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Brigitte Mars
Brigitte Mars is a medical herbalist and nutritional consultant working with Natural Health for over forty years. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University, Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition, The School of Natural Medicine and Arts. She has been a guest teacher at Omega Institute, Esalen, Kripalu, and The Mayo Clinic, She blogs for the Huffington Post and Care2. She is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild.
Brigitte is the author of various books and DVDs, including The Home Reference to Holistic Health and Healing, The Country Almanac of Home Remedies, The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine, Beauty by Nature, Addiction Free Naturally, The Sexual Herbal, Healing Herbal Teas, Rawsome! and co-author of The HempNut Health and Cookbook. DVDS include Sacred Psychoactives, Herbal Wizardry for Kids of all Ages, and Natural Remedies for Emotional Health. Her latest project is a phone app called IPlant.
Brigitte and her daughter, Sunflower Sparkle Mars run Herb Camp for Kids in Boulder, Colorado. Brigitte's other daughter is world famous activist/yogini-actress/ model, Rainbeau Mars.
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Entries by Brigitte Mars

Cannabis Rap Can Teach!

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 12:06 AM

Can a rap song teach us about all of the uses of cannabis in a positive and uplifting way? Listen to get a delightful education about this multi-useful herb.

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Vegan Gluten-Free Tabouli Salad

(5) Comments | Posted September 15, 2011 | 6:48 PM

Tabouli Salad is a great way to use colorful antioxidant rich fresh produce. Sunripened tomatoes, cool cukes, sensuous spearmint, and hip hempseed as an alternative to the gluten containing bulgur wheat that is traditionally used. Hemp can provide omega 3's, protein and vitamin E. The hempseed oil adds a lovely richness that might even win over olive oil aficionados. There is no THC in the hempseed or oil. Try this Mediterranean treat that can be a meal in itself!

Tabouli Salad
The bulgur in most tabouli salad is made of the common gluten containing allergen, wheat. This one's gluten free, wheat free and enzyme rich, of course!)

1 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh spearmint
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon juice
1 cup hempseed
1/4 cup hempseed oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Put them all together in a big bowl and mix them all about! Chill before serving for 1/2 hour. (Serves 4-6)

For those of you that have never tried Hempseed (Cannabis sativa), it is a member of the Cannabaceae (Hemp) Family and one of the oldest cultivated plants on the planet. Hempseed is really akin to a nutrient dense grain, though it contains no gluten and is not in the Poaceae (Grass) Family that grains like wheat, rye, barley, spelt and kamut fall into. Hempseeds can be useful in special diets where people have intolerances to dairy, soy, corn and gluten, as it is easily tolerated and digestible.

Hempseed's flavor is sweet and mild and somewhere between a sunflower seed and pine nut.

Hempseed is a rich source of vegetable protein. Most find it easy to digest and unlikely to cause allergic reactions and is not from genetically modified plants, which is common with soy and corn.

(For more delicious recipes please visit or check out my book The HempNut Health and Cookbook, co-authored with Richard Rose and Christina Pirello.)


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WATCH: The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 2:38 PM

Coconut (Cocus nucifera) is the largest known seed on planet Earth. This fruit of the coconut palm tree is a member of the Palmaceae (Palm) family. In Sanskrit, the coconut palm is named kalpa vriksha -- "the tree that supplies all that is needed to live." An ancient saying from...

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Raw Vegan Superfood Cinnamon Buns With Brigitte Mars

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 10:55 AM

Raw Vegan Cinnamon Superfood Buns
Delicious, healthy, quick, gluten free, and requires no cooking!

4 cups walnuts (almonds can be substituted)
4 cups pitted dates
¼ cup cinnamon
pinch Celtic salt

4 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons cacoa powder...

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Scintillating Bath Salts with Brigitte Mars

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 11:55 AM

Soaking in a warm, fragrant tub can be a sensual delight, offering time to retreat, reflect and refresh. Here is an easy way to make this more enjoyable for you and your loved...

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Healthy Caramel Apples with Brigitte Mars

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 5:39 PM

Apples, native to Eurasia, are members of the Rosaceae (Rose) Family, relatives of peaches and pears, and known botanically as Malus species. Malus is the Greek term for "round fruit."...

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Simple Summer Soup With Brigitte Mars

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 2:43 PM

Enjoy a simple raw soup recipe using three basic ingredients representing three colors!

Tomatoes are native to western Central and South America. The English word tomato comes from the Spanish tomatl,...

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Purslane: Gandhi's Favorite Food May Be a Weed in Your Yard

(5) Comments | Posted August 16, 2010 | 11:48 AM

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea, P. sativa) is a member of the Portulacaceae Family and also known as wild portulaca and verdolaga. It is thought that the genus name, Portulaca is from the Latin porto and laca meaning "milk carrier" in reference to its milky sap. The species name, oleracea is Latin,...

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Lemon Balm: A Friend for the Bees

(1) Comments | Posted July 26, 2010 | 11:52 AM

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a member of the Lamiaceae (Mint) Family. Melissa, the genus name is from the Latin melisso phyllum, meaning, "honey bee," as it is...

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Delightful Day Lilies with Brigitte Mars

(4) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 5:38 PM

Delightful Daylilies (Hemerocallis species)
The genus name Hemerocallis comes from the Greek words hemera, meaning "day" and kalos, translating to "beautiful". The flowers of most species open at sunrise and wither at sunset, often replaced by another on the same stem the next day....

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Lamsquarter: A Wild Spinach in Your Yard (VIDEO)

(5) Comments | Posted June 28, 2010 | 8:00 AM

Thirty some years ago, I lived on a farm in Reynolds, Missouri. Every Thursday I would go help an elderly neighbor woman -- Mrs. Glore -- old enough to have outlived three husbands. She taught me that most of the weeds we would be pulling out of the garden were...

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Lovely Lilacs with Brigitte Mars

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2010 | 1:42 PM

One of the loveliest sights and scents of springtime is the lilac. In the language of flowers, lilacs symbolize wisdom, young love and remembrance. Lilac's floral scent is used to promote harmony and increase mental abilities and invokes long forgotten emotions.

Lilac (Syringa...

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Get Off Your Grass and Create an Edible Lawn! with Brigitte Mars

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2010 | 3:35 PM

Americans currently spend more than thirty billion dollars, millions of gallons of gasoline, and countless hours to maintain the dream of the well kept thirty- one million acres of lawns. An estimated sixty-seven million pounds of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides are applied around homes and...

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Jicama! with Brigitte Mars

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2010 | 12:34 PM

Jicama (Pachyrhizus erosus, P. tuberosus), pronounced HEE-ka-ma, is native to Central America, where it is also known as Yam Bean or Mexican Turnip. The genus name, Pachyrhizus is derived from the Greek and...

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Low Carb Spaghetti from a Squash!

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2010 | 2:10 PM

Squash was cultivated in the Americas for at least six thousand years and honored by many Native tribes. Squash has been considered one of the "Three Sisters" from tribal legends of squash, corn and beans...

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Oh La La: Chocolate! With Brigitte Mars

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 9:36 AM

The genus name of chocolate, Theobroma derives from the Greek theos, "god," and broma, "food," thus meaning "food of the gods." The common name chocolate derives from an Aztec name...

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A Tale Of Kale With Brigitte Mars

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2010 | 9:52 AM

In the color spectrum, green is at the center of the rainbow, representing balance, healing, emotional stability, love, peace and rejuvenation. Green foods are power packed with nutrients, energizing, detoxifying, rebuilding and...

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Sunflower Sprouts: The Ins and Outs

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2010 | 1:30 AM

My first-born daughter's name is Sunflower. The Latin name for the plant Helianthus annus is derived from the Greek word helios for sun and anthos, meaning flower. Sunflower is...

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Chia: Ancient American Superfood

(3) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 3:06 PM


Chia Seeds (Salvia columbariae, S. hispanica)

Though we've all heard of chia pets, this tiny ancient black seed is a bonafide...

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Sexual Nutrition: Getting To Know Your Aphrodisiacs

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2010 | 10:37 AM

Aphrodisiacs are named after, Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love, fruitfulness, and beauty. An aphrodisiac is a substance that puts one in the mood for love and can include food, herbs, good conversation, moonlight and lingerie! Aphrodisiacs may have a direct effect on the erogenous zones. Some may stimulate, irritate or...

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