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.

Body Care, Herbalism, Physical Health, Spiritual Healing

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are like muscles in the uterus that don’t know how to stop growing. I call them waste receptacles because they are filled with toxic mucus to protect our wombs from the trash we’ve accumulated over time. They are caused by one or more of the following issues.

  • Emotional wounds from abortions, miscarriages, sexual trauma, and/or molestation that breed negative energy
  • High estrogen and progesterone production from taking birth control pills and consuming excessive amounts of soy
  • Consuming acidic foods that contain dairy, refined sugar, refined and enriched flour, and/or caffeine, especially processed or fried, all which create mucus in the body
  • Damage from sexually transmitted diseases and vaginal infections
  • Exchange of bodily fluids with sexual partners that create soul ties and open you up to the other person’s issues and history
  • Karmic debt from past lives, for those who believe in reincarnation
  • Generational curses in the family bloodline
  • Toxins from body care products that contain chlorine bleach, parabens, sulfates, and other harmful chemicals
  • Hormonal issues with menopausal women taking synthetic hormones to increase estrogen levels
  • Hormonal issues with women who are undergoing invitro fertilization

These situations produce toxic mucus that gets trapped in the womb, which can contribute to the growth of fibroids, both inside or outside of the uterus. They develop in the uterus because it is our womb, the center of life and creativity. Here, we birth new lives and ideas. Some say that fibroids are hereditary and that they run in families, passed down from generation to generation. Since we tend to inherit diseases at birth and live the same lifestyle as our family members, the heredity theory is somewhat true. If we have the same eating habits, lifestyle, and/or thinking patterns as our living relatives and/or ancestors, then we will most likely have the same health issues.

Symptoms

  • None – they may be small and not causing symptoms – best time to smash them
  • Heavy bleeding during or outside of menstural cycle
  • Headaches
  • Bloating – can make you look up to six months pregnant
  • Extreme cramping – caused by strong uterine spasms
  • Lower back pain
  • Infertility
  • Miscarriages
  • Dull ache to extreme burning sensation in the womb area
  • Constipation
  • Frequent urination
  • Frequent urinary tract infections
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Low libido
  • Painful intercourse

Treatment

As far as the treatment, there is no miracle herb or essential oil that prevents or shrinks fibriods. The goal is a holistic solution that promotes excellent womb health. That solution involves cleansing and nourishing both one’s external and internal environments as opposed to trying to heal the condition. The body operates as a whole, not in pieces or parts. Herbs like chapparal, comfrey, vitex, nettles, shepherd’s purse, and cesaree have been known to help with this condition. I also strongly suggest the elimination of the acidic foods mentioned above during the healing process. Meditation, journaling, and yoga have been known to add great value during this time, as well. Specifically, to help deal with the spiritual reasons for fibroids mentioned above. For some, the fibroid smash takes 3 months. For others it takes longer. The lifestyle change should be long term so that the fibroids don’t grow back.

Here are a few pictures of fibroids to help you know what they might look like inside your body. images-6dhs_fibroid_buster_cleanse images-5images-3images-4

If you’re suffering from uterine fibroids, know you’re not alone and there is help. If you have questions, thoughts, or stories to share, I’d love to hear from you. Love and light.

Note: The pictures above are a results of a Google images search.

Body Care, Fertility and Womb Health, Physical Health

Got Peri-menopause Blues?

Give thanks.

Peri-menopause is the transition period leading up to the end of a woman’s moon cycle. It typically starts between 47-50, however, nowadays, it’s starting as early as 32-35. We can contribute that to food and environment which cause our hormones to fluctuate earlier than normal. It’s a good idea for women to prepare for the change so that the symptoms aren’t so drastic. Here are a few suggestions

