Seasonal Affective Disorder and How to Deal with It.

fall colours

Autumnal colours and the smell of change is in the air! For many of us in the Kootenays we are getting PUMPED at the closeness of the ski season, but with the powder comes shorter day light hours, colder nights and mornings, and the dreaded seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Like Read on…

St John’s Wort – herbal sunshine.

St Johns Wort flowers

Hypericum perforatum, or St John’s wort, is a wonderful herb that can be found all over the western side of the Canada and the US. This wonderful plant is one of the most used in my practice and it is the perfect time for me to harvest some to make Read on…

Herbal Tinctures

herbal medicine tincture

Herbal tinctures are one of my favourite forms of medicine. I use them everyday and with almost every patient because they are so quick acting and customizable. What is a tincture? A tincture is a liquid extract of a dried or fresh herb. Tinctures can be made with alcohol, glycerine Read on…

Spring Health Talks – Cranbrook and Kimberley

doctor cranbrook naturopath

Education is one of the most important aspects of long term sustainable health. Learning about your health and ways to improve it at home empowers people to achieve their greatest spectrum of health. My health talks series allows me to reach the greatest number of people at one time and Read on…

Self Care for Busy People

calendar and business

Self care can come in many forms – from daily relaxing rituals like yoga or a bath, to “treat yo self” dates, to aromatherapy and chocolate, to exercise and nutrition plans. I love all of the above and try to incorporate them into my life both as self-care and daily Read on…

Sugar Sources and Intake

sugar

Sugar is all around us. One of the trickiest things these days is that the food industry has many different forms and names for sweet, high glycemic, blood sugar spiking products. This short blog post will identify the key sources of added sugar and look at how much we should Read on…

Smell your way to better digestion

digestion and smell

If you’ve struggled with digestive issues, you’re not alone. Many people struggle with common symptoms such as gas, bloating, heartburn, loose stool or constipation. It’s important to talk with your medical provider about your symptoms, but sometimes simple shifts in eating patterns are the first place to start. We call Read on…

Home Canning

canned tomatoes and peaches

With wedding season over and wildfires keeping us out of the mountains I finally had some time to get some canning done this summer! Our family has done pickles for forever and I made a huge batch in August with my mom. Most recently (pictured above) my sister and did Read on…

A Daily Retreat

mediation

In today’s busy world, meditation and mindfulness techniques are increasing in popularity. We have distractions practically begging to creep into our brains at any minute – whether it be notifications from our phones, constant advertisements, nagging worries, or out-of-the-blue memories. Meditation is proven to be helpful not only for overall Read on…