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October 22, 2012

Chaga Mushroom

The Chaga mushroom/conk doesn’t resemble a typical mushroom at all, it looks like a piece of burnt black charcoal on the outside and the inside is orange yellowish. I first thought it looked like a lightning strike. Chaga grows on rotted or wounded trees, and has a symbiotic relationship with them.

Chaga was known  by the ancient Chinese as the “King of all mushrooms” which is high praise coming from the masters of medicinal mushrooms in the East. The Siberian tribesmen who are also masters of medicinal mushrooms called it the “Gift from God,” and what an amazing gift it is!

Chaga mushroom is an adaptogen which means it helps the body adapt to any kind of stress, bringing balance to all systems and acts as a tonic to the adrenals and immune system.
It is an amazing medicinal mushroom that addresses malnutrition, fortifies the immune system, and has anti tumour properties.
It is a top source of SOD (superoxide dismutase) which is an enzyme that protects all cells in the body. Also it is very nutritious being rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, phytonutrients, tannins.

This Chaga mushroom weighs almost a pound and was wild-crafted from the Northern Ontario forest.

You can use the dried Chaga in a tea or in a tincture. A double extraction tincture is the best way to get the water-soluble and alcohol-soluble parts of mushrooms.
Use a cheese grater to break up Chaga into smaller pieces. Make a tincture by steeping ground chaga in 80 proof (40%) or stronger alcohol, for a month. Strain the chaga pieces and simmer them in water for at least half an hour, or use a crock pot.
I steep it on the lowest warm setting in a ceramic crock pot. I steep chaga tea this way without alcohol.
Cool and strain. Mix water and alcohol. Use 1:1 or 60-40% ratio above 20%
Here is how to make a tincture >

Wild-craft ethically or buy it from a reputable source.

More about Mushrooms:


Common   Name Chaga mushroom/conk aka Clinker polypore/mushroom
Latin Name Inonotus obliquus
Family Hymenochaetaceae
Parts Used Fungi/Mushroom
Target Organs Immune, Nervous, Endocrine, Pancreas, Spleen, Digestive, Liver, Urinary, Heart
Common Uses Strengthens and cleanses all systems.Tonic to Immune, Nervous, Endocrine systems, Heart, Stomach,   Digestive, Liver, Urinary system.Lowers cholesterol, normalizes blood pressure,Supportive treatment for cancer, diabetes, infections, allergies, hypertension, worms, liver digestive problems
Properties Primary properties underlined:Adaptogen,   adrenal tonic, analgesic, antiallergenic, antiatherogenic, antibacterial,   anticarcinogenic, anticardiotoxic, anticatarrhal, antidepressant, antihepatotoxic,   anti-inflammatory, antimutagencic, antineoplastic, antinephrotoxic,   antineurotoxic, antioxidant, antiradiotoxic, antithrombotic,   antiulcerogenic, antiviral, anxiolytic, aperient, appetite stimulant, astringent,    blood pressure normalizer, cardiac, depurative, diaphoretic,   diuretic, decongestant, emmenagogue tonic, expectorant secretolytic, hypocholesterolemic,   hypolipidemic, immune stimulant, immune tonic, nervine, pancreatic,   vasodilator,vulnerary
Constituents Polysaccharides, tannins, phytonutrients,  triterpenes, amino acids, saponins, inotodiol,
betulin and betulinic acid found in birch
Minerals, magnesium, chromium, iron,germanium
Cautions Correct identification   is important to avoid poisoning, illness and possible death.Caution with   hypoglycemia.
October 12, 2012

Queen Ann’s Lace (Wild Carrot) – Essential Survival Food and Medicine

Queens Ann’s Lace is the ancient ancestor of carrots, and where the orange varieties of carrots evolved from.

The flowers are tiny white, in lacy umbrella shapes that span 4-12cm wide, and blooms from June to September. It is an erect biennial, growing 40-100cm tall with a stout tap-root, and feathery foliage, just like carrots.

The first year roots are cooked or eaten raw. They smell and taste like carrots, but are small and white, instead of big and orange.

The humble wild carrot truly has so many uses, it is an important survival food and medicine, but do not mistake it for similar looking hemlocks, which are poisonous. Correct identification of plants is important to avoid injury or death!

Note that carrot seed essential oil is not the same as carrot oil which is dried carrot root macerated in an oil medium like coconut oil.


