Quercetin & Zinc-Rich Foods Fight Viral Infections

Consuming foods rich in zinc and quercetin is essential for staying healthy, especially during cold and flu season. Zinc is an important mineral involved in multiple aspects of immune system function, including the normal development, differentiation, and function of cells belonging to both innate and acquired immunity.  Zinc deficiency...

Cod With Roasted Garden Vegetables

It’s the best part of summer when  everything is flourishing in the garden. The summer squash, zucchini and tomatoes are aplenty!  There’s nothing quite like plucking fresh veggies and herbs from the garden to cook up a healthy meal to enjoy with a glass of wine.  I typically cook...

Gardening is a Learning Experience

healthy plants from a previous year When we moved here six years ago, one of our goals was to raise our own organic food. However, full disclosure here–gardening has always been a challenging learning experience for us.  The more we do it, the more we learn every year. This...

What I am doing to stay healthy right now:

I’ve had a few people on social media ask me what they can do  to strengthen their immune system and lessen their chances of developing viral infections.  So, in today’s post, I thought I’d share what I am doing to stay healthy and calm right now. 1.  I  get...

Antiviral Tea

Ingredients (per cup of water): 5-6 fresh whole mullein leaves, medium-sized, per cup of water 1 chamomile tea bag per cup  1-2 tsp. organic raw honey per cup of water Directions: I make this in a big stock pot and store it in mason jars in the refrigerator.  Mullein...

Spinach Frittata Made Healthier With Culinary Herbs

I enjoy cooking with culinary herbs. They really enhance the flavor of foods.  As a holistic nutritionist and master herbalist, I also know the medicinal benefits of herbs and spices.  There are so many good ones, but today I would like to focus on two of my favorites, oregano...

The Best Antiviral Herbs

Two of the best antiviral herbs, sambucus and mullein show enormous effectiveness in treating and possibly preventing colds and flu, as well as many other viruses. Sambucus Sambucus nigra, otherwise know as black elderberry,  has been shown to be one of the best defenses against influenza.  It is a small,...

Natural Options for IBS-C

IBS-C can really affect the quality of life of those who suffer from it.  The symptoms of IBS-C include abdominal pain and discomfort, along with changes in bowel function. Bloating and/or gas may also be present. Changes in bowel function may include straining, infrequent stools, hard or lumpy stools, and/or...

Getting Rid of Those Pesky Ants

I enjoy all that the summer season brings… fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden, homemade ice cream and summer evenings on the porch watching the fireflies dance.  However, one thing I don’t enjoy is when pesky ants invade our home and outbuildings.  Since we don’t use any chemicals...

Savory Oat Hash with Avocado and Egg

When you think of oats, you probably think of something sweet, maybe oatmeal with fruit added to it. While that sounds delicious, I heartily encourage you to think savory and try this healthy breakfast dish incorporating oats.  You’ll be glad you did! Ingredients (for 1 serving, double recipe for...