To Oatmeal and Beyond: 10 Health Benefits of Oats

If you are from Scotland like me, you’ll know that oats are a staple at the breakfast table in the form of porridge, and are a key ingredient in haggis. Outlander fans will be familiar with oats as ‘parritch’, and according to the male protagonist Jamie Fraser, ‘parritch’ is a panacea for every ailment. He may not be far wrong.

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Elderberry Syrup

As much as calendula and St. John’s wort oils are a part of Summer, so elderberry and rosehip syrups are a part of Fall. It is a time to harvest berries and roots. Roots are full of nourishment at this time as they store nutrients to support the plant through the winter months. The berries of the rose bushes and the Elder tree are full of immune-enhancing compounds.

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Seasonal Allergies

As winter and spring continue to play tag in the nations capital, it is easy to forget that pollen season is just around the corner.  Most of us welcome the return of longer, warmer days and happily watch our perennial plants re-emerge from the ground like long lost friends.

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Nettle Soup | Recipe

Packed full of nutritious goodness, nettles are rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, chlorophyll, iron, potassium, calcium and silica. It is not surprising then to learn that over the centuries they have been used in herbal medicine...

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The Spring Cleanse

As we move towards the Spring equinox and the first days of spring, there is an increasing sense of anticipation. The smells in the air are changing and we will soon be welcoming new spring growth as the snow cover recedes and tree sap starts to rise.

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A Grain of Truth

A consumer’s guide to choosing whole grains. There are many studies looking at what communities or societies have eaten over long periods of time. An interesting finding has been that diets rich in whole grain foods are associated with lower cholesterol levels and a reduced risk of heart disease, obesity, some cancers, and type 2 diabetes.

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Chai Tea | Recipe

In India, this warming and stimulating spiced chai is traditionally brewed in milk not water, so feel free to replace water with the milk/plant beverage of your choice in this recipe...

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