Hi again, everyone!
Well, this past week was another test, quiz and case-filled
seven days! After finishing up some last minute study before Friday
afternoon's classes were over, I was catching up with some friends
in the library. All of a sudden, the skies opened up with wind,
rain and a massive thunderstorm! Now, you might think that I have
run out of things to talk about so I'm just babbling on about the
weather. Au contraire, mon frère (ou sœur)! This short little storm
that lasted maybe 10 minutes, managed to break branches on just
about every tree on campus (and the surrounding community),
including our two huge willow trees adjacent to Lake Janse.
While saddened to see branches blown from our campus willow
trees, the broken branches and twigs provided the raw materials for
a couple of projects for the Naturopathic Student Gathering this
coming November. These wreaths are the prototypes (and framework)
for a few ideas the NUHS Gathering Team is considering for the
opening and closing ceremonies for the weekend in November.
Needless to say, our group is charged up and excited!
The Naturopathic Gathering is an annual conference hosted by one
of the seven North American naturopathic medical schools. National
University has the honor of hosting the Gathering in 2012. Students
from all schools will be visiting our campus this November to hear
some of our leading naturopathic doctors speak of their clinical
experience in the context of the philosophy of naturopathic
Do you remember the Botanicals class I mentioned a few weeks ago
where we made tinctures? Well, each student in the class has the
option to make a useful botanical product from the methods we have
studied along with the curative properties of various botanicals
(or plants). Having been an avid beer home brewer for a number of
years, I tried to think of something that could incorporate an
infusion of herbs along with a healthful, tasty drink! After some
deliberation, I decided to make Ginger Beer (or Ginger Ale) using
only the botanical ingredients.
Having made that decision, I trekked to Larabee Herb Store in
Elmwood Park, just outside Chicago. I was able to purchase all
supplies that I needed for my Ginger Beer recipe with the exception
of my fresh Key Limes and Lemons. I won't reveal all the
ingredients in my recipe this week. I will be sure to share
my recipe, brewing experience, my opinion of the Ginger Beer along
with some notes from my classmates. I will also give a bit of
information on Ginger Beer's medicinal uses historically.
This week I am appreciative that, even in her fury, Nature
shared the materials we needed for some of the Gathering projects.
My thanks go to Jack and the entire landscaping team at NUHS for
allowing me to "scavenge" willow branches. I'm also happy that we
have such an energetic team working on the Gathering!
Until next week when the Ginger Beer (non-alcoholic) will be
flowing and finals will be creeping ever closer….