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Castor oil…Worth it or not!

When I was younger I remember an old lady in my neighborhood who everytime I went to her house to buy something she was always busy making castor oil.

For years I passed the trees back and forth but didn’t know that it was that tree she got the castor oil from. I used to pick the seeds and throw like stones. I never knew what it is I was doing and how valuable it was.

Fast forward to many years later I have learnt what castor oil is and how the tree looks. (Pic below)

Castor oil is a very valuable oil made from the castor beans. As you’ve seen above the beans grows in a bundle. They are then picked, dried, and taken from the casings and then they are roasted and ground in a mortar and pestle until it becomes powder. After which it is put to boil in a big pot and when water is almost dried out there is oil settled on top of the boiled water. The oil is then skimmed off and that my friends is how you get castor oil. It is a very long and tedious process but one that is worth every amount of money that it costs.

Scientific Name – Ricinus communis
Origin – Africa and India

There are a variety of uses for the castor oil. Some of which I am just learning myself.

Uses of castor oil

° castor oil is a very good laxative .

° is is very good for thickening thinning hair.

° it’s good as a hot oil hair treatment.

° is is good as a skin moisturizer.

° it is used to relieve muscle soreness.

° soothes joint pain.

° helps to treat fungal infection.

° reduces acne

° reduces skin pigmentation

° treat scalp infection.

° helps with back pain.

Castor oil is one oil which should be in every household. Check out my video below for more information on castor oil.

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African Black Soap, Is it worth the hype?

In the summer of 2017 I went to America. We went shopping at a beauty supply store in Decatur, Georgia and found this little gem.

Backtracking to a few months before. I am a YouTuber so you know I’ve seen a lot of reviews etc. but this product I really had to get. The reviews were just phenomenal. I watched reviews on top of reviews and realize that they were all saying basically the same thing.

So I asked at the cashier and finally found it, The African Black Soap. If you noticed I didn’t put a brand name on it because they come in a variety of brands but in the end they’re all African Black soaps.

I cannot begin to tell you how good this soap is, this is my personal experience with it. Ever since I bought it I started using it right away and I was immediately amazed by it. First off it can be used with both warm and room temperature/cold water.

Secondly it lathers so much and so fast that you only need to use a very small amount, hence a bar will serve for a very long time (depending on usage).

Thirdly after washing my face with this bar of soap it looked so fresh and cool, I just added some lip gloss and I was already looking as if I had foundation on.

the last thing that I liked about it is that the bar is very soft, you can either rub all of it together in your palm to lather it or you can take off a small portion and lather.

So with all that said let me explain what the African Black soap is:

The African Black Soap is a soap made from the barks of trees such as the plantain tree, cocoa pods, shea tree bark and palm tree leaves. It is traditionally made in West Africa (Ghana).

All in all I am very impressed by this soap. Below are some other uses of the African Black Soap.

African Black Soap Uses

  1. It is ideal for people who has sensitive skin e.g. rosacea and dry skin.
  2. Some African Black soaps have plantain extract which has antibacterial properties that helps with breakouts.
  3. It can also be used as a shampoo.
  4. It can be used  to remove makeup.
  5. It has bacteria fighting properties that help treat a number of skin conditions.
  6. It helps fight acne.
  7. It helps to soothe eczema.

It is best to store it in a sealed plastic bag ( zip lock Bag) while in use. It also contains high content of Glycerin so persons who is allergic to glycerin should consult a dermatologist before using it.

 

Healthy Eating

Do you know what a breadfruit is? Jamaican blog.

Jamaican people living abroad most times after taking a trip back to Jamaica return with roasted breadfruit to whichever country they are residing in. They often times offer bits and pieces to their friends and neighbours and are often met with comments such as “this tastes so good”, ”

“what is this?”

and when they are introduced to the breadfruit they often times want to eat more. It is a delicious food to eat but what is breadfruit though?

What is a breadfruit and how did it get its name?

Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) is a species of flowering tree in the mulberry and jackfruit family (Moraceae) originating in the South Pacific and eventually spreading to the rest of Oceana British and French navigators introduced a few Polynesian seedless varieties to Caribbean islands during the late 18th century, and today it is grown in some 90 countries throughout South and Southeast Asia, the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean, Central America and Africa.Its name is derived from the texture of the moderately ripe fruit when cooked, similar to freshly baked bread and having a potato-like flavour.

