SCENTS OF CHRISTMAS

Perhaps I became a herbalist because I grew up in a household where herbs, spices, and home-made perfumes and flower waters played a major role in Christmas celebrations.  My Great-Grandmother, Grandmother and Great Aunts were all English ladies of the Victorian era. ...

SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS DRINKS

ROSE HIPS AND BERRIES (a vitamin C boost in the morning) 1 tbsp dried rose hips (crushed) 1 tbsp dried berries (strawberries, blueberries, bilberries) 8 oz. fresh boiling water. Steep covered for 5 minutes minimum, remove the herbs and berries and enjoy.  Sweeten with...

CORNS, CALLUSES AND OTHER BUMPS

CORNS, CALLUSES AND OTHER BUMPS Recently I decided to take a good look at my feet.  Ack! There’s a bump near my big toe.  Happily, it’s definitely not “COVID toe,” painful red and purple bumps that can occur at the tips of the toes or tops of your feet with the...

NIGHT SWEATS, HOT FLASHES AND EXCESSIVE SWEATING

Many women in the perimenopause or menopause time of life face hot flashes or night sweats. They’re completely natural, the result of declining estrogen levels that accompany these life stages. Nevertheless, they can disrupt sleep and mood and cause fatigue and...

LIVING GLUTEN-FREE IRON DEFICIENCY ANEMIA

Iron-deficiency anemia is the most prevalent type of anemia globally and is common in people with celiac disease. In a study of newly diagnosed celiacs, one-third had anemia. There’s evidence that people who report constipation as their main symptom may have a...

LIVING GLUTEN-FREE HIDDEN GLUTEN

Food manufactured or prepared in any way could contain gluten, making it essential to read labels that don’t explicitly state “gluten-free.” Products labelled wheat-free are not necessarily GF. Celiacs and those with gluten intolerances faithfully avoid...

LIVING GLUTEN-FREE FLOURS CONTINUED

GF starches and flours used in blends can be confusing. Recipes often call for a ratio of about 80% starches to 20% whole grain flours. The following list is not exhaustive by any means – I’ve not even touched on most seeds, nuts and legumes. However, I have...

GOLDENROD CORNBREAD

Goldenrod Cornbread: This slightly-sweet gluten-free cornbread has a nutty, slightly herbaceous flavour thanks to the addition of fresh goldenrod flowers and a surprising orange colour with the addition of turmeric (which also adds some anti-inflammatory properties to...

LIVING GLUTEN-FREE, FLOUR

Adapting to a gluten-free diet may seem overwhelming – especially after reading recipes that call for flours and starches you’ve never heard of before. A gluten-free diet means eliminating all items that contain the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and...

LIVING GLUTEN-FREE: DOUGHNUTS

As a child, trying to explain my aversion to gravy, English fish and chips, Melton Mowbray pie and Yorkshire Pudding to my family wasn’t easy. My Grandmother visibly cringed when introductions came around to me. Various aunts, uncles and cousins snickered, “The...