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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DIY Cold Care Capsules

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  These are most effective, as many remedies are, if you can have them on hand and ready to take at the first sign of an ‘invader’.  This recipe was shared with me in early days of apprenticeship classes with Rosemary Gladstar. It is, as are many of her recipes, one of my yearly rituals […]

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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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Gifts for your HEART ~ celebrating 4 healthy ideas!

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We all know that fresh fruits and veggies plus a selection of lean proteins contribute to a life-enhancing anti-inflammatory diet.  There is much written about making good choices. In honour of the feast of St. Valentine’s, here are FOUR herbs to consider when wanting to support the cardiovascular system.  I’ts just a glimpse but ~ […]

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Easy Harvest Vinaigrette

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I’ve been writing a lot about infused vinegars ~ for healing, for hair care,  as fabulous flavour enhancers in your kitchen. Flavoured vinegars have become a mainstay in my home. They provide ‘that little something’ from apps to desserts. Probably the first ‘use’ for a herb-infused vinegar? A light ‘house dressing’ for your salad; easy to […]

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Sweet Potatoes ~ two EASY recipes

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Pin It Sweet potatoes are as delicious as they are good for you! A medium sweet potato, let’s say 2 inches in diameter by 5 inches long, contains about 100 calories, about 2 grams of protein and almost zero fat. High in fibre, they are an excellent source of potassium, and good sources of Vitamins A […]

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Bam ! Essence of Emeril’s special herb blend!

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HAPPY MARDI GRAS everyone!! When I think of New Orleans, I have great memories of time spent in pre-Mardi-Gras ball celebrations, years ago…. As a herbalist + ‘foodie’, I LOVE concocting delicious herb + spice blends to enhance meals and add “kitchen medicine” to the dishes I prepare for family & friends. Can’t think of […]

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Culinary Herbs CAN combat Colds and Flu!

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ANYTIME is a great time to incorporate lots of herbs + spices into your meals! I have never stopped being amazed by the wide range of helping ‘actions’ or healing ‘constituents’. You may be surprised at the long list of ‘so called’ kitchen herbs + spices which can all work together to help you feel […]

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15 top Anti-Inflammatory Herbs & Spices

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These days, I don’t need to go far in my day before meeting a friend or colleague or client who has a similar complaint. Many of the ‘imbalances’ that people experience can be traced back to some form of inflammation. What to do? Inflammation is a huge topic these days as recent research indicates that […]

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Horseradish ! Herb Of The Year 2011

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    As a youngster I studiously avoided any contact with that suspicious looking ramekin that was passed around the roast beef dinner table. Horseradish and cooked turnip were both on the “no thanks” list for my entire childhood. My dad, over time, became quite the gourmet cook and blessed us with years of new […]

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