It's December! Although there is no snow yet on the ground, it
is officially December!
As all of you may know or can read from my blogs, I am a busy
girl! Along with keeping myself busy with school, board exams,
clinic, etc., I also jam pack my weekends with seeing family and
friends, which always makes me so happy. However, our first weekend
to just spend time together, run errands together, buy a Christmas
tree, watch movies, and make dinner together is priceless. And
that's exactly what we had the opportunity to do this weekend.
I had an amazing weekend and now have a REAL Christmas tree in
our house! I wish we had time to decorate it in time for me to show
you a picture. Our theme for our gifts and tree this year is
"Recycle," so I made some papier-mâchéornaments with newspaper and
wrapped all of our gifts with brown paper bags and newspapers that
I collected from my colleagues. I love the holidays!
Some of the gifts that I wrapped with recycled paper and a
hint of lace. :)
This week, I had a patient that needed a tincture! What is a
tincture you might ask? An example of a tincture is an alcohol-
based (usually ethanol) solution with different botanicals (herbs)
in it. The alcohol base acts as a solvent to extract out the
constituents of the botanicals, which can be used instead of a
capsule (pill). Since it's alcohol based, it cannot be used with
patients who may have a history of alcohol/drug abuse, a type of
liver disease (very severe) and children.
However, there are other forms of tinctures that may include
vinegar bases or glycerin. Although they are not known to be very
good solvents, they are still great options. The other great thing
about tinctures is that you can CUSTOMIZE it for your patient for
their own needs. If they have 2 or more chief complaints, you don't
have to give tons and tons of supplements. Instead you can combine
2 or more herbs that may act on different parts of the body, and
can cover complaints that range from musculoskeletal to
reproductive all in one bottle. It's amazing, and since it's in
liquid form, it has been seen to work in acute cases faster than
the body breaking down and absorbing different
However, there are limitations as well to using tinctures.
COMPLIANCE! Since the tinctures don't taste very good, some
patients may not always be compliant and use them as directed
(example of a dose: 1 tsp. for up to four times a day!). The strong
taste and bitter properties of certain botanicals has some people
wanting to throw up. So, in theory they are great, but the patient
needs to be made aware of the taste/compliance issue before
purchasing it. Tinctures at our clinic for 100mL are $20, which can
be expensive over time since 100 mL can last anywhere from 7 to 10
days if you are dosing up to 4xs/day.
Well, I hope you have learned something new today about
tinctures! They are great and I love them, but like everything
else, there are limitations! I've seen great results with my
patients and myself, too, if the compliance is there. Have a great
week everyone and enjoy time with your loved ones during this
Blissor: My weekend off to relax, start wrapping gifts, buy our
first Christmas tree, and overall spend time with my husband! It's
the little things in life! :)
Hello everyone! I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving
weekend to share with your loved ones.
This week I only had clinic for two days due to the holidays and
I got to fit in a couple patients, but I was so excited to get out
of Illinois and see our extended family in Minnesota. We drove the
whole 7 hours (super long) but it was more than worth it. There was
an endless amount of amazing food, laughs and love. And yes, I did
visit the "Mall of America" on Black Friday! :)
I've dedicated this blog to all the things I am thankful
for--like my little "niece" Rhyin, (pictured above), my little
person full of JOY this weekend! We shouldn't only use one weekend
of the year to reflect back on the things that are awesome in our
lives, but it's definitely a nice reminder to give thanks!
My thanksgiving list:
1. My mother:
She exemplifies beauty and strength to me. I am definitely my
mother's daughter. I love her so much and I am so thankful for all
the sacrifices she has made for our family!
2. My husband:
Ryan is an amazing man and I am so lucky to have him. Through
all my complaining "girl" moments and everything else, he loves me
more and more every day. He is going to be such an amazing dad one
day and I can't wait to share more life adventures with him.
3. My brothers (and sister-in-law):
Having three older brothers with a strong mother has definitely
made me who I am. They are always supportive of me! Plus my oldest
brother and sister-in-law gave me my amazingly awesome nephew,
Xander, who makes my life so much more than I could imagine.
4. My two best friends, Maria and Rosie:
We've been friends for over 10 years and they definitely
complete me. They were both my maids-of-honor in my wedding and
will always be in my life forever! They are amazing!
5. My family and friends:
From my strong-willed grandparents to my hilarious and
fashionable cousins to all my colleagues at NUHS. I am a lucky girl
to have all these amazing people in my life who make me strive to
be the better version of myself and show me that life is about LOVE
and LAUGHTER--with a couple bumps in the road. :)
I could probably go on and on and on with what I am thankful for
including the food I get to eat every day, the house I come home
to, and the education that I have. What is on your THANKFUL
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