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Triple Chocolate Love Pie

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When you’re making a Triple Chocolate Love Pie, there is always an extra important ingredient that needs to be included… LOVE

So take your time and enjoy the creative experience…

Everything else is great to have checked off on your list, but if something is missing, it’s ok, there are always options and alternatives.. So treat this recipe as a blueprint, and get experimental if you like. Just make sure you add the LOVE in, and your creative masterpiece will come out beautiful.

Tonic Immune Protective Soup Recipe

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Tonic Immuni-teaAt Harmonic Arts, one of our favourite Winter Tea Blends is Tonic Immuni-tea.

This deeply nourishing, earthy flavoured blend has a few sweet notes consisting of Wild and Organic Adaptogenic/Tonic herbs and mushrooms used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) including Chaga, Reishi, Eleuthro, Astragalus , Rehmannia, Codonopsis, Goji, and Wild Yam.

Tonic Immuni-tea is the perfect base for creating immune protective elixir drinks and soups…

4 Favourite Natural Cold and Flu Fighters

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This time of year I actively add an ounce of cold and flu prevention to my family’s daily regime.

As our bodies adjust to the shifting seasons and the retracting light, fortification to the immune system becomes an important intention.

In that, I choose anti-microbial herbs as defense, immune boosters as offense, and deep immune tonics for conditioning and maintenance.

 

 

Cold Defense– When we feel a hint of the winter wetlands hit with stormy cold symptoms, we pull out this blend to come in strong with support to our natural defenses. This blend is ideal to take when sensing oncoming symptoms of a potential cold or flu.

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Immune Boost Tea– This tea is a favourite for it’s healing essence that permeates the air while it brews up on the stove during colder months. It boosts our resistance to winter bugs while warming the body from the outside-in.immune boost tea

 

Elderberry Syrup– This one is always welcome to all members of our family, even the choosiest of palates enjoy the sweet berry flavour of this classic syrup. Elderberry is said to have a center of gravity on the lungs, and its anti-viral properties either keep colds and flus at bay, or lessen the impact of such symptoms.Elderberry-Syrup

 

Viral Support– This blend has a deep penetration to trigger the immune system. It lends support to the body in conditioning for its best defenses yet.Viral-Support-50ml

 

Rolling through this winter cycle, you may also find some of these products to be especially helpful, assisting you through the season with a lowered level of stress on your health and wellness!

 

angela willardAngela Willard became a Clinical Herbalist through the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing in 2005. She has since practiced as an Herbalist through many avenues including consulting, growing herbs, wildcrafting, and co-creating Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary. Angela actively adds herbal and health tools to her basket of wisdom by continually upgrading her knowledge with a strong focus on Women’s health and wellness. Sharing information that empowers people to live with integrity and reach their highest potential is a true calling, one which fuels her on her path. She balances her time between raising a young family and nourishing her passionate purpose as an herbalist.

 

Chaga – A Medicinal Mushroom

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Chaga (Inonotus obliquus): This mushroom shows up as a sclerotia (growth) that is found mostly on birch trees in the northern regions of our planet. It has been used for at least several hundred years in Russia and Eastern Europe and is well known and used extensively by indigenous people of northern Canada, Europe and Siberia.

As a superfood and medicine Chaga has gained much popularity over the last 10 years, mostly due to its heavily researched anti-tumor and immunomodulating properties. Chaga is also employed as a potent antioxidant for which it is starting to get quite a reputation.

 Some studies suggest Chaga can be used as an anti-inflammatory, reducing pain sensations and has blood sugar regulating properties. Like other superfood mushrooms Chaga must be prepared in a way that makes its Chaga Tea Cutcompounds available for absorption in the body. This means cut pieces of the mushroom must be lightly simmered as a broth or a decoction style tea, prepared was a dual extract tincture, or pre-extracted edible powder form.Chaga Chunks -Wild Harvested

The tea has a nice flavour with hints of vanilla, it can be used as a base for smoothies, hot drinks or soups, the tincture or powdered extract can be consumed on their own or added to food and drinks.

 

Mushroom Mysteries, Medicine… and more – Part 2 of 2

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Click here for Part 1 of the Mushroom Mysteries and Medicine series.

The use of Mushrooms as medicine and superfood can be found in almost every traditional culture, and has a rich history throughout the world.mushroom

Their ability to assist in healing the body of chronic diseases, tumour systems and weakened immune function has intrigued practitioners and healers for thousands of years. In the last 50 years, this aspect has gained much attention by the health and science community, especially in the west where there has been a dramatic influx of these types of diseases; brought on by the shift from traditional diet to that of a modern one.

As such, much time and money has been spent studying mushrooms and attempting to figure out how they work, what potential species may be of benefit, and what the best ways to use them are.

There are several constituents of interest that have been found in the medicinally active mushrooms that show great healing potential. The most significant are the polysaccharides and triterpenoids, but benefits have also been attributed to the nucleosides, ergosterol, fatty acids, protein/peptides, trace elements and other compounds unique to each mushroom.

Herbs and Spices for a Therapeutic Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is on the horizon and it is yet another opportunity to take part in festivities that will support our best health! Between the strong connections made with friends and family, eating a seasonally ripe local feast, and puttingthanksgiving food all our loving intentions into the meals we prepare, we will all be well on our way to laying a healthy foundation for winter months.

Ayurvedic Spheres

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AYURVEDIC SPHERES

We were on  the hunt for easy and delicious ways to increase the superfoods in our lunches when we stumbled across the recipe  in the BEAUTIFUL little Raw Cookie Book by Julia Corbett. Enjoy our take on  these wonderfully filling little spheres. They are  especially handy in school lunches, when travelling and  enjoying time outdoors.  Have fun!

Old World Sugar Free Christmas Cake

Super Fruit and Nut CakeMmm… We just made a fresh batch of Super fruit & nut Christmas cakes.

Love to make this hardy and nutritious old world treat in the late fall, so it will be ready for the winter festive season. It’s full of nourishing fruits and nuts; a power pack punch of good fats, proteins, energy, vitamins, and tons of phytonutrients that our bodies need during colder months. You don’t have to add any extra sweetener to the mix, as the sweet flavour of the fruits is enough.

Plus as you cure it for 2-6 weeks, you can make a big batch that will get better with age, could even last the whole winter if you don’t eat it all first!

Wild Cherry Bark Medicine Harvesting with Yarrow Willard

We all know the term Cherry Picker, because everyone loves cherries. Around hear we have birds, bugs, squirrels, racoons, bears, and humans that all compete for this trees precious fruit. So the bark of the cherry has to be flexible enough to handle all the re-distribution of weight through its season. Sometimes though the bears get a little too eager and bends a tree more then it can recover, just like the one in this video. Thats when its time for us to make use of the precious medicine bark…

This is the journey of a young #herbaljedi who loves to gorge on wild cherries and wants share the great medicine found in Cherry Bark with all those interested enough to check it out….

CherriesCherry loves to hang out near the end of the path or side of the forest. They are happy to give fruit to all that would partake. Ever looking for the opportunity to plant their seed in a nice pile of warm fertilizer. In doing so this tree has gained much territory and fame, leading to its use as a medicine also spreading to many cultures.

Traditionally Cherry bark was used for centuries by the First Nations people, Chinese and Japanese, and has been adopted into many recipes in western herbalism. It is best known for its astringent tonic and sedative qualities. Helping calm irritation and inflammation of the lungs, throat, digestive track and skin. Especially when there is a cherry like red colour to the tissues.