Category Archives: Herbal Recipes

Enhance your Food with Herbal Powders

Discover the nutritional and healing benefits of herbs into your diet with herbal powders – finely milled plant material such as leaves, bark, flowers and berries. Learn how to incorporate them into daily meals for your family with delicious recipes! Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) will discuss the benefits of various herbal powders and where you can purchase them. Together we’ll create and sample Herbal Energy Power Balls, Herbal Immune Enhancing Hummus, and Delicious Herbal Fudge Dessert.

Start date: Saturday, April 21 2018.

Schedule: On Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM VanDusen Guides Classroom

Cost: $ 40 ~ Click here to register:

Location: VanDusen  Botanical Gardens Classroom | 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC, V6M 4H1

Herbal Medicine for Digestion

This informative talk  offered by Medical Herbalist, Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) will cover information on herbal medicines for digestive health and will discuss how certain herbal medicines can assist digestion through various actions. Explore the benefits of some common spices and carminative (reduces bloating) rich herbs, and learn the effects of bitter and demulcent (anti-inflammatory) herbs.

Participants will sample a digestive tea and demulcent mixture and will take home a small bag of a carminative digestive spice blend.

Start date: Wednesday, March 28 2018.

Time:  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: VanDusen Botanical Gardens | 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC, V6M 4H1

Cost $ 35  Click here: To register:

The Art of Herbal Medicine Making [SOLD OUT]

Ready to take your interest in herbal medicine to the next level and learn how to make your own remedies? Dive into the art of herbal medicine making and learn how to prepare herbal teas, herbal vinegars, a medicinal salve and infused oil in this informative, hands-on workshop with instructor and Medical Herbalist – Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG). An instruction booklet will be provided. Learn the medicinal applications of herbs used in class for first aid.

Participants will:
Learn how to prepare and sample a herbal tea infusion and understand the difference between an infusion and decoction
Learn how to prepare an infused oil and the various applications for an oil
Observe the preparation of a herbal salve and take home a small container of medicinal salve
Prepare and take home 250 ml of medicinal and culinary herbal vinegar
Participants should bring one clean, wide-mouthed glass container (approx 250-300 mL) with tightly fitting lid, a pen, and a mug for sampling tea. Copies of instructor Katolen Yardley’s book, “Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies”, will also be available for purchase for $25.
About the Instructor

Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) is a medical herbalist and nature knower with over 20 years of clinical and herbal medicine making experience in private practice in Vancouver, BC. She enjoys providing people with tools for optimal health through inspiration and education. She is the author of the “Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies” (August 2016) and current president of the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of British Columbia. She is a clinic supervisor at Dominion Herbal College and adjunct faculty at Boucher Naturopathic College and offers seminars to the general public. Visit www.katolenyardley.com for more information.

Location
UBC Farm | 3461 Ross Drive

Date and Time
Saturday, March 3 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (3 hours)

Cost
$69 ($59 for registered students – valid student ID is required) + GST

Click here to register for this workshop.

Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Vancouver Campus
3461 Ross Drive
Tel 604 822 5092
Fax 604 822 6839
Email farm.team@ubc.ca

Unique Holistic Christmas Gift Ideas

Are you scrambling for last minute Christmas Gift ideas?

Does someone you are close too value natural and clean products?

Are you shopping for someone who is an herbal medicine enthusiast?

Check out these Christmas Gifts, Stocking stuffers and unique finds for people who may be hard to shop for and for those who lose 100 % natural, preservative free, gift ideas…

1. For all the tea lovers – here are some delicious pleasure teas – divine flavors with no preservatives or artificial additives.

Organic Berry Burst Tea is a rich tart tasting berry tea – which perks up with stevia or a bit of honey added. Try this tea hot or cold – it is tasty either way. – or if a sore throat has gotten you down- brew a tea then freeze into popsicle trays and enjoy!

Hibiscus Mint Medley is one of my favorite drinks – Hibiscus pods are blended with rosehips and mint for a divine after dinner digestive drink or pleasure tea.  This mineral rich tea is certain to delight – hot or cold.

2. Medicinal tea blends offer support for numerous complaints.

Core Health Herbal Tea blend contains herbs traditionally used for the effects of overeating, bloating, heartburn and indigestion…. and it tastes good too.

Winter Warming Tea Blend is our signature blend containing herbs known for their antiviral and immune supporting properties. Full of flavor with ginger, orange peel and cinnamon. Drink as needed or used for prevention during the season of colds and flu.

3. For those who love relaxing scents – try some of our aromatherapy products. Essential oils rich in volatile oils offering benefit to emotions, fatigue, immune support and skin care alike. Some of our favorite oils include:

Breath Essential Oil Blend: Our antiseptic blend ideal for a sinus steam – or put a couple of drops onto a kleenex and inhale and volatile oils.

Balance Essential Oil Blend: A favorite female blend. Dilute with a carrier oil and apply to the skin as a massage oil, rub onto the wrists or place in an aromatherapy diffuser for an uplifting scent for tension and those PMS times.

4. Salves and Topical Support. Dry skin relief – try our Skin Relief Salve. Congestion and cold prevention – consider our Winter Blend Balm– rub onto the chest and soles of the feet for volatile oil rich support for sinuses and to counter viruses. A perfect support for womens health- try our Moon Cycle Balm to provide assistance from cramps and PMS tension and emotional fluctuations… and we even have a topical balm for Pets – our Pet Pomade is a wonderful all natural product for your furry best friend –  a soothing balm to be used on cracked paws, a pets nose, hot spots, dry nose, minor dry skin irritation or any part of your pets skin that needs moisturizing and protection from the elements.

