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April 23, 2013

Boneset Herb

2. White Boneset, july 27 03

Boneset is a native to the Ontario region, but is less common in the northern part of the province in Canada. Boneset grows together with the two species of gravel root or joe-pye, but Joe-pye grows in the south-western corner of the province. Both plants grow in wetlands, riverbanks, marshes and lakes, and prefer open sunny areas. Joe-pye root and boneset herb are both wetland plants that boost the immune system.

2. White Boneset, July 27 2003Boneset is easy to identify because of the joined leaves around the stem that grow in paired opposites. In this picture of white boneset, the white flowers are just about to bloom, and it is the best time to pick it.

It is best known for treating fevers and in Traditional Chinese Medicine, it treats all three stages of fever, Tai Yang, Shao Yang, Yang Ming. It is called boneset not because it knits and repairs bones like comfrey, but because it is used for deep, aching bone pain, like rheumatic typhoid and “bone breaking fever.” It is extremely bitter, cooling and drying while stimulating the liver and digestion. Caution is advised! This plant is becoming increasingly endangered due to destruction of wetland habitat and over harvesting.

Common Name  Boneset herb
Latin Name  Eupatorium perfoliatum
Family Asteraceae (Aster)
Parts Used Perennial- leaves and flowers
Target Organs immune, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, liver, stomach, throat
Common Uses Immune respiratory: stimulates immunity against infections. Used for fevers, dengue, malaria, colds, coughs, flu, infections, catarrh, sore throat, toxicity, Digestion: liver congestion, constipation, upset stomach, indigestion, gas, bloating Nervous system: debility, pain, neuralgia,
Properties Anticatarrhal, anti-inflammatory(local, systemic) anti-infective, antimicrobial, antineoplastic, antirheumatic, aperient, appetite stimulant, astringent, bitter,  cholagogue, choleretic, digestive stimulant, diaphoretic, diuretic, immune stimulant, febrifuge, nervine, relaxant, stomachic, tranquilizer, peripheral vasodilator, vulnerary
Constituents polysaccharides, flavonoids: quercetin, rutin, astragalin, hyperoside, inulin, sterols, vitamin D1, galic acid, essential volatile oil, glucosidal tannin, tannic acid, diterpenes, bitter glycoside: eupatorin, sesquiterpenes lactones, fatty resin,
Cautions Medium strength: Only use dried herb. Avoid high doses long term use. May cause diarrhoea, vomiting in high doses. Low doses short term use for acute infections. Should not be used by pregnant, nursing women, infants and children under the age of ten. Use in formulation up to 25% for no more than 1 week or two. 
Dosage Tincture: 1-3ml                Dried herb Tea infusion: 3-8g cold infusion for exhaustion and acute fever
April 22, 2013

Canadian Maple Syrup


Fresh pure Maple syrup from the Maple Syrup festival is such a treat it deserves a blog! The maple leaf isn’t on the Canadian flag for nothing! The red leaf officially became Canada’s flag in what year? 1887, 1918, 1965, ?

85% of the world’s maple syrup comes from Canada with Quebec and then Ontario being the largest producers. Who knew that maple syrup is a good source of calcium besides being nature’s delicious candy.

The maple tree has to be at least forty years old to tap and the harvest season lasts six weeks. The best conditions and times to tap are when it is below freezing at night and above freezing in the day time.

On an average season one tree can produce 10 gallons of sap. The sap is evaporated into a quart of maple syrup. Enjoy real Canadian Maple Syrup! YUM!

May 23, 2012

Medicinal Uses of Coltsfoot Leaves and Flowers

Coltsfoot ~ Tussilago farfara L. is one of the first wild flowers to bloom in Ontario in spring time.

Coltsfoot grows all around Georgian Bay, as it prefers to grow near water. You will find it in wetter areas near stream banks and ditches. It looks like dandelion flowers, and it is from the same Aster family. The flowers resemble a bent horse leg before and after flowering, because they nod and arch over the stem.

The leaves appear after the flowers have gone to fluffy seed, which fly through the air in puffy white little clouds.

The leaves look lung shaped and treat lung conditions, as it helps to reduce inflammation and spasms. It’s name Tussilago hints to its anti-tussive properties and is used mainly to treat coughs and colds.

It is mildly bitter, demulcent, astringent and cooling.

Coltsfoot is a medium strength remedy and should be used under the guidance of a qualified practitioner.

Due to the prescence of alkaloids, this herb should not be used in large doses continuously.


Common Name Coltsfoot leaves/ flowers
Latin Name Tussilago farfara
Family Asteraceae
Parts Used Perennial flowers bloom first in spring and then turn to seed, leaves follow in May/ June
Target Organs respiratory, throat
Common Uses Lungs: acute chronic lung chest infections, irritating dry coughs, External leaves: wounds, bruises,
Properties relaxing/ secretolytic expectorant, demulcent, vulnerary, anti-inflammatory, antineoplastic, diuretic, anti-catarrhal, emollient
Constituents Flowers: flavonoids: rutin, carotene, taraxanthin, arnidiol, farfardiol, tannin, Essential oils

Leaves:mucilage, polysaccharides, tannin, bitter glycosides, inulin, sitosterol, zinc

Traces of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, hormonal substances, calcium, magnesium, sodium, trace minerals

Cautions Medium strength remedy: Due to traces of pyrrolizidine alkaloids do not use for extended periods of time at high dosages. Do not use with children under the age of 8, during pregnancy or lactation.
Dosage Tincture: 1-5ml                Tea: 6-14g
May 22, 2012

Georgian Bay

Georgian Bay is Ontario‘s best kept secret boasting the world’s longest fresh water beach, 30, 000 islands, camping, diving and all kinds of outdoor activities. Wasaga beach on Georgian Bay is the longest fresh water beach in the world and sandy beaches stretch for miles around the Bay of clear blue water.

It was so hot this year it was the first time in May I dipped in Georgian Bay. I have seen the most stunning sunsets on Georgian Bay and I wish I could post them all on here.

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Around Tobermory is where Georgian Bay meets the rest of the Great Lakes and thousand-year old cedars grow on windswept cliff sides. There is camping, diving, hiking, biking, swimming, a natural grotto and all around beauty to take in.

I love Georgian Bay!

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