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If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you may know that I am dealing with a fibroid situation. Instead of having surgery, which I don’t feel is the only option, I started seeking natural ways to heal my body on my own. Through my research Hempseed was mentioned as an overall health booster. Hempseed can be pretty expensive depending on where you purchase from so it took me some time to actually acquire some. In TJMaxx one day I stumbled across a package from the brand OMG Organic and it was on clearance for $7.00, the cheapest I had seen it. For the past 2 to 3 weeks I have been adding the hempseed to my bottle of purified water, and I drink that 5 days a week.

At the time I started, I had breakouts on my face, and I noticed it clearing up throughout the time frame of drinking the hempseed and water so I decided to do a bit of research on the benefits of hempseed, let’s discuss….

Hempseed are seeds from the hemp plant or Cannibas Sativa. No these seeds will not get you high, the seeds contain a small trace of THC (TetraHydroCannabinoids), approximately 0.3% to 1.5%.

GLA, a necessary building block for certain prostaglandins, is found in Hempseed. GLA rich foods have been noticed to help people with:

ADHD, heart disease, obesity, PMS, and skin allergies

Hempseed oil is known to relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Hempseed is high in fiber, it can relieve constipation and feeds the probiotics in your gut.

Hempseed oil can help to improve dry skin and inflammation caused by eczema.

Hempseed is another source high in omega 3-fats (healthy fats)

Lastly, hempseeds are known to improve high blood pressure and cardiovascular health.

With all of these great benefits, why not incorporate hempseed into your diet and lifestyle?


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Hempseed…why you need them!

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Aloe: Benefits, Uses, & more!

Hello all!  Today I want to share with you why aloe is the plant to have and the juice to drink.

Here is a tiny bit of back story about Aloe.  Aloe comes from tropical climates and used for medicinal/agricultural purposes.  Between America, Europe, Asia, and Africa there are 240 varieties of aloe.

I was introduced to the aloe plant at a very young age because my grandfather had a garden and loves his plants and herbs. Anytime you get a cut, burn, or scrape, aloe is your fixer upper.  A couple of weeks ago my nephew broke out in a rash on our way to New York.  I had pieces of the leaf on me and rubbed the gel on every spot, by the time we reached New York his skin was clear!

Over the past few years it seems like this plant that’s been around for many years, is now getting the recognition it deserves. You no longer have to go to plant shops or home improvement stores to purchase them, they now sell huge aloe leafs in grocery stores in some states.

When it comes to using aloe internally like with aloe juice, I would suggest purchasing the ones that are at health food stores or in the pharmacy section of your grocery store.  Dr. Axe of says that in approved commercial products, there is a certification program that validates the quality & quantity of aloe vera.

I started using it all over my skin in 2012.  I have always been into skincare so I would buy the plant from Home Depot, pick the leaf, open it up and put the gel all over then apply lotion.  It was very time consuming so that didn’t last long.  Now I am back doing it again but I only apply to my face and sometimes the back of my hands and cuticles.

On the face it acts as a mask which you can leave on for about 20 minutes and wash off.  I leave it on my face, the gel tightens up and pulls the skin which I feel will help with wrinkles and fine lines.  Once it tightens I then add oil to moisture.

I also drink aloe vera juice…………

I drink about a half a cup, and what it does for you is help alkaline the body and PH levels, it hydrates, and based on the vitamins and minerals aloe contains; A, C, E, calcium, magnesium, zinc and potassium, you are sure to get a nutritional boost.

Other benefits:

-can clear up acne & scars from breakouts (gel)

-detox the liver

-great hair and scalp moisturizer

-heals cold sores

-reduces inflammation (drink)

If you have any preconditioned issues like diabetes or crohns disease, consult with your doctor or simply do your research first!


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Natural Deodorants

I started using natural deodorants once everything started making sense to me. Literally everything we put in or on our bodies affects our chemical makeup. ¬†You may think you are just rubbing on a product to absorb your sweat or stop you from sweating, but it’s deeper than that.

Just like any other product that isn’t good for, deodorants and antiperspirants contain a list of ingredients you aren’t able to pronounce or contain parabens, aluminum and other toxic ingredients that should not be entering our bodies.

Let’s briefly discuss a few common ingredients:

BHT-Butylated Hydroxytoluene…there is some evidence that this organic compound can irritate the respiratory system, and there have been animal studies showing the formation of tumors & high doses of developmental issues.

Parabens-quoted from…”parabens can mimic hormones in the body and disrupt functions of the endocrine system”

Aluminum…has been linked to breast cancer, can block your sweat glands and stop you from perspiring, and studies say that once aluminum gets into your pores and combines with your chemical makeup (DNA) it can cause changes in your cells.

These are just a few reasons why I stick to more natural products, and the two I have been using within the past 3 months are…

The most recent…

I love both of them, the latter I wanted to try because it was a spray on deodorant and I wanted to see how effective it was and I must say I works just as well as the other types.  This deodorant soothes your skin as it combats odor, allows your skin to breathe, and 99.9% of the ingredients I can pronounce and understand what they are. Products like this I am happy to put on my skin!


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Facial Wipes…Yes or No?

There are a few different ways to remove your makeup at night, you can simply wash your face with a cleansing bar which probably won’t leave your face as clean as you’d like…there will be makeup left deep down in your pores and if you aren’t scrubbing/exfoliating, or masking once a week, you are doing your skin a huge disservice.

Many have taken the route of facial wipes, makeup remover wipes, even baby wipes.

Wipes have made removing makeup a breeze, too tired to wash your face? Just grab a wipe a voila, makeup gone.  There are so many options out now, seems like every makeup brand has wipes or makeup removers.  Are these products beneficial or are they doing more damage?

