Raspberry Mint Agua Fresca

I prefer to have fruit infused water verses a sweeter drink so I omit sweetener or just add a very small amount of raw honey to my aqua fresca. But play around with the amounts to find the combination that suits your taste. Ingredients 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries (depending on season) 1 cup loosely packed mint leaves (whole) 6 cups of water Option: 1-2 tbsp honey/maple syrup or sweetener of choice. Directions Boil 2 cups of water and pour over the berries, mint and optional sweetener. Allow to cool to room temp. Add the rest of the water and using a hand blender or regular blender blend until desired consistency. Place in fridge to cool down and then serve slightly chilled or at r

Mint - Nature’s Chill Pill

Ahhh, the magical freshness of mint. Everyone has experienced it in one way or another. Be it a stick of gum, a cup of mint tea or fresh mint chopped as a garnish. Mint is a backyard staple in the summer and a tea cupboard favourite year round, but did you know it’s a powerful and commonly used herb in the TCM herbal toolbox? Mint is used as an essential oil for headaches, nausea and muscle aches in pains, it also packs some pretty powerful antibacterial, antiviral properties. This makes it great for treating early onset colds or flus particularly those with a sore throat or fever. Mint is considered a cool and acrid/aromatic herb which has surface releasing properties. Which basically means

Why Salads aren’t always (gasp!) good for you.

We’ve all heard it 1000 times – if you want to eat well, loose weight or be healthy you should eat more raw foods and salad. There is no question that leafy greens, whole foods and lots of vegetables are good for you, but what you might want to examine is HOW you eat those nutrient packed pieces of goodness. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on the principle of balance – the idea that if the body is in balance we are healthy, pain free and have ample energy. That applies to internal and personal factors (work stress, exercise, healthy diet, emotional stressors, sleep patterns etc.) but applies to our balance within the environment and within the seasons as well. So what exactly doe

Well Hello Summer!

Heat, lush gardens, fresh food, bare feet and outdoor living. There’s nothing like it! As with every season, summer brings with it it’s own unique blend of gifts. Our gardens and markets are filled with fresh naturally ripened foods. Social calendars are filled with patio or dock time and the time to play is upon us. Summer naturally lends itself to passion and inspiration. And that sunshine and warmth can feel like medicine after the cold winter and rainy spring season. However, not all of us thrive in the heat. Anxiety and that hot and bothered kinda energy can pop up for many in these summer months. Luckily, nature has a way of balancing us out when we listen. Foods naturally grown in the

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