ROSE HIP Medicine


Rose petals and to a greater extent, rose hips (the delicious fruit) are known to be high in vitamin C, and also contain vitamins A, B-3, D and E as well as bioflavonoids, minerals, malic and citric acid. Rose hips contain pectin. I have several friends (and yes, me too, lately) who  suffer from the […]

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Ruby Fruit ‘Super’ Tea Recipe


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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Power-Packed Teas for Winter

Winter Teas

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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DIY Habanero Shrub ~ Hot Stuff for winter health!


Every once in a while, I come across a recipe that lights up my imagination. Here’s a super GIFT idea! When at the International Herb Symposium  2 years ago, 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 […]

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DIY Elderberry Syrup


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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Rose Medicine ~ Rose Tincture


Rose Medicine I love Roses. Do you? I love all ROSES! It was a great pleasure to be a part of the collaboration of the International Herb Association’s 2012 HERB of the YEAR publication: ROSE. ** I loved diving into my recipes and playing with ROSE for the better part of 2011 ~ and play […]

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Meatless Mondays ~ Grilled Peaches Recipe


Peaches are one of my favourite fruits and August is definitely THE month to enjoy as many as possible! WHY?   Well it’s not just the juicy delicate peachy taste; peaches are so GOOD for us! A large peach * contains about 70 calories * is highly anti-oxidant * is a great source of Vitamin C […]

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Meatless Mondays ~ Swiss Chard & Caramelized Onions


  This week’s offering to celebrate succulent green choices features SWISS CHARD. This leafy green annual is a member of the beet family and can be purchased at local farmers markets or at your grocery with white, red, or multi-coloured stalks. This dish is rich and satisfying and an easy light main dish or colourful […]

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5 great ideas to relieve your allergies!


  I can’t count the number of times, as a child, I heard my parents say  repeatedly “EAT your VEGGIES!” We are told, these days, to manage to eat 7+ servings of fruits and vegetables each and every day.  I often manage to do just that, but in this busy life, it can be a […]

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Anti-Allergy Foods


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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