Fermentation 101 Workshop *Registration Required*

Fermentation 101 Workshop

*Registration Required*

Join us later this month to add a new healthy habit to your wellness repertoire- FERMENTED FOODS! Sascha has been fermenting foods for years, and has experience with everything from sauerkraut to kefir to kvass! Don’t know those terms? Then this class is for you! Read on for more details and how to register. 

About the class: Fermentation is one of the oldest forms of food processing, and once upon a time, fermentation was a necessary skill in order to preserve food and get sufficient calories and nutrition when food sources were scarce. However, with the advent of fridges, high-speed transportation, and the loss of traditional practices in the kitchen, fermented foods not only became less popular but to some, completely unknown and mysterious. But luckily for us and future generations, the art of fermentation has begun a resurgence and such foods are becoming popular and widely available once again.

If you’ve been paying attention at all to the latest in the nutrition world, you will likely have heard of kombucha, kefir, fermented vegetables and more. Perhaps these sounded strange and foreign to you, but have become a part of your diet. Or perhaps you’ve heard of them but haven’t yet taken the leap and given them a try. In our modern society, as a whole we have moved away from these foods and let’s face it…we’re not getting any healthier as a species, and our kids are sicker than ever. History has demonstrated that those who enjoy the most thriving and vibrant of health understand that these are exactly the foods that we must include in our daily diets.

To me, the most sustainable way to health is to be armed with the knowledge and wisdom of how to do it yourself. This is how we pass knowledge down through the generations and keep our children and grandchildren healthy. So if you want to learn how to ferment foods and beverages in your own home, then this class is for you!

It’s time to take the mystery out of achieving and maintaining glowing health. And I mean ‘glowing’ quite literally. By incorporating these foods into your diet, you will see yourself transform. You will:

  • look and feel younger
  • your mind will be clearer
  • your PMS will diminish
  • your cravings will go away
  • your immunity will thrive

And all of this for pennies a day, using very basic ingredients, some of which you may already have in your own kitchen.

Come on out for some fascinating education, demos, yummy tasters so that you can learn how EASY, TASTY and INEXPENSIVE anti-ageing, immune-boosting, life-transforming nutrition can be.

WHAT: Fermentation 101

WHERE: Lotus Herbal Health

WHEN: Friday, January 25th 12:00-2:00pm and Saturday, January 26th 12:00-2:00pm

COST: $35.00 (plus $2.22 Eventbrite fees)

Only 10 spots per class, so reserve your spot now! ***Click here to register***

…please do not bring young children, our space is very limited which can make distractions too easy


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We are located near the corner of Heritage Drive and Elbow Drive, SW. Lots of public transportation options, and a free parking lot if you’re driving.

What can I bring into the event?

Bring a notepad if desired, your lovely energy, and your questions! Please do not bring your (young) children with you as space is very limited.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email us at lotus.herbal.health@gmail.com

What’s the refund policy?

Refunds are available up to a week before the workshop.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, we will have a copy of the guest list on hand.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, ONLY if you contact us ahead of time to let us know who you are passing your ticket on to. Email us at lotus.herbal.health@gmail.com

Naughty Nog recipe from New Earth Organics

December 13th, 2018

This recipe was featured at our Christmas Open House. We hope you enjoy!

Naughty Nog

A delicious healthy Jing-building Egg-Nog

1 L Pecan Nut Milk (see below to make your own or use alternative milk of choice)

1 tbsp New Earth Organics Elk Velvet Antler 

2 tsp New Earth Organics Pine Pollen 

1 tsp ground nutmeg (or to taste) 

60g (3 tbsp) raw honey

32g (2 tbsp) coconut butter

2 tbsp New Earth Organics Grass-Fed Goat Whey 

New Earth Organics Crystal Sea Salt – a couple of decent sized pinches 

1⁄2 tsp vanilla powder 

To make pecan nut milk: 150g (1 cup) pecans + 1000ml Water + pinch of salt blended and strained

  • Add all ingredients to the blender
  • Blend on high until smooth and creamy
  • Chill overnight – then add fresh ground nutmeg on top and serve

 Makes 4-6 servings 

…Wondering what makes this nog naughty? Try it for yourself and let us know (heehee), or check out this article on some of Pine Pollen’s benefits: https://blog.paleohacks.com/pine-pollen/#

New Product Alert: 100% pure beeswax candles!

