The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies

I am very excited to announce the release of my new book “The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies.” Inspired by the urgent need to recognize the value of mother earth and the gifts which she provides, especially plants – both serving as our foods and also our medicines and the importance of taking steps to maintain and preserve the health of the earth for our own wellbeing, the continued accessibility of our healing plants and the health of generations in the future.front cover small

This back-to-nature home remedy and herbal medicine making guide provides details on effective herbal medicines (kitchen vegetables, spices, well known herbal medicines and wild plants) for common family health issues. Inside the 310 pages of this hardcover book you will find recipes for various common health concerns: from an upset stomach, indigestion to arthritis and sore muscles, wound healing to acne, eczema, hives as well as body care recipes (body washes, insect repellents, cleansers and hair masks).

Regardless of if you are a beginner or advanced in your herbal training – this book is for you!  Providing guidance for preparing infusions, decoctions, medicinal honeys, general tincture preparation, herbal vinegars and topical applications as well as general first aid guidance using herbal medicine. There are also tasty food recipes which incorporate edible plants into ones diet.

Color photographs offer assistance with plant identification, this is a reference manual; offering tips for both beginners as well as recipes and traditional and modern applications for advanced herbal practitioners.

Kat book 2Featuring a long list of medicinal plants including detailed descriptions on the use of Turmeric, Lavender, Nettles, Heartsease, Sweet Violet, Self Heal, Juniper and Sage; common kitchen herbs and even vegetables and also some lesser known medicinal plants such as Watercress, Daisy and Sunflowers!

We all know that what we put on our skin is absorbed into out body. There is more and more research conducted on groups of commercial synthetic chemicals (largely found in cosmetic use and cleaning supplies) known as Xenoestrogens – also known as Endocrine disruptors (known to increase our bodies estrogen levels, and contribute to health conditions including infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, lowered sperm counts and have the ability to disrupt thyroid function, and linked to obesity, and a large list of health issues).

The cosmetic and body care recipes inside this book are environmentally friendly and Xenoestrogen free – they can play a small role in reducing our exposure to toxic chemicals typically found in common packaged cosmetics and also reduce the impact of environmentally toxic chemicals in the environment, our water and food chain and on marine life.

Packed full of herbal wisdom, traditional use and just the right amount of science, readers will gain confidence in plant identification as they dive into the art of creating ones own elixirs at home. In short, “The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies” is a simple, straightforward, and beautiful guide to herbal remedies that will help you take charge of your health using nature’s own medicine.

kat book 3There is some urgency in remembering and recognizing the value of mother nature and the plants which she grows.  We reach for what is familiar! That which we use daily -those very habits which we see our family repeating daily, is what we will likely repeat as adults. Our habits today create the habits of the next generation- we need our future generations to remember the importance of clean soil, clean air and accessible plants, both as our foods and as our medicines. This book is a small tool for the remembering of the value of our plants and how to apply them as medicines for common first aid.

Some reviews of the book can be viewed here.

More about me:  You can view a more in depth bio here on my website www.katolenyardley.com: Katolen Yardley, MNIMH – I have been in private practice for almost 2 decades (not to date myself) specializing in women’s health, digestive and skin issues. I have taught herbal medicine making classes for over 25 years, and offer my wisdom and experience to a variety of students in workshops and classrooms.

Autographed copies can be purchased online from my website: www.alchemyelixir.com or books are also available for purchase online: at Amazon, Indigo Chapters, Barnes and Nobel, Banyen Books, and hopefully at a bookstore near you.

Building Your Natural Health Business

with Katolen Yardley, MNIMH ~ Medical Herbalist on Sunday, September 18, 2016

Course Information
This one-day workshop provides essential tips for holistic practitioners (new or seasoned alike) looking to establish or expand their natural healthcare business. Topics for the day include the following:

  • tips and tools for preparing to open a private practice
  • how to build good habits for success
  • fine tune your niche market
  • how to determine markups and the best possible price for your services
  • possible actions to get the desired results
  • sole proprietorship versus incorporation
  • accounting tips and other business contemplations
  • the importance of ensuring that our field is thriving for future students, practitioners, and clients
  • public relations
  • negotiating leases and business agreements
  • your role in community medicine
  • professional associations and your involvement

There will be hands-on and group work to increase success in starting your own business and planning for your practice.
Course Instructor: Katolen Yardley is a Medical Herbalist and owner of Alchemy & Elixir Health Group – For the past 17 years in private practice in Vancouver and Port Moody, BC. Katolen teaches herbal medicine courses at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, Langara College, Dominion Herbal College and local and international conferences. She is vice president of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations (CCHA) and second term president of the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of BC (CHA of BC).

Since 1998, she has appeared on Global Television Morning News, where she offers herbal information to the public. Katolen has been a guest on the Discovery Channel’s Healthy Home Show and has been published in numerous magazines and health journals. Her personal interest in health lies with the emotional connection to wellness and dis-ease.

