Category Archives: Health

From chemical weapons and drugs to seeds and pesticides. Bayer is taking over!

Wake up green friends!  It’s the largest all-cash takeover recorded in history. It’s also the most DANGEROUS combination to ever happen in the world agriculture industry. Monsanto has agreed to be bought by Bayer AG for $66 billion. “A successful merger would create the world’s largest agrichemical firm, which will control more than one-fourth of the combined global market for seeds and pesticides.” (Eco watch reports). 

In Ghana,  we are still making noise about Monsanto. This takeover hasn’t even been whispered close to our ears and I am sure there are many “good” reasons. First of all,  we have been able to resist a complete Monsanto takeover. Aside from its already poor image, the “cropenstein” corporation is facing lawsuits and strong opposition by organic organizations,  food sovereignty organizations, eco friendly lobbyists and the like. Sources have recorded that Monsanto officials admitted that this poor image and list of problems played a part in them agreeing to be taken over. If this merger is completed, obviously the name will change and it will become a “new” company with new opportunities for world seed domination! Ghana has done well to limit Monsanto’s power in Ghana (although I just heard they are operating under the name ROUNDUP and selling to large numbers of Ghanaian farmers). So now what? Are we going to dress the donkey and parade it as a new horse?  Apparently the Bayer -Monsanto deal is not completely closed yet as they will need the approval of about 50 regulatory bodies. It is however reported that there is a 70% probability that the merger will be completed. 

Before I go let me give you a quick background on Bayer – Europe’s largest chemical company known to have been the first to manufacture chemical weapons. These chemicals were used to fuel wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo where millions were wiped out. There was also the Vietnam War.  Dr. Vandana Shiva wrote – “MoBay supplied ingredients for Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. Around 20 million gallons of MoBay defoliants and herbicides were sprayed over South Vietnam. Children are still being born with birth defects, adults have chronic illnesses and cancers, due to their exposure to MoBay’s chemicals,” she wrote. “Monsanto and Bayer’s cross-licensed Agent Orange resistance has also been cross-developed for decades. Wars were fought, lives lost, nations carved into holy lands — with artificial boundaries that suit colonization and resource grab—while Bayer and Monsanto sold chemicals as bombs and poisons and their brothers provided the loans to buy those bombs.” 

It is beyond obvious that the Bayer – Monsanto merger will create the greatest chemical monster our world has ever seen. It’s time to stand up for ourselves and future generations.I am encouraging all my friends and followers to start saving organic seeds and start a garden at home! Eat well and live strong my friends!  Much love to all Ghanaian farmers who are holding on to their organic seed traditions. May you be blessed. Let us be well informed and rise up for our agricultural freedom. Say NO to GMOs!! 

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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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Breastfeed your children please…

Breast is best. Breastfeeding is natural. Why women are made to feel self conscious these days about such a natural act really beats my mind. Sometimes trends become truly dangerous to humankind and our continued natural existence and evolution. Why do you want to give your child goat, or cow milk? Do the goats and cows come asking for your milk? They feed their offspring just like nature intended for humans to feed their babies HUMAN milk. Mothers milk is baby’s number one defense against sickness and malnutrition. Everything your baby needs in his/her first few months is in mummy’s milk!

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When a baby is born and is immediately put on the breast, he or she will suckle. It may take a few days for the milk to start flowing but before then, baby will get a yellowish fluid called colostrum also referred to as “liquid gold”. Colostrum is equivalent and even better than your baby’s first vaccination. It is packed with antibodies and is nature’s way of arming your newborn with strong “disease fighters”. These days, many mothers give up breastfeeding within this sensitive period. Thinking they are not making milk or making enough, they quickly resort to formula to feed the baby. This is the first critical mistake made especially by first time mums. TRUST your body! Trust God and trust nature. You were made to do this! It may not be easy as first, and is not always convenient throughout the critical first six months, but it does get easier and more comfortable. Once a woman establishes her milk supply and is regularly feeding her child, a beautiful bonding process begins. Woman and child are both fulfilled, sickness is kept at bay, and less money is spent on formula. Woohoo! 🙂

There is a web of issues woven around breastfeeding in a social setting. More and more women are being made to feel self conscious because they breastfeed their babies in public. Excuse me! I’m not waving my boobs in your face am I? I probably even have a breastfeeding cover on yet people give you the, “are you really breastfeeding out here?” look.

Don’t mind them oooo! (<<– Ghanaian expression) Feed your babies for goodness sake and feed them everywhere! In the car, in the mall, wherever. Always carry a little throw or cover if you are well endowed and don't feel like being the circus coming to town. Lol. But

whatever you do, enjoy this experience. It is God given and beautiful. If there is no medical, work, or mental condition preventing a woman from breastfeeding, then she should definitely do the right thing by her baby and give the best gift a mother can.

Peace and love! Till next time…

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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