“Be who you are and say what you feel.  Those who mind, don’t matter and those who matter, don’t mind”

– Dr. Seuss

Spruce jar

Back in our Great Grandmother’s day and beyond, people had common knowledge about how to use the plants that grow around us, especially medicinally.  If little Johnny came home with an upset stomach or an insect bite or a scraped knee, Great Grandma didn’t run to the drug store and pick up something that comes in a bottle and is the colour of Barbie pink.  No, she either went out into her garden and picked something, or she had a stash of dried goodies or an ointment that she had made herself and used that.  And guess what?  It made little Johnny feel better.

I believe, and this is my own opinion (always glad to share!), that as time marched on, people got busier and the way of life changed drastically with all things convenient becoming available, not just in medicine, but in our food and our way of thinking.  Who wants to take the time to make something yourself, when it’s on a store shelf (full of chemicals, mind you), can be bought, brought home, opened and used.  When it’s finished, just go buy some more!  No need for preplanning or working with the seasons.  Heck no!


We used to carry this knowledge, passed on from Mother to Daughter, generation after generation.  How to survive, basically, using things in nature.  We used to think with the back part of our brain – the survival instinct.  Building our own homes, growing our own food.  Now, we think with the front part of our brain and most of us would starve and parish if something were to happen and we didn’t have access to stores!


Women were the caregivers and healers in their communities.  There is a slow movement, bringing some of that back – but now it’s a relearning process, not a given.  Don’t get me wrong, I think modern medicine is fantastic (when used if required) and we all need some convenience in our busy lives.  Technology is amazing (frustrating sometimes, but amazing!).  Times are very different from back in our Great Grandma’s days.  (I know, I was born in the wrong century – at least this time around – but I digress)

Lemon Ginger Tea

I think it would be wonderful if we could use both ways, in the interest of our health and the economy.

Free food and medicine is all around us – we just have to know where to look.  I’d love to help you do that.