Acne

Everyday Natural Therapies for Acne

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Acne is characterized by inflammation of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands, often on the face. The production of acne is due to an excess production of keratin (skin cells) and a hormonal related excess production of sebum by sebaceous glands. This leads to a blockage of the hair follicle, leading to an environment that […]

Acne

Herbs for Acne

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Acne is a treatable condition that is often a manifestation of a deeper internal imbalance. In many cases, acne is a result of inadequate detoxification and insufficiency of the liver to process chemicals and hormones. This results in a backlog, and higher than normal levels of hormones left in circulation. These excess hormones, particularly testosterone […]

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Sun Safety: How to Choose a Low Risk Sunscreen

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If you’re like me, the moment the sun finally makes its long-awaited debut you just want to spend all day soaking it in. I’m sure many Canadians feel the same way, as we only have a few short months of summer so the opportunity to take advantage of the sun’s natural source of vitamin D is short […]

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Adapting with Adaptogens

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Adaptogens are herbs that buffer the body’s physical, mental and emotional response to stress. They work predominantly via the endocrine system and provide support to our adrenal glands. These glands sit above our kidneys and release hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol in response to stressors on  the body, in an attempt to maintain homeostasis. […]

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Herbal Highlights: Peppermint

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Peppermint, or Mentha piperita is a widely used herb around the world, and is utilized in various therapeutic preparations ranging from herbal tea, topical essential oil dilution, steam inhalation and lozenges. Due to it’s high essential oil content, peppermint has many beneficial medicinal properties from soothing indigestion to relieving the itch of insect bites. Some […]

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What is Dry Brushing?

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The skin is the largest organ of our body. Not only is it a great physical barrier that supports our immune system, it also aids in the elimination of waste products and toxins. A great tool that can help assist in the elimination properties of the skin is dry brushing. Dry brushing is a technique that […]

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Could Your Cinnamon Be Causing Harm?

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Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices. It adds a warming flavor that is so comforting to me, my morning oats just aren’t the same without it. However, last year in Botanical Medicine our professor informed us of the potential toxic effects of a certain type of cinnamon, which is the most readily available type […]

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The Hype About Hypertension

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7.5 million people in Canada live with hypertension, which is defined as blood pressure greater than 140/90mmHg on two or more consecutive blood pressure readings. What does this mean clinically and why do we care so much about this? Blood pressure is a marker of an individuals risk for diseases such as heart attack, cardiovascular […]

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Dealing with Headaches

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Headaches are a very common pathology, with approximately 50% of the world’s population being affected at any given time. The majority of headaches are benign, with no underlying pathology. Of these primary benign headaches the most common are tension headaches, migraines and cluster headaches. Tension headaches account for about 40% of primary benign headaches in […]

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Herbal Highlights: Chamomile

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German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is a common herb that most people know as tea that aids in digestion and sleep. This is very true, however Chamomile provides several other health benefits as well! Some of the main botanical actions of chamomile are vulnerary, carminative, nervine and antispasmodic. A vulnerary is used for healing inflamed or damaged […]