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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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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Autumn Veggie Bake with Turmeric

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There are SO many delicious ways to roast veggies ~ autumn is THE perfect time to enjoy the harvest and this dish is high on the ‘comfort food that’s good for you’ scale! It was one of those days when we felt like something warm and nourishing and this just came together to create a [...]

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DIY Elderberry Syrup

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Elder (sambucus nigra L. ssp. canadensis) Elder medicine has been used by herbalists for centuries. I like to use both the flowers and berries in my herbal apothecary, sometimes together and often separately in teas, tinctures, vinegars, honey and syrups. Probably THE most popular of these remedies, is the highly nutritive immune-building Elderberry Syrup. When [...]

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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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Anti-Allergy Foods

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Are your ALLERGIES aggravating you? If you’re like many, this allergy season, you have stocked up on your favourite allergy medication and manage to control symptoms with the recommended daily dose of  ‘chemical’ help.  Allergy meds, like all pharmaceuticals, come with a wide variety of side effects** and have an affect upon the liver, over [...]

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Culinary Herbs CAN combat Colds and Flu!

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Looking for ways to boost your immune system’s ability to ward off that nasty cold or flu virus? It’s easy to use  ’common’ culinary herbs in your pantry to improve immune system function and be ready to combat colds & flu! Note: Each of the herbs below has many other properties, in addition to the [...]

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Healing Soups ~ Nourishing functional foods..It’s TIME!

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Today was soup day at my house.  I love soup days!  Day off from a life wearing many ‘hats’. Pots of warming, nourishing soup simmering on the stove, a promise of ‘winter health’, ready to go! I use the same “pack of healers”– onions, garlic, ginger, horseradish, cayenne — when making most winter soups. It’s all [...]

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India’s Herb n’ Spice Pantry

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I had the opportunity, to speak to a wonderful group of women about healthy travels to India. Conversation turned to ‘food choices’ and what kinds of dishes will offer the most nourishment as well as support stressed immune systems. I always think of the culinary herbs and spices of India as a sort of ‘kitchen [...]

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Here’s a plan to DECREASE Inflammation.

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In addition to the kitchen medicine (herbs & spices) from  May 2011,  you can also take dietary steps to reduce inflammation. WHY should we care?  Inflammation is thought to be a contributing cause to most chronic illness. It’s vital that we reduce inflammation in our bodies. Inflammation is the first response of the immune system [...]

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