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Kolya Naturals has always inhabited a unique niche in Edmonton’s skincare and spa community. From the beginning of her career in plant medicine and the health food store industry, our founder Nicola Biggs noticed the glaring absence of effective, high-quality skincare and cosmetics. In a world rich with supplements aimed at restoring and maintaining good health, personal care products free of toxins and synthetics that were also beautiful to use and highly effective were rare. It would be several years before she discovered the Dr. Hauschka products and philosophy, but in 1999 she and her husband John were introduced to...

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To touch is to communicate. Such a simple gesture can reveal anything from current mood to stress levels. It brings us closer on both a physical and psychological level. A touch can be as simple as a hug, a rub on the back, or the holding of hands. Physical connection may amplify the intensity of the emotions, increase cognition, decrease blood pressure, and even strengthen immunity, whereas long-term loneliness may generate opposite effects (Kahn 2018). Put simply, social interaction is powerful, especially in situations where emotion and tension is strong. We humans are hard-wired to be in good company. From...

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Where do you go when you need to focus? Do you have a dedicated study space? If the answer is a resounding, “lying in bed eating crisps” or “hunched over the coffee table,” then it might be time to reconsider your work area. As we are adjusting to this new school season, many of us are experiencing an upheaval in the way we experience learning. While some have returned to school, others may work from home. Either way, a productive work space is essential to an effective learning session. Even those of us who aren’t in school anymore can still benefit from creating...

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