The cannabinoid system within the human body has recently been identified in playing an important role in regulating functions of the brain, endocrine, and immune system. It appears to play a very important role in regulating secreting sex and stress hormones.Read More
Whether you are new to participating in athletic events or a seasoned athlete, you've probably experienced some pre-race jitters. Even if you have a rock solid digestive system, you've probably also had that experience of having to run to the bathroom on your way to the starting line. My guess is that you have also wished at some point or another that you had something that could help you feel better but not negatively impact your performance. Right?Read More
I have at least three essential oils with me at any given time. I never leave home without them. I use them everyday.Read More
For those of you who don't know me, I'm a Nurse Practitioner. I work in a clinic seeing patients and prescribing them medications for certain conditions or illnesses. This might surprise a lot of people since I talk a lot about not using medications to heal yourself and doing things like using essential oils or your diet instead.Read More
Frankincense is known as one of the more prized essential oils. It is known for it's extensive use throughout history. While best known for it's use as incense and during ancient rituals, frankincense also has anti-inflammatory properties and was considered an effective remedy for everything from a toothache to more serious conditions.Read More
As athletes, we tend to make use of every resource we can find to train our bodies and help speed recovery so we can train more. Sometimes the appeal of a next big thing to maximize performance and recovery can lead to some poor choices, as shown by any athlete that has ever been busted for or accused of using “performance enhancing” drugs. An athlete who wants to support their body in a more natural way should be applauded.Read More
Whenever we consider putting something onto or into our bodies, it's a good rule to be somewhat skeptical about the efficacy of that thing as well as be aware of the ingredients (we could all do a little more of this when it comes to food, that's for sure).
Before the invention of drug companies and the FDA, people used medicine that came directly from plants to cure ailments and support better health. In fact, we still use distant cousins of these medicines today - Aspirin for example is derived from the leaf of the willow tree. It is unfortunate that some people have bought into and oversold "miracle cures" which makes us all a little more skeptical of anything that isn't considered mainstream (and rightly so).
As I've become more aware and concerned about the chemicals I put on and in my body and have worked to reduce or eliminate toxins in as much of my life as possible, I have done a ton of research and consulting with my peers to make sure that I'm confident in the quality of essential oils that I use.
When it comes to the effectiveness of essential oils I have a few disclaimers:Read More
Lately, I feel like essential oils are the new green smoothie, but that's not going to stop me from singing their praises and telling everyone I know how great they are. They are great for everything from cleaning your house to smelling nice...and yes, even helping you sleep!Read More
Did you know that peppermint has a multitude of beneficial effects on athletic performance? I won't bore you with too much science, but it has been found that external application of peppermint extract raises tolerance for discomfort. Smelling peppermint was shown to be effective on perceived physical workload, effort, and anxious feelings.Read More