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A Story With Best Herbal Remedies For Fertility, Breast Milk & Post Natal Depression, The Witch And The Witches Cauldron

Updated on April 20, 2012

Looking for the best herbal remedies for fertility, breast milk and post natal depression?  Well, this witch and her witches couldron can tell you more.

Contained within this story is health advice on natural remedies for increasing breast milk, anxiety, post natal depression and fertility problems. Centred around the witch trials - by jury of ordeal, our witch is burning at the stake whilst her onlookers, who she helped, watch on.

Creating a homemade remedy, and herbal remedies for anything in general, was considered evil and condemnable by witch burning. A mere sip of infusion tea could tar the user with the same brush - by partaking in a remedy, they too could be branded a witch.

It is no wonder that fear stopped users defending witches. The herbal recipes within this article were typical of the day. They were used to help alleviate symptoms that caused people health problems.

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Burn the Witch... Burn!

Trial By Ordeal - Burn, Witch, Burn!

Burn the witch! Burn the witch! Burn! The wise woman of the village is pinned to the stake in the middle of a stack of unlit wooden blocks. She watches the clergy as the pit of her stomach churns in response to impending doom. What was her crime? She was the administrator of a concoction of herbs to the sick people of her community. However, this deed was evil!

She is a witch and as such will be condemned to hell! There is no redemption as she is struck by the waves of the flames. She is writhing in agony as the heat consumes her body. There before her are the people she treated, eating their lunches and pretending that they are not affected. Others stand to witness the suffering of a witch who is deserving of the pit of hell. Even so, none of the crowd want to be condemned to the same fate as the wise woman before them!

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The Witch Brews Her Herbal Remedies

A Herbal Brew: mixing herbal components like Eye of Newt, Toe of Frog and St John’s wort

This was the late middle ages where administering herbal remedies were deemed to be witchcraft – the epitome of evil! With great expertise the witches created compounds to cure or kill – mixing herbal components like Eye of Newt, Toe of Frog and St John’s wort - the witch would mix the brew whilst concentrating on the laws of nature. Such thoughts add a little something to the brew – the little sprinkle of magic!

Herbal remedies were the remit of the wise woman of the village. The community counted on the healing properties from the power of the herbs. Some would cure and some wouldn’t – a bit like modern day medicine eh? Sometimes when it is your time to go, then it is your time to depart this mortal coil! So be it with a blessed be (by the way, this is Witch talk!).

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Make Me A Herbal Recipe!

Now supposing someone came to see the wise woman of the village because she couldn’t conceive.  The Witch would tailor make a concocted recipe.  This, we know today, is a herbal remedy.  Many people still believe that it helps alleviate suffering of ailments. 

Wood Betony

We've Gotten Ourselves A Witch! Light The Pyre!

Herbal Remedy: Wood Betony, Hyssop, Skullcap & Lime Flowers For Anxiety

She might mix eye of newt for fertility, clarity and protection. Can you imagine swallowing such a mean feast?! Well, the truth is that this is the name for ordinary and common garden, mustard seed! Add a little wood betony combined with equal parts of hyssop, skullcap and lime flowers to create a tea infusion. For one pint of boiling water, approximately 1oz of the mixture will not only help with conception but also relieve anxiety – all too commoner reason for the inability to conceive, after all! Well, that is what is believed.

The wise woman or witch of the village would act as Doctor, Social Worker and Midwife all in one! Should the woman, as mentioned above, conceive and have the baby, it is the wise woman who would be there to assist with the birth. She was a real pillar of the community!

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Herbal Remedies: Milkwort, Fenugreek Seeds, Borage, Holy Thistle.

The burning witch looks on the community for which she helped – a scapegoated sinner. She looks on at the breast-feeding mother whom she helped with conception and her difficulties in breast-feeding as she melts into oblivion. The young girl’s heart sinks as she returns to the concoction made by that dear wise lady. She needed help with the milk supply. What was it the Witch told her? She thinks as her mentor burns…Milkwort, fenugreek seeds, borage, holy thistle.

Herbal Remedy - Borage

Milkwort as a Herbal Remedy

Infuse Your Milkwort to a Herbal Tea

Milkwort needs to be infused – typically 1oz to 1 pint – with boiling water. She thinks harder… to be drunk in a small sized wine glass, two to three times a day. The lactating mother remembers to take her 1oz of fenugreek seeds, crushed and simmered for two minutes in one pint of water. She only needs a small capful of the seed and liquid twice a day! She remembered how the witch helped her through the pregnancy with this recipe. It was a great tonic and didn’t hurt the baby!

