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The Importance of Unstructured Time

By Katja Swift

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 kids could find to be imaginative with: bark, leaves, sticks, pine cones, acorns, rocks… They worked collaboratively to gather materials, and then to build five little houses together around a…

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Almond Honey Cake: Low Carb and Grain Free!

By Katja Swift

Looking for the perfect caveman birthday cake? Try this:

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Avocado Oil Mayonnaise

By Katja Swift

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 with artery-damaging free radicals and enough omega-6s to crowd out a whole cod liver of omega-3: even the organic brands are made with soy or canola oil. But making it…

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Homemade Baby Formula

By Katja Swift

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 a desirable option, and the conventional standard Similac, which is 40% corn syrup and 10% sucrose, is even worse. Here are some guidelines for making your own baby formula –…

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Dealing with Jetlag

By Katja Swift

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

By Katja Swift

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 get us through cold and flu season. Here are seven plants that will make your summer much more enjoyable!

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Vital[ist] Lifestyle Interventions

By Ryn Midura

We practice and teach Traditional Western Herbalism in the vitalist tradition. We believe that the strongest factor in healing is the body’s own spirit or vital force, and that if the spirit is well cared for and nourished, all illness and injury can be overcome from within. This means much of our work is focused…

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Grain-Free Granola!

By Katja Swift

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 for. How about granola and coconut milk! Nuts are not no-carb, but this recipe is low-carb, especially if you are careful to use unsweetened dried berries. I like Goji berries…

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Almond Meal Pancakes

By Katja Swift

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 Grade B maple syrup only has 17g of carbs, plus good mineral content, so use plenty of ghee and a bit of maple and you can have your bacon, and…

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Weaving Our Way Fourward

By Ryn Midura

An answer to the question: What is Traditional Western Herbalism? It is sometimes suggested, and often presumed, that the present practice of herbalism in the West is a matter of matching single herbs to individual ailments, in contrast to the better-known systematized forms of traditional medicine—TCM, Unani, Ayurveda, and so on—which emphasize constitutional assessments, individualized…

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