Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tasty Turmeric Ginger Chai

A warm chai on a cold night sounds like the perfect combo and it is easy to make at home. 

Store bought Chai often contains a lot of sugar, artificial colors and chemicals.  This home-made recipe is not only natural and delicious but has many health benefits as well. 

Turmeric, ginger and coconut oil are anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial to help boost your immune system and keep you feeling healthy.  The coconut oil adds an extra boost to your metabolism as well.

Enjoy this chai anytime of day or night and enjoy often! 

Ingredients to make 2 cups of Chai :
- Fresh turmeric root or powder - ½ - 1 tsp
- Fresh ginger root or powder -  ½ - 1 tsp
- Cinnamon powder – ¼ tsp
- Fennel seeds – a pinch of seeds
- Cloves – a few cloves
- Nutmeg & Cardamon - a pinch of each
- Organic Virgin Coconut oil – 1-2 tsp
- Honey – ½ tsp or more to taste
- Almond/coconut/rice milk 1&½  cups

*The cloves/nutmeg/cardamon are for flavor and can be left out if you do not like these.  
*The quantity of the spices used is really up to your taste, adding more will increase the health benefits of the chai. 
*Fresh ginger and turmeric have the most nutrients and taste the best but if this is not easy to find the dry powder can be used.  
*Grate the ginger and turmeric finely so that you can drink it in the chai.

- In a small pot, bring 1.5 cups of your choice of non-dairy milk and ½ cup of water to a simmer
- add all the ingredients, allow it to simmer for about 5-10 minutes, cool then enjoy!
- You can strain it if you prefer, I like to leave it all in and drink the ginger and turmeric bits

Dr. Lindsey Jesswein, ND


Tuesday, September 30, 2014


 Have you heard about IV Vitamin therapy? While it is becoming more popular it has been in use by Naturopathic doctors for over 50 years.   

Here are the top 5 questions I often get asked:

What Is IV Therapy?
Intravenous or IV therapy involves infusion of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids directly into the blood stream for a 100% absorption rate.  The benefit of this treatment method is that we can deliver therapeutic doses of the nutrients, which bypass the digestive tract and are immediately available for your body to use.

A the IV Wellness Boutique we have specifically formulated IV’s to optimize your well-being and address specific health concerns.

What Are Some Common Uses For IV Therapy?
IV therapy is an excellent preventative and anti-aging therapy and it is also used to treat a variety of conditions and symptoms including:

- Boosting Immunity – whether it’s a chronic condition or an acute cold or flu

- Improving Sports Recovery and Athletic Performance

- A Hangover Cure – Our Hangover IV is packed with nutrients to have you feeling  better quickly and re-hydrate you

- Migraine Headaches and pain

- Digestive Issues such as Crohn’s, Celiac, IBS, and Colitis where digestion and absorption of nutrients is compromised

- Stress and Fatigue: To support your adrenal glands and boost energy

-Weight Loss: To get your metabolism going!

- Cancer Support: High dose Vitamin C IV therapy as a adjunctive cancer therapy

                        - View the menu offered at The IV:  IV MENU   

Is It Safe?
IV therapy is generally safe.  All of our IV’s are prepared and administered by licensed Naturopathic doctors to ensure patient safety.  IV therapy has been used for over 50 years, and was first developed by Dr. John Myers (“the Myers Cocktail”). 

Does It Hurt?
Our naturopathic doctors have lots of IV experience and do their best to make the experience as comfortable and easy as possible.  Most patients find the treatment quite comfortable and relaxing.  Some patients experience mild aching during the treatment or minor pain sensation during the needle insertion.  Heat packs can often alleviate discomfort. 

Do I Need To Do Anything Before Coming In?
For best results, make sure you drink plenty of water and eat prior to coming in for your treatment.

                                                  Interested in trying IV therapy? Come see me!
I am offering IV therapy at The IV Wellness Boutique on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays
  Tel: 604-974-8999, website:
Dr. Lindsey Jesswein, ND

Friday, September 19, 2014

Love Your Liver!

Our livers have to put up with a lot in this world!  They are our filtering organ for everything that goes into and out of our bodies and regulate many important processes, Some of the functions of this organ include:
1) metabolizing (altering in some way) proteins, carbohydrates and fats from our food; 
2) producing cholesterol (which is then used in bile acids and fat digestion); and 
3) producing proteins necessary for blood clotting and fluid balance in the body. 
 But the toughest job this organ may be responsible for is detoxification: this means alcohol, pesticides, herbicides, air pollutants, anything that is toxic to our cells. 

