Inflammation, our worst enemy

Inflammation: “Reduce inflammation to treat the root of many issues. If your gut isn’t working right it can cause so many other issues.” ~ Jay Woodman I recently found out that Bob Nielsen, a dear professor from my undergraduate years, and part of the reason I started this blog, passed away. He had struggled withContinue reading “Inflammation, our worst enemy”

Inflammation, our worst enemy

I recently found out that Bob Nielsen, a dear professor from my undergraduate years, and part of the reason I started this blog, passed away. He had struggled with prostate cancer for years, as well as diabetes. I remember watching as he checked his sugar during our independent study session that followed the lunch hour.Continue reading “Inflammation, our worst enemy”

Get your lemon on!

Lemon! One of my most favorite essential oils is lemon. It’s so versatile. Because it tastes so fresh, it helps me get my daily recommended quota of water everyday. I don’t know about you, but there are days I just struggle to swallow 64 oz of the stuff. It can be outright bland. Lemon, makesContinue reading “Get your lemon on!”

Travel with Frank

Travel with Frank – Frankincense, that is. Frankincense (Olibanum) is one of the most widely known essential oils, and for good reason. Used as currency and trade for centuries, as early as 500BC, its original form was resin which was burned as incense in many rituals and ceremonies, and during embalming to cover the scent ofContinue reading “Travel with Frank”

Stressed out? Need a mini vacation from stress?

Longing for a break?  Stress Away Essential oil to the rescue! The stress that comes with the demands of the classroom and life can wreak havoc on the immune system. Chronic stress, the flight or fight response present without an actual physical threat, does more damage to the sympathetic nervous system than we think. PerhapsContinue reading “Stressed out? Need a mini vacation from stress?”

Lovely Lavender

Lavender is one of those oils one cannot live without. Its scent is floral, sweet, herbaceous, balsamic and woody, and packs so much punch it has been used since the medieval times. The French suggest that lavender is an equalizer in which its properties are used by the body wherever needed the most. This essentialContinue reading “Lovely Lavender”

Strengths

It’s Saturday and I’m lying on my bed reading the new syllabus created by Joel Williams. It’s the same syllabus I’ll be working with this semester. He’s picked an interesting reading selection for students including a web project called “This I Believe” on NPR.org. Browsing the selections online I click on a couple of topicsContinue reading “Strengths”

Smile: A Cure for a Bad Day?

How often have you grumbled through the day in the hopes it would end soon? The day just didn’t start well. You slept through the alarm, stubbed your toe on the bed post, spilled coffee on your new shirt, et cetera. Down hill from here? it seems so. With mornings like these it’s a wonderContinue reading “Smile: A Cure for a Bad Day?”