Essential Oils

Essential oils can be an alternative for over the counter pain medications, a sleeping aid, like lavender, or have the benefits of eucalyptus that has both analgesic, antiseptic and antiviral effects.

Essential oils have been used for centuries to assist in healing and treatment. These oils were used in Biblical times, ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. In the twentieth century a French chemist Rene’-Maurice Gattefosse’ discovered using pure lavender on a burn that he sustained in his lab, to reduced the pain, scarring and enhanced healing of the burn (Kennedy, 2016). During World War II a shortage of antibiotics was experienced and essential oils were used to treat wounded soldiers, as a result infections were halted and reduced (Kennedy, 2016).

Pure essential oils come straight from nature, and can be used to improve your health and wellness. They contain no wax, dyes, fillers or chemicals from questionable sources; and if they are used correctly they pose no harmful side effects (Kennedy, 2016).

Essential oils can be delivered through inhalation or topically. Either way you can reduce pain, promote healing, cleansing or speed up detoxification. This is not a call for you to give up your current medical regime but an offer of new information to enhance your health and wellness.

Just keeping your informed!


Kennedy (2016). The Portable Essential Oils, A Pocket Reference of Everyday Remedies for Natural & Wellness. Sterling Publishing Company. NY, New York.

Five principles of self-healing and wellness.

According to Dr. Maoshing Ni, (2008) the five principles of self-healing and wellness include: 1. diet and nutrition, 2. herb and supplements, 3. exercise and acupuncture, 4. lifestyle and environment, 5. mind and spirit.

I subscribe to everything on this list but acupuncture, . Please consult your physician before changing or stopping any medication. Remember food can also be medicine so consider your diet very carefully to ensure great outcomes. Be deliberate about changing and maintaining your health and wellness and you will be successful.

Just Keeping You Informed.


Recently the First Lady, Michelle Obama, stated in her podcast that she was experiencing low grade depression due to the exhausting pandemic and resurgence of the fight for racial justice.

“These are not, they are not fulfilling times, spiritually,” she said. “I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression. Not just because of the quarantine, but because of the racial strife, and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting.”

“I’m waking up in the middle of the night because I’m worrying about something or there’s a heaviness,” she continued. Obama said she tries “to make sure I get a workout in,” but that there have been “periods throughout this quarantine, where I just have felt too low.”

Low grade depression is not a medical diagnosis, its depression (Miller, 2020). Depression is exhibited by the following symptoms; loss of interest and activities that you once enjoyed, fatigue, decreased energy, difficulty concentrating, remembering and making decisions, insomnia, early morning waking, or oversleeping, change in appetite, weight gain, thoughts of death or suicide, restlessness and or irritability (Leyse-Wallace, 2008)

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Some of the things you can do to address your depression is to unplug from the stressors Talk to friends, family or seek professional help. Eat well and exercise. Everyone experiences some depression in their life. The issue is related to how long is the experience and is it interfering with your life and daily activities for more than two weeks according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) . Those with suicidal thoughts need immediate assistance and intervention and should seek assistance from a mental health professional.

Please take care of yourself and family! Remember to exercise and eat well and reduce your sugar intake.

Leyse-Wallace, R. (2008). Linking nutrition to mental health: A scientific exploration. iUniverse.

Miller, K (2020). Michelle Obama Says She Has 'Low-Grade Depression'—Here's What That Means, According to Experts. Retrieved from

Guided Imagery

"Guided imagery teaches you how to use your imagination to relax, reduce stress, relieve symptoms, solve problems, and even stimulate a healing responses in your body." (Rossman,2005).

Rossman, M. (2005). The Healing Mind. The power of imagery.relaxing into healing.

I was introduced to this interesting modality in my graduate program and found it very helpful.
In fact I utilized the technique to reduce my pain related to a toothache while at a school conference, because I did not have access to a dentist.  The technique was so effective I did not follow up with a dentist until three weeks later.

Here’s is a sample of guided imagery used in relaxation. Episode 92: Mindful Moments Releasing Tension Guided Imagery with Marilyn Crosby Saybrook Insights with President Nathan Long

Let me know if you enjoyed the session.

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Just keeping you informed.

Dr. Marilyn Crosby

COVID-19 Testing

According to the FDA website there are two types of COVID-19 testing. A diagnostic test, that can show if you have an active coronavirus infection and if positive you should take steps to quarantine or isolate yourself from others. Currently there are two types of diagnostic tests which detect the virus – molecular tests, such as RT-PCR tests, that detect the virus’s genetic material, and antigen tests that detect specific proteins on the surface of the virus.

An antibody test looks for antibodies that are made by your immune system in response to a threat, such as a specific virus. Antibodies can help fight infections. Antibodies can take several days or weeks to develop after you have an infection and may stay in your blood for several weeks or more after recovery. Antibody tests should not be used to diagnose an active coronavirus infection. At this time researchers do not know if the presence of antibodies means that you are immune to the coronavirus in the future.

