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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Lemon Balm turns on her charm ~ Carmelite Elixir

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Lemon balm is one of my most favourite of all herbs. I grow as much of it as I can and use it all!! I make tea and tincture and glycerine and more… There are many chapters to be written about Melissa ~ for info re benefits,  visit this post —> here. Harvest time and […]

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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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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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Easy to make Herbal Vinegars

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HARVEST time. For those with an herb garden, we’ve been enjoying our green allies in meals all summer. I tend to harvest for medicines from spring through fall, but definitely August is prime time, the garden’s bounty (or that of our local markets) makes me think about just how to preserve my herbal goodness for […]

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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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Herbs to help with Digestion

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In my herbal medicine practice, one of the prevailing “themes” which seems to be at the root of the majority of ‘imbalances’ or ‘sensitivities'; is a malfunctioning digestive system.  There are such great helpers in the herbal medicine chest and so many botanicals which are easy to add to our daily routines and can make a […]

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