Herbs for Woman's Health

A discussion on the herbs used in our Woman's Balance Tisane and how to increase woman's health. View full article →
July 04, 2014

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A Westfield Revival: The Gillian Glasshouse

Written for Westfield Heritage Village Blog, July 2014 It has certainly been a busy spring for Westfield with so many new buildings being renovated and opened, and I am absolutely thrilled to let you know that the Gillian Glasshouse is finally up and running! Most people have walked by the Gillian House with a brief glance into the […] View full article →

Tinkering with Tinctures (and liniments)

I found myself last Sunday at Westfield Heritage Village, yet not in interpretive costume. I had just stopped in to water the plants in the greenhouse, and of course dilly-dallied by visiting my two other favourite spots: the apothecary and the print shop. Brandon and Jeff in the print shop had been quite busy and came up with this […] View full article →
June 05, 2014

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Quiz 32: Can you name this medicinal herb?

Originally posted on Heath, Heather & Herb Blog:
Sometimes used on the skin to treat wounds and reduce inflammation from sprains and broken bones, the roots and leaves contain allantoin, a substance that helps new skin cells grow, along with other substances that reduce inflammation and keep skin healthy. An ointment or poultice can be used to heal… View full article →

Quiz 32: Can you name this medicinal herb?

Sometimes used on the skin to treat wounds and reduce inflammation from sprains and broken bones, the roots and leaves contain allantoin, a substance that helps new skin cells grow, along with other substances that reduce inflammation and keep skin healthy. An ointment or poultice can be used to heal bruises as well as pulled muscles and ligaments, […] View full article →
June 03, 2014

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Answers Quiz 1 – 10: Can you name this medicinal herb?

Quiz 1: Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) Quiz 2: Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana) Quiz 3: Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) Quiz 4: Sharp-Lobed Hepatica (Hepatica nobilis acuta) Quiz 5: Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) Quiz 6: Forsythia (Forsythia x suspensa) Quiz 7: Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) Quiz 8: Red Trillium (Trillium erectum) Quiz 9: Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum) Quiz 10: Virginia […] View full article →
June 02, 2014

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Quiz 31: Can you name this medicinal herb?

Originally posted on Heath, Heather & Herb Blog:
It’s that time of year again, the time to harvest bark from woody shrubs and trees, for tincturing! One of the few barks I have harvested, this is also known as Red Twig, Kanikanik or Kinikenick.  Aboriginals in Ontario have used this herb to treat eye, lung and pregnancy related ailments, and… View full article →

Quiz 31: Can you name this medicinal herb?

It’s that time of year again, the time to harvest bark from woody shrubs and trees, for tincturing! One of the few barks I have harvested, this is also known as Red Twig, Kanikanik or Kinikenick.  Aboriginals in Ontario have used this herb to treat eye, lung and pregnancy related ailments, and pain. The Cree used it for sore eyes, […] View full article →

Quiz 30: Can you name this medicinal herb?

Tonight, I have a migraine. It’s been 3 weeks since my last one. As a Lymie I get lots of unexplainable issues creeping up, mostly  when I am stressed and over tired. Hence, this week. Yet, I never used to get headaches or migraines, but since that damned little bug bit me – my system has gone hay-wire and they […] View full article →

Herbalist Terminology: From Salves to Creams

Salves, ointments, unguents, balms, liniments, lotions, creams, call them what you will, but what differentiates each one from the other? Each of these preparations has common ingredients; some exist as a combination of oils and wax, others as oil and water, or a combination of all three. Those with no water part at all, though they may contain a small […] View full article →
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