Solid Bug Lotion

Summer time is upon us and with that hopefully, more time outdoors or at the very least more time with the doors open. With fresh breezes can come creepy crawlies and their aerial cousins. One way to encourage bugs to not be so friendly is with aromas they don’t like. This is a simple mixture […]

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Mint Cucumber Bath Salts

Epsom salt baths are used to sooth muscle pain and relieve the itching of sunburn and plants like poisin ivy. They also aid in improving sleep, removing splinters, fighting flu and colds,¬† decreasing swelling and boosting the magnesium and sulfate levels in your body. You will need about 2 cups for a full bath and […]

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Elderberry Lozenges

I am starting this post with an apology to Marti Rasmussen. I have no idea where my head was yesterday and I mistakening attributed elderberry angel status to someone else. It was Marti who sent me the jar of elderberry juice that I have been transforming these last two days. Thank you Marti Rasmussen! A […]

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Elderberries – Syrup & Sauce

Years ago my grandfather and I had returned from a trip to gather fresh fall elderberries in the Keremeos area. That evening a stroke that ultimately took him home changed those plans. Going on the trip was the last thing on his bucket list and it brought home the idea that a bucket list is […]

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Cottonwood Bud Balm

Have you ever been driving down the road or looking out the window during the summer to see great amounts of white fluff floating through the air? Sort of a cross between fluffy snowflakes and dandelion seeds, wafting everywhere? That is cottonwood. It is a member of the poplar family and the resin filled buds […]

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Sweet Dreams Remedy

I so want to call this a potion but unfortunately it is not a liquid. It is however something you can whip up in your kitchen with healing intentions. Tomorrow is a full moon and a super blood moon lunar eclipse to boot. If you are someone who looses sleep at the full moon or […]

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Four Thieves

The legend of the Four Thieves is said to have begun with The Black Plaque, an outbreak of bubonic bacteria in 14th century Europe that is estimated to have killed 25 million people. The story goes that a group of men would walk amongst the dead, stealing from the bodies and not getting sick themselves. […]

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Rosewater Honey Handcream

A little while back I created a post on the simple, non distillation method for making rosewater. The next question naturally is, ” what do I do with it?” There are always recipes like the Oranges in Cardamon & Rosewater Syrup¬† and Mediterannean sweets like basboosa and baklava. Beyond cooking, rosewater is also used in […]

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Rosewater

With the abundance of roses this week, rosewater seemed like another wonderful way to keep the memories alive as the months move on. Gather rose petals. They can be a variety of colours but the petals are best when they are herbicide/pesticide free and intoxicatingly aromatic. Gently and thankfully separate the petals and place on […]

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Herbed Salts

As the wheel turns towards Lammas, the Earth comes into Her fullness and harvesting becomes the next natural step. How to hold the fresh tasty flavours of the garden for those times when the days are not so long and warm? There are a variety of ways to preserve herbs. They can be dried, crumbled […]

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