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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Detoxifying Recipes + ideas for Spring rituals

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SPRING is HERE !!  I am always so excited by the shedding of my winter coat, boots, mitts etc. This year has been especially drastic. Brutal even. I had the good fortune to get away to the sunny south and still got blasted with another 3 months of winter’s wrath! I am grateful for the [...]

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Ruby Fruit ‘Super’ Tea Recipe

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Time for Tea ~ A nourishing favourite: Ruby Fruit ‘Super’ Tea Recipe for you! It’s in ‘between’ at the moment.. Winter and Spring are having a tug-of-war, one day  teasing us with a sunny day filled with birds singing and a hint of warmer days on the horizon, and the next day .. today.. back [...]

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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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Chili-Infused Olive Oil with herbal healers

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You may know that I have been experimenting with “heat” in my cooking. I recently attempted another wonderful infused olive oil to have on hand for the remainder of the winter to add a “picante’ edge to my soups, stews, sauces and marinades! It takes 2 hours to make but it’s EASY and the result [...]

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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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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 Habanero Shrub ~ Hot Stuff for winter health!

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Every once in a while, I come across a recipe that lights up my imagination. When at the International Herb Symposium last June, I had the pleasure of tasting one of my friend Susan Belsinger’s delicious concoctions. A few herbgals were having a visit prior to heading over the the ‘herbalists ball’ on the Saturday [...]

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Elderberry Medicine

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Elderberry As promised,  I am continuing to write about ELDER, 2013 HERB of the YEAR! So much can be said about this fabulous plant ~ it’s a well-loved member of my ‘green team’ of healers, and always in my apothecary. I make herbal tinctures, syrups, liqueurs, tonics, and more with this all star. It is [...]

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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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