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California Poppies Apr 17, 2024

I’ve just returned home after spending nearly 2 months in California. Oh how I love that state! The people, the mountains, the sunshine, and of course the bright and bountiful flowers found everywhere.


Standing in wildflowers found along a sidewalk in Oakland, CA.

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Fresh Tinctures for July Apr 17, 2024
A healthy patch of Verbena officinalis
Flowering tops of Verbena officinalis

Making a herbal tincture is the process of soaking plant material in a menstruum (that is, a solvent) to extract the medicinal components into the said menstruum to use for medicine.  A menstruum can be...

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Herbal Oils Apr 17, 2024

As the strength of the hot sun coaxes flowers to open, it signals  ’tis the season to get busy making herbal oils.

For those new to making herbal medicines, making an herbal oil may seem an intimidating task, but rest assured, once you’ve done it, it soon...

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How To Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar Apr 17, 2024

As we move towards autumn I notice the smell in the air, the light cast by the sun, and colour of leaves take on a distinct change. I can’t believe the Autumn Equinox is just a week away— a sure sign of deepening into the the fall, which will certainly draw me more internal....

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Herbs for Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease Apr 17, 2024

With so many cases of Hand, Foot & Mouth (HFMD) Disease causing a stir in my home community I’m compelled to write about this common infection – namely to let folks know that it is not as dreadful as it’s name.

First, this illness is not related to...

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Holly, A Tree of Magic Apr 17, 2024

Here, in the depths of December after a fresh snowfall, the Holly Tree calls from outside my bedroom window.

I’m preparing my alter for Solstice tomorrow, I'll be hosting a ritual for 50 people. But first, tonight, a solo cermony for myself to ready my soul for the turning of the Wheel.

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What is Homeopathy? Apr 17, 2024

I LOVE homeopathy. While sometimes our profession stands as a role that we fill in order to serve our community, for me, being a homeopath is who I am – not just what I do. I came into homeopathy by accident. In fact, I was a skeptic at first. Interestingly, I later learned that...

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What’s in your food? Apr 17, 2024

Happy Equinox!

What an exciting time of year! I’m breathing a sigh of relief – finally, the first fresh baby greens in the garden ready to harvest for the daily salad. And the nettle! This is the perfect time of year to be harvesting nettle tops to steam like spinach (and drink the...

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Spring Harvests Apr 17, 2024

I haven’t had much time to blog lately as I’ve been so busy putting in the garden and harvesting spring herbs. Here’s what I’ve been up to this week

Freshly harvested nettle tops

As most Salt Spring Islanders know, nettle can be used as any other tender green one would...

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Gluten Free Diet Apr 17, 2024

Have you noticed how commonplace gluten-free products have become on our grocery store shelves? Does it seem like everyone and their cousin is now  “gluten-free”?

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

First of all, gluten is not a grain – it’s a protein that just so...

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Autumn Harvesting Apr 17, 2024

As the heat of the sun wanes, what’s left of the harvest hangs on the boughs. Bright red hawthorn and rose hips will soon become ever-present against the muted colours of the coming winter. Their bright colour is inviting, beckoning for attention. And for good reason.

Hawthorne Tree
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What to do for the Cold or Flu Apr 17, 2024

It’s not too often that I get sick with a cold or flu, but when I do I take it as an opportunity to practice what I preach and take note of what actually works.  I basically study myself in the process of illness so I can learn from it.

A few days ago I came down with a very painful...

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