In every tradition of herbal medicine around the world, herbalists learn to identify a plant’s medicine through its taste.
Different cultures describe tastes in unique ways. For example, some cultures believe the sweet taste as bland (image telling that to a kid in a candy store!). Some cultures have a more refined sense of taste than others. These cultures believe good cooking triggers a mélanges of the five primary tastes on the tongue: bitter, sweet, sour, pungent and umami. READ
This past couple of weeks, I have been making a traditional cold remedy called fire cider with people who are looking for alternatives to over-the-counter cold medicine. Fire cider is a remedy one makes in the fall, during harvest. All the ingredients but two (and if need be, these can be eliminated from the remedy) are grown in Alberta gardens. READ
Real commitment doesn’t always have to be about sacrifice — or does it? When it comes to your health, where do we draw the line between having our cake and eating it, too, to avoid the self-defeating behaviour of not allowing ourselves certain indulgences? And when should we hold true to a commitment to our health and our well-being and ensure our bodies are getting the best treatment possible — no sugar, no alcohol, no processed foods? READ
By the time we’re 30 years old and beyond, our lives have undergone a great deal of change. Often we are on our second career, we’re starting a family — whatever it is, it’s safe to say life has really changed. For most of us through our mid-20s to our mid-60s, much of our time is spent on our working life. READ