Kawakawa tea: my favourite digestive tonic

It felt fitting to end the year by sharing my favourite herbal tea. It has a beautiful calming effect on the digestive tract, appropriate given the time of the year and the tendency to over indulge – particularly on Christmas day. Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsum) is a New Zealand native, a relative of the pacific kava […]

26 Dec 2016 | 2 comments

Pineapple Coconut Water Kefir

This post may not make much sense intially to those who are new to kombucha – if that’s you, perhaps head over here to check out an earlier post, otherwise I’m sure I’ll sound just a wee bit batty, Lx. I have a confession. I killed my kombucha culture. After a good year or so […]

10 Oct 2015 | 0 comments

Homemade Masala Chai (dairy free, caffeine free)

One of my biggest obsessions is brewing up a nice big bubbling, aromatic pot of herbs and spices to make a delicious and healing chai tea. Nothing gives me more pleasure than standing over my pot with my wooden spoon, poking away at the various pods, leaves, barks and seeds bobbing at the surface, just […]

11 Jul 2015 | 5 comments

Homemade Comfrey Ointment for Bruises, Bumps and Scrapes Part 2

About 6 weeks ago I prepared a herbal infused oil, with organic olive oil and dried comfrey leaf and root. Today, I’m sharing how to turn that lovely, rich green infused oil into a healing, antibacterial, antiseptic ointment to keep in your home apothecary, aka, my simple Homemade Comfrey Ointment. Health and wellness extends far beyond […]

16 Apr 2015 | 1 comment

Homemade Comfrey Ointment for Bruises, Bumps and Scrapes Part 1

Some of the best remedies come from common weeds. I have a weed called Comfrey growing in my garden – she’s actually quite a beautiful plant – large, soft fuzzy leaves, and purple flowers that curl into a spiral. Comfrey is also called knitbone or boneset – giving away one of its traditional therapeutic uses – helping […]

11 Mar 2015 | 3 comments

Red Clover Infusion for Psoriasis and Skin Conditions

Only my hubby-to-be would ever agree to rolling out of bed (on his holiday) at the crack of dawn, to wander down to my secret spot, mason jar in hand, to forage and collect herbs for a medicine-making project of mine. Aww. We must have looked such a site. Me lying in the grass […]

30 Jan 2015 | 2 comments

Caffeine Free Dandelion Latte

Coffee wrecks havoc with your adrenals, and, being an irritant, it is not very gentle on the digestive system – it can cause abdominal pain and an upset tummy. Oh but it tastes so good, right? I have a recipe today for a caffeine free alternative – Dandelion Latte, made from roast dandelion herbal ‘coffee’, […]

26 Sep 2014 | 6 comments

Minerals and Mineral Rich Herbal Infusions

I have just recently completed my six month Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship here in the beautiful West Coast Bush of Piha in New Zealand. We learnt how to connect with native trees, herbs and weeds, and then work with them to prepare a variety of healing remedies. We covered a bit of plant identification, wildcrafting, Materia […]

7 Aug 2014 | 6 comments

10 Healing Herbs In Your Kitchen

  Without even really realising it, we often have a treasure trove of natural, powerful, safe medicines growing on our window sills or sitting in our pantries. The everyday, common herbs and spices we adorn our foods with should not be overlooked for their medicinal properties. More than simply adding culinary flare, these beauties have […]

24 Jul 2014 | 4 comments

Rosemary and Ginger Oil for Circulation

  Poor Nana has such bad circulation in her hands and feet because she has a slightly delicate heart, so I made her this beautiful fragrant oil to use as a stimulating foot rub. This is a nice recipe to play with in winter since it’s so cold, and the simple ingredients used are warming […]

10 Jul 2014 | 3 comments

Home Made Sleep Potion: Passionflower and Valerian Tincture

Sleep is something I often struggle with because I feel like I am wound up and frantic and can’t slow down enough to slip into slumber. There are two beautiful herbs that are wonderfully sleep inducing so I have since prepared myself a tincture with them to help me unwind and nod off. In addition, […]

6 Jun 2014 | 3 comments

Turmeric Milk for Coughs and Colds

Since we’re heading into winter now, I thought it would be nice to share this delicious healing recipe which is my twist on an age-old remedy for winter coughs and colds. The special ingredient, turmeric. Beloved turmeric is a spice that works on the digestive, hepatic, immune, musculoskeletal and circulatory systems. It has a bitter, astringent […]

21 May 2014 | 3 comments

Homemade Iron Tonic

  Do you remember taking Folradix as a kid? That lovely tasting iron tonic? I have been experimenting with my own version at home so thought I would share the recipe. The three herbs I have used are Yellow dock, Nettle and Dandelion, all considered weeds – I have written some detail on each of […]

4 May 2014 | 3 comments

3 Iron Rich Herbs

Last week we looked at some great plant-based sources of iron, so today I am sharing three of my favourite herbs. Then, later in the week, I will also share a simple, home made iron syrup, using the following herbs. You will be happy to know that all of these are highly common – although […]

22 Apr 2014 | 1 comment

How to Make a Crystal Elixir – a Simple Vibrational Medicine

  A bit of a different post today. I am making a herbal tincture for insomnia but have decided to first infuse the vodka used to make it with a crystal, to take on some of it’s relaxing and stress relieving properties. So here is a bit about how to make a crystal elixir and why […]

1 Apr 2014 | 1 comment

Homemade Cold Sore Salve

  Today’s recipe is a simple herbal salve for cold sores. They are one of those annoying things that seems to strike at the most inconvenient of times, always when you least need them! (Which is always, always when you are stressed!). Before we begin, if you find you are feeling rather stressed lately, I […]

14 Mar 2014 | 1 comment

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