Colour therapy 101

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Diana from http://dyschocworks.blogspot.in/2012/10/bring-colour-therapy-into-your-life.html?m=1

Colour is simply light of varying wavelengths and, as such, is a form of energy that is used in Colour Therapy.
Colour Therapy aims to balance and enhance our body’s energy centres/chakras by using the colours of the light spectrum, which can help to stimulate our body’s own healing process.Colour Therapy can be used for any problem whether, physical, mental, emotional for specific problems as well as an over all relaxation therapy.
Colour Therapy can be used safely and effectively – either alone alongside any other therapy, whether complementary or orthodox medicine – for adults, children, babies and non-human animals .
In fact every living thing depends on light to be able to exist. Recent scientific evidence suggests that light is in fact emitted by every cell in our bodies. We live in a sea of energy where color is working within us. It shines with in our divine self, and radiates upon us from the sun. Research and observation has shown us that specific colors bring balance to our physical and emotional systems. Chromotherapy can easily be used as an alternative to Chinese acupuncture, achieving the same results in unblocking meridians without the discomfort of needles used in acupuncture. You can insclude colour therapy into your daily life either from your food, clothes, accessories,  the colour you paint your homes. Let’s take a look at what each colour represent

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http://dyschocworks.blogspot.in/2012/10/bring-colour-therapy-into-your-life.html?m=1

*White: White is technically not a colour, as it is the result of all the colours mingling together in equal proportions. In the west it is associated with purity, innocence and cleanliness.
*Violet and Indigo: These colours are associated with spirituality, loyalty, divine and love. Leonardo da Vinci claimed that the power of meditation could be enhanced tenfold under the influence of violet rays passing through the stained glass windows of a quiet church. In muted hues this colour can be helpful for treating headaches, neuroses, and certain forms of schizophrenia and dementia.
* Blue: Blue is associated with faith, caring, peace and fidelity. Cornflower and lavender blue in particular represent spiritualism, thoughtfulness, constancy and kindness.
* Green: Green is universally considered to be the colour of growth, healing, selfless love and tranquillity. The green colour of plants promotes love and harmony to ease troubled minds. Green is associated with the heart and when we think green, it attracts whatever we need to feel nurtured and calm. Too much green can create a static condition because it alleviates all stress.
* Yellow: Yellow represents patience, tolerance, contentment, happiness, wisdom and mental energy. It helps to expand horizons. *Orange: Orange represents purity, togetherness and feminine sensuality.
*Pink: Pink is a warming, soothing , reassuring colour that represents love .
Play around and fall in love with colours not just your clothes or accessories but the food you eat. You know I always say the more the colour of food or fruits you tak2 the healthier you are.
So stay colourful

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Plant profile-Neem plant

 

 

Today I want to talk about the neem plant called Dongoyaro over here in Nigeria with scientic name Azadirachta indica pretty cool ugh. It is a tropical evergreen tree native to india. The active ingredients are Azadirachtin and triterpenoids especially limonoids. Neem plants has been used for years because of the medicinal properties it has among the yorubas it is used to make concoction to treat malaria but it has other uses some of which are
1. It can be used to clear acne and dark pigmentation- boil a concoction of about 20 neem leaves in half a litre of water till the leaves are soft and discoloured and the wayter turns green. Strainand store in a bottle. Use this liquid as a skin toner by dippin a cotton-ball into it and wiping your face with it everynight
2. To control excessive oil- for people with oily skin looking for some sebum control make a paste by mixing neem powder with lemon juice and a little bit of yoghurt.
3. To treat dandruff and hair fall- boil a handful of leaves in 2 cups of water till the leaves changes colour and becomes greenish. Use this water as the last rinse after you shampoo your hair. The antiseptic and antibacterial properties of neem help in getting rid of dandruff keeping your scalp healthy and hence stimulating growth.
4. Neem can be used to condition your hair-just like neem can be used to moisturize dry skin, it can also be used as a natural conditionerfor dry and frizzy hair. Just make a paste of neem leave boiled in water & honey & apply it to your hair followed by regular wash.
5. Neem oil is used in the preparation of pesticide and insecticides. In one litre of water, add liquid soap, neem oil and stir the solution. The natural oil doesn’t kill bugs likeinsecticides, but instaed repel them.
6. In the last post I talked about me using seewak for toothbrushes you can also you neem twigs to clean the teeth gotta warn you though it is a little bit bitter.
7. If you are suffering from common nail problems like splintering and peeling of nails then neem oil is the solution for you. Neem oil helkps in making your nails strong, thus preventing them from peeling or brittle. These problems might be as a result of some nail infection that you are suffering from. Neem oil will help you to gat rid of infection. Justb massage your nails and cuticles with a few drops of neem oil.
8. Consume 2-3 neem leaves mixed with some honey on an empty stomach every day and you wil see changes yourself.
9. Boil the leaves in water to make tea is a good remedy to cure malaria.
Neem ia an herb whose every part has benefits whether its fruit, the leaves, the bark or the twigs.it is one of the few natural ingredients that has so many benefits but no side effects as such. Also always try to use fresh neem leaves. Just like any other herb, neem leaves sart losing as soon as they are plucked from the tree.

