Fertility and Womb Health, Physical Health

Miscarriages and Birth Defects

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Teratogens are substances that cause some miscarriages and birth defects. If you are actively trying to get pregnant or you are currently pregnant, please avoid them. Here’s the list I pulled from pp 14-15 of Herbal from the Childbearing Year by Susun S. Weed.

Smoke of any kind
Alcohol
Raw or undercooked meat
Caffeine
DES (diethylstilbestrol)
Aspirin
Antihistamines
All laxatives, including herbal
Antacids
Diuretics
pHisoHex (or anything else containing hexachlorophene)
Hair dyes
Hemorrhoid medication
Chemical stimulants
Motion sickness and anti-nausea drugs
Epinephrine shots
Sulfonamides antibiotics
Vaccines
Anesthetics
Mercury vapors in dentist office
Steroid drugs and herbs
Hormones
Acutane
Excesses of vitamins A, C, or D
Heavy metals
Pesticides
Herbicides
Insecticides
Fumes from paint, paint thinners, solvents, wood preservatives, varnishes, glues, spray adhesives, benzene, dry-cleaning fluids, certain plastics, vinyl chloride, and rubber tuolene
Lithium
Arsenic
Contact wit cat feces
PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl)
Radiation (x-rays, video display terminals)

Body Care

Coffee Body Scrub

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Whether you drink coffee or practice coffee enemas, don’t throw away your used coffee grounds. Use them to make a body scrub by following these directions.

1. Dry the grounds in a dehydrator or for a few days in the oven. Don’t turn the oven on, of course.

2. Store the dried grounds in an airtight mason jar until you’re ready to make the body scrub.

3. Once you’re ready to make the scrub, mix a cup of the coffee grounds with either a cup of turbinado or a cup of pink salt and 1/2 cup of grapeseed, jojoba, or macadamia nut oil. Feel free to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Some people add shea butter or coconut oil. Totally up to you.

4. Blend the mixture in a high powered blender to get a creamy texture. Feel free to add a little more oil, if needed.

5. Scoop into an airtight mason jar.

6. Store in the fridge. It should last for at least two weeks.

Herbalism, Natural Hair

Flower Power Hair Mask

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This amazing hair mask will condition and strengthen your hair while giving it some natural color at the same time. Enjoy and share pics!

INGREDIENTS

1/8 cup Hibiscus powder

1/4 cup pure henna powder

A few drops of rosemary essential oil

A few drops of lemongrass essential oil

Enough hot purified water to make it like a pancake batter.

DIRECTIONS

Put on some gloves, old clothes and surround yourself with old sheets and or towels. This stuff stains. It’s natural dye.

Mix the ingredients well.

Apply to your hair and put on a plastic cap.

Put on your thermal cap and allow it to sit for one hour. Without a thermal cap, an hour and a half. You can keep it in for up to four hours for deeper conditioning and a longer lasting color.

Rinse it out extremely well. If the herbal smell is too much for you, you can shampoo it with a mild, sulfate free shampoo

Style as usual.