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Different Types of Coronavirus Tests

 Molecular TestAntigen TestAntibody Test
Also known as…Diagnostic test, viral test, molecular test, nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), RT-PCR test, LAMP testRapid diagnostic test (Some molecular tests are also rapid tests.)Serological test, serology, blood test, serology test
How the sample is taken…Nasal or throat swab (most tests) Saliva (a few tests)Nasal or throat swabFinger stick or blood draw
How long it takes to get results…Same day (some locations) or up to a weekOne hour or lessSame day (many locations) or 1-3 days
Is another test needed…This test is typically highly accurate and usually does not need to be repeated.Positive results are usually highly accurate but negative results may need to be confirmed with a molecular test.Sometimes a second antibody test is needed for accurate results.

Just keeping you informed.

Coronavirus Basics, FDA, (7/16/20), Retrieved from

As of mid-July, 2020, McKinsey Industry, claimed there was a shortage of the supplies needed to collect samples (such as swabs and viral-transport mediums) and a limited number of testing sites. 

This has led to long waiting times for a COVID-19 test.  This has affected a key segment of the population (such as healthcare workers) going untested.  With that said currently (August, 2020) many hospitals are only testing patients that are symptomatic. Please continue to wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands!  To reporting adverse events

Bennam, M., Dey, A., Gambell, T., and Talwar, V. (July 15, 2020) COVID-19: Overcoming Supply Shortages for Diagnostic Testing

Coronavirus Basics, FDE. (07/16/20). Retrieved from http://www. fda/gov/consumers/consume.

Dr. Marilyn Crosby

What Are the Benefits of Lemons?

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Hot lemonade has been used for the flu since the Roman empire. Lemons are very acidic and makes a great deterrent to bacteria and viruses, but highly alkalizing to the body when digested. This is because lemons are high in vitamin C, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and an excellent expectorant. Lemons also contains a plethora of other nutrients that are good for the body such as phosphorus, sodium, zinc, copper, selenium and iron. As an essential oil, the lemon is a great astringent for oily skin and acne (Kennedy, 2016).

The benefits of lemons have been touted as a remedy for many things including fever, teeth whitener as well as an additive for many foods and medications. This is not a suggestion to stop seeing your physician if you have any of these issues but lemon can be used as a supplement to assist you in your journey of wellness.

I drink lemon water regularly and keep it in the refrigerator so I can start my day with a boast of vitamin C in the morning. You can chose to drink lemonade hot or cold. I drink hot lemonade as an alternative to coffee and tea when I want something warm to drink without the caffeine. It is easy to make, chop a whole lemon and placed it in a cup of boiling water for 5 minutes, strain, add honey and fresh ginger. Both are refreshing and beneficial for the body.

Enjoy and stay well!


Publications International Ltd (2017). Boost Your Immune System: Strategies for Strengthening Your Immune System with Foods, Herbs, Stress Management, and More!

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Woloshyn, T. (2007). The Complete Master Cleanse: A Step-by-Step Guide to Maximizing the Benefits of the Lemonade Diet.

The Benefits of Ginger

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Ginger is a popular spice, native of Southeast Asia. It is also consider an essential oil and used as a medicine or in food or drank as a tea.

Uses: Nausea, dizziness, vertigo, stimulates circulations and body warmth. The root can be used for stiffness, mobility, swelling, pain and congestion

To make a ginger tea us: 10-12 slices-ginger 4 cups of water, juice of 1-orange, juice of 1/2- lemon and honey or maple syrup to taste. Place ginger and water in a pan bring to a boil, strain and add orange, lemon and honey Enjoy!


Kennedy, A, (2016). The Portable Essential Oils: A Pocket Reference of Everyday Remedies for Natural Health & Wellness
Publications International Ltd, (2017). Boost Your Immune System: Strategies for Strengthening Your Immune System with Foods, Herbs, Stress Management, and More!

How do You Determine What is bad information?

We keep getting so much information regarding COVID-19, we have no idea what is true. Currently there is no cure and we are being asked to social distance and wear a mask. This is not hard. Individual rights have taken priority over community and public health concerns. In the meantime the virus is out of control in this country, and many have died.

A Houston physician stated he was dealing with two issues, COVID-19 and stupidity. He asked people to wear a mask and listen to science.

I heard another physician claim that he have to provide information seven (7) different ways every day to ensure his peers and colleagues where aware of the changes presented by the CDC.

As a registered nurse, I am keenly aware of infection control practices and consider myself well informed, but also find this challenging to keep up with because some of the recommendations do not make sense. The CDC changes their infection control criteria frequently, and when guidance is sought they are quiet.

The criteria for employees to return to work has also changed. Many employers were requiring their staff to have two negative test prior to returning to work. Now, the CDC has recommended employers change to a symptom based screening, because one can have several positive test with no symptoms, and they are saying it is okay to return to work.

The White House is not embracing the science regarding this virus, and continues to send mixed messages to the public. We are all bombarded with all types of questionable information about cures and the seriousness of the virus. As of August 5, 2020, more than one hundred and fifty seven thousand (157,000) people have died in the United States.

