Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Review

This year I spent a lot of time soul searching, and talking about feelings and relationships. I haven't fallen off the holistic wagon although I'm now very certain that sulfate-free shampoos wasn't for me as my hair continued to get worse until I went back to sulfates. In the last year I've lost 25 lbs. from a methodical diet, metabolism reset approach I'll talk about later. This past weekend I broke out in hives from head to toe after taking a week of antibiotics for a serious bout of acne breakouts. My dermatologist had prescribed them earlier this year but I was able to go without taking them until this month. I am allergic to four antibiotics now. I was hesitant on taking them for so long that when this breakout happened it was so horrendous I caved in because I felt like I really had no choice. I've been on the holistic wagon for so long and when things happen that break my spirit down I start to question myself and intuitions that maybe my Dr. does know more, maybe they are trained professionals who know better and western medicine is the way. I sucked my teeth and drank the pills feeling defeated.

Here I am still having spotted hives 3 days past the last dosage of antibiotics, defeated still, but this time a little hopeful. I know I will get through this time and have my beautiful High School skin back one day, if I don't give up hope. This is the 1 product that gives me hope. I'm not a licensed Dr. or expert so please try my suggestions with caution. For me I don't have anything to lose since my breakouts are pretty crazy. Of all the things I'd strongly recommend it's this clay, I've been using it since May. This product review has been long overdue. Holistic health is the only way. I have to remember that every time I wanna succumb to pills and expensive creams. I'm not saying pills and creams don't work it's just at what cost? Pills/creams today, kidney failure tomorrow. That is the future.

This bentonite clay mask  is mixed with Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and washed off after it dries (15-20 mins). It's the absolute best mask I've ever done, hands down. My breakouts are still there, and probably will continue to be as they're hormonal breakouts and possibly diet-related as all inflammation in the body tends to be but for now, this is my savior. Sure I could just go on birth control to solve the problem until I've created five other problems I'm not in the mood to deal with but I just rather not. I'm just gonna stick to this clay because it's the only thing that truly helps.
I get almost everything from Amazon. Their description says: "Aztec secret Indian healing clay clays have been used for centuries to beautify and refresh when used as a facial mask. Cleopatra used clay from the Nile River and the Arabian Desert over 1800 years ago, as part of her beauty ritual. German and roman spas have been using clay packs and treatments in the spas they built 4,000 years ago. Many of these spas still exist and use clay even today. Pliney the elder devoted an entire chapter of his natural history" to the many uses of clay for pimples, black heads and skin tightening. Many famous naturopaths, such as kuhn, just and kneipp have contributed to the revival of the uses of clay through their natural treatments for arthritus and skin ailments. Aztec Indian healing clay a brief history - the world’s most powerful facial the use of clay with apple cider vinegar can be dated back to the southern French priest of the16th century, kneipp, and his natural treatments using clay packs and poultices. Throughout history the use of clay, specifically green clay or bentonite, is well documented. To learn more about clay, look for "our earth our cure" by Raymond Dexteit, translated by Michel Abehsera in your local health food store or book store. Aztec secret Indian healing clay is bentonite clay from Death Valley, California, where it is sun- dried for up to six months in temperatures that sometimes reach 134 degrees. Facials, acne, body wraps, clay baths, foot soaks, chilled clay for knee packs and insect bites. Enjoy the benefits of clay in your own home. Beautify and refresh."
  • Helps with reducing redness and size of pimples. 
  • Helps them dry out. 
  • Heals skin and great for mosquito/ant/bug bites. I've put it on my kids, it takes the itch right out for the most part.  
  • You can literally feel the difference, pulsing and tightening. 
  • Deep pore cleaning and pore tightening. 
  • It's made with 100% natural calcium bentonite clay 
  • Does not contain: Additives, fragrances, animal products 
  • Inexpensive $6-$10 
  • Easy to mix with ACV. (Use wooden or plastic bowl/utensils only) 
  • It got 4.5 stars out of 6,000 reviewers.     
  • Some people have used bentonite clay internally, ingested with water to reverse arthritis and many other autoimmune diseases, but I haven't gone that far and advise that you seek out a certified naturopath before doing so. I would need to do further research before trying it myself.                                                                                                                                   

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Before 30...