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Benefits of Breadfruit?

  1. Breadfruit is an excellent source of potassium.
  2. Breadfruit contains good amounts of antioxidants, which help the body to develop resistance against infectious agents.
  3. One cup of breadfruit provides 60 grams of carbohydrates, the primary source of energy in the body
  4. The fibre in breadfruit inhibits the absorption of glucose from the food we eat, thus controlling diabetes.
  5. The fibre in breadfruit flushes out the toxins from the intestine, aiding in the proper functioning of the bowel and intestines.

So you see breadfruit has many benefits that aids functioning of our bodies.

How breadfruit came to Jamaica

As we all know breadfruit is a crucial part of Jamaica. While it is grown elsewhere Jamaicans take great pride in preparing and eating breadfruit but how did breadfruit make its way to Jamaica?

The breadfruit was brought to Jamaica in 1793 by Captain William Bligh of the unfortunate HMS Bounty, precisely because it was considered an inexpensive and nutritious way to feed the large number of slaves who worked the island’s then numerous sugar plantations.

Bligh, an experienced navigator, who had lived near Lucea, Hanover from 1784-7, had sailed ships of sugar and rum from the island to England while he was in his uncle-in-law’s employ.

Long story short Bligh lost his ship and the very breadfruit specimen that he had but after returning to England he got another boat and went to Tahiti where he got other specimen and he brought it back to Jamaica and St Vincent in 1791.

Breadfruit joke

While growing up I often heard this saying that when times is hard the breadfruit tree bears a lot of breadfruit and surprisingly I’ve found that there’s some truth to that. So “when times haad breadfruit bear nuff” (Jamaican dialect)

Breadfruit is oftentimes eaten with Ackee and saltfish, curried chicken among many other proteins.

If you ever come in contact with a breadfruit don’t be afraid to indulge. After all the benefits are endless.

To see how we roast breadfruit in Jamaica watch the video

 

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For the love of cerasee. Fact or fiction?

Living on an island (Jamaica) has afforded me knowledge of many things. One such thing is a plant that is used to make tea called the cerasee plant.
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This tea is not drank often but whenever a person feels like their blood needs detoxing. Unfortunately some aren’t aware of the effect that cerasee has on the body so let’s get some information about cerasee.

What is cerasee?

The cerasee plant, scientifically known as Momordica Charantia, is native to Africa and the Middle East. However, it can now be found almost in all parts of the world. The yellow fruit which the plant produces, bitter melon or bitter guard, can be eaten raw, and is cooked in many Chinese and Indian dishes.

Nutritionally, cerasee is rich in vitamins A and C, phosphorus and iron. Therefore, cerasee can be used as a mild detoxer. Its blood purging properties plus its ability to reduce constipation makes it very effective for detoxing.
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How it is used

In Jamaica cerasee can be used for a wide variety of ailments such as hypertension, diabetes,  abdominal pain, parasitic worms and purging of the blood. As I mentioned before it is picked and drawn in hot water to make the tea.

The tea can also help to relieve menstrual pain and to cure urinary tract infections.

Cerasee can also be used as a special bath for people with eczema and rashes. It can also be crushed and rubbed directly on to the skin for insect bites.

How long should it be used for?

It is usually recommended that cerasee, when used as a tea, be taken for nine nights straight after which a break is taken. This is so because prolonged use of cerasee can prove fatal to the liver.

Where can it be found? 

Cerasee has been commercialized so much so it was packaged and can be found in almost every supermarket.

So, my question to you is, have you ever used cerasee in any form to aid an ailment that you had? Would you use it again and if you have never used it, would you try? Drop your comment below, let’s discuss this.

Be blessed 😊

Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating: Lose Weight Fast & Keep It Off

What if you could eat all the delectable foods that you enjoy eating while losing pounds? What if you change how you prepare your food and start seeing immediate results in your body?

Nature has given us the right food and fruits to eat to have a balanced diet but because we are human we will always choose to divert and head where the tastiest foods are.

This guide contains valuable information that you are looking for to understand the steps you can take to eat healthily and lose weight naturally.

Mindset Behaviour

You must be wondering if I am crazy by starting with mindset. Well, what is surprising to a lot of persons is that your mind is a very powerful weapon. Let’s look at the definition of the mind as this will give you greater insight into its power.

