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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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UNBELIEVABLE USES OF BAKING SODA

Hola! So the weekends are here again (happy dance- well its not like I have any job particularly). I know have been kinda quiet well have been down a little.
Straight off to business, I have been talking about baking soda this baking soda that and I just decided to make a post about the amazing uses of baking soda. I made a very big error on my part by saying baking soda and baking powder are the same well (turns eyes) they aren’t. Lemme explain baking soda contains only Sodium bi-carbonate while baking powder also has Sodium Bi-carbonate with added substances such as corn starch and Aluminum sulphate depending on the brand. Baking powder contains about the right amount of acid  to neutralize the Sodium Bi-carbonate present not completely sha.
Baking soda aka Sodium Bi-carbonate, helps regulate pH and has the ability to retard further changes in the pH balance, known as buffering.

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* Baking soda can be used to freshen the mouth- put one teaspoon in half a glass of water, swish, spit and rinse. Odors are neutralized.
* Making your own homemade toothpaste also homemade teeth whitener by just dipping your brush in the baking soda.
* To soak oral appliances or tools- soak them in two teaspoons baking soda dissolved in a glass or small bowl of water
* It can be used as a deodorant by putting it onto your underage to neutralize odors. For more on odors or body odour check Here
* As a facial scrub and body exfoliant -three parts baking soda to one part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliant the skin. Rinse clean and it can be used daily. For more on skin care check this post
*Is your dull and looking lifeless it may be due to product build up. Making a paste of baking soda or adding it to your shampoo would do the trick.
* Clean brushes or combs by soaking it in a small basin of water containing two teaspoon of baking soda.
* Soothe your feet- dissolve three teaspoon of baking soda in a tub of warm water and soak your feet. Gently scrub.
* Baking soda can be used to clean the microwave, freshen stale-smelling  sponges.
* Baking soda is a safe way to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit and vegetables. Just sprinkle a little on a clean damp sponge, scrub and rinse.
* Can be used to deodorant drains- pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water. It will neutralize both acid and base odors for a fresh drain.
* To soothe mosquito bites – make a paste out of water and baking soda. Apply it to the bite and any swelling or itching would stop right away.
* To gently clean baby clothes and diapers by adding 1/2 cup to your detergent and soak.

These are just some of the uses of baking soda. The uses of baking soda are just too numerous to mention.

“You can have everything you want in life if you just help enough other people get what they want”

COCOA BUTTER

I guess a lot of people are aware of cocoa butter in one form or another especially Palmer’s cocoa butter. Well most people are not aware of the benefits of cocoa butter in the raw unprocessed form.
Cocoa butter also called theobroma oil, is a pale yellow, edible vegetable fat extracted from cocoa beans. Cocoa butter has a cocoa flavour and aroma, simply put it smells like chocolate. The colour of cocoa butter vary from cream which is harder in density to black which is softer, it has a smooth texture.

USES
Cocoa butter is a major ingredient in practically all types of chocolate. This application continues to dominate consumption of cocoa butter.
The moisturizing abilities of cocoa butter are frequently recommended for prevention of stretch marks in pregnant women, treatment of chapped or burned  skin and lips and as daily moisturizer to prevent dry itchy skin. Unlike some other moisturizing products cocoa butter dos not leave a greasy residue on the skin.

Cocoa butter for scar treatment.
* Start with a clear skin
* Firmly massage pure cocoa butter directly into the skin in a firm circular motion. Since scars are made up of thick, fibrous collagen, the rubbing motion aids in smoothing the appearance of scars. In addition, moisture from cocoa butter helps stimulate the breakdown of the collagen protein.
* Make sure to continue massaging until cocoa butter disappears. Pure cocoa butter, because of its great moisturizing qualities has great effect on old and new scars. Hydrating the skin with pure cocoa butter will not only lubricated the skin but help lighten scars.
* Continue this application up to 3 times a day. Overtime, you will notice a change in the look and feel of your skin plus a less visible scar.
Cocoa butter for stretch mark
Either Cocoa or Shea butter will help reduce the appearance if stretch marks, making them look more faded, but they will not eliminate them 100%.
For results to be visible, it must be used at least 3 times a day (every eight hours). It takes about 3 to 4 weeks, to see some results and it must be applied consistently or the results will not be seen.

Cocoa butter for hair
Whether your hair is relaxed ire natural, you can use cocoa butter to seal in moisture just like Shea butter. Cocoa butter contains a whole lot of nutrients including proteins, potassium, calcium, vitamins, magnesium and copper. It is a good hair moisturizer (I use it to seal in moisture); it is very effective against dry, itchy scalp. The beauty of this butter is that it restores moisture without clogging the pores on your scalp and due to its fatty content and high nutrition; Cocoa butter stimulates hair growth which makes it a key ingredient in some hair loss applications. Additionally, utter increases hair thickness. Cocoa butter is very good at protecting hair from chemical and chlorine damage as it serves as a barrier protecting the hair. It can also be used as a pre-poo or moisturizer.
Before I forget there have been reports that using cocoa butter makes you look darker. Well it depends on your skin and how you react to it. That is why I recommend a patch test before use. But all in all it is a wonderful butter.