 

 

 

Have you ever been in a situation in which you know what you want but you can’t just find the time in your crazy world of meeting deadlines, attending classes, reading and everything. Taking a break is really important so that you come back feeling energized I tell you it’s not easy blogging o. it takes consistency which sometimes feel I don’t have but I know I can do it. As the semester is coming to an end in school I try not to over burden myself because I have a lot of things going on. So I have decided to create new posts every Wednesday and inspirational tips/quotes to kick start your week on Mondays. I hope you people can hold me accountable. Exams are fast approaching. Am back from my compulsory holiday. You can check out blog.sizzelle.com as I talk about healthy hair and share tips about my healthy hair journey. Watch out for my internship-new experience series and my experiences trying to stay organic and natural.

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THE UNDEERUSED MUSA GENUS

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When I say Musa  genus I don’t mean someone who bears the name Musa as a surname or first name but I am talking about banana, why would I call  banana Musa you might ask? Well the answer is not far-fetched. If you wouldn’t learn anything from this post you would learn the scientific name of banana which is Musa sapientum. Banana is an edible fruit in the genus Musa and a specific name of sapientum. The fruit is variable in size and color and firmness. We all know banana. I would give some reasons why monkeys are happy animals…. It is because of the banana they eat and how is this so? Let’s start our journey into banana land discovery

Bananas are exceptionally healthy food that provide numerous health benefits. It contains vitamins A, B,C and E along with minerals like potassium, zinc, iron and manganese. It also contains some natural sugars such as glucose, fructose and sucrose.

  1. Banana gives instant surge of energy- I have tested this theory a lot of times and energy is what I got in return. Especially when am studying and I don’t want to indulge in junks I take banana. You would energized and
  2. It helps lower blood cholesterol-it is said that pectin present in fiber helps to lower cholesterol levels. According to researchers  fire that are water soluble such as pectin help to LDL cholesterol without disturbing the HDL cholesterol
  3. Eating banana in between meals help to stabilize blood sugar and also aids digestion
  4. Bananas make you smarter and make you more alert. Eat a banana before exams or studying to benefit from the high levels of potassium.
  5. Bananas are high in antioxidants, providing free radicals and protection from chronic disease such as cancer. It also reduces the occurrence of stroke due to the high amount of potassium it contains
  6. Bananas help combat stomach ulcer. I know this from firsthand experience. Protease inhibitors in banana, help get rid of bacteria in the stomach that causes stomach ulcer thereby protecting against damage of the stomach and ulcer.
  7. They also help to relieve constipation because of the pectin it contains. Raw bananas are also effective in the treatment of diarrhea and therefore regulate body fluid they help to recover from hangover when blended with honey and yoghurt.
  8. Quitting smoking? Vitamins B6 and B12 together with magnesium and potassium in banana help to recover from nicotine addiction and help speed up recovery from the effects of withdrawal.
  9. Bananas can enhance weight gain. How? The combination of milk and protein enhances weight gain. Bananas are also good to people who want to loose weight because it contains loads amount of fiber and low fat and are also easily digestible. A banana of 100 grams contains approximately 90 calories. Taking into consideration all its benefits it wouldn’t hurt to include it in your diet.
  10. Bananas help to reduce the itching and swelling of mosquito bite by rubbing the inside of a banana on it. Cool right
  11. Eating bananas help in achieving younger looking skin. Banana has 75 percent water by weight in it. So it helps to hydrate your skin and prevents it from drying or peeling. Mash half a banana and apply it generously around puffy eyes. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then rise off with cool water. The puffiness would disappear
  12. Banana peels are used to get rid of wrinkles, treat itchy skin and also warts and psoriasis.

This is just a tip of the iceberg there are so many uses of banana and so many recipes on how to use it. So what are you waiting for? Now you know why monkeys are so happy. Eat a banana.

NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO TOOTHPASTE

For a little over two weeks now I have not used toothpaste. what have i been using you might ask well my roomate  gifted me with seewak from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and it does a good job of keeping my mouth. Am not sure if i want to phase good old toothpaste out of my dental practice but am just going with the flow. my roommate wanted pearly white teeth and so started using baking soda and hydogen peroxide and it seems to be working for her.WHY SHOULD I USE NATURAL TOOTHPASTE?

Well why shouldn’t you. Just kidding lol.

