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Sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, are powerful prebiotics that help maintain healthy digestive function. Ingredients: • 1 pound sunchokes • 2 cups rice vinegar • 1-1⁄2 cups white sugar • 1 teaspoon salt • 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric • 1 large clove garlic, smashed • 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne […]Read more »
Add pickled garlic cloves to soups, sauces and marinades to help keep winter illnesses at bay. Ingredients: • Peeled garlic cloves • Apple cider vinegar, enough to cover • Raw local honey, to taste Instructions: 1. Fill Mason jar with cloves and cover with apple cider vinegar. Keep in a warm, dark place for 3 […]Read more »
If you live in upstate New York, and currently smell sweetness in the air, it is quite possibly the heavenly scent of Black Locust trees in bloom. Robinia pseudoacacia grows 40-100 feet. In early June, it has wondrous clusters of white flowers which look similar to wisteria. I have several black locust trees on my property […]Read more »
Cooking with Herbs and Essential Oils: Cooking with herbs and essential oils can bring your cooking to a whole new level. Herbs can do more than just give you a flavor boost they can be used as powerful tools for prevention and healing when it comes to establishing and maintaining good health. Many of the […]Read more »
Cleavers (galium aparine). The name (Galium) is derived from gala which is Greek for ‘milk’ (cleavers was used to curdle milk for cheese) and the species name ‘aparine‘ comes from the Greek word apara meaning ‘to seize’. Also known as Bedstraw because it was used to stuff mattresses. Cleavers is a persistent, sticky plant that […]Read more »
Speed date with nettles; you will either love them or hate them but the more you know, the more you will fall for this one! As an herb: Nettles is an excellent diuretic helping to flush the kidneys. Being hemostatic and astringent, it helps to tighten and tone tissues and stop bleeding. Nettles is an […]Read more »
Golden milk seems to be one of life’s great pleasures. The soothing color, spices and creamy texture are truly delicious. I like to use coconut milk to make this drink, but the milk is really just a carrier for the spices. You get to use whatever milk you enjoy best. The spices that go into […]Read more »
Though this steam recipe calls for dried herbs, it can be prepared with fresh herbs if desired. Ingredients • 2-ounces young eucalyptus leaves, dried • 1-ounce sage leaf, dried • 1-ounce juniper leaf or berry, dried • 1-gallon water Instructions 1. Place herbs in water (in a glass, stainless steel or ceramic-coated pot) and bring […]Read more »
It is the week before Christmas if you are anything like me you may be feeling the stress of finding last minute gifts. One of the things that I like to make ahead of time and have on hand for a quick but meaningful gift to give are jars of herb-enhanced detox bath mixes. They […]Read more »
The cold winds and snow are upon us making it the perfect time for some warming winter beverages! This time of year it is easy to forget to maintain our fluid intake. We may not be as thirsty as in the heat of summer but that does not mean we should not keep up on […]Read more »