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Medicines of the Grandmothers Stocks, Broths, and Soup

by Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs This morning I awoke and it was cold. I heat my home with a wood stove, so sleeping 8 hours means that you wake up to a chilly house. My wool comforter made by the local woolen mill keeps me very warm at night, yet when I emerge from […]

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Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Flower Soda Recipe

I love to make this soda when the dandelions are in full bloom. I harvest right along side the bees. Along with the bees I find this spring flower one of the first delicies of spring. Instructions: ~Pick 3-5 quarts/liters of Dandelion Blossoms (you can use other flowers for this recipes as well ie red […]

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Foraging for Sustainability and Nourishment: Spotlight Garlic Mustard

by Linda Conroy Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is a plant that is often identified as a nuisance. Gardeners and farmers work to eradicate it and fail to see the potential food source that this plant offers. While I understand that it is quite vigorous and it does exude sinigrin a  chemical  that inhibits other plants, […]

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Sea and Her Weeds

Annually, for close to a decade I have taken a pilgrimage to an Island located in Washington State’s San Juan Islands. I travel to this island in order to be close to the Sea and Her Weeds. Two of my greatest teachers. The benefits of harvesting and spending time with the sea and her weeds […]

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Aronia Berries: Foraging this Native Shrub

Aronia (Aronia melanocarpa) is a native shrub in the eastern part of the United States. It is also grown as ornamental shrub in many areas. This shrub produces a berry that has become popular in the past couple of years for it’s health benefits. It is sometimes called chokeberry. This common name gives a clue […]

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Cultured Milk for Health, Nourishment, and Fun!

Originally Posted December 22, 2014 Our kitchen is a very busy place. We make the majority of our food from scratch and cultured milk products are a big part of our kitchen rituals. Kefir, yogurt, piima, tara, viili, these are all varieties of cultured milk that we enjoy. Ingesting and creating these at home is one […]

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Nourishing Herbal Infusions

Creating nourishing herbal infusions is easy and fun!! For certain herbs, we are looking for the nutritive qualities of the plant ie vitamins and minerals. These nutrients “live” behind the cell wall of the plant and release themselves only after steeping dried plant material for 4-8 hours. *drying makes the cell wall more fragile and […]

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Crab Apple Chutney

Originally Posted April 9, 2014 Crab apples are abundant this time of year. I am thrilled as I preparing to make one of my annual favorites Crab Apple Chutney. Below is the recipe in case you too are rich in this amazing pectin rich fruit. Fun Fact: Pectin is a wonderful prebiotic which helps to […]

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