Monthly Archives: July 2015

Article: Yay Bananas! Medicinal properties and constituents

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Article link:  Banana (Musa spp) from peel to pulp Ethnopharmacology, source of bioactive compounds and its relevance for human health article

So I had no idea how many different varieties of bananas were out there, and the medicinal properties of the fruit pulp and peel, until I read this article.  I found it really interesting that the peel can be made into a poultice and used on burns and wounds for healing.  I was also surprised to find out that leaving the inside of a banana peel on a wart will help remove and heal it!  How neat!  There are plenty of other really interesting medicinal properties that bananas possess, so I encourage reading the article and learning about this amazingly versatile fruit.  This article also details the medicinal and nutritive constituents of the Musa spp. (bananas), and reviews articles that have found medicinal evidence of this fruit’s use in healing internal and external illness.  Hope you enjoy reading, thanks, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

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Article:  Pereira, A, & Maraschin, M 2015, ‘Review: Banana (Musa spp) from peel to pulp: Ethnopharmacology, source of bioactive compounds and its relevance for human health’, Journal Of Ethnopharmacology, 160, pp. 149-163, ScienceDirect, EBSCOhost, viewed 15 July 2015.

Picture: http://www.wfs.org/blogs/len-rosen/popular-banana-breed-danger-fungus

Break Blog Post.4: Seeing value in the things I took for granted

So this week has been a whirl wind of changes.  I arrived very late into Calgary, Canada on Saturday night and I can’t even say, 1 week later, that I have gotten over my jet-lag.  This week has been chalked full of nostalgic moments, rafting down the river, my neighborhood pub gatherings, family dinners….  I really feel like I took a lot for granted before I left, but I’m glad I have learned their value now.  I really feel like I came back to Canada having succeeded in the goals I wanted to achieve.  I originally left to run away from a lot of problems, but I think I found myself and did come to realize that it doesn’t matter how far you run, your problems will always follow you. Throughout this week, I feel amazing and so grateful that I have gotten to spend time with my sister, and have had the opportunity to help out with her pre-wedding plans.  We are off to Vegas for her second bachelorette/hen’s night, yes second, so I’m feeling a bit worn because I still haven’t officially shaken my jet-lag.  I have been noticing though that I keep having waves of confusion because I think my mind and body haven’t fully realized that I’m not moving back to Melbourne this time.  I guess time will tell how everything goes, but I look forward to getting into a healthy routine, working and volunteering after Vegas.  (Speaking of which I won’t be posting next week’s post until Tuesday because I get back Monday night)   Any-ways things are good all-in-all, although I did disappoint myself and partied a bit harder then I wanted the other night, but I guess we all fall off the wagon sometimes, its always a learning curve.  I hope there have been positive changes in everyone’s lives for some reason or another this week.  I look forward to what happens in the next couple weeks!  Thanks for reading, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

Article: Cannabis use and effects on a healthy brain

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Article link:  cannabis on the brain article

This little gem of an article is really interesting to me because I have been a user of cannabis for most of my life.  I think its finally safe to admit because most people in Canada are users, but not abusers.  I feel like cannabis is an extremely under-utilized medicinal herb, and I personally use it for insomnia which I have dealt with since I was a kid.  I find this article interesting because I know a lot of people that I would consider long-term users and they don’t seem to have any noticeable long-term effects from cannabis use.  I am extremely interested in the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes and hope to learn more in the future. I think moving to British Columbia will allow me to educate myself in the industry more, specifically in relation to medicinal cannabis dispensaries.  Hope you enjoy this article, keep researching because knowledge is power, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

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Picture:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis#/media/File:Cannabis_sativa_Koehler_drawing.jpg

Article:  Rocchetti, M, Crescini, A, Borgwardt, S, Caverzasi, E, Politi, P, Atakan, Z, & Fusar-Poli, P 2013, ‘Is cannabis neurotoxic for the healthy brain? A meta-analytical review of structural brain alterations in non-psychotic users’, Psychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences, 67, 7, pp. 483-492, Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost, viewed 15 July 2015.