How to Make Elderberry Gummies

How to Make Elderberry Gummies

School has started and so have the sniffles. Without fail Monkey got a cold/runny nose during the first week of school. While we love elderberry syrup, what is a crunchy mama to do during the school hours? I can’t very well send a jar and spoon with him... read more
A New Year and A New Homestead

A New Year and A New Homestead

Moving over the winter holidays is not something I would recommend for anyone (seriously, just don’t do it). But now that the hustle, bustle and chaos of the holidays and the move are behind us, moments of reflection and dreams of the future are starting to seep... read more

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Harvesting, Curing and Storing Garlic

It’s mid to late July here in southern Ontario and in our zone 5a garden this is when we start to think about pulling up that garlic we planted in the fall. Garlic is a staple in our family – we simply adore this aromatic wonder. I’m one of those... read more

Homemade Natural Deodorant

I’m so excited to revamp this post for you folks since I have a brand new deodorant recipe that I am IN LOVE with. Making your own natural deodorant has the benefits of being frugal and practical. You are able to control the ingredients you use and therefore... read more

Herbal Infused Oils

Most of us are familiar with using herbs for cooking or in a nice steaming mug of tea; however the uses for medicinal plants go far beyond tea bags and dried out bottles of oregano.  One of the easiest and more versatile uses for herbs is in the making of infused... read more

Stop Bleeding with Yarrow – How to Make a Styptic Powder

I think other people hate working in my kitchen. Scratch that – they hate using my knives. A moment of honest truth here, I am very clumsy at times and have a tendency to move/work too fast which, of course, results in accidents. So my knives are dull and I... read more

Homemade Stinging Nettle Pasta

My three little tiny stinging nettle plants from Richters that I planted last year have turned into a full fledged sting nettle patch. Having over 3 litires of stinging nettle tincture in stock, I certainly don’t need more of this amazing medicinal herb for my... read more

Seed Cycling for Hormone Balancing

Problems with hormone imbalance are extremely common in our society. I see clients on a regular basis in the clinic who suffer from PMS, menstrual cramps, heavy periods, absent or irregular periods, spotting during ovulation, PCOS and infertility just to name a few.... read more

Comfrey Poultices for Deep Tissue Injuries

Herbalists make the worst patients; especially when you are treating yourself. If someone in my family gets injured or needs help I am there right away to lend assistance (almost always with herbs in tow). But this stubborn old mule gets hurt and do I do anything... read more

Lilac Blossom Sugar Cookies

I’ve only recently gotten into wild foods for cooking and baking but I am love with this branch of herbal art/creation. It is such a satisfying feeling to know that I can make delicious food from plants that grow in my own yard or in the fields behind my home.... read more

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