A little history for you: Our Egyptian Chamomile contains an exceptionally high content of essential oils. It was used by ancient Egyptians, Romans & Greeks to cure a number of ailments.
What’s in it for YOU! Here’s a teensy-weensy taster of the benefits.
A great anti-inflammatory perfect for hypersensitive skin, broken veins & puffiness.
Strengthens skin & scalp tissue. Reduces swelling & pain of the skin & mucous membranes. (excellent for eczema, skin rashes, acne, excessive acne, rosacea & allergic reactions).
Brightens highlights in hair when used in a shampoo or as an herbal hair rinse. (see recipe below)
Contains traces of the essential oil called azulene (an analgesic & detoxifier).
G-R-E-A-T herbal infusion when used in conjunction with our delish Rhassoul Deep Condish (no surprises there ;-) )
Chamomile is a clinically proven anti-allergenic herb that gives off an abundant amount of mucilage, which softens and soothes everything it touches.
Hair spritz (see recipe below)
Baths (after a hard workout at the gym…spinkle a few & RELAX..)
For Acne (used as a facial spritzer or infused with Golden Jojoba Oil)
In an ice cold or hot compress to relieve achy & swollen muscles.
There is an extremely large list of uses for Chamomile try it in a herbal hair spritz or infuse it with some water and then rub it on your skin. You will feel the difference.
Chamomile Flower Infusion
Making an infusion is just like making a cup of tea.
Take a heaped teaspoon of Chamomile & put it in a big ol’ mug or Pyrex jug.
Boil some water
Pour the hot water over the Chamomile and cover
Let it brew for at least a few minutes
Strain the leaves with a strainer so that you only have the nourishing infused tea
Pour the strained infused tea into a spray bottle or use as a final rinse on freshly washed hair.
Chamomile & Vegetable Glycerin Hair Spritz
Follow the same instructions as above but add
1 teaspoon of Vegetable Glycerin or a teensy-weensy drop of honey (both are great hair & skin humectants)
AND / OR
Add half a teaspoon of flaxseeds to the herbs in the cup and THEN pour the boiling water over top.
Strain the herbs & flaxseeds then place in a spritz bottle.
Chamomile infusions are GREAT for spritzing Locs, soften hair, scalp cleanser and adding a nice soft scent. Herbal rinse infusions provide excellent slip and detangles naturally curly hair instantly.
Be sure to use your infusion within 2 days and store in a dark, cool, dry place.
For added softness use either recipes with our Rhassoul Deep Condishes. Just pour the infused tea over the Rhassoul Condish until you get a nice thick consistency.
Why use infused tea with the Rhassoul Condish?: Hot infused tea is used to break down the Condish so you will smell the naturally chocolaty Unrefined Cocoa Butter scent as you pour the hot infused tea over the Condishes. FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY
Thread wrapped bangles and and necklaces from The Glossy Queen, beautiful colour ways are enough to make any outfit pop! Created by Naturalista Jennifer Elizabeth from Long Beach CA, love how such a simple idea can be so striking and effortlessly chic.
"Muy MAL" was a phrase and acronym that was used between my friends and I during college. Now that we are a little more grown up, the phrase/acronym still has some significance. Really, it just translates to some things that feel good are not always good for you (the actual spanish translation means very bad). We had to keep that in mind concerning relationships that we were previously in. Actually, it all started with an actual person I was seeing in college that had me all over the place…notice I said seeing, not dating. This person would not make a commitment, even to date me, at the time. But he sure would be happy to “see” me. It was my fault. I let it happen because it felt good to me. But obviously, it wasn’t good for me.
So here we are, years later, after many other relationships only to connect again. But what exactly did I learn from the “relationship” years ago? Firstly, if a person cannot even commit to dating you exclusively, then they’re not worth the time or attention. I know, I know, but it feels so good when you’re together and he just needs a little time…No! You need some space and a different view. Usually, when something feels good to us, our blinders go up. We can only see the object of our affection in one particular light. But once we give ourselves distance enough to step back and see the full picture, our view changes dramatically.
