Dec 18

How to Use Essential Oils

Posted In Healthy Living

Lavender herb and essential oil

Essentials oils can be added to your beauty products, used for aromatherapy or consumed. Different oils have different effects on the mood and body. I sometimes add mint or lavender to my hair spritzes (made of mostly water and a touch of conditioner) for a fresh clean scent.

The downtown salon I work for burns lemongrass to create a calming atmosphere.

I add several drops of lemon essential oil to my hot water to drink. Like fresh lemon, it helps cleanse/alkalize the body.

Finally, I was recommended nutmeg oil when I was transitioning to a vegan diet to help minimize my headaches. As an old wive’s tale goes, you simply place a few drops behind your ears or on your temple area. Unfortunately, this did not work for me.

There are, however, dozens of essential oils on the market than can be easily found at your local health store. Here are some others and what they’re used for:

Bergamot – treats nervousness, insomnia, acne, eczema, psoriasis

Camphor – treats congestion, muscular pain

Cinnamon – treats chills, fatigue, flatulence, infections

Clary Sage – treats hot flushes and PMS

Eucalyptus – treats congestion, bronchitis and other respiratory afflictions

Frankincense – reduces tension and promotes skin regeneration

Lavender – treats inflammation, congestion, cough, muscular pain, headache, nervousness, and insomnia

Lemon – antiseptic/antibacterials, reduces oiliness of skin

Lemon grass – tonic, analgesic, treats anxiety

Patchouli – reduces oiliness of skin, acts as a perfume

Peppermint – treats headaches, muscular pain, and indigestion

Rosemary – treats muscular pain, congestion, and poor blood circulation

Tea tree oil – treats acne, lice, gingivitis, and other minor infections

Thyme – treats infections and sore throat, expectorant (brings up phlegm)

Ylang Ylang – skin tonic, relaxant, aphrodisiac

 

Essential oils do not dissolve in water. They stay on the surface of the water.

Due to being highly concentrated (which can irritate the skin with direct contact), it is recommended you mix them with a base oil (eg. avocado oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, or wheat germ oil). It is also recommended that you speak to a doctor before using essential oils to treat a condition, as it may interact with prescription medication or a previous condition.

If you’d like to incorporate essential oils into your beauty regimen, start by adding your favourite to your current body lotion or conditioner. Happy mixing!

 


signature

tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments »

Dec 02

Super Easy Dread Wrap

Posted In Hair, Locs

I demonstrate how you can wrap your locs in less than one minute. I took this idea from loc’d model Nerissa Irving, who mentioned it in one of her recent beauty regimen videos.


signature

tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments »

Sep 26

Healthy Breakfast and Lunch Ideas for School and Work

Posted In Clean Meals


signature

tags: , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments »

Aug 18

Most Basic Green Smoothie Recipe Ever

Posted In Clean Meals, Juicing and Smoothies

 

green-smoothie

 

I sometimes get asked how I make my green smoothies. There really is no cut-and-dry answer. It’s all a matter of preference.

Start with your base (eg. water, green tea, almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, or even cow’s milk), add an ample amount of fruit for sweetness, and toss in a handful of greens (eg. kale, spinach, collard greens, swiss chard).

Pictured above is…

Vanilla almond milk, kale, and ripe banana.  Boom!  You’re welcome ;)


signature

tags: , , , ,

No Comments »

Jul 25

Honey Fig Christmas in July Sale

Posted In Beauty, Hair

Honey Fig is a natural hair (and beauty) store located in Toronto (4967 Yonge St). It’s where I recently purchased the Cocoveda Ayurvedic shampoo bar and lavender essential oil I mention in my loc maintenance video. It’s also where I purchase one of my ALL-TIME favourite staples, Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel for Sensitive Skin.

They are having a Christmas in July Sale. Check it out…

 

Honey-Fig-2

 

“Starting July 25th through to July 31st, HoneyFig is celebrating Christmas in July. Along with our promoted online sales and in-store flash sales, we are kicking it up a notch and offering to pay the sales tax on all of your HoneyFig purchases, July 25th – July 31st. That’s right – No Tax!

Best of all, no promo code to remember; the only thing to need to keep in mind, is that this sale ends 8pm EST (in store) and 12pm midnight EST (on line) on July 31st.

