Archive | December, 2014

Comfrey the Vilified Healer

Comfrey or Knit bone has been used for centuries for purposes ranging from chest complaints to broken bones.  It is an amazing healing plant for wounds.  Why the controversy? Comfrey contains compounds called Pyrrolizidine alkaloids which have been shown to cause hepatotoxicity in large doses.  In Canada you can purchase comfrey but it is labelled […]

Christmas Flavours – Anise

   This photo is of the anise in this blog.  A point of clarification before we get into this blog.  The information here is for Anise Seed rather than Star Anise.  Read to the bottom for the differences.  Anise is the wonderful liquorice flavoured ingredient in many dishes.  It has been used for centuries for […]