Mmmm… What Smells So Nice?

Mmmm… What Smells So Nice? By Keirsten Bangi; First Year Project Manager Once again, midterms, assignments, papers, and projects are piling on top of each other, creating an icy mountain of stress and you are at the bottom looking up not knowing where to start (me, right now). Stress can not only leave you feeling…

(Bil)berry Good for Your Eyes

(Bil)berry Good for Your Eyes By Katie Truong; First Year Project Manager Bilberries, often confused with blueberries, are blue-colored berries native to regions Europe, certain parts of North America, and Asia. Although similar in appearance to a blueberry, bilberries contain different nutrients and health benefits.  Since the Middle Ages, these berries have been used as…

You Have WHAT on Your Back?!

You Have WHAT on Your Back?! by Rachel Khuc, First-Year Project Manager Have you ever seen any of your friends with reddish-purple marks on their back? You might have even spotted them on a few key olympians at the Rio Summer Olympics in 2016! These dots and stripes have become a bit of an athletic…

Chicken Soup for the Soul – and the Cold

  Chicken Soup for the Soul—and the Cold By Carolyn Pak, First Year Project Manager You can feel it. You woke up with a sore throat, your sinuses are congested, you’re starting to cough, and you’ve been having a mild headache all day long. No doubt about it, you have the common cold. As you…

The Chinese Traditional “Cough Syrup”

The Chinese Traditional “Cough Syrup” By Michelle Su; First Year Co-Chair What is it? Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa (慈菴川貝枇杷膏) is a natural herbal syrup that is used for sore throats and coughs. This natural syrup first originated from the Qing Dynasty where a war commander’s mother had her chronic cough cured from a mixture…

The “Immortal Health Elixir”

By Teresa Ying, First Year Project Manager Formerly known as the “tea of immortality” in China, kombucha is a fermented beverage that has been consumed for thousands of years.1 The beverage has been associated with an extensive list of health benefits, which has contributed to its recent surge in popularity. Now, consumers can easily find…

Aromatherapy with Essential Oils

By Victoria Chen; First Year Project Manager Aromatherapy is one of the more popular and well-known types of alternative therapies used today. It involves the use of plants and aromatic plant oils in order to help improve a person’s psychological or physical well-being. Rene-Maurice Gattefose, a French perfumer, and chemist first coined the term “aromatherapie”…

Go Nuts for Coconut Oil

By Alvin Cheam; First Year Project Manager I am not sure about you, but I have always been a huge fan of coconuts. Growing up, I would always buy coconuts to drink from them, or I would eat any snacks that were coconut-flavored. It was not until just recently that I discovered that there are…

Kombucha: More than Just Tea

By Victoria Lau; First Year Project Manager Known as the “Immortal Health Elixir” by the Chinese, kombucha has earned it’s place in history as both a delicious and healthy drink with many health benefits. New food trends have helped propel to kombucha to its current status as one of nature’s “superfoods.” Kombucha is available in…

Mint to Be…in Your Diet

By Emily Vu; First Year Co-Chair We find it in our gum and toothpaste among many other things, but is mint more than just a refreshing aroma and breath enhancer? Mint and fresh herbs, in general, have countless properties that can be of benefit to our health. One of the most commonly known health benefits…

Cinnamon: a Sweet Treat Sugar Can’t Beat

By Steven Kakehashi; First Year Project Manager What’s the first ingredient that comes to mind when you think of something sweet? Most people would say sugar. Sugar is used in many desserts because of its sweet flavor, but did you know that cinnamon is also sweet? Unlike sugar, cinnamon is much healthier for you, so…

Drink Up with Fruit-infused Waters

By Karen Tran; First Year Project Manager With summer solstice just passing and the heat still rising, we are officially in summer! Don’t forget that in these hot summer months you’ll want to stay extra hydrated to keep those energy levels up. Drinking water is obviously the best choice to keep hydrated, but we all know…