Winter Immune Smoothie Recipe

‘Tis the Season to Strengthen Your Immune System

The immune system is a network of biological systems that protects you from illness. It detects and responds to a wide variety of pathogens, from viruses to serious diseases, as well as objects such as wood splinters. It does this by distinguishing them from the organism’s own healthy tissue.

To support one’s resilience, we need to eat nourishing foods that assist our natural immunity. Angela, one of our herbalists, has created this delicious smoothie recipe that can just do that.

  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 to 3 tbsp of lemon juice or one squeezed lemon
  • 1 tsp Gaia Garden’s “Inner Fire Elixir
  • ½ tsp of Gaia Garden’s Ginger Powder
  • 1 tsp of Gaia’s Maitake Powder
  • ½ tsp of Gaia’s Beetroot Powder
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 blood orange or grapefruit, peeled and separated
  • ½ cup pomegranate juice
  • honey or maple syrup to taste

1. In a blender, combine the mango, orange juice, lemon juice, Inner Fire Elixir, ginger and Maitake powder. Blend until smooth, adding honey or maple syrup to sweeten. Pour into a jar.

2. Rinse the blender. Combine the beet powder, raspberries, orange, and pomegranate juice. Blend until smooth and creamy, adding more pomegranate juice to reach your desired consistency. Pour over the first mixture and stir gently to create a beautiful swirl. Enjoy!

Makes around three cups of smoothie. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate. Drink 1-2 cups daily. Great to do once or twice a month for immune support and even on a weekly basis.

Summer becomes a time to work on ourselves and our ability to be the light even when it seems uncertain. This is the rhythm of nature and mother nature is in full bloom right now, gifting us with an abundance of vibrant, precious flowers. Flowers are like magical gifts from the Divine and can help to support us in many ways. One way is through flower essences and this is an amazing time of year to make your own. 

“Flowers don’t tell, they show.” Stephanie Skeem

“Flowers, more fleeting, more ethereal, and more delicate than the plants out of which they emerged, would become like messengers from another realm, like a bridge between the world of physical forms and the formless.” Eckhart Tolle

What is a Flower Essence?

A Flower essence is a subtle energetic medicine made of highly diluted infusions of fresh wildflower blossoms and spring water mixed with a preservative.

What Flower Essences Can Do:

Support changes in emotional and soul patterns

  • Amplify our emotions and physical awareness
  • Attune us to nature
  • Help to develop a clear path and direction in life 
  • Enhance creativity
  • Help us to better understand relationships in our lives
  • Result in a renewed connection to spirit

What Flower Essences Don’t Do:

Prevent, alleviate, or cure disease. Flower essences are not a substitute for medical or mental health care. If you have a concern, talk to a licensed professional. Flower essences are very safe for any age and can complement other protocols or medicine that is being taken.

How to Make an Essence:

Take a flower essence for at least 28 days to release an emotional or soul pattern. It can take a month for every year the issue has been with you, but everyone and every situation is different.

Flower essences are usually taken by mouth. They can also be sprayed in a room, dropped into a bath, or added to a cream or oil for topical application.

When taking an essence, drink plenty of water and incorporate regular self-awareness exercises such as meditation, journaling, or drawing.

An essence can cause physical or emotional discomfort. Physically, you may experience short lived discomfort such as fatigue, rash, changes in sleep patterns, nausea or headaches. You may experience a strong emotional or mental perspective that intensifies your awareness of an attitude or belief.

What You Will Need to Make a Flower Essence:

  • A medium sized clear glass or crystal bowl
  • Spring water
  • One large dark glass bottle (for mixing the essence with the preservative)
  • Chopsticks (to take the flowers off the surface of the water when the essence is done)
  • Preservative: Brandy, Apple cider vinegar or Vegetable glycerin
  • Note: Using apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin instead of alcohol will shorten the shelf life of your essence to one year and this should be stored in the fridge. 
  • An essence made with alcohol can be stored for six to ten years.