Ontario WildflowersLinda Kershaw, Lone Pine Publishing 2002

The Energetics of Western Herbs Vol. 1&2Peter Holmes, Snow Lotus Press 1989

Peterson Field Guides, Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants and Herbs
Steven foster and James A. Duke, Houghton Mifflin Company 2000

Common Name Queen Ann's Lace aka Wild Carrot
Latin Name Daucus carota
Family Apiaceae(Carrot Family)
Parts Used Biennial- Pick herb and flower when it blooms in June-September. Seeds and root picked in the Fall
Target Organs kidney/bladder, digestion, liver, female reproductive, skin, stomach
Common Uses Urinary:kidney bladder conditions, cystitis, UTI, kidney/bladder stones, nephritis, inflammation, gout, arthritis, tumours, oedema, skin cell regenerator,

Skin: Inflammation, improves skin, skin cell regenerator, repairs scar tissue, acne, mature skin, helps elasticity

Liver detoxifier

Digestion: gas, bloating, pain

Reproductive: hormone balancing, cycle regulator

Properties Seed: analgesic, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antilithic, antineoplastic, antispasmodic, cardiac, carminative, cholagogue, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, urinary relaxant, digestive

Herb:Anti-inflammatory (general, local) antilithic, antirheumatic, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, vasodilator peripheral, urinary antiseptic, antimicrobial,

Root: more stimulating, restoring detoxicant diuretic;

Constituents Seeds: Essential Oil Yield: .2 -0.5%

Sesquiterpene alcohol:50-80%: caratol


Monoterpenes: limonene;

Other: alkaloid- daucine, carotene, asparagin, pectin, Vitamins C,B1, B2, B6, E,

Cautions Mild remedy
Dosage Tincture: 1-4ml
Tea: 1-2 tsp


September 13, 2012

DIY Chicory and Dandelion Coffee

A beverage drink that is delicious and good for the liver? I had to taste it to believe it myself and I’m converted! You may never look at your ‘weeds’ the same way again.

Here’s some nutritional information and medicinal uses of the humble dandelion.

Chicory flower

I’m sipping on some fresh home-brewed Chicory & Dandelion root coffee as I share this delicious news, it is a good combination together. Both chicory and dandelion are good on their own in a hot beverage, or have them together like I am enjoying.

How to make your own Chicory & Dandelion root Coffee  

Dig up some dandelion and/or chicory roots.

Wash them in a bucket of water outside.

Scrub and rinse them well removing dirt.

Cut them up and rinse them more until clean.

Grind the roots fresh (it is easier at this stage to grind the roots if you don’t have a good grinder)

or grind the roots after they have dry roasted.

Spread them out evenly on a baking sheet.

Roast the roots in a 200 °oven with the door open to dry roast

About an hour or two until golden.

Spread them around while baking and check to see that they don’t burn or get overcooked. Cool and store in a glass sealed jar.

To make coffee : Put 1 tablespoon of roasted root per cup of water and simmer gently in a pot for 5-15 minutes depending on desired strength.

The best tasting brew is when I am camping. Gather the roots, wash them and roast them on a hot rock carefully separated from the fire. Pound the roots. Brew like you would coffee. Tastes the best outdoors!

1 tablespoon of roasted roots to 1 cup of coffee

Drink it how you would like your coffee.

Enjoy! mmmmm *sip


July 20, 2012

Beaded Treasures

 I married my love of beads and precious healing stones from the earth together to create high vibe healing jewelry. I love working with these amazing gifts from the earth!

I love working with turquoise, lapis lazuli, crystals, tiger’s eye, jade, amethyst, jasper, hematite, and other gems and stones from our amazing earth to create beautiful healing jewelry.

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This is the hematite sodalite double necklace I beaded. I enjoy wearing them as much as I like making them. I also do custom designs.

June 5, 2012

Making Natural Perfume from Flower Petals

The flowers that are blooming smell so divine I made perfume out of them today.

I started with wild rose petals, and I choose a native rose that grows around Lake Ontario and in parks. It has a euphoric, subtle sweet smell that is going to get me through a long cold winter.

The wild rose petals look like white hearts when you pluck them out.

The peonies are so delicate they look like tissue paper, and the most exotic smell exudes from their floral pink clouds. With my fingers I tore the petals from around the center and left the remaining flowers to continue to bloom they are so gorgeous.


The small lilac bush smelled so hypnotic I could smell it through the open bedroom window at night haunting my dreams. I just have to capture that smell again! This is the lilac bush the hummingbird moth visited.


Dianthus is a favourite perennial that smells like white chocolate to me.


I know it will make amazing perfume. Dianthus petals

All the flowers are basking in sunbeams of the sun and venus transit in a water alcohol mixture.

See how these natural perfumes press out next month!

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