CHRISTMAS DECORATING PART II

This Christmas, there’s a revival of ancient traditions in decorating.  Foremost is the use of natural elements.  Lovingly blending natural materials into your home décor achieves a unique feel and sense of timelessness.  Last week we looked at Christmastime...

CHRISTMAS DECORATING PART I: NATURALLY FABULOUS  

  Christmas 2020 marks a return –in a big way – to ancient traditions. Foremost is a trend to natural elements in decorating. A trend fueled in part by a revival of Mid Century Modern stylings and more significantly by awareness of the increasingly perilous state...

HISTORICAL HERBS AND SPICES OF CHRISTMAS

HISTORICAL HERBS AND SPICES OF CHRISTMAS By: Donna Easto, C.H., H.C., M.H, H.Ed. Frankincense and Myrrh:  Our modern understanding of the gifts of the Wise Men focuses mostly on their monetary value.  However, there’s an even more important reason that the Magi chose...

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...