How to make a flower essence:

  • Start in the morning on a sunny day
  • Fill your bowl with spring water
  • Gather your flowers. Gather flowers you recognize and are known to be safe. Only pick flowers you recognize, can name, and know to be edible.
  • Place your flowers face up on the surface of the spring water, covering the entire surface.
  • Place the bowl in direct sunlight avoiding any shadows, including your own.
  • The essence of the flowers will be infused into the water through the sun’s energy.
  • After three to four hours, skim the flowers off the water using chopsticks (So as not to add your own energy into the essence.)
  • The water left in the bowl is now the “mother essence.” 
  • Pour the essence into a clean, dark colored glass bottle.  You are filling the bottle halfway with the essence and halfway with a preservative. 
  • Don’t forget to label your mother essence. With the date, ingredients and where it was made. Store it in a cool, dark, dry place. 
  • When using your mother essence to make a stock essence add 10 drops of one mother essence or 3 drops of multiple essence but no more than 5 into a 2 oz sanitized dark coloured bottle and fill with 50:50 spring water and alcohol, vegetable glycerin or apple cider vinegar.


Flower essence information taken from “Flowers That Heal” by Patricia Kaminski


Positive qualitiesHealing warmth and receptivity, especially in the use of spoken word or dialogue with others.
Patterns of imbalanceUsing cutting or sharp words: argumentative, lack of receptivity in communication with others.

California Poppy:

Positive qualitiesFinding spirituality, within one’s heart; balancing light and love; developing an inner center of knowing.
Patterns of imbalanceSeeking outside oneself for false forms of light or higher consciousness, especially through escapism or addiction.


Positive qualitiesSerene, sunlike disposition, emotional balance.
Patterns of imbalanceEasily upset, moody and irritable, inability to release emotional tension.


Positive qualitiesGrace filed movements, physical and etheric harmony
Patterns of imbalanceAwkward and painful awareness of the body: emotional trauma stored deep within body


Positive qualitiesSpiritual sensitivity, highly refined awareness.
Patterns of imbalanceNervousness, overstimulation of spiritual forces that depletes the physical body

Wild Rose (Pink):

Positive qualities – Love for the earth and for human life, enthusiasm for doing and serving.
Patterns of imbalanceApathy or resignation, inability to catalyze will forces through the heart.

Yarrow (Golden):

Positive qualitiesRemaining open to others while still feeling inner protection; active social involvement that preserves the integrity of the self
Patterns of imbalancefor outgoing people who are influenced by their environment and by other people; protecting one’s self from vulnerability to others by withdrawal and social isolation.


DIY Citronella Candle Recipe

Make your very own all natural “Citronella Candles” to repel mosquitoes and other flying insects with natural ingredients from Gaia Garden.

Ingredients (the first 4 items are available at Gaia):

1 lb. Beeswax (preferably beeswax pastilles as they melt more quickly)
½ cup Coconut oil
1 tsp. Citronella essential oil
1 tsp. Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus citriodora)
3 Medium cotton wicks (with metal wick tabs attached) *These can be found at Michaels craft stores and Wicks & Wax
3-500ml Glass mason jars


  • Place each wick with metal tab in the bottom center of each mason jar.
  • In a double boiler (or a large pot of simmering water with a stainless steel bowl or smaller pot resting inside), gently melt the beeswax and coconut oil over low heat.
  • Once the wax is fully melted, remove it from heat and stir in the citronella and lemon eucalyptus. Move quickly to the next step, as the wax begins to harden as soon as it cools.
  • Pour the melted wax into each mason jar while holding the top of the wick in place.
  • Use a pencil or chopstick across the top of each mason jar to hold the wick in place in the centre of the jar as the mixture cools and hardens. If you’re using wicks that are not dipped in wax, you may need to tape them to the pencil/chopstick to keep them in place.
  • Allow your candles to harden for 24 hours, then trim the wick to about a ¼ inch. Allow candles to sit for another 24 hours before using.
  • Because beeswax candles are slow burning , they require thicker, sturdier wicks than paraffin candles.
  • Light your candles at your next bbq or camping trip, enjoy the refreshing aroma and bug free zone 🙂  

Ayurvedic Face Mask

Help to detox the skin by nourishing it with a herbal moisturizer. Skin-friendly Ayurvedic herbs such as turmeric, brahmi, amla and triphala applied once a week can be extremely beneficial.  Treat yourself to this face mask blended with some yogurt, honey, oatmeal or hydrosol.



  1. Mix powders and peppermint leaf together in small bowl.
  2. Add enough hydrosol to form a soft muddy paste.
  3. Apply to face (avoid eyes and areas of sensitivity).
  4. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Use lukewarm water to begin removing mask.
  6. Rub face gently with a washcloth or bare hands to exfoliate skin and remove mask.
  7. Rinse face several times to remove remaining particles.

