Botanical Kitchen

Support your health and empower your healing journey.
Eat everyday food as medicine.

Eat to Thrive is our motto ~ we focus on anti-inflammatory foods with a functional nutrition approach. We make healthy taste great and help people who want to eat better support their health by using everyday food as medicine.

We give you the “how to” skills each week to bring vibrant, flavourful, nourishing food to your table.

We offer adaptable and flexible choices for navigating different tastes, eating styles, food allergies and therapeutic diets.

Our food-as-medicine recipe memberships guide you to taste the seasons and follow an anti-inflammatory eating style. We give you weekly recipes and meal ideas using sensible, in-season fresh and frozen anti-inflammatory ingredients.
      Chef’s Table  ~ omnivore – full access
      Whole Plant Life ~ plant-based vegan

We advocate for cooking as self-care and view nourishing food as the best medicine and foundational for vibrant health.

 

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We help bridge the gap in healthcare by providing a blueprint to support doctors, practitioners, patients, and clients in making sustainable dietary changes. 

We support and collaborate with regenerative farms, small businesses and regional food systems. Botanical Kitchen follows the growing season and guides people to cook local in-season ingredients with confidence and taste the seasons.

We believe nutrition begins in the soil and advocate for the importance of diverse, chemical-free, sustainable farms that grow vibrant food and healthy communities. 

We provide culinary + functional nutrition education and food as medicine programs to support vibrant health.

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Our Mission

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Vision

We envision a future where cooking is synonymous with self-care and the healing power of food is prescribed in healthcare.

Communities that value, educate, and cultivate robust local food systems grow chemical-free food and soil using biodiverse biodynamic and regenerative practices.

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Mission

To help bridge the gap between practitioners + clients by offering food as medicine recipes + education with a functional nutrition focus. 

To support small sustainable farms, farmers, and businesses, to help educate people and empower them to cook local in-season ingredients with confidence.

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Value

We are committed to education and empowering healthcare + self-care through cooking with culinary + medicinal plants and using everyday food as medicine.

Healthy soil + healthy food + healthy farms. Education, access, diversity, and local sustainable and seasonal ingredients.

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Support your health and empower your healing journey ~ eat to thrive!

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Botanical Kitchen is her dream and vision of how she can help improve our relationship with cooking, food and sustainable farming to improve our health.

Karina Hines

Karina Hines is a chef, certified functional nutrition counsellor, herbalist, educator & founder of Botanical Kitchen.

She blends her expertise in culinary arts, nutrition, herbalism, and education to promote holistic healthcare through food. Her focus on creating nutrient-dense recipes and utilizing everyday food as medicine aligns with functional nutrition and the recognition of the profound impact of diet on health.

Karina advocates for soil health and regenerative agriculture practices and emphasizes the importance of growing nutrition, highlighting the interconnectedness between local farmers, vibrant food, flavour, the environment and our health.

While she advocates for eating in-season and sourcing from local farms, she encourages everyone to work with what they have available and approach cooking as the foundation for healthcare and self-care.

“Buying frozen fruits and vegetables is great as they are nutrient-dense, often more accessible + affordable year-round + convenient for busy people and those with limited mobility.” KH

Botanical Kitchen Founder Education

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Formal Holistic Training

Karina has devoted her life to learning and studying food, plants and the art of healing.

She has completed comprehensive formal and informal programs, apprenticeships, and courses, and she will forever be a student.

Certified Functional Nutrition Counsellor
Member American Board Drugless Practitioners
IFM Therapeutic Food Plans
Trained Herbalist  ~ Botanical Medicinals
Trained Aromatherapist
Introductory Ayurveda Program
The Gut-Brain Connection and Food as Medicine. 

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Culinary Arts

Karina is a professional chef who has taken formal and experiential cooking courses and classes across seven countries. She cooked in Europe for ten years, during which time she learned English Farm-to-Table, Italian, Spanish, French, Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. 

Returning to her native Australia, Karina studied cooking with native herbs and spices and Japanese and Asian fusion cuisine. She studied seasonal New England foods, foraging, medicinal plants, and mushrooms in the US. She explored regional flavours and heirloom grains and plants in the southeastern states.

Aligned with her love of plants and her focus on functional nutrition, bio-individuality, and herbalism, Karina has mastered the art of elevated oil-free cooking, plant-based cuisine, and the use of herbal medicinals in everyday dishes to support health.

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Horticultural Studies

Karina firmly believes that nutrition begins in the soil. She has a deep reverence for nature’s structure and dirt magic.

A true plant nerd, passionate about the land and gardening to deepen her understanding she has studied:
Biodynamics 
Permaculture
Regenerative Agriculture Practices
Edible & Medicinal Landscapes
Mushroom Cultivation

Karina is the Vice President, executive board of
The Josephine Porter Institute of Applied Biodynamics

JPI is a nonprofit dedicated to supplying quality soil remedies and education, broadening the reach of biodynamics as a solution for cultivating soil health and expanding regenerative agricultural practices.

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