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Making Herbal Elixirs (2 Part Video Series)

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There is nothing like a tasty hot beverage to nourish our mind, body and spirit. When we combine the healing powers of tonic herbs with the nutrition of superfoods, the possibilities are infinite. Join Herbal Jedi Yarrow Willard in learning how to craft a delicious and health supporting tonic herbal elixir drinks.

How to Make Your Own Winter Wreaths for Health and Protection

Adopted as a symbol of christmas, the origin of the winter wreath have a rich history in many Northern cultures. Evergreen wreaths traditionally were considered to be protective against dark forces and inviting to light ones during the darkest part of the year.

Inviting nature into the home as a reminder of life when most everything else is sleeping for the winter. As a way to bring merriment and festivity during the dark times, they were traditionally used in celebrating the re-birth of the sun at solstice.

The evergreen branches from trees have much benefit to our health as well. Helpful for cleaning the air and strengthening the lungs, most evergreen needles contain a wide variety of anti-microbial compounds. Ideal to have around during the times when we have lowered immunity.

For these reasons and more, making an evergreen wreath with family or friends is a great addition to your winter tradition.

Watch the video to learn how you can make your own wreath out of simple materials you can find around the house and in nature. It’s super easy!

Bonus points if you share a photo of your wreath with us on our Facebook page or Instagram. Happy wreath making!

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!

Thinning of the Veils… The Day of the Dead

This is the time of the year where the veils between the worlds are at their thinnest. Meaning that our ability to connect with the wisdom of our ancestors and descendants is amplified. Known as the day of the dead, all souls day and other such terms, this time of year has been celebrated by the Aztex, Maya and other traditional cultures for over 15 centuries. Traditionally ceremonies are done to honour the decline of the cycle of life. Not considered to be a dark or negative time, more one that celibates life and the completion of its cycle. It is believed that we can connect with our spiritual self’s and the spirits of our natural environment in a deeper way in the days following halloween. Feeling the support of the ancients, and lost loved ones as they come to visit this world during this time of thin veils.

THE ART OF CRAFTING TONICS, BREWS, AND ELIXIRS

To view this article and recipe sheet as a PDF click this link. Elixir Creations

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With Master/Clinical Herbalist Yarrow Willard,  Co-Founder of Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary

Crafting elixirs is a fun and inspiring process. The basic formula for crafting is simple… and it is a wonderful art that can evolve over time, as you learn the way different herbs and ingredients work together.

First, you simply begin with setting the intention of the desired effect of the brew.  For example, this could be specified health benefits (like support the liver or kidneys), or energizing-effects, or an emotional lift. Then, craft the tonic with herbs and substances that support that intention. In time- you begin to see the magical and synergistic way herbs and superfoods work together to support and boost your overall health.

The Art of Crafting Tonics, Brews and Elixirs

Winter ElixirsTHE ART OF CRAFTING TONICS, BREWS, AND ELIXIRS:  by Master Herbalist Yarrow Willard, Founder of Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary

Crafting elixirs is a fun and inspiring process. The basic formula for crafting is simple… and it is a wonderful art that can evolve over time, as you learn the way different herbs and ingredients work together.

First, you simply begin with setting the intention of the desired effect of the brew.  For example, this could be specified health benefits (like support the liver or kidneys), or energizing-effects, or an emotional lift. Then, craft the tonic with herbs and substances that support that intention. In time- you begin to see the magical and synergistic way herbs and superfoods work together to support and boost your overall health.

Making Elderberry Syrup with Yarrow Willard

Making Elderberry Syrup is easy. Just like making tea only the ratios are different and you are adding in Honey and Brandy to help pull out some of the attributes and preserve it so it will last the winter. There are many methods to make syrup, some cook it longer, some ad more honey or no alcohol. Its really just a matter of preference and situation. If you have a method you’d like to share, please do. The more we learn and teach each other the better our understanding becomes.

Kale~Oregano Pesto

Kale and OreganoThere’s something about the Kale Oregano Pesto I buy at our village market which is so nourishing, that I find myself craving it the most throughout the winter when fresh vegetables are more scarce.  I’m pretty sure this is the general consensus here in Cumberland BC, as I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot when there’s actually one on the shelf in the store fridge!  Well, I hadn’t planned this but upon looking at my garden the other day, I realized that three of the main ingredients were all growing together, and were ready for the picking at the same time.  Yup!  Kale, Oregano, and Garlic are in season around here, and I decided to stock my own fridge and freezer with some homemade goodness.  Since the company that creates this yummy pesto is out of Ontario, I am happy to source these out of my backyard, rather than have it travel all this way.  And don’t worry if you haven’t got Kale, Oregano, or Garlic growing in your garden, it is especially abundant throughout most farmers markets at this time of year. “Go big at home” tends to be my motto, so I quadruple the recipe in order to make 6 X 250ml mason jars full, and rather than canning them I opt to freeze them to keep it live!