My experience with facial wipes/makeup remover wipes has been a frustrating one because I was looking for an easy route to remove product from my face. ¬†I’ve tried them all it seems, ¬†and every single brand I’ve tried has done the same, make it burn around my eye area. ¬†Have you had that feeling before? ¬†If so, did you ever try to figure out why? ¬†Well I did and that’s why I am here.

I figured it had to be the citric acid, a very common factor in all wipes and the word acid just doesn’t sound good. ¬†Let’s discuss citric acid in makeup wipes…in food is a totally different story!

Citric acid in wipes…they pretty much somehow pull all types of salt from the organic acid and it goes into the wipes for several reasons, mainly to adjust the acid/base balance. ¬†For specific purposes of the salts, check out

Mostly the stuff you are unable to pronounce are salts from citric acid, then some wipes will have alcohol in them which combined with those salts seems very dehydrating for the face.

It is known that the first 5 ingredients listed are the ingredients said product contains the most. ¬†If you read some labels, alcohol will be within the first 5 ingredients. ¬†Even the soothing wipes that have aloe, cucumbers, green tea…all of them irritate my skin.

There are other great options to removing makeup such as steam, milk, actual cucumbers and of course coconut oil. ¬†I am sure there has to be a wipe brand out there that doesn’t contain citric acid, if you know of any let me know in the comments. ¬†Try another safer, healthier method of removing makeup and don’t forget to wash with a cleanser after!

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Weekend Fall/Winter Skincare ūü§ó

Good Evening! ¬†Welcome back…I hope you all enjoyed my first post for this new year and look forward to much more. ¬†Today I am going to share with you the steps I take and products I use during the Fall & Winter months, to keep my skin at its best.

These are the 4 products I use for my weekend skincare routine…..


I made a decision of exfoliating during the Fall & Winter months and leaving masking for the Spring & Summer months, do any of you do the same?  In the Fall/Winter months, the air is much harsher on the skin, depending on location of course.  You want to make sure you are scrubbing away those dead skin cells.  Now, when exfoliating during these months you want to use a less abrasive scrub unlike one you would use during the warmer months.

There have been many negative posts about the St. Ives Scrub but I have enjoyed using it.  The only time I had an issue with a scrub was when I over used it, scrubbing like every other day, 2x a week is ideal for using a facial scrub. Exfoliation replenishes the skin and can improve your moisturizers effectiveness.

“The dead cells block moisture from the layers of live skin cells that actually need it” –

First I start with St.Ives of course and this scrub in particular on a scale of Gentle/Moderate/Deep, it has a deep exfoliating factor.  I find that interesting because it is so gentle to me. The key ingredients are:

*Apricot extract

*Walnut shell powder

Also, within the first 3 ingredients listed you have water and glycerin, very beneficial.

Next I use my facial bar to wash my face and since October I believe, I’ve been using the Nubian Heritage Olive & Green Tea Soap w/Avocado. ¬†I really love this bar because it leaves my skin feeling smooth…looking like I have a glow…and it lasts forever, all of the Nubian Heritage Soaps are awesome.

This bar in particular is anti aging, ultra moisturizing, and nourishing.  It contains Shea Butter, Olive Oil and Avocado Butter.

My next step is to tone and I am in love with Heritage Store Rosewater and Glycerin.  I have been using this for over a year and it has never failed me.  I started using it on my locs when I had them, to moisturize them and my scalp. This product will stop any itch, even when I shave and start itching from hair growth, I spray this any and everywhere.

It contains:

*pure rose water

*vegetable glycerin

*Vor Mag Water (has been magnetized to raise the energy to a higher vibration)

You can use the product as a toner, moisturizer, primer and makeup setting spray!

Lastly, I must moisturize with Vitamin E oil.  I have been using it for over a year as well and I know I am reaping the benefits.  Vitamin E is an antioxidant, slows down aging, and repairs damaged skin.  There are many more benefits internally but I wanted to focus on the skin.

So, I hope that my skin care routine gives you some ideas of products to try and also I hope you found this informative. ¬†If you have any questions about these products please leave them in the comments. ¬†Thank you so much for reading, you all are awesome! ūüíč

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Almonds & Cocoa: What a combo!

Good morning!  I pray all is well with you all.  As always I thank you for being so patient with me, and welcome to my new followers.

This post is on my new found favorite skin moisturizing combo. ¬†Usually I just use almond oil on my skin, I have not used cocoa butter in a very long time but I had a stick in my cabinet and said “hey why not?!”, yes I said it out loud to myself lol.

Here’s a bit of background on almond oil that I found to share with you…you may or may not already know this but, almond oils popularity is big in Southeast Asia and the almond tree was domesticated in the Mediterranean region. ¬†The almond kernels and the oil that derives from them, are credited for promoting heart and skin health.

I’ve posted on almond oil before and it’s benefits but let’s review. ¬†Almond oil is rich in Vitamin E which contains loads of antioxidants. ¬†I have been doing almond oil nail soaks for a couple of years now and the benefits in that are that the zinc and b complex vitamins in almond oil help strengthen brittle nails. ¬†I also eat a serving of almonds almost everyday, the oil is rich in fatty acids, also called Oleic acids which are also found in cocoa butter.

Cocoa butter shares many similarities in benefits as almond oil as far as containing beneficial antioxidants and reducing signs of aging and scaring. Cocoa butter can serve as protection for the skin from the environment, acting as a barrier.

I use the stick because it’s in its raw form and doesn’t go on oily/greasy. ¬†I use the stick first all over my body and then add the almond oil over top to seal everything in and for an amazing glow.

With all the amazing benefits that they both share, why not double up?!  For more amazing benefits of almond oil check out and for more on cocoa butter check out

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