Himalayan Botanique Toothpaste Review!



So, you all know I am an Ambassador for the Moms Meet Program, and I write blog articles for products I have reviewed. I was selected to try out “Himalaya Botanique” toothpaste with my group. I am a sole-user of natural toothpaste products, especially Toms. The adventurous spirit inside of me, loves to try out new things even though the products I have been using are working. I have received some feedback and the ladies who have tried this told me that they haven’t had their teeth feel this clean in years. As for me,  I feel the same way! The Neem and Pomegranate combo makes the perfect blend with it comes to battling tartar and cavity -causing bacteria. On an even cooler note, it’s Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Fluoride, Carrageenan, and Gluten-free, making it the perfect toothpaste for those who are looking for an organic and healthy toothpaste. Due to the natural products, this is also perfect for those who want to use during a detox. It comes in flavors cinnamon and spearmint.

I am very strict when it comes to natural products and what I recommend  to others. I am against recommending anything I haven’t used myself and this toothpaste is high on my list of natural toothpaste. It has a firm yet creamy consistency, with a very subtle and nice taste with a long-lasting fresh feeling in my mouth. It didn’t have that chemically or burning sensation like the usual toothpaste.  I use a small pea-size amount each time I brush my teeth, and this was enough so little goes very long ways.  My mom also loved the toothpaste and like me, will not be purchasing any other brands than this one.

I have received nothing but positive reviews from this toothpaste. Give it a try, I highly recommend it!







***DISCLAIMER***: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet Program (greenmomsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions, do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.


Acupressure Certification!

I am certified in reiki II, sound therapy, holistic counseling, aromatherapy, Japanese herbal medicine, natural skin care product productions, and now, I am going to be certified in Acupressure!

Acupressure has been practiced in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for more than 2000 years, and the fact that it is still in use today is a testimony to its effectiveness in the treatment of illness and pain. Acupressure is essentially a method of sending a signal to the body by pressure, to “turn on” its own natural healing capabilities or regulatory mechanisms. Normally, Qi (vital force in Chinese”) or Ki (vital force in Japanese) circulates through natural pathways in the body called meridians. Blockage of this flow or an imbalance in Yin and Yang can cause illness and pain. Acupressure helps to correct functional imbalances and restore the flow thus returning the body to a more natural state of well-being! Some individuals fear needles so acupressure (or even sound therapy with tuning forks) is a non-invasive alternative.

Acupressure is used to help relax the muscles and if done regularly and correctly, this method of self-massage can sustain improvement and minimize recurrence of symptoms.

This is a five-month certification program, where I would have to submit cases and pass a test. I am super excited and cannot wait to incorporate this modality into my naturopathic practice!



Tough Decision: Taking the NPLEX During the Summer or Fall?

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It was the start of my second-year, and we were all curious about our first set of boards, the NPLEX I. My sister gave me her USMLE materials, I was able to snag some awesome powerpoint slides from upperclassmen, attended the tutor sessions taught by residents, and purchased the NPLEX I study questions. I did not purchase the study guide for the NPLEX I.  I have heard mixed views about it, but I borrowed a classmate of mines to see for myself. It did not appeal to my way of studying as I would hope it would plus, I didn’t want to have too many sources. I paid for the NPLEX Crunch course were I was given powerpoints, videos, tips, and references on where to go for further study. I didn’t think it helped me, but I did agree with one of the reasons why people fail the NPLEX I, and that was having too many or too little sources. My materials, were helpful enough for me!

Anyways, I was sitting in Immunology class and I have noticed an upperclassman in the class. She later told me that she was sitting in so she can do well on the immunology questions.  I’ve asked her if she was going to take the boards next summer? She said this coming fall. I did not know we had that option. I was ready to sign-up for the summer exam, but since we could take it in February, why not? What’s the rush? I have decided to take the NPLEX I in February for these reasons (and glad I did!):

  1. I wasn’t ready. Second-year, was extremely challenging for me because we had classes and had to prepare for clinic. I have made a schedule to study for the boards, but never followed through.
  2. That summer was the start of taking the summer clinic requirement. I don’t know about anyone else, but after clinic, I am ready to go home, relax, or cater to my hobbies. Also, that was a really busy summer where I had to do summer clinic and preceptorship. I did not have time to look at any NPLEX I materials. Eventually, I was able to snag some tips on how to organize my life during the summer. I was getting good at multi-tasking of being in clinic and studying for boards and classes.
  3. Less stressful. A vast majority of my classmates took the boards during the summer. Not having majority of my classmates there during the Februrary exam, was less stressful because I was around people I did not know. I didn’t have to hear about “How did you do?” or “Oh, I failed” all day in class and dwell on questioning whether I did bad or not. Everyone already took the NPLEX, so it was very peaceful and easier for me not to think about the test.
  4. The exam was expensive. For $500 a pop, why rush and fail then study and pay again? I could never do that all over again, even if you paid me.
  5. I was taking gastro and manipulation during my first semester before boards. There were tons of anatomy and some gastro/physio questions. I am so glad I took these classes because they were extremely helpful!

