Here are a few of the guiding principles that I use when developing or choosing all of the products and services that I offer:
Ethically Sourced Ingredients:
All of the ingredients that I use in any of my products must pass the following tests:
Grown Without Chemicals: All ingredients are either certified organic, grown without chemicals or ethically wild crafted.
Fair Trade: Wherever applicable, I choose ingredients are certified fair trade. This includes all of the cacao products, as well as the exotic spices such as vanilla, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper.
Plant is not at Risk: none of my products contain ingredients derived from species that are listed as endangered, threatened or at risk.
No Yucky Additives:
None of my products contain any artificial flavours, colours, fragrances, binders or preservatives. I use herbs, fruit and essential oils to flavour and scent my products.
In order to the completely transparent, Id like to point out that there are four products in my tea line that contain "organic natural flavour." These include the Blackberry Caramel Pu-erh (organic caramel flavour), Cherry Cobbler (organic caramel flavour), Lavender Bliss (organic black currant flavour) and Radiance (organic peach flavour). These are 100% certified organic and do not contain any artificial ingredients.
Environmentally Friendly Packaging:
- Tea Packaging: My teas packages have a multi-layered construction which insures optimal freshness (tea needs to be protected from light, air and moisture). The outer layer is made from recycled paper, the inner layer is BPA-free plastic. Its light weight and flexibility insures lowest shipping costs and requires less fuel for transport.
- Aromatherapy Packaging: all aromatherapy products are packaged in glass containers with with metal or BPA-free plastic fasteners.
- Labels: printed on labels made from recycled paper.
I put a lot of thought, time and research into creating each and every one of my products. While taste, scent and colour are all very important, each ingredient is selected only after I have researched its efficacy (supported by clinical research) as well as its safety.
Gentle and Supportive:
I believe that our bodies respond better to changes that are gentle, supportive and gradual. These changes may involve nutrition, activity level or the introduction of herbs, essential oils or supplements. All of the wellness products and recommendations that you will find on this site have been developed with this in mind. If you are looking for restrictive diets, stimulating laxatives, harsh cleanses or something to bring on a "healing crises"...you will definitely not find it here. However if you are looking for products and recommendations to help to support your body's return to balance, this is the place!