5. Some unique stocking stuffers include our white sage smudge sticks and sage wands wrapped with rose, feather wands for smudging and beautiful abalone shells to catch the glowing embers. We provide directions for your first smudge ritual.

           

6. And lastly – how can you support a loved one who is interested in learning more about herbal medicine, curious about recipes and learning how to prepare medicines at home? Here is a medicine makers guide providing monographs on 47 herbs, foods and medicinal plants – how to prepare and use for minor first aid, topical applications, food and yes even how to prepare infused oils, salve and massage oils.

The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Medicine provides something for herbalists of all levels. Bulk herbs can be purchased here for the medicine making recipes.

Natural Cosmetic Making using Herbal Medicine

Interested in creating natural and clean body care products for you and your family? Join Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) – Medical Herbalist for this informative workshop! Learn about herbs for skin care and create chemical free recipes the whole family will enjoy. During this workshop you will create and take home:

An herbal facial steam
A rich natural calendula cream 50 gr
A facial scrub 50 gr
A luscious massage oil 50 ml
Alchemy & Elixir Health Group Office: 604-683-2298
Cost: $65 plus GST
Date: Saturday October 28, 2017
Time: 9am – 12 pm
Email: info@ alchemyelixir.com
RSVP and prepayment to assure your spot as space is limited!
FB: Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist
www.katolenyardley.com
Location: Downtown Vancouver, BC
Details provided upon registration

Registrants can purchase a copy of Katolen’s book “The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies”

Herbal Bitters & Digestives: Herbal Medicine Making for Digestion

Herbal Bitters and Digestives: Herbal Medicine Making for Digestion

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017   Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Cost: $ 50 plus GST

Join Medical Herbalist, Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) for a morning of herbal medicine making.
Discuss the importance of carminative herbs for optimal digestion.
Sample a digestive tea.
We will cover how bitters work and why they are important for whole body and digestive health.
Learn how to create your own Herbal Bitter Blendand take home 50 grams of Digestive Tea for future use.

Registrants can purchase a copy of Katolen’s book “The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies”
Pre registration and prepayment to reserve your space
Location: Downtown Vancouver BC
More information provided upon registration.
To register contact: info@alchemyelixir.com ph: 604 683 2298

 

Herbal Medicines using Powders: Medicine Making Class

Learn the benefits of using Herbal Powders for your enhanced health and how to incorporate herbal powders into your daily life; create delicious herbal medicine recipes for your family! Join Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) – Medical Herbalist and learn the use of herbal powders and ways to incorporate them into your home and for cooking. Become familiar with the actions of tonics & adaptogen plants. During this workshop you will create edible medicines from powdered herbs:

    • Herbal Energy Power Balls
    • Herbal Immune Enhancing Hummus
    • Delicious Herbal Fudge Desert

 

 

Natural Cosmetic Making using Herbal Medicine

Interested in creating natural and clean body care products for you and your family?  Join Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) – Medical Herbalist for this informative workshop! Learn about herbs for skin care and create chemical free recipes the whole family will enjoy. During this workshop you will create and take home:   

  • An herbal facial steam
  • A rich natural calendula cream 50 gr
  • A facial scrub 50 gr
  • A luscious massage oil 50 ml

Alchemy & Elixir Health Group Office: 604-683-2298
Cost: $65 plus GST
Date: Saturday Sept 23, 2017
Time: 9am – 12 pm
Email: info@ alchemyelixir.com
RSVP and prepayment to assure your spot as space is limited!
FB: Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist
www.katolenyardley.com
Location: Downtown Vancouver, BC
Details  provided upon registration

Registrants can purchase a copy of Katolen’s book “The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies”

 

Topical Applications of Herbal Medicines: Medicine Making Workshop

Topical Applications of Herbal Medicines
  • Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
  • Time: 7-9 pm, Cost $ 20 plus GST
  • Join us for a fun and interactive class on topical first aid.
  • Learn how to use herbs topically on the body for various health complaints.
  • Learn how to prepare a poultice, and understand the differences between a fomentation, compress, liniment and poultice and when to apply and what specific herbs to use for common first aid.
  • Explore the use of kitchen herbs and foods for topical application.
  • We will prepare topical applications of herbs in class and you will leave with tools for preparing your own herbal topical applications at home using fresh or dried plants.
  • Space is limited, prepayment guarantees your space in class.
    Pre register at: info@alchemyelixir.com
    Location: Downtown Vancouver
    Additional details and location will be provided upon registration

Hydrosols Prepared using an Alembic

written by Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG)

In previous posts I have provided some guidance for creating floral waters at home in your kitchen using common kitchen utensils, cooking pots and ice. Here are some photos of my own alembic, created by a potter who specialises in creating  replicas of ancient pottery pieces used back in the middle ages.

So far I have explored creating floral waters from pine, chamomile, rose, orange, lavender and cucumber; all of which have been unique and wonderful in their own way.

       

Reach for cucumber hydrosol as a facial spray for those puffy eyes first thing in the morning. Lavender is my favorite spritzer for everything – I love the scent!  It provides soothing properties for a sun burn, is an excellent toner to use after washing the face before bed. Orange floral water can brighten the scent of any home cleaning solution or use organic orange floral water added into a fruit salad or desert.