November 13, 2019

Someone the other day asked me why I used water from the tap and not distilled water to make medicine. 

The water, that gives itself freely from my tap, comes from a well. A container of stone that glitters with crystals, as do the rocky hill that surround my home. It i...

April 1, 2019

I remember walking across a vast meadow between two small mountains in the Yukon. It was June. The meadow welcomed the midnight sun with an ecstatic dance of wild rose, fireweed, flax and sweetly scented sage. Bird song from small groves of stunted poplars gladdened t...

June 16, 2017

I spent this afternoon in the apothecary. Historically, the apothecary was the medical hub of a community. It was where one found medical advice, herbal remedies, a mid-wife and perhaps a surgeon. Today the word is obsolete, as there are no longer such places. But I li...

May 31, 2017

Points to remember:

  • Begin with a high mineral. These herbs will give your tea body. Two great high mineral herbs are: Nettles and Alfalfa.

  • Choose a couple of herbs with volatile oils, herbs with good scent and are flavourful. These plants include: Peppermint, L...

May 18, 2017

What to do with dandelions?

1. Facial masks made with dandelion flowers are a Russian beauty secret. Pluck five dandelion flowers and toss into the blender. Then add a quarter cup of plain yogurt and one tablespoon of honey. Blend well. Gently smooth the paste over your...

May 17, 2017

The other day I was talking to a group of budding herbalists and once again I heard the concern, "I don't feel good taking plants from the wild." With this point of view it is very difficult to relax and learn a plant's medicine, not to mention gather the plants medici...

May 15, 2017

Herbal medicine has so much to offer women of all ages hormones bring health and balance to their hormonal cycles. But first, before one begins taking herbs, it is important to understand the role of your hormone play in your day to day life. 

This is a brief summary of...

May 2, 2017

Bears are the totem animal of herbalists. Some say it is because they have a keen sense of the medicine contained in roots. For example, the bears that live on the wind side of the Rocky Mountains have a deep understanding of Osha’s (Ligusticum porter) medicine areas....

April 27, 2017

The belief that herbal medicine has to taste bad to be effective is not always true.  The spirited flavour of peppermint (Mentha piperita) or the sweetness of liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is both tasty and effective medicine.  However, in the case of a class of herbs...

April 22, 2017

Migraines are debilitating. The pain stops life: no engaging with family or friends, no work and no simple pleasures in life. The only refuge once a migraine attacks is a dark quiet room. Hopefully, sleep brings relief. There has been a 50% increase in the occurrence o...

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