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Herbal Infusions Part 1

What is an herbal infusion? “Herbal infusion” is a way to describe the use of water to extract the medicinal properties of an herb. The term “tea” is technically referring to an infusion made using the tea plant – Camellia sinensis, so when we say “herbal tea” it’s not technically correct. HOWEVER, I am not a …

Ginger Syrup

A Bit About Ginger Ginger snaps, candied ginger, gingerbread men, ginger tea… there are so many ways to enjoy the benefits of ginger! Over the last 5000 years, many recipes and uses have been created and shared. It was a cultivated crop and common staple in ancient Southeast Asia until the fall of the Roman …

Immune-Boosting Punch

Can you feel it? The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are cooling off and the air just feels different… fall is coming! Along with the changing leaves, hot chocolate and sweater weather comes… cold and flu season. So what can you do to get ready? There are a number of herbal allies that can …

Elderberry Syrup

Sambucus nigra has a long history as a traditional medicinal plant. The father of medicine himself, Hippocrates, referred to it as “nature’s medicine chest” and recommended elderberry for a wide variety of conditions. The berries are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids, and are believed to protect against viral entry into human cells and interfere …

Pine Syrup

Pine needles are probably not the first thing that come to mind when you think of ingredients to turn into a sweet syrup. Humor us on this one and try it! I promise, you won’t be disappointed. When gathering your pine needles, focus on the young, pale green tips of the branch, as they are …

Let’s Make an Elderberry Oxymel

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) has a well-deserved reputation as a great cold and flu remedy, thanks to its powerful antiviral properties. (Bonus points that elderberry syrup tastes a heckuva lot better than your average cold medicine!) Today, we’re going beyond the usual syrup recipe and making an elderberry oxymel. The term oxymel is derived from the …

Making Your Own Bitters

“Bitter” is a much-maligned and under-utilized flavor, especially in the U.S. Incorporating bitter flavors such as kale, dandelion greens, mustard greens, collard greens, etc. into your diet is a great idea. You can use these greens to make a tasty appetizer salad topped with homemade herbal vinegar and oil dressing. But you can also have …