Herbal Medicine & Recipes

Herb of the Year: Parsley – A Nutrient Powerhouse

July 1, 2021

It may come as a surprise to learn that the ubiquitous herb we call parsley was the favorite pasture cover of the Greek gods, who...

Elecampane: A Powerful Herb for Lung Health and Cancer Prevention

June 3, 2021

Having harvested herbs in the wild for many years now, I think one of the most valuable herbs I’ve ever come across is that of...

Restore Free Breathing Naturally for Better Respiratory Health

April 28, 2021

In our modern 21st century lifestyle we have the misfortune to be exposed to many toxins on a daily basis through our environment, from overexposure...

Humble Horseradish: Pungent Root Medicine

December 4, 2020

As a traditional herbalist and food writer, I have long been interested in the healing power of food and the benefits of plant medicine. Horseradish...

Fragrant Spices Bring Heat and Medicine to Winter Dining

December 3, 2020

(Updated November 23, 2020: Endorsed by the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) The culinary and medicinal powers of spices have been known by herbalists, healers,...

Cooking with Cannabis: Strategies and Recipes by Pat Crocker

November 16, 2020

(Updated Nov. 16, 2020) It is a different experience ingesting Cannabis than smoking it, but certainly not a new one. Legend has it that the...

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...

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...

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...

GIVE YOUR LIVER A SPRING BOOST

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...

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