Golden Garlic Paste ~ Everyday Garlic goodness

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Garlic is a gift!  The attributes of this pungent healing herb, are many.  How to EAT MORE GARLIC? Here’s a super idea ~ a family favourite. It is excellent spooned over a baked potato, with any kind of baked chicken, pork, beef or fish as well as legumes and a  myriad of vegetables.  It takes [...]

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Fire Cider 101

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Once upon a time, in a land far far away…. Ok.. it was in the 90s and I was in Rosemary Gladstar’s apprenticeship programme at Sage Mountain in Vermont. Time is like that… It feels like a century ago, yet I can remember it like it was yesterday. It was there that I was inspired [...]

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Power-Packed Teas for Winter

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When I was a child, my mom was a tea drinker. Black tea, black- no milk or sugar. She loved her tea.  Me? not so much. It is really only in the last 10 years or so that I have enjoyed a cup of  black tea, thanks to my friend and neighbour, Brenda. She made [...]

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Do you want to get rid of that cough?

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There’s a lot of people still hacking and wanting to get ‘over’ a cough that seems to last a few weeks. Are you getting enough rest? Eat nourishing warming foods with my ‘pack of healers’: Onions, Garlic, Cayenne, Horseradish (excellent for lungs!) and Ginger. Here are some ‘home remedies’  to help! Soothing Onion Syrup An [...]

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St John’s Wort ~ Winter Sunshine!

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If you’re NOT a winter person, or when too many gray days line up in a row, or the busy-ness of life has left it’s toll and you feel like screaming, there are a number of herbal helper options.. ONE is what I like to call, Herbal Sunshine! For all those who  HATE WINTER!! Herbal Sunshine [...]

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When everyone is SICK ~ Look after you!

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Everyone around you STILL getting sick? It’s not too late to look after YOU! Ideally you have an immune supportive herbal remedy that you have been taking on and off since the autumn…but regardless — if you start to have “that feeling”…  When every second person at work is sniffling or sneezing, I reach for [...]

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Elderberry Medicine

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Elderberry As promised,  I am continuing to write about ELDER, 2013 HERB of the YEAR! So much can be said about this fabulous plant ~ it’s a well-loved member of my ‘green team’ of healers, and always in my apothecary. I make herbal tinctures, syrups, liqueurs, tonics, and more with this all star. It is [...]

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Easy Garlic Syrup

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Garlic is one of the most versatile herbs in our herbal apothecary. Whether it’s raw, sautéed lightly, roasted, pickled, chopped into honey or made into syrup ~ it’s a super healer.  Garlic syrup is another favourite remedy for raspy or sore throats, congestion or coughs. It can alleviate congestion in the lungs as it can [...]

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COLD-KICKER honey

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Cold-Kicker Honey I love to add herbs to honey to create another welcome winter remedy. It’s easy to make and simple to change to suit what’s needed. The honey helps to coat the throat and relieves irritation. Both anti-microbial and antioxidant, honey helps to fight bacteria and viruses. Due to its high sesquiterpene content, ginger [...]

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How to make a Castor Oil Pack and WHY!

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  I’ve used a Castor Oil pack since the 80′s and have taught hundreds of people how to do so for their family needs. The healing qualities of the cold-pressed oil from the seeds of the  Castor plant  (Ricinus communis) are numerous and well-documented. There are entire books written on the attributes of this amazing [...]

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