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The oil is made from Calendula officinalis often referred to as Marigold. Many plants are called Marigold and therefore the Latin name is required for correct identification.

The flowers are bright yellow and orange and have many therapeutic properties. It is easy to grow and harvest. The oil can be made into a healing salve which is a favorite of many of my clients.


anti-inflammatory – wound healing – anti-fungal – anti-bacterial/anti-microbial – anti-septic

Calendula oil is used topically and primarily used in SKIN CARE because of its great anti-inflammatory and wound healing actions.



The oil helps to moisturize the skin, soothes the area and reduces pain.
Conditions: diaper rash, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, minor cuts and wounds, bed sores, insect bites, frost bites


Athlete’s foot, ring worm and jock itch


Swelling from injuries i.e. sprained muscles and bruises, leg ulcers, spider and varicose veins.


Applied externally for abdominal cramps and constipation.

The Herb Walk a few weeks ago was amazing!

 Thank you to all of you who attended and made the day such great success. We spent all day outside and even prepared the Jungle Juice outside. I wish I could offer a second herb walk this year plus one for children but unfortunately my schedule is too full right now. The manuscript for the companion book to “Bach Flowers Unfolding” is in the hands of the graphic designer giving me a bit of a breather. However, preparations for a book signing/workshop tour in Ontario in September are in full swing. While travelling East I will also be teaching at the IHA (International Herb Association) in Michigan followed by a guest teaching engagement at Boucher Institute, School of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver in October.

Green Blessings,




The heat of this summer has many people reaching for ice cream and popsicles. Unfortunately most of what is commercially available is full of chemicals and sugar. Here is a recipe that should do the trick. Be creative and adjust it according to your own taste buds.


– 1 peach/nectarine, cut into chunks
– 1 cup frozen berries of your choice
– 1 banana, cut into chunks
– 1⁄2 tbsp ginger root, finely grated
– 13 1⁄2 oz full-fat coconut milk
– 1 – 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
– 1 tsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
– 1/4 – 1⁄2 cup real maple syrup or coconut syrup


Combine all the ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. Pour into container or popsicle moulds and freeze.


Cold Infusions Quench the Thirst

Cold infusions (water infusions) are a great way to quench the thirst and cool down during the summer heat. They are easy and fast to prepare and at the same time delicious.

Cold infusions can be made with dried or fresh herbs and are of great benefit. See the recipe below or the DVD, disc one, chapter “Infusions”.

One of my favorite herbs to use is dried HIBISCUS flowers. They colour the water deep red and make a most refreshing drink. Add fresh lemon and ice cubes and you have the prefect drink. For an additional cooling effect you may want to add spearmint or peppermint leaves. Be creative and find your favorite combination.

You don’t need to use Hibiscus flowers, you can just make the drink with any fruit, herbs and spices depending on your personal preferences. This is the time to forage in the wild and add those lush green herbs for food and medicine to your daily menu. For example, you may want to add Chickweed and Fireweed to your drinks (and salads). Fireweed flowers add not only flavour, but also provide food for the soul, visually and spiritually.

ENJOY! Feel free to share your favorite recipes here.

  1. Place herbs in a glass, ceramic or stainless steel container
  2. Add cold water (NOT city water!)
  3. Cover with a lid to avoid pollutants or insects from falling into it
  4. Let sit for 30 minutes to several hours at room temperature (personal taste preference)
  5. Strain
  6. If desired add natural sweetener or lemon for flavor
  7. Drink cold

Green blessings,


Hard to believe (or maybe not!) I am fully immersed in another big project. I have finally decided to go ahead with publishing the second, updated edition of the card deck BACH FLOWERS UNFOLDING. I would like to include a page of testimonials/experiences from people who have had previous experiences with working with the cards. Please email your submission to and include your name, contact information and credentials. Anyone chosen for the book will receive a free deck of cards once it is being published.

