Solar Powered Wellness

The Sunshine Vitamin Many will attest that there is nothing quite like being outside, head thrown back, with eyes closed as the sun pours over our bodies. Over the past 20 years or so, we have been constantly warned about the ill-effects of too much sun. I now wonder if our heeding those warnings have…

July is Fibroid Awareness Month

Cherise’s Story It was either late 2002 or early 2003 when I learned I had a uterine fibroid. I went to the doctor about the heavy bleeding and bad cramps I suffered monthly. I remember it clearly, the doctor said, “Oh, the tumor is probably bigger.” “What tumor?” I asked with some concern. Instead of…

Milk Makeup #LiveYourLook

Milk Makeup, an offspring of Milk Studios of NYC, believes that when it comes to your beauty routine, compromise is a “no, no.”  To assure they provide a cosmetic that is nourishing with a blockbuster payoff, Milk Makeup offers products that are cruelty-free, paraben-free, and 100% vegan. Taking its cues from those in the community…

BLK + GRN

What do you get when you combine 46 artisans in one marketplace who not only represent the African diaspora but also have a desire to live green?  You get Black and Green, or as they call it: BLK + GRN.   BLK + GRN is an all-natural marketplace with all-black artisans. It features creations for the…

Better Out Than In

One of the not so appropriate things my father would say during my childhood was, “Better out than in!” In case you didn’t guess his reason, it had to do with bouts of flatulence. Not, “Excuse me.” No, “Begging your pardon.” It was, “Better out than in,” more times than not. Daddy may have said…

Anise Star Essential Oil

With an aroma similar to black licorice, anise star oil is used to relieve symptoms related to breathing difficulties such as bronchitis, colds, or flu.   Should you wait until the winter months to purchase this essential oil? No! But even with an affordable price point, this oil is not for everyone, no matter the season….

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month Working in the mental health field for over 20 years has given me a front-row seat to many of the struggles those living with a mental health diagnosis endure. Whether clinically diagnosed or not, many contend with societal stigma, problems locating culturally competent providers, or finding affordable services. Often,…

Camphor Oil for Pain & Inflammation

Native to Asia grows the large cinnamomum camphora, aka the camphor laurel.  An evergreen tree that can grow to be as tall as 98 feet and as wide as 66 feet in circumference, the camphor laurel can now be found worldwide.  In Australia, it is called the camphorwood, and in the southern region of the…

BE CARE LOVE

I was first introduced to Be. Care. Love. on a shopping trip to my local Ross store.  Picking up the Grapeseed Skin Oil, I was pleasantly surprised that the only ingredient listed was… grapeseed oil.  This deserved a deeper look.  What I found was that Be. Care. Love. was much more than oils.  BE –…

Jasmine Essential Oil – A Booster and a Buster

Used to treat depression, low libido, and reduce stress; jasmine oil has been referred to as a mood booster and stress buster.  Whether through aromatherapy or by applying on the skin, jasmine oil is reported to have a positive impact on the nervous system.  It is credited as benefitting heart rate, body temperature, alertness, blood…