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Sustainable Harvesting

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Sustainable Harvesting

On warm summer days when I am out foraging with my husband and kids, it’s easy for me to forget that our back country is different than a lot of what the prairies look like now.  We are blessed to be surrounded by “untouched” and some protected land full of virgin prairie grasses and plants.  The wildflowers are abundant, and the local plants & animals thrive here.  We have a mix of grasslands, parkland, and boreal forest with badlands along the river valley.  I am conscious and aware of what plant species are endangered, which are abundant, and which are...

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Spring Crocus brings Hope

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Spring Crocus brings Hope

Spring is around the corner now and with the warming weather, a taste of being outdoors more in our Northern land is a delightful thought.  One year into this global pandemic and it has certainly turned our lives upside down but one thing is constant- the peace that comes from being in nature.  I feel we have all been reminded of this especially over the past 12 months.  I don’t know about you, but I find if I don’t get outside every single day for some fresh air, sunshine and just being out in the trees, then I really am...

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Vinegar Herbal Hair Rinse

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Vinegar Herbal Hair Rinse

Vinegar Herbal Hair Rinse You may have heard how apple cider vinegar has a bazillion uses, one being for your hair!  So have you jumped on that band wagon yet and tried it?  It’s true- apple cider vinegar has an array of benefits for your hair and scalp health.  To name a few- it helps balance the pH of your scalp, increase shine, reduce frizz, improve dandruff, sooth scalp irritations, strengthen hair health, encourage growth.  Amazing right?  Now you’re probably thinking “okay, but how do I use it?” Everyone’s hair is different so finding the sweet spot might take some...

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Flower Facial Steam

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Flower Facial Steam

Flower Facial Steam A steam is a quick and easy way to clean facial skin when you don’t have time to make it to your outdoor sauna in your woods.  Wouldn’t that be nice…  but really a facial steam is an ancient and incredibly effective way to coax out impurities. Of course we have to mention the aspect of self-care and slowly deep breathing & meditating for ten minutes.  Sounds like a win-win to me! The benefits of using steam to promote healthy skin and general well-being go back centuries across different cultures.  The gentle warmth and humidity dilate blood...

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Herbal Oil Infusions

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Herbal Oil Infusions

  As a rural woman, fall is a busy time of year with harvesting.  Harvesting our grain crops, our vegetable garden & wild herbs.  Gathering the crops is one thing but processing and preparing it is another.  I will be canning, fermenting & freezing many vegetables for the winter months.  But as for my wild herbs that I have foraged, it’s a few different methods to preserve my precious plants.  I always dry my wild herbs, this is the safest way to ensure moisture content is gone to prevent any mold or bacterial growth which would spoil it.  Once dried,...

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