Posted on February 25th, 2018

Is Nail Polish Really Organic?
Some people call nail polish natural or organic, but nail polish isn’t organic in the same way that an apple or orange is. While many companies have developed non-toxic and low chemical formulas, they still do not meet our definition of organic and the quality of these non-toxic polishes can vary from brand to brand. You can however, still make a healthier, non-toxic choice.  We know it can be overwhelming  trying to choose the right product when it comes to natural beauty so this post will provide you with a few things to look out for when it comes to choosing a natural polish.

Posted on October 14th, 2015

Well I think we can all agree that we have had an absolutely amazing fall in Toronto so far! It’s always beautiful at this time of year when the weather starts cooling down, people are getting festive for the various fall holidays, and the leaves are changing to their vibrant fall colours! There is a level of comfort and coziness when the weather changes from summer to fall that is unlike any other time of year.  It is a great time of year to grab a warm drink and enjoy the outdoors around the city. At Alma, we believe in health and natural wellness in all forms, and believe getting outside is one of the best things we can do for our mind, body, and soul.

Posted on November 22nd, 2014

I meditate so I can quiet my mind and the world around enough to hear me – to hear what I’m saying, to hear what I really feel or need, to hear what I need to know. For so long I felt stuck in life but when I tried to use logic to get out of it, nothing got any better.  I started meditating 7 years ago in a yoga class and we would meditate for one minute – that’s it one minute – and I couldn’t do it.  Even in that minute my mind would go crazy about everything it was thinking.  But I kept with it and eventually that one minute became five and eventually into my practice now.  When I was quiet enough to hear what I needed, then amazingly enough I started to get unstuck.  I am more present in my life, I’m less anxious, I’m content.
I often hear people say “I don’t know what to do about…” and I ask back - did you try asking yourself?  It is so powerful if you do.  Ask – and then be quiet enough to listen.  Your mind is not you – it is telling you logic and reason and things you were taught or what you’re supposed to think or feel.  But the real you – your soul or essence - is beneath that.
For those who that doesn’t resonate that’s ok.  The benefits of meditation at a physical level are endless – calmer, lower blood pressure, less anxiety, better sleep and the list goes on!  Meditation is not easy – it is a practice that you must cultivate.   Some days will be easier than others and some days it will be harder to quiet your mind.  But giving yourself the time and space is worth it.  There are so many ways to meditate or be mindful – it can be guided or on your own, music or silent, mantras, breathing, candles or just you.  Whatever works for you – at Alma we offer just one of many ways to meditate try it and see if it is for you.

Marda is an amazing inspiration and guide!  I hope you can join to start meditating with us on Mondays.  If you already have a practice, this is a good opportunity to change the venue and enhance it with the energy of other like-minded people.  If you’re new, this is a great way to give yourself the discipline to start.  Marda will be joining Alma to offer some of her healing therapies in the near future so get to know her today with the meditation group.  Click here to sign up.


Posted on March 23rd, 2014

Even though it is still quite chilly outside, allergy season has started for some and it's definitely just around the corner for many.  Here a few tips to help naturally treat allergies and perhaps provide a little bit of prevention.

Posted on March 16th, 2014

March seems to be the month of Green, especially with St. Patrick's Day and the first day of Spring!  So keeping with that theme, today we're going to share a few tips on how to incorporate more green into your diet, along with a delicious greens drink recipe.

Dark leafy greens are superfoods and potent in essential nutrients; vitamins, minerals, are rich in fibre and low in calories.  We all should be consuming daily, dark leafy greens such as kale, swiss chard, spinach and dandelion, just to name a few .

Studies have shown that we really need to eat 4-6 servings of greens each day and so many of us are not even meeting a minimum requirement of 2-3 servings.  We live in a fast-paced, constantly on-the-go world and our diets and health are paying for it.  However, they don't have to.  By making conscious choices every day and with a little bit of planning, consuming greens is relatively easy.  Be sure to either steam or make a salad with a variety of greens at each meal and start having 1 greens drink per day.  If you can make it 2, great!