I just love when England is so … English!  Cream teas. Crumpets. Pickle. Hedgerows. Elderberries.  Trifles. Since I’m living in the UK at the moment, I try to rediscover traditional English remedies as often as possible.  Most recipes start with picking copious amounts of fresh ingredients from a field, tree or hedgerow.  This is a

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Apple Cider Vinegar is one of those vintage ingredients (like cod liver oil, yum.) that crops up again and again in my reading.  I’ve never used it much myself though, mainly because it smells so… vinegary!  I do love white vinegar for household use, and syrupy dark balsamic vinegar for eating, but cider vinegar I

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Smooshed in a middle seat in the deepest, darkest corner of Economy on a plane is a far cry from the golden age of travel.   I love to travel.  I hate flying.  It’s a problem. (Especially living an ocean away from my family!).  Part of my hatred is because I still can’t believe that

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I’m on a foraging kick!  And I haven’t ventured out of my backyard.  First it was nettle tea and nettle pesto, and now I’m onto the dandelions. We’re all familiar with the common dandelion.  In fact, if you’re a suburban dweller on a quest for a perfect grassy yard, the dandelion might be your worst

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It’s spring, so it’s detox season.  Drugstores are filled with pills and potions you can buy to ‘detox’ your body to get ready for warmer weather.  But today I’m suggesting you go foraging for a completely free, nutritious “spring tonic”… nettles. Ok, “foraging” sounds scary. Or cheap. Or too crunchy-earth-mother. I know.  But don’t leave

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Not long after mastering the art of making tinctures with herbs, I started acquiring quite a supply of little herb-infused-alcohol on my shelves. What to do with them?   I know you can add tinctures to body/beauty products like creams, lotions, body scrubs, facial toners etc.  Also, you can use them as part of your

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Tincture. To me the word seemed like something out of an 1800’s pharmacy advertisement. But after my herbal medicine class this spring, I realized that tinctures are a great way to preserve and take herbs. They also feel more like you are taking traditional ‘medicine.’ They keep a long time, are easy to mix in

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When you have a cold, do you pop a few pills and carry on with life? There’s a simple, time-tested home remedy that you can make to feel better when you have a cold – or anytime during the winter months. What is this home remedy?  Hot honey, lemon and ginger. Hot honey, lemon and

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Since moving to London, I’ve had tea on the brain.  Browsing through all the fancy tea shops is almost as fun for me as a trip to Sephora. In addition to the lovely proper teas, they have a great assortment of herbal teas: peppermint, nettle, raspberry leaf, liquorice. Yum!  Unfortunately herbal tea is a bit

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