DIY Laundry Soap

DIY Laundry Soap

Making your own laundry detergent is simple, cost-effective and requires only 2 ingredients! Which is good news because out of the 821 laundry detergents tested by the EWG (Environmental Working Group), 721 of them had a failing grade. This detergent recipe quickly became one of our favourites and I've also shared a few tips for removing tougher stains. 
 

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Preserving the Harvest - Dehydration

Preserving the Harvest - Dehydration

Dehydrating foods and herbs is a simple way to preserve the harvest that retains most of the nutrients. Move over fruit leather and jerky, there's so much more that you can dry! I regularly dry herbs for teas and infusing into oils for skincare. I forage most of my own herbs for teas and tinctures. I dehydrate ferments to turn into spice blends and make super-light camping snacks and meals. Here's some tips for where to begin if you're new to drying, what to consider for equipment and an easy recipe for Apple Chips to get you started!

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DIY Fruit Vinegar - Apple and Peach

DIY Fruit Vinegar - Apple and Peach

Making vinegar is an ideal way to use up fruit that is over-ripe, leftover scraps or inedible pieces (like pineapple skins). Turning food waste into DIY Vinegar is an amazing preservation method to learn and they taste fantastic! Here's two of my favourites - Apple and Peach

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Foraging Fridays in July — Part 5

Foraging Fridays in July — Part 5

One of the ways I enjoy foraged foods most often is by drinking teas. I collect many members of the mint family (field mint, catnip, lemon balm), as well as horsetail, nettle, alfalfa, linden blossoms, rose petals, lavender buds, red clover, rose hips and red raspberry leaf. I pick red raspberry leaf in the Spring when the plant is putting its energy into the leaves, (before the flowers bloom). 

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Foraging Fridays in July — Part 4

Foraging Fridays in July — Part 4

From drying herbs for teas to infusing oils, there are a lot of different ways to preserve the plants that we pick for nutrition or medicine. An easy way to preserve a herb is to dry it.  I dry things to use as teas, to infuse in oil, to add to dusting powders, to make scented sachets and for herbal smoke mixes.  There are so many plants that grow all around us that make delicious and therapeutic teas.

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Foraging Fridays in July — Part 3

Foraging Fridays in July — Part 3

Look-a-likes are plants that have similar features to one another.  They're important to be aware of because sometimes the plant that we're looking for might have a poisonous or toxic impostor.  Or the look-a-like might just taste or smell really bad.  Like have you ever found yourself knee-deep in skunk cabbage?  Not fun.

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Foraging Fridays in July — Part 2

Foraging Fridays in July — Part 2

Welcome Friday Foragers!  Did you get into your backyard or back alley to explore?  Did you find anything you recognized?  This week, we'll explore some common plants and trees and how we can ID and use them for their nutrition and their medicine.Last week on the blog, I covered the Ground Rules of Foraging.  If you missed it, please take a read and make sure you are being a Responsible Forager!

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Foraging Fridays in July

Foraging Fridays in July

Foraging is one of my favourite things.  Foraging combines my passions for nutrition and the environment.  When we forage, our curiosity for our surroundings- the plants and the ecosystems they are growing in- tends to increase.  As we begin to learn about the nutritive value and the healing potential of these plants, our respect for using foods and plants medicinally also grows.  How can we not protect a forest or a meadow after we learn about all the healers and teachers that live there?

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Natural Bodycare Workshop!

Natural Bodycare Workshop!

I am so excited to announce our upcoming workshop- Make Your Own Natural Bodycare Products!  Together we have over 20 years of experience making our own personal care products and are so pleased to offer some of our best recipes to you!

If you've followed this blog, you'll see that I've posted numerous recipes for how to make your own body care products and cosmetics. Why? There's a number of reasons.

First, it's healthier to make your own.  From hormone-disrupters to carcinogens, the vast majority of body care products out there have toxic ingredients.  Even the term, "natural" on a product doesn't mean it's safe because the use of the word isn't regulated.  In fact, the current regulations don't seem designed to protect us because there are a number of loopholes that allow companies to hide their toxic ingredients under catch-all names, like "fragrance".  By making your own products you'll know exactly what's in it and what's going on and in your body.  Best of all, we'll show you how to use the best ingredients to promote health and explain the uses and benefits of each one.

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Make Your Own Hair Gel!

Make Your Own Hair Gel!

I love learning how to make things myself.  From Kombucha to soap to preserves to deodorant.  There's so many reasons to make things yourself- it's empowering, fun, cheaper, better quality, a shareable skill and, perhaps best of all, safer.So many products and processed foods have hidden toxins in them.  Preservatives, binding agents, emulsifiers, fragrances, colouring agents, and the cheapest form of ingredients.

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