Blue Violet Herb – Viola spp. (a herbal materia medica)

Blue Violet Herb – Viola spp. (a herbal materia medica)

I simply love using Viola in my herbal clinic. However I often have trouble finding enough of it in the wild to sustainably wild-harvest. However my front yard is quite shady and thanks to the shade almost the entire lawn is covered in blue violets. This year I was... read more
Homestead Learning: Teaching Kids About Plants

Homestead Learning: Teaching Kids About Plants

One of the things I love most about the homesteading lifestyle are the opportunities for learning for my son (and for me and my husband too truth be told).  Even though we went against the homesteading trend and decided to try public school for Monkey Man, we still do... read more
Healthy and Easy Fermented Sauerkraut Recipe

Healthy and Easy Fermented Sauerkraut Recipe

Gut health is a big deal these days and for good reason. As a natural health practitioner and herbalist I know that one of the key factors to obtaining overall wellness is a healthy and well functioning digestive system. Simply speaking, if your digestion (this... read more

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Blue Violet Herb – Viola spp. (a herbal materia medica)

I simply love using Viola in my herbal clinic. However I often have trouble finding enough of it in the wild to sustainably wild-harvest. However my front yard is quite shady and thanks to the shade almost the entire lawn is covered in blue violets. This year I was... read more

Homestead Learning: Teaching Kids About Plants

One of the things I love most about the homesteading lifestyle are the opportunities for learning for my son (and for me and my husband too truth be told).  Even though we went against the homesteading trend and decided to try public school for Monkey Man, we still do... read more

Dandelion Oat Waffles (with a gluten free option)

Dandelion flowers are one of my favourite herbs for forage for. It’s a true sign of spring and their uses are vast. Last year Monkey Man and I made dandelion cookies and they were simply delicious. The year before we baked dandelion bread and it was also a... read more

Crochet Cast Iron Handles: A Pattern

I absolutely love cooking with cast iron. Now that I know the health benefits (as well as the detrimental health effects of non-stick) I will NEVER go back. There are a few drawbacks to cast iron including regular seasoning, weight (those suckers are heavy) and a very... read more

Broody Hen: what that means and what to do about it

Regardless of the size of your flock there is a sure bet that you will encounter a broody hen at least once in your chicken raising career. So now we must ask ourselves, what does “broody” mean and is this a problem for you and your flock? As with most... read more

Healthy and Easy Fermented Sauerkraut Recipe

Gut health is a big deal these days and for good reason. As a natural health practitioner and herbalist I know that one of the key factors to obtaining overall wellness is a healthy and well functioning digestive system. Simply speaking, if your digestion (this... read more

Classic Hummus Recipe

Homesteading can mean a lot of things depending on who you ask. For us one of the key components is self sufficiency and home-cooked food. Over the last few weeks I’ve read terrifying articles, one after another about mass produced food found in our grocery... read more

How to Make Water Kefir

A few weekends back I was at my very first workshop put on by the Foundation of Shamanic Studies. It was glorious and heart opening and truly grounding. I was amazed to see how many different kinds of people were attracted to learn about this type of healing. One of... read more

Common Detoxing Symptoms and Side Effects

As a holistic practitioner I truly believe in honouring your body and it’s rhythms. It is for this reason that I am a day late posting my blog and you know what, I’m okay with that. I’m into Day 3 of our Spring Equinox Detox and the first two days... read more

Our Spring Detox Plan: Details on Food, Herbs & Lifestyle

I wish I could say that spring was springing here in Southern Ontario but as I write this most of the province is preparing for yet another brutal winter storm. And while the weather refuses to cooperate we are forging forward with our detox plans. It’s been a... read more

My Favourite Homesteading and Herbal Kitchen Appliances

As a homesteader and a herbalist I spend a lot of time in my kitchen. We try our best to eat home-cooked meals almost exclusively so that means I spend a great deal of time meal prepping and cooking. When I’m not cooking/prepping food I’m wearing my... read more