Beauty Sleep: A Night-time ritual

My night-time ritual uses some of my favourite PURA products. There is something so simple about a bedtime routine, but when it involves all-natural, mindful products lovingly made by someone as passionate as Lane I can't help but feel spoiled. With PURA, there is no hiding behind ingredients or manufacturing process. PURA openly and passionately shares every ingredient and each roller, mist, or mask is made in their apothecary-studio in Edmonton, Alberta.

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How to do Castor Oil Therapy the Easy Way

If you've read previous articles of mine, I'm all about ease. If a therapy cannot be well integrated into my life, the odds of it finding a space in my routine are slim. The traditional castor oil pack involves soaking flannel with castor oil, wrapping it around your abdomen often with saran wrap, and applying heat. To me, this is too much clean up and a hot mess waiting to happen. Of course, there is a easier way. 

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FALL FEATURE: The Art of Preserving

Transitioning from summer into fall is one of my favourite times of year. The air feels more clean and crisp, the beautiful warm colours come out as well as my scarves, boots, and sweaters (yay!)

Another great part of this time is starting the hibernation process of culling away the beautiful produce the summer gave us. You're thinking, what the f' am I going to do with all these tomatoes?

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How Ritual is Essential to Your Well-being

It seems ritual has been lost within our culture, but our mental/emotional and spiritual health demands it. We tend to be a society that tunes out, rather than turns in. 
Mornings aren't functional without a strong cup of coffee, winding down includes flipping on a Netflix show, or justifying a stiff drink to remedy a long, stressful day. What has been lost is an opportunity for connection-- creating a space to find stillness within ourselves.

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DIY SKIN-HEALING Herbal Salve Recipe

I recall making salve for the first time in a botanical medicine-making class. It was an incredibly frustrating experience and our group's salve never reached the desired consistency. Anxious of failure, I wondered how many attempts it would take to create a salve on my own. But, luckily with the aid of a helpful formula, my salve turned out the first go, and is the perfect melt-under-touch consistency.
The trick is...

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SUMMER FEATURE: Rethinking 'Fit'ness

With beach season upon us we are bombarded with subliminal, and not so subtle, messages to perfect our body. We create unrealistic expectations for ourselves, and when we don't achieve our goals we feel like we failed. We feel inadequate. 

For myself and for the health of my patients, I want a healthier outlook on physical 'fit'ness. How can I employ activity with a supportive motivation based on wellness rather than inadequacy?

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Herbin' in the Kootenays: Botanicals in everyday life

It's no secret that I love herbs.
Because of this nerdy-ness, I always seek out herb gatherings, conferences, workshops-- anything to continue learning about all that herbs have to offer.

This past weekend I went to Kootenay Herb Conference in scenic Creston, BC. What a setting to learn about herbs! A beautiful creek nearby, giant cedars sheltering tents, and meadows of wild flowers and medicinal "weeds". 

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In Pura [I] trust

With such an idyllic vision and business, I wanted to know where the line & business started from, and also gain insight on the nuances of being a female entrepreneur.
Read below for our Q & A...

I love being a female entrepreneur because it shows my children that they also have the power to create their own destiny. It shows them that courage, hard work and utilizing their creativity is an empowering and fulfilling way to live your life. I also feel that I'm living my purpose, and it challenges me everyday. There is no one else who is going to do it for you- although there are amazing people who will support you and help build your dream. Accountability and self-motivation is vital. This can feel daunting at times, but it always keeps me incredibly present and grateful to be doing what I love so much. 

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