The mind is a set of cognitive faculties including consciousness, perception, thinking, judgement, and memory. In layman’s term it is the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel.

So, if the mind oversees all these cognitive behaviours then you know that if you can learn how to control your mind you can accomplish a lot of things. That is why changing your mindset if the very first step in changing your body.

If you can trick your mind into believing that something is the way it should be then eventually it will adapt to that very thought and start behaving in such manner, for example, we all know that some foods are very tasty and when we are eating those foods we tend to eat too much but because of fats and sugars within these foods you crave for more and more and therefore you overeat.

But what if you choose to eat from a smaller plate? We most times eat from a broad flat plate that can hold a lot of food and when you are portioning our food we put as much as the plate can hold and then we eat. What if we tried that with a plate a little smaller than the plate you would normally eat from. That plate can only hold so much food and no more, when you eat from that plate you will still be filled but you haven’t eaten the same amount of food that you would normally eat. Right then and there you tricked your brain into believing that you ate the same amount (but you didn’t) and your stomach will send information to your brain that you are full. That my friend is the beginning of your journey.

You can keep doing that and gradually change the size of your plate and keep tricking your mind until it complies. You will be eating less while you will still be filled.

The mindset is the established set of attitudes held by someone. So, if you change your mindset, you can change your lifestyle.
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This will be a continued topic so please keep up with it.. 😉

dry scalp/ dandruff cure. Does it work?
Natural hair product reviews

A cure for dry scalp/dandruff… Does it work?

Some years ago, my little sister was having issues with dry scalp, my mom tried a lot of products, but nothing worked until one day she went to the pharmacy and the pharmacist introduced her to a product.

It goes by the name “Sulfur 8 medicated original formula anti-dandruff hair and scalp conditioner” a mouthful, right? Yes, but that was the day a miracle was given to her. Clothed in its bright yellow label and big, bold, black letters this formula was just that A GOD SENT.

It worked like a dream. Fast forward 20 years later after going through a transition from processed hair back to natural hair, I realized that I too was having the same issue with dry, itchy scalp. Being that we are living in an era with so many new products that claim to help with said issues I started going through and buying stuff but sadly just like the products years ago the same was said of these new ones they just didn’t work for me. For the first few weeks I would see changes in my scalp but then it just went right back to the original state.

It seems as if God saw my situation and said, “ok my child help is here” it was at that very moment that I remembered that product that my mom used years ago to help my sister with her dry, itchy scalp. I scampered and left the house in search of this miracle in a bottle and praise the lord I found it at a store near to my home. I could hear the angels in my head singing “hallelujah

I found the cure and I used it over and over again and I can tell you this that I never had to use another so-called dry scalp product ever again because once again the Sulfur 8 medicated formula worked!`

Attached to this post is a review that I did about this product. Please click the link and watch.

 

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My love/ hate relationship with winter. ⛷️🏂❄️☃️

Winter…my all-time favourite season of the year. I like when the weather gets cool/ cold. When it gets too cold I can always put on some warm clothes. Eg. Layering
I can wrap up in a nice, warm blanket and get cozy.
I can stare at the trees losing their leaves and becoming statuesque trunks in the ground.
The snow covered mountain tops are so mesmerizing, I could look at them all day. IMG_20171209_221806.png
I can drink as much tea as I want to without getting overheated like in the summer.IMG_20171209_222428
Winter oh winter I love you
On the other hand oh winter my best and favourite season of the year I hate you
Why? You ask
My stupid sinus..the air gets too dry and allow my sinus to raise it’s ugly head.
The constant itching in the back of my throat and
The itching of the tip of my nose
I’d love nothing more than allowing the cool breeze from the fan to massage my face but if I do I’ll never be able live in peace the next day..oh Lord.
Winter oh winter I still love you but on the other hand I hate you too.
Comment below and tell me what is your favourite season of the year.

Natural hair product reviews

Blue Magic Coconut Oil Scalp Conditioner review

When I was a child my mom used to use Blue Magic’s hair conditioners in my hair. It worked for my hair giving it thickness but after a while, I realize that I was not seeing it much on the market anymore.

A few years ago, however, they came back with a bang. They had the same original flavour and also added some new ones to the mix. However, over the years there have been some controversies about the use of petrolatum on natural hair. Some people say that it works while some say it didn’t work.

I, however, used it in the past and I’m still using it today. Check out my review below and tell me what you think. Does it work for you?