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Carmen has an online practice based in Toronto where she guides her clients to optimal health. Specializing in detoxification, balancing hormones, longevity and healing the gut-brain connection, using plant medicine. She incorporates functional testing to determine the root cause rather than merely treat the symptoms. Online consultations are available to new and existing clients


Carmen gathers women and students in conferences, seminars and workshops to share and teach what's new in natural health, botanical medicine, holistic nutrition, plant-based functional foods, and specific topics including perimenopause, mental health and detoxification. 

Carmen is faculty at Institute of Traditional Medicine where she teaches Clinical Skills, Therapeutic Herbal Medicine, Mental Health, Holistic Nutrition

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Our skin is the outermost layer of our body that interacts with the environment around us. Our skin breathes and absorbs what it comes in contact with. Vervain plant-based skincare is created with organic ethically wildcrafted botanicals, raw unprocessed oils and butters. Organic rose buds are infused in oil for days to make the base to which the products are then formulated from. To purchase Vervain product, go to

Meet Carmen

Holistic Nutritionist. Clinical Herbalist. Founder of VERVAIN

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Carmen Lynde, CNP, CHT

Welcome to my website where the emphasis is on plants. Plant-based nutrition. Phytotherapy. Botanical Medicine. I will share my knowledge and experience with you including plant-based recipes, research, clinical and personal experience and stories. I don't preach. What I will do is encourage, educate, inspire so you may thrive and be the best version of you.

Are you ready? Together, we'll transform your wellness so you can feel, look and live your best...

Botanical Medicine

Phytochemicals, adaptogens, nootropics and more...

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Holistic Nutrition

Your food is your medicine. Your medicine is your food.

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In 2003 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and Addison’s Disease, an autoimmune condition that affects the adrenal glands. Over the course of the next decade, my well-being declined, and I felt increasingly exhausted and anxious, and living in a constant state of brain fog. Then I met Carmen. She is a rare, kind and patient soul who genuinely wants to help people. Her confidence in me made it easy to make some important lifestyle changes, starting me on the road to recovery. With a combination of her custom herbal medicines and teas, supplement recommendations, diet counselling, and heartfelt support, I’ve reclaimed my life. She is passionate about her work as evidenced in her continuous study for more knowledge. Her natural, handcrafted skin care products are absolutely beautiful, and her essential oil mouth rinse is the best I’ve ever used - as a dental hygienist, I recommend it to all my clients! I will consult with Carmen about my health until the day she retires and I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to live well and feel their best, no matter what medical obstacles they are currently living with

Georgia, Toronto ON

I’m grateful for you and your wealth of knowledge of our environment and our bodies. As concerned as we all are, that isn’t something that most people have the time, energy or passion to delve into as deeply as you do. Thank you.

 Carl, Markham ON

Vervain Skin Salve is MAGIC... I have used it for everything, from stretch mark prevention during pregnancy to my newborn baby's bum, to now toddler bumps, scratches, and bruises. Everyone in the family uses it on the daily. It takes the pain out of any cut/burn/bite, speed's healing time, and reduces scaring! It is a life long must have. Absolutely wonderful product.

Alexis, Toronto ON

Definitely the best face cream I've ever used. Every product I try - I love! 

Ralph, Toronto ON

I've decided I can't live without your face cream! 

Teryl, Makeup Artist in Toronto ON

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The Yogic Mantra

May all beings everywhere be happy and free, may the thoughts and words of my life today contribute to freedom and happiness for all. 

This is a gentle reminder to take us from our egoic self and radiate a prayer of love and compassion for the world around us. We are all a part of the universe and can positively impact all of creation. 


I would like to dedicate this website to all of my teachers along the way. And to my beautiful Mama (1943-2012), who was not only one of my biggest teachers but who gave me life. For that, I am eternally grateful.