Foods for the liver can therefore benefit anyone, although those with a liver disease will benefit more profoundly. Since pesticides and herbicides are toxins that increase the liver’s workload, eating organic foods will be a significant help. The cost is often somewhat higher but the nutrition count is also higher, as is the benefit to the body. So whether it is a food or herb listed, always think organic first, and you’ll already be on the way to easing the load on your liver.


Ginger - increases bile flow, a liver tonic, promoting liver health in general.  Great in smoothies, as a spice in foods, stir-frys, soup, or tea.

Turmeric - Has antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties.  It assists in increasing bile secretion, helps liver detoxification and regeneration.  Can be used in cooking, or smoothies.

Dandelion - This plant has blood-cleansing and liver-supporting properties. Dandelion leaves go well in a salad. The whole plant including the root provides the best benefit, and this can be ground up into juice, mixed with carrot or apple for example. Another alternative is to dry the root and grind it with chicory root for use as a hot drink.

Milk Thistle - The last herb mentioned here is not one that you will find in the spice department, but it is so beneficial to the liver, especially damaged livers, that it is worth mentioning.  This plant has been found to actually regenerate damaged cells and increase DNA synthesis in the liver.  One of the best ways that I have found to include this as a food in my diet is in a seasoning salt.  Milk thistle seeds can often be found in health food or herb stores.  Seaweed can be bought bulk or packaged in health food stores.

Milk thistle seasoning salt
You will need a clean coffee grinder for this, preferably one that is only used for grinding herbs. Coffee is hard on the liver, so you want to avoid getting any in your liver-loving seasoning salt.

½ cup milk thistle seeds
½ cup dried seaweed
1 cup of your favorite herbs (basil, oregano, dill, whatever you like!)

Grind the seeds first and put in a bowl.  Grind the seaweed next.  This is the trickiest part, and the drier the seaweed, the easier it will be.  It doesn’t matter if some of it is not entirely ground. Add the seaweed to the ground milk thistle seeds.  Next grind the herbs. Add all the ingredients together and mix well.  Keep this on the table where you eat, and sprinkle it on your food.  It can be added during cooking too.  The combination of milk thistle and seaweed is a dynamite one for liver health.


Foods are an source of vitamins and minerals that support the liver.  Bitter foods in general are supportive and detoxifying of the liver. Here is a list of foods that love the liver:

Leafy greens - collard greens, kale, swiss chard, mustard greens, kelp, arugula, spinach
Parsley & Cilantro
Vegetables: Broccoli, cauliflower, Onions, Garlic, brussel sprouts
Green tea
Seeds & nuts: pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts

Incorporating liver loving foods into your diet daily is an easy way to support your liver- one of the most important and hard working organs in your body!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Combatting Seasonal Allergies Naturally

It is that time of year again- sneezing, watery eyes, headaches, sniffles, and bloodshot eyes.  Yup, allergy season has begun.  While many reach for the over the counter allergy medication to stop symptoms, there are many non-pharmaceutical and natural options as well.

A naturopathic doctor, such as myself, can help guide you though the allergy remedies and what may work for you.  There are treatments to address the symptoms, but it is also important to have a treatment strategy that addresses overall health and balances the immune system.  For example, diet is a big part of this, eating a whole food based diet high in vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats and avoiding your food allergens can help your seasonal allergies as well. 

So what are some of the treatments that you can try for seasonal allergy relief?

Lifestyle changes
Avoiding exposures to pollens when they are at their worse – checking the pollen counts and plan to go for walks or runs when the counts are low, or in the evenings.  Most plants pollinate early to mid morning hours, so later in the day is better to head outside.
Take showers and change your clothes to reduce the pollens you are carrying on your self.  Change pillow cases every few days.

Spring cleaning
It’s also important to consider what, exactly, might be triggering symptoms inside your home, and then combat common offenders such as dust mites, pollen and mold:

Use a diluted bleach solution to clean and denature mold in basements and garages and on old patio furniture and the like, making sure to thoroughly dry all objects to prevent further growth.

Consider a good HEPA air filter and change it at least every two to three months to help prevent pollen and dander from being recirculated in your house.