Oh yeah… one more thing, we will be closing an hour earlier – at 7pm, on Thursday, July 24th; as the elves will be busy preparing for our Christmas.

Merry J-Xmas
The HoneyFig Team”


signature

tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments »

Jul 13

Dreads vs Locs

Posted In Hair, Locs

Are the two terms interchangeable?


signature

tags: , , , ,

No Comments »

Jun 18

The Benefits of Chlorella

Posted In Healthy Living

chlorellavsspriulina

This could have easily had been an article about the benefits of spurilina (a green/blue algae similar to chlorella) but my relationship with spurilina throughout the years has been lackluster. It wasn’t until I purchased a mix of 50% spurilina, 50% chlorella that I began to see the health benefits that spurilina is touted for.

First of all, what is chlorella?

Chlorella is a fresh water algae. It contains a high amout of chlorophyll. In fact, the highest amount of chlorophyll of any known plant. As you may know, chlorophyll is what gives plants — translation, veggies — their green colour and minerally dense nutritional value.

Chlorella is believed to:  boost the immune system, even in cancer patients. It contains good bacteria and is used for treating GI problems, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol as well. Chlorella contains:  iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C, B vitamins, folic acid… over 20 vitamins and minerals in total.

It is important to note that even with a natural supplement such as chlorella, there is the potential for an allergic reaction. It can also interfere with prescription medication. Please check with your doctor if you are considering incorporating a supplement like this into your regimen.

That being said, I started taking spurilina powder years ago. I sometimes depended on it for B12 during periods I wasn’t eating meat. I also relied on it as an iron supplement when I didn’t feel like taking iron pills. I did not notice any significant health improvements but it wasn’t doing me any harm either. Recently, I decided again that I no longer wanted to take iron pills for my low iron levels. The owner of a local health food store, who is very knowledgeable and gives workshops and seminars on women’s health, recommended chlorella powder when I told her, “If I HAVE to take iron every day, I at least want something with added health benefits.”

She informed me that chlorella was similar to spurilina. They’re both algae with iron, chlorophyll, Bvitamins, etc. However, one — can you guess which? — was more potent in the B vitamin area. In my case, this higher amount of B vitamins would help my body process the iron in it better. I ended up choosing a spurilina/chlorella mix for the sheer sake of playing it safe.

Within days, I experienced better energy levels, deeper breathing, and a better mood. I would recommend this particular mix (spurilina and chlorella combined) to anyone who wants to strengthen their immune system, supplement a plant-based diet, or treat a mild-to-moderate low iron problem.  It’s been potent enough for me to see results but not strong enough for me to expereience side effects.

 

aqua-greens-spirulina-chlorella-ft-570x172_c

The particular brand I use is called Prairie Naturals Aqua Greens – Spurilina and Chlorella. It retails for about $35 CDN for 200 grams and can also be found online.  Added it to your juice, water, or smoothies.


signature

tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments »

May 30

RIP Maya Angelou

Posted In Uncategorized

Maya-Angelou-Quotes-2

 

As you may know, Dr. Maya Angelou passed away this past Wednesday – May 28, 2014.

Words cannot express how great an influence Maya Angelou has had on my life.

I picked up her (autobiographical) book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” at the age of about 13. At the time, I was attending an almost all white school and lived in an almost all white area. I was battling my own demons on the homefront as well. Seeing how she managed to come to peace with who she was — as a young black woman —  and the things that had happened to her gave me my first glimmer of hope. I cannot count how many times I have read the book from cover to cover over the years.

She was a woman of great wisdom, power, and strength. Never will she be forgotten.

Here her recite my all-time favourite poem here.

 


signature

tags: , , , , ,

No Comments »

May 30

Tribute to Beauty: Chef Akhi

Posted In Beauty, Healthy Living, Locs

 

523232_219521944825379_1821146330_n

 

Celebrity chef, Chef Akhi, promotes natural medicine and a clean/vegan diet.  She educates people on their food choices.

Not only is she stunning, she is also a great singer/songwriter.

Her official website is full of awesome recipes. Check her out at:  http://www.gochefahki.com/

 

4663_90460296031_fdf0hjqz

 

 

 


signature

tags: , , , , , ,

One comment »

May 30

Starter Loc Advice

Posted In Hair, Locs

Some quick tips on starting and maintaining your own locs.


signature

tags: , , , , , ,

No Comments »