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Herbal Skin Cancer Treatment

This recipe is from traditional healers of Mexico, who shared it with Stephen Harrod Buhner who shared this publicly on Facebook and in his (incredible) book, Sacred and Healing Beers.  Everything Buhner writes is extraordinary.  He’s a prolific, and poetic writer.  He’s written so many books I still haven’t had a chance to read them all.…

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Herbs & Homeopathy for a Cats Injury

About a month ago, my very sweet cat, Leo, came home with a serious wound on his tail: It was an open, bloody, angry sore.  His tail was swollen and extremely tender to touch.  The wound looked deep.  I took him to the vet because I wanted to make sure there was no foreign material…

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Elderberry Medicine

The first herb to initiate me into the secret world of magic and herbal medicine was the Elder tree (Sambucus nigra). I was twelve years old, and it was the first summer at my grandparents new home in rural Ontario.  My grandfather called me out to the backyard to meet him behind the garden house, near the…

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Hawthorn: Myth, Magic & Medicine for your Heart

Botanical Name: Crataegus spp. Common Names: hawthorn, quickthorn, thornapple, May-tree, whitethorn, or hawberry. The rosaceae family includes blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, apples, pears, plums, peaches, almonds, cherries,  apricots, roses, Lady’s Mantle and many other foods, herbs and flowers. Hawthorn shares their bounty twice a year, when the veils are thinnest at the crossroads Beltane and Samhain.…

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Fire Cider: An Easy-to-make homemade respiratory tonic

Many decades ago, renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar coined the term “Fire Cider” for a delicious respiratory tonic made from easy-to-find kitchen ingredients. When I was in herbal school in the late 1990’s, I learned this delicious recipe as Professor’s Blend.  No matter the name you call it by, this beloved recipe is now one made…

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Naturally fermented pickles – Vinegar Free

Naturally fermented (aka cultured) pickles produce the most delicious sour flavour thanks to the naturally occurring good bacteria.  The pickles float in a cloudy brine that is delicious. Many are known to drink this brine for the flavour and beneficial bacteria. When we had sore stomach’s as kids, my mom or grandmother would have us…

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A flower for first aid, swollen glands, yeast infections and more

This is the time of year where I’m reaping the benefits of my harvest.  Not to say harvest season is over – in a lot of ways it’s just begun! But I harvest most of my flowers between April (when dandelion begins) through July, when the sun is the strongest. Right now, I’m focused on…

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An Antiviral Herb that Uplifts the Spirits

July is a busy month of harvesting fresh plants, both wild and cultivated.  One of my favourite herbs of the season is St. John’s Wort, the latin name Hypericum perforatum. This bright little yellow flower is named after St. John the Baptist, a holiday celebrated in June, which is typically the week Hypericum begins to bloom. I’ve…

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Student Feature – Ange Conley

As a herbal teacher who’s taught over one hundred students here on Salt Spring Island, I meet amazing people.  I’ve had the opportunity to meet ALL OF YOU – but some of you only meet the students you are in class with.  This is my gesture for introducing all of you to each other! Ange…

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Student Feature – Barbra Edwards

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a teacher is I get to meet – and spend lots of time with – incredible people! One such person is Barbra Edwards. Barbra was a student of The Alchemy of Herbal Medicine from 2010-2011 and then took the second year clinical from 2011-2012. I’m so delighted…

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