Fast, Detox, Cleanse, Natural Hair, Physical Health

10 Tips for a Natural Hair Detox

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A bunch of folks are inboxing me about my thoughts on which products are best for natural hair (for those of African descent) so I thought I would write a blog post.
Here’s my story. My hair fell out due to anesthesia from a C-section and post partum hormone imbalance. I stopped relaxing my hair and wore a short cut because I had no idea what else to do with it. One day, I decided to take a chance and let it grow out. I developed an expensive habit, though. I became a product junkie. My addiction was so deep that I would spend all of my extra money on products. At one point, my niece would be waiting for a monthly bag of products because she knew I would give her those I tried and didn’t like. During this process, I developed another habit. I became a You Tube hair video junkie. I tried every style under the sun so I also learned what my hair would and would not do.
After getting tired of flaky products that never lived up to their promises and a bunch of styles gone wrong, I decided to go on a natural hair detox. My goal was to use no store bought products and minimal styling. At first, my hair was a hot mess because I didn’t know what I was doing. As I developed my own regimen, I liked what I saw and I’ve finally found my groove. Now, I only use two store bought products occassionally – Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel when I’ve used all of the leaves from my aloe vera plant and Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave in Conditioner when I feel my hair needs a little something different. Everything else is food and I like it that way.
I’d like to share 10 tips to help you if you decide to try a Natural Hair Detox.
1. Know that hair is not dead protein. Forget everything you’ve been taught about your hair in high school health class. It’s not dead. It’s an extension of our nervous system and should be treated as such. Metaphysically, each strand of hair is an antennae that conducts subtle energy from the cosmos to you and vice versa.
2. Limit your use of store bought products. If you are using store-bought products, they should be free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, propylene glycol, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), formaldehyde, toulene, benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate, ethoxycinnmate, and any other synthetic chemical.
3. Limit your use of hair dye. Henna, black walnut hulls, chamomile tea, and indigo (well, there’s a great deal of controversy with indigo dye) are great for hair coloring. I no longer color my hair. And you know how much I love hair color. The last time I colored it, I got sick and couldn’t figure out why. Then I learned about how the color seeps into skin and may cause cancer and other illnesses.
4. Water is the moisture your hair craves. We’ve been taught that oils and butters are what we need to moisturize our hair. We’ve also been told to limit hair washing. Simply not true. In the summer or when I’m working out daily, I either wash or wet my hair every single day. You’ve all seen my hair so you know it’s beautiful. The cleaner my hair is, the better my styles are. Most of us can’t get the water we need because our hair is coated with residue from all of the store-bought products. It’s a good idea to wash your hair at least weekly if not more often with a natural shampoo that’s clarifying yet doesn’t strip your hair of its natural oils. For me, it’s liquid black soap. My hair loves it and it loves my hair back.
5. Detangle your hair. I detangle my hair with my fingers however you can invest in a detangling brush. I also have a secret. Our new house came with a water softening system that cuts the job in half. Also, our shower filter is amazing. I no longer use conditioner to detangle my hair. Just good old water and my fingers. This is also the reason I flat twist or two strand twist my hair. To prevent tangles. Tangles = breakage. While I love my beautiful afro, I find that my hair breaks off more in this style. If you feel you need a conditioner, there are some great natural options like marshmallow root infusion.
6. Moisture needs to be sealed. While water is the moisture your hair craves, it must be sealed in. You can seal in that water moisture with natural stuff like a tiny bit of jojoba oil, macadamia nut oil, extra virgin olive oil, or black castor oil. My hair strands are fine and they prefer aloe vera gel as the sealant. I used to use coconut oil and ended up having some really bad experiences in cold weather. Then I learned that coconut oil is a moisturizer, not a sealant. Also, coconut oil gets hard at a certain temperature. Let’s just say I live in Ohio and in the winter when I used coconut oil, my hair was as hard as a rock whenever I was outside longer than 10 minutes. Not cool!

7. Deep conditioning is a good idea. Heat helps nutrients penetrate the hair shaft. Bananas, avocados, irish moss make a great deep conditioner. I love to deep condition with a blend of  avocado, irish moss, and rosemary essential oil. I wash my hair with my liquid black soap, mix it the ingredients, put the blend on my hair, put on a plastic cap, and sit under the thermal cap for 3o minutes. Then I rinse, detangle, and style as usual. I used to do this once per week. Now, I do it whenever I feel led to do so.

8. Use food as your hair gel. There are a million YouTube videos about using flaxseed, marshmallow root, and agar agar gel. I’ve tried them all and love them all. At the same time, I rarely use them because I don’t do styles that require gel too often. Maybe one day, I’ll start getting more creative with my hair styles.
9. Protect your hair at night. Whether you wear a satin or silk scarf or your simply sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase, be sure to protect your hair at night. I find that sleeping on any other type of material causes my hair to break and look dull.
10. Feed your hair internally. Eat lots of fruit and veggies and drink lots of purified alkaline water. Muddy water, irish moss shakes, and G Juice will bless your tresses with nutrient love, too.
As I’ve been on this natural hair journey, I have learned so much and as a result, my hair has flourished and has even transformed as a result of limiting exposure to toxic chemicals and heavy metals. I don’t promote any of the fast hair growth supplements on the market either. I encourage you to experiment by trying some of the suggestions I shared above and let me know how it works for you.
Love and bliss!
Herbalism, Physical Health

Prepare for the Cold Season When Its Warm

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Before this cold season gets going, get or do the following stuff. Preparation is the key.

