What The Heck is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a system of medicine rooted in the same principles of yoga, both stemming from the Hindu culture and practices. While the exact origins are up for debate it is known that the practice of ayurveda evolved from the Vedas, (the sanskrit word for ‘wisdom’) a collection of ancient texts written in vedic sanskrit…

Homeopathy 101

Perhaps you’ve heard of homeopathy? Or perhaps not! Either way, there is no shortage of misinformation on this ‘alternative’ system of medicine. Anything that’s been around for hundreds of years is bound to be shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding… Homeopathy was developed in 1796 by a German physician Samuel Hahnemann using the principle that ‘Like…

Insomnia

You toss and you turn and you flip the pillow over, searching for the cold side. Only there is no cold side left because you’ve flipped your pillow over a half dozen times already. You just can’t sleep. You are at your wits end on account of not sleeping through the night in at least…

Flu Prevention

There’s no doubt about it- flu season is here. Aside from the common sensical things like washing your hands frequently and not putting your hands in your mouth, what can be done to minimize the risk of getting not only sick… but catching the dreaded flu! Echinacea? Flu shot? Live in a bubble? What is…

Veggie Spotlight: Ginger!

While not exactly a vegetable, ginger is a widely underused yet widely available root with endless culinary applications. Ginger ale, beer & wine, ginger tea, pickled ginger (for sushi!), gingerbread cookies, candied ginger and simply as a spice in smoothies, curries, stirfries or other cooking are some of the most common places we see this…

An Eco-Conscious Halloween

It seems this is one of those holidays that is easily rife with discardable, themed, single use items. Children easily grow out of Halloween costumes by the next year, and they’re not generally keen on visiting the neighbours with 2013’s character du jour. But it’s everything else that goes along with the late October activities…

Aromatherapy

The scent of Autumn is in the air.   Quick! What is the first thing that came to mind in that statement? What does this season upon us smell like to you? A crisp fall morning walk through the leaves? Grandmas baking? Pumpkin spice lattes? The associations we make in our brains with certain smells…

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10th is a day set aside globally to bring attention to the completely preventable loss of life through suicide. While this is not a new health promotion day, it’s getting plenty of attention lately on account of the recent passing of well known comedian Robin Williams by suicide. Largely those who make an attempt…