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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:

Marketing tour quickly coming to an end

Herbs and Herbal Communities are sprouting everywhere. Whatever nature provides for us cannot be taken away from us. My marketing tour is quickly coming to an end. I am happy to say that both the book “Healing Spirituality” as well as the DVD “Herbal Pharmacy for Everyone” have been very well received by many libraries along the way. The Vancouver Island Herb Conference provided a great opportunity to connect with many fantastic people. A weekend of peace and harmony among like-minded folks. Great times and a big thank you to my dear friend Lana who did a marvelous job at my vendor table!

Green Blessings,

There is no such thing as “HEALTH FOODS”

fruitveggiesIf what we eat does not nourish and support our bodies it should not be called food. Therefore at least 80% of what is sold as “food” in the grocery stores does not classify as food. It fails to provide the building blocks to the body required to maintain healthy cells and tissues.

It not only does not provide what is required by the body to function properly, but it also typically burdens and damages our body with chemicals such as preservatives, colouring agents, pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified/engineered foods. A high percentage of so-called health issues can be remedied with a change in dietary habits. I see this happening every day in my practice.

Many people would never feed their animals the food and drinks they themselves are consuming on a daily basis. Why not? Because they know all too well that their own diet would not be good for their pets!

So, I suggest make your foods your medicines and if you do this you will be surprised how your energy increases, your skin clears up, no more phlegm, achy joints … I recommend you eat 70% raw on a regular basis.

As always, green blessings,|

Healthy Snack Ideas

– Seeds and nuts: Both are full of healthy fats and protein, which help stabilize blood sugar levels. Avoid pre-salted nuts.

– Seed and nut butters with fruit or vegetables: The classic “ants on the log” (nut butter spread on a celery stick and decorated with raisins) – fruits such as apples dipped in nut butter.

– Veggies and dip: Any vegetable you enjoy for example carrots, celery, broccoli, tomato, cucumber and cauliflower etc. can be enjoyed with a healthy dip such as hummus or guacamole. Avoid commercial dips such as ranch. Typically they have very little nutritional value and are high in fat and therefore calories.


Harvest the early spring shoots of plants four to eight inches high. You might want to wear heavy cotton gloves or even leather gloves for harvesting. Wash in cold water and remove with thongs from water. I enjoy the stinging feeling when harvesting nettles but most people will have a different feeling about this!

Stinging Nettles have a delicate flavour and pleasant texture. It is important to NOT overcook them.
I consider myself a “free flowing cook”; therefore see the following recipes as suggestions and use your own intuitive, creative senses to adjust the recipes and discover your own recipes.


1 1/2 cups Water
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 cup Stinging Nettle, fresh, young leaves – washed
1 Tbsp. Butter
2 Tbsp. Sour Cream

Bring water to boil, add salt and nettle leaves.
Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Drain right away.
Melt butter in skillet, add nettle leaves and sour cream.
Stir well for a minute or two.
Serve as you would use spinach.

(2) NETTLE FRITTATA (by Darcy Williamson)

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 onion, thinly sliced
4 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cups cooked, chopped spinach
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/4 tsp. (freshly grated) nutmeg
8 medium-sized organic eggs
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
Beat together eggs, seasonings and cheese. Set aside.
In a cast iron skillet saute garlic and onion in olive oil until just wilted.
Add Stinging Nettle and heat through.
Pour egg mixture over ingredients in the skillet.
Place skillet in oven and bake until eggs are set, approx. 45 minutes.
Cut into slices and serve hot.

STINGING NETTLE – Great Spring Vegetable but BEWARE

“In early spring, anxious for some fresh greens, my friend Paula and her husband Dennis went to harvest some Earthy greens including Stinging Nettle. Due to circumstances lunch was missed. Paula had a variety of vegetables and grains for supper and added a helping of Stinging Nettle. Dennis on the other hand chose to only eat plates full of steamed Stinging Nettle enjoying them thoroughly. But alas during the night he was awakened by funny numbing sensations. These developed into localized paralysis that moved from one area to the next. After a scary night he was only too happy when the rising sun brought an end to his unusual experience. The moral of the story is: Don’t eat too many steamed nettles alone on an empty stomach because even with heat they’ll sting you numb.”

The above is a true testimonial; nevertheless I encourage you to enjoy the bountiful palette of wild spring greens this year. Watch for the next post with a recipe for Nettles.

Green Blessings,


“A Mother is like a flower – each one is beautiful and unique.”

Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift?

On Sale May 1-14: “Healing Spirituality”, “Healing with Bach Flower Mandalas” & “Herbal Pharmacy for Everyone”.

Buy any one, get 10% off, buy two of a different kind get 20% off or buy all three and save 30%. Shipping not included.

Contact me via email at or phone 780.532.2464 to order your signed copies now.

Regular Prices: Healing Spirituality – $29.95; Healing with Bach Flower Mandalas – $21.95; Herbal Pharmacy DVD – $39.95.

Green blessings,


Thermography coming to Grande Prairie May 12 & 13

Thermography Northern BC is coming to Grande Prairie to do Breast/Cranial Thermal Imaging on Friday My 12 from 3 pm until evening, and Saturday May 13 am until 12 noon.

Appointments take 30 minutes: please email me with day/time requests.

To pay: please go to my website contact page: click on mobile clinics: select Grande Prairie clinic and you can use PayPal. Once appointments are confirmed and purchased I will email further instructions.

Thank you,

Cindy Peever R.N.
Clinical Thermography Manager
Thermography Northern BC

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“Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food.” – Hippocrates

Are you confused about what to eat and what not to eat or which diet is the “right one” to follow?

Pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, GMOs, and toxic, untested chemicals are spreading like viruses through our food supply compromising our health and the survival of the planet.

You will find answers to these and many other questions at the FOOD REVOLUTION SUMMIT (FREE).

Check it out at:

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