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On Broken Dreams

On Broken Dreams

It's spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, the lush green and unfurling blossoms symbols of hope renewed and the radiant expression of life itself. And yet, the paradox of this season is all I feel is heartache. So much death has hit my communities. Shock,...

Time out of Time

Time out of Time

“All that is gold does not glitter,Not all those who wander are lost;The old that is strong does not wither,Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken,A light from the shadows shall spring;Renewed shall be blade that was broken,The...

Herbs to Heal our Lungs

Herbs to Heal our Lungs

I've just come home from an amazing time teaching in a community I've been involved with for nearly twenty years called Reclaiming. While people come and ago, what unites us is our love for the land, the diversity of human beings, and our recognition of the Spirit (no...

Companionship as Healer?

Companionship as Healer?

Sharing our whole self with someone else is risky. It requires boldness and daring to reveal our so-called imperfections, our fears, our longings, our locked away stories. Those parts of self we are taught to hide away from the world. The older I get the more I learn...

Healing Grief

Healing Grief

Healing Grief: Natrum Muriaticum I share the following personal story so you can learn how, and when, to use this remedy yourself. Keep it close at hand. The times we're in call for it. When I was 21 years old, my father unexpectedly died 10 days after my birthday. He...

Lilac Blossom Cordial

Lilac Blossom Cordial

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!...

How to Make Sauerkraut

How to Make Sauerkraut

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...

Castor Oil Packs

Castor Oil Packs

Castor oil is derived from the Castor bean (Ricinus communis) and has a long medicinal history dating back to ancient Egypt.  The plant was mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian medicinal treatise,  and evidence of the plant was found in tombs said to be...

Herbs & Homeopathy for a Cats Injury

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...

Elderberry Medicine

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...

Hawthorn: A Syrup for Your Heart

Hawthorn: A Syrup for Your Heart

This weekend I went for a beautiful sunny walk to harvest one of my all-time favourite berries: hawthorn. Where I live, hawthorn trees lines most roads, farms, parks, and wild spaces. The trees are full of plump, bright red, and oh so abundant berries every autumn....







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