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How To Identify Cedar

How To Identify Cedar

Cedar is one of my favourite trees. I love to chew on the tips when I am out walking, I love making cedar tea and cedar foot-baths, and I love infusing it into oil for external applications. To gather your own cedar for medicine making, you first have to be absolutely...

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How To Make Goldenrod Tea

How To Make Goldenrod Tea

Late summer is upon us and the road sides are a blaze with this glorious wild flower. Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) blooms from July all the way through to October here in Ontario. This beautiful wildflower grows abundantly all across Canada and can be found along...

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Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup

“The common elderberry is one of the most abundant, most useful, most healthful and yet most neglected of our wild native fruits.” – Euell Gibbons, Stalking The Wild Asparagus

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Water Lily

Water Lily

I'm in the midst of learning a new plant. Water Lily is a native plant which blooms in the daytime, releasing its strong fragrance as it beautifies the marshy areas of our lakes and rivers.     Sparked by a conversation with herbalist Carol Little, I remembered...

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Elder Flower Fizz

Elder Flower Fizz

The Elders are in full bloom here in Lakefield and it is time to make some “Fizz”. Also called Elder Flower Champagne, this delightful drink is simple to make, takes very little time and is one of the prettiest things you'll ever see. The fireflies have made their...

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Sweet Fern

Sweet Fern

In cases of advanced poison ivy, oak or sumac rash, there is no other plant to compare with the trusted effects of Sweet Fern.

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