Her book The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies is available July 2016 and book signings will occur at the end of the course.

For more information visit: www.katolenyardley.com or                                                       Facebook: Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist
Date: Sunday, September 18, 2016, 9:00am-5:00pm Location: Pacific Rim College, Victoria, BC
To register visit: Pacific Rim College Event
https://www.pacificrimcollege.com/workshops/workshop-registration-form/

A Holistic Approach to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (and associated mental health issues including Depression and Anxiety)

Join Katolen Yardley, MNIMH in this one-day workshop exploring the impact that long term stress has on the body. We will cover the HPA Axis, and some theories behind PTSD and related mental health issues (including anxiety and depression). Participants will investigate the connection between systemic inflammation and optimal digestive function and dis-ease, including the role a healthy microbiome plays in mental health. Additionally, participants will learn about holistic treatment protocols including nutrition and plant medicine in the route back to optimal health.

Therapeutic options covered include the following:

  • Herbal Medicine options
  • Tips for Nutrition and supplements
  • Lifestyle considerations
  • The role which ‘Connection’ has on our state of mind
  • This course is ideal for a health care professional or any person wanting holistic guidance for supporting their body through extended stress.

Course Instructor: Katolen Yardley is a Medical Herbalist and owner of Alchemy & Elixir Health Group – currently in private practice in Vancouver and Port Moody, BC. Katolen teaches herbal medicine courses at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, Langara College, Dominion Herbal College and local and international conferences. She is vice president of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations (CCHA) and second term president of the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of BC (CHA of BC).

Since 1998, she has appeared on Global Television Morning News, where she offers herbal information to the public. Katolen has been a guest on the Discovery Channel’s Healthy Home Show and has been published in numerous magazines and health journals. Her personal interest in health lies with the emotional connection to wellness and dis-ease.

Her book The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies is available July 2016 and book signings will occur at the end of the course.

For more information visit: www.katolenyardley.com or                                                       Facebook: Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist
Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9:00am-5:00pm                                                                             Location: Pacific Rim College, Victoria, BC
To register visit: Pacific Rim College Event
https://www.pacificrimcollege.com/workshops/workshop-registration-form/

Course Tuition
Regular – $150 (Early Bird – $142.50, until August 1)
Students* – $137.50 (Early Bird – $125, until August 1)
PRC Alumni – $142.50 (Early Bird – $132.50, until August 1)
*PRC diploma students will receive 0.5 NU/WHS academic credit for this workshop.

Herb Walk and Medicine Making Workshop

With Katolen Yardley, MNIMH – Medical Herbalist and host Sharon Brown Horton.

Join us for a day long adventure…. on Gambier Island.

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• Learn about local medicinal plants and herb walk in the stunning rainforest and meadow land.
• Meander to a stunning off the grid property to learn about herbal medicine making.
Enjoy the local animals on property and the gorgeous view overlooking Howe Sound.
• Collect medicinal and garden edibles for salad and enjoy a delicious herbal desert, sip on herbal tea throughout the day.
• Dive into medicine making and learn how to prepare herbal teas, herbal vinegars, a medicinal salve and infused oil – an instruction booklet provided.
• Learn the various medicinal uses of local plants.

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The days experience are made more magical by the fact that we are travelling to an off the grid property. This part of the island has no public ferry access, no stores, no paved roads, no hydro, no phone lines… and of course no ATM machines or restaurants. (So bring your own snacks for the day, in case you get hungry).

Access to the island is by water taxi and once you arrive it is as if you are miles away from the city, in a stunning rustic environment surrounded by wildlife (if luck is with us a deer may stop by for a hand fed snack!) and on the property your might meet some friendly hens and roosters, kittens. Stunning views of the ocean and mountains are visible.

Katolen Yardley, MNIMH is a medical herbalist and nature knower with over 20 years of clinical and medicine making experience. Author of the Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies (August 2016). Visit  www.katolenyardley.com for more information

And our lovely host and Thai Massage Instructor, Sharon Brown Horton at www.hummingbirdhillfarm.net

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Date: Saturday July 9, 2016Gambier lavender
Time: From 8 am until after 6 pm

Prepayment required. Space is limited –to reserve now.
Medicine Making: $ 115 (Plus $ 45 Water Taxi to island) =
Total: $ 160
Meet in Vancouver for car pool or Lions Bay Marina
More information provided upon registration.

Contact: info@alchemyelixir.com to preregister and pay by visa, mastercard, cheque or e transfer.

Or call 604 683 2298

 

Jardin Botanico ~ Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin- Puerto Moreles, Mexico

Tulum 008One of the very top highlights about being an herbalist is learning about plant medicine and the diverse variation of plant species found in every country. The learning never ends, and since it is a learning which I am passionate about… “double bonus!!” When I travel I welcome the opportunity to visit local botanical gardens. There are ALWAYS more medicinal plants to discover and learn of their traditional application.

