Earth Medicine

Earth Medicine: Fire Cider

One of my autumnal herbal rituals is collecting seeds, berries, nuts and roots for making medicines for my home apothecary and for culinary treats and gifts. Mama Earth provides us with what we need when we need it: the seasonal availability of the various parts of local plants typically support the dis-eases or ailments of… Continue reading Earth Medicine: Fire Cider

Earth Medicine

My body is a wilderness

Oh how I love these words from Ojibway author Richard Wagamese, who left us earlier this year to walk with The Ancestors. His words inspire me daily, especially in his book Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations. "My body is a wilderness. To understand that I need to inhabit it. I need to contemplate, meditate, and reflect… Continue reading My body is a wilderness

Earth Medicine, Journeys, Spirituality

I sit before flowers to learn their Wisdom

My greatest teacher is Mama Earth... I learn so much from her. What do you learn from Mama Earth? Or perhaps you have another teacher with whom you connect even more? These words by Canadian poet Shane L. Koyczan express my feelings for Mama Earth much more eloquently than I could. I sit before flowers… Continue reading I sit before flowers to learn their Wisdom

Wheel of the Year

The healing power of the humble dandelion 

I love working with the local herbs I find on my plant walk, a daily ritual for me, foraging in the neighbourhood. And some of my favourite medicines are crafted from what some consider weeds, such as the dandelion and the plantain. I collect dandelion roots in both Spring and Autumn — always ethically and… Continue reading The healing power of the humble dandelion 

Earth Medicine, Rituals and Ceremonies, Wheel of the Year

Shifts in your Seasonal Self

As we move from Summer to Autumn north of the Equator (and from Winter to Spring in the Southern Hemisphere), Mama Earth’s energy is shifting…. as is ours. At the Summer Solstice, Father Sun's Yin energy is at its peak and at the Winter Solstice, it's at its lowest.... Yang energy takes dominance. At the… Continue reading Shifts in your Seasonal Self

Wheel of the Year

Bug bites? Soothe with all natural DIY anti-itch cream

   I was out walking after sunset at the beach last night and forgot to spray on my DIY yarrow bug repellant (it's very effective). Very frustrating, as there were quite a few mosquitos! And even more so this morning, when the mosquito bites on my arms, lower legs, and behind my knees started to… Continue reading Bug bites? Soothe with all natural DIY anti-itch cream

Divine Feminine, Earth Medicine

Celebrate the Wisdom of the Crone

At least twice a week, I take a Range of Motion class at my local pool to keep fit and strengthen my new titanium knees. One of the things I love about the class is the inspirational group of women I meet there every week.... Ancient Amazons all of them! Their average age is close… Continue reading Celebrate the Wisdom of the Crone

Earth Medicine

Life Hack: Just begin

Be bold! Be fierce! "Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!" ~ attributed to Goethe This quote is often attributed to Goethe, but the true source is unclear. But does it matter? NO! The message is the key. When I started my workday this… Continue reading Life Hack: Just begin

Earth Medicine

Supercharge your herbal oil infusions with the Super Moon

I had a great day yesterday, welcoming the Full Moon - also a Super Moon and an eclipse, known as the Blood Moon. For those of you who are attuned and entrained with the energy of the lunar cycles, you will know that the Full Moon is an excellent time to start herbal infusions and… Continue reading Supercharge your herbal oil infusions with the Super Moon

Earth Medicine

Five life hacks for the Monday blues 

   For some people, the Monday blues start on Sunday, just thinking about Monday and going back to work. There are lots of ways to lift your spirits and get rid of those blahs, and I would love to hear what works for YOU. These are my top five tips: Start the day with a good… Continue reading Five life hacks for the Monday blues