Turmeric health benefits ~ How to enjoy more turmeric daily

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Conversations about “inflammation” are everywhere. Here’s a trend that is probably here to stay. As research indicates, “inflammation” is a probable cause of most ‘imbalance’ or dis-eases.  I know it’s a busy life. I know that so many of us are truly rushing from one activity to the next and that the last thing many […]

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SPRING not quite here? Herbs can HELP your mood!

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It’s SPRING! Time for renewal. Time to celebrate new beginnings. This is first in a series of UPLIFTING ideas for you  I know that we are more than READY!! For many of us in the ‘north’, we are truly fighting to stay ‘up’ after the most difficult winter in decades. Still feeling grumpy? You may […]

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Herbal Heatwave ~ Horseradish

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  I’ve written before about my childhood aversion to horseradish. As a youngster I consistently avoided any contact with that suspicious looking bowl of prepared ‘white stuff’. My dad, an amazing cook, blessed us with years of new taste experiences. Eventually the family came to recognize the subtle heat in various condiments, sauces or soups—courtesy […]

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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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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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Ginger Medicine

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Here’s another wonderful warming herb which can raise immunity and nourish the body in so many ways. Ginger root can ~ at the same time, soothe our nerves AND energize us! I use it in herbal formulae to help move the medicine throughout the body faster (circulatory stimulant properties). Ginger also helps us to release […]

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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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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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Garlic Scapes Pesto

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This is one of my all-time favourite pesto recipes! Thanks to my friend Christine Stevenson and her husband, Romeyn  from Gaelic Garlic (Peterborough Ontario farmers market) ! She introduced me to these magical, somewhat lesser known ‘scapes’ ~ the slender green stems of the garlic plant, complete with the unopened flower buds. Garlic, is one of the oldest […]

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