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Sip the flavours of the boreal forest with tea from this Thunder Bay company
Wild Herbs

Sip the flavours of the boreal forest with tea from this Thunder Bay company

While Lee-Ann Chevrette's love of the outdoors has been lifelong, an experience she had on a solo canoe trip in Quetico Provincial Park about a dozen years ago was particularly inspirational. "I just felt so alive and so happy," she said. "I felt like like I wanted to capture of the essence of the feeling that I had ... I wanted to bottle it," she said. Shortly after, Boreal Forest Teas was born. The business — which started in 2009 — blends organic cultivated herbs with wild harvested plants from the boreal forest. Jonathan Pinto spoke with Lee-Ann Chevrette, owner of Boreal Forest Teas in Thunder Bay. The business blends organic cultivated herbs with wild harvested plants from the boreal forest. Jonathan started by asking how the business began. Read more at CBC.
A Comprehensive Guide to Oregano: How to Grow, Prune, Dry, and Store the Herb
Gardening

A Comprehensive Guide to Oregano: How to Grow, Prune, Dry, and Store the Herb

Here's how to grow, prune,dry, and store oregano. Oregano is easy to maintainand can be grown inside or out. Be sure to plant your herb in an area withlots of sun for its best chance to flourish. If you live in a naturally warm climate,set your oregano plants up in anarea with some shade. Take your sprouted plants or clippings andspace them 8-to- 10-inches apart, and ensurethat they have well-drained but moist soil. Once your oregano plants reacharound four-inches in height,they're ready to be pruned. Prune oregano using extrasharp kitchen scissors. Dry your herbs by hanging them up withtwine in a shaded area of your home. Read more at Yahoo News.
The ancient art of bush medicine can help with many ailments
Herbal Medicine

The ancient art of bush medicine can help with many ailments

Bush medicine business is booming for Vivienne ‘Binyarn’ Hansen, but profit isn’t in the equation. “It’s not about making money. It’s about helping people, making them well or making them feel better,” said the Balladong Wadjuk Yorga woman from the Bibbulmun Nation, or Noongar people. Vivienne confirms that prominent people including child health expert Fiona Stanley and footballers Gary Ablett, Liam Ryan, Josh Kennedy and Nic Naitanui have had success with Vivienne’s bush medicine. “Some has been passed to people from my rellies. I have a granddaughter, Imahra Cameron, playing AFLW for the Eagles, a nephew who played AFL for Gold Coast and some playing for the Dockers,” Vivienne said from her Kelmscott home. “Fiona Stanley ended up getting a tub for a granddaughter whose eczema appare...
Five recipes to make the most from herbs
Herbal Recipes

Five recipes to make the most from herbs

I have spent decades designing kitchen gardens, growing and using an almost impossible variety of herbs at Otter Farm, at River Cottage and in my own small garden. Whether in the garden or kitchen, herbs are elevators, transporters engaging us in a way that a potato or a cauliflower, however glorious, cannot hope to. The elevating quality of herbs is really just awaiting your exploration. Summer savoury and tomatoes, dill and salmon, lovage and Lancashire cheese; these mark the merest tip of the herbal iceberg. You don’t even have to try to be clever with herbs: they offer a wealth of clothes for even the simplest ingredients to dress up in. Keep reading at The Times.
Malaysia’s oldest woman still giving advice on herbs, longevity
Herbal Medicine, Wild Herbs

Malaysia’s oldest woman still giving advice on herbs, longevity

BUTTERWORTH: March 31, this year marks Annamah Abukutty’s 110th birthday, yet her age has not stopped her from contributing to society. Born and raised in Thachambadi, India, Annamah brought along her knowledge and wealth of experience in Indian traditional herbs when she migrated to then Malaya before the start of World War II. Annamah currently resides in Batu Gajah, Perak with some of her descendants, comprising four children, 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Her son M Subramanian, 73, said that despite her age and disability, villagers around her residence and patients have been visiting her to seek health advice and her wisdom in longevity. Apart from herbal medicine, he said people used to seek her services in midwifery, reflexology and tattooing. Read more at Fre...
How Herb Gardening Can Save Home Cooks a Ton of Money
Gardening

