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HIBISCUS & SHISO LATTE

Winter has hit the Northeast and the flu season is in full swing. I am taking Soul’s elderberry syrup faithfully and echinacea as needed.  The best way to prevent the flu is to get plenty of sleep, eat well and build a strong immune system. I have been experimenting with herbal blends that support the … Continue reading “HIBISCUS & SHISO LATTE”

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BLACKBERRY THYME OXYMEL

WHAT IS AN OXYMEL? Oxymel originates from the Latin word oxymeli meaning acid and honey. An oxymel is a mixture of vinegar, honey and herbs used in many traditions as a medicinal drink. Not all herbs taste great, and a spoonful of sugar will definitely help the medicine go down. But herbs are much more than “medicine”.  … Continue reading “BLACKBERRY THYME OXYMEL”

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STAYING HEALTHY WITH BONE BROTH

Bone broth is everywhere. Recipes, articles and “brothals” have emerged across the country.   Brothals are supplying shots, cups and frozen quarts of this super food through storefronts and online. It’s the newest health trend. But this is old news for grandmothers and herbalists.  Throughout history, every culture has used their own version of a basic recipe to restore … Continue reading “STAYING HEALTHY WITH BONE BROTH”

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PRESERVED LEMONS

Preserved lemons are a traditional ingredient in Northern African cuisine and are used extensively in Moroccan cooking.  They are sour, salty and a little sweet adding a wonderful burst of flavor. Not only are preserved lemons flavorful, but, lemons in general, are a great addition to your winter diet.  They contain immune-boosting vitamin C that helps … Continue reading “PRESERVED LEMONS”

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MULLED WINE – WINTER WARMER & HOLIDAY CHEER

What is Mulled Wine and Its History? Mulled wine originated in the 2nd century. Europeans combined hot wine with warming spices to maintain health and ward off sickness. In Greece, in order to prevent waste, they heated leftover wine and added spices. It was called “hippocras” after Hippocrates, because of the health benefits of the … Continue reading “MULLED WINE – WINTER WARMER & HOLIDAY CHEER”

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COOKING WITH WEEDS – DANDELION

Common Name:   Dandelion Scientific Name:  Taraxacum officinale  Taraxacum is derived from the Greek taraxos (disorder) and akos (remedy). If you live in an area where dandelions grow, chances are as a kid you blew the fluffy white bulb and made a wish in hopes of it coming true. As a kid you loved them. While they may now seem to be … Continue reading “COOKING WITH WEEDS – DANDELION”

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