Second, what you have is precious, so keep it for someone that deserves it. As the old adage goes, “why buy the cow, when the milks for free?” What exactly is your real worth to this person? And why is it that you are placing more worth into this situation than it really needs? Men are cut and dry. What they do and decisions that they make are who they are. So when, you really look at the actions of a person, it tells you what is priority in their life. And unfortunately, it might not be you. period. Hard pill to swallow but better that than a hard lesson learned.
Which brings us back to my reconnection with this person. We’ll name him later (I’ll be taking your suggestions). I guess the first question that needs to be answered is, where am I on his list of priorities? I guess we shall soon see. Going a date with him soon. I’ll keep you posted…
"My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. —ISAIAH 55:8
I often meet Christians who are upset because God hasn’t answered their prayers—at least not in the way they had hoped or on their time schedule. Being patient with God does not mean believing that he is still in process but believing that he knows—better than we do—that we are still in process. Being patient with God means trusting that he is sovereign and loving. It means believing that his love will not allow him to answer requests that don’t line up with his ultimate purposes.
We are not the first to grow restless when God’s timing appears to be off. Thousands of years ago, God reminded the prophet Isaiah, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).
When we know that God is loving and just, we don’t have to understand his ways in order to be at peace in the midst of life’s stresses. We can accept that God operates on his own timetable. As the British hymn writer Frederick William Faber wrote, “We must wait for God, long, meekly, in the wind and wet, in the thunder and lightning, in the cold and the dark. Wait, and he will come. He never comes to those who do not wait.”
Dear Lord, help me to trust that you love me even when I don’t understand your timing.
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Well as you all know, I have this Greedy Girl on the inside that likes to come out more often than not (one day, I’ll name her, lol). So here is my fat snack (as I would like to call it) for the day. There is nothing better than oreos and chocolate blended together in cookie goodness…mmmmm…mouthwatering…enjoy!
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As a young woman who’s been through some things, I know better. Over the years I’ve grown to understand my worth and what it is I deserve/want. I like to think of myself as an honest person and a caring and passionate human being. My passion can sometimes get me in trouble but I’m learning how not…
Solange Knowles seems to go undetected by most. But there is a such a calm, confident “fabulousness” about her. I’v been following her blog of her life and adventures, and this fashionista is quite intriguing. Although, always compared to her sister, Beyonce, I find that her persona has matured impeccably. She is a person to keep your eye on. I think she is blooming in a great way. Check her out on her blog: http://mydamnblog.com
So, you all know that I am a definite foodie on the inside…which loosely translates to the there’s a greedy girl inside of me. But I’ve been eyeballing this sandwich all day. I think know I’ll be eating this today. Here is the recipe. Enjoy!
Recipe featured from: http://anediblesymphony.blogspot.com/
So, what is a “Naturalista” anyway? Well, I guess since its a completely invented word, it can mean almost anything! LOL! But, my definition is a woman who lives by the intangible. She enjoys keeping her life and her look in an organic state. No, I don’t mean “raised with out chemicals” organic. Although, that may apply at times! I mean organic as is full of the life that flows from the inside. Her home is filled with life. Her workplace is affected by her “life energy”. Her personal style flows from her life energy, not from a desire to keep up with trends set by outward influences. That doesn’t mean she is never trendy…it just means that she wouldn’t pick up a trend if it did not truly reflect her inner self. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about the “Anti-Naturalista”!
Going natural is one of the hottest trends out there right now. When done by a Naturalista for personal and sincere reasons, it is a great expression of self-contentment and positive confidence. When done by an “Anti-Naturalista”, it becomes a mundane series of conversations about hair typing, fighting shrinkage, and streams of self pics documenting length and curl definition. I see you’re about to throw a handful of Eco Styler in my face! Just give me a second!!! I am NOT saying that chats about products and techniques are not necessary when caring for our delicate coils. I am saying that when I get an email from you and the first item you address after greeting me is always an offer to send me a new pic of your latest hair status or a detailed description of how bouncy your curls were after treatment thus and such…….sigh…….I think you might be an Anti-Naturalista.