This virus is very contagious and those who are exposed may or may not manifest symptoms, and may have residual effects. Who wants to roll that dice to prove a point just because its your right? That is the state affairs for many as the issue of public health and individual rights is being politicized.

I offer a few tips to verify your information.

  1. Use common sense and digest what has been shared. Ask yourself who is sharing the information, do they have the credentials or the science to verify their claims?
  2. Does the information that was shared make sense to you? Do you read additional literature or depend on the internet and television for all your information?
  3. What has science said about the issue? Educate yourself. Read and listen to a variety of sources to validate your findings and review the pros and cons of all issues not just COVID-19.
  4. Put others first and humor the medical community by wearing a mask and social distance. Prevention is not overrated. If we can do what we should now, deaths and exposure could be reduced. Be the change you want to see.
  5. It took many years to get the flu vaccine to market. There is no HIV vaccine either but medications are available to manage the disease.and make it undetectable. Other countries are working to find a cure, for COVID-19 as well and as of August 5, 2020, there is no cure or vaccine available.
  6. I also doubt there will be a vaccine available in 2020.

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You may not care about your life, but do not put others at risk to make a point. It”s not worth it. If you get the virus or give it to a loved one; I am sure your prospective will change. Think about your friends, family and your community. We appreciate it!!

Just trying to keep you informed!!

Dr. Marilyn Crosby

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

This is an easy read, and contains suggestions of natural remedies, beauty aids, household help and recipes..

Did you know apple cider is a great skin toner.(P. 105).

It also great for smelly feet, soak your feet in hot water with a cup of apple cider vinegar.((p. 95).

According to this book, apple cider is good for headaches: soak the head with a cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar and 600 ml of water, drink a cup of water with 3 tsp of apple cider vinegar three times per day or use a vaporizer with apple cider vinegar for 15 minutes per day .(p.71).

Recipe for colds and sore throat: gargle twice a day with the mixture of one tsp of apple cider vinegar and a glass of water (p..52)

It can be used as an Insect repellent; to get rid of the fleas on your dog, add a 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar to the final rinse after shampooing the dog. According to this book, you can repel mosquitoes by filling a spray body with 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/3 cup of witch hazel, and 4 drops if citronella oil, and spray it on your skin (p.111).

Spraying apple cider vinegar in your garden can be used to kill weeds (p.113).

This is informational only and not intended to replace medical care.

Just keeping you informed.

Why use a Bath TEA?

The pressure and stress built into our daily lives often give us little time to relax and unwind. So, rather than rushing through another quick shower, take 20+minutes out of your day to soak in a warm bath.

You will be amazed at how much you can benefit from such a simple thing as a soak in the tub.

As your tense body slips into the tub, the sensuous water actually warms your body and relaxes the muscles.

Your body feels lighter.

The experience not only soothes physically but also mentally and provides a chance to take a real break and enjoy some much needed quiet time.

Go Natural!
While some people like glittery bath bombs or fragrance oils, when I need to unwind and de-stress I prefer soaking my skin in natural ingredients.

The addition of botanicals and herbs to your bath is a simple pleasure that can be transformative.

Whether you call them bath teas, tub teas or bathing herbs, botanicals have been used in baths for thousands of years to relieve aches and pains, to fight colds, boost circulation, or energize or relax your mind and body.

Soaking in a warm fragrant herbal bath provides a quiet sanctuary in which to retreat, reflect and refresh.

The healing properties trapped in the herbs and released by the water can help boost your mood, calm the mind, soothe sore muscle and joints, opens pores, soften skin, and promote more restful sleep.

As the beneficial properties of the herbs are released into the water, a pleasant aroma fills the air which provides soul therapy, skin therapy, and aromatherapy all in one.

So, draw a warm bath infused with fragrant or therapeutic herbs, light a few natural candles, play soothing music and relax. It may just be the perfect medicine for whatever ails you! Next time: Which Herbs To Use…

Submitted by
Patti Briggs
Aromachologist/Herbalist Practitioner &
Meditation Teacher

The benefits of Garlic

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  • Common Names
  • Garlic , Poor Man’s Treacle, Bawang, Bauang
  • Botanical Name
  • Allium sativum
  • Family

Garlic is a popular herb and used for many things. Click on the links below and read about the various properties of this amazing herb and its uses on the website provided.

Medicinal Uses:** Asthma* Athletes Foot/Ringworm* Ayurvedic* Bronchitis* Burns* Cancer Prevention* Candida/yeast* Cardiovascular* Cholesterol* Colds* Culinary/Kitchen* Diabetes* Ear* Flu* Herpes/Cold Sores* Insect Repellent* Nutrition* Parasites/worms* Sinus* Sore Throat* Spring Tonics* Stop Smoking
Properties: * Antibacterial* Antifungal* Antiparasite* Antirheumatic* Antispasmodic* Breath* Diaphoretic* Emmenagogue* Expectorant* Galactagogue* Hypotensive* Stimulant* Vermifuge* Vulnerary

Parts Used: bulb

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This is presented as information only, not as medical advice. Just keeping you informed and stay well!

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