Hey everyone! It's pretty much the end of September already! Can you believe?! This entire year has flown by me. I can't tell you where it went, but I can tell you I made the best of it. I'm always meaning to make more posts but time escaped me. A lot of the things I did recently was Planning. Planning is a big part of my life. I know that "man plans and God laughs" but planning is crucial to goals and self-development. It's important to assess where you are, and where you want to be and plan to get there. Last December I made a list of all the things I wanted to accomplish, and got to it. Some things were:
  • Lose 10 lbs, of course this is always a goal. ✔️
  • Read 15 books by Dec 31, 2015‼️ Only 9/15 so far... ⚠️:soon:
  • Work on my gardening skills ✔️
  • Get involved in a community based nonprofit organization ⚠️:soon:?
  • Get a room in my home started ✔️ 
  • Finish the last few parts of a previous room I started until it's time to start Phase 2 of a bigger project plan ✔️
  • Proactively work on our finances and save more ✔️
  • Get our fence up in the backyard ✔️
  • Spend all my remaining time with or keeping in touch with my family and friends. ✔️
  • Have lots of fun ✔️
  • Stop worrying so much ⚠️ :soon:? 
  • Work on blog posts. ⚠️:soon:?
  • Paint a space in our home all by myself ✔️
  • Get rid of any clutter in closets and home. ⚠️ :soon: almost done

When I read stuff like this  --->
 I cant help but think back. I had it all figured out from very young. Now I'm not sure I know what's next...

Now that it's September and I'm assessing what's done and what isn't. I hadn't realized that I also had a list of things I wanted to do before 30 that aren't done as well!! =( Some things I wanted to do before 30 that were years and years in the making were:
  • Get my H.S. body back.... 10 more lbs. away! ⚠️ :soon:
  • Get my tattoos... maybe next year I'll do this... still undecided. ⚠️:soon:?
  • Close up shop for babies. ✔️
  • Become vegetarian ⚠️?
  • Become more spiritual.
  • Become care-free again, with blind faith. Grow more but without losing my childish free-spirit. ⚠️:soon:? 
  • Grow my career. Whatever that is... it's definitely growing in entrepreneurship and personal branding. ✔️
  • Stable home, no more moving around so much ✔️
  • Start and raise a family ✔️
  • Have a phenomenal romantic relationship ✔️
  • Pay attention to Self-care, Self-love, Self-awareness ✔️
  • Become Diet, Exercise, Nutritionally Savvy. ✔️
  • Learn how to Sew things from curtains to clothes. ⚠️ 
  • Learn how to speak Spanish fluently ⚠️
  • Learn how to make better cakes ⚠️
  • Learn more patience, tolerance, & time management ⚠️
  • Take a few classes both educational and for fun ⚠️
I started to get overwhelmed last week when I realized it was September and so much was left undone. Even mini-tasks around the house overwhelmed me. I simply had no energy left, and between my anxiety, and the things I stress about and not sleeping well, it finally hit me that what's the big hurry? Certain things shouldn't feel like a chore, it shouldn't stress me out, it should be a hobby. We were having people over the other day and I was stressing what should be on the menu, and my husband said "Why does everything need to be such a production with you?" It hit me that I need to relax. I don't know why I stress the little things. I guess I just want my world to be a Utopian society with frills and frolic, with no stress, but my standards are high so it's expected to be stressed when undertaking any task with me.

So this week, I've decided that I will have to just do what I can and if I don't finish by the end of this December then it's all okay too, I will keep working towards goals, and this time create a vision board to keep me focused on new dreams, a positive attitude and the point of goals; growth by experiences. I just placed all this importance on one event of entering the next decade that I didn't realize that it really doesn't change a damn thing about me, if anything I hope I enter this next decade with more confidence, determination,  courage, strength and vibrance than ever before. I want to seek out more adventure, more thrill, and more excitement in my experiences. I will add "become more flexible" to next year's goals.

"At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security." -Jodi Rell

If you're in your 40's what's the best insight you can give me about aging and managing this aging process with a type A personality? What do you wish you knew when you were in your 20's and 30's?