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Oil Pulling! My amazing experience.

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I found out about oil pulling in 2012 when I was looking for ways to detox and have a healthier body. “Oil pulling” has been practiced in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries and is known to have helped many improve their general health and also to fight different illnesses including Diabetes, Arthritis, blood pressure problems and even cancer. The method simply involves putting about a tablespoon of recommended oil in your mouth, swishing it around, and performing a sort of “pulling action” around the salivary glands. If done properly and consistently, this practice could change your life!

Traditionally, sesame seed oil and olive oil were used; and in recent times it has been found that sunflower oil and coconut oil are also highly beneficial for this practice. I use coconut oil and this is my story.

I was sick. I was stressed. I had been married 3 years without getting pregnant and at the same time I was struggling to start a business. One day I felt so sick, I decided to look into some kind of detox. I’m a natural lifestyle person  and prefer earth remedies to anything else so I turned to a holistic group I had joined to ask for answers. I had already started “garlic therapy” which I will talk about in another post. Then someone suggested that I check out the group on oil pulling. The testimonials were amazing and I was ready to try anything at that point to make myself feel better. Apparently all I had to do was put a tablespoon of oil in my mouth and keep it in there. No gargling, no swallowing, just swishing the oil around in my mouth preferably with my head tilted backwards so that the oil could move to the back of my mouth where the salivary glands are located. I needed to time myself for a minimum of 10 minutes and a maximum of 20. I needed to swish the oil and sort of “pull” with my salivary glands until the oil became watery and foamy then spit it out. The first day I tried with just a teaspoon of the coconut oil. After 5 minutes I felt like I wanted to vomit. Phlegm was building up in the back of my nasal passage and I could feel it trickle down my throat. I wasn’t used to that feeling and spat the oil out after 6 minutes or so. Note: if you try this, do not spit the used oil into your sink as it will have lots of toxins that you don’t need in your environment. Use the toilet and clean it well afterwards or better still do it outside. Anyway so I tried again the next day and this time I was able to do it for 10 minutes. I was amazed at all the phlegm and stuff that came out that day (Too much info but trust me you need to know). From that day on I oil pulled every morning with amazing results. I was now pulling for 15 to 20 minutes every day. It is recommended not to pull longer than 20 minutes as the toxins may now have saturated the oil and will start to burn the inside of your mouth. I experienced this once. There are a few other amazing observations I’d like to mention here.

I have a large garden space so I chose a small corner at the back where I would keep spitting my used oil. After about 3 weeks I noticed the grass at that spot had all died. Amidst a large green area, that spot had now turned brown. This made me understand how strongly toxic the used oil had become. I tried spitting the used oil in the toilet and just flushed without extra cleaning. After 3 days I noticed a dark substance forming inside the toilet. This is why I emphasise cleaning after yourself very well. You may need some lemon, vinegar and maybe a little bleach in the toilet to clean out the toxins.

For the first 2 weeks my life was a living hell. Everything hurt! I was tired and very grumpy. I had read about one feeling worse before getting better during a detox but this was pure agony. I stuck with it. I realized my food cravings were not as strong as they used to be. I was able to eliminate white bread, white rice, meat and various processed foods from my diet. 8 months down the line and I was feeling fabulous. I had lost 15 pounds and my aches and pains were gone. My dental health had improved tremendously and I had put this whole “you’re not having a baby” drama to the side. And if you’re an African or have lived in Africa you know the pressure that comes with being married even 1 year without having a baby (I have a whole other blog post on this one! 🙂

About a year after beating PCOS and borderline diabetes through natural lifestyle and oil pulling everyday, I had lost a lot of weight and found out I was pregnant at 33. I continued oil pulling throughout my pregnancy and had the most amazing pregnancy ever. I went on to have another amazing pregnancy and my second child at age 35. Not to mention my gums were turning from a darker shade to a beautiful bright pink. Try using coconut oil and baking soda as a toothpaste and teeth whitener. Just mix the baking soda and coconut oil to form a paste and use it to brush your teeth. I had fantastic results.

