Archive | December 2014

Ginger Lemony Garlic Honey Candy!

Ginger, a staple in my home. A long with garlic, green tea, and turmeric! With my fermented garlic-lemon-ginger honey I posted in my past entry, “Fermented Ginger, Lemon, and Garlic Honey”, I made some nice ginger candy. I boiled ginger slices in water for 10 minutes and drained, doing this twice (I drank the tea! 😀 ). I added the ginger honey to the slices and brought it to a boil, then reduced to a simmer for 20 minutes. Then, I placed the slices on a rack and allow them to dry. Sprinkle organic powdered sugar or herbal powder. These were delicious!
Cheers!

This entry was posted on December 29, 2014. 1 Comment

Fermented Ginger, Lemon, and Garlic Honey!

honeyginger

So, I am addicted to pickling and fermented. I have formulated a nice fermenting recipe, that satisfies my love for garlic, ginger, and lemon. I have added these three disease fighting yummies, to honey and allow it to ferment. I got the recipe from the book called “Tsukemono: Quick & Easy Japanese Pickling Recipes” and an online site I forgot to save the url so I will find it soon. I am very excited to make this! I will ferment for a few days and make lemony garlic ginger honey candy! Yum, yum!

Cheers!

This entry was posted on December 26, 2014. 1 Comment

Natural Hair Care Oil: Krystal’s Blend in the Works!

Hair Oil

As a future Naturopathic Practitioner and Biochemist, I want to provide my future patients and clients the most high quality care and products, using my knowledge and skill-sets provided from my education and experience. I love making my own line of natural hair care and skin products. I decided for my future business as a naturopathic doctor, I will be making my own line of essential oils, hair care products, and much more. For now, I have made a special oil called “Krystal’s Blend”. I have made olive oil, thyme oil, basil oil, and grapeseed oil and used them as carriers. I’ve used Texas cedarwood, rosemary, lavendar, ylang ylang, and clary sage. I am so excited! This is a clinical trial for now. I used it on my hair and a couple of friends and they loved it! They cannot get enough of this oil and are upset when I run out. I am in the business! Super excited! It is very important as a naturopathic doctor to get a niche. Be different. Well, I have found mines with this oil and various of other products in the making!!!

Cheers!

Delicious Dandelion Salad, Recipe 1

Dandelion Salad

I love dandelions! It love them so much, I make so many recipes with them. I love the bitter taste, but not many people do. Luckily, I have formulated a recipe for you to enjoy these leaves and take advantage of the many benefits it holds! The sweet, bitter, and salty flavors are addicting!

1 batch of dandelion leaves, cleaned and chopped (These get super dirty, so have to be cleaned. I soak in apple cider vinegar, lemon, and baking soda for an hour and rinse, rinse, rinse!)

2 chopped bell peppers

1 bottle of olives, drained

1 bag of shredded carrots

1 bunch red radishes or diakon, cleaned and chopped

1 bottle of sun dried tomatoes (or real tomatoes), chopped

2 stalks of chopped celery

1 bag of purple cabbage

1 apple, chopped

Directions:

Put all the ingredients together and enjoy! It goes great with any dressing you’d like! Goes great with fruit dressing or vinaigrette of your choosing!

Cheers! 😀

Winter Break Plans: NPLEX, Disease Review, Japanese Language Learning Challenge!

I am ready! I have made an NPLEX I, disease review, and Japanese language learning schedule. I am very committed and excited.

Week 12/14/14:

~Cardiology/Pathology (this week)

~I will be learning about a disease everyday and practice cooking together a soap note for practice

~Japanese alphabet, writing a sentence, and listening, and speaking. I will be learning 20 kanji a day,

so I can learn close to 2,000 kanji in three months. I will be recording my results.

I will keep you posted on my progress.

Cheers 😀

Building Your Naturopathic Medical Library, Now!

Naturopathic Practice BookWhen I was a first-year medical student, the most sound advice given to our clinic entry class was “Even though this is your first semester and you are relaxing during your winter break, plan your future career plans now! Are you going to practice in a clinic? With other naturopathic docs? Are you going to go into residency? What modalities do you want to use? Are you going to work in a licensed, unlicensed, or in another country? Plan now!”. She was absolutely right. Since then, I was planning and building my library. It was the best thing I have ever did and I am still building up my practice and planning for my future as I continue with my studies in medical school.

99.9% of my classes, have lectures on word doc, powerpoint, or pdf. It would be such a waste of money to buy some of these books. However, some of the recommended books for my practice and the clinic books I’ve heard would come in handy, are the ones I have been investing in. So far, I brought a lot of naturopathic clinic diagnosing books (The Clinician’s Handbook of Natural Medicine, Clinical Naturopathic Medicine, and Diagnostic Testing and Functional Medicine), Naturopathic Endocrinology (got a deal for this book, $25. On Amazon, close to $400! A naturopathic student nutraceutical rep at my school, suggest we all pitch in for a group order to get it cheap. So, if you see something like this in your school, UTILIZE THE OPPORTUNITY! These books are costly, but are a good investment for your practice someday), Naturopathic Oncology, Disease treatment and prevention by Life Extensions (this was given to me for free. To this day, I still don’t know how I got it but I am glad I did!), Healing Diabetes: Complementary Naturopathic and Drug Treatments, Japanese Herbal Kampo book, Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss, a Reiki book, and plenty more. More on the way too.

When I was a first-year medical student, I highly regretted spending money on anatomy, physiology, neurology, etc, and all the basic science books. The only one I don’t regret buying is pathology, but the rest, it isn’t anything a good Google search could have solved or I could have borrowed. Plus, these professors took all the testing information out of their power points. All you have to do was come to class, ask questions, and review the slides. Now, I am investing money on books I find to be important for my practice. My recent purchase, “Tips on Creating a Successful Naturopathic Practice” is an excellent read. I highly recommend any naturopathic medical student to start reading this awesome book, if you plan to run a clinic one day. Also, when you graduate, you don’t have to run a business or practice. You can participate in research, go into administration, etc, so many opportunities out there. I use to think we are limited, but we are not.

The resident sent an email around the student body,  setting up a group order, to purchase ” Pocket Reference for Naturopathic Physicians”. This is an awesome read as well! This books was only sold at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. I am excited to read and utilize these books in practice!

Pocket Reference

Cheers!

Sweet Mustard Greens Salad!

Mustard Greens Salad

I’ve never had mustard greens before, but the spicy flavor goes great in a salad with apples, carrots, dandelion leaves, tomatoes, olives, fruit vinaigrette, and gorgonzola cheese~

You can use any fruit vinaigrette you’d like, I used raspberry here. Apple works too! Even peanut dressing if you want an Asian kick!

Raspberry Vinaigrette Recipe : http://lifeblessons.blogspot.com/2011/08/dress-up-dinner-recipe-for-raspberry.html

Cheers! 🙂