1. Mullein and garlic oil

2. Netipot and enema bag

3. Eucalyptus and camphor essential oil

4. Egyptian blackseed oil

5. Elderberries

6. Raw honey

7. Keep lemons and limes in the fridge for you water, teas, and infusions.

8. Make vegetable broth and freeze it.

9. Mullein, red clover, blue vervain, alfalfa and Kalawalla organic and non GMO herbs.

10. Irish moss aka sea moss.

11. Turmeric, ginger, and basil

Fast, Detox, Cleanse, Vaccines and Immunizations

Vaccine Detox

 

In the world of growing mandatory vaccine requirements, it’s important to focus on great health before and after the vaccination(s).  Your body must be properly hydrated AND filled with nutrients to ensure that the vaccine and it’s residue can be eliminated from your body. Consider the following before and after detox.

WHAT SHOULD I EAT? A liquid fast at least one week prior to and 2-3 weeks after the vaccination is the best option. Here’s a guide to help you with the preparation. If a liquid fast is too much, feast on fruit, veggies, mushrooms, and Irish moss during the suggested time frame mentioned above.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE?                                                                                     Consider two days of eating nothing but watermelon and Irish moss water or smoothies. This will pump your body full of the zinc and other nutrients you need to fight off the effects of the thirmerosal (aka mercury, a heavy metal) and other harmful chemicals in the vaccine cocktail. During this time, hydrate with half your body weight in ounces of water or at a gallon, whichever is more.

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER THE VACCINE?                                                                                 1. Drink water infused with lemon and/or lime juice. This helps pump your body full of the vitamin C you need to detox and heal. you’ll need half your body weight in ounces or a gallon, whichever is more.

2. Drink liquid bentonite clay. Sonne’s #7 liquid clay along with high fiber foods is an excellent option. Follow the directions on the bottle. This will help push the thimerosal into your blood stream.

3. Help the heavy metal leave your body by consuming the following beverages, food  or tinctures throughout the day.

Gorilla juice: 8 oz of purified water, 2 oz of chlorella, one fresh juiced/squeezed lemon or lime and a pinch or two of real green stevia powder OR take chlorella tablets.

Appleade: Juice 1 fresh lemon or lime and 1 fresh apple for week (great option for babies).

Milk thistle: Make an 8 oz. infusion with the dried herbs. Drink one each day.

Burdock root: Make an 8 oz. infusion with the dried herbs. Drink one each day.

Sarsaparilla: Make an 8 oz. infusion with a handful of the dried root. Drink one each day OR take a dropper full of a sarsaparilla tincture.

Turmeric: Drink a mixture of hot water, turmeric powder, and stevia once or twice throughout the day. This will also help decrease the inflammation that is a result of the vaccine’s response to increase the number of antibodies in the system.

Cilantro: Sprinkle raw cilantro in soups and on salads or make a guacamole dip.

4. Get vitamin B6 nutrients in your body by eating bell peppers, steamed spinach, baked potatoes with the skin, green peas, yams, broccoli, asparagus, turnip greens, nuts and seeds.

5. Get magnesium in your body by ingesting Brazil nuts (1 each day, has selenium too), steamed spinach, and pumpkin.

6. Stop eating by 7 pm each evening. This practice gives your body time to heal.

7. Get sleep. Go to bed by 9:30 pm each evening. This practice gives your body time to heal.

To learn more about vaccinations, check out my blog post, Vaccination Nation.

Herbalism

Devil’s Claw Root Ain’t Evil!

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What’s in a name? Everything! Yet when it comes to herbs, we have to keep an open mind. Devil’s Claw Root (Harpagophytum procumbens) is a South African herb that brings pain relief like you wouldn’t believe. She’s a warrior root who grows well in deserts and overgrazed soil. She digs her roots in the ground and grows like a champ in these conditions, producing both a deep and secondary root. Her smell repels predators to ensure her survival. She’s gangsta! Rumor has it that inexperienced harvesters don’t realize they should leave the deep root and only take the secondary root to avoid extinction. We need to school them now!