II Timothy 3:6-7 “For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of truth.” ESV
Now, this verse was the apostle Paul warning Timothy, a young pastor, of how to spot false teachers and false prophets. Even in Biblical times there were those who were using Christianity as a means to emotionally manipulate people. Wow. Not that my hair is NEARLY as crucial as my SOUL, but I can’t help but see a parallel between sisters who become emotionally crippled by depending on false doctrine that feeds their insecurities and sisters who become obsessed with commentary on their tresses because it affirms their beauty. The women Paul was talking about were injured and damaged, therefore it was easy for these manipulators to capture their attention. Also, they were band wagoners. Wherever the running fad is coming from is where they want to be. Where they NEED to be. This gives them a sense of belonging. Talking incessantly about our hair does not help us “belong” with each other. It keeps us distracted FROM each other. We become trapped in a constant cycle of narcissism; identifying with our hair rather than letting the hair become part of our identity.
Let’s try a fresh approach. Let’s talk about our hair as much as we talk about our teeth or our kneecaps. Naturalistas set their hair free from the pretense of chemical processing NOT so they can draw attention to their waves every chance they get. They do it because they want their hair to be as free as their spirit. Don’t entertain Anti-Naturalista’s in their obsessions. There may be some deeper emotional and spiritual needs there that manifest in their hair fetish. Let’s encourage our girlfriends to define themselves not their curl type.
Can I just take a minute to say…I HATE detangling my hair! I mean, seriously. Just typing the word makes my tongue go dry and I start to perspire slightly on my top lip!! C’mon you guys!! I can NOT be alone in this! Really! Doesn’t the tension in your neck begin to build from Wednesday night just thinking about the effort that Saturday is going to entail. Now, I know some sisters have these AMAZING regimines which include finger detangling, copious amounts of some exotic oil, two strand twisting or some such styling and several hours of romantic comedies. As much as I aspire to such dedication with my ‘fro, I would be a liar of the highest degree to even remotely claim that I ascribe to the same disciplines. For me, my extra wide tooth comb, a new botte of Burt’s Bees conditioner and an uninterrupted shower (thanks to hubby running interference with the kiddos) and that is all I’ve got in me. Or, in that case, time for! I know I should then graduate to the, slightly finer, wide tooth comb and then protectively style to ensure stretching my coils and ensuring a better detangle next time. That amongst mountains of other advice that I am sure I should be taking to make the experience less traumatic next time around….but do I do it…..nah! Apparently, though my left brain knows what should be done, my free spirit, hippie right brain somehow still believes that the Detangle Fairy will appear on Friday night and I will arise Saturday morning with easily manuverable tresses! Don’t bet your Kinky~Curly on it!! How is it we can know better but not do better?
Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” NKJV
It is so easy to slide into old habits….and to justify them! Even when we know that doing things the right way may be more challenging but will save us headache in the long run. Yet, somehow we wallow in the stubborness of it all. Really, avoiding the “tangles” of life has more to do with busying ourselves doing what we should be doing. Then there is less room to fall into it if we are too busy doing theopposite of it. In this verse, Paul was telling us all to basically stick to what we know works! Once we understand the freedom we have in Christ, stand firm in it so that we don’t allow the slavery of sin to take us hostage! A steady regimine of communing with the Lord will definitely cut down on having to do major Spirtual Surgery on a regular basis! It doesn’t have to be a complex regimine, just something tailored to our Spiritual needs and sincere to the soul. Detangling the difficult areas of our life is a daily process. It must be done carefully and steadily. Prepare to loose a few things and sometimes we have to cut some knots out! But the Holy Spirit is a great conditioner and He can make the process a whole lot smoother if we allow Him!
For all of my Dominican Sista’s, here is a different take on the natural hair journey from Miss Rizos who resides in the Dominican Republic.
Here is a little info about her:
Mi nombre es Carolina y aunque me críe la mayoría de mi vida en los EE.UU, soy Dominicana de pura cepa. Ya llevo dos años viviendo en nuestra hermosa media isla y tengo que admitir que me encanta el calorcito. Hace un año y pico decidí cortarme el cabello y lucir mis rizos naturales. Fue algo que quería hacer desde hace muchos años pero el miedo a como me vería y al rechazo de la sociedad, no me dejaba. Por fin, y después de 15 años desrizándome decidí hacerlo.
