Dr. Katrina Traikov ND

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4th Annual Herb Walk – Pembroke

Come Learn about local herbs growing right along the Pembroke Waterfront It’s a great opportunity to spend some time outside on the lovely Kiwanis Way Waterfront Path in Pembroke and learn about the medicinal plants growing right in our backyard! We will cover a short distance along the wheelchair and walker accessible paved path. We will start near the Pembroke Marina where the boardwalk ends and the paved path begins, walk past Algonquin College, to the bridge nearby – about a kilometer in total. We will learn about local medicinal plants including linden trees, mullein, chicory, white clover, red clover, white …

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St. John’s Wort, Not just for Depression

What it looks like; When it blooms St. John’s wort or Hypericum perforatum is a shrubby perenial that can grow up to 80 cm tall. It has bright yellow flowers with five petals, and oil glands on the underside of its petals and leaves. The oil is reddish-purple in colour. The aerial parts – leaves, stem and flowers – are used in herbal medicine. St. John’s Wort blooms in early to mid July. It’s harvested while it flowers or shortly before. If it is harvested later (eg. in the fall) higher amounts of resin can result in nerve sensitivity, and …

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Mushrooms as Herbal Medicines

Mushrooms have been used as food and traditional medicines all over the world for thousands of years. Mushrooms are generally an excellent source of soluble fiber, and can be used to help balance blood sugar and to lower cholesterol as part of a healthy diet. Many mushrooms are also used to support the immune system, and many have other unique actions. Many of the therapeutic effects of mushrooms have yet to be thoroughly researched. However, in pre-clinical studies many mushrooms have been shown to have antiviral, immune-boosting and even anti-cancer effects. In Traditional Chinese Medicine mushrooms are seen as a …

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Linden Trees

One More Reason to Enjoy the Pembroke Waterfront Linden Trees,  or Tillia spp. sometimes called Lime Blossom trees, grow in Europe, Japan, and North America. Lucky for us, Tillia americana or American Linden – also known as Basswood trees grow right here in the Valley along the Pembroke Waterfront. They are elegant trees with heart shaped leaves and white flowers with bright greenish-yellow appendages (see above). The gentle, calming scent of Lime blossoms fills the air when they bloom each summer in early to mid-July. There are a fair number of them near the Pembroke Marina, and along the Pembroke waterfront path …

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Pembroke Herb Walk

The first annual July Herb Walk in Pembroke was a success! (Held last Thursday, July 10th from 6-7 pm in the evening). It was a great opportunity to get out and learn about some of the medicinal plants growing right in our backyard, and spend some time outside on the lovely waterfront path in Pembroke. We covered a short distance on the accessible paved path (from where the boardwalk ends and the paved path begins, to the bridge), but we learned about many of the medicinal plants growing right in our own backyard including: linden trees, mullein, chicory, white clover, …

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First annual – free Public Herb walk – this Thursday, July 10th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm – Pembroke Waterfront Path

Free Public Herb Walk Early in may, a mentor and dear friend of mine, and elder of the naturopathic profession passed away. He is the one who taught me how to start identifying medicinal plants and took me on my first herb walk back in 2010. I would like to do this in his honour. I think it will be a great chance to get people out and connecting with the herbal medicines that are growing all around us. I hope you can make it! Feel free to spread the word! It looks like many of the medicinal plants that …

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