Nothing says spring to me like the scent of lilac blossoms. They remind me of the sweetness of childhood, my mother’s birthday, and the hope and renewal that spring rains can bring. The fragrance so heady and delicious I’ve always want to eat them – and you can! While I enjoy lilac blossom tea with a…

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As we near the spring Equinox and the pagan holiday Ostara the nettles beckon me from the field behind my home. Ostara, or spring equinox, is the holiday celebrating birth and renewal as the sun warms the earth and coaxes the plants upward towards the sun to receive nourishment. Out of the dark, rich, black…

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Making your own sauerkraut is easy. All you need is some cabbage (even a single small one), some salt, and a container. That’s it. I love making traditional foods like sauerkraut because it connects me to all the millions of people before us who’ve relied on simple techniques such as culturing vegetables to sustain health…

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Want to learn herbal medicine?  Register for The Alchemy of Herbal Medicine Online here.  Botanical Name: Crataegus spp. Common Names: hawthorn, quickthorn, thornapple, May-tree, whitethorn, or hawberry. Crataegus is a genus of several hundred species of shrubs and trees in the family Rosaceae. The species often found where I live in southwestern Canada are C. monogyna, C. laevigata.…

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