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Serviceberries, of the Amelanchier spp., are indigenous to most every part of Canada and the US, possibly putting ‘Saskatoon’ on the map. Other colloquial names refer to their seasonal availability, such as juneberry.

From slightly tart to nutty sweet, these nutritious delicacies are used to flavour Native American Pemmican. They and appear just as the shad run, hence another name: shadbush.

Because of their dark red-blue-black colorings the ripe berries are jam-packed with proantho-antioxidants. Doctrine of signatures from Chinese as well as Iroquois herbal traditions place them among the blood-building kind due to their dark colors, especially for nourishing mom after childbirth. Phenolic acids have been isolated from European Juneberries unveiling the health benefits of these dark little berries, providing a mechanism for positively affecting blood pressure and blood circulation.

Careful eating them before harvest, as they may induce vomiting when unripe, a popular use for them in 18 and 19th century Europe.



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Dr. Millie Lytle
Dr. Millie Lytle holds an undergraduate in Sociology from the University of Toronto (1998), her N.D. from The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (2002) and her Master’s of Public Health from the University of Hamburg of Applied Sciences, Germany (2010), for which she wrote her thesis on the integration of NDs into Community Health Centres.

She has practiced and lectured in various integrated clinical settings, including the START Clinic for Mood and Anxiety Disorders, The 519 Church Street Community Centre and Lakeshore Area Multi-Service Project (L.A.M.P.)

She has been interviewed for Viva magazine, Now magazine’s Alt Health, Adria Vasil’s Ecoholic and Damian Roger’s Wellness in Eye Weekly. She has also appeared on television programs including Breakfast Television, Food Jammers and Global News. She has been published in Naturopathic Doctor News and Review.

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