Brand Feature - Nova Scotia Organics
We are excited to introduce one of our favourite Canadian organic supplement brands, Nova Scotia Organics! Read on to find out why their USDA Certified Organic line of vitamins, botanical remedies, and delicious snacks is something you'll want to consider for your family.
What is the inspiration behind your company?
Nova Scotia Organics is the culmination of one woman’s (Nancy Smithers) passion to identify, source and combine organic ingredients with preventative health properties, and to manufacture products with many of the problem solving capabilities of our original pantry and pharmacy: Nature.
Nancy first began crafting Nova Scotia herbs into tinctures, which she manufactured in her own kitchen, located in her home on the Atlantic coastline.
From that modest beginning, Nancy created a flourishing company, and now the Nova Scotia Organics brand. Nancy grew her kitchen table operation into a 30,000 square foot Health Canada licensed and Certified Organic (Ecocert ICO) manufacturing facility in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia, to produce the highest quality USDA Certified Organic vitamins, minerals, supplements and snack foods possible.
Achieving such a feat requires relentless quality standards and practices, before, during and after the manufacturing process.
Where do you source the raw ingredients for your products and what is the process for determining purity and efficacy?
Nova Scotia Organics sources over 100 different organic ingredients from countries all over the world: as far away as Peru, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Germany, India, Chile and Brazil, and as close to home as California and our own Canadian backyard. Long-standing relationships with the best organic growers worldwide, ensures Nova Scotia Organics is among the first in line to receive the finest crops.
When these ingredients arrive at our facility, they are carefully logged in and set aside in quarantine. Despite all ingredients having Certificates of Organic Authenticity and Certificates of Analysis from the growers, we test everything for various measures of purity before it enters our temperature- and humidity-controlled storerooms.
What are your key values as a brand?
Our mission, since inception in 1993, has been to manufacture the highest quality certified organic (free from synthetic chemicals, contaminants and GMO ingredients) whole food/herbal products to consumers around the world.
Small company, BIG credentials. Only products made with 95-100% organic ingredients that are certified by the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) can display this coveted logo on their label. It's pretty hard to achieve, and we're proud that we do—every time, with every product. This ensures that the growing and processing methods used help protect the health of people, animals, farmers, the soil of our planet and the purity of our water supply.
We maintain the original principles and philosophies of our Founder and President, Nancy Smithers, to create and distribute a complete line of USDA Certified Organic products, and to ensure the most densely nourishing natural health products available.
How do you define wellness and self-care?
In-depth interviews of our customers over the years reveal a number of overlapping motivations people have for taking vitamins and supplements overall, buying organic foods, and seeking organic vitamins and supplements:
• A desire to protect their own health and that of their families;
• An objective to expose their children to the best nutrition possible to build the strongest minds and bodies;
• A goal of enhancing their health and wellness in a particular area, or to address a particular complaint organically;
• A desire for a longer life;
• Concerns about or aversion to synthetically created or processed food, and/or over-the-counter medicines;
• A need for to improve compromised health in ways that do not have detrimental side effects;
• A desire to tap into non-Western medicine or practices to compliment Western approaches and traditional medicine.
What is your favourite product currently?
Now more than ever, it is important to strengthen our immune systems by taking organic supplements, getting proper sleep, exercising and eating healthy.
An antiviral ingredient we highly recommend to boost your immune system is Reishi mushroom, which is found in both our Age Defense and Immune Support formulas. The components in Reishi mushrooms directly bind to viruses, interfering with their process of attaching to healthy body cells to cause infection. They have also been shown to help improve sleep and lower stress levels.
Cher(ry)ish your body with Vitamin C! We need to support our immune system by supplementing with whole food Vitamin C, especially when stress is burning up our Vitamin C. The Vitamin C we offer has a secret weapon — Acerola Berries, a super-fruit with one of the richest natural sources of ascorbic acid in the world! Plus our children and adult formulas contain the natural 'buffers' from bioflavonoids so you're unlikely to suffer any stomach upset. If the label just says from “ascorbic acid”, with no foods specified, it is most likely synthetically made from GMO CORN SYRUP and called ‘natural’.
During these uncertain times, stress and anxiety may be disrupting your normal life. The connection between stress and poor sleep can be a cyclical one. It's time to break the cycle and learn about our products, which help promote relaxation and a restful sleep. Our Finally Sleep! formula, combining Chamomile, Valerian, Lemon Balm and Ashwaganda, is just what the herbalist ordered as an antidote to mild sleep problems, and it's non-habit forming. In addition, our Passionflower formula helps naturally soothe restlessness and anxiety during times of mental stress — available in tablet and tincture form.
Shop with confidence, knowing all our wellness products have been pre-screened to be PURE, GREEN, SAFE, and FAIR. Founded by a fellow mom, Alicja is one of Canada’s most respected experts in natural product quality and safety.