Chanchal’s Blog

Microbiome, Human Health and Herbal Medicine

Chanchal Cabrera // August 2019

The microbiome of the human body, the vast array of yeasts and bacteria, archaea, viruses and eukaryotes that co-inhabit our bodies, play a vital role in health and disease, with notable influence on many human … Read More

Grow Your Own Herbal Pharmacy

Chanchal Cabrera MSc, FNIMH,, RH(AHG)

Some general principles of successful herb growing

Most of the common medicinal plants are fairly sturdy and resilient. They are wild weeds in their native habitat so sometimes re-creating that environment is best – or … Read More

Interview with Chanchal on Aromaculture.com

Interview with Erin Stewart from www.aromaculture.com published as Podcast number 72 on the website.

Forest Bathing – a new name for an old concept

Most people would agree that escaping the noise and pollution of the city to spend time in nature is a good thing. We all know we feel better in a natural environment, and we bring potted plants and cut flowers … Read More

Upcoming 2019 Events at Innisfree!

The 2019 calendar at Innisfree Farm is getting busy. Check out all the webinars, classes and retreats we are offering and make this the year you come to play in our gardens!


We have a Deep Green Nature Immersion Retreat … Read More

A note of recognition from American Herbal Pharmacopeia

Hello friends

What a pleasant surprise today to receive a certificate of appreciation from my good friends at the American Herbal Pharmacopeia project. When you donate your time to a good cause it is reward enough to see the project … Read More

The importance of a healthy gut flora and balanced microbiome

This is fascinating study that verifies the incredible importance of a healthy gut flora and balanced microbiome. We already know this matters for your mental health (depression is linked to gut dysbiosis), to auto-immune diseases through the issue of leaky … Read More

Commentary on announcement by FDA regarding cancer tests

It was a good news day when the FDA approved insurance agencies funding a suite of predictive cancer tests that may change the face of how we practice oncology.

For over 50 years the standard treatment plan for cancer has … Read More

Interview with Chanchal Talking on Horticulture Therapy, Gardens without Borders and Herbal Medicine

Interview published in the newsletter of The Canadian Horticulture Therapy Association, summer 2016.

Review: Innisfree Farm offers a tranquil oasis for an al fresco lunch

We thought we were just heading up to Royston’s Innisfree Farm for a nice Saturday lunch – who could resist a menu like the one posted above?

Innisfree in the past has held a few farmhouse dinners, which we have

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