Posts Categorized: Medicinal Plants

Spring Tonic Smoothie – with Special Guest, Dandelion!

Good ol’ Hippocrates had it right when he said: Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. His words couldn’t be truer than when doing a cleanse and incorporating tonifying foods like dandelion into a smoothie. This powerhouse shake can help remove the body’s joint and cellular toxicity built up over the winter… Read more »

Does This Make Sense: Using a Carcinogen to Kill an Anti-Cancer Plant?

Are you killing an anti-cancer drug with a cancer-causing herbicide?  If you’re spraying “weeds” such as dandelion with Roundup, you are doing this very thing. Check out this great article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/is-an-anti-cancer-drug-growing-in-your-front-lawn.html Forget the Roundup and other herbicides.  Let the dandelions grow, then head outside and gather some for your next salad.** ** Remember to select… Read more »

Plant Talk: Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle

My favorite medicinal herb is Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica).*  It has many uses for health and wellness. and loves to impart its versatility as a recipe ingredient in the kitchen! Historical: “The sting of the Nettle is but nothing compared to the pains that it heals” from Lelord Kordels’ “Natural Folk Remedies” Earliest uses –… Read more »

UTIs (Bladder Infections) Are Awful. Here’s Help.

Urinary tract infections (aka cystitis and bladder infections), are really a pain.  Literally.  While women are more likely to contract this type of infection, men can get them too.  But, Ladies first!  The guys will get their own post with suggested remedies. Do You Have a UTI? The symptoms of a bladder infection vary depending on… Read more »

Skyler’s Lavender Soda

Skyler is not your average, or typical, 14 year old guy.  He is very knowledgeable about good healthy food.  He eats this great food!  (Big thanks to his wise and brilliant mother who knows her chops around a kitchen and a garden.)  He snowboards, okay that’s pretty typical for teens around here.  But more unique… Read more »

Toning Up and Detoxing with Toning Water

Do you or someone in your family not “like” water and therefore don’t drink it?  Are you achy and sore because of your boosted exercise schedule (good on ya!!)?  Or do you simply want something a little sexier than plain water now that you’re drinking loads of it each day? Say Yes!  Yes!  Yes! to… Read more »

It’s Berry Season!

Happy berry season!  I’m just back from picking more than 5 lbs. of blueberries at my local patch and what a crop!  The bushes are loaded with large, perfectly ripe and ready-to-eat globes of purpley-blue bliss.  This is the most abundance I’ve seen in this field throughout the 5 years I’ve been picking there. Why… Read more »

Dandelion Delights

Dandelion and Cat's Ear

Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are everywhere now!  In my lawn, sneaking through the crack in the pavement, contributing color and nutrients to my salad bowl and even taking up a page in the book I’m reading.  While so many despise its strong survival skills that can lead to a dandelion carpet in just a few seasons,… Read more »