Zoopharmacognosy

Now there’s a word I would bet none of you have ever heard before! I only came across it a couple of years ago as my interest in essential oils expanded from human applications to animals too, and also my knowledge of herbalism expanded alongside my aromatherapy knowledge. I have found that the more you…

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Herbs versus Spices

I was having a conversation recently with a registered dietician and it rapidly became clear to me that she did not know the difference between an herb and a spice; in fact, she seemed to think that the two terms were virtually interchangeable. This person is trained in nutrition and food, so how can she possibly…

Herbal Infusions

Not the same as herbal teas, though there are obviously some similarities. Think of an infusion as a more powerful version of the tea and you won’t be far off.  We all know that drinking certain herbal teas at certain times can help with certain things (certainly!) For example, drinking Chamomile tea before bed will…

The mighty Blueberry

An eternal American favorite, the diminutive blueberry is a little powerhouse of goodness (no wonder those grizzlies love them so). Multiple scientific studies have been done around the world on the various benefits of eating blueberries and all have concluded that if you add these tiny, yet potent little berries to your weekly diet (2-3 cups a…

Beat the heat, and the boredom, with gorgeous ices

  Last summer, having just returned from a delightful trip to Italy where we simply had to sample as many flavors of gelato as possible, it set me thinking (again) of making my own when I get home. This tends to be an annual ritual, and I have to say, there is no beating homemade. This summer,…

Healing food – You are what you eat

I first heard the mantra “You are what you eat” on a TV show, titled the same, aired in the UK about 20 years ago. Gillian McKeith was the holistic nutritionist who would take on the UK’s worst cases of poor nutrition and promise them that their lives would turn around in 6 weeks IF…

Frozen Desserts versus ice cream

Hmmm…well my jury’s still out on this one and may be for some time yet. Personally I’m not a huge ice cream fan anyway; it’s not my first dessert choice, though I do enjoy a scoop every now and then, usually in summertime and definitely when it’s home-made. As with everything, if you don’t eat…