This will be a diary of reviews of sacred botanicals that I take, in place of the pharmaceuticals I had been taking most of my life. It was the moment I removed myself from these chemicals, and began retreating back to nature, did my life fully return.
Review: Tom’s Tincture’s “Gold Rush”
Any herbalist, like myself, can agree we love a good tincture. A blending of extracts and herbs, infused together to produce a long lasting effect to whatever ails you.
I have made my fair share of tinctures in life. They take time, patience, and a whole lotta love. Herbal tinctures are literally the essence of the herb, magnified ten-fold to give you the benefits you need from that herb. Rarely do I use other people’s tinctures, mainly because we all know that big Pharma has done some serious tinkering in today’s tinctures we like to call “medicine”. Add all the sugar in the world to make it taste better, that in the end becomes habit forming and really, it only puts a band aid on the problem.
Tinctures are the original medicines. Doctors, witches and the like would take herbs, and create tonics by dissolving them in alcohol. Whether be whiskey or vodka, it was something that would literally boost the effect of the herb. I am grateful to be among some really great people who have decided to come back to basics, walk away from the big pharma guys, and retreat back to nature, where all our cures are hiding.
Over the last week I came across a little store called Tom’s Tinctures. I will admit, I became intrigued by it because Tom is my Father’s name, and my Dad was always the first person in the bathroom when I was kneeling before the porcelain god when I was sick. So, I started looking into his tinctures. As many of my readers know, I have been battling insomnia for many years. My body clock doesn’t like to tell time, so it’s hard for me to be in a pattern where I’m awake during the day and sleepy at night. I can go days without sleeping at night, and during the day taking naps in lieu of eating lunch. It makes for my physical appearance to be almost drawn and murky, and all I want to do is sleep. Every few months I go on a Red Bull kick, having 1 8 oz can every morning. The moment I feel I need more than 1 a day, do I immediately go off of it. Quite honestly, I HATE that I feel the need to HAVE this every morning. I have tried oil pulling, drinking warm lemon water, coffee, green tea, you name it, I’ve tried it.
Over the past year, though, I came across the miracle plant Kratom, and I have found that when mixed into a tea in the morning, I can get a good burst of energy. The problem is, the tea is VERY bitter and I REALLY don’t feel like drinking bitter tea first thing in the morning. Then I came across Tom’s energy tincture called “Gold Rush”. With a series of FIVE energetic Kratom strains, raw cacao and turmeric, I was anticipating that this could be my saving grace.
The tincture comes in a little brown bottle, something quite rustic and charming looking. I opened up the bottle to smell it, and it hardly smelled! I was so impressed! When working with a plant like Kratom, we are so privy to the taste of it and how our gag reflexes take over if it stays in our mouth too long. With the hint of Cacao in the smell, I was looking forward to trying it.
After giving the bottle a good shake, I produced a full size serving from the tube and placed it under my tongue, allowing the saliva and cells mix in with the tincture. The initial burning sensation was quite obvious…The alcohol content was there but not profound. See, in cough medicines, most companies put a similar amount of alcohol, but mask it with so much sugar, sometimes I wonder if it counters the alcohol a bit. I’m no chemist, but I will say tinctures always worked better for me than any OTC cough syrup.
I put another serving under my tongue, and 30 seconds later swished and swallowed what was in my mouth. The taste was NOT bad at all. The turmeric and cacao definitely helps with this. Within about 5 minutes, I felt a slight energetic pull to become more focused. Usually I get that whenever I take any energetic Kratom. However, with the tincture, it was a different feeling. Although this doesn’t give off the euphoric feelings many strains of Kratom can give, the Gold Rush tincture definitely has its energetic benefits. The first dose lasted 6 ½ hours, until I felt the need to do it again.
All in all it is a GREAT product from a man who truly loves what he does and take time and patience in the quality of his product. I am looking forward to trying to Earth Syrup tincture, Gold Rush’s sleepy counterpart, but in the meantime, Tom’s Tinctures definitely has a customer in me!
REVIEW – KDK Botanicals Red Blend, KDK Botanicals White Blend
Hi all! I wanted to give you guys a review on the two blends that I happen to have tried from KDK Botanicals. Last night I was able to take the Red Blend. No question, out of all the blends I have tried from all the vendors, KDK Botanicals has an amazing product and I’m glad I can share this all with you.