December 12th, 2018

These beauties just arrived from Honey Candles! They are all natural, handmade, toxin-free candles made in Kaslo, BC. Great for anyone who is sensitive to perfumes or chemicals… and anyone wanting a very clean product.

For those of you who don’t know how yucky the average candle is for your health, please check out this article: Are Your Candles Toxic?

We’re wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season!

-Team Lotus

Holiday Detox Chocolate-Making Workshop *Registration Required*

Tummy troubles after the holidays? Overburdened liver? Looking to lose weight?

Join us for our Holiday Detox Chocolate-Making Workshop to learn how you can both treat yourself AND support your health with just a few simple, delicious ingredients. Mandy made delicious chocolates for our recent Christmas Open House and thanks to the wonderful feedback we received, we decided to pass along these skills to you! Once you’ve learned these basic skills that suit any dietary need, the options are endless as to what you can create at home.

We’ll be featuring products from two companies we adore: Peruvian Harvest (raw organic Peruvian cacao) and New Earth Organics (local superfood company).

We only have space for 12 people per workshop, so act quickly!

Please bring a pen and notepad to take notes, if desired. Mandy will be providing printed chocolate recipes to take home.

Date: Saturday December 29th OR Sunday December 30th

Time: 1pm-3pm

Cost: $25 (plus $1.87 for Eventbrite fees)—> Click here to register!

    Attendees will:

  • Learn about the benefits of raw cacao products
  • Learn about which medicinal mushrooms and superfoods support the liver and digestion
  • Learn how to transform the superfoods in their cupboards into delicious healthy chocolates
  • Learn 2 basic recipes to build upon from home: 1) vegan “milk” chocolate and 2) vegan sugar-free dark chocolate
  • Help create 2 recipes that incorporate what we’ve learned
  • Take home a sample of chocolates from each recipe
  • Be treated to healthy coffee samples by Pedro

Upcoming Seminar: Liver Health and Iridology with Master Herbalist Lisa Taylor

Thursday December 6th at 6:30pm

 *registration required to reserve your seat*

Join us Thursday December 6th at 6:30pm for an informative talk on the liver, detoxing and how you can safely detox to improve your health.

As we move into spring, there are many questions about detoxing and ways to support the body
through detoxification. Lisa Taylor will be here from Calgary to teach us more about the liver and it’s functions as well as ways to improve our liver health.

Lisa will also share with us the tool of iridology – where she can look at the iris (colored part of your eye) and tell you where you can focus to improve your health. With regards to your liver, Lisa will be able to look at your eyes and see if there are any signs that your liver needs extra support.

If you’re unable to make this event, Lisa will be in the shop on Saturday December 8th to do iridology consultations. Please email us at lotus.herbal.health@gmail.com if you’re interested in booking a session with her :)


Living in Harmony with Winter: Friday November 30th @ Noon

*sorry, no seats remaining*

Learn how to prepare your body and mind for the winter season with Sascha Kalivoda of New Earth Organics/Vital Essence and Lotus Herbal Health.

Evelyne Nyairo on Supporting Women

Saturday November 10th, 2018

Here’s a short video from our SKINFOOD night last Thursday with Ellie Bianca. Founder Evelyne Nyairo shares her story of why supporting women is so important to her and her business. For more information please come chat with us or visit their website! Sad you missed this event? It won’t be our last with these ladies so please stay tuned :)

Welcome to our New Home!

November 1st, 2018

We’re finally settling into our new home in Haysboro Centre! Here’s Sascha to give you a tour of the new space, and to tell you about a few of our favourite products! Also just a reminder that we still have a few spaces available for our SKINFOOD talk next Thursday with Ellie Bianca’s founder Evelyne Nyairo… it will be a beautiful evening in so many ways! For more information and to reserve your seat, please visit www.lotusherbal.eventbrite.com 


New Products as of November 2018

We have so many new products on the shelves! Here are a couple of highlights:

Purica is killing it these days with their new releases. Not only do they have a whole line of fabulous drink mixes (mentioned below), they have a new probiotic for IBS AND a curcumin supplements that’s THIRTY times stronger than the industry standard and SIXTY times higher in antioxidants than a regular curcumin supplement!!