Feel free to drop your comments, questions and suggestions.

ALL ABOUT SHEA BUTTER (ORI)…2

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So we talked about the uses and benefits of shear butter and I promised to follow up with some recipes for the treatment of Acne, Scars, stretchmark and for hair.

Shea butter for Acne.
I remember my cousin used to apply shea butter on his pimples, and I used to look are him like an alien. It was much later I saw the sense in what he did.
Shea butter has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which address the root of Acne problem i.e. Bacterial growth and inflammation in the skin.
First wash your face with a cleanser, specifically a salicylic acid cleanser that gives a deep cleansing effect. The idea is to eliminate congestion due to blocked pore and allow shea butter to get soaked up well. Then apply a coat of shea butter using a small sponge. Avoid using your fingers as oils and bacteria from your hand can move to your face to aggravate break outs. Leave the application undisturbed for about 8 hours (it is best to leave it overnight). Then wash it off using a cleanser. You are sure to notice a visible difference. Repeat the treatment about thrice a week. Or better still wash your face with a mild soap before sleeping and apply shea butter all over your face overnight and wash off in the morning.

For scar treatment.
Shea butter and cocoa butter can be used together or separately to lighten and eliminate scars. Just apply to the scar everyday after exploiting or cleansing the scar.

For stretch mark
Apply it to the stretch mark everyday and it will fade
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Shea butter for hair .
Shea butter can be used as a pre-poo by applying it to your scalp and hair. Cover with a shower cap overnight and wash it out the next morning.
Shea butter can be used to seal in moisture and to do this your hair must be damp using water.

ALL ABOUT SHEA BUTTER (ORI)

Howdy! The weekend is here again and I just wanted to divulge a secret. Well am no busybody but for you people I would do anything. Today is about the ” diamond in the rough- well its none other than shea butter”. Growing up as a yoruba girl I don’t think I knew anything about shea butter because my parents and grandmas are what they call The Alakowes. So I was exposed to the beauty of shea butter when I got older and I wanna share them with you.

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Shear butter aka ori (would get the other names in subsequent post) has been used by our ancestors for different things but it just became popular and get this we have The American Shea institute. Its no secret that most cosmetic company now use the contains Shea butter phrase to make more sales even though it makes just 2% of the total component. Enough of the stories.
Shea butter is a solid fatty oil made from the nuts of Shea karite trees scientific name is Vitellaria paradoxa and it was formerly called Butyrospermum parkii . It begin to bear fruit after about 15-25 years of being planted.

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Traditionally, Shea butter is extracted by people who pick the nuts, crack them, grill them and pound them. Shea butter is a solid at room temperature although it quickly liquefies right around body temperature. Since Shea butter is an all natural, it can vary widely in quality, appearance and smell depending on where it is produced from and how it is refined or extracted. The colour ranges from yellowish, cream and white.
You know the funniest part majority Shea butter in the world comes from west Africa. Although a more softer & smoother variety from East Africa (Uganda) is beginning to appear in the market.
Shea butter has a natural smell, which is not unpleasant to most people. The smell of raw or lightly refined West Africa Shea is nutty. Over time the smell of Shea butter diminishes. If Shea butter has no smell, it is probably old.

Uses of Shea butter.
* For skin peeling
* Dry skin it is a good mousturizer
* Blemishes and wrinkles
* Relieves itching skin immediately
* Can be used as a sunscreen
* To heal small skin wound
* To heal skin crack
* Good for tough and rough skin
* Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy
* Eczema (so many testimonies from people)
* To heal/ cure Acne… Yes you heard right
* It is even used to stimulate hair growth and to moisturize the hair
* To clear spots and black heads
* To even out skin tone
* Some people use it for cooking
* Used in the chocolate industry actually they make use of Shea butter exported.
* In Nigeria Shea butter is rubbed around the nostril for relief of sinus and congestion problems. Also the roots are used as cleansing sticks.
It can be used by young nd old and people from different races.

A post can’t do justice to the uses of Shea butter. Stay tuned for recipes to achieve the uses stated above.

Comments and suggestions are always welcomed.

BURNS

Howdy! Its been a long time, am so sorry for being AWOL.
Straight to business…
Burns are like the major home accident lets take a look at their causes, types, symptoms and my favorite part home/ natural remedy.
Burns are injuries to the skin and underlying tissues. Skin damage resulting from burns can be minor or can present a life threatening emergency, depending on the heat’s intensity, the total area of tissues burned and the length of exposure to the skin.

