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)

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, 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.

Fast, Detox, Cleanse, Herbalism, Physical Health

Prevention Beats the Cure

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How do I keep my babies well while people contract virus after virus and infection after infection? Blackseed oil and bilberry syrup. The key is the ability of this concoction to reduce mucus and inflammation which is the root of most disease. I mix a tablespoon of bilberry syrup with a teaspoon of blackseed oil and I have an amazing healing potion that I give to my babies daily. You can take it too. Simply increase the dose to a tablespoon of bilberry syrup.

To make bilberry syrup, simply boil a handful of dried bilberries in two cups of clean water for 15 mins, strain, and add raw honey to taste. If you can’t find bilberries, elderberries work and they are much more affordable. Some people mix the blackseed oil with the bilberry syrup once it cools off. I like to keep them separate.

Store your healing magic in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. It’s easy as pie. Thank me later!

P.S. Children under the age of 1 cannot consume honey due to the potential threat of botulism.

Fast, Detox, Cleanse, Physical Health

Smash that Cellulite!

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Have you ever seen a thin person with cellulite? Well I’m here to tell you there are probably more thin people with it than you think. What’s the reason? Cellulite is not a fat issue. It’s all about keeing your lymphatic system flowing and breaking up and smoothing out fascia, the network of connective tissue under our skin. It’s the biological fabric that holds us together and when it’s compromised, fat can bulge through no matter what size you are. Here are some tips to reduce the appearance of cellulite. If you stick to it, you can get rid of it all together. You can thank me later and send before and after pics.

  • Do a foam roller workout 5x per week.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Consume Irish moss (chondrus crispus) daily.
  • Get in the dry sauna 5x per week.
  • Eliminate refined sugar and grains.
  • Practice yoga (not Hatha or Yin) or Pilates 5x per week. Bikram yoga works wonders.

Share your success smashing cellulite in the comments. Love and bliss!

Fast, Detox, Cleanse, Physical Health, Spiritual Healing

It’s Time for a Liquid Fast

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Liquid fasting is one of the best ways to reset your body and reverse the state of disease so that you’re able to hear from the great I Am within you.

ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS  

Personally, I don’t fast to lose weight. Of course, depending upon how you do it, that could be a benefit. To lose weight on the liquid fast, stick mostly to the sea moss and G Juice drinks. To not lose weight on the liquid fast, the squash and lentil soups are your friends. Also nut butter and banana smoothies.

SAMPLE REGIMEN

People asked for a sample liquid fast regimen. I say don’t follow a template, be free. I know that some are just starting though so I’m willing to share some ideas. As you make it your own, you’ll consume only what you need and you’ll get more nutrients than ever before.

Upon waking
16 oz Lemon water and 8 oz bitter herbal infusion or G Juice

Breakfast
16-32 oz juice or smoothie and 8 oz water

Mid-morning Snack
16-32 oz sea moss water or smoothie or nut milk and 8 oz water

Lunch
Butternut squash soup or a green smoothie and 8 oz water

Mid afternoon snack
16-32 oz G Juice and 8 oz water

Dinner
Creamy lentil soup, green juice, and 8 oz water

Nightcap
Chamomile or catnip infusion

LIQUID FAST RECIPES

When it comes to a liquid fast, the recipe options are limitless. To get you started, here are a few recipes.

Sea moss gel

  • Rinse one handful of wild harvested sea moss with distilled water to remove sand and sediment.
  • Add sea moss gel to a bowl and cover it with distilled water.
  • Let it sit overnight.
  • Drain the water from the sea moss.
  • Cut the sea moss into small strips to avoid the longer strips wrapping around blender blades.
  • Put it in a blender and add 16 oz of distilled water.
  • Blend until smooth like gel.
  • Put it a glass mason jar and store in the refrigerator.

Sea moss water

Blend 1 tablespoon sea moss gel and 8 oz distilled water

Sea moss smoothie

Blend 1 tablespoon sea moss gel, 1 handful hemp seeds, 2 pitted medjool dates, and 8 oz distilled water. Add a little more water if too thick.

Fresh vegetable and/or juice and smoothies

Here’s a link to a few green juice recipes – Green Supreme Juice or Green Zinger Juice.

Dairy Free Milk

Here’s a link to my dairy free milk recipe – Dairy Free Milk.

G-Juice

Here’s a link to my recipe for G-Juice – G-Juice Recipe.

