HERBAL bathing ~ Brew yourself a Tub TEA

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November  has become unofficially “healthy bathing” month at Studio Botanica! These days so many of us are rushing about with too much on our plates. As we plan the meals, shop for ingredients, try to make healthy choices, rush to work and back, shuttle family members to and fro ~ Probably my most favourite bath, […]

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Lavender Honey

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Lavender must be one of my all time personal favourite herbs. My friends, clients and blog friends know that I seem to have quite a few “favourite herbs” as it’s really just like that.. There are so many. Too many to count. Lavender is near the top of my list though.  How do we enjoy […]

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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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Treat your Feet ~ soothing foot baths are a good thing!

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I had so many wonderful comments and questions from my recent post about Epsom Salts bathing.  We may be re-starting a new healthy trend! Several questions arose about soothing foot baths.  There are unlimited ways to fashion  healing foot baths + foot ‘soaks’. Package up some of the ideas below you have a delightful warming […]

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Herbs for better sleeps

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Sometimes, the busy life and constant multi-task filled days leave us feeling tired in the evening or  restless. We can physically feel like we could fall asleep propped up in the nearest corner but when actual bedtime arrives, we either find it difficult to ‘settle’ into sleep-mode or we experience shallow sleep habits and awaken […]

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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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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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Refreshing Herbal Lemonades!

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It’s SUMMER! It’s hot, hazy and humid! Why not cool off with these refreshing, easy-to-make ‘herbal lemonades’?  There are many options for using herbs from the garden or local farmers markets to create delicious, cooling beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). Think Mints, Lemon Verbena, Lemon Balm, Lavender, Anise Hyssop, or  Chamomile to start with. Here are […]

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A trip down Lavender Lane ~ Join me!

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Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is without a doubt, one of my most favourite herbs. If you’ve ever had the good fortune to find yourself in Provence in early summer, it is perhaps, one of yours too.  One simply must fall in love with the overwhelming beauty of rolling fields of light mauve to deep purple blossoms […]

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ROSACEA. WHAT’S A GAL TO DO?

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More and more women are experiencing Rosacea, a type of inflammation which causes the skin on your cheeks and nose to appear flushed and red. The apparent causes are debatable; bacteria, mites, fungus, or hereditary factors. I think that this is all a part of the slight shift in “how sensitive we are becoming”, but […]

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