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Spring – Tea Subscription

Spring – Tea Subscription

Spring is almost here and what better way to transition from the cold, snowy days than with a selection of Chinese herbs to be taken as teas or crafted into other herbal preparations. Three single herbs and one herbal blend make up the Spring selection. Recipe cards with health benefits accompany each card, with general health tips for the season. There are two options for the tea subscription: Buy one season at a time Pre-sale on now for Spring $30 for the season until April 15th and then $35 until sold out – supplies are limited. Also makes a great gift! Quantity:       Buy for the whole year (all 4 seasons) Purchase all 4 seasons for $120 which includes a tea infuser!   Learn more and to purchase head over to tinctures and teas  ...

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School Snacks

School Snacks

This year my daughter started Kindergarten and I am committed to making healthy, waste free lunches and snacks.  She loves granola bars but I wanted to make a version with a little bit more nutrition but just as tasty.  This version is also gluten free and nut free. Although I used rice crisps (that’s what I had on hand) oats would be great. Ingredients DRY 1 c toasted millet 2 c rice crisps 1/2 c coconut flakes 3/4 pumpkin seeds 1/2 c raisins 1/4 c chocolate chips 1/4 c hemp hearts 2 tbsp chia seeds   WET 1/3 – 1/2 c honey 1/2 – 3/4 c sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) unsweetened 2 tbsp coconut oil 1 tsp vanilla Directions: Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, except chocolate chips.  Heat coconut oil in a saucepan over low medium heat, add in honey, vanilla and Sun butter stir until well mixed and smooth. I start with the lower amounts of honey and Sunbutter until I get a sweetness and thickness I...

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6 Benefits of Blackberries

6 Benefits of Blackberries

Blackberries are bountiful this year and like all berries they are full of antioxidants.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) they have other health benefits 1. Protect the body – blackberries are part of the rubus family and have antioxidant properties. The berries contain vitamin C, niacin, magnesium plus vitamin A and K. 2. Benefit the blood – vitamin K helps regulate blood clotting and magnesium helps to regulate blood pressure 3.  Nourish the kidneys – in traditional Chinese medicine each organ system has an associated colour, which roughly corresponds to the seasons.  For the kidney system the colour is black, therefore foods black in colour are found to nourish the kidneys.  Examples are black sesame seeds, black beans, black soybean 4.  Nourish the lungs – fruits and veggies that ripen at the end of a season usually aid the body in transitioning to the following season.  Blackberries usually ripen towards the end of summer.  Taking a closer look at a blackberry it resembles the alveoli of the lungs.  Often in...

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Summer Fruit the TCM Way

Summer Fruit the TCM Way

Everyone knows fruit is healthy and summer is a great time to eat your share of fresh berries, cherries, peaches, nectarines and melons.  The health benefits of summer fruit can be preserved through freezing, canning and making medicinal wines.  Let’s take a look at some of my favourite summer fruits from a Chinese medicine perspective. Strawberries moisten the lungs and support the spleen, which regulates digestion. Eat fresh strawberries or make strawberry juice for dry cough, sore throat, thirst, indigestion or hangover. Peaches promote blood circulation, moistens the intestines and checks perspiration.  Fresh peaches can be eaten for dry cough. Raspberries can help control urination and dizziness.  Eat fresh raspberries or drink raspberry juice to nourish the liver and kidney. Cherries can boost your Qi or energy and promote blood circulation.  Eating fresh cherries can help with numbness in arms and legs and backache.   For more seasonal tips sign up for our newsletter here Join the conversation on facebook  The information provided here is for educational purposes only. Always consult...

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