So, last night I tried the red. I usually take the Kratom in powder form, so this review is based on the way I make it: As a tea. The way I make my tea at night is I use 2/3 of a cup of hot water and filter 1 ½ to 2 teaspoons in it. The Red blend packs a powerful punch, and I was looking forward to seeing how it would help my pain, since I am currently battling a minor hairline fracture in the top of my foot. So, the taste: Because it’s a red blend and I use more of in the that small amount of water, it’s definitely a stronger tea. But I put a nice helping of organic clover honey in the tea to help with the taste. Usually, I expect any Red Leaf Kratom to be more bitter, and this particular blend is actually very smooth and not bitter at all. So, it was very easy to drink the tea, and very pleasant. Within 5 minutes the effects began. Now, it did give a bit of the “good feeling” vibes, aka euphoria, but not much, at least for me. What I DID notice, was that the pain I had been battling throughout the day were completely GONE. I mean, really just GONE. This effect lasted a good 4-6 hours. I woke up this morning and although the pain was beginning to come back, the calming feeling I had was amazing, something I am not used to with Reds. This is definitely a blend I would like to use during my nightly ritual.
The next day (today), I decided to finally try the White blend. Now, I have to tell you, I have always used only Red or Green blends. But I have always wanted to try to White. So, using the same amount of water, I used only 1 teaspoon of the White blend this morning. Great static, which always means it’s a good product. Smooth taste, hardly bitter with the honey. Now, the effect started a little later than the Red did the night before. I want to say I started to feel it around 30 minutes in. It gives off a warm feeling, almost like after you take a five hour energy. The good thing is that it does give off a rush of energy along with the feeling of euphoria. Again, not as much as green gives off euphoria, but enough along with the energy to make it probably the best blend I’ve ever had.
My goal tomorrow is to mix the white and the green together, and tonight I plan to mix the red and the yellow.
All in all I am really excited about KDK Botanicals. Their product is excellent with a price we can all get behind on. And as I post this review, I will be placing another order with them.
Review: Super Red Vein Borneo
When I first starting taking Kratom, I was skeptical about taking any red-veined powder for fear any type of “sedation” the effect would bring would be enough to knock me out and not allow me to function as a normal human being. After taking this strain, however, I was once again humbled by my error. I think much of my fear had been based with the stigma that politics has eagerly tried to put on this medicinal plant. But I listened to my heart and my analytical head, and pushed onward by taking my friend’s advice to at least try. This by far, is a VERY powerful little leaf that has extreme benefits when it comes to alleviating pain and sleep deprivation. All while giving you the opportunity to function on a daily basis, depending on the amount you take each time. When I was taking Oxycontin or Xanax, I wouldn’t be able to do anything other than sit down and allow the effects to take over. Hardly able to concentrate, I was more about being “in the moment”, feeling that euphoric feeling for those 10-15 minutes then falling to sleep, hoping to sleep through whatever time I could before I could take my next dose. Looking back I was really a functioning pill pusher. I found a way to live with it. I did it for so many years; it became daily habit for me to just be who I was. The pain was a part of my life, so I accepted that medicine was going to be also a part of me. Who would have thought in a million years the way society is today, that the botanicals of our Mother Earth gives us all the necessities to not only care for ourselves, but also to repair ourselves? This is what I feel Super Red Vein Borneo is: The strain that repairs you.
What it is: The powder itself is brownish in color, showing that the reddish tint mixing with the green simply gives off that hue. In my own personal opinion, the smell is more pungent than of any of the green, possibly one of the properties from the coloring of the stems/veins in the leaf itself. Since the red vein leaves are more sedating in nature, it is important to remember how much you take during the time you take it, will determine how your body will react to it. Meaning, if you take it first thing in the morning, chances are although you won’t have the pain, you will be dragging your energy all over the place, because the muscles in your body will naturally react that way because of the fact it is sedating in nature. So, unless you need to deal with your pain during the night, my suggestion is to mix this with a green strain, to at least get your bout of energy you need. For me, I take my red strain at nighttime. It’s easier for me to control my pain during the day because my job gives me the opportunity to be busy enough I can almost ignore it. I know many don’t have that luxury, so take my ideas with a grain of salt and do what is best for you.
Taking it: As I usually do, I take it as a tea, and recently I added cinnamon sticks to my pan on the stove to infuse the cinnamon into the Kratom and water. Cinnamon has amazing therapeutic qualities as it stands alone: giving off a relief of any inflammatory issues with your body, so taking it with the red vein Kratom could be essential to your pain relief. Anyway, I took 1 cup water and the took the Super Red Vein Borneo and put two tablespoons of the powder into water for the pot to go into a slow boil. Remember, if you make a tea with Kraton, NEVER fast boil it, for it will take a massive chunk of the alkaloids from the Kratom. It’s like taking a capsule with Kratom and emptying the contents out, and swallowing the empty capsule instead of the powder. It’s going to give you the same effect: Nothing. But I digress…
Once you get it to a simmering boil, take it off the heat and let it cool down. Filter the water, Kratom and cinnamon stick through a sieve or better yet, a coffee filter, to get your tea. You can take what’s in the filter and re-add water to get more out of that batch (mind you, it will be less in potency, due to much of it came from the first batch). Sometimes I like to take that second batch and mix it with my green in the morning to give me energy AND pain relief in the AM. Once you get your filtered tea into your teacup, take ½ of that first batch to drink and save the rest for the next night. Add some honey (whatever amount you like), and drink slowly. I like to inhale the steam before sipping; it helps take some of the bitterness away. This particular brand is definitely bitterer than Maeng Da, as I found Maeng Da to be very smooth and sweeter in taste. Nevertheless, Kratom itself becomes an acquired taste, and I found it to be very soothing in the end.
Effects: It took about 15 minutes to start feeling any effects, mainly started with feeling my face become flushed and a bit hot under the collar, so-to-speak. A slight euphoric feeling did sweep in, but it only lasted about 10 minutes. Personally, I did feel the Maeng Da had more of a euphoric effect that any of the strains I have tried so far. However, the pain relief was amazing. I took this on the verge of a migraine, and thankfully it kicked it just in time for the pain to go right away, so no medicine needed to intervene in the long run. I’ve been a migraine sufferer since 1979 (before doctors knew what migraines REALLY were), so as someone who has been battling this cross for 35 years, this was definitely a breakthrough for me.
Overall: I definitely give this a solid A for pain relief and sleep and a B- for euphoria/overall feeling of wellness. I think this is definitely a strain for people with chronic pain, however if you have an anxiety disorder like myself, my advice would be to mix a green strain/maeng da to offer assistance in that area. Overall it is a great type of Kratom, and looking forward to more restful, pain-free sleeps in the future.
Vendor: Kratom Underground
The Little Miracle Plant That Could…
Oy. My feet are cold. Over here in Southeastern Pennsylvania the temperatures are going to drop into the single digits tonight. Yikes. We had some snow a couple days ago, and I got to take my new car (properly named Stella-Bella) on the back roads this week to see how she handles. For someone who has driven petrified for years in my little Honda during winter weather, I did rather well! No problems whatsoever, so I consider it a success.
I had a goal to get our bedroom cleaned and organized after the holidays, and sadly I haven’t met that goal yet. I sit here in bed, gazing over at the mound of clothes that doesn’t seem to fold itself. Ah well, I get to tackle it this week. That’s it, keep saying that, Bridget. (Smiling slyly at myself). I know I will get it done. Eventually.
The cold weather has taken a toll on my chronic pain in my hip and low back. My hands and feet are ice cold and honestly sleep has been a welcome joy when I know it’s time to go to bed. Thankfully for my Kratom tea, my pain is subsided in the evening, but quite honestly, it doesn’t help with my energy, that I had loads of during the day. Coming home, though….that’s a different story.
So I decided to talk a little bit about Kratom. This miracle little plant hails from the depths of Southeast Asian forests, growing into trees of such beauty. A relative of the coffee plant, Kratom has medicinal properties that are truly amazing. From the green vein leaves with energy, and the red vein with pain relief, Kratom does even so much more for the human body. As someone who has dealt with chronic pain from years of abuse of food addiction, resulting in severe pain in my hips, knees, legs and back. Also a migraine sufferer since the ripe age of 6 years old, I have had my share of pain. Then the lovely anxiety disorder. From therapy years ago, I’ve been suffering from anxiety since I was 12. So, at one point I was on close to 8 different types of medication. EIGHT. Taken along with my supplements and vitamins, allergy pills and such, I was without a doubt, a pill pusher. I needed to get off this crap. So, with the help of a friend, I got on Juice Plus+, which we all know how much I love that! But it didn’t help with the pain and anxiety. So, after doing TONS of research of Kratom, I decided to give it a try. Now, for the naysayers, let me say this: This is a legal herb. It is legal in my state. It is NOT an opiate. It is NOT a drug. It is sad that many people who have abused this plant, politics has tried to intervene to see if this plant needs to go on the drug database. Sadly, there are about 4 states and a County in Florida that bans it. But as far as I’m concerned, I’m good.
Talk about a difference in my life! I don’t remember the last time I felt true pain! And the feeling of wellness inside of you…The great thing about Kratom is that although it is NOT an opiate, it does have opiate-like qualities. Depending on the type you take, you can get a Euphoric feeling from it. This feeling of wellness and happiness makes it only more amazing. I have found along with my Juice Plus+, I have a sense of CONSTANT motivation, as well as a peace and happiness inside myself. I’ve become a major advocate of Kratom, to the point I have started writing reviews for certain social media pages that are dedicated to Kratom. As much as it pains me to see people use it the wrong way, I believe we need to keep the momentum going.
As I sit here at my laptop, just finishing my Kratom tea I just made, I’m just going to say life is swell. People keep asking me what the hell am I doing that I look so good, that I always seem so happy, always smiling? Well, now you know.