effective; yet, has no harmful side-effects, My tea is tasty; and, it is free!


(*) David Hoffmann. The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal.

Element Books. 1996

(^) Amy Bess Miller, Shaker Medicinal Herbs.

Storey Books.  1998

(~) Penelope Ody, The Complete Medicinal Herbal

Dorling Kindersley.  1993


Nothing written here is intended as medical advice; or any kind of advice, at all.  I’m not a doctor; or other health professional.  What works for me, may not work for you.  I’m simply sharing my thoughts, opinions, experiences, hard learned lessons, and love.  I disclaim any and all liability resulting from the use of, collection of, preparation of, ingestion of, reaction to or contact with, any plant written about here; or anywhere else.  Use great caution when hunting, collecting, preparing and eating any wild food for the first time.  Make certain of your identification.  You, and you alone, are responsible for what you collect, prepare and consume; and for whatever consequences that may result.  Anyone can have an allergic reaction to any food, at any time.  Use common sense, go slow, do the research, check and double check, and then check again, then proceed with extreme caution.  One mistake could cost your life; or worse, someone else’s life.  Know the laws where you intend to forage.  Whenever appropriate get permission.  Check public records for area pesticide spraying programs.  Never harvest right after spraying.  Find out if and when it will be safe.

Thanks for stopping by!


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