Plant-Based Wellness

Updated: Apr 16, 2019

Plant-based wellness is on the rise.

A shift is occurring as people are becoming more and more educated about health and wellness. Now more than ever, the interest of living a healthier lifestyle is gaining popularity. Solely depending on traditional medicine is no longer the only option to getting better. From changing their nutrition, eliminating intake of foods that are said to be toxic for our body, to being conscious about our environment, people are taking numerous steps to better their lives.

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Plant-based medicine has been proven to naturally help the body recover. Health Canada and the FDA have recognized many products including essential oil blends which means you can confidently choose natural remedies to treat many common health concerns. Health Canada is a federal institution that regulates and licences everything that has to do with our health, from foods to drugs. When you'll look for it, you'll find most products have an NPN (or Natural Product Number) on their labels, which tells you that the claims being made about the product are approved by the Government of Canada. When there's more than science involved, how could you not give it a chance.

We have two homes in our lifetimes (this earth and our bodies). The impact we have on our planet has only been damaging and as we learn more about the consequences of consumption, it is even more critical to support natural choices.

Always try to look for ingredients derived from safe and renewable resources. Sustainability is key!

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I often turn to essential oils and the healing power of plants for their remarkable therapeutic properties. Make sure to pick 100% natural essential oils distilled from various flowers, grasses, fruits, leaves and trees, because unfortunately, many essential oils on the market can be nature-identical, synthetic or modified. In fact, that goes for ingredients in general, so always beware of labels.

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Another surprising plant-based medicine, CBD, got discovered by the world when this simple plant chemical stopped an epileptic seizure in its tracks on U.S. national television. Since then we also realized that this miracle compound can stop spasms, calm anxiety, and soothe those in chronic pain. Unlike the most famous molecule, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is completely nonpsychoactive (it is all relaxation without intoxication). Preclinical trials over the past four decades have found that CBD shows promise as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, neuroprotectant, antidepressant, analgesic, anti-tumoral agent and also as an antipsychotic. The therapeutic value of CBD has been a key factor in the well-being of many medical cannabis patients. Anxiety, epileptic disorders, schizophrenia and psychotic disorders are some of the most common reasons patients use CBD, in addition of cancer, diabetes, lupus, motor disorder, nicotine addiction, Parkinson's disease, chronic and neuropathic pain, OCD, osteoporosis and various pediatric conditions.