Me mataba la curiosidad de ver mi cabello natural ya que nunca duraba mas de dos meses sin desrizarlos. Cada ves que tenia crecimiento, me ponía a jugar con el y a pensar como luciría. Mas allá de la curiosidad, quería darle un chin de amor a mi pobre cabellito que fue violentado tantas veces con secadores, blowers, planchas y desrizados. Yo me comencé a preguntar por que le llamaban malo, difícil de manejar, y por que me tenían que matar las ondas.
Hay gente que decide hacerlo poco a poco pero hubo una batalla, que batalla, fue mas una guerra de texturas en mi cabeza y finalmente el cabello afro, gano. No puedo negar que fueron muchas las veces que llore por que me sentía fea y dique como un hombre. Pero esos mismos sentimiento y ese mismo proceso me ayudaron a deconstruir todas esas ideas erróneas. La verdad es que hoy puedo decir que me siento increíblemente hermosa y cómoda con mi cabello y por eso estoy aquí, en este espacio.
Esta pagina fue creada para contestar muchas de esas preguntas que yo tuve y que ahora tienen muchas de mis amigas que están pensando o que quieren solta en banda el desrizado y dejar sus rizos simplemente ser. Llámales como tu quieras rizos, afro, crespo, cabello natural, el punto es que son tuyos y son hermosos sin importar la textura, dale un poco de cariñito y trátalo bien!
When you go natural after spending years relaxing your hair, you join a somewhat sacred sorority! I didn’t realize that I had even been initiated until the first time I passed a fellow ”Big Chop” whom I didn’t know and she gave me a knowing smile and polite head nod. I instinctively did the same…what is that? A secret handshake?! It isn’t something you have to talk about with EVERY natural sister you meet…its this silent understanding that behind that new strut brimming with self-assured confidence there is a vanity full of shea butter, aloe juice, miscellaneous conditioners and random oils that are being mixed and matched to DEATH searching for the magic combo to grow the fro!! Too much!! I just want to get everyone letter jackets and learn a step routine! LOL!! All the members of Nu Phi Lambda (Natural for Life) throw your sign in the air! ROFLMBO!!
Psalm 133:1 “Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!”
Sisters of all shades don’t always get along like we should. It’s like Spike Lee’s “School Daze”…. but without all the cool musical numbers. Personally, I don’t want to hear anything about racism from any of us until we can treat each other with a little more respect. Affirming our different shapes and hues creates an environment of security that allows us all to blossom in a healthy way. We are all more beautiful when the beauty is reflected off of each other. There is no skin too dark or too light, no hair too silky or woolly and no body too lean or thick that we cannot admire and encourage each other in our efforts to bring out our best “selves”. I think that’s what the Master Artist had in mind when he pulled the colors from the sun and earth and painted his children. After all…when the letter jacket goes on, aren’t we suddenly all wearing the same colors?
I’ve heard about ‘good hair’ a lot growing up. It hit me everywhere I went; Walking into a classroom, eating during lunchtime, playing soccer, or riding home on the bus. Everyone wanted me to know that my hair was ‘good’. Mom told me never to let random people play, touch, or feel my hair…
“The same hair products that worked then, work now.
Sometimes true, but I would recommend checking the label because products change. There are newer products made specifically for natural hair or loc that work more effectively and can help you achieve the same…
Recipe of the Day: Girl Scout Samoas Chicken Tenders and Noodle Salad
I am not a Girl Scout, but I have eaten plenty of Girl Scout cookies. When I got a chance to participate in the Girl Scouts of Western Washington Cookie Recipe Contest, I jumped right in. I picked up 5 boxes of cookies, a combination of Samoas, Thin Mints, and Trefoilsand headed back to my kitchen. I won’t lie, I opened up a box of Thin Mintsand ate a few right away, just to get the creative juices flowing. Creating a recipe with the cookies was going to be a challenge. I wanted the cookie to stand out and be an integral part of the recipe. At the end, I choseSamoas - “Tender vanilla cookies, covered with caramel, rolled in toasted coconut, and striped with a rich, chocolatey coating.”
Instead of creating a dessert recipe, I chose to go in a savory direction. I crushed the cookies in a food processor and used them in combination with Panko crumbs, almonds, and Szechuan and Cayenne peppers as a coating for chicken tenders. And because you can never have enough cookies, I added extra Samoas to the rice noodle salad.