  • Limit your protein intake to under 90 grams per day and eat high quality meat. Extreme meat consumption promotes an acidic environment in the body. It also produces mucus which can cause problems if in the vaginal lining. It also increases the likeliness of hot flashes. Do not consume low quality meat, especially processed lunch meat. Make sure your chicken and turkey are free range and pastured, meaning, the animals are free to forage and eat on their own versus being fed genetically modified soy and corn feed. Soy and corn are cash crops and tend to not be the best quality, especially in animal feed. The fish you consume should be wild caught and preferably frozen immediately afterwards. Also, be sure that the animals aren’t given antibiotics or growth hormones. Many local grocery stores are starting to carry better quality meat at affordable prices. I’ve also found that our downtown market and farmer’s market tend to carry this kind, as well. When you do consume meat, make sure it’s no bigger than the size of your fist. Why? Not only is it acidic and produces mucus, it’s also a low vibration food because it takes so much energy to digest it. When your body is busy digesting excessive amounts of heat, it takes energy away from your healing process. Hard boiled eggs, dark leafy green vegetables, and beans are a good replacement for extreme meat eaters.
  • Limit your soy intake. This may seem contrary to the advice many of you have heard in the past. We’ve been told that soy produces phytoestrogens that can help replace the hormones that have been lost during this phase of life. Let’s talk about the origin of soy. Soy was originally used as fertilizer, not food. Over 2,500 years ago, Asian cultures began using fermented soy as a protein source in their diets. They understood that it was toxic in any other state. Now, most of these cultures use it as a condiment, not a main dish. Tofu was originally used in Chinese over 2,000 years ago in monasteries to lower testosterone levels so that the monks wouldn’t have the desire to get it on. 1,000 years later, we find tofu’s cousin tempeh being used in Indonesia to feed the poor. Unfortunately, eating too much soy can cause your body not to absorb other important nutrients such as B12 and vitamin D. Since it’s a cash crop, it’s on the list of the top genetically modified foods. Also, some peri-menopausal and menopausal women have experienced serious thyroid issues when they have increased their soy intake. While it’s promoted as a way to get phytoestrogens, it’s mimicking of the hormone can actually block true production of estrogen and cause disorders in a woman’s reproductive system. Instead try red clover infusions. According to herbalist Susan Weed’s article Healthy Menopause Years The Wise Woman Way, “Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is better in every way than its cousin soy. It contains four phytoestrogens; soy has only one (isoflavone). Red clover infusion has ten times more phytoestrogens than soy “milk,” fewer calories, more calcium, and no added sugars.” If you choose to eat soy, make sure it’s fermented and not genetically modified.
  • Eliminate refined sugar from your diet. Refined sugar increases the acidity in our bodies. Lacking in nutrition, it adds to a woman’s weight gain and can even cause hot flashes. Instead, consider raw cane sugar, raw honey, stevia, coconut sugar crystals, dried dates, or fresh fruit juice as your sweeteners of choice. Stevia (in moderation) is the only option on this list that will not cause any issues. All of the others should STILL be consumed in moderation and rarely if ever as an ingredient in processed foods. Dates and fresh fruit juice are acceptable in a plant based, primarily alkaline eating lifestyle.
  • Incorporate herbal infusions in your diet. The infusions to consider are red clover (can reduce hotflashes and promote an alkaline environment in the vagina), sage (reduces night sweats), motherwort (strengthens nerves and balances hormones), and ginkgo biloba (enhances memory). Check with your medical professional to learn about the benefits and side effects of these herbs as well as whether or not they will counteract with any prescription medications you may be taking.
  • Incorporate light aerobic activity, yoga, and meditation into your routine. These activities increase the blood flow and sharpen your mental and spiritual focus.

Preparing our bodies is the key to limiting the symptoms of menopause. When adopting this lifestyle, some women have reported no symptoms at all, while others have reported an extreme reduction in the symptoms they were experiencing. Whatever your circumstance may be, I encourage you to embrace this time of your life and know that it’s taking you to the next phase of your womanhood. And oh, what a journey that will be.

Love and light

Body Care, Fertility and Womb Health, Physical Health

Goodbye Aunt Flow!

Give thanks.

Today I’d like to talk about our moon time perspective. As a woman, I get excited when it’s my moon time. Why? Because like the moon, we never die. We simply transition into a new phase of life each month.

This is a new perspective for me because I didn’t always feel this way. I used to experience extreme bloating, unbearable cramps, migraine headaches, breast soreness, and wild mood swings. I even referred to my moon time in a linear and derogatory fashion with words like “my period,” “my menstrual cycle,” and “that time of the month.” To make matters worse, it never came the same time each month so I couldn’t even plan for what I considered to be a major inconvenience.

