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Learning to Say No Made Me a Better Person

One of the most important steps of successful time management is learning to say ‘no.’  This critical skill has helped me to manage my time, and subsequently my stress – and at the same time helps me feel like I have regained control of my crazy life! The Old Me: The People Pleaser I used […]

Do You Have the Right Balance

Don’t get me wrong.  I believe in (some) doctors.  I believe in (most) modern medicine.  Hell, I have PhD in Chemistry.  I believe in sound research practices and (good) science.  But, I also believe in balance. I believe in the power of positive thinking.  I believe in (many) aromatherapeutic practices and spiritual discipline. I believe […]

Are Essential Oils Safe to Use Near Pets? – The Blog Post

Do you have dogs and/or cats?  Do you practice aromatherapy?  Are you concerned if your essential oils are affecting your furry friends’ health?  Many of my clients have asked, ‘Are essential oils safe for pets?’ Recent posts on social media outlets suggest that using essential oils near your pets can harm them – or even […]

Living with MS – The Sobriety Test

Some people wonder what it’s like living with MS. Sure, you hear all about complications like fatigue, loss of motor control, blurry vision… but you don’t often hear about the not-so-common ways that it affects those who have the condition. I Was *This* Close to Failing a Sobriety Test… Sober This seriously happened to me. […]

The Relationship Between Stress and MS

Since I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2012, I learned that certain things trigger my symptoms. Small changes that most people can adjust to with no problem can crap out my day in minutes. Like when the temperature changes, or noises are sudden and loud, or my physical activity level increases. However, stress […]

Spa Treatments with CBD for Pain Relief and More

So I recently wrote about using CBD oil to manage my MS symptoms. Since I started adding CBD to my daily regimen, I experience less brain fog during the day, less anxiety, and almost no debilitating fatigue. However, there hasn’t been any improvement in my chronic pain or spasticity. I initially wanted to try a […]

Keto Diet for MS: a Firsthand Account

I love bread like Kanye loves Kanye. So why would I even think about going on the ketogenic diet? In this article, I provide a firsthand account of my first week on the keto diet, including how it affected my MS symptoms. What is the Keto Diet? The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, moderate-protein, and […]

Essential Oils for Autism Spectrum Disorders

My Son Has Autism Spectrum Disorder My son was diagnosed with high-functioning ASD (formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome) when he was 5 years old.  The first few years just before his diagnosis were challenging.  Difficulties in communicating.  High anxiety and meltdowns.  Hyperfocusing.  The list goes on.  It added a layer of stress in our already […]

What Happened When I Tried CBD Oil for MS

There’s no doubt that hemp cannabidiol (CBD) is the hottest new wellness trend at the moment. People take or apply CBD to treat a variety of symptoms, including pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, stress. In addition, it’s commonly used by athletes to help relieve their bodies after workouts and performances. Some research suggests that CBD has medical benefits. Other research shows […]

Which Essential Oil Brand is the Best?

The most common question that clients ask me is ‘Which essential oil brand is the best?’ Before I give you my opinion, let me stress this point: I do not represent any specific essential oil brand.  Nor do I work for any essential oil company, or sell essential oil kits. Having said this, I do not […]