Curious about Herbal Medicine: Consider a Mini Consultation in Student Clinic

Are you curious about how herbal medicine can assist your health?
Wanting to use plants as medicines but not certain how to proceed?

Consider a mini consultation in our student clinic for guidance and suggested health recommendations.

The benefit is two fold, the students, while under the supervision of a qualified Medical Herbalist, have the opportunity to complete clinical training hours required for the completion of their training programs. This provides an unique opportunity for students to become confident, skilled clinical herbalists.

The client receives an opportunity to learn about herbal medicine and obtain some health recommendations on their current state of health. Herbal medicines are blended based on the symptom picture of the client.

Upcoming dates for Student Clinic: Wednesday May 11, 2016 and Thursday May 12, 2016

For more information on current dates and available appointments: please contact our clinic office at:
info@alchemyelixir.com

A Holistic Approach to Mental Health (PTSD, Depression, Anxiety)

Workshop presented by Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, CHT

Date: Thursday – April 28, 2016
Time: 2 hour 7-9 pm
Location: South End of Halifax, Nova Scotia: Downtown location- please contact for details and location address
Cost: $ 25

During the 2 hour talk 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
Contact at info@alchemyelixir.com for more information and registration

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)

Packages of 10 – Save $125.00 – Reg. $775.00 – (Promotion Price – $650.00)

(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.

Interested in a local BC Herbal Gathering? Consider attending the 2015 Vancouver Island Herb Gathering

June 12th – 14th, 2015 plus intensive herbal medicine classes on Monday

herb gathering 058The Vancouver Island Herb Gathering has partnered with the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations that represents herbalists across the country, to host the first National Canadian Herbalists Gathering with leading herbalists coming from Ontario, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Alberta, as well as some of our own local specialists frim BC. This is a very special event you don’t want to miss.

herb gathering18herb gathering12The 2015 year’s theme is ‘HONORING OUR HERBAL ELDERS’

  • Weekend features:
  • A weekend of learning, laughing, tasting, botanizing, herbaling and feasting
  • Over 50 different classes, demonstrations, and herb walks to choose from
  • Saturday night Honoring our Herbal Elders ceremony hosted by CCHA followed by a dance party
  • Bring your tent and camp out on a beautiful 7 acre farm or stay in near-by motels or hostel
  • For more information and registration forms visit: Vancouver Herb Gathering Registration
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Herbal Associations in Canada

Interested in professional associations of registered herbal therapists in Canada – there are numerous regional associations offering various membership categories- both for professional practicing herbalists and for members with a general interest in herbal medicine.

The Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations (CCHA) is a not for profit organization representing associations of herbal practitioners that unifies, promotes and serves herbal practitioners through active communication with government, the public, and between all herbalist associations in Canada.

Canadian Herbalist’s Association of British Columbia (CHA of BC)

Ontario Herbalists Association – promoting the safe and natural healing with plant medicines and promoting a unified community based on a devotion to the knowledge and practice of herbal medicine.

Herbalist Association of Nova Scotia

Guilde des Herboristes Quebec

Alberta Association of Practicing Herbalists

 

Health Action Network Society (HANS): Mind-Alive Conference: Exploring Natural Medicine for Mental Health

mind alive HANSHANS and Orthomolecular Health are hosting this extraordinary full day event dedicated to the awareness of natural treatments for mental health issues. Our expert speakers will be discussing the siagnosis and treatment options for, eg. anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorders.

Katolen Yardley, MNIMH Medical Herbalist will be speaking on the Holistic Approach to Mental Health: discussing nutrition and herbal medicine support.

Date: Saturday October 25, 2014

Location: Vancouver Convention Centre Meeting Rooms 10-12, Vancouver BC

For more information visit:  www.hans.org

 

Kootenay Herb Conference, Creston BC

Kootenay  Herb Gatherine 503The theme of the first Kootenay Herb Conference was “Herbs: The Medicine of the People.”  A weekend of celebrating the centuries-old tradition of using ‘herbs in food and herbs as medicine’; connecting to our past and the healing power of plants.

Kootenay  Herb Gatherine 450 The Kootenay Herb Conference was held just outside of Creston, BC in early July -situated close  to the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area a nature reserve with many trails. This world-Kootenay  Herb Gatherine 434renowned bird sanctuary is located on 17,000 acres of protected wetlands and boasts more than 265 species of nesting and migrating birds.- the location in a valley between mountains and beside a river and we were infused with warm summer weather.

Kootenay  Herb Gatherine 461The was a HUGE success – bringing attendees from all around BC, Alberta and the United States- It was an amazing Kootenay  Herb Gatherine 548opportunity to both infuse oneself in nature and learn about plant medicine – with insight from amazing herbalists residing throughout North America. Presenters ranged from numerous clinical herbalists, wildcrafters, doctors and naturopaths travelling from Seattle, McCall, Idaho, the Kootenays, Vancouver and Vancouver Island and Grande Prairie, Alberta who presented an assortment of health topics through the weekend- from phytochemicals used in salve making and favonoids in foods, to medicinal mushrooms, bach flower therapy, ayurvedic constitutions,  herbal discussions Kootenay  Herb Gatherine 529for various ailments (menopause, respiratory health, herbals for babies and children) and edible herbals- there were topics for every area of interest and level of learning (from advanced practitioners to those attending their very first herb lecture)- everyone took home gems from the weekend.

Medicinal plants are growing in abundance around the area making it an idelic space for herb walks and visual identification of plants growing in their natural habitat.Kootenay  Herb Gatherine 516

Kootenay  Herb Gatherine 549The conference offered delicious food, greens and berries grown specially for the  weekend and generously donated by local markets and farms, the meals were amazing.  A thank you to all the volunteers and organizers to make this event a success- Rachel Beck and others who worked tirelessly throughout the weekend- looking at ways to enhance the experience throughout the Kootenay  Herb Gatherine 551entire weekend.

Look for this conference to be held again in 2016 and spread the wordKootenay  Herb Gatherine 425 – what a great opportunity to expand ones knowledge of plant medicine while being submersed in nature. An idellic setting for learning more about nature’s healers.

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