Girl Scout Samoas Chicken Tenders and Noodle Salad
For the Chicken 8 Samoas 1/4 cup almonds 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs 1 teaspoon ground Szechuan pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground Cayenne pepper pinch of salt 1/3 cup spicy brown mustard 1 pound chicken tenderloins
For the Dressing 2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon lime juice 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard 1 Serrano chile, seeded and minced pinch of salt 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
For the Salad 8 ounces rice stick noodles 1 cup red bell pepper, julienned 1 cup jicama, julienned 1 orange, cut into segments 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons mint, roughly chopped 2 Samoas, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons toasted almonds, roughly chopped
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil; set a cooling rack on top of the baking sheet.
2. Pulse Samoas and almonds in a food processor (separately), until coarsely ground. Combine Samoas, almonds, bread crumbs, pepper and salt in a bowl. This is the coating for the chicken tenders.
3. Brush chicken tenders with spicy brown mustard. Press the tenders into the Samoas coating and place on top of a cooling rack.
4. Bake the chicken tenders for 30 minutes, flipping half way through.
5. While the chicken tenders are baking, cook the rice noodles according to the package directions.
6. In a large bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Once cooked, rinsed, and drained, add the noodles to the dressing and toss to combine.
7. Add the remaining salad ingredients to the noodles.
8. Serve the Samoas chicken tenders on top of the salad.
When it comes to developing a recipe, you can never know exactly how it will turn out until you eat it. I can’t tell you how many people warned me that chicken and Samoas would be a weird combination. Eat your words! :) This salad came together like a happy troop of Girls Scouts. Spicy and sweet at the same time, this is a healthy and fun way to enjoy Samoas for lunch. And go ahead, have a few extra for dessert!
The Misadventure of Bow Legged Leeka and Kermit the Frog…
Yes, I know that this little old frog seems harmless, but lets really look at the culprit. Yes, he is small and yes, he seems helpless, but this little bugger has harassed me quite a bit. Hanging out in doorways waiting to pounce on his prey. Many times have we tussled…usually in a panic but I always prevail. He has infiltrated my living room, bedroom and doorways. I’ve had casualties such as key chains, brooms and shoes to say the least. I’ve been displaced in my own home because of Kermit…but in the end, I was victorious. Needless to say from the photo, he hasn’t given up and is still waiting…for his revenge.
Alrighty! For those who may have a hard time reading the scrawl on this little piece of paper, I will help you out. It says, “I Love My Mommy. My Daddy Loves Dogs.” This scathing observation was recorded by our resident poet, Doodle, when she was 4 years old. We laughed about it for days, but in my infinite wisdom I tore the prose from the notebook in which she had scribbled it and saved it on the refridgerator. I know you’re thinking, “What a sentimental mom!” Please don’t get confused! As the laughter rang through the house, I knew that this seemingly benign piece of whimsy would someday serve as evidence. Evidence to dispel the apparently popular conception that we in the Cox house are simply CRAZY for each other! Well, I mean…..we ARE crazy for each other….but, even a CHILD can see that there is one love that trumps all…..dogs. Devon….loves….dogs. This is something that goes unquestioned at SRB. Now the actual relevance of this tidbit of information will reveal itself in due course. But I needed to set this up properly so you know from whence the rest will come!
Now, let me be fair. I love dogs too! I mean it’s serious. For Valentine’s Day this year I was still recouperating from the flu. Devon asked me what I wanted and the only thing I could come up with was some Italian food and us sitting in front of the television watching The Westminster Kennel Club Show! Seriously! That’s all I wanted!! There are many breeds that we admire for many different reasons. But a good looking dog is gonna get our attention no matter the type! So, what is so PROFOUND about Kaiya’s first attempt at haiku is NOT that Devon loves dogs. It’s that in her humble opinion, Daddy loves dogs the way that SHE loves ME! The love connection between her dad and myself doesn’t seem to register at all!
Kids are painfully honest and I think Devon was amazed that his love for canines was so OBVIOUS!!! What can I say? The Kids definitely keep it real! More to come, y’all…..
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