Botanical Medicine

Your Guide to Cooking Herbs

In The Vitality Kitchen herbs are an essential part of the menu selections, as a means of adding fragrance and flavour to the bounty of deliciously cleansing food we prepare. In the winter the focus are deep and pungent flavours like rosemary and sage; while in the summer meals tend to favour parsley, mint and basil.

As with any ingredients, it’s best to be seasonal in your approach to herbs; summer foods and summer herbs go hand in hand, and likewise for the colder months.

When this infographic was presented to me, I had to share; because everyone should know how to make those most out of their food- and this guide will help!


Guide to Cooking Herbs

Have a Happy Holiday with A.Vogel

happy holiday avogel

We are less than two weeks from the BIG day- Christmas- and with the season at full throttle, and brisk temperatures sweeping the continent, winter wellness is at the forefront of EVERYONE’S mind.

The Rundown
Being busy, eating less than stellar grub, booze and lack of quality sleep can lead to a less than happy holiday; because being sick and rundown means you cannot partake in all your planned yuletide festivities. Enter A.Vogel.

BioStrath Tonic
A.Vogel’s BioStrath Tonic is a natural vitamin B supplement, that works to support the body during this demanding time. Why? Vitamin B is a factor in the maintenance of good health and helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats, proteins, in addition to aiding in normal growth. But what does this mean for us? When our bodies are able to effectively metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins, we then are able to take these nutrients and use them to stay healthy- a happy holiday indeed! And, of course, Bio-Strath is 100% natural food and free from preservatives, colourings or any artificially produced substances; I wouldn’t suggest it otherwise.

It’s Simple
Adding A.Vogel to your daily routine is anything but challenging; albeit the dosage suggestion was 3 times daily before meals, but for convenience sake I took 2 teaspoons in the am and then another 2 teaspoons at the days end, and it worked for me; I’m having a happy holiday season so far- is it the A.Vogel?! I think it certainly has something to do with it!

Now, the reason that I love A.Vogel is because the company is founded by a legendary nutritionist, phytotherapist and overall health advocate Alfred Vogel; despite him not being with us anymore, his legacy lives on in his products dedicated to making the world a healthier place- pretty bad ass if you ask me!

Action Point
Regardless of which holiday you celebrate, a happy holiday season hinges upon being your best self- healthy and vital; do yourself a favour, and pick up some Bio-Strath (available here) and keep your body in holiday fighting form!

Smile, Be Well and Have a Happy Holiday with A.Vogel!

Turmeric Recipes ~ Lemonade

turmeric recipes

If there ever was a spice that deserved full regalia, turmeric would be it. This spicy staple originates from India, where they are responsible for 94% of the production; and it gives Indian food its characteristic flavor. Turmeric is essential in curry, so if you consume curry, you inadvertently consume turmeric- go you!

Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, and the healing properties reside in its fingerling stalks; and it contains a whole heap of compounds, but the one that is responsible for its medicinal effects is curcuminoids, which lend turmeric its distinctive, clothes staining yellow color. The curcuminoid that deserves the highest praise is curcumin.

Turmeric recipes sweet and savory are lauded for their phenomenal anti-inflammatory properties, which are attributed to the aforementioned curcumin; and it is used in India to natural relieve arthritis, muscle pain and joint inflammation. Experts suggest that the reason for these benefits is that turmeric recipes lower histamine levels; other experts aren’t sure, but really, who gives a hell? It’s a proven anti-inflammatory and comes with zero side effects- that’s all that matters to me.

How Aromatherapy Affects Mind, Body and Spirit

I have a tendency to get wound up right around three-ish in the afternoon, likely caused by staring at a computer screen for far too long without a break. When this happens I always reach for my essential oils- lavender in particular, which is a well know relaxer. Today’s guest post expands on an earlier post on essential oils; highlighting how they affect our body, mind and spirit.


How Aromatherapy Affects Mind, Body and Spirit

How Aromatherapy Affects Mind, Body and Spirit

Raw Honey Health Benefits Video

Honey- what’s not to love! Honey is truly the nectar of the gods and made by one of the most valued members of agriculture, pollinators; also known as bee’s. Raw honey health benefits are vast and wonderful; but honey can either be a rich source of vitamins , minerals and carbohydrates or a heavily processed compatriot of sugar. Therefore it becomes essential to indulge in the right kind of honey in order to get the most from it.

Raw Honey Health Benefits…The Nectar of the Gods!