Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Black Seed "Cure-All" Remedy

I went to the Caribbean store today for the first time since June. I miss living nearby that store. They always have everything I need and at a fair price too. I also like that anytime I go by myself, there are extra friendly or should I say "thirsty" workers that always bump-up my ego the way they try to start conversation, stare, or try to provide extra help during my shopping. The times I go with my husband, no one looks in my direction, or even asks me if I need help of course.  There's no way you can't feel good after a visit like that, I'm a SAHM for God's sake. But anyhow, what I wanted to talk about was that I found the seeds that was mentioned on Underground Health's FB page at the Caribbean store purely by accident.

What is the black seed? It's the seed of the flowering plant called "Nigella Sativa". It's really black cumin seeds and dates back 3,300 years ago in ancient Egypt. Black seed oil was actually found in Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen's tomb.  In Arabic cultures, it's known as Habbatul barakah, meaning the "seed of blessing. "The Prophet Mohammed mentions that the black seed will be the cure for all diseases except death. Some people on the article's commentary give their own testimonial and validity that it has cured cancer. It doesn't stop at cancer though. The properties of the seed vary from;
  • Analgesic (Pain-Killing)
  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Ulcer
  • Anti-Cholinergic
  • Anti-Fungal
  • Ant-Hypertensive
  • Antioxidant
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiviral
  • Bronchodilator
  • Gluconeogenesis Inhibitor (Anti-Diabetic)
  • Hepatoprotective (Liver Protecting)
  • Hypotensive
  • Insulin Sensitizing
  • Interferon Inducer
  • Leukotriene Antagonist
  • Renoprotective (Kidney Protecting)
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha Inhibitor
Costs about $1.59  if I remember correctly.
It does much more from what I read, but I had to be sure these were the same seeds so I asked one of the west Indian workers, what is this stuff? He said "Mangrile".  Like duhh... I can read, I need more info. I said what's the English name? He said he doesn't know, west Indian people all call it "Mangrile" and use it to make things like "Achchar" which is like a spicy condiment made with mangoes and spices. I came home and made the connection. It definitely is the black cumin seeds. After all it was in the same section as the cumin, turmeric and curry powders.

Who knows, maybe this can save a life. Anything is worth a shot. If you know anyone who could benefit from this, please share it.

If you'd like to learn more about it, here are my sources:

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Home Remedies: Eyes, Nose, Mouth, Throat & Skin

 General Natural Healing Foods and Herbs:






Hangover =)

Birth Control Qualms & Info on Essure

Have you ever looked at your children and realize how much they've grown and felt sad that the baby phase is over? It's like one day you're breastfeeding and the next they're like doing shit for themselves and not asking for help, and getting upset if you help them. Do you immediately get the baby blues especially looking back at their baby photos and videos? I know that happens to me when I realize how independent they are and then I consider more children for a minute, until reality sets in. The reality is I'm tired, my hormones are screwed up again, acne is back, and weight-loss is harder than it was before. I just got stability back, why am I even thinking about another baby? I've got to be fuckin' nuts right? Well my husband actually got excited when I took another test last month...He couldn't even wait until I was done taking the test to knock on the door. So the vasectomy we were planning is officially pushed to the back burner. We need to get our mind right before we do anything.

In the meantime though I really would like to hear about what you all are doing if you're not on birth control. Condoms? (>_<) Birth control really messes with me, too many damn side effects. I have not gone back to my Dr. to talk about getting my cycles normalized, because I already know it translates to a friggen prescription for birth control. Every trip to the Dr. is about getting a prescription in this country. I'll look into natural herbs and share whatever conclusive results I find. If you care to see why our healthcare system is so screwed up, check this guy out.

This is by far the most enlightening video explaining: Why are American Health Care Costs So High? He manages to explain with facts and figures in under 8 mins.

