April 2018 Newsletter- Seasonal Allergies
This 5 page newsletter provides useful information for natural allergy relief.
Excerpt: "Herbalists have long worked with nettle to decrease the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Nettle's own natural histamine may play a role in reducing the allergic response by blocking histamine receptors, and nettle has been shown to lower inflammatory markers in the blood, while increasing antioxidant levels. Nutrient-dense and rich in vitamins and minerals, nettle supports overall health and vitality, making it especially beneficial for those feeling a bit run down and depleted. Nettle's mild astringency can also help alleviate runny noses and watery eyes."
May 2018 Newsletter- Alcohol-free Preparations
May's 5 page newsletter looks at different herbal preparations that don't require the use of alcohol as a solvent or preservative.
Excerpt: "In Egypt, as early as 2600 BC, the first extraction of aromatic compounds from plants was performed over a fire upon which was set a clay vessel containing water and aromatic herbs. Above the vessel hung a sheepskin. As the fire heated the water, the volatile oils were released from the plants and carried up with the steam to the sheepskin, where the molecules were caught in the wool. After allowing this process to continue for some time, the sheepskin was wrung out, yielding an aromatic liquid. This was the earliest known method of distillation."
March 2018 Newsletter- Flux & Flow
June 2018 Newsletter - Dandelion
This 5 page newsletter explores all the wonderful gifts that dandelion has to offer!
Excerpt: "The etymological origins of the genus name for dandelion are varied. Some sources state that Taraxacum comes from the Arabic word tarakhshaqun which is derived from the ancient Persian word tark hashgun, which means wild endive. Other sources point to Greek origins and the combinations of the Greek words taraxis meaning confusion and akos, meaning remedy. The common name dandelion, comes from the French, dent-des-lion, meaning lion's tooth. The plant has also been called priest's crown, blowball, swine's snout, piss-a-bed, bitterwort, telltime and clockflower among others. Whatever the origin of dandelion's many names, there is no doubt that its relationship with humans is an ancient one! By the time the first written words about dandelion were scribed in a medieval Arabic text from 1100 CE, it was already a wellestablished medicinal plant."
July 2018 Newsletter- Summer Lovin'
This 5 page newsletter contains information on how to work with herbs to stay cool in the summer and how to manage the effects of extreme heat in the body.
Excerpt: "A changing climate means that we are experiencing greater temperature extremes and increasingly volatile weather. According the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health, by 2050, cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto, and Quebec City are predicted to experience over four-times the number of very hot days compared to 2012...In addition to all the common-sense and recommended safety tips for managing extreme heat events, I have a few tried and true herbal strategies that keep me safe and healthy on the hottest days and help me stay cool and refreshed all summer long!"