Herbal Medicine & Recipes

Spring Detox with Wild Herbs and Weeds

May 1, 2020

There are many ways to detoxify the body, and for a herbalist the favourite strategy involves medicinal plants. From my perspective, weeds and wild herbs...

COOKING WITH CANNABIS: Strategies and Recipes by Pat Crocker

November 1, 2019

(Updated Nov. 27, 2019) It is a different experience ingesting Cannabis than smoking it, but certainly not a new one. Legend has it that the...

NATURE’S ANSWER TO ARTHRITIS: Herbs, Nutrients, Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle

February 1, 2019

Chronic degenerative diseases are increasing at an alarming rate. They are also affecting Canadians at earlier ages than was typical in the past. Of particular...

FRAGRANT SPICES Bring Heat and Medicine to the Winter Kitchen

December 10, 2018

(Sponsored by the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) The culinary and medicinal powers of spices have been known by herbalists, healers, and cooks for centuries....

BANISH PARASITES: With Herbs That Clear Critters From the Bowels

August 1, 2018

Mention the word “parasites” and most people have visions of tropical villages or holiday resorts where they have caught ‘Montezuma’s revenge’ or had other intestinal...

TOP 10 SPRING DETOX REMEDIES: Dr. Rona’s Favourite Foods, Herbs, Strategies

April 4, 2018

The arrival of spring always brings the urge to detoxify the body as an annual ritual and fresh start. Many people take it upon themselves...


March 20, 2018

Herbal Medicine to Flush Fat and Toxins During the fall and winter months when the days are shorter, we tend to stay indoors and be...

THE JOY OF GINGER: Eastern Spice Brings Hot Medicine to Western Kitchens

February 1, 2018

When I was a kid my favourite cookies were grandma’s homemade gingersnaps which grandpa and I couldn’t resist dunking in our afternoon tea. Other than...

Suffering From Summer Allergies? Elder Flower to the Rescue

June 1, 2017

June is one of my favourite months. In our part of the world, it is the month when everything is the most green and lush....

Recipe: Herbal Power Balls

December 1, 2016

From the Vitality Food Feature ‘Sweet Solutions – Healthy Alternative Sweeteners for the Festive Season I treat these gems as medicinal truffles because they are...

Goldenseal Clears Inflammation and Infection

September 1, 2016

Valuable Herb is a Threatened Species in the Wild Goldenseal is a plant that was once very common in the deciduous woodlands of eastern North America....

Recipe: Chickpea Pasta Salad With Fresh Tomato-Herb Dressing

June 1, 2016

From the Vitality Food Feature ‘Cool and Easy Summertime Dining‘. Homemade chickpea pasta makes a delicious gluten-free salad and the good news is – it’s...

Chickweed and Nettles

May 1, 2016

Wild Spring Greens as Food and Medicine Spring is a great time to watch your greens grow. The aesthetically beautiful Chickweed and potent Stinging Nettle...

Chinese Herbs for Mouth and Lip Sores

February 1, 2016

Natural relief for cold sores, cankers, and inflamed lips. Sores and skin rashes of all types cause us considerable discomfort, but none as much as...

Warming Herbs and Spices for Fall

September 25, 2015

If you want to add some healthy new flavours to your autumn meals, it’s time to move beyond your salt and pepper shakers. There’s an...

Lemony Herbs Add Zest and Zing to Spring Meals

April 30, 2015

I often think of lemon in springtime. Lemony yellow is the colour infused into pale green spring buds and young tender leaves springing to life.

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