Two months ago while everyone was busy ranting and raving about the Trayvon Martin case verdict, the Supreme Court passed the law preventing people from suing drug companies for any type of liability/damages even if they knowingly omit possible drug side effects. So I am refusing any drugs unless it's life and death, or an absolutely necessary antibiotic. I learned my lesson last year when I broke out in really bad hives after two different prescriptions. The poor woman who lost this case took a drug for a sore shoulder and ended up with a serious flesh eating disease. Click Here for the source. 

I was considering Mirena but decided against it after reading horrible reviews. If majority of people complain about something, that doesn't mean it will affect me in particular but there's a greater chance. Everyday there's a lawyer commercial for a different birth control. In other news related to this discussion of prescriptions and drugs and birth control; Moms who are on a long term implanted type of birth control this is not to get you scared. It's strictly intended for educational purposes only. If you feel something isn't right trust your intuition. This segment specifically covers the birth control Essure. Click Here for the source. 

So how do you ladies stop yourselves from getting pregnant again? You can vote on the poll to the right. Do you know for sure that you don't want anymore children? I'm pretty damn sure, but I'd rather take my chances on getting pregnant again than getting any IUD or going on birth control.

Here's a cute Nike poem about my butt by the way, lol.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Find Yourself & You Find the Answers

“Your perspective is always limited by how much you know. Expand your knowledge and you will transform your mind.”
― Bruce H. Lipton

As I write effortlessly, I do it with passion, I do it with the intent to reach out and touch you. To share the little pieces of myself that inspire you to seek out whatever higher power you believe in and to find the things that bring you closer to peace and pleasure. To know you are not alone. My husband is the only person who knows me on this level. I wish I could sit here all day or all night and write because I enjoy it so much. I have loads of enlightening and educational information, stories, etc. that I want to share along with my random perspectives on things. Being a personal development blogger isn't practicing medicine like I originally wanted to do but my voice isn't being buried or lost, thanks to you all. I personally thank each and every one of you for stopping by and reading, and following me on G+. A lot of you have re-shared my links and commented on G+. If I've made you question yourself, your life, and the things you thought you knew, then I've done my job. Being a SAHM, you can't help but question your depth from time to time because you're not bringing home the bacon. Being productive, through work and hobbies is necessary unless you simply like being lazy and sit around thinking about nothing daily.

Five years ago I started my blog, but I wasn't ready yet. It remained here empty. I've genuinely tried to help people realize their potential or get them through self-created situations. I wasted valuable time back then trying to help the wrong people. If you can't give somebody money then you can shut your face, because you'll always come off as a "know it all", or it will backfire. You suddenly become the bad guy because you care enough to disturb your own peace. You end up retreating to your corner vowing to keep your mouth closed. It doesn't matter how much good intentions you have. When the shit hits the fan that's the only time when people know you and need your input. So, ten months ago I decided I would start because there's so much to gain from doing it and because the people who could really use my input will find me and follow me for the interesting and enlightening or crazy things I share. My stats are through the roof, I've surpassed my expectations. What are your goals? A goal without a deadline is just a dream. When will it be time to do you? Here is: 10 Steps To Doing You.

 My husband and I are always brainstorming and making plans, and putting things into action. Sure the drive is for long-term financial security, but it's just as much for personal fulfillment. I'm here to tell you that you can do it too. Whatever it is you want to do, you can do it if you put in the hard work (within reason of course lol; if you didn't graduate HS don't go trying to be an astronaut). It's not easy working all the time, but be prepared to do it. You don't become successful overnight.  People say they believe in you and want to see you accomplish your dreams, but that's bullshit. People will feel sorry for you when you fall, but when you rise, part of them can't believe you're actually living your dreams. Associate yourself with like-minded individuals. Remove or love toxic people from a distance. They are the naysayers, the complainers, and the guilt-trippers/ master manipulators. They will hold you hostage emotionally and drain your energy. My mentor is 50 cent. It's funny if you don't know me but if you do you're not surprised. He is one inspirational mothafucker. He keeps it real. Get his book "The 50th Law" to understand the level of intensity he has. Robert Greene is also a great author, specifically "The Art of Seduction" and "48 Laws of Power": Click here for the pdf e-book.. Learn how to get what you want in life. Everything boils down to strategy.