Some say her element is fire, others say it’s earth. Either way, she possesses cooling properties that alleviate the heat of pain by reducing inflammation, one of the roots of many diseases. And guess what? This has actually been proven in laboratory studies.

I’ve worked with her personally and for my clients when I sold herbal formulas. I prefer to grind and encapsulate the root because the bitter taste can sometimes be intolerable. She’s great for those experiencing any type of pain related to inflammation – arthritis, headaches, and gout are just a few examples. When I struggled with chronic pain that no medical professional could explain, she was my go to. And since she helps with diarrhea, constipation, and flatulence, as well.

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Her powers are strengthened if you eliminate refined and raw sugar, processed food, and fried food from your dietary lifestyle. Since she has blood thinning properties, she doesn’t mix well with prescription drugs intended to thin the blood.

Her name is indicative of her nature and her claw shaped roots. Ironically, this name is associated with the world’s definition of evil yet she’s known to bring protection by confusing her enemies. Her beauty is intriguing yet her protective smell will keep predators at bay. Root workers have been known to place her roots on a piece of burning charcoal to ward off negative energy.

I would love to hear your thoughts about this amazing herb. Feel free to share your experiences with her, too.

Love and bliss.

Fast, Detox, Cleanse, Physical Health

Eczema, eczema. Go Away!

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Guess what? I suffered from eczema for over 30 years and it was a pretty challenging experience. My maternal grandmother’s herbal remedies and the creams the doctors prescribed didn’t work so my paternal grandmother bathed me in a bathtub with a few cap fulls of Clorox Bleach. Ironically, that solution worked however, over time, it caused a number of other issues.
How did I find the right solution for me? By accident. Remember that detox I went on with my church years ago? I’ve talked about it a million times because it changed my life in so many ways. I was free of skin issues the whole time so I decided to do some additional research.
I discovered that eczema is typically either food related or heavy metal related. Even if it’s triggered by stress, the root is still one or the other. For years, I would make creams and herbal formulas for people that only provided temporary relief. The detox experience let me know that it’s an internal issue. I shared my regimen with others and they experienced success, too. 
Here are some tips that can help you kick it to the curb. 
1. Eliminate refined and raw sugar, fried foods, processed foods, refined flour, nuts, eggs, soy, dairy, and any other common allergens. In fact, consider one of my fast or cleanse regimens – How to Fast and Cleanse. The Parasite and Candida Cleanse Guide is the most helpful for this situation.
 
2. Drink strong herbal infusions of olive leaf, burdock root, and chickweed.
 
3. Drink muddy water each day (food grade diatomaceous earth and water).
 
4. Use only unscented and natural products for your skin. Coconut oil and shea butter usually makes it worse so don’t use them. 
 
5. Use unscented and natural laundry detergent, shampoo, and soap.
 
6. Consume chlorella each day. G Juice is a great way to get it in.
 
7. Stop drinking tap water. Instead, drink distilled water while detoxing and purified or alkaline spring water during other times. 
 
This is a good start and you should see results right away. 
Metaphysics, Physical Health, Spiritual Healing

10 Ways to Care for You

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1. Schedule “Me Time.”

2. Practice walking meditation.

3. Get a professional massage and use self massage tools in between visits.

4. Journal.

5. Don’t make commitments to others out of guilt.

6. Eat clean at least 90% of the time.

7. Exercise. Walking, lifting weights, dancing, yoga (ashtanga, vinyasa, Bikram, or Kemetic) and Pilates are great choices. If you can’t do anything listed here, simply stretch daily.

8. Practice yoga (Hatha, Kundalini or Yin), Qi Gong, or Tai Chi.

9. Get some energy work (e.g. Reiki or Joh Rei). It works best after a massage, stretching, or yoga session.

10. Go to counseling. Talk therapy works wonders. Especially when the counselor incorporates metaphysical practices.

I’d love to hear what you do to take care of yourself in the Comments section.