Here are some ingredients in toothpaste that draws attention

Fluoride. While fluoride is supposedly the ingredient that prevents cavities, it doesn’t do that job very well and can actually be very toxic to the body. In fact, if you suffer from acne outbreaks around the mouth and chin area, fluoride toothpaste may be the cause.

Titanium dioxide. There are some concerns that titanium dioxide is carcinogenic. It can be absorbed by your body through the mouth when used even though it is pea sized in toothpaste.

Glycerin. This is found in almost every toothpaste on the market (even the natural ones).But it can also leave a coating on your teeth that prevents them from remineralizing.

Sodium lauryl sulfate. It gives you the foamy cleaning action we all expect from toothpaste, but sodium lauryl sulfate is also a strong chemical surfactant that doesn’t belong in our bodies.

without much ado the natural alternatives

SEA SALT

How much more natural can you get than brushing your teeth with salt from the sea? It’s easy, too: just dab your toothbrush in sea salt and brush away as usual.

BAKING SODA

this has got to be one of the most popular toothpaste alternatives. Like sea salt, you can just dip your toothbrush in baking soda and brush like normal. Or you can dissolve it in water first and use the brine for brushing.

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE

Hydrogen peroxide is known for keeping teeth clean and white, and many people use it instead of toothpaste.  “Dip your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide and then in a 50/50 mixture of baking soda and fine sea salt

HERBAL TOOTH POWDER

Herbal tooth powders can be used in place of toothpaste. They do a good job of cleaning, and the herbal ingredients can also help ease inflammation, pain and infection throughout the mouth. Like JIm herbal tooth powder.

COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil is another great natural toothpaste alternative. Its antifungal and antibacterial properties come in handy for mouth cleaning. Coconut oil can be used alone and combined with other ingredients listed here (like baking soda and essential oils)

OIL PULLING

basically you swish about one tablespoon of oil (I use coconut oil) for several minutes. Then brush with plain water or use one of the methods listed above. Trust me, your teeth have never felt this clean!

All of the natural alternatives also whitens the teeth. in a later post we would talk about how to use them specifically to whiten the teeth.

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK AHEAD

HEALTHY OILS FOR COOKING

 

Before I talk about about the best oil for cooking. I have a short story early last year I went to a family friends place on holiday and I was served a white beans by white beans I mean beans with little or no palm oil and I was like seriously beans without palm oil and guess what they told me they said palm oil has bad cholesterol and so not good for your health. To say I was shocked is putting it mildly I just ate the white beans and this situation got me thinking is Palm oil really bad for your health. Some people are of the opinion that it shouldn’t be added to our diet at all and that’s only good for making soap.  Am not a dietician or naythiong but what I know is that our forefathers used palm oil as an antidote to pisons and for body itch.

Well lets get down to business is palm oil really bad. Remember the best oils for cooking

1 coconut oil

This oil is just natures gold like seriously it has a lot of use. It can withstand some seriously high heat making it a go to oil when frying. And while it has high amount of saturated fat oil has been tentatively linked to overall reductions in  blood lipid contant..

2 Olive oil

Olive oil is best known for its heart healthy effects and is believed to be a key reason for health benefits of the mediterranean diet. It can raise HDL (the good) cholesterol and lower the amount of oxidized LDL cholesterol circulating in the blood stream. The fatty acid in olive oil are mostly monosaturated. This makes them inferior for cooking compared to highly saturated fats like coconut oil. Studies show that despite the double bonds it contains, you can still use it for cooking as long as you don’t use very high heat. Make sure you choose extra virgin olive oil it contains more nutrients.

3 palm oil

Palm oil is derived from oil palms. It consists mostly of monosaturated fats and saturated fats with small amount sof polyunsaturates. This makes it a good cooking oil. Red palm oil is best. It is rich in Vitamins E, coenzymes Q10 and other nutrients. See I was right and our forefathers were also right and it is readily available. Some people (mostly americans) believe that it is bad and now convince people not to buy palm oil because the cultivation of the plant leads to deforestation. Like other oils are grown on trees in  the forest.

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Oils to avoid

Soybean oil

Corn oil

Canola oil

Rapeseed oil

Grapeseed oil

safflower oil

Industrial seeds and vegetable oils which is majorly used by almost all Nigerians are highly processed and refined and contain a rich amount of omega 6 fatty acids. In my opinion they should be avoided and in a country like Nigeria where anything goes the authenticity of these so called vegetable oils are in doubt.

Happy new year

Hola!

its been an awfully long time since I blogged and to be honest I am seriously itching to be back. Happy new year. In a later post we would be looking at the menu for 2014(rubbing hands in glee and mischief) can’t wait to start. You can tell I am literally bouncing with excitment. but first I need to sort out my internet palaver ish.

See ya soon. Let’s explore more 0f the herbal world this 2014

Have a great and fulfilling year