As I evolved, I no longer used those terms, so I decided to name it “Aunt Flow.” I would say, “Aunt Flow came to visit me and she needs to leave as soon as possible because she’s getting on my nerves.” Then, something miraculous happened. I went on a vegan cleanse to shrink and abolish the fibroids in my uterus. Imagine a month of mostly raw fruits and veggies, herbal teas, nuts, and a massive overflow of water. In addition, some hydrotherapy, herbal suppositories, with a clay and psyllium husk cleanse. Not only did the fibroids shrink, so do the cysts in my breasts. And one day, “Aunt Flow” showed up without warning. I had none of the symptoms I mentioned before. The next month, the same thing happened. She showed up and I simply bled. No pain, no bloating, no moodiness, or any other discomforts.

Being in touch with my body was a new thing to me so I decided to get some help in this space. My circle of holistic friends proved to be quite helpful. They shared that by ridding my body of toxins, parasites, tumors, cysts, and other uninvited visitors, “Aunt Flow” didn’t have to come in with a vegenance. It like your aunt coming to visit and your house is dirty, your children don’t behave, she has no decent food to eat, and no space for peace. She’s not going to be a happy camper. I learned about the divine connection with the moon and my spirit leaped inside of me. Before the days of electricity, women bled with the moon. When the moon was full, they ovulated and when the moon was new (dark), they bled. Isn’t it interesting that we’re taught all bad things happen in the dark? Do you see the connection here? I always knew this information but ignored it because some of it challenged my previous spiritual belief system. Once I broke free from those chains, I embraced every womanly aspect about myself and as a result, I buried “Aunt Flow” and adopted my “moon time.”

So how did my womb get so polluted in the first place? The answer lies in a variety of issues.

  • Years of taking synthetic/artificial hormones in the form of birth control pills that suppressed my normal flow and poisoned my body
  • Artificial light at night that fooled my senses into thinking it was still daytime so I didn’t get proper rest
  • Refined sugar that turns into fat and poison in our bloodstream
  • Excessive consumption of animal protein which opened me up to the hormones and spirit of the deceased animal, the imbalance of nature, and improper cooking
  • Not taking care of my womb via herbal sitz baths, coconut oil rubs, and exercises with yoni eggs
  • Using chlorine-filled sanitary products that poisoned my womb
  • Not resting during my moon time

So what does all this mean? Change your lifestyle and viewpoint when it comes to your yoni health.  Say goodbye to Aunt Flow and hello to your moon time.

Love and light.

Body Care, Fertility and Womb Health, Physical Health

Detox my Yoni!

Tampon

Give thanks.

How many times have we dropped by the local pharmacy, grocery, or department store and picked up feminine hygiene products? I’m the first to raise my hand. I could’ve fed starving children around the world with all the money I invested in these products. Whether it’s maxi pads, tampons, or wipes, most of us have bought them one time or another. Then we wondered why we experienced recurrent yeast infections, bacteria vaginosis, fishy smells, and all kinds of other vaginal drama. All the while, our yonis are screaming, “Stop poisoning me and let my blood flow, please.” Yes, it’s that simple. Our yonis want to breathe and be toxin free.

Here are a list of things to consider that can help achieve this state.

  • Replace tampons with a cup designed to collect your menstrual blood. The Diva Cup and the Moon Cup are a few brands that you may want to check out.
  • Use the blood from the cup in your rituals, spiritual practices, house plants, or gardens. There’s power in the blood that will invoke amazing results and the rich nutrients will make your plants grow hearty. If you’re not ready for the cup, consider sea sponges. Jade and Pearl is a brand you should look into.
  • Replace pads made from bleached cotton to cloth pads. Check out my favorite online store to buy cloth pads – Root Woman Earth Child Online Store. If you’re not ready for cloth pads, consider using chlorine free pads. Natracare Natural Pads are a good option.
  • Stop using wipes that are bleached with chlorine and full of toxic fragrances and other ingredients.
  • Say no to douches that promote the growth of bacteria in your womb. Instead, eat healthy foods and drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day.
  • Replace commercial brand lubricants with organic extra virgin coconut oil mixed with a fresh squeeze or two of lemon juice.

These are just a few tips that can enhance our yoni health. Try one or all of them and let us know how things are going for you. I look forward to the exchange.

Love and light.