Everything happens on its own time but it's self-discovery that leads you there. You find yourself, you find the answers and you will be given the directions. 

I got a quite a few requests for hangouts on G+ recently. I'm not available for hangouts, but, if you're looking to talk to me about a something,  I'm open to giving unadulterated advice, just hit up my inbox.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Will You Still Love Me When I'm No Longer Young & Beautiful?

Last week I got my first iron...I never ironed before. If something was wrinkled I'd put it in the dryer for a few mins, choose something else, or get my husband to steam it for me. I swore I would never iron, but yesterday I found myself actually enjoying it. I used to think what a horrible wife I must be for not ironing my husband's clothes but hey he comes home to a lot more than most men do. He's a lucky guy. I think I'll surprise him to nicely ironed clothes next week. I shook things up when I applied for a job and got a reply for an interview. My husband is so against it, he pitched a fit and I just smiled.  I don't really intend to go back to work right now but being impulsive gives me a thrill. You need to test yourself sometimes. Don't do shit for anybody, do it for yourself. I needed to prove to myself that I can still market myself. Keep an updated resume at all times. Just because you're home doesn't mean you don't have anything to add to your skills. If you don't have anything to add, now you know you need to find something. Pick up a new skill, stay up to date with technology. Doing something unpredictable is what I do best, if you don't you'll never know where the wind might take you.

My daughter going to school gave me something I didn't have since I was in High School... Structure. I go to sleep earlier than I did before and wake up earlier. I'm much more refreshed because there is consistency. I'm on time for the first time in my adult life. I've caught up with the laundry even! Hooray for me! While I've become a mother I've also still been a child. Some would say that's a damn shame and there's nothing to be patting myself on the back about, but all these things are what makes me different. I don't pretend to be supermom, or Mrs. Perfect. I already confessed what I do sometimes to keep my stress levels lower in a previous blog: SAHM Hacks. I've maintained my inner child while I got older. I still enjoy all the things that it means to be youthful. Feeling young is thee most awesome feeling ever, when my kids are sick though I always feel like I've aged 10 years. When you're young you don't trivialize the small stuff and laugh easily. I sing and dance daily, get excited while watching Disney movies I've seen before, oh and the joy of hearing an ice cream truck or a trip to get frozen yogurt  =). I share my childhood stories with my girls, and continue to dream and wonder with them, they bring that out in me.

Music and books are my therapy. They heal me, distract me, entertain me, inspire, motivate, and relax me. Music helps me focus. Music will keep you youthful as well. I can remember being a toddler and enjoying music. In elementary school we didn't have cable at home and wasn't allowed to go anywhere, so I spent endless hours listening to the radio and taping my favorite songs on the cassette player. My parents tried to censor my music plenty of times because they just weren't open-minded. I was going to 3rd grade one summer bored at home, listening to some salsa and merengue and my dad comes to me; "why are you listening to Spanish music? Take it off." I said "cause I like it..."and put it on really low so he couldn't hear it from the next room. Then there was the incident with my Mase poster and tape being thrown in the garbage by my mom. The other day I was compiling my fave songs based on the year and I found myself feeling like the 12 year old girl I was when I sang on the top of my lungs to Natalie Imbruglia-Torn and Paula Cole- Where Have All The Cowboys Gone. Sometimes I listen to a song and it takes me back years ago to a feeling I had during a particular life event. One song has the power to un-do years of therapy if you think about it. You can easily find yourself crying about something you thought you were over with one song. Just as easily, you can feel really good after a bad day with the right song.

