Katja Swift

Appetizers

Party food always seems to involve chips, crackers, cookies, and other things made from flours – but you aren’t eating processed junk anymore, so what…

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Caveman Desserts for the Holidays

You’re not willing to compromise your newfound food priorities (allergy free, low carb, primal!), but you also don’t want to be a “downer” for the…

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Is That Meat Made of Wheat?

Let’s imagine that you’re hosting a holiday party. You’ve got some guests on the way who are gluten intolerant, but no problem! You skipped the…

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Totally Caveman Pumpkin Pie

Gluten free, dairy free, low carb, pumpkin-y goodness! You might say no to stuffing, but you don’t have to pass on dessert with this awesome…

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Surviving the Holidays with Food Allergies

You’ve been good all year! You’ve eliminated gluten, dairy, and any other food allergens. You’re eating as low carb as is appropriate for your body.…

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Snake Oil

I was reading an article last week about PSA being an ineffective marker for testing for prostate cancer. This morning I was thinking about chronic…

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Sit on the Floor!

When you take a class at the CommonWealth School of Herbal Medicine, like as not, you’ll sit on the floor. Oh, don’t worry, we have…

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What’s For Lunch?

One of the biggest challenges for families who are eliminating grains and dairy and/or limiting carbohydrate intake is what to put in children’s lunchboxes. Making…

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A long infusion steeping in a French press.

Nettle and Friends – Nutritious Miracle Tea

I can’t believe this wasn’t the very first thing we posted. How did we miss it? Nettle and Friends is our very favorite tea –…

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“Cure” vs. Health

A fellow called me the other day to talk about vitiglio, asking whether I could do something about it. I began to explain that vitiglio…

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Sage: a Favorite Nervine

You’ve heard of Sage (Salvia off.) used as a throat gargle, an antiseptic mouthwash, you know it’s good for headaches. You’ve used it to help…

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Varicose Veins – A Useful Lotion!

An update to this post has, at long last, been written! You’ll find it here. Comments on this post will no longer be attended. Varicose…

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The Importance of Unstructured Time

Today was day two of our Natural Kids Summer Camp. We spent the morning building fairy houses in the woods, using whatever natural materials the…

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Almond Honey Cake: Low Carb and Grain Free!

Looking for the perfect caveman birthday cake? Try this:

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Avocado Oil Mayonnaise

Mayo doesn’t have to be bad for you! Sure, if you buy Kraft or even any of the organic brands, you’ll be loading yourself up…

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Homemade Baby Formula

Breast is best, but what do you do when that’s not possible? Even the organic baby formulas are highly processed and highly sweetened – not…

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Dealing with Jetlag

Travel is exciting, but jetlag is no fun. Here are some handy tips to help you acclimate quickly!

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Seven Herbs for Summer Health

Every season has its associated issues: in winter, I would say we can’t live without things like Thyme, Sage, Garlic, Onion – potent plants that…

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Grain-Free Granola!

Going grain-free often hurts most at breakfast – weekday mornings can be too busy for bacon and eggs, and we need something fast to grab…

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Almond Meal Pancakes

Going grain-free but craving sweets? These pancakes come in low under the carb radar (not completely carb-free, but quite low). A tablespoon of good dark…

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Proud Mama

Yesterday when I picked my daughter up from school, she was telling me the story of a rather nasty looking cut on her leg that…

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Spring Root Salad

It’s a liver tonic! It’s high in probiotic-friendly inulin! Not only that, it comes with its own probiotics! It’s crunchy and delicious! It’s exactly what…

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French Eggs – What to Eat for Breakfast!

A frequent recommendation we make is to cut back on carbs. Our current culture typically eats a very high percentage of the diet as carbohydrates,…

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Herbal Relief from Seasonal Allergies

No matter what part of the country you’re in, it’s safe to say, spring has sprung! Although up here in the Northeast, we still have…

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Seaweed as Food and Medicine

In the summer of 2010, I went out to harvest kelp with Larch Hanson, who has been harvesting seaweed for the last 40 and more…

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Save the Whales, See an Herbalist!

When my daughter was three, she didn’t watch much media. She had two videos she enjoyed—Singing in the Rain, and Riverdance. One day she asked…

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