MSOM/Chinese med students:
In general, the Chinese medicine students are just a happy, sweet, calm and relaxed bunch! Even when they are stressed they are still smiling, happy, chatting and drinking tea!
While ND students think: “Tea?!! Who has time to sip tea?! Give me the largest effin coffee you got so I can crank out hours of cramming! You want to chat? Let’s chat about the pathophysiology of XYZ and what could be possible test questions.”
My impression of ND Students: Always stressing, rushing, panicking, bitching, moaning, cranky, and usually depressed. Sigh…sometimes I wonder why did I pick the “dark side”, haha. Maybe secretly…I kinda like it 😉
First quarter of first year…
Rest of first year and beginning of 2nd year…
By the Spring of 2nd year…
I don’t say “bring it on” because I’m ready and prepared or even a badass. In fact, it’s the opposite! I’m just too tired to freak out anymore. If anything, give me the damn tests so I can leave sooner and choose between sleep, eating, retail therapy, and/or lots of wine at happy hour!
Courtesy Google Images from diamon-naturals.us
Flowers are not just for aesthetics and sniffing. They can pack a powerful healing punch!
Flower essences…another incredible natural modality I have learned along my naturopathic medicine journey. Flower essences have been my new lifesavers for my frequent acute anxiety and stress caused by unrelenting work, non-stop tests and quizzes, financial woes, moments of self doubt (happens to the best of us), panic when you forget to study for a quiz or turn in an assignment (trust me…it can happen to even the most organized person when you take 30+ credits)and many more! When I take a few drops of a calming flower essence, POOF…instant calm and peace. Alas, I rest my case for why this natural aid is so powerful!
Courtesy Google Images via bachflower.com
The leading brand on the current market is Bach’s Rescue Remedy. Many of you might remember seeing these products located near a check out cashier if you shop at Whole Foods or New Seasons. However, I recently learned that making your own flower essence is not only super cheap but just as beneficial!
How do they work? Long story short… flowers have medicinal properties and healing energies. You can extract the healing energy and vitality from the flower. For anything that ails you…whether physical, spiritual, or emotional there is a flower whose “essence” you can use to alleviate your symptoms. This form of medicine is called “vibrational medicine.”
Have I peaked your interest? Good! Check out the article to learn more about flower essence and how they can begin helping you. Below are a few great books on the craft. Namaste!
Flower Essence Books:
1.) Flower Essence Repertory: A Comprehensive Guide to North American and English Flower Essences for Emotional and Spiritual Well-Being
2.) The Complete Book of Flower Essences: 48 Natural and Beautiful Ways to Heal Yourself and Your Life
3.) Flower Essences and Vibrational Healing