Research Articles & Resources

enjoy the latest updates, professional tools, and study helps from the Franklin Health Research team


The Proper Way to Make Elderberry Syrup

By FHRF Research Team | Jan 22, 2021

Introduction It’s crucial that the elderberries are from a reputable source, that all excess twigs or unripe berries are removed, and that the berries are cooked sufficiently to eliminate the toxin that is found in the seeds. Even when elderberries are dried before cooking and the syrup is strained, it is possible for this toxin to …

Read More

Bergamot Essential Oil

By FHRF Research Team | Aug 15, 2020

Introduction Bergamot essential oil is pressed from the peel of the bergamot orange, an Italian citrus fruit formally known as, Citrus bergamia. This small green fruit produces an oil with a bright citrus aroma but a chemical profile that is unlike most other citrus oils. This makes it particularly noteworthy for clinical research. EVIDENCE-BASED USES In clinical research, …

Read More

Social Determinants of Health

By Dr. Jessie Hawkins | Feb 19, 2020

Health is an elusive target that many of us invest a significant amount of time and money pursuing. Behaviors such as avoiding tobacco, eating a balanced diet, getting sufficient sleep, and engaging in stress management can help us make strides towards that goal. But our ability to control our health is limited. And we rarely take …

Read More

Essential Oils for a Sore Throat

By FHRF Research Team | Feb 15, 2020

Introduction A sore throat can be painful, thanks to the dry, scratchy irritation that is often worse when we swallow. Fortunately, the vast majority of cases of a sore throat are due to transient viral infections such as the common cold (CDC, 2019). Therefore, in most cases, treating the sore throat means reducing pain while also reducing …

Read More

What is a Health Coach?

By Dr. Jessie Hawkins | Feb 12, 2020

Health coaching is a high demand and rapidly growing field consisting of highly trained health professionals who are engaged in helping clients achieve better health. These professionals often hold a college degree plus additional training and certification in the psychology of health behavior, evidence based practices to support clients through change, and public health education. Health and …

Read More

Holding Space as a Health Professional

By Dr. Jessie Hawkins | Jan 21, 2020

Sometimes, despite all of our aromatherapy or herbalism or health coaching training, the most important thing we can do with a client is hold space for them. Holding space isn’t an action most of us were raised understanding. But it’s critical if we are to help others change their lifestyles. Let’s start with what we mean by …

Read More

Stress Management

By Dr. Jessie Hawkins | Jan 9, 2020

According to the World Health Organization, stress is a “global epidemic.” The American Institute of Stress states that 43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects due to stress, 75-90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related complaints or disorders, and stress has been linked to all major causes of disease and death.  …

Read More

Health Belief Model

By Dr. Jessie Hawkins | Dec 19, 2019

The Health Belief Model (HBM) is one of the most commonly used theories in the health behavior field. It is used as both an explanatory theory and a change theory. The HBM was first developed in the 1950s to evaluate why people were not using preventive services that were available locally. In the decades since its …

Read More

Transtheoretical Model (Stages of Change)

By Dr. Jessie Hawkins | Dec 17, 2019

When it comes to boosting health, the bottom line is that if a person is unaware of his or her need to change, nothing you do as a health coach will be effective. (This is why court-appointed rehabilitation programs have much lower success rates than voluntary rehabilitation.) The clients and groups you serve must be aware of a …

Read More

Psychology of Health Behavior

By Dr. Jessie Hawkins | Nov 7, 2019

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 …

Read More

Meet Dr Hawkins

Dr. Hawkins brings 20 years of expertise in the integrative health field to her role as Executive Director of the Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences and the leader of our clinical research team.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health from Union Institute and University, a Master’s Degree in Health Education & Promotion from the University of Alabama, a post-graduate certificate in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a PhD in Health Research from Middle Tennessee State University, and is completing the post-doctoral Global Scholars Research Training Program at Harvard Medical School. She also holds certifications in numerous natural health fields including aromatherapy, aromatic medicine, herbalism, childbirth education, and labor support.

Subscribe to Research Updates