RecipePrepping the greens

4 C chopped Kale

2 C fresh Oregano

1/2 C Walnuts

4 Garlic Cloves

1/2 C Olive Oil

2 tsp Lemon Juice

1/2 tsp natural Salt, or try substituting with Kelp powder

Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and spin for about 30 seconds with the chopping blade attached.  Enjoy with most meals you imagine, it tastes absolutely divine with any savoury dish!

Over winter you’ll really be able to attest to this food being your medicine, with the strong anti-viral and immune boosting benefits of oregano and garlic, the liver cleansing proponents of lemon juice, the mineral rich natural salt or kelp, the nourishing qualities of walnuts, the healthy fat content of the olive oil, and of course the high vitamin and anti-inflammatory properties of kale.

Bon apetite fellow vibrant health ambassadors!

Pesto Complete!

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Nettle Spanakopita!

A most loved family soul food meal of ours is this early spring seasonal favourite-  Nettle Spanakopita!  We have enjoyed this one fully over the last couple of years and so feel inspired to share it with you.  Try it soon, as nettle season won’t last long!
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Nettle Spanakopita Recipe:

Filling~

  • X-tra Large bunch of Fresh Nettles
  • Large bunch of Fresh Spinach
  • (remember greens will reduce in size after you steam them)
  • 1 small Onion, chopped
  • Maitaki Mushrooms, dried (or whatever mushroom you have on hand!)
  • 1 tsp dried Thyme
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped Rosemary, or dried
  • Handful of fresh Basil, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Tamari or your favourite fermented organic soy sauce
  • 1/2 C of a nice local fresh cheese (feta, ricotta, fresco), cubed

Phyllo~

  • 1 pkg Phyllo (Spelt or organic preferred)
  • 1-4-1/2 C organic Butter

Tzatziki~

  • 1 C yoghurt
  • 1 tsp minced dried garlic, or 1/2 tsp fresh
  • 1 tsp Harmonic Arts Sea Veg blend (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp lemon pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 C grated cucumber

Stir all of the Tzatziki ingredients until smoothly blended.  Serve alongside your Nettle-kopita!

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Filling Instructions:

Boil 2 cups of water and pour over dried mushrooms.  Cover and let absorb water for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, lightly steam spinach and nettles for about 5 minutes, until just reaching a bright green colour.

In a lightly oiled pan, caramelize onions, then add strained mushrooms, thyme, rosemary, and garlic, to cook for about 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine all of the filling ingredients until thoroughly mixed.  Set aside.
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Phyllo Instructions:

Thaw phyllo in fridge over the night before preparing, then at room temperature about 2 hours prior to cooking.

Melt butter on low temperature in a saucepan.

Preheat oven on bake at 400F.

Remove phyllo from package and unroll. Fold it in half like a book.  With every second sheet, brush a small amount of butter around edges, and then paint an X in the middle. It is not necessary to paint the whole piece of phyllo.

*Option- Try using garlic infused butter if you are a garlic fan.
Once both sides of the book are painted, cut in half and on a greased rectangular pan (approx. 12”X8”), lay down one third of the phyllo.

Add the mixed filling from the bowl as an even layer on top of phyllo.

Place the remaining two third’s of phyllo on top of filling, making sure to paint the entire top layer of phyllo with a light coat of butter.

Place in the oven until top is nicely browned, at 400F for about 1/2 hour.

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This meal is great shared with friends and family and will bring much nourishment to any who partake in it.

Green Blessings,

Harmonic Arts

Chia Superfood Parfait

Incan Spirulina and Lemon Coconut Berry Bliss Chia Parfaits
variations served with a layer of
Cashew Cream or Avocado Chocolate Whip

This recipe is a favourite, and can have many wonderful variations, presentation is especially lovely in a martini glass, goblet, or Gourd.  The basic theme is layering and having fun with this versatile and amazing superfood. The chia can be served slightly warm  to create an oatmeal like consistency, which is very nice for the colder months.

Marshmallows from the Root

Making your Marshmallows using Marshmallow Root powder is easy, and a fun way connect with the plant from which this treat originated from.

photo(58)Recipe: Preheat oven to 250F, Whisk 4 egg whites until foamy, add 1tsp vanilla extract or vanilla powder, whisk in 3/4 cup sugar, whisk in 4 Tbsp of Marshmallow Root Powder, lightly grease cookie sheet and drop 1 inch diameter sized dollops onto sheet, bake for 30-40 min and voila, enjoy your home made marshmallows! Store in Fridge for up to 1 week.

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