Like most people, I was never a huge fan of dandelions. I considered them to be an insidious weed, to be purged whenever possible. A couple of years ago I was driving with my kids and we passed a big field of bright yellow dandelions. My daughter looked at the field and commented that the flowers were beautiful. This opened up my perspective, and for the first time I actually looked at the dandelions as something other than a nuisance. I began to appreciate them for the bright, cheerful flowers that they are.
A couple of months ago we made up a batch of Professor Cayenne in my Herbal Apprenticeship class with Betty Norton. I was excited to learn that Professor Cayenne has a multitude of benefits. It packs a powerful punch, and helps to hear up the body in order to sweat out toxins.
My husband came down with a bad cold this week, after catching a chill working in the rain. In an attempt to help him avoid being sick over the holidays, I have created and dispensed a small arsenal of herbal remedies.
I am enjoying a few quiet moments to gather my thoughts, after a very fun day of preparing herbal remedies with my kids. I have dabbled in DIY products and herbal remedies prior to this, but my engagement with all things herbal began for real when I started Betty Norton's Herbal Apprenticeship Program in September of this year.
I came up with this nutrient and mineral rich veg broth as a viable alternative to bone broth. I have been challenged with IBS symptoms for as long as I can remember, and have done extensive research into gut healing protocols as a result. One of the main recommendations I have found is the consumption of bone broth. After 5 years of following a plant based diet this is not something I could wrap my head around, although I must admit I seriously considered it out of desperation during a particularly challenging bout of digestive distress.
This Chaga Chai recipe has to be one of my favourite things in the whole world. I was all set to publish a post on popsicles this week, when I woke up to a cold and rainy day and decided to shift my focus.