Physical Health

Underarm Funk Be Gone!

Do you want to switch to a natural deodorant yet, you’re over powered by funky sweat? Consider an underarm cleanse.

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  • In the shower, gently scrub your underarms with a loofah sponge.
  • Rinse well and repeat.
  • Rub iodine tincture under your arms and let it soak in until the red color disappears then wash your underarms again. This helps control bacteria and helps dissolve cysts that may have formed under your arms from years of chemical anti-perspirant and deodorant use.

I do this process almost every night due to my personal history with fibrocystic breast disease. I’m all about preveting that situation from occurring again.

Here are some additional tips.

  1. Drink G Juice daily. It will naturally deodorize your body and give you energy.
  2. Eliminate or extremely limit garlic, white onions, refined sugar, and meat from your diet. All of them increase the probability and pungency of the funky sweat.
  3. Visit Nandi’s Naturals to find a deodorant that works for you.
  4. Consider investing in chemical free underarm wipes and wearing cotton t-shirts shirts under your clothes if you’re a heavy sweater. Once you cleanse your body, your sweat will smell much better.

Love and light!

Herbalism, Physical Health

Sugar – The Eye Killa!

Several years ago, I decided to start a journey to heal my eyes. From 1990-2011, my visual acuity had declined each year. My prescription for eye glasses and contacts was getting stronger and stronger. Then in 2012 and 2013, my visual acuity remained steady. In 2014, something miraculous happened, my vision actually improved. What did I do? I significantly reduced my intake of sugary foods.

Typically, a change in your vision is one of the first indicators of insulin resistance or diabetes. But what they don’t tell you is that these conditions doesn’t start overnight. As we eat sugar, especially the white, refined sugar many of us love, our bodies become acidic and full of mucus, the blood and lymph thicken, and our internal organs, including our eyes, begin a slow decaying process. If you want to get old quickly, eat more sugar. I started eating candy, cakes, and cookies like they were going out of style as a young child. Then when I became an adult, I added wine and fruity cocktails to the equation. Of course, all of those foods were full of sugar. In my book, Body by Reeci, I share the gory details of my sugar addiction and the steps I took to overcome it. In fact, the book includes a plan that can help you if you experience this life challenge, too. If you’re experiencing a steady decline in your vision, you just might have too much sugar in your diet. Here are a few tips to consider incorporating into your eating lifestyle to help curb your cravings for for the white demon.

1. Drink gymnema sylvestre herbal tea. This amazing herb decreases the absorption of sugar in the intestine, promotes regeneration of insulin-secreting cells in the pancreas, positively impacts cholesterol levels, helps increase insulin levels, reduces physical cravings for sugar and literally masks it’s taste. In fact, it makes any sugary treat taste rather gross if you drink it prior to (within two hours) ingesting it. Check out a blog post I wrote of this topic to learn more – Gymnema Sylvestre – Sugar Destroyer.

2. Drink oolong tea. This tea has been proven to contribute to reduction of blood sugar. While oolong is a caffeinated tea, it doesn’t seem to have the same addictive qualities of caffeine in coffee.

3. Eat fenugreek seeds. Eating a handful of fenugreek seeds and chasing them down with water is a good practice to reduce cravings in general. It specifically reduces the cravings for sugar. If you enjoy being outside in the summer months, be prepared to share some space with the honey bees. The maple syrup smell of the fenugreek has been known to attract bees. If you’d like to enlist the guidance of a health coach to overcome the sugar blues, I encourage you to visit my website to learn more about the products and services I offer – http://awakenedvitality.com. Peace and blessings.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this blog is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease, as the information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Herbs and pharmaceutical medicine do not mix so please consult your medical professional before incorporating any of the suggested herbs into your diet.

Physical Health

Lympathic Breast Massage

As many of you know, I struggle with cysts in my breasts from time to time. I’ve found a way to relieve the pain and in tandem with clean eating and herbs, rid myself of those pesty lumps. Lymphatic breast massages can be a daily practice as a part of your healing regimen. This practice is beneficial for all women and specifically helps to relieve tenderness of the breast some women experience prior to their moon time it has been known to reduce the rate of breast cancer. In addition, it will reduce breast pain, inflammation, lumps, cysts, and fibrocystic breast tissue.

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil in 2-3 tablespoons of your favorite carrier oil. I love using frankincense and castor oil. Some might find the smell of the castor oil to be overwhelming so try jojoba oil or something like that. If you’re breast feeding, simply use extra virgin coconut oil.
  2. Rub some oil on your hands. Add additional oil as needed throughout the massage.
  3. Gently stroke down from your neck to your collar bone on your right side.
  4. Stroke the skin from your shoulder towards your neck on the right side.
  5. Gently stretch the skin of your underarm in an upward direction.
  6. If you feel tenderness, gently pump 10 times until the tenderness disappears.
  7. Support your breast with one hand and gently move your entire breast toward the armpit with a stretch and release action 10 times.
  8. With one hand supporting the same breast , gently move it towards the center of the body, again with a stretch and release action 10 times.
  9. Focus on a flat palm on the top of your breast and gently massage upward as you stretch and release 10 times.
  10. Press the nipple a few times and massage in a circular motion.
  11. Repeat each step 10 times with the other breast.

While massaging your breasts, feel free to speak life over them. Tell them what you desire for them and how they are fulfilling their true purpose. Sing, chant, or whatever makes you feel good. This massage is meant to be an activity of self-care yet feel free to share this experience with your partner or spouse.