Life is always changing but you don't have to change who you are, you just have to grow with it. Becoming an adult doesn't have to mean becoming boring, prudish, or being perfect. Growing wiser doesn't mean you have to grow old, but the fact is responsibilities, problems, stress and working hard will age you faster than anything else. Defeat it anyway. I always dread birthdays, but I'm going to learn to embrace them for the beautiful memories I get to make each year, and with every song I fall in a love-hate relationship with, I will keep growing vibrantly.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

3 Books that Changed My Mind

In the last two months I read three novels that changed my mind on some things. Things I thought I'd never change my mind on. I've never been the type of person you can say something to and I'll buy it off the bat. However, I am open minded enough to be quiet, listen, and think critically about what it is that's news to my ears. It's best to question what you think you know, because sometimes you go your whole life truly believing many untruths.

Government and Politics: I used to be proud to be born American. I am the first American born grandchild in my entire family. Growing up they used to ask me what I am to see if I'd mention any west indian roots, but my response was always "American!". What it means to be American back when you were naive, and believed we were about making dreams come true and the land of good honest work and opportunities is no longer today's reality. It's all about the paper, and who has more of it. Sure, the corruption has always been there yes that's true. I've just had enough of their shenanigans at this point. The radiation in Fukushima, Japan, the GMOs, Syria, it's all too much. I don't know how much more bad news about things that affect my kids future I will continue to learn. All because of what? Profits? I'm not gonna get further into politics, that's just a waste of time, but if I had the means to pick my family up and go live somewhere else I would. These books really do open up your eyes to why we're the most hated country in the world.

How pretty is this?
Islam: Sadly, due to western society Islam is viewed so negatively. Women covered head to toe are viewed as oppressed, the rules are misunderstood and the faith is linked with terrorism. I was never against Islam, but everything I heard about it was mostly in a negative light. I neither understood it or tried to understand it. It was just one of those things you hear about and think how glad you are not to be Muslim. As I read Sister Souljah's books "A Deeper Love Inside", "Midnight: A Gangster Love Story" and "Midnight and The Meaning of Love" I found myself eyes wide open remembering the streets of New York and the fair representation of the African American people she throws under the bus. I'm not fully aware of Sudanese culture but I will say that reading both books on Midnight, it made me admire Islam and its culture. I thought how it must suck to be covered like that before. Now, I actually think how erotic it might be to be covered by the hijab and the niqab, and to live in a society where women are cared for with respect, and delicacy, being seen as sacred and the womb being so sacred as the giver of life. They live happily and the longevity of the family is unquestionable due to the rules they follow. The innocence being maintained by the modesty they portray is all the more alluring. The reviews were on both extremes of love and hate on these books.

If you've ever done this, you'd catch my drift about why it actually might be hotter =x...

Parenting: Another statement I viewed entirely differently after reading the books was:

"A boy becomes a man at the age of 14. He can take on a wife as it's natural to be interested in sex at the point of sexual maturity... In the U.S. you're not considered an adult until age 18, and even then marriage is discouraged until you're well into your mid to late 20's". Sometimes we're so caught up with what's logical in life but we forget about morals and values. In the U.S. we teach our children to abstain when the hunger for sex is so strong at that age. When they don't abstain we put them on birth control or teach them safe sex practices. By the time a youth is 25 years old, they have had a string of sexual partners and/or abortions/children before marriage, and that's all considered OK, its normal. I'm pro-choice, but maybe the character in the book is on to something here...Would I rather my daughters marry young, or have a slew of sexual relationships, abortions, and greater possibility of heartbreaks? We don't live in a country where women are cherished. If you've studied gender roles in modern society, deviant behavior, and the correlation between crime and single parent households in America, you'd probably agree with me when I answer yes; I'd rather them marry young if the intention is based on doing what's morally right and living a good life. Education and financial security shouldn't be the basis for marriage, truly. I know my great great grandparents married young and stayed together faithfully and happily. Today those days are long gone.

These books were definitely great reads. I recommend them all. If you've read "The Coldest Winter Ever", these are almost a continuation of the story if not a direct expansion of the characters. I enjoyed them thoroughly. Whether it's an accurate depiction of Sudanese life I'm not too sure, I hope to find out one day when we start traveling. If you happen to read them, please fill me in on your thoughts in the comment box below.

"Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand."-Neil Armstrong