I recommend oil pulling to everyone! Remember to follow the rules in order to get the best results. Oil pulling must be done 8 hours after eating any food or an hour after drinking water therefore the best time to do this is first thing in the morning when you wake up. Here are a couple of guideline photos I found online if you’d like to give it a try. From my research, coconut oil seems to be the best oil to use in oil pulling.
Of the three types of oil tested, only coconut oil was shown to prevent Streptococcus mutans (an acid-producing bacterium that is a common inhabitant of the mouth and a major cause of tooth decay) from binding to teeth and damaging tooth enamel. Other oils you can try are sesame oil, olive oil, and sunflower oil. Best wishes and best of health to you!

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Selfie time! The wet and wavy look :)

Last week I gave myself an oil treatment for my hair. I pretty much soaked my hair in Madame Yasmeen’s hair oil for about 8 hours. After that I washed it with M.Y 100% #natural Baobab shampoo. Check out the  morning after video on my youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/yasmeenthevoice

Here I am after applying Madame Yasmeen’s hair butter and brushing thoroughly:

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Using all natural and organic products for my hair and skin is one of the best decisions I ever made. My hair feels really great right now!

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Just for fun! Makeup, Costume, and Selfies.

I’ve been having lots of fun with costumes, makeup and accessories since I got back into full time performance and stage craft. Altering my eye color has been lots of fun too! 😆

Here are a few recent photos:

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Blue eye makeup
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"You Cam" makeup simulation.

I think this eye color looks nice…

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Crazy eyes!

Here I am in front of M.Y. Beauty shop. Love this coffee lipstick and my favourite MAC liquid eyeliner..

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And I’ll finish off with another eye color change. Grrrrrrr!!!! Follow me on Twitter and instagram @yasmeenthevoice

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One love!

New year, new hair!

Hello all ye fabulous ones!! Happy new year!!! I entered the new year with a big chop! Giving myself a fresh new look and some much needed “pruning”

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It all started at the beautiful beach resort my family and I visited over the holidays. We got there in the late afternoon. Of course I had my husband and the kids to move in and settle down (some of you know how that gets!).

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After sleeping the first night, I was rewarded with that amazing feeling I get when I wake up by the sea. Hearing the waves roll and crash, hearing the call of the birds in the morning.. I had to do it.

I grabbed the scissors and gave myself a cut. Aaaand this is the wet look:

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It’s a new year and I am starting it with a very light head :mrgreen:

Of course I use only Madame Yasmeen’s hair oil and hair butter for moisturising, conditioning, and styling.

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I wish you a happy and blessed new year full of good health, love and happiness! Stay natural! Stay real!

One love.

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Makeup Wednesday (just for fun)

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My #makeup today ❤ Clinique light face powder 💕 Eyeshadow  in pink and purple shades by SLEEK. I love their eyeshadow! ❤ Blue eyeliner by Beauty touch (Arctic Iceman) and lipstick by MAC. Finished off the look with my current favourite L’Oreal Mega volume mascara from the L’Oréal Miss Manga punky collection. It’s wild! I’m thinking of a thousand ways I could go crazy with this 👌💖💕

Cupcake soaps: Bath and body novelty

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These cupcake soaps may be sitting here looking all pretty but I assure you I had such a rough time making them today. First of all I bought the most annoying icing tool in the world, and secondly, I used a formula that went very hard very fast. Arrrgh!! I almost pulled my hair out. But thankfully I made it through. 🙂

I’ve been making cupcake soaps for a while now but with a different, softer formula than the one I used today. Today I just thought I would challenge myself with a different formula and a variety of color combinations. The icing tool though, was NOT meant to be part of the challenge.

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If you are a soap maker attempting these for the first time let me offer a few words of advice. Stick to making smaller batches, using maybe 2 colors at a time until you’ve really got the hang of it. Use a formula that won’t go hard on you too fast, and be careful of fragrance oils that will accelerate trace and the hardening of your soap.

Despite the craziness I went through to get these done I’m quite happy with them and look forward to making another batch real soon. Cupcake soaps are a novelty bath and body item that give a more exciting look to your bathroom. They make great gifts, souvenirs, and giveaways for weddings and parties of all kinds.

They smell fabulous by the way! 🙂 🙂

Till next time..

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Rock your natural nails! Organic nail care tips

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I’ve always preferred rocking my own natural nails rather than using stick ons, acrylic, gel nails e.t.c. People who use artificial nails regularly usually end up with weaker and sometimes even damaged nails. The glues used and contents of the acrylic mixtures are highly toxic not to mention  the solutions used to dissolve acrylic and gel nails.

