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.

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What medical students do for fun, Part IV: A night on the town w/ non-med school friends

At 8PM I’m feeling like: hhheeeyyyyyyy!!!

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By 10PM I’m usually pulling one of these numbers…

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So much for a long night on the town! Weekend bedtime hits me by 10PM! A far cry from the night-owl I once was and used to dance until 3AM.

What med students do for fun, Part III: Dangers of Weekend Brunch…

I love brunch so much because…

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After having a bucketful of tropical mimosas (1 bottle of champagne and 1 bottle of passion fruit guava juice) and another tequila mix drink, I had the great idea to go take a nap in my bestie’s backyard so I could sober up…

 

And when I finally woke up from my nap in 80 degree sunny weather, I looked a little like this…

At least I got a great dose of vitamin D, and thank goodness I have an aloe plant!! 🙂

My summary about Brunch: “Danger is very real, but Fear is a choice!”

 

 

After receiving my first shiatsu long form massage…

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One of the few perks of being a naturopathic medical student is getting free massages from the bodywork and massage classes. I had no clue what I was in store for when my classmate asked if I could receive a shiatsu massage from her. Now, I can never go back to Swedish massages again!! I’ve found a new LOVE 🙂

Don’t know what it is? Check out this video!

When asked if I want to go dancing…

I used to respond:

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NOW, I give this response…

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I used to love dancing! Now, the thought of booty-shaking makes me feel exhausted. Maybe one day my inner Beyonce will rise again.

When someone tries to steal my favorite nap spot on the couch in the study room…

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What can I say…interfering with my power naps on 12hr days is a dangerous feat 😉