What is Modern Herbology? Part 1 of a 4 Part Series


There are many herbalists that rely on gathering ( wildcrafting) their own herbs from fields, mountains and streams.  The modern herbalist might use a blend of cultural or traditional practices.  Growers, practitioners, educators and small to larger manufacturer’s all consider themselves herbalists.  A blending of the old and new is now taking place.

Herbal medicine employs many different types of plants ranging in strength from herbs, which can be taken with relative safety, to plants that may have toxicity and should be used only by trained professionals. In the United States herbal medicine usually refers to the use of plants that are indigenous to Europe and Northern America. There are, on the other hand, many different disciplines of herbal medicine including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which uses plants native to China and Asia and Ayurvedic herbal medicine, which uses plants native to India. Herbal Medicine is the oldest known form…

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Wildflower Women

Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world, some powerful words that flew directly into my heart from what I was reading in print.  Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world.  How do you forgive someone who is no longer living for his or her transgressions?  This is something I have struggled with since 2004; I know a very long time!  The last words my spouse ever uttered to me were “I am sorry.”   I have gone around and around in my mind as to what he might have been sorry for, causing an inconvenience on the day he died, knowing that he was about to die and leave a huge mess for our minor child and myself, or sorry for the lies he told me, or sorry for not placing his trust in me.  I will never know what he…

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Steph's Sustenance

1. Foods High in Omega-3s: Try and incorporate oily fish into your diet twice weekly. If you don’t like fish, try a high quality fish supplement, avocados, flax seeds, or chia seeds.
2. Kelp and Kombu: High in fiber, this brown algae extract helps control liver and lung cancer, douses inflammation, and is anti-tumor and anti-oxidative.
3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil: This oil provides a healthy dose of fats that fights inflammation, can help lower risks of asthma and arthritis, as well as protect the heart and blood vessels. 
4. Cruciferous Vegetables: Broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale and cauliflower are all loaded with antioxidants. Naturally detoxifying, they can help rid the body of possible harmful compounds.
5. Berries: Aim for organic berries, as pesticides are hard to wash away due to their size and skin. You can also try pineapple, mango and papaya.

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Kitchen Klutter

Homemade Vitamin C
I found this interesting article on a friend’s facebook page- I think that it highlights several areas we should be thinking about. I am posting because it makes a lot of sense to me and I would value any comments, thoughts, feedback people have to offer.
I am concerned that modern farming methods compromise the nutritional value of our food- without scientific basis, my personal opinion is that we need to seriously consider the food miles covered by everything we eat, the trauma that forcing popular ingredients to satisfy commercialised demand causes to the fundamental structure of both plant and animal life and the true merit of out of season, out of natural habitat items.
Currently my own research indicates that the nutritional value we expect from many foods is compromised, and I feel my opinion is not original or unique as the supplement business is booming and has been for some time. Recently…

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Omega 3 Benefits

    Fish oil (Omega-3) can adds years and quality to your life.   It helps to lower bad, LDL, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure, and increases your good HDL cholesterol. It protects you from heart attack and stroke by breaking up clots in your arteries.  Omega 3 aids in memory retention, and allows one to stay focused longer on tasks.  It alleviates the symptoms of depression, psychosis, bipolar disorder, dyslexia, and compulsive personality disorders. It reduces the risk of breast, colon and prostate cancer.  It is also is effective in reducing inflammation and pain from arthritis and cystitis.

Recently, Omega-3 Fish oil supplements were shown to work as well or better than a popular cholesterol-reducing drug to help patients with chronic heart failure. A large four-year study concluded that a daily omega-3 fish oil pill had a slightly better success rate than Crestor in combating this disease.


What conditions or symptoms indicate a need for more high-omega-3 foods?

  • Depression
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Fatigue
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Brittle hair and nails
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Joint pain

Sardines, salmon, flax seeds and walnuts are excellent food sources of omega-3
fatty acids.


Health Conditions

What health conditions require special emphasis on omega-3 fatty acids?

Omega-3 fatty acids may play a role in the prevention and/or treatment of the following health conditions:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Asthma
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Eczema
  • Fibromyalgia
  • High blood pressure
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Lupus
  • Migraine headaches
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis




For ten years I worked in the psychology field under many titles and with a wide variety of individuals.  I was a group home worker, team leader, special needs teaching assistant, mental health worker, addictions and crisis worker, psychiatric rehabilitation worker and an early intervention worker.  Although these jobs did not always pay the greatest I was not working to merely collect a paycheque, I was trying to make a difference in these people’s lives.  I worked with a variety of individuals some that were deaf or visually impaired, handicapped people, children with special needs ( behaviourally challenged, ADHD, autism, etc.), persons with addictions, bulimics, anorexics, the sexually and or physically abused, homeless people and a few I forgot to mention.

My duties were many: some required heavy lifting, house cleaning, counselor, confidante, bookkeeper, grocery shopper, cooking, etc.  In essence, I was kind of a Mother to these people as I…

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Turn off and Tune In



    is it me or what?  The times they be a changing.  In the last month we all have been over exposed to death, sadness, unrest and at times anarchy, via the internet, FB and various media oulets.  It is time to turn off and tune in!  Turn off the television set, go off-line, get away from the mindless chatter that keeps us away from being centred and positive.
All of this negativity is not good for one’s soul and as much as we want to watch this and stay current our bodies and minds need rest, rejuvenation and self- care.

The atrocities of the world will always be there the next day and the day after, we will not miss much.  Let’s get off the train of doom and into the light of some positive activities, maybe get up and move, do some stretching, read an uplifting book, walk the dog, take a nap, whatever your body and mind are desiring from us.  Hug someone you love, play in the snow, go to a yoga class, paint, write, sing, take a mental health day, sculpt, plan a day with family and friends but do something that takes you away from all the pain in the world.