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Unique Holistic Christmas Gift Ideas

Are you scrambling for last minute Christmas Gift ideas?

Does someone you are close too value natural and clean products?

Are you shopping for someone who is an herbal medicine enthusiast?

Check out these Christmas Gifts, Stocking stuffers and unique finds for people who may be hard to shop for and for those who lose 100 % natural, preservative free, gift ideas…

1. For all the tea lovers – here are some delicious pleasure teas – divine flavors with no preservatives or artificial additives.

Organic Berry Burst Tea is a rich tart tasting berry tea – which perks up with stevia or a bit of honey added. Try this tea hot or cold – it is tasty either way. – or if a sore throat has gotten you down- brew a tea then freeze into popsicle trays and enjoy!

Hibiscus Mint Medley is one of my favorite drinks – Hibiscus pods are blended with rosehips and mint for a divine after dinner digestive drink or pleasure tea.  This mineral rich tea is certain to delight – hot or cold.

2. Medicinal tea blends offer support for numerous complaints.

Core Health Herbal Tea blend contains herbs traditionally used for the effects of overeating, bloating, heartburn and indigestion…. and it tastes good too.

Winter Warming Tea Blend is our signature blend containing herbs known for their antiviral and immune supporting properties. Full of flavor with ginger, orange peel and cinnamon. Drink as needed or used for prevention during the season of colds and flu.

3. For those who love relaxing scents – try some of our aromatherapy products. Essential oils rich in volatile oils offering benefit to emotions, fatigue, immune support and skin care alike. Some of our favorite oils include:

Breath Essential Oil Blend: Our antiseptic blend ideal for a sinus steam – or put a couple of drops onto a kleenex and inhale and volatile oils.

Balance Essential Oil Blend: A favorite female blend. Dilute with a carrier oil and apply to the skin as a massage oil, rub onto the wrists or place in an aromatherapy diffuser for an uplifting scent for tension and those PMS times.

4. Salves and Topical Support. Dry skin relief – try our Skin Relief Salve. Congestion and cold prevention – consider our Winter Blend Balm– rub onto the chest and soles of the feet for volatile oil rich support for sinuses and to counter viruses. A perfect support for womens health- try our Moon Cycle Balm to provide assistance from cramps and PMS tension and emotional fluctuations… and we even have a topical balm for Pets – our Pet Pomade is a wonderful all natural product for your furry best friend –  a soothing balm to be used on cracked paws, a pets nose, hot spots, dry nose, minor dry skin irritation or any part of your pets skin that needs moisturizing and protection from the elements.

5. Some unique stocking stuffers include our white sage smudge sticks and sage wands wrapped with rose, feather wands for smudging and beautiful abalone shells to catch the glowing embers. We provide directions for your first smudge ritual.


6. And lastly – how can you support a loved one who is interested in learning more about herbal medicine, curious about recipes and learning how to prepare medicines at home? Here is a medicine makers guide providing monographs on 47 herbs, foods and medicinal plants – how to prepare and use for minor first aid, topical applications, food and yes even how to prepare infused oils, salve and massage oils.

The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Medicine provides something for herbalists of all levels. Bulk herbs can be purchased here for the medicine making recipes.

Do you have (S.A.D) – Stress, Anxiety and/or Depression?

Do you have (S.A.D) – Stress, Anxiety and/or Depression?
Do you need time to relax and unwind?
Energy Healing can help.
December Special $80.00 for first visit
(90 minutes – includes initial consultation and intake)
For information on energy healing go to
To book an appointment contact Wing by text or phone at: 604-842-5161 or
(Wing Piderman is a Certified Advanced Integrative Energy Healing Practitioner offering consultations at Alchemy & Elixir Health Group

The Boreal Herbal: Wild Food and Medicine Plants

The Boreal Herbal: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North is an indispensable guide to identifying and using northern plants for food and medicine. Award winning author Beverley Gray is a boreal herbalist, aromatherapist, natural-health practitioner and journalist.

Whether you’re hiking in remote areas or gardening in your backyard, this easy-to-use handbook will help you recognize and use fifty-five common wild plants that have extraordinary healing properties. With The Boreal Herbal you will learn how to soothe pain with White willow, staunch bleeding with Yarrow, treat a urinary-tract infection with Uva Ursi, and create a delicate and uplifting skin cream from sweetgrass – also included guidance for using Nettle, Goldenrod, Red Clover, Dandelion, Horsetail and Plantain.

The Boreal Herbal: by Bev Gray

The Boreal Herbal: by Beverly Gray

Also included are dozens of healthy and delicious recipes, including Wild- Weed Spanakopita, Dandelion Wine, and Cranberry-Mint Muffins.

