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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Warm up Winter Stew

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 We’ve been living on Slow Cooker meals this month, as temps have been super-sonic deep freezing! COLDEST days on record in southern Ontario, for decades..  Working a lot and not having the time or energy (or interest) to bother with a lot of food prep?  Enter… the slow cooker or as we’ve always called it [...]

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Who needs a bug bite???

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Pesky biting insects like the common mosquito can be a real irritant during our warm months. Thankfully, I have learned a few ideas along the way, which make me less of an “attraction”. I was asked, recently to put together some ideas for friends who are going camping in the next week, so thought I’d [...]

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Meatless Mondays ~ EASY Herb Pesto

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Don’t you just finding new ways to use those amazing herbs and herbal flavours from your garden? Whether it’s watching the garden flourish or later in the season ~ fresh herbs growing always make me want to play with PESTO; fabulous intense flavours and a super way to be able to eat more herbs every [...]

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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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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 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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Nuts about Nutmeg? You should be!

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      Nutmeg is the kernel of a nut-like seed inside the fruit of the nutmeg tree. It can be spicy or sweet or quite bitter. Traditional healers have used it for centuries. Do you know that Nutmeg offers much in the realm of healing medicine?? Nutmeg’s unique taste comes from myristicin, which is a [...]

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Onions n’ Garlic n’ Curry oh my!

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One of the best winter remedies is so simple. Most of us probably have Onions + Garlic + Curry powder. Years ago, my friend & mentor Rosemary Gladstar, shared this with her apprentices at her home on Sage Mountain in Vermont. The healing powers of these ingredients should not be underestimated! The original recipe does [...]

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ROSEMARY ~ for remembrance!

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Rosemary  ~  Rosmarinus officinalis It’s November. I like to think that it’s a month of remembrance. In herbal traditions, this pungent, flavourful herb has been connected to the idea of ‘remembering’ and ‘memory’. Definitely one of my favourite herbs, I use Rosemary both as a culinary herb and in my apothecary for some of the reasons [...]

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