How Herb Gardening Can Save Home Cooks a Ton of Money

Spring begins for me when I start planning, preparing, and planting my garden. I live in a duplex and only have space for a narrow raised bed and a few containers, so I have to be deliberate in my plant selection. I'm also not known for my gardening skills; my family looks with pity upon most of the plants I bring home, knowing they probably won't last long. That said, I have found several herbs that even I can keep alive. And the benefits of growing an herb gardenmake these aromatic plants well worth growing: they don't need much room to thrive, you can easily use them in your cooking, and herbs taste so much better when they are fresh-picked. But you may not have considered that an herb garden can also save you money. Read more at Yahoo.
Sleep Series: Natural Remedies That May Help You Sleep
Herbal Medicine

Sleep Series: Natural Remedies That May Help You Sleep

Sometimes catching zzzs can be a real challenge. Luckily there are a few safe natural remedies on the market that may help you rest. Most experts estimate that anywhere from 30 to 60 million people experience some level of chronic sleep disturbance in their lifetime. It’s natural and normal to have trouble sleeping when things are stressful, difficult, and you have a lot of anxiety. Add in disruptions to light, temperature, and even what we eat and drink before bed, and there are any number of different factors that can keep us from getting a restful night’s sleep. While more serious sleep problems should be addressed by a medical doctor who might be able to prescribe well-known sleep medications like Ambien and Ativan, these medications can and often do have serious and significant side...
Mistakes You Are Making With Your Kitchen Herb Garden
Gardening

Mistakes You Are Making With Your Kitchen Herb Garden

As people have spent an extended period of time at home this past year during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, home cooking has become increasingly popular. At the same time, people are trying to limit trips to the grocery store, so it's difficult to stock up on fresh herbs. It can also get expensive very quickly. Using fresh herbs is great, because they add amazing flavor to different foods, and can help bring a dish full-circle. They also make eating at home a little more special. They can kick your meals up a notch both in taste and presentation. Plus, when you're cooking, it's fun to head over to your adorable kitchen herb garden to cut off just what you need. So grow your own herbs right on your kitchen windowsill, and add a bit of sunshine to each plate ... and hopefully your day ...
How to treat seasonal allergies with wild herbs
Wild Herbs

How to treat seasonal allergies with wild herbs

Last night I went to the grocery store to get some medicine for my daughter. She started experiencing symptoms of seasonal allergies last week, so I started giving her an over-the-counter antihistamine. More recently, she’s been experiencing sinus pressure, a runny nose and an upset stomach. My guess is she has a mild sinus infection. So I was in search of an expectorant and nasal decongestant without an antihistamine because we had already been using one and wanted to avoid using more than the recommended amount or an analgesic like acetaminophen because she had never had a fever. After about 20 minutes of scanning and comparing labels, I finally settled on a medication that worked as an expectorant, nasal decongestant and cough suppressant, knowing the medicine included to suppress...
Gardening expert reveals tip for growing herbs and it costs nothing
Gardening

Gardening expert reveals tip for growing herbs and it costs nothing

There’s nothing better than cutting some fresh cilantro or rosemary from your own garden to enhance your cooking. If you've been thinking of how to create a herb garden in your outdoor space too, we've got a brilliant hack to help get you started. A gardening expert recently shared a tip to help your herbs plant strong roots so they can flourish. The hack costs nothing, as it makes use of the cardboard core of toilet paper to encourage healthy roots. In the latest Grow, Cook, Eat, Arrange podcast episode, garden expert Sarah Raven recommends using the cardboard core of toilet paper to train the roots when planting a herb cutting. ‘I use root trainers or cardboard loo rolls for shrubby herb cuttings like rosemary, thyme and sage,’ she says. Continue at Gardening Etc.