Deep Conditioning, Protein Treatments & Repairing Damaged Hair – Holistic Hair Care Series (3/5)

If you’ve recently started your natural hair care journey, it’s probable that you’ve got some hair damage. Whether that be build up and moisture loss from conventional hair products, or damage from heat styling and chemical dyes, deep conditioning treatments can provide some benefit when selecting the right ingredients for your hair. Even if you’re…

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Medicinal Mushrooms – Seasonal Adaptogens

I spend many of my days off in the wet autumn months bushwhacking through damp, old growth forests foraging for mushrooms. Although I find more culinary mushrooms such as chanterelles, lobsters and cauliflower mushrooms, I do also come across the odd species of medicinal fungi, such as turkey tail, artist conk, or lion’s mane (which,…

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Oil Cleansing for All Skin Types

Our skin plays an important role in keeping our body in a state of homeostasis. It protects us from the elements, acts as a barrier against pathogens including bacteria and viruses, and is a messenger for our internal organs when an imbalance occurs. Chronic skin conditions are often a result of a deeper pathologies within…

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Moisturizing: Daily Hair Oils, Conditioning Rinses, and Herbal Leave-Ins – The Holistic Hair Care Series (2/5)

As somebody with coarse, dense, dry, curly hair – I get it. The No-Poo method and herbal hair care sound great until you consider giving up conditioner. How am I supposed to detangle, moisturize and set my curls? Without conditioning, won’t my hair be a dry, tangled, brittle mess? Consider this. The active ingredients in…

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Cleansing: Low-Poo, No-Poo, and Herbal-Poo – Holistic Hair Care Series (1/5)

Since the beginning of my health and wellness journey, I’ve experimented with minimizing ingredients lists and reducing toxicity in many areas of my life. This includes food, but also household cleaning products, cosmetics, and body and hair care. My knowledge of holistic beauty care comes from both experience and research. While some self care rituals…

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Henna: Herbal Deep Conditioner & Natural Hair Dye

Lawsonia inermis, commonly known as henna, is an ancient herb that has been used for centuries in India, Africa, and the Middle East for both body art and as a semi permanent hair colourant. Aside from its colouring properties, henna also strengthens and repairs the hair, penetrating deep into the hair shaft and depositing nutrients…

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Holistic Dental Care

With each passing decade of life, there are associated health conditions that are seemingly unavoidable. One of the major systems of age-related health decline is the structural system, including the teeth. Many people accept these issues as an inevitable symptom of each birthday passed, but many conditions can be prevented or improved holistically. Dental decay…

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Seasonal Eating for Autumn Bliss

  As the leaves start to fall, the evenings get cooler and the forest starts to shift. Wild mushrooms start to pop up out of the disturbed mossy soil, and apple trees become abundant with ripe fruit. With this change of seasons, our bodies quiet down from the high energy of long summer days, and…

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Eating From the Rainbow – Greens for Good Health

Creating a solid foundation for a well balanced diet is vital to achieve optimal nutrient status, while meeting your daily fibre, protein and fat requirements for good health. In general, our dietary focus should be to include high quality proteins from a variety of sources, healthy fats including omegas, saturated fats and unrefined plant based…

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Food as Medicine for Inflammation

In holistic healthcare modalities such as naturopathy, nutrition, and herbalism, inflammation is often recognized as a root cause for many chronic and acute conditions. The four cardinal signs of inflammation include redness, heat, swelling, and pain, and these symptoms can depend on both the severity and location within the body. Inflammation can be easily detectable…

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Pre & Probiotics: How to Nourish Your Microbiome

The term “probiotic” has become a buzz-worthy word in the health and wellness community over the past few years. But what do these probiotic supplements really do?  First, let’s talk bacteria! Before you cringe at the thought of these potentially infectious micro organisms, consider this: the human body contains more bacteria than human cells. These…

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