The Boreal Herbal features:

  • Profiles of dozens of herbs, berries, and trees found in the northern boreal forest in Canada, Alaska, the Yukon and NWT: including information on their habitat, harvest times, medicinal applications, as well as food uses, cosmetic uses, and spiritual uses
  • Full-colour photographs and botanical illustrations of each medicinal plant profiled in the book for easy identification
  • Instruction on how to gather, prepare and preserve medicinal plants
  • More than 200 recipes: teas, tinctures, powders, flower essences, topical treatments, beverages, jams and jellies, baked goods, soups, entrées, and much more
  • Safety tips for harvesting and using edible and medicinal wild plants, including information on calculating dosage and plant-specific cautions
  • A resource section for people interested in starting up a non-timber forest-products business
  • Botanical and medicinal glossaries, an index, and handy reference charts
  • Over 400 pages of valuable herbal medicine information
  • International Awards: Silver Benjamin Franklin Award, Living Now Book Award, 2012 CBC Cross Country Cookbook  Shelf “The North’s Favourite Cookbook”, Gold Nautilus Award, Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Regular Price $ 44.95 Currently on sale for $ 42.99 – Limited supplies only. To order click here:


Vitamin C with Bioflavinoids Bonus Size ~ Natural Factors

When taking Vitamin C, always ensure you are taking a supplement that also contains bioflavinoids, which enhance the absorption of Vitamin C. Together the two help strengthen the walls of blood vessels and capillaries, provide assistance for varicose veins, their anti histamine effects help to prevent allergies, minimize bruising and inflammation.

Vitamin C with bioflavinoids can be a useful supplement for women experiencing hot flushes.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, essential for enhancing immune system function and increasing resistance to infection, balancing cholesterol.

Vitamin C plays a role in the formation of collagen and is necessary for the maintenance of healthy bones, teeth, gums, skin and blood vessels – in convenient tablet form.

Aspirin, antidepressants, analgesics, steroids, anti coagulants, tobacco and oral contraceptives all reduce the levels of vitamin C in the body leading to an increased need of supplementation. Regular size 180 for $ 23.79 While supplies last bonus size 210 tablets ON SALE here.


The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook

Check out our new Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy and Egg Free Cookbook!

Ideal for individuals with celiac disease or who are following a wheat free / dairy free diet. Over 200 tasty recipes including wheat free cinnamon buns, avocado fig fudgesicles, mediterranean quinoa salad, coconut lime chicken and wheat free chocolate chip cookies.

417 pages of useful tips for those with wheat and gluten allergies! The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook written by Alissa Sergersten and Tom Malterre – also contains food allergy substitution charts, a hidden gluten foods list, deserts and a 7 day sample menu plan.

Available for purchase at Alchemy & Elixir Health Group!

Purchase your Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook ON SALE here!!

Traditional Thai Yoga Massage ~ Christmas Sale Only $45 (taxes incl.)

A Regular retail value of $85+ taxes for ONLY $ 45 including taxes…until December 24, 2010.

Our Christmas Blitz Certificates Include:

A great way to relax and rejuvenate, Traditional Thai Massage is the perfect way to escape during a fun, yet hectic holiday time! Treat yourself, or give away as a gift! Our Holiday Blitz Massage Certificates are a great way to say “I care”.

Available until Dec. 24th, 2010 only at Alchemy & Elixir Health Group in Vancouver! Some restrictions apply. To purchase gift certificates, for reservations and more information call Sharon Brown Horton at 604.773.2645. To View More of our Services / Pre-Christmas Blitz Certificates online with PayPal

Counseling Services (Family and Couples Counseling)

Couples Counseling and Family Counseling with Lisa Tomlinson offers a unique approach when working with couples. She integrates the philosophy of Martin Buber together with Imago Relationship Theory, positive change from the relational skills found in Appreciative Inquiry and relational neurobiology.

Lisa has been involved in couples research and her masters thesis in University chronicled an innovative couples counseling method that she developed. It is the first of its kind. Her work was recognized as outstanding and as such, she has been invited to contribute to an anthology on relationship therapy.

Common reasons couples seek counseling:

  • They feel that their relationship is “doing just fine” but they yearn to experience the kind of connection they felt when they first met.
  • The marriage or life partner relationship is in trouble, heading for separation or divorce.
  • They are trying to heal their relationship after an affair.

Benefits of Couples Counseling include:

  • Why the very qualities that attracted you to each other now often drive you mad.
  • How to identify the hidden forces that control your relationship.
  • How to get to the root of your problems and dissolve them.
  • How to move from automatic reaction to deliberate action.
  • How to turn daily frustrations into vehicles for change.
  • How to fill your partners needs with laser-like precision.
  • How to successfully communicate your own desires.
  • How to express your love and appreciation in ways that touch your partners heart.
  • How to create fun, romance, passion, and intimacy.
  • How to rediscover the joy and spiritual potential of your relationship.
  • How to become your partners best friend and healer.

Confidentiality is respected and preserved throughout the course of our work together.

Couples Counseling Special Rates: Couples therapy 1.5 hour session: Regular rates $ 130 plus HST – Special Promotion until December 2010: $85.00 plus HST $10.20 = $95.20

Couples therapy 4 session package rates: Book 4 session packages and save! Big savings on rate and let us pay the HST! Regular rates $ 500 + HST – Special Promotion until December 2010: $300.00 including HST (super savings!!)