This particular journey took me to the lush Mayan jungle where I looked forward to visiting one of the largest botanical gardens in Mexico, Jardin Botanico, named after ethnobotanical researcher Alfredo Barrera Marin, a cultural expert in Mayan and Nahuatl history. Established in 1982 outside of Puerto Morelos, on the coast of Quintana Roo, in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

Tulum 015This 160 acre reserve contains kilometers of meandering trails, intermingled with mayan ruins; the lush jungle and mangroves are home to a vast selection of endangered  plant species and is a conservation project intended to protect regional flora and conserve biodiversity in the Yucatan Peninsula. The plant collection was rumored to contain more than half of the plant species identified in the Yucatan Peninsula, both ornamental and medicinal. I was excited to visit the garden to see orchids, palms, ferns, and a huge selection of cactus and over 60 species of medicinal plants used in traditional Mayan herbal medicine. A herbalists dream! In fact many of the conserved plants, such as palm leaves were used for crafts, preservation of food and the roofs of houses. And many species are now endangered.

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Jardin Botanico is one of  the featured gardens of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). The BGCI provides recognition for all botanic gardens worldwide and is one of the largest plant conservation network in the world (featuring over 500 botanical gardens in over 100 countries), taking care to preserve and grow some of the world’s endangered plant species.The BGCI  botanical gardens provide a collection of extensive plants from a local region, supplies seed banks and is a knowledge network focusing on aspects of plant conservation including  education. Its mission is “To mobilise botanic gardens and engage partners in securing plant diversity for the well-being of people and the planet”.

plantSo preparing to visit the Gardens early morning- before the heat became the focus of the day. I was awoken early in my tiny stone and clay mayan hut to the sound of a odd bird – clearly pretending to be a rooster (and did I mention that it was early?) – in short order other harmonies of various birds chirped in to welcome the new day and then finally a real rooster. It was still early – way before my alarm. The morning sun was now just starting to peak. Time to get up and begin the adventure.

There was a rumor that the botanical garden also holds a large animal population, including the only coastal troops of curious spider monkeys still left in the region, colorful birds, sunning iguanas and wild boars. As I love monkeys, I was hope-filled to spot some and inquired about their general location on the kilometers of meandering trails.

On the path I discovered a traditional mayan house- an example of traditional architecture and also archaeological Mayan ruins of an alter dating back to 1400 AD. Various sink holes are also  visible, and scattered shells from sea life visible underneath…. and a special collection of Mayan Medicinal Plants. I am not certain if I visited off season- but I was disappointed by the lack of selection of flourishing plants in the medicinal garden.

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Tulum 114As I neared the last third of the walk, my heart began to sink… there were still no monkeys. I was holding back my disappointment and kept my hears open. Rounding a corner I startled a shy wild boar, who ran for the exit … still no monkeys.Tulum 117

 

 

Another turn in the path and I discovered an amazing mushroom and I stopped to take some photos of this impressive fungi.

Once quiet I could hear some rustling in the far off distance… could it be a troop of monkeys? I wait, quiet, not moving…. strangely after a time, I begin to feel like I am being watched and I have a sense to look up above my head into the towering trees.

There is a monkey- quietly sitting in branches directly above my head -observing me.  I bring out my camera and begin taking photographs – thrilled that my wish was granted.

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The last section of the garden consists of the evergreen tropical forest reaching up to  25 meters in height. With a 130-foot suspension bridge (or wooden slat bridge), which climbed up to a scenic tower overlooking a panoramic view of one of the last preserved areas of mangrove in the region. Off in the distance impending construction and development can be seen.

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So when I speak of jungles and mangroves… I need to emphasize, this is one area is of the LAST conserved forest areas between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. And this is also one of the last undisturbed ecosystems and homes to thousands of rare animal species (including black spiny-tailed iguanas, leopard frogs, and swamp crocodiles.

During my entire stay I read and hear of protests from locals over the large amount hectares of jungle which are being destroyed IN A DAY to make room for concrete developments of condos and tourist properties at the cost of the  homes of rare animal ecosystems and plant biodiversity. Protesters make note to mention that no animals were re-located, instead they were simply a part of the bulldozed mix of destruction.

Over the past 40 years, the coastal state of Quintana Roo has lost nearly 55 percent of its mangroves to developers in real estate and tourism. The village of Puerto Morelos had 409 hotel beds in 2003; now it has over10,000. Referenced from Mother Jones. In 2016, Santiago Tello from the Riviera Maya News quotes local biologists and environmentalists observing the growing extent of deforestation in northern Quintana Roo, “We went from 3,429 hectares of mangrove to 1,569 hectares” in 1976 to 2013. Countless acres of mangrove forests on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast have been lost — to make way for tourism chain hotels.

