Fermentation is an art as old as recorded history. It seems to have found its way into all cultures in various forms, ranging from sauerkraut in Europe, to kimchi in Korea, to tapache in Mexico, not to mention fermented drinks such as beer, wine, kombucha, sake, and mead. Fermentation is a process whereby various microbes (yeast, bacteria, and in some cases mold) are introduced to foods for the sake of preserving it.
Just like people, pets get sick too, and our dogs and cats deserve to be taken care of in the same way that we support the health of our own bodies. I don’t know about you, but I like the idea of caring for my pets when and where I can.
We all know those moments when a sick child or loved one wakes up in the middle of the night and we have no cold medicine in the house. We have all lived that panicked moment when we have no idea what to do. Fortunately, there is so much you can do without even having to leave your house. Kitchen herbs can be used for many remedies such as herbal teas, steams, and soothing baths that can make all the difference.
Adrian Vinson, CH
Passiflora incarnata (Passion Flower) is a flowering vine with a long history of medicinal and entheogenic use. Its name is derived from concepts of Christian theology, related to Jesus and his crucifixion. It is well known for its use in conditions of the nervous system, particularly depression, insomnia and anxiety disorders. Passiflora is also indicated for heart palpitations and epilepsy, usually in combination with other herbs.
By Jessica Arconti, CH Used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine, Astragalus membranaceus has only recently gained popularity in America in the past few decades. There are over 2,000 species of Astragalus worldwide, but Astragalus membranaceus and Astragalus mongholicus constitute the majority of herbal supplements seen in health food stores today. The uses of Astragalus […]
by Colleen Keane Brewing your own soda is simple. All it takes is good bacteria, a food source to make them happy, and delicious flavoring. With a few easy steps and time, you can enjoy a fizzy, effervescent beverage. Fermented sodas are basically herbal and fruit teas buzzing with a microbiome that will provide […]
In the early 16th century, it is believed that Spanish and Portuguese explorers brought tomato, cayenne and the potato back from the Americas or the ‘Indies’, as they were called, to Europe. The aristocracy immediately turned their noses up at the new foods. It would be another 200 years before nightshades would be adopted into […]
Elderberries contain high levels of vitamins C, B-complex, flavonoids, and other antioxidants. They have a strong antiviral effect and immunomodulating properties, making them great for the common cold and flu.
When used correctly, aromatherapy can be an incredible ally in supporting your horse’s health. Essential oils are effective for both physical and emotional health. Although essential oils can’t replace things like quality nutrition or a healthy living environment, they are potent natural remedies, and a valuable addition for the horse owner’s toolbox.
Childhood is full of new experiences and is a time when we are learning to process emotions. Patterns established in childhood, especially those regarding how we deal with our emotions, can set the stage for how we will handle things as adults.