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Herbal Remedy: Holy Thistle

Herbal Infusions Require 1oz of Herbal Mixture to 1 Pint of Boiling Water

he usual 1oz to 1-pint rule also applied to the separate infusions of borage and holy thistle. Wow, that holy thistle was bitter! It was a good job that the witch had honey in store to sweeten the blow of this herb! Taking an egg cup full twice a day, morning and evening and drinking the borage in the size of a wine glass drunk at the same duration, really helped her with her post natal depression. She looks on and realises how she will miss the woman who helped her so.

There is frenzy in the courtyard. A great feeling of euphoria. The crowd from around the flared corpse upon the wooden pole cried ‘Burn witch… Burn!’

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      FertilAid... it would be wonderful wouldn't it? But I think the infusion keeps all the trace elements so it is better natural rather than processed. Thanks for your great comment!

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      FertilAid 7 years ago

      We need to put all these herbs into a pill and start helping women get pregnant fast! :)

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Hi brianzen. Me too but I found that you don't need ritual - just thinking it can make it happen! However, all you need is love and first do no harm.

      Neutrality is the taoist way... control action by thought and deed. Being adaptable to the forces and bend like the bamboo. The mystic way (preceed of taoist)is the ultimate conclusion for living a life with a balance of mind, body and spirit.

      Blessed be x

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      Brian 7 years ago

      Quietly as I do not yet wish to tackle this subject online, I was a "witch" for over 13 years, and still acknowledge those precepts that do not conflict with my Taoist/Zen studies, As with all of your other work that I have read so far well done, or should I say merry met! feel free to write me whenever, I look forward too it.

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks Rafini for dropping by! I am pleased you liked it! x

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      Rafini 7 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

      Very interesting read!!

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Dgenr8 I'm glad you enjoyed it. Spread the loooove! x

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      Dgenr8 7 years ago

      shazwellyn, This is some great stuff. I'm actually back for a second read. fantastic.

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Green Lotus... I can feel the embers glowing as the roots of the holy thistle take hold ... the seed of the witch that burned!

      Thanks, my friend x

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      Hillary 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Holy Thistle Shaz! This one's a winner in my book. I'm with Ann, I love the way you told an exciting (horrific actually) tale imbued with great information about the healing properties of herbs. great stuff!

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks Ann! I'm glad you liked it. Watch out for another coming soon! Shaz x

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      Very interesting read and very ingenious of you to incorporate the witch trials with these herbal remedies! Well done, shaz!

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      @ Tammy .. Hi Kindred! Im glad you liked it. x

      @Phillip... we are all being tried by ordeal when it comes to the pharmac companies.. they want your soul!x

      @Elayne... Thanks, I hoped it put across some meaning and a few great recipes for some herbal remedies! x

      @Irishobserver... Thank you my friend, Im glad you liked it x

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      theirishobserver. 7 years ago from Ireland

      excellent hub - did you take the thistle picture yourself - looks really alive - love witch stories great keep up the good work....

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      Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Nice take on the herbal subject. Kudos!!

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      philip carey 61 7 years ago

      Excellent hub. (I do think the giant pharmaceutical companies are evil, though.)

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      wow what a great hub. I am with hypnodude.

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      hypnodude... you are too kind! I'm glad you liked it. I wanted to produce something to spark off the imagination, original, easy to read and informative. I hope that I have achieved this.

      There is nothing wrong with education being fun! Most articles written seem to be a drone of words. I want excitement!

      Witches weren't always performing white (praise of God) and grey magic (natural, healing vibes)... some were into the dark side of the force too. Sad, but true! There are always some people that will abuse the vibe, man! hehehe

      Yes, however, much has been lost - this is probably why people term their subject as 'hidden knowledge'. It is hidden if it isn't available for access!!

      Thanks for reading x

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      hmrjmr1 - Leary ole healthcare professionals... do you think that witches have conflicting issues with funding? hehehe x

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      Sometimes I wonder how much knowledge has been lost with those poor women burned as witches. Great story, great informations, great layout=great hub. Rated and stumbled. :)

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      Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      An early mix of politics religion and healthcare! Is there any wonder some of us are leary? Great Hub Shaz!