Witch Hazel Hamilton 2013

This oil of Hamamelis is beautifully complemented by Violet absolute, (A Co2 extraction of the fragrance and healing properties of the Violet leaf ), and Vitamin E. The mutual support of these two herbs is obvious in their easy union with each other in fragrance, colour, rulerships, temperature and medicinal effects. Witch Hazel oil is a simple but powerful healer for those tender, painful hotspots, inflammations and flareups when they happen.

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APOTHECARY’S APPRENTICE HAMILTON HERBAL WORKSHOPS Medieval Apothecary’s Garden- courtesy the Guttenberg Project. The Apothecary’s Apprentice is a hands-on “how-to” series of workshops in Hamilton that focuses on the practical and applied side of herbalism.  In the style of old fashioned apprenticeships, participants are invited to work with the apothecary on each of the seasons herbal products as the year unfolds. The goal of […]

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Nicholas Culpeper‘s  books and “herbals” have been considered classic and well-respected references for hundreds of years now.  Packed with recipes, plant profiles and lore, Culpeper sets out the proper way to identify plants, diagnose and treat patients based on astrological rulerships, “The doctrine of signatures” and Galen’s philosophy of humors. Not only do they give us […]

creativesolblog is one of my favourite blogs to follow. Sometimes the information he collects stre-e-e-e-etches my mind, other times his posts say exactly what’s on my mind and express my deepest convictions much more eloquently than I ever could. This is a case of the latter. As a community we are just starting to grasp […]

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Dragon’s Loyalty Award Post, Part -2   As promised when I accepted my nomination for The Dragon’s Loyalty Award, I have taken a couple of weeks to choose my nominees for the award,  those I hope will pass this award forward to those they feel represent the qualities of loyalty in their own blogging sphere. […]

Though I hope it’s not obvious, this blog is now back with WordPress.com after almost a year of working and learning the ins and outs of self hosting a website, FTP, SQL, DNS, CSS, SEO, CMS’s, frameworks,  caches, plugins, and so much more with WordPress.org.  It was a journey of steep learning curves, with a horizon […]

Spring Spruce 2013

How to make a wonderful winter cough and chest rub from local pine, Spruce and Fir saps. A short while ago, I published a post on making a cough and chest rub from Frankincense Neglecta, a lovely type of Frankincense from Ethiopia. It’s fragrance reminded me of our own Fir sap, from which a great […]