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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....

Culturing Vegetables

Culturing Vegetables

While it seems cultured foods have popped up as the latest health food trend these last few years (Kombucha anyone?) that are considered expensive “specialty” foods & drinks, fermented products used to be known as food for the poor. Yes, that’s right.  Naturally...

What to do for the Cold or Flu

What to do for the Cold or Flu

It’s not too often that I get sick with a cold or flu, but when I do, I take it as a great learning experience to practice what I preach! I do my best take good care of myself, so that I can be my very best in taking care of those I serve in my life and in my...

Autumn Harvesting

Autumn Harvesting

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....

Gluten Free Diet

Gluten Free Diet

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 happens to...

Spring Harvests

Spring Harvests

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...

What’s in your food?

What’s in your food?

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...

What is Homeopathy?

What is Homeopathy?

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...

Holly, A Tree of Magic

Holly, A Tree of Magic

Here, in the depths of December, the Holly Tree beckons me from outside my bedroom window. I’m preparing my alter for Solstice tomorrow. Candle light fills my home this season, a symbol of the returning light this time of year brings. I don’t want to rush...







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