Luxurious Foot Bath

Bath salts and essential oils make a pretty, scented and therapeutic soak for your feet at the end of a long day. Wind down and clear your head with this floral and luxurious foot soak you can make for yourself or as a nice Mother’s Day treat.



  • Cheese cloth or small muslin bag
  • A decorative jar or mason jar for containing the salts


  1. Combine dry herbs in a muslin bag or square of cheesecloth tied with a piece of string
  2. In a large bowl of hot but a safe temperature of  water add the salts and dried herb mixture
  3. Add the tea tree oil or lavender or peppermint oil if preferred
  4. Swish the salts to dissolve for a minute or so and to infuse the herbs
  5. Have the water to ankle depth and enjoy the foot bath for 20 mins or more adding more warm water if desired

Hibiscus flowers are such a vibrant, gorgeous, ruby colour and are incredibly high in antioxidants, even higher than matcha and green tea! Their high antioxidant content helps to protect your skin from free radical and UV damage and offers great anti-aging benefits. Hibiscus contains naturally occurring acids that help to purify the skin by breaking down dead skin and increasing cell turnover. These beautiful flowers are rich in Vitamin C, an antioxidant that plays a role in collagen synthesis, which supports firmer skin.

This mask is great for:

*all skin types


*uneven skin tone

*anti-inflammatory benefits

*dark spots or acne scars

*deep cleanse of your skin


Equipment needed:

  • Small glass bowl
  • Wooden or plastic spoon (it’s ideal to avoid metal when mixing clay with liquid)
  • Makeup brush (to apply mask, I personally love using my hands)


  1. Mix Kaolin Clay with Hibiscus Powder in a small bowl.
  2. Add Rose Hydrosol & Rosehip Seed Oil to powders & mix thoroughly to create a paste.
  3. Apply to cleansed, damp skin with a makeup brush or your hands & leave on for 10-15mins. before the mask dries.
  4. Rinse mask off with warm water or face towel. Avoid using light coloured towels;)
  5. Mist face with Rose Hydrosol as a toner.
  6. Apply a moisturizer such as our beautiful “Luminous Face Cream”.

And Voila!…. Pampered, glowing skin!

*Optional: Can use your choice of hydrosol – Rose, Neroli, Helichrysum, Lavender, Sandalwood, Witch Hazel, etc.

Parvati’s Elixir

Rejuvenating tonic for both the male and female reproductive systems. Perfect to drink on it’s own or before bed to help with sleep, or can be added to a smoothie, oatmeal, chia pudding, etc anytime.

Get creative and have fun! It can be taken anytime of the day and is recommended to drink 1 -2  cups per day.

Therapeutic Applications :

For women:

  • Menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, irritability, memory & vaginal dryness)
  • Digestive inflammatory conditions
  • Gastrointestinal & menstrual cramping
  • Breastfeeding (milk production & flow)
  • Infertility
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Low female libido
  • Insomnia.


  1. Sieve
  2. Glass measuring cup
  3. Medium saucepan with lid 
  4. Can opener


Makes approximately 2 cups ( 2 servings) 

  • 1 can (400ml) organic coconut milk 
  • ½ cup of filtered water
  • 2 teaspoons of shatavari (root) powder, 
  • ¼ teaspoon of  cardamom pods, mortar & pestle (preferred)
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder if desired 
  • ½ teaspoon of  fresh ginger root 
  • 2 cinnamon sticks 
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of unpasteurized honey 
  • Pinch of ground black pepper


  1. Crush cardamom pods with mortar & pestle (optional) 
  2. Chop fresh ginger 
  3. Heat coconut milk in a saucepan on medium heat, bring to a gentle boil 
  4. Add shatavari powder, cardamom pods, turmeric, cinnamon sticks, freshly chopped ginger 
  5. Add water to coconut milk 
  6. Stir all ingredients together, turn heat down to low heat minimum (2) and cover with lid 
  7. Let mixture simmer (decoct) for 20 minutes 
  8. Pour all ingredients through sieve into a glass measuring cup 
  9. Let mixture cool slightly, add honey, pour into a glass with a pinch of ground black pepper

Enjoy & relax!

