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

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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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