Fermented Food Guide: the basics + 19 beginner recipes

After-Sun Soothing Spray

Yesterday, my family and I returned home from the beautiful Garden Island of Kaua’i, after a 10-day long vacation. Prior to leaving, I don’t think I’ve ever needed a vacation more I my life… but now that I’m home, I feel like I never want to leave again! As wonderful, sunny and warm the trip was, travelling with children is no joke. If you’ve ever caught a red-eye flight with two whiny/crying/over-tired kids and two adults sharing three seats… then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

After-Sun Soothing Spray

Homemade Eczema Relief Salve

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3 Day Smoothie & Herbal Tea Fast

The holidays are coming to a welcome end, and wow, can my body sure use a cleanse and re-set! And although I’ve tried my hardest not to over indulge, I totally broke tips #8 and #9 in MY OWN damn article, How to Have a Modern Hippie Holidays {10 Helpful Tips!} So now that I’ve been honest with you…no judgement please 🙂 I already had my husband calling me a “Modern Hippie Hypocrite” while pouring my 6th “3rd” glass of wine, and binging on BBQ chips (my weakness).

How to a Peppermint Tincture

*This information is based on my own research and reading–I always encourage you to do your own research too. Consult your doctor if you are considering changing, or going off, any medication (read my full disclaimer/disclosure here.)* When I think of peppermint, I think of gum, toothpaste, tea and, most often, mojitos, but not medicine! But yes, here is another fabulous and fragrant herb that contains many medicinal properties. The menthol found in mint, a volatile oil, is the flavour/fragrance that we most commonly associate it with. Menthol is used medicinally, in cosmetics and as a flavoring.

How to Make a Rosemary Tincture

*This information is based on my own research and reading–I always encourage you to do your own research too. Consult your doctor if you are considering changing, or going off, any medication (read my full disclaimer/disclosure here.)* Rosemary is a hearty, aromatic herb that’s very easy to grow, and can withstand the winter. It was one the first plants that I bought when I moved out on my own, and it was even able to withstand my late-teen neglect.

How to Make a Rosemary Tincture

How to Make Stinging Nettle Tincture

*This information is based on my own research and reading–I always encourage you to do your own research too. Consult your doctor if you are considering changing, or going off, any medication (read my full disclaimer/disclosure here.)* Stinging nettle, another medicinal plant commonly grouped into the weed category, is known for its painful, sting and tendency to invade a garden. I don’t have any growing in my yard, but fortunately, for me, my neighbor has (had) a ton! I think she was pretty confused when I excitedly asked her if I could pull them all out and keep them. Yes, I’m…
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How to Make an Oregano Tincture

*This information is based on my own research and reading–I always encourage you to do your own research too. Consult your doctor if you are considering changing, or going off, any medication (read my full disclaimer/disclosure here.)* Oregano is beautiful this time of year – speckled with light, purple flowers, and buzzing with bumble-bees (can you spot the bees in the picture?) I even have a bouquet of oregano sitting on my kitchen window sill right now. Side note, this morning I noticed that there’s a dried, bumble-bee amongst the flowers – a little, bumble-bee corpse – it doesn’t even look…
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How to Make an Oregano Tincture

How to Make a Feverfew Tincture

*This information is based on my own research and reading–I always encourage you to do your own research too. Consult your doctor if you are considering changing, or going off, any medication (read my full disclaimer/disclosure here.)* Welcome back to Tincture Tuesday! Today is focused on feverfew, a medicinal plant that derives it’s name from it’s ability to… guess! Yup, that’s right, reduce fevers. But more commonly, feverfew is used to reduce headaches and migraines.

How to Make a Feverfew Tincture

How to Make a Calendula Tincture

*This information is based on my own research and reading–I always encourage you to do your own research too. Consult your doctor if you are considering changing, or going off, any medication (read my full disclaimer/disclosure here.)* It’s the perfect time of year to talk about calendula. If you grow it in your garden, it’s probably in full bloom, and looking as radiant as the sun. You’ve also probably noticed that it’s gotten quite comfortable, and planted itself sporadically around your garden–lucky you.

How to Make a Sage Tincture

*This information is based on my own research and reading–I always encourage you to do your own research too. Consult your doctor if you are considering changing, or going off, any medication (read my full disclaimer/disclosure here.)* This Tincture Tuesday, we’re talkin’ all about Sage! Yup, the same herb you use in your salad dressings and seasonings. You may not have known that, aside from spicin’ up your life, sage has some powerful, medicinal properties.