For those looking for a healthy sweet-fix, consider trying our Hear Me “Raw” superfood treats! Made locally and featuring superfood powders by New Earth Organics (also a local company), these raw food goodies taste AMAZING! They are decadent- you would never know how healthy they are just by tasting them. They are GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE, ORGANIC and only contain natural sugars. We carry the: Brain Booster Brownie, Warrior Bar, Spirulina Mint, Salted Caramel Peanut Butter cups, Salted Caramel, DigestZen, Inner Glow, and Get Rooted! Owner Rae-Lynn will be in the shop this Friday November 2nd to demo these from 11-2pm. If you don’t have lunch plans you do now!

And in case you missed the news- we’ve got an incredible body butter on our shelves made by our employee Mandy whose background in herbalism helped her formulate this blend that works wonders on problematic skin. It was originally designed for itchy, dry skin and eczema- though some customers are reporting a reduction in redness and an overall smoothing of complexion when used on the face! Great skincare doesn’t have to be complicated.

Prevent and Prevail

Tuesday October 23rd

On Tuesday evening, attendee’s of our seminar learned about 2 different phenomenal products from Purica- Prevent and Prevail. The presenter was John Danylowich, B.Sc -one of the bright minds and formulators behind Prevent and Prevail (and CEO of Nuumarra). Prevent is a unique immune system modulator and Prevail is an antiviral formula that is good for so much more than just colds and flus. Read on for more details!

John explaining Prevent and Prevail to a full house @ Lotus Herbal Health

Prevent is a product from Purica consisting of ginseng and astragalus that have been metabolized to increase bioavailability and absorption. It’s a formula that took years to create and the ingredients are patented and named Immunidiol. Over 2,000 clinical trials have been done on this formula. From the Immunidiol website “Research has

Prevent with Immunidiol

proven that Immunidiol improves both cellular and hormonal immunity, increases phagocytic activity of phagocytes, elevates levels of cellular factors for enhanced immune response, and triggers the immune defense system with immunomodulatory activities. It has also been clinically demonstrated to suppress the growth of ovarian, colon, skin and prostate cancer cells, with the active components demonstrating antitumor, anti-stress, and antioxidant activities. Immunidiol has been shown to increase the efficacy of 

chemotherapy and reduce the side effects. It also increases the responsiveness of lymphocytes in the elderly, and has been clinically shown in vivo to substantially prolong life span and improve the ability to adapt to stress.
This proprietary process is patent protected and has won several international awards, including: the Science Technology and Innovation 863 Award and a High Tech Transfer Certificate.”

Prevent will boost your immune system if you’re low (FANTASTIC for folks undergoing chemotherapy) and will lower it if it is overactive, like in the case of auto-immune disorders.


Purica’s Prevail is a very special product, formulated after the Traditional Chinese medicine called Shuang Huang Lian (SHL). In China, this formula works incredibly well when dispensed fresh at a hospital or TCM dispensary, but the commercial varieties are often ineffective due to the active ingredient losing potency quickly. John spent years working with some of the best scientists in North America to stabilize the active ingredient and double its potency, thus, Prevail was born! This is a superior antiviral, working its magic on colds, flus, and some of the big guys like the herpes simplex virus and avion flu. It stops viral replication and encourages our immune systems to fight the invader. The World Health Organization has thrown their support behind this formula as well, as clinical studies have found it to be effective for stopping the influenza virus approximately 90% of the time when taken over 3 days.  Just one small dose (10ml) is often enough to stop a cold or flu in its tracks, though John recommends taking a second dose on day 2 even if you’re feeling good (due to the virus’ life cycle).  Prevail can be used preventatively- 10ml once a week is all you need, though if you know you’re being exposed to more viruses than the average person, feel free to take it more frequently.

Questions? Please send us an email at lotus.herbal.health@gmail.com