Launder bed linens at least once a week in 130-degree water (which is what it takes to kill dust mite eggs). And bear in mind that the default “hot” setting on many washing machines doesn’t reach that temperature, so you may have to adjust your hot water heater.

Saline Nasal Rinses
Using a daily neti pot or salt-water rinse can really help to clear out the nasal passages and wash out the pollens.  If you make the salt-water solution at home, use filtered or bottled water as tap water can contain bacteria.

IV and Injectable Treatments
I utilize in office injectable and intravenous (IV) treatments that help seasonal allergy symptoms and also help the body to desensitize its reaction to the allergens for a longer term solution.

Myers cocktail and immune supportive IV’s containing B vitamins, Vitamin C, selenium, and other nutrients help the immune system better respond to the allergens.

Herbs and supplements
There are many herbs and supplements on the market that help to a minimize allergy symptoms.  Most of these do not have negative side effects such as drowsiness and headaches.  But it is best to see a Naturopathic doctor who can recommend which ones you should try. 

Vitamin C:  Strengthens the immune system and helps to fight off allergens

Quercetin:  It is an antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory, it helps to stabilizes mast cells and reduce histamine release- important players the in the allergic response.  

Magnesium: an important mineral that most people are low in, it can help wheezing by relaxing the bronchial tubes and is also important for the immune system.

Probiotics:  Supporting the gut and making sure there are high levels of good bacteria in the gut is key in sustaining a healthy immune response.

Nettles: Stinging nettle plant extract is a common herb used for allergy relief.  It helps to reduce the inflammatory response. 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:  Getting a good, clean source of omega 3 fatty acids daily can help decrease inflammation in the body. 

With so many options, it is important to have a concise treatment plan that you stick to daily.  It is important to support the body continuously through the allergy season to best combat symptoms.  If you are interested in booking an appointment to have your allergies assessed and have a treatment plan customized for you, you can visit the website at or call 604-779-7869. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring Cleaning.....The Safer Way

Spring is finally starting to appear, and with the change in season comes a new fresh start.  Often a time of detoxing, changing routines, and household cleaning. 

While a clean fresh environment is great, cleaning products can expose us to many chemicals and unnecessary toxins.  There are easy switches we can make to reduce this toxin exposure.  

An average home contains up to 10 gallons of toxic materials in the form of household cleaning products.  These toxins linger in your home environment, you breathe them in and absorb them through your skin.

The good news is there and natural, safe alternatives to chemical cleaners that will not only save you money but also make your environment less toxic.  Many things that you already have in your home, such as baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and vinegar, make excellent cleaners for multiple purposes.   The following information and tips have been gathered with the help of  

Natural Cleaning Ingredients to Stock up on:

Baking sodaWhite vinegar
Lemon juiceHydrogen peroxide
Olive oilLiquid castile soap
Organic essential oils (optional)Mixing bowl/bucket
Coconut oilSpray bottles
VodkaMicrofiber cloths

DIY Cleaner Recipes:

All-Purpose Countertop/Kitchen Cleaner:  Mix equal parts vinegar & water in a spray bottle with a few drops of essential oil for a pleasant smell.  The vinegar can be replaced with vodka or rubbing alcohol as well.

Tub and Shower Scrub:  White Vinegar can be sprayed onto tiles/walls to clean mildew.  Let sit for 3o minutes and scrub/rinse off.  
For tougher jobs, sprinkle baking soda on the area first, then spray with vinegar and scrub clean.  

Antibacterial disinfectant:  Mix 2 cups of water with 3 tablespoons of castile soap and 20-30 drops of essential oil- tea tree oil or Thyme.  Spray onto surface and wipe off.

Carpet Deodorizer:  sprinkle liberally with baking soda, allow to sit 30 minutes or more then vacuum.

Coconut Oil:  can be used as a natural lubricant (where you would use WD-40), to remove gum from many surfaces including carpets, Moisturize and soften leather goods.  

The video below has lots of great at home cleaning recipes and tips:  

For more detailed information, more recipes, and more info on the chemicals contained in common household cleaners, see this article on

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Walk for Health

Trying to exercise more this year?  It does not have to be complicated, walking can be an easy way to burn calories and improve your health.  If you can walk outdoors it is even better, as fresh air boosts oxygen and mood and the natural changes in terrain help you burn more calories.  Find hills in your neighborhood, get the dog and get walking!

Who new walking had so many benefits?  :