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 Cough Syrup

DIY Cough Syrup

What a crazy winter! If you've got a cough, cold, sore throat or flu, try this tasty and effective DIY Cough Syrup. With soothing and healing herbs that also help to fight infection and are proven to work better than store-bought brands, this recipe is a must-have winter home remedy.

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New Season, New Ferments, New Friends!

New Season, New Ferments, New Friends!

With fermented pastes, foraged ferments and a recipe section that uses sauerkraut in chocolate cake (I kid you not!), 'Fermented Vegetables' by Kristen and Christopher Shockey is a new favourite. I was so excited by this book, I had to write to Kristen and Christopher to thank them and am thrilled that they've offered to share two of their recipes! One is a fermented Turmeric Paste which is incredible for reducing inflammation, supporting healthy digestion, boosting immune health and tastes incredible on roasted veggies. The second is fermented Rhubarb Relish - need I say more?

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From VOC to DIY – Natural Air Fresheners

From VOC to DIY – Natural Air Fresheners

Most Air Fresheners, whether it's a Febreze-like product you spray, a toxic little tree you hang in your car or something you plug into a socket, aren't actually making the air 'fresh', they're masking odours with a toxic mixture of chemicals. A single scented product can have hundreds of chemicals in it to create its 'signature scent'. Learn simple DIY ways to naturally freshen your air.

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May Detox Series- Meditative Detox

May Detox Series- Meditative Detox

The Nervous System Did you know that humans have between 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts each day?  Our brain is a network of over 85 billion neurons sending signals through substances called neurotransmitters.  These chemical messengers are made from amino acids, which come from the proteins in our diet.  The brain is fuelled by glucose from the carbohydrates we eat and dietary fats are replenishing our brain, which is made up of 60% fat.  So, in a very literal way, we are what we eat!  Certain foods help to sharpen our mind, balance our mood, and boost our memory, while other foods negatively impact our nervous system.

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