Recipe created by Tiffany Cruikshank – “Nourishing Souls”

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These delicious macaroons are packed full of tasty ingredients with the addition of maca root powder which is known for assisting with balancing hormones.


  • 1/2 cup of coconut butter or nut butter
  • 1/4 cup of maca root powder
  • 1/8 cup of activate superfood blend or raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup of dried coconut flakes
  • 8 medjool dates pitted
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Salt to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees
  2. Mix the butter,  maca root powder, coconut, cacao or activate powder and salt
  3. Put the pitted dates and water in a blender, blend until smooth
  4. Mix the date mixture with the butter mixture and vanilla until well combined
  5. Take a tablespoon of the mixture and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  6. Place in the warm oven for approximately 30 mins
  7. Cool and store in refrigerator

Enjoy your healthy treat! 

Recipe created by Michele Todd

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Herbal Detox Beverage

A great but simple detoxing beverage that can be made using a variety of herbs. This can be made to enjoy hot or cold. 


  • ½ cucumber OR
  • 1 lemon or lime
  • 1 teaspoon of any of the following herbs or combination of;
    • Dried mint leaves
    • Lemon balm
    • Shredded ginger root
    • Red clover
    • Nettle leaf
    • Rosehips


  • Boil water and fill a teapot with boiled water.
  • Add the fruit of your choice and add up to 3 teaspoons of desired herb or combinations of herbs.
    • If you are using cucumber you will probably want to do a cold infusion or tea
  • Steep for 20 minutes and strain. 
  • You may drink 2: or 3 cups per day 3 cups per day.  

Other detoxing herbs you can use, usually 1 teaspoon per cup.

  • Basil
    • Basil is a great source of Vitamin K, Manganese, Iron, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. Use it for calcium, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Basil is also good for digestion, reducing inflammation, and fighting free radical activity. It has a sweet flavour and somewhat anise flavour that goes well with lime, cucumber, orange, and other fruits.
  • Mint
    • Mint has lots of Vitamin A, iron, and manganese. It helps to relieve  indigestion and may improve bowel issues. The mint  works well with cucumber, celery, and apple.
  • Oregano
    • Oregano is particularly rich in antioxidants. As well as Vitamin B6, potassium, copper, and fiber. Oregano has a  slightly bitter flavor so use it sparingly in your juice. Try with orange or grapefruit.
  • Parsley
    • Parsley contains vitamins A, K, and C and good amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Parsley is known for brightening flavors. Use it with apple and ginger.
  • Rosemary
    • Rosemary’s a great source of Vitamin B6, potassium, and copper. It adds  Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Folate. With a slightly minty, sage-like flavor, Rosemary goes well with Lemon and Pear.
  • Thyme
    • Add thyme to your juices for Vitamin E, Thiamin, Zinc, and Magnesium. This would be a nice addition to beets and celery.

Ginger Detoxing Compress

Ginger has many healing possibilities and the purpose of a hot Ginger compress is to dissolve mucus, ease tension and blockages and mainly to stimulate circulation and energy flow or Chi. It is very beneficial for moving stagnation in the kidneys, lungs and liver.

Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 75 grams grated ginger
  • Cotton cloth or handkerchief 
  • Sting or elastic band
  • 2 face cloths 
  • Pot for boiling water
  • Additional towels for covering compress


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Grate a big chunk of Ginger root into a cotton cloth or handkerchief.
  • Secure with an elastic band or tie up with string.
  • When water comes to a boil, immerse the Ginger bundle into the water.
  • Turn off heat and allow the Ginger to sit in the water for about 10 minutes.
  • When the water has cooled off enough to the touch, add two face cloths.
  • Remove one facecloth, wring it out and place on an area you wish to detox. Cover this cloth with a small hand towel to hold in the heat.
  • Alternate facecloths about every 5 minutes to keep the area warm putting the cool one back in the water.
  • Make sure the cloths aren’t so hot that they burn the skin. Keep this up for about 20 mins, or until the skin is very pink and warm to the touch.
  • Remove cloths, dry the area and rest comfortably, keeping warm.
  • Hydrate yourself by drinking some water or tea.

This may be performed three times in a week. Can be used on the chest, on the kidneys, over the liver or on the abdominal area.

A ginger poultice should not be applied in feverish conditions as it is very warming and stimulating.