A Holistic Approach to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (and associated mental health issues)      

 

Presented by Katolen Yardley, MNIMH

During the  2 hours we will:

  • Explore the impact that long term stress has on the body, including the HPA Axis, and some theories behind PTSD and related mental health issues (anxiety and depression)
  • Investigate the connection between systemic inflammation and optimal digestive function and dis-ease and the role which healthy microbiome plays in  mental  health
  • Cover tools for re establishing health including:
  • Herbal Medicine options
  • Tips for Nutrition and supplements
  • Lifestyle considerations and
  • the role which ‘Connection’ has on our state of mind

Date: Thursday April 28, 2016    

Time: 2 hours from  7-9 pm  

Location: Kings College, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Herbal Medicine in Pregnancy

Mothers to be often reach out for consultations during pregnancy for guidance on optimal health or health issues experienced during pregnancy.  While optimal nutrition is always the best option, there are many herbal remedies which can be considered during pregnancy for various ailments. As education is something which I am an enthusiastic promotor of, I often refer clients to my favorite herbal medicine reference book for pregnancy: The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices by Aviva Romm.  This book is full of nutrition and herbal medicine recipes, exercises and posture modifications, lifestyle suggestions and herbal medicine guidance for common health issues experienced during pregnancy (from stretch marks to hemorrhoids and vaginal infections to ankle swelling and nausea) there is something here for every expectant mother.

 

REDUCE STRESS – EASE TENSION – CALM YOUR MIND

Energy Healing Can Help!

Treat yourself, a friend or a family member to a relaxing session before and/or after the Christmas Holidays to promote balance and harmony for more joy and clarity in your life.

For more information on Energy Healing visit this link to our website.

First session (includes intake) – 1 ½ – 2 hours – Reg. $120.00 – Save $40.00 (Promotion Price – $80.00)

** Packages of 3 – Save $55.00 – Reg. $275.00 – (Promotion Price – $215.00)

Packages of 5 – Save $75.00 – Reg. $425.00 – (Promotion Price – $350.00)

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(Note:  Expires – February 28, 2016); first session is not part of package; packages are to be paid in full after the first session, available days Wednesday and Fridays – some flexibility on Saturdays)

For more information, or to book an appointment call 604-842-5161, or email wing@soulenergyhealing.ca

Wing Piderman, CAIEHP, Certified Advanced Integrative Energy Healing Practitioner, Soul Energy Healing,  www.soulenergyhealing.ca

The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook 2 Ed.

Just in Time for Christmas, the second edition of the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook! The  first edition is a kitchen bible for many and continuing  in that tradition with the new, revised Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook!  With 100 well-tested new recipes, color photographs and fascinating health information so you can have the most delicious, soul-satisfying meals and be able to make the most informed decisions about what to eat and why!Whole_Life_Nutrition_Cookbook2

The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook will guide you through the process of stocking whole foods, from the healthiest meats and seafood to the best types of fats and oils, and even the healthiest forms of chocolate! You’ll learn detailed information on the benefits of each whole food group—Greens, Vegetables, Fruits, Whole Grains, Legumes, Nuts and Seeds, Meats & Seafood, Dairy Foods, Sea Vegetables, and Fats. There are over 450 pages of recipes and information!

The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook includes:

  • Evidence-based information on whole foods
  • Gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and soy-free recipes
  • A complete guide to stocking your whole foods pantry
  • The whole story on the current diet trends and how to adapt them to best serve your individual needs
  • The real story behind toxicity in food and avoiding PCB’s, GMO’s, and non-organics
  • Over 300 recipes that any vegan, vegetarian, carnivore, or omnivore will love

Available NOW – click here to order!

Honouring Our Elders – Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations

At the Vancouver Island Herb Gathering back in June, it was an absolute pleasure for the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations to formally honour our Elder Herbalists in a ceremony gathering over 300 participants. With smudging, drumming, dancing and stories shared by elders present so many attendees were moved with laughter and tears hearing reflections and advice offered by our Elders to everyone present. This was an event which will be remembered!

The 36 nominated Elders include practitioner herbalists from across Canada who have spent at least 25 years offering outstanding contributions to the field of herbalism.  Their bios and background can be viewed on the CCHA website Honouring Our Elders page. Many of our nation’s herbal elders have offered years of service to community healing and to defend and establish the right to access herbs in Canada. We honoured their contributions with the announcement at Canada’s first nation wide herbal gathering in 2015. Our herbal elders have gathered vast amounts of knowledge and as they move towards retirement we hope to help them stay connected to the younger herbalists who will look to them for teachings and support.

The CCHA welcomes nomination of additional elders to be honoured at future gatherings,Herb Gathering, Joshua Tree 2015 099 visit the website for more information.