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...

HEMORRHOIDS

Whether you call them hemorrhoids or piles, sufferers agree that they are nasty and often hurt.   You’re one of the lucky ones who’s never had ‘em? You can stop reading right now. Hemorrhoids are varicosities in the rectum.  They are normally painless but may bleed a...

FODMAPS

Experiencing digestive problems such as gas, abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, constipation or diarrhea?  You may be consuming something from a group of foods (FODMAPs) containing small carbohydrates (sugars)  that are not being adequately broken down in your small...

WATER +

We are creatures of water.  Most of our tissues and organs hold more than 70% water.  It’s nature’s elixir for keeping mind and body healthy. Water replenishes the body with fluids and minerals.  It detoxifies and cleanses; its capacity to heal has been recognized for...

COVID ANIXETY

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issues diagnosed in North America. There are several “types” of anxiety, including panic, obsessive-compulsive, post-traumatic, and GAD (generalized anxiety disorder).  In these days of social distancing and...

COVID CONSTIPATION

By:  Donna Easto, C.H., H.C., M.H., Certified Herbal Educator Covid-19 has resulted in considerable changes to our day-to-day activities.  The need to stay home and remain isolated from others is the main cause behind something being dubbed ‘quarantine...

MILKWEED: FEEDING THE MONARCH

All the plant members of the milkweed family have similar properties; however, Asclepias syriaca is better known as the preferred food of the milkweed butterfly (Danaus plexippus.) better known as the Monarch. My sister-in-law and I were walking in the woods in...

STRESS AND ADAPTOGENS

ADAPTOGENS By: Donna Easto, C.H., H.C., M.H, H.Ed. This article highlights a few members of one of my favourite group of herbs: Adaptogens. Adaptogens specifically support the body from the toxic effects of stress, which is anything that taxes the body, from illness...