To schedule an appointment with Lisa Tomlinson, contact her at ph: 604-720-2404 and email:

First-time ‘Thai Massage’

Client Special Offer Enjoy 15%OFF the regular rate for any “Thai Foot Reflexology,and “Thai Yoga Massage”, when visiting Sharon Brown-Horton as a first time client at the Alchemy & Elixir Health Group & Wellness Centre from now until Dec. 22, 2009.

Share the Love ~ the Holidays are just around the corner! With each Gift Certificate you purchase (from now until Dec. 22, 2009) for a 60-min.Thai Yoga Massage or a 60-min.Thai Foot Reflexology Massage at the regular rate, you will receive a Gift Certificate for a Complimentary 15-minute Thai Massage or Thai Foot Reflexology service that you can enjoy yourself (non-transferrable).

The more Gift Certificates you purchase, the more massage time you accumulate! Gift Certificates (purchased) are good for 1 year from the date of purchase and are transferrable, but non-refundable. Call Sharon Brown-Horton at 604.773.2645 to request your service or Gift Certificate.

Gift Certificates can be sent to you by courier (week-days) when purchasing with a credit card for an extra delivery charge. Offer good until December 22, 2009. Visa & Mastercard accepted.

Shiatsu Specials -Thru October and November

Special for a 1 hour Shiatsu treatment. Regular price $ 60 – October and November promotion $ 40.

Shiatsu is a contemporary therapy with its roots found in oriental medicine, translated literally as “finger pressure” in Japanese. Traditionally performed on the floor, the practitioner uses his/her own body weight while applying pressure to meridians (energy channels) and tsubo (pressure points) with palms, thumbs, and elbows. Shiatsu also involves gentle stretching and range of motion techniques. Shiatsu aims to regulate our body’s energy (“chi”) which flows through the meridians, nourishing the blood, organs, muscles, glands, and nerves. An imbalance in this energy network can often lead to fatigue, pain and illness. Shiatsu treatments help to alleviate stress and to improve muscle and joint function. This deep yet gentle approach to health care can strengthen the body and improve overall wellness, offering many long-term benefits.

In addition to supporting balance and harmony in the body, Shiatsu may also assist with the following specific conditions:

  • Stress and tension
  • Back pain
  • Headaches and neck pain
  • Menstrual regularity and comfort, menopause
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Depression, anxiety
  • Insomnia, fatigue
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • General wellness and vitality ~ plus it just simply feels great!

Nancy Adham ~Shiatsu practitioner. Nancy was born in Alexandria, Egypt and has lived in several countries working with people teaching dance, art, and design. Nancy has a deep understanding of body movement and how muscles work due to her in-depth experience with dance. Her desire to help dancers relieve their muscle stiffness, minimize stess and minimize over-all fatigue led her to study Shiatsu and offer healing through this beautiful technique.

Shiatsu treatments can help to alleviate stress and to improve muscle and joint function. This deep yet gentle approach to health care can strengthen the body and improve overall wellness, offering many long-term benefits. Shiatsu offers excellent solutions for individuals wanting relaxation, additional stress management and health enhancement. Nancy received her certification from the Vancouver School of Body Work and Massage.

To book a Shiatsu appointment at Alchemy & Elixir Health Group call Nancy at 778-833-2770

Alchemy & Elixir Health Group ~ Grand Opening Celebration!!

A sublimely healing oasis located in the heart of the West End. Our wellness centre offers a variety of holistic therapies for the attainment and maintenance of your optimal health and vitality. Our services educate, empower and support the health of the ‘whole’ person to achieve a state of balance and harmony within the mind, body and spirit.

We welcome you to the GRAND OPENING of our Vancouver Wellness Centre on Sunday, September 27, 2009 from 1-4 pm. Mark this date on your calender and drop by…

Come visit our open house, sample some of our herbal tea blends, mix and mingle with like-minded folk, meet our practitioners, check out our upcoming specials, seminars and events and register for our door prize draws!

Sunday Open House Events

Open house from 1-4 pm

Interactive Workshops and Events!

1:15 – 1:45 pm ~ partake in our Intuitive Painting Class with our Art Therapist, Stephanie Harper, BA, DVATI, BCATR.

2:00 – 2:30 pm ~ attend our Thai Massage Demonstration with Sharon Brown Horton.

2:40 – 3:00 pm ~ Reflexology Demonstration with Sharon Brown Horton.

3:15 – 3:45 pm ~ Yoga with Martina Schneider, RYT.

All Afternoon

1:00- 3:00 pm ~ Mini Massage and Shiatsu with Nancy Adham.

1:00 – 4:00 pm ~ Psychosomatic Energy Checks with Alycia Hall.

1:00 – 4:00 pm ~ Interact with our Registered Holistic Nutritionist, SharonGreen and receive information on her “Top 10 Healing Foods”

Chat with Business coach, Kiley Redhead and Medical Herbalist, Katolen Yardley.

Location: # 320-1026 Davie St, Vancouver BC, V6E 1M3 or call for more information: 604-683-2298

Website: Alchemy & Elixir Health Group