I didn’t want to rush but take my time. That is is beauty about taking boards in naturopathic medical school. You can take boards when you feel ready (you can take NPLEX I post-graduation which I did not know!). When taking test in the classroom, you have to rush and take test at a set date where either the classmates would decided or the professor. I believe, I have learned BETTER by studying for the boards than sitting in classes for two years. I studied at my own pace, retained, and understood information better. I am actually thinking about taking NPLEX II in February.

Taking the boards during the summer or fall is a personal choice. If you feel ready to take it during the summer, go for it! If not, there’s always February. As long as you take it and pass, that is all that matters.





15 Benefits of Going Vegan

Heard about the various of horror stories, deferring you away from making the decision of going vegan and you are not sure to make the leap?  Read on! Veganism, has been on a worldwide climb of the most searched word on Google since 2009, and it has doubled in the last 6 years.  Adopting a vegan diet, is growing in popularity amongst the youth and celebrities. However, If you are not sure if going on a vegan diet would be beneficial to your health as an individual, please consult a licensed naturopathic physician first before deciding to make the change. More research is glowing on the positives of veganism and there are 15 convincing reasons why going vegan is extremely worth it:


1. Better Treatment of Animals

A sad and gruesome reality lies ahead of chosen farm animals destined to be slaughtered. They spend most of their lives in a crowded and dark warehouse, so cramp they have to walk all over their own waste, a dead chicken, or can’t even spread a leg. According to the Vegan Society, sixty-billion land animals and over a million marine animals, are captured and to be used as food. This is not needed and there are a wide variety of delicious plant-based alternatives across the globe.  Animals are not harmed in order to provide the food on the table or the clothes on the backs of vegans. The more people who do not eat meat, there’s a less need for the farming of animals for food. This leads to a less need for extensive slaughtering methods as well!


2. Less Resources Used

As mentioned previously, switching to a vegan diet doesn’t require a need for slaughtering methods or warehouses.  According to the World Watch Institute, globally, fifty-one percent of the greenhouse emission of gas is due to the agriculture of animals and more than half of the water supply is used as well. The amount of animal waste produced by farm animals is through the roof, causing the run-off from their waste to contaminate our water supply. Animal waste is highly toxic and emits ammonia and hydrogen sulfide gases into our air supply and nitrous oxide and methane, which are huge contributors to global warming. Environmental Defense has made an interesting report on why going vegan would benefit our environment fully:

“If Every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetarian foods instead, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than a half-million cars off U.S roads”.

To make room for these warehouses and crops to feed them, the cutting down of forest leads to the erosion of soil, destroying the habitat and the extinction of wildlife in startling high numbers. Around one-third of fossil fuels and raw materials are used to feed farm animals with seventy-percent of the grain, corn, and wheat consumed. This means, unnecessary resources and energy is being wasted just to cater to the world’s meat addiction. Growing vegetables requires less resources and going vegan can help reduce the stress on the environment.

3. Less Expensive

A person going vegan is expected to spend less money. Eating fruits and vegetables, does not require long hours of cooking, spending money on expensive meat, and wasting energy than our meat-eating counterparts.

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4. Cardiovascular disease risk

Eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds while eliminating meat and dairy products, will reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. In a recent study, researchers have observed that a vegan diet reduces the risk of coronary artery disease.

5. Breast Cancer

In countries where women do not eat animal products or meat, have a lower rate of breast cancer than women in countries that do.  In certain areas, food products and meat are injected with hormones, disrupting the natural balance of hormones and causing tumor growth.

6. Reduced Absorption of Toxins from Seafood

Majority of the shellfish and fish consumed has mercury and other toxins. While some fish may have less than others, it is almost impossible not to be absorbing mercury into the body when not eating seafood while on a vegan diet.

7. Increased energy

When transitioning into a vegan diet, energy levels are at their optimum because plants are enriched with B-vitamin, nutrients to keep anyone going. Phil Collen, stated that being a rockstar takes a lot of energy. He has contributed his increased energy to a strict vegan diet.

