Your Friend Frank

Guest post by Beverly McGivney

Meet FRANKinscense (Boswellia Carterii). Considered a Holy Oil, it dates back to ancient Egypt (16th century B.C.) as being used in prescriptions and recipes. When used regularly — topically and internally — it may support overall well-being and healthy immune function. Note: if you are ingesting, ensure your essential oil is 100% therapeutic grade.

Frankincense has a visual tightening effect on the skin and may benefit mature skin and slow signs of aging.  A drop can be added to daily moisturizer. Research indicates that when inhaling the pure properties in essential oils, they stimulate the olfactory receptors and activate regions in the brain’s limbic system associated with memory, emotion, and state of mind. In Frank’s case, its earthly and uplifting aroma has wonderful therapeutic benefits!

The pineal gland in the brain loves Frank! This gland is considered “the seat of spiritual connection.” Frank can be used to enhance practices such as prayer and meditation. It’s grounding effect can promote feelings of relaxation and tranquility. The pineal gland also loves to be stimulated by frankincense because it aids in its production of melatonin, a serotonin derived hormone that regulates sleep patterns. Diffuse or spray Frank during bedtime as a great sleep aid. Quite Frankly, you’ll feel happy you did.

For Spray: and add equal parts of filtered water and witch hazel with 15 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil.

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Moving Meditation

Guest Post by: Robin Shapiro

Qigong, Moving Medicine, is a relaxing and meditative way to improve your health and well-being. Qigong, pronounced chee gung, was designed to be a system of medicine in China, and is comprised of slow moving, graceful forms. The movements of Qigong mimic nature, i.e. animal forms, such as tiger, bear, snake and crane, waving rolling oceans, willow trees and vast skies. The beauty of Qigong is that it can be practiced at many levels and at any age. Qigong forms are appropriate in a seated position, walking, standing, and lying down. Qigong is a beautiful way to un-stick the stuck places within the body, and creates a sense of quiet-mindedness and calm.

Robin Shapiro, seasoned Qigong Teacher, Keynote Presenter, Holistic Consultant and Author, has been studying and practicing Qigong for almost 35 years. Robin is currently teaching in Belmar, NJ, and has offered classes and workshops in many venues around the US. Her signature Keynote Presentation entitled Healing the Whole Person has been heard by audiences for over 30 years. Robin dedicates herself to guiding people to becoming the best version of themselves. To contact Robin, reach out to her at

Feed Your Brain

By Guest Blogger: Nicole Printon

Aging is blamed for everything from fat gain, limited mobility, and joint pain, to lapses in memory. Jokingly we share, “it stinks getting old.” We can influence the quality of our lives as we age.

Research suggests cleaning up diets, exercising more, and engaging socially with other people can significantly improve brain function and the neuroplasticity of the brain (its ability to adapt and change).

Certain foods boost brain function and help fend off age-related diseases.

Here are a few ways to feed your brain:

-Dark leafy greens pack a powerful punch in keeping the brain youthful & healthy. A study from Rush University shows that people who eat a large salad every day of dark leafy greens have brains that look about 11 years younger on scans. They are packed with carotenoids, lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. These specific greens are rich in chlorophyll, which alkalinizes the blood, and fiber which keeps the colon healthy. Some good examples are lettuces, kale, mustard greens, cabbages, broccoli, and spinach.

-Carotenoids have been shown to help the brain fend off oxidative stress, which is a key driver of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Carotenoids are only absorbed in your digestive tract when in the presence of fat. They are fat soluble nutrients. Other fat soluble nutrients like vitamins A, E, D, and K are also found in leafy greens. Fat soluble nutrients are particularly relevant to brain health, because the brain is made of fat.

-The healthiest fat to consume with dark leafy greens is extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory food that should be ingested regularly. EVOO is rich in monounsaturated fats (the best fat for heart health) as well as phenolic compounds. Phenolic compounds have been shown to be as anti inflammatory as a low-dose of ibuprofen, without the negative side effects! EVOO also encourages processes in the brain that help it to clear itself of toxins…extra amazing! EVOO  contains compounds known as polyphenols. These are antioxidants found in plants. Polyphenols protect the body’s tissues against oxidative stress and pathologies like cancers, coronary heart disease, and inflammation.

-Other food sources of polyphenols: Green and white tea, grapes, cocoa, berries, oranges, grapefruits, lemons, green vegetables, onions, red onions, red wine, grape skins, pistachios, peanuts, turmeric, and mustard.

-MCT Oil (or Medium Chain Triglyceride oil) is another healthy fat that promotes brain health. It can be added to salads, shakes, coffee, or used for cooking. MCT oil has been shown to improve memory & cognition.

Are you ready to eat your way to brain health?

Nicole Printon is passionate about all things health, fitness & nutrition. She has been active in the fitness industry for 24 years.  As a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Certified Health Coach, she empowers people to find inner strength on their fitness journey. She has specialty certifications in Nutrient Timing, Sports Nutrition, and is currently pursuing a degree in the holistic practice of Nutrition Therapy. You can find her on Facebook, where she provides weekly lessons in cutting edge nutrition practices at You can connect with her at Nicole resides in central New Jersey with her husband, 4 kids, and 3 cats.


“Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life,” by Max Lugavere and Paul Grewal, M.D.