HERB HUMPDAY: 10 Reasons I LOVE Lavender

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It’s Wednesday…Happy Hump Day!!! Almost through the week and a great time to talk about one of my favorite topics…HERBS! Herbs, botanicals, plants, etc…whatever you like to call them there are two things certain: they are important and powerful.

My favorite herb of all time is Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia). It is part of the mint family and possesses both cooling and drying properties. We all know it best for its aromatic quality….mmmm, how I love the smell of thee!

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Ten Reasons I Love Lavender:

1.) Stress-reliever: Mellows you out.

2.) Sedative: Helps you sleep. Create a lavender linen mist to spray on pillow before sleep.

3.) Spasmolytic: Calms cramping and muscle spasms.

4.) Anti-inflammatory: Remember those cooling properties? Well, this herb cools off inflammation making your aches no more! Helps with burns too!

5.) Carminative: That’s a fancy word for saying it soothes your tummy gripes and helps minimize gas.

6.) Antidepressant: Who doesn’t feel happier after smelling or using lavender? Ok, maybe those rare folks who are allergic or just down right murderers of joy. ;-)

7.) Antimicrobial/antiviral: Next time you have a cut wound or even a cold, try using some lavender to ward off those offending micro-buggies.

8.) Mild Diuretic: That’s right, lavender helps your body release excess water, so grab a glass of fresh lavender tea the next time you feel a little “bloaty.”

9.) Nootropic: Another fancy word for saying lavender improves mental alertness and may enhance mental accuracy.

10.) PRETTY! I love the purple hue and using the leaves as food garnish or even adding to flower arrangements. The color of lavender is therapeutic in its own right.

lavender2Lavender is very versatile! You can smell it, eat it, drink it, or just simply look at it to enlist the benefits. Lavender essential oil is a permanent stable in my home due to my obsession. For more information on lavender check out here and here.

**Please consult your doctor before trying any new herbs or supplements. Anything can be harmful depending on the form and dosing.

RECAP: Final Year, Graduation, and Medical Boards, Oh My!

Hello Folks! My apologies for my long absence. I blame life! And, the sobering fact that I can no longer multitask like I used to. Does anyone else feel the same struggle?

So let’s quickly bring y’all up to speed. Here’s what happened in the last 1.5yrs:

1.) Final year of med school: Rocky vs. The Russian
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2.) Graduation Day- June 28, 2015

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3.) Studied ….

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and Completed Medical Board Licensing Exams

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4.) Painfully confronted by the reality of being a new grad AGAIN:

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5.) Paying bills without the help of loans and grants….the struggle is REAL:

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Be Loved

Vitamin Ray:

Beautiful post written by a beautiful friend. Please read and show her some love :-)

Originally posted on On the Edge of the Well:

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Love.

Doesn’t even just reading the word conjure up a whole lot of something in you? Love calls to us. It reaches deep inside us to places that are sometimes covered in murk and weed and forget, but always there nonetheless. While maybe feeling new and uncomfortable, love never feels foreign. It feels more like…home.

Love resonates with our core because we were created to love, and to love deeply.

Though loving others is not a given–it is a choice. Thus, it involves us, as individuals, in two capacities: 1) our choice to gift it away; and 2) our openness to being its channel. A vessel to be filled to overflowing so that others may drink of the cup.

Because love is all about others. It is outward focused.

Have you ever thought, “I will be Love’s fool”? Not a question, not a statement made with an outcome attached, but rather a quiet surrender, a…

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Fitness Challenges: Necessary Evils!

Well folks, I survived another quarter of midterms

What’s next? Well,  I decided to commit to a month of Crossfit. Yea, I caved in to join the paleo-diet, fitness-crazed fanatics to liven up my exercise routine (or lack there of). Living Social finally made me an offer I couldn’t refuse ;-)

I realized that typical exercise routines bore me! When I’m bored, then I just won’t do them. This happens more so when I’m stressed and tired. So I came up with the idea to make myself do a new fitness challenge each month. If I commit to one fitness challenge for 30 days, it’ll keep things interesting, be short enough time for me to not get lazy, and expose me to differ movements that can keep my body always guessing, thus, encouraging more muscle tone to develop.

I challenge you all to pick your own fitness challenge for this month. Set a 30 day exercise challenge and commit! You don’t necessarily have to do it everyday, but decide on a routine (2x/week, 3x/week, etc.) and see what happens. See what benefits and difficulties may arise for you. The best advice that has worked for me is to PREPARE for it. Preparation can make all the difference in achieving success!

I leave you with these final words…

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3rd Year So Far: Attempting to establish contact with the outside world again

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Hello World! Did you miss me? You should have…we have a special thing going on. In fact, by my calculations, you should be pretty deficient by now from not receiving your doses of Vitamin Ray. Are you ready…open wide….

Whoever said 3rd year is much easier and chill is a LIAR!! Since day one I’ve been running fast out the gate and the only two times I’ve slowed down have been due to getting sick. Ha! Yea, sick twice in 5 weeks!! That’s what happens when you’re at 31.5 credits (13 classes) and doing two clinic shifts. You ready to trade lives for a day??

If you think taking vitamin C, D, multivitamin, probiotics, greens, Chinese herbs, etc will save you, think again!! They help, but none of it matters if you don’t get rest. Of course rest/sleep is overrated in med school. Just like Etna Mode (The Incredibles) saying “NO CAPES!”… med school tell me “NO SLEEP!” The bastard!

Don’t listen to it! One of the biggest allies in staying healthy and sane = SLEEP! It’s not advice, it’s down right fact.

Moving on to new business, what the heck am I’m doing with this blog this year?
My answer: I HAVE NOT A CLUE!

If you don’t mind, I’m just going to feel it out and be whimsical. You may see some article postings, random recipes, the occasional vent, and more entertaining visual graphics depending on how easy I find them (I don’t make ANY of these gifs). I certainly won’t be able to always post daily. Unfortunately, there is just not enough time for me to do that. However, I’ll do what I can to keep you all satiated with healthy doses of Vitamin Ray!

As always, thanks for the support and love! Stay tuned to my never-ending shit-show ;-) XOXO

My medical boards test day in a nutshell…

Test begins and several questions in:

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Turning point during test:

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Post test:

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Home:

Did I mention I have to have my whole apartment packed and moved in 36hrs?

Wine and packing…haha, that can’t be a good combination!

Great job to all the peeps who suffered through boards today! Go have celebratory drinks for me and enjoy the rest of your Summer!!

When I momentarily debate on wearing Depends during my boards exam to avoid using the bathroom while testing

A part of me thinks it’s a good idea…while the other part says it’s a crazy idea:

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Ultimately, my inner Cuddy won (FOR ONCE!!). Like I said…it was just a passing thought. Crazy thoughts and ideas are side effects of my burn-out. But wouldn’t it be great to stay well-hydrated while maximizing test time? Catheter maybe? Hahahaha, I kid..I kid ;-)