TYPES
Majority of burns are flame burns since they are caused by fire. Contact with flame can cause direct injury to the skin and tissue.
Damage to the skin caused by hot object is called Contact burn. In such an instance, the burn is confined to that part of the skin that came in contact with the hot object e.g iron, cigarette.
Sunburn involve damage to the skin caused by UV rays, emitted by the sun.
Electrical burn is caused by electricity. The burns are widely deep and may cause severe damage to the skin and its underlying tissues.
Chemical burn occur when in contact with flammable gases or chemicals. That are serious and it is advised you see a Doctor.

Classification of burns.

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Burns are classified according to the depth and extent of injury.
Burn depth depends on the layer of the skin that is damaged. Symptoms depend on the depth of damage.
First- degree burns
Involve the outermost layer of the skin called the Epidermis and such burns are superficial.
Symptom– cause pain lasting up to 2-3 days followed by the peeling of the skin over the next few days. The part of the skin affected is usually red in colour with blisters.

Second- degree burn
It affects some of the underlying layers i.e the dermis and Epidermis. This type of burn is also called Partial thickness burn.
Symptoms- The part of the skin affected is Red. Blisters are the first sign. As the Epidermis is destroyed, it begins to separate from the dermis. Fluid builds beneath it, causing blisters. Eventually, the blisters will spread into one another until the very thin Epidermis falls away, exposing the raw dermis underneath.
The victim begins to loose fluid, heat and the ability to block infection.

Third-degree burns
The injury extends to all the layers of the skin. The Epidermis and dermis have both been destroyed.
Symptoms– The victim has the same trouble with fluid loss, heat loss and infection that come with second-degree burn.

Fourth-degree burns
The part of the skin affected is black and charred. It involves injuries to the muscle or bones.

Home/ Herbal Remedy
HONEY- is commonly used for burns. And the covering of burns with honey has been shown to produce less scaring. Raw honey has wonderful antiseptic and healing properties.
* Diluted Vinegar – cover the burn area with a cloth soaked in diluted vinegar. Refresh the vinegar compress as often as needed, especially if the pain becomes stronger.
* Alone vera- apply aloe vera gel directly to the burn. Its soothing and rejuvenating properties will help cool the burned skin. Fresh inner fillets is preferred. Fresh alone vera quickly soothes painful burns with little or no scaring.
* Diluted Lavender oil -is also known to reduce pain and also prevent scaring. Lavender oil is oil of the essential that can be used directly on the skin without dilution. Everything should be done in moderation.
* Potato peels- provide moisture and also has antibacterial properties that help in healing and getting rid of burn scar.
* Lemon and tomato juice– can also be used to lighten and eliminate scars and burns.

Please do consult your Doctor for burns in the third and fourth degrees. Not all burns can be treated at home.

I hope I have been forgiven.
As always please feel free to drop your comments and suggestions.

Dry Cracked Feet

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Scary isn’t it?
Do you suffer from cracked heels? I know its embarrassing but have been there(hides face). Seeking to cure that cracked, peeling feet/heel. Then you are at the right place. Heel fissures are found at the junction of two types of skin; the skin of the bottom of the foot and the skin of the side of the side of the foot.
Dry, cracked, scaly peeling feet or heel is caused by a number of things-
1) Lack of moisture is the number one culprit
2) Improper care of the feet
Well not everybody has the time or money for a pedicure.
3) Standing for too long
4) Wearing the wrong kind of footwear
5) Exposure to water
6) Being overweight funny right well its as a result of putting so much weight on your feet.
   Remedies/ Treatments
* Drink lots and lots of water beauty comes from the inside.
* Massage your feet with pure organic oils such as extra virgin olive oil, Coconut oil, whipped Sheabutter, even vaseline. Wear a pair of socks and go to bed.
* Soak your feet in a bucket of water with liquid soap for about 20 minutes. The dead cells would become loose and can be scrubbed off.
* You can make your own sugar scrub for cracked heels/feet by just mixing sugar and any type of oil. Apply on your feet and scrub your feet with it.
* Mix sodium bicarbonate(baking soda-you won’t believe all the amazing things you can use baking soda for) in lukewarm water and soak your feet in it. Wash off with a pumice stone.
* You can make an exfoliating scrub using honey, Apple Cider Vinegar and rice flour(grind the rice until it is almost smooth). Mix together and apply.

Just moisturize moisturize moisturize and dont forget to exfoliate those nasty dead cells.
Who says you have to rub a bank to be beautiful with the right kitchen ingredient you would definitely glow.

Has anyone tried other things that worked? Please feel free to share.
I love hearing from you.
Adios