Herbal infusions (some call this tea. Tea is a different plant than herbs)
* Boil 1 quart of spring or filtered water in a tea kettle.
* Remove the kettle of hot water from the heat.
* Add 1 ounce or so of the single herb of your choice in a large mason jar (1 quart size).
* Add stevia or raw honey to taste (the infusion is more beneficial with no sweetener).
* Pour the hot water in the jar to the point of almost overflowing.
* Place the cap on the jar.
* Allow it to sit undisturbed for the allotted amount of time.
– Roots/Bark: 8 hours
– Leaves: 4 hours
– Flowers: 2 hours
– Seeds/berries: 30 minutes
* For a super charge, let it bake in the sun on a hot sunny day.
* Strain the mixture to separate the herbs from the liquid.
* With clean hands, squeeze the herbs to get the medicinal juice into your infusion.
* Place it in the refrigerator if you prefer it cold. It can last up to three days, if refrigerated.
* Sip on the infusion throughout the day.

WARNING: Herbal infusions can cause adverse reactions if you are taking prescription medication. Also, it’s a good idea to research the herbs you’re using to determine whether or not they should be taken on an empty stomach.

Squash Soup

  • Cut away the squash covering and remove the seeds.
  • Cut a squash into cubes.
  • Bake in the oven on 375 for 30 minutes or until soft enough to blend.
  • Blend with 1/2 cup fresh dairy free milk.
  • For a sweet blend, add some allspice, a few pitted dates or a tablespoon or so of raw agave syrup.
  • For a savory blend, add pink salt and seasonings of choice like cumin or chili powder.

Vegetable Broth

  • Add distilled water to a crockpot pot until it’s half full.
  • Add a red onion, two handfuls kale greens, one bell pepper, a few diced shallots, and other vegetable of choice.
  • Put on low setting for six – eight hours.
  • Drain broth and add pink salt and cumin to taste.
    If you don’t want to waste the veggies, blend them into a soup and add your favorite seasonings.
Physical Health

TV! You’re Not the Boss of Me!

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Imagine a perfect day. You’re walking on sunshine and dancing on clouds. Everything is going your way. You walk into a store and what do you see on the TV? Yet another person being shot and killed by the police. How do you feel at that moment? Does your mood change? Are you suddenly angry or sad? Do you want to get revenge or just go somewhere and cry?

Let’s try another scenario. It’s still a perfect day. You’re still walking on sunshine and dancing on clouds. You’re sticking to your eating plan and you walk into a store and what do you see? Scrumptious chocolate chip cookies and ice cream and a happy family playing games while indulging in this sweet treat. The mom is skinny and happy and the dad looks like a modern-day Adonis or Appollo. Plus, he’s jolly and fun. The children look perfect and healthy. It’s a perfect scene filled with laughter and the sweet life (literally). How do you feel at that moment? Are you tossing that salad and quinoa aside? Are you feeling guilty because you want to toss it aside? Are you angry with the media for promoting consumerism, diabetes, and obesity?

What I notice in both scenarios is an attempt to control emotions through visuals. When we think of the quality of our health, it’s important to consider the impact of the visual images projected to our minds via the television. There’s solid research that shows media and advertising professionals how to get our endocrine systems to release chemicals that elicit specific responses. This is the real mind control that goes unnoticed each day.

I encourage you to think about what images you see each day. Start being mindful of any mood changes or sudden desires you experience when you see them. Knowledge is power when you know you’re being played. Now what will you actually do about it? I suggest you get some toddler defiance in your life and say, “TV! You’re not the boss of me!” Then turn it off and commit to only watching it a few times per week, if at all.

Love and light!

 

Physical Health, Womanism

I’m not a feminist! I’m a healer!

 

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I used to be a feminist who fought for women’s rights. One of those battles involved challenging  insurance companies who would not pay for birth control pills even though they paid for abortions. I won the battle and got on my birth contol pills and patches. Later in life, I had a womb full of fibroids, PCOS, HPV, and I was the woman with the issue of blood.

The doctors who put me on the birth control had no viable solutions for my maladies.  I did some research and discovered my woes were caused by the birth control I fought for, sex with energetic vampires, and my dietary choices. Ain’t karma a bitch? When you fight for the system, you get system-filled diseases.

Thank goodness for the blood of African and Native American healers flowing through my veins. I knew that going to Source would solve my problems. I was healed by the energetic power of Source flowing through a spirit filled woman, dietary changes, castor oil, and herbs. I no longer prescribe to labels that weren’t meant for me in the first place. I participated in a system that made me sick and was healed by the energy and plants of Source. That’s why I’m not a feminist. I’m a healer.