Your nails deserve grooming and attention just like your skin and hair do. Your diet and health have a lot to do with how your skin, hair, and nails look so we should all really start from there. Drink lots of water, eat a good balanced diet with enough calcium. A daily serving of fresh yoghurt is a good way to keep your calcium level up.

I highly recommend the use of a moisturizer regularly on your nails to keep them healthy and strong. I use a lot of Shea butter and my own specially formulated cuticle oils. Cuticle oils are widely available and quite easy to come by. Rub the moisturizers and cuticle oils over your nails and cuticles and gently massage them. This even helps to improve circulation in your fingers. This practice is better done at night so that the moisturizers stay on and work while you sleep. Once in a while you could pamper yourself by applying generous amounts of moisturizer to your hands, feet, and all your nails, then wearing gloves and socks to bed. The gloves and socks trap the moisture while it is absorbed by your hands, feet, and nails.

Trim or cut your nails after you have soaked them for a while, or right after a shower or bath. This prevents rough edges or damage to your nails. Also, avoid cutting or shaving your cuticles but rather use a cuticle stick to gently push them back after you have soaked them. You can repair cracked cuticles and remove dead  skin by soaking your fingertips in lemon juice and vinegar. After the soak, you can use the lemon peel to gently rub against your nail and cuticle before using the cuticle stick to push back on the cuticle.

I’m not a fan of too much buffing when doing a manicure. Just a little buff to smooth the nail over is fine. Over-buffing can weaken the nail and cause damage. A nice quick buff is great, followed by a good hand and nail moisturizer preferably organic, and one that includes Shea or cocoa butter.

Use a good quality nail polish and clear top coat to give extra protection  to your nails. I am discovering a whole lot of non toxic nail polish brands and can’t wait to try them all. Here are a few:

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Ultra long-wearing, glossy, vegan friendly nail lacquers by Zoya are free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that have been known to contribute to various health problems. Other organic and Eco – friendly brands include  Scotch Naturals,

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BUTTER,

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Organic Glam,

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And Vapour.

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Even short, natural nails can look really fabulous if they are well taken care of. Even though I love having long nails I’ve been keeping them shorter since I had my son almost almost two years ago. I can’t wait to have long nails again!
My last tip would be to use softer nail files rather than metal ones, and to be gentle and not so rough when filing your nails, also better done after a soak or after your bath or shower.

Till next time! Stay natural, stay fabulous! ♡

M.Y. All new Ginger and Cinnamon soap

I have been feeling the need to diversify my soap collection by adding a sort of “spicy” soap. I’ve done neutral, fresh, floral, and fruity scents but nothing really spicy.

My hubby mentioned something about Ginger soap and that got me thinking and formulating. I made three different soap batches using ginger but this one beats them all. I LOOOVE IT! !!!

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I made a Shea butter and coconut oil soap base and then added some fresh ginger juice and Cinnamon powder to create these warm, spicy bars of goodness. All you spice lovers are really going to enjoy this one and I can’t wait for them to cure so I can try them out myself.

If you are a soap maker and want to have a go at using ginger in soap, juice some ginger by cutting up the ginger and blending with a little water, and then running it through a sieve.

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Add the juice at trace and be sure to discount the water content slightly to balance out the ginger juice. You can also try doing a hot process soap and then adding the ginger juice after the soap is cooked. I tried one like that with coconut milk and ginger juice and that came out really nice too.

Till next time!

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DIY: Coconut Milk

I have friends living here in the tropics who actually drive to the supermarket to buy imported, canned Coconut milk! (* side eye *). C’mon now! Fresh, preservative free Coconut milk is not so difficult to make if you live in the tropics or if you have access to some good coconuts. Now read, watch, and learn!

For a nice thick milk I like to use mature coconuts with lots of thick fruit inside. Grate the coconut fruit to make it easier to puree. Like this:

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Next to the blender I have the juice from the Coconut a.k.a  “Coconut water”. Add some coconut water to the grated fruit:

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And blend into a puree:

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Next you will need to run it through a sieve to get a smooth milk.

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I’m about to use this in soap making so I like it thick. For a thinner consistency, add more coconut water, and voila!

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Your very own, fresh, homemade coconut milk. Try it out sometime!

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