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Your Guide to Complete Seasonal Allergy Relief

Hello Spring! Bringing longer, warmer, brighter days… and hay fever.

While budding trees and blooming flowers are beautiful, they can also trigger seasonal symptoms, including runny nose, itching, coughing, and sneezing (oh – the sneezing!), which affect between 20-25% of Canadians. 

Sure, there are over-the-counter antihistamines and allergy sprays, but they can come with side effects like drowsiness, dry mouth, and fatigue – and the symptoms still come back in full force. What you may not know is there is an alternative solution that addresses these issues! Read on to learn more…

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Seasonal Allergy Relief – Treat Your Symptoms and The Root Cause

Spring is here! While many rejoice, others dread the onset of seasonal allergies and hay fever (rhinitis) – and the itchiness, congestion, and fatigue that come with them.

With the arrival of pollen, it’s common for allergy sufferers to reach for the usual over-the-counter antihistamines for relief. While these formulas can suppress some irritating symptoms, they often leave you feeling drowsy, dry, and foggy, and, when their effects wear off – the symptoms come back! 

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St Francis Herb Farm

New St. Francis Herb Farm Facility Opens Fall 2021 in Ottawa Valley

33,000 square foot facility expands Canadian company’s capacity to produce natural plant-based medicines and will bring more jobs to Ottawa Valley region.

Building on 33 years of success as a leading provider of plant-based medicine in Canada, St. Francis Herb Farm ( recently shared an update on Project Next Generation, their expansion plan for a new 33,000 square foot facility in the Ottawa Valley.

With an expected completion date for Fall 2021, the new building will unite St. Francis Herb Farm operations for production, distribution and warehousing under one roof, allow it to expand its manufacturing capabilities and will bring at least 12 new roles to the existing team of 50+ staff. The added capacity will help ensure business vitality for St. Francis Herb Farm by maximizing product supply and innovation, all the more important given the growing demand for natural wellness products, and especially evident as Canadians seek to proactively manage their health during the ongoing pandemic and allergy seasons.

Paul & Caitlin Rivett-Carnac at the site of the new St Francis Herb Farm facility

“This is such an exciting and timely advancement for the company my parents started in 1988. We are immensely proud that this new facility will further enable our amazing team at St. Francis Herb Farm to help Canadians lead healthier lives with quality plant medicine, which is so important these days,” shared Paul Rivett-Carnac, President, CEO and Co-owner of St. Francis Herb Farm.

Phase Two of the St. Francis Herb Farm site build is now well underway, with the foundation completed and the external structure being erected, with an expected completion date, site occupation and grand opening in the fall of 2021, leading up to the company’s 35th anniversary in 2023.

Close Collaboration Helps Ensure Success

The St. Francis Herb Farm team is working in close collaboration with community stakeholders, neighbours and construction partners from Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. and Zuracon Inc. Farm Credit Canada is financing the project, as the team works closely with SPH Engineering Inc. who assisted with design along with the Township of Madawaska Valley and the County of Renfrew.

“The township, consultants, engineers, public agencies, construction partners and the St. Francis Herb Farm team members have been working hand in hand to meet aggressive timelines with a diverse set of challenges during this unique time for manufacturing in Canada,” added Rivett-Carnac.

Prior to the start of construction, the members of the St. Francis Herb Farm family conducted community outreach efforts, with near-in neighbours with door to door visits to provide updates about plans and to offer thanks for ongoing support during the construction process. 

To mark the new site build occasion, in the Fall of 2020, the company held an employee event (socially distanced and following all safety protocols) to kick off this exciting time for St. Francis Herb Farm. The special day included a ceremonial sod turning event and dedication of a time capsule filled with historical mementos from the company’s years of history and community involvement.

A pioneer in the Canadian natural health space, St. Francis Herb Farm fully manufactures its brand of over 100+ herbal health products. Their wholistic herb approach, featuring the use of organic herbs, craftmanship and science, have driven its reputation of high quality. St. Francis Herb Farm specializes in herbal extraction and its product lineup features popular offerings such as Deep Immune, Strest, and Canadian Bitters. Other product ranges include tinctures, herbal capsules, creams, salves and herbal oils.

St. Francis Herb Farm products are available in health and wellness stores and on-line, at select drug and grocery stores across Canada as well as through Amazon and the St. Francis Herb Farm site.

Ground-breaking at the new St. Francis Herb Farm Facility
Milk Thistle for Detox

Detox Naturally – Reset Your Body and Your Health!

Spring is just around the corner – a season that brings about a natural urge to shake off the stagnancy of winter and clear the way for fresh energy!

This time of year, many people seek “detoxes,” aiming to shed some pounds, improve skin, increase energy, or just do some general maintenance for the body! After a challenging year of (maybe too much) indulgence – the temptation for a fresh start is stronger than ever!

Fasts, restricted diets, and juice cleanses are just a few of the trends touted for detoxing, but the personal housecleaning tools you need for a good spring cleaning are already at hand: the most sustainable and effective way to detox is to support the body’s natural systems of elimination!

Detox isn’t something that occurs over a week or a month – your body is hard at work detoxing 365 days a year! Supporting the body’s innate detoxification pathways is the most effective and sustainable way to “cleanse” for the long term. Read on, to find out how herbs can support your body to detox – naturally.

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How Herbs Complete a Holistic Approach to Heart Health

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the heart is known as the “king of all organs”, representing self awareness, the ability to connect, and the key to living a fulfilling, happy life.

The heart is the centre of the cardiovascular system – an elaborate network of veins and arteries that flow blood into every area of the body, ensuring that we are oxygenated, nourished and that our hormones and immune response can function properly.

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CategoriesStress Relief

Stress Less – How Plant Medicine Can Help Manage Stress

Stress is a part of everyone’s life. But today’s fast-paced lifestyles paired with current events have us feeling full of anxiety!

A healthy stress response is essential to survival: when we perceive threats, the body “adapts” with a series of physiological changes to reduce the impact. With constant, extreme, or long-term stress the body’s resilience is reduced, sleep can be disrupted, and we feel fatigued, anxious, and become vulnerable to infections.

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CategoriesSleep Support Stress Relief

Why Quality Sleep Is Vital for Health – And How to Get It

We spend almost a third of our lives sleeping – or at least we should be.

A lot goes on behind closed eyes – our bodies are actually quite busy when we’re not awake.

Throughout a night’s sleep the body performs key functions related to growth, development, hormone balance, cardiovascular system repair, emotional and cognitive brain functioning, and regulating the immune system’s ability to respond to foreign invaders. Sleep is one of our body’s essential natural rhythms, and cultivating healthy slumber is just as important as cultivating your health habits during waking hours. 

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CategoriesSleep Support Stress Relief

Sleep More – Stress Less… Naturally!

It’s all about Reconnecting with Your Natural Rhythms. Restless nights, tension headaches, racing heart, distracted thoughts, waking up groggy, all-day fatigue … do any of these issues sound familiar?

Unfortunately, high stress and poor sleep are common among those living modern lifestyles, affecting people of all ages. Many factors can influence these health issues, including:

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Careers at St. Francis

At St. Francis Herb Farm, we have a fantastic, hard-working team. We are truly passionate about our work, and that shows in the effort that goes into crafting, selling and telling the world about our herbal medicines and whole food products.

We are currently looking for:

Industrial Cleaner (Office) – Position Details

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If you are interested in applying, please complete the form and attach your resume below.