Thank you for your support and stay tuned for more information on the progress of this project.

Book Review by Midwest Book Review, July 2017

Critique: Impressively informative, exceptionally well written, organized and presented, “Healing Spirituality: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Working with Bach Flowers” is very highly recommended for both community and academic library Alternative Medicine collections and supplemental studies lists. For the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject it should be noted that “Healing Spirituality” is also available in a digital book format ($9.95).
Helen Dumont


Vegetarians are at risk of two possible nutritional deficiencies: taurine and vitamin B 12, both found in animal protein. Taurine, an amino acid is deficient in about 84% of depressed individuals and in many with epilepsy. B 12 is ordinarily present only in animal protein.

Hemp hearts are the best source of protein. They have about 33% of quality protein, better than the best sirloin tip beef and far better than fish. They are the best source of essential fats, vitamins and enzymes on the planet. Hemp hearts are the only vegetable containing taurine.

Hemp hearts are the shelled seed of simple hemp, a non-hallucinatory relative of marijuana.

Hemp fibre is the longest and strongest of all natural fiber and requires no fertilizer of pesticides etc, to grow exuberantly. It produces 4 times as much fibre per acre as trees. Indeed, it is a superb source for making biomass alcohol,–far superior to corn!! In fact, hemp is the oldest known agricultural crop, used as a source for rope, cloth and paper.

So, vegans and vegetarians, rejoice and eat up! Add hemp hearts to all your meals including fruits, salads, baking, smoothies… the sky is the limit.

SUNSCREEN – Yes or no?

Summer is here and with it for many of us the question: sunscreen – yes or no?

What causes more harm: the sun or the reaction of the chemicals of sunscreen with our body?
If yes to sunscreen, how to pick the right one?

Following are some interesting facts and answers. Please share freely with as many people as possible.

My New “Bedroom” and Natural Insect Repellent

Inspired by my friend Lana on Vancouver Island who has been sleeping outdoors since the middle of May I decided to move my bedroom outdoors as well; however because of the current mosquito pest I opted for the tent rather than no protection.

Mosquitoes are plentiful this year and can be a real pest. Since I will NOT use commercial products full of toxins that our body absorbs through the skin I have been making my own since many years.

DEET alternative: I read that according to a study by the US army YARROW TINCTURE has been shown to be more effective in repelling ticks, mosquitoes and sand flies than DEET! So why not carry a spray bottle with Yarrow tincture with you when camping or roaming around the countryside? Yarrow tincture is not recommended for anyone with a severe allergy to plants from the Asteraceae family or during pregnancy.

There are many recipes; below is one that I created. It is not as strong as the chemical alternatives but it works, it simply requires more frequent applications. Please note an over-reaction to mosquito bites may be due to the fact that you may be eating foods that your body is sensitive to. These sensitivities may be subtle and therefore you may not be aware of them at all. I have seen in clients that as soon as they removed the aggravating food(s), their reaction to mosquito bites went from almost out of control to unnoticeable. As always: food for thought.

Insect Repellent Recipe

Many recipes use an oil base, I prefer a combination of water, vinegar and/or witch hazel and maybe a little bit of glycerine.

  • 60ml water (you may add some Yarrow tincture)
  • 60ml (apple cider) vinegar or a combination of vinegar and witch hazel

Note: the vinegar helps to minimize the reaction and itch in case of a bite

Essential oils (total of 5-10 drops); Geranium, Citronella, Lavender (there are many more essential oils effective as an insect repellent, I suggest you do your won research.)

Mix ingredients together in a spray bottle and apply freely; avoid contact with eyes. Be creative and experiment with your own combinations until you find a recipe that works for you and you like.


Canada Celebrates a Milestone 150 Years

In honour of Canada 150, festivities will be taking place all over Grande Prairie to get you into the celebratory spirit!

Lots of fun, food and fanfare for kids of all ages! Come on out and join in on the fun ; ) For more details visit: