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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DIY Elderberry Syrup

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Elder (sambucus nigra L. ssp. canadensis) Elder medicine has been used by herbalists for centuries. I like to use both the flowers and berries in my herbal apothecary, sometimes together and often separately in teas, tinctures, vinegars, honey and syrups. Probably THE most popular of these remedies, is the highly nutritive immune-building Elderberry Syrup. When [...]

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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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HERB of the YEAR 2013 : ELDER

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Elder medicine, as we affectionately call the various concoctions we make from the flowers and fruit of the Elder (Sambucus nigra/canadensis) is a wonderful herbal ally. The International Herb Association’s HERB OF THE YEAR for 2013 is indeed a powerful medicine. It’s more than just a ‘winter medicine’ but we’ll start there! Elder is a “STAR [...]

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Culinary Herbs CAN combat Colds and Flu!

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Looking for ways to boost your immune system’s ability to ward off that nasty cold or flu virus? It’s easy to use  ’common’ culinary herbs in your pantry to improve immune system function and be ready to combat colds & flu! Note: Each of the herbs below has many other properties, in addition to the [...]

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FIGHTING the FLU ~ 3 Ideas to help you, now!

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THREE IDEAS to FIGHT FLU SYMPTOMS! My FAVOURITE “winter” Homeopathic Formula It may look like an impossible word to pronounce; it sure is a mouthful ~ Oscillococcinum, is a homeopathic remedy I’ve used with great success over many years. Manufactured by Boiron, Oscillo (as it’s affectionately called by those not wanting to tackle the full name!!) is [...]

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