Dr. Hawkins' Blog

enjoy the latest updates, professional tools, and study helps from FSIHS Executive Director, Dr. Jessie Hawkins

Psychology of Health Behavior

Have you ever wondered why clients continue to smoke, fail to exercise, make unhealthy dietary decisions, or otherwise refuse to engage in practices they know will improve their health? Despite decades of educational campaigns teaching us the importance of smoking cessation, physical activity, a balanced diet, we continue to make poor health related decisions. 

Why? If we know that these behaviors are harmful, why do we continue to engage...

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Lavender, tea tree, and breast growth in… little girls?!?

After the release of a case series/lab study pre-print earlier this week, my inbox has been exploding with questions about the latest claims regarding lavender essential oil, tea tree essential oil, and the growth of breasts in young children. You can read the abstract of the manuscript here.

While the claim that exposure to personal care products containing lavender and tea tree essential oils may cause breast growth in young boys has...

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How do Essential Oils Work?

“How do essential oils work?” They (usually) smell nice. They are all natural. They are fun to explore. But when it comes to medicinal actions, how do essential oils work is one of the most frequent questions we receive. It’s immediately after “Do essential oils work?” And it is such a good question to ask, especially if you are just starting to dive into aromatherapy. (Though it’s also...

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