Lion’s Mane Mushroom for Brain Health and Longevity

As humans, our brains are one of our biggest assets. Their size and complexity enables the depth of intelligence and emotion that sets us apart from other animals. For this reason, it is vital that we support and protect this organ to optimize its performance and help protect it from the host of potential conditions…

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Managing Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is defined as being diagnosed with three of more of the following five biomarkers, including increased waist circumference/fat accumulation around the midsection; elevated triglyceride levels; reduced high density lipoprotein (HDL)/“good” cholesterol; elevated blood pressure; and elevated fasting blood glucose. When combined, these biomarkers indicate the diagnosis of metabolic syndrome, and can increase an…

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Optimizing Absorption with Whole Food, Herbal, and Orthomolecular Supplements

Shopping for supplements can be a bit of a daunting task. Natural health products can be expensive, and with advertising and fancy marketing terms coined by big-label supplement companies, it’s hard to differentiate which products truly are worth the investment. Although there are an overwhelming thousands of different products from hundreds of different brands on…

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Holistic Hair Repair: Deep Conditioning & Protein Treatments

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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Moisturizing: Daily Hair Oils, Conditioning Rinses, and Herbal Leave-Ins

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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Natural Hair Cleansing: Low-Poo, No-Poo, and Herbal-Poo

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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