Dawn Combs

Storey Publishing

Mockingbird Meadows/Soda Pharm


The author of Sweet Remedies, Dawn Combs is the co-owner of the herbal health farm Mockingbird Meadows, chief soda jerk at Soda Pharm (the family’s unique storefront apothecary), and the master formulator of their herb- and honey-based products. Trained in ethnobotany, she travels across the country to speak about botanical wellness using functional foods and home health proficiency. She writes a column, “Roots Rx,” for Heirloom Gardener magazine and is a regular contributor to Mother Earth Living, Mother Earth News, and Hobby Farms. She has written two previous books about herbal healing. Combs lives with her family in central Ohio.

Dawn will be speaking at the Kansas Fair.


Check It Out!

The Importance of Sugar in Balanced Health

Every bit of dietary advice tells us to cut out all forms of sugar, but is that really healthy? With so much being made about the evils of sugar, it's difficult to find a middle ground. But there is one. Contrary to common belief, sugar is not only necessary, but you can actually improve your health by consuming it (and harm yourself through strict avoidance). This workshop explores which sugars are considered “natural,” which are problematic, and how to enjoy sweetness while avoiding the health problems that living a life without it can cause.
Real Foods Natural Health

Available In:

Kansas, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Real Food Stage

Sweet Remedies with Herbs and Honey Bookstore Demonstration

Ethnobotanist and functional foods expert Dawn Combs teaches you how to make treats that are both delicious and healing using raw honey and herbal syrups. Taste and learn how to make some of the healing herbal honey recipes from her book Sweet Remedies, and experience how she and her family are helping families enjoy real-food, healthy electuaries out of their Ohio-based shop, Soda Pharm!
Natural Health

Available In:

Kansas, Sunday 10:30-11:30 a.m., Bookstore Demonstrations

Honey as a Medium for Medicine Electuaries, oxymels, and more

Honey has long been rumored to be the best option for seasonal allergies, but did you know there's much more to this sweet remedy? While it's common to use alcohol, vinegar, or water to make Western medicines, honey has been used for centuries in other cultures, not as a sweetener, but as a synergistic base for traditional medicine. Modern science is taking notice and researching honey for its potential in the antibiotic resistance crisis. Find out how you can use this common household product for more targeted and potent remedies by creating electuaries, oxymels, and more.
Natural Health

Available In:

Kansas, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Real Food Stage
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