8. Vegan recipes are cheap, tasty, plentiful, and fun to make!

Chloe Coscarelli took home the winning title in Food Network’s reality-competition series “Cupcake Wars” as the first vegan chef ever to win a culinary competition on national T.V! Chloe keeps on winning when her newly published cookbooks, “Chloe’s Vegan Desserts”, “Chloe’s Kitchen” and “Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen”, were featured on Amazon’s list of 100 Best-selling cookbooks. How do you make a vegan dish to be cheap, easy, and fun? Chloe’s colleague shares this useful tip “You can replace dairy and eggs in any recipe, if you know what you are looking for. Moisture and color? Try applesauce in your muffins. Lift and fluff? Use seltzer in place of milk in your cupcakes. Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache? Use a recipe without eggs, like the ones in my “Sticky Fingers Sweets! It’s not always about replacing dairy or eggs, but rather using science to recreate recipes so that you get the textures and flavors you crave without animal products.”

9. Healthy Bones

Bone health depends on more than just calcium and protein intake. Studies have shown, that bone health is influenced by micro and macronutrients such as vitamin K, vitamin D, magnesium, potassium, and foods such as vegetables, soy, and fruits. Vegans do highly well in making sure they are taking on these important substances into their diet. With a healthy vegan diet, the individual can prevent conditions such as osteoporosis and other bone injuries.

10.Weight Loss

As a result of a proper vegan diet, the individual will have a healthy weight and low BMI. Eating vegan diet, eliminates most of the unhealthy foods that leads to weight gain.

11. Extensive support and resources to help in the transition

Online pages such as Meetup.com, Vegan Society, and online Facebook groups, makes it easy to meet with local vegans in order to encourage one another and have access to events across the globe. Living in a digital era, there are many tips, resources, and free kits offered online to help anyone make a healthy, easy, and exciting transition to veganism. The Vegucated challenge, provides email support daily and a plan that helps people to eat vegan for a month, eliminate certain foods per week. Another popular diet to help with the transition is the “28-day Engine 2 Diet”.

12. Sugar

More and more processed food products are filled with sugar, leading to addiction, poor dental health, and weight gain. Relying on other sweeteners that are not processed, synthetic, or derived from animal products is a healthier way to live. Many vegans do not consume refined sugar due to the fact that most of the sugar is refined through activated charcoal, most of which comes from animal bones.

13. More Nutritional Benefits

Vegans consume a diet consisting of high amounts of nuts and seeds, fruit and pungent vegetables, tomatoes, legumes, fiber, iron, phytochemicals, magnesium, folic acid, and vitamins C and E than those who consume meat. Vegans eat foods that are lower in saturated fats, calories, and cholesterol.  All those foods and nutrients are protective against cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, cataracts, macular degeneration, and many cancers such as mouth, stomach, breast, lung, esophagus, and prostate.

14. Not a fad diet

Veganism, is dated as far as one-hundred years old in ancient Greece and India, and the backbone of many health and environmental movements. Veganism, is part of many religious beliefs such as Seventh Day Adventists and Buddhism

15. Longer Life

There’s extensive research out there, that indicates that those following a vegan lifestyle live an average of 3-6 years longer than those who are not vegan.


Every time someone makes the switch from consuming meat to a vegan lifestyle, are taking a stand and speaking up for farmed animals across the globe.  Transitioning into a vegan is easier than ever before with veganism becoming increasingly mainstream as more and more individuals from all walks of life discover the perks of living as a vegan.




  1. Craig, Winston J. “Health effects of vegan diets.” The American journal of clinical nutrition5 (2009): 1627S-1633S.
  2. Vegan Society. https://www.vegansociety.com. Accessed July 21, 2016.
  3. Chef Chloe. http://chefchloe.com/. Accessed July 21, 2016.

Second Naturopathic Summer Giveaway!




Before school comes around the corner, I am having our last naturopathic  summer giveaway. I am an herbal junkie so I wanted to have something fun, unique, and totally naturopathic as a prize.  I am giving away (2) small bags of soap nuts (5 seedless nuts in each bag, each bag is good for 10 loads if you are doing laundry) and digital recipes to one (1) lucky winner. I am in love with botanicals that consist of saponins. Saponins, are super cool and I have used these soap nuts in the past. They have made my clothes super clean and are gentle on my skin!  Here are the benefits of using natural soap nuts as compared to chemically-made

  1. 100% Natural, Safe & Hypoallergenic
  2. Protects your family from being exposed to toxins, carcinogens, skin irritants and    endocrine disruptors.
  3. Chemical free and 100% certified
  4. Leaves no chemical residue on clothing
  5. Replace laundry soap & fabric softener
  6. Lower the cost per load of laundry
  7. Environmentally friendly- water from your washing machine can be used.
  8. Harvested and processed by hand
  9. 100% Fragrance Free
  10. Safe for Delicate Fibers
  11. Safe for Septic Systems
  12. Multi-purpose can be used to make liquid household cleaners, hair shampoo, and body wash!🙂
  13. Compostable

What are soap nuts?  These nuts, contain a natural compound called “Saponins”. The saponins found in a soap nut shell,  is a natural surfactant which allows the soap nuts to work like a detergent. The saponins from the soap nuts, are released when the shells become wet. Surfactants, work by breaking the surface water tension so it can penetrate into the fabrics, easily allowing the water to break up the dirt, grease, and grime from fabrics. During the wash cycle, the agitation shakes the dirt loose from the clothing. The saponin holds the dirt in suspension in water which prevents the dirt from being re-deposited onto the clothing.

How to Enter:

  1. Enter Here: Soap Nuts: Natural Soap Giveaway
  2. Answer the (1) question below.
  3. Go back to the rafflecopter to collect your entries.

*******Make sure to collect entries for your post to count!*********

  • Question #1: What is your favorite herb and what use does it have to you?

Good luck!❤




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Welcome to Fourth Year: Last Year and Plans Ahead

Hello Everyone!

The year, has finally came. It is my last year in naturopathic medical school! Whoo! No More school after this (unless you are completing the acupuncture program or going back for another degree).This is the year to make sure all my requirements to graduate are all set. I will complete my nutrition masters courses this summer, so I am happy about that.  So far, I have finished:

Community Service Hours
Secondary Competencies
Dispensary,Practice Management, and Hydrotherapy Shifts

What I have left are:

Primary Competencies
Finish remaining courses
Think about Business Name
Make a decision where I want to practice
Set-up Business
I’ve attended the required summer clinic shifts last year, so I don’t need to do it again. I didn’t want to take summer clinic this year because I had a lot that needed to be done at home. I am glad, because I was able to unwind, get so many things done, and renew my health. My recommendations are, if you have summer clinic or not, to take some time to plan your life.
Plan what you need to do and accomplish if you are going to run a practice, work with someone, practice overseas (chances are I am), or apply for a residency. If you are going to work with someone, practice overseas, or apply for residency, get your papers in order now, so you won’t have to worry about them during your fourth year. Your last year, is going to still be busy (especially with clinic, thesis, boards, preceptorship, etc). Update your resume, contact your supervisors to write you a letter of recommendation, write your personal statements, save up some money, etc. Do what you have to do the summer before in order to make things easy for you. I’ve seen my upperclassmen worry and scramble to get things done at the very last minute. Don’t be like that please, it will cause a lot of anxiety.



Neilmed® Naspira® Nasal-Oral Aspirator product review

Do you want an alternative for a sinus rinse? Something easy and without side effects? Try Neilmed®, Naspira®, or Nasal-Oral Aspirator Products! For my two-hour required speaking project in naturopathic medical school, my presentation was held at a hair salon, where I talked about naturopathic medicine and the blood type diet. I gave goodie bags and free food! Included into these goodie bags, were the nasal products I was given because I am a Mom Blogger. Next time, I may donate these products in the naturopathic clinic or used them for my practice. I have rated these products below:


Giving a sample to a friend, she experienced severe rhinitis and environmental allergies. She was amazed on how this product has worked for her! Once starting using the product, her breathing was better and nose felt less congested. She recommended, to using the NeilMed refills. Using the generic brands, it seems that she may had to use it more than three times day. The Neilmed brand, keeps her nasal passages clear with just a morning and nighttime use. Most importantly, she’s able to breath well throughout the night.
She was surprised to find a large amount of debris in the mucus, and said that this nasal product works better than any saline flush or mist she has tried in years. It is way easier to use than the Neti-pot as you squeeze the bottle and it forces the solution in. Rather than trying to turn your head upside down and using the product.


I don’t have children at the moment, but gave this to a friend and I’ve asked for a review. She was rather skeptical about this product, and the idea of using her own suction to remove mucus from her daughter’s nose, did NOT appeal to her at all. However, this product has been a lifesaver! Her child is almost two, and isn’t grasping the concept of how to blowing her nose just yet. While she still didn’t approve of having the bulb inserted into her nostril, the fact that her mom could provide constant and consistent suction was a lifesaver vs the constant push/pull/blow/suck of normal nasal aspirators. The bulb also opens up for easy cleaning, which is fabulous so you’re not stuck wondering what might be growing in your aspirator like more traditional options.


Try these two products today!



***DISCLAIMER***: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet Program (greenmomsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions, do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.