leechcraft  asked:

Hey! I've got a pretty big chest (DD), and so far I've tried an underworks Tri Top (works pretty good) and a lesloveboat velcro binder (not so much). Now I'm looking into the underworks 997, and I was wondering if folding up the bottom half of the binder over my chest would provide an extra layer of compression. (I'm really not a fan of having stuff compressing my stomach. Been there, done that, waaaaay uncomfortable.) Thanks!

Zev says: Folding up the 997 does give an extra layer of compression, and I’ve seen a couple of people do it. It’s an okay solution, but it’s not the best solution. It’s a little insecure and you can see the bottom seam of the binder under thinner shirts.

The best bet is to use a binder for its intended purpose, as it was intended to be used. If you don’t like having a binder compress your stomach, there’s no reason whatsoever for you to get a long binder.

Remember that all binders at lesloveboat are not made the same. A lot of there stuff really isn’t intended for bigger guys- the double collection series especially is cut in such a way that I don’t recommend it for anybody above a c cup, and the AIR Max are made for sports and therefore a lot lighter.

However, there are binders out there made for bigger guys that will suit your purposes without you needing to use them in ways that aren’t recommended. Check out the plus-sized binders at lesloveboat. Though the plus-sized page only has 2XL and up, the models on that page come in smaller sizes elsewhere on the site and are built specifically for guys with more chest. 

Hemp, that is canuere: This plant which one calls ‘cannane silfatica’ and by another name 'hemp’ is produced in rough places and along paths and hedges. 1. For pain of the breasts take this plant 'cannauem siluaticam’ pounded with lard, lay it onto the breasts, it drives out the swelling; if there is any collection [of pus] there, it cleanses it. 2. For cooling of a burn take this same plant’s fruit pounded with nettle seeds, moistened with vinegar, lay it onto the pain.

The Old English Herbarium Manuscript V (12th century)

This description of the medicinal applications for hemp is from an Old English translation of an earlier Greek text. Hemp (cannabis sativa)
was brought to Central Europe from West Russia by the Goths in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, when it began to be used for its tough fibres in cloth-making.

[source: Leechcraft: Early English Charms, Plantlore & Healing, Stephen Pollington; gallowglass.org: Hemp & Nettle: two food/fibre/medical plants in use in Eastern Europe]

30 Days of Odin: Day 26

Odin is a magician. His method of magic is the singing of magical songs, called galdr (Old Norse for “song”). These songs of power allow Odin to do many great feats, from requesting aid to calming stormy waters. Some of these magical songs are performed with the addition of carving runes, thus enhancing the power of the spells.

There are eighteen spells listed in the Havamal. Although the songs themselves are not written, they can help with inspiring personal magical work:

147. The songs I know that king’s wives know not,
Nor men that are sons of men;
The first is called help, and help it can bring thee
In sorrow and pain and sickness.

148. A second I know, that men shall need
Who leechcraft long to use;

149. A third I know, if great is my need
Of fetters to hold my foe;
Blunt do I make mine enemy’s blade,
Nor bites his sword or staff.

150. A fourth I know, if men shall fasten
Bonds on my bended legs;
So great is the charm that forth I may go,
The fetters spring from my feet,
Broken the bonds from my hands.

152. A fifth I know, if I see from afar
An arrow fly ‘gainst the folk;
It flies not so swift that I stop it not,
If ever my eyes behold it.

152. A sixth I know, if harm one seeks
With a sapling’s roots to send me;
The hero himself who wreaks his hate
Shall taste the ill ere I.

153. A seventh I know, if I see in flames
The hall o'er my comrades’ heads;
It burns not so wide that I will not quench it,
I know that song to sing.

154. An eighth I know, that is to all
Of greatest good to learn;
When hatred grows among heroes’ sons,
I soon can set it right.

155. A ninth I know, if need there comes
To shelter my ship on the flood;
The wind I calm upon the waves,
And the sea I put to sleep.

156. A tenth I know, what time I see
House-riders flying on high;
So can I work that wildly they go,
Showing their true shapes,
Hence to their own homes.

157. An eleventh I know, if needs I must lead
To the fight my long-loved friends;
I sing in the shields, and in strength they go
Whole to the field of fight,
Whole from the field of fight,
And whole they come thence home.

158. A twelfth I know, if high on a tree
I see a hanged man swing;
So do I write and color the runes
That forth he fares,
And to me talks.

159. A thirteenth I know, if a thane full young
With water I sprinkle well;
He shall not fall, though he fares mid the host,
Nor sink beneath the swords.

160. A fourteenth I know, if fain I would name
To men the mighty gods;
All know I well of the gods and elves,
Few be the fools know this.

161. A fifteenth I know, that before the doors
Of Delling sang Thjothrörir the dwarf;
Might he sang for the gods, and glory for elves,
And wisdom for Hroptatyr wise.

162. A sixteenth I know, if I seek delight
To win from a maiden wise;
The mind I turn of the white-armed maid,
And thus change all her thoughts.

163. A seventeenth I know, so that seldom shall go
A maiden young from me;

164. Long these songs thou shalt, Loddfafnir,
Seek in vain to sing;
Yet good it were if thou mightest get them,
Well, if thou wouldst them learn,
Help, if thou hadst them.

165. An eighteenth I know, that ne'er will I tell
To maiden or wife of man,–
The best is what none but one’s self doth know,
So comes the end of the songs,–
Save only to her in whose arms I lie,
Or who else my sister is.