Are you looking for a natural alternative for a healthier body and beautiful skin, without the dreadful expenses a day spa? Well… you will be surprised to know that the answer can be found in practically every home or at your local grocery store. In fact, you can experience your very own luxurious spa experience in the comfort of your own home while on a budget!
Anti-aging Facial Beauty Secret Revealed!
The breathtaking, ageless beauty of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, was often attributed to her elaborate milk and honey baths. I say, if it was good enough for Cleopatra, it’s good enough for me! For most of my life, I’ve been indulging in this knowledge the secret beauty recipe of my grandma (“Mama”), using a blend of honey and raw or spoiled milk. The recipe can provide numerous benefits to your face. From moisturizing your skin, to minimizing unappealing wrinkles lines; milk is a perfect beauty treatment. When used as a facial mask, it can reduce acne and maintain a radiant youthful glow. Beyond that, raw milk contains alpha hydroxy acids, offering a gentle peel that exfoliates all skin types.
But wait…there is more! Milk also naturally cleans and tightens pores, while normalizes oily skin textures. As you can see—milk does do the body a whole lot of good!
Let’s Talk About Honey
Besides being a delicious natural sugar substitute and beauty secret, honey is a holistic home remedy that benefits the body in more ways than you can ever imagine—including your age!
When combined with raw or spoil milk, the mixture can help to provide an anti-aging recipe, promoting a youthful and radiant glow.
Let’s face it…honey is absolutely an amazing natural alternative we can all grow to appreciate and should include in our pantries. For example, honey was eaten by early Ethiopians to remove parasites and worms from the body. It was also combined with Eucalyptus and used by Middle Eastern countries, as a remedy for coughs, allergies, asthma, tuberculosis and bronchitis.
If you accidently bruise your body or cut yourself, apply a little honey to your wound helps. Not only does it help heal the wounds quickly and stop bleeding, but it can help kill the germs with its ability to fight bacteria.
So, there you have it. Mama’s secret is now your secret to share. Remember you are what you eat—with honey, you are always sweet.
Mama’s Secret Recipe
3 Tablespoons honey
4 Tablespoons of warm milk
1 White washcloth
1 Bowl of warm water
1 Bowl of cold water
- Combine milk and honey. Stir until smooth.
- Apply mixture to face and neck, avoiding eyes and mouth. Allow mask to sit for 10- 15 minutes.
- Massage face and neck.
- Remove mask with warm water and washcloth, using gentle small circular motions.
- Rinse washcloth and apply cold water to face to close and tighten your pores.
Other DIY Relaxing Home Spa Treatments & Benefits
Tired Puffy Eyed
Are you eyes tired and need immediate relief? Consider using cucumbers. Cucumbers has anti-inflammatory properties that helps in reducing puffiness. It can also reduce dark circles and increase circulation around the eyes.
To begin this treatment, slice cucumbers into thin circular pieces and place over the eyes for 10-15 minutes. You may also choose to apply a sugar or coffee mask simultaneously for a complete facial treatment.
Sugars scrubs can be used on the entire body to gently exfoliate and remove dead or dry skin. It also retains moisture and improves blood circulation. You can also replace the sugar with ground coffee to help tighten the skins and reduce cellulite as well.
Here’s all you need:
¼ cup of brown/ white sugar or ground coffee
5-6 drops of geranium oil, frankincense and grapefruit oil.
1-3 Tbl spoon of coconut oil. (Other alternate oils such as jojoba, avocado, olive, sesame, or almond oil can used instead.)
- Place sugar/coffee and oil ingredients in a bowl and mix together. The consistency should mimic wet sand.
- While in the shower, the tub or just because you are ready to renew treat yourself— gently apply mixture in a circular motion to your face or entire body. After 5-10 minutes, rinse with water and pat dry with a towel.
Relaxing Infused Herbal Drinks & Teas
Relax, Hydrate & Detox
All you need is a few stems of spearmint or any mint leaves of your choice with a slice of lime/lemon to 8 ounces of water and you are ready to enjoy a relaxing refreshing drink. This not only hydrate the body, but also helps to detoxify unwanted intruder.
Detox and Immune Booster
Personally, I refer to begin my day or spa treatment with my favorite detoxifying tea. It not only tastes delicious, but can also boot my immune system, and help detoxify by body too. It is also easy to make. To get started all you need is:
1 cup of hot water
A hand full of your favorite mint.
½ freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
2 tablespoons of ginger.
Add ingredients to cup, submerge in boiling hot water and cover with a saucer or plate. Let sit for 3-4 minutes and slow sip.
Now you have a few more tips on how to relax and create your own spa escape at home. Visit the rest of my website meobachi.com for additional resources and products to enhance your total wellbeing.
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HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE DIY WEED KILLER
If you are looking for a cost-effective way to fight those dreadful weeds this spring and summer—look no further. I have a homemade solution that works within hours. It is excellent for flowerbeds, parks, and safe to use on pavers too. What’s even better—is most of the necessary ingredients can be found in practically everyone’s kitchen. All you need are the following ingredients, and you are ready to go to work
1 cup of table salt (rock salt is optional)
1 gallon of vinegar
1 ounce of dishwashing liquid
1 garden sprayer
- Place all ingredients into the garden sprayer, shake well, and you are ready to tackle your weeds.
- Spray affect areas, including the base of the weeds.
- It is essential to clean the tip of the sprayer after each use. In some instances, the salt may become harden over time and clog the nozzle.
- Avoid spraying weed killing formula around areas with an incline that leads to a garden bed with flowers you desire to keep alive. I found that when it rains, the run-off could potentially drain into the beds and kill or damage flowers, plants, and grass in that area.
- Avoid applying weed-killing solutions on rainy days. This formula most effective when used on hot sunny days. As for myself, I generally check the weather to ensure I have at least three or more consecutive days without rain before applying my solution.The hotter, the better as well. The weeds tend to die much quicker during the hot summer days.
Before weed treatment 24 hours