Herbs That Heal When Accidents Happen by Okanagan Rawsome

Afke Zonderland, Okanagan Rawsome

Okanagan Rawsome’s mission is to awaken our taste buds to delicious raw, gluten-free goodness! Afke Zonderland, Chef & CEO shares how easy it is to live a whole-food, vegan, sprouted philosophy and make the healthiest choices for yourself and your family.


Accidents happen … it was easy to see that I needed stitches after a tumble over the handlebars as I was cruising at a respectable speed down our country road. I swatted a hornet off my shirt with my right hand and by pure instinct squeezed extremely functional disc brakes with my left. Bad choice. Thankfully my helmet stopped my face from being  as battered as my hands and arms. Nothing was broken, so I picked myself up from the dirt, sat in the ditch for 5 minutes until nausea went away and hobbled home with outstretched arms. Zombie-like I imagine.

Salmon Arm hospital staff did a wonderful job picking the gravel and dirt off my skin. Expert stitches were applied by practiced hands from Dr. Erin before I was sent home with a care package of fresh bandages and second skin. With nothing better to do, or able to do I thought to look into “herbs that heal.”  Especially the ones that are the most effective for open wounds.

healing broadleaf plantainBroadleaf Plantain tops the charts with names attributed like “Life medicine” by the Navahos and “Mother of Herbs” by the Anglo Saxons. Traditionally plantain was used for rattlesnake bites and poison ivy. Internally it was used to treat rheumatic conditions, ulcers, respiratory illness, jaundice, mouth cankers and IBS.

We have a patch of mostly weeds behind the house, so it did not take long to find plantain. I poured boiling water on the leaves to soften them and crushed the veiny bits with an underused meat tenderizer. The cool leaves feel good on the raw skin and appear to have taken some of the stings out.

Plantain has all of the following benefits as listed on the “Every Wise Woman website: http://www.ewwherbals.com/plantain/

  • Astringent: has a tightening/contracting effect on tissue, a drying effect on fluid secretions
  • Antiseptic: destroys and prevents the development of microbes
  • Demulcent: softens and soothes damaged/inflamed surfaces
  • Emollient: soothes inflamed tissue; softens and protects skin
  • Mucilant: protects/soothes mucous membranes/inflamed tissues
  • Styptic: contracts blood vessels, stops external bleeding by astringent action
  • Vulnerary: promotes wound healing or normalization of damaged tissue

Aloe-Vera-JuiceThe next step to promote a speedy recovery will be Aloe Vera cream with a light cover of Emu oil, as suggested by an herbalist friend of mine. Aloe should be around the open wound, not on it! Wounds heal from the outside in, so it makes sense to give the surrounding skin a helping hand.

While this amazing healing kicks in, I drink lots of peppermint and chamomile tea. No hardship there. Picked fresh from the garden. Don’t you think we should pass on these ancient pearls of wisdom to our children?

Find out which “wild” plants are edible, which ones are healing and most certainly which local plants and flowers are extremely toxic.

Fresh Strawberry Jam

  • 4 cups of crushed berries, washed and de-stemmed
  • ¾ to 1 cup of pitted dates
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1-2 TBSP chia seeds or freshly ground flax seeds (optional)

Soak the dates with the lemon juice and crushed berries in your food processor for ½ hour. Process the mix by pulsing the blade. You want this spread to be a little chunky.   The chia or flaxseed will thicken the mix.

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weight-loss diets, health issues, aversions, religious beliefs, and world-changing agendasOkanagan Rawsome is proud to source all the  fruits and veggies in their crisps from their own garden in Grindrod, BC and from organic farmers in the Okanagan Valley.  This year they  decided to grow the leafy greens, kale, spinach and parsley for their new Okanagan Rawsome Garden Crisps.

100% Non-GMO • Soaked & Sprouted Seeds • Dehydrated at Low Temperatures • No Refined Sugars • Low-Glycemic

A source of pure plant energy, these living whole food snacks are low-glycemic, promote weight loss, reduce inflammation. Loaded with organic ingredients and local produce, Okanagan Rawsome is real food that nourishes your body – and soul! 


 Supergreens Garden Crisps

It doesn’t get any greener than this combination of spinach, kale and parsley made with local grown apples and zucchini. BC grown all the way!

  • LOCAL Organic Veggies
  • 99% ORGANIC Ingredients

Top these Garden Crisps with your favourite cheese and some sliced cucumber to create a perfect pairing.

  • INGREDIENTS: *apples,*spinach,*kale,*parsley,*zucchini,*flax seeds,*coconut,*dates,*lemon juice,*sprouted pumpkin seeds,*chlorella, ginger powder, garlic powder, pure ocean aquifer sea salt. (*organic)

Okanagan Rawsome Beet Crisps

Onion-Herb Beet Crisps

Onion-Herb Beet Crisps • See how they are made!

Onion-Herb BEET CRISPS are packed with local organic beets, carrots and onions combined with sprouted seeds and a yummy blend of spices.

  • LOCAL Organic Veggies
  • 99% ORGANIC Ingredients

Onion-Herb Beet Crisps are delicious with your favourite cheese, hummus, or pesto. Make an open-faced sandwich using a Beet Crisp as a base!

  • INGREDIENTS: *ground flaxseeds, *carrots, *sprouted buckwheat, *sprouted sunflower seeds, *beets *zucchini, *sprouted lentils, *onions, onion powder, oregano, garlic powder, *sea salt, cumin (*organic)

carrot-crisps

Spicy Chia-Hemp Carrot Crisps

Spicy Chia-Hemp Carrot Crisps • See how they are made!

Spicy Chia-Hemp CARROT CRISPS are spicy snacks made with locally grown carrots & zucchini, chia, hemp, and sprouted lentils to enhance nutrient bioavailability. The carrots provide a high-source of Vitamin A.

  • LOCAL Organic Veggies
  • 96% ORGANIC Ingredients

Chia-Hemp Carrot Crisps are delicious with your favorite cheese, hummus, and/or a slice of avocado. Make an open faced sandwich using a Carrot Crisp as a base!

  • INGREDIENTS: *carrots, *ground flax seeds, *sprouted buckwheat, *zucchini, *sprouted lentils, hemp hearts, *chia seeds, *sea salt, cumin, cayenne, onion powder, oregano, garlic powder (*organic)

How Carrot Crisps are Made


Orange Sesame Apple Crisps

Orange Sesame Apple Crisps

Orange Sesame APPLE CRISPS  light, flavour-packed zesty treat made with oranges and lemons. We grind whole flax seeds to preserve valuable Omega-3 fats. Dehydration happens at low temperatures, protecting valuable living enzymes!

  • LOCAL Organic Apples
  • 96% ORGANIC Ingredients

Delicious with a seed or nut butter. Visit the recipe section of our website for other suggested pairings and rawsome recipes!

  • INGREDIENTS: *apples, *coconut, *ground flax seeds, *sesame seeds, *dates, hemp hearts, *oranges, *lemon juice, cinnamon, ground ginger, *sea salt (*organic)

How Apple Crisps Are Made


 Cran Raisin Apple CrispsCranberry Raisin Apple Crisps

Cran-Raisin APPLE CRISPS combine sprouted buckwheat with delicious organic cranberries, raisins, and organic Okanagan apples to create a naturally sweet and filling snack. 

  • LOCAL Organic Apples
  • 99% ORGANIC Ingredients

Crumble a few pieces of Cran-Raisin Apple Crisps onto plain yogurt or sprinkle some on top of your morning cereal to add live enzymes and easy to digest protein to kick start your day!

  • INGREDIENTS: *apples, *sprouted buckwheat, *ground flax, *dates, *sprouted sunflower seeds, *sprouted pumpkin seeds, *raisins, *cranberries, cinnamon, ground ginger, *orange zest, *sea salt (*organic)

Available in convenient single-sized portions.


 Okanagan Rawsome Choc-Ginger

Chocolate Ginger Apple Crisps

Chocolate Ginger Apple Crisps

*Available exclusively online in Smaller Pieces or in Bulk

Chocolate Ginger APPLE CRISPS offer dark chocolate-coconut decadence in a delicious mixture of organic Okanagan apples, ginger, sprouted seeds, sprouted buckwheat, and dates. 

  • LOCAL Organic Produce
  • 90% ORGANIC Ingredients

Choc-Ginger Apple Crisps are delicious on their own or with a serving of ice cream made with frozen bananas & vegan chocolate pudding.

  • INGREDIENTS: *apples, *sprouted buckwheat, *ground flax, *dates, *sprouted sunflower seeds, *sprouted pumpkin seeds, ginger slices, dark chocolate (cocao, sugar, non-GMO soya lecithin, vanilla flavour), *coconut, ground ginger, *lemon juice, cinnamon, *sea salt (*organic)
  • Available in convenient single-sized portions.

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