Are you sniffing your oils enough?? Recently an article of mine was published for Naturopathic Digest News and Review (NDNR) which discussed the power of olfaction (smell) for pain relief. I have always been fascinated with the topic of pain and, more specifically, how its intensity is affected by stress and emotions. I also have [...]
Most of you may not realize that smell is the only sense that goes directly to the emotional center of your brain. All other senses must go through a rely system. This makes essential oils perfect for aiding with emotional disturbance and brain disorders. The amino acids and blood building constituents in essential oils [...]
Is Society Normalizing Disordered Eating & Is Diet Culture and Healthcare Contributing to the Rise in Eating Disorders?
When Does Being Healthy Cross the Fitness Line? How do you know when you cross that line between caring about your health and obsessing over it? When does nourishing your body with nurturing foods turn into a disordered relationship with nutrition and fitness? How do habits for health that focus on diet and [...]
The Vicious Hamster Wheel in Your Head… Do you experience brain fog, fatigue, heart palpitations, sweating, muscle tension, and digestive issues? Are you having these and/or other continual symptoms only to run to the doctor and find everything is normal? If every ache and pain causes a whirlwind of thoughts to run through [...]
The Epigenetics of Mind-Body Medicine: Smile and Relax…You Can Change Your Gene Expression and Alter Your Health by Being Mindful! Discover More in Part III
Recently, I’ve been sharing how we can change our mindset and alter our biochemistry and brain functioning to shift our genetic destiny. Through integrative medicine (IM) and mindful-based practices, we have the ability to “turn on” genes that are health promoting and “turn down” molecular signals that are harmful. In fact, several mind-body practices [...]
Drops of Mindful Healing and Being “Purposely Positive”: Listen to These Podcasts: Essentially Everything About Essential Oils & Is Spirituality the Missing Link in Medicine?
As we continue to navigate our way through the fear epidemic, detaching ourselves from our amygdalas being hijacked by negative news and the weight of the world events can be challenging. The media, social networks, and advertisements are masterful at grabbing our attention and keeping us engaged. This is oftentimes to our detriment and [...]
Can We Emerge from the Fearedemic Unscathed? Mindset as Medicine and the Power of Hope and Belief in Healing Trauma
The Effects of Unrelenting Stress and Past Traumas on the Mind-Body In the preceding articles in this series, I discussed how past traumas impact our emotional and physical health. First, I demonstrated how childhood trauma is associated with various disease risks as evidenced by the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study. Next, I explained [...]
Mindset is Medicine & The Barriers to Positive Thinking Part 2: How the Body Keeps Score of Trauma & Rewiring the Brain to Heal
Knowledge of the mind-body connection may cause a sense of uneasiness when one feels hopelessly inundated with negative news and stuck in a fearful thinking pattern. This results in a bombardment of stress hormones that can cause and perpetuate physical and mental suffering. Many may attempt to push through the distressing emotions and cover [...]
Mindset is Medicine: What if Your Thoughts and Beliefs Scare the Positive Affirmations Out of You? Part I
The interconnection between the mind and body has become much more accepted by mainstream medicine. The effects of emotional stress on psychology and biology has made it evident that what we think about and our perceptions of a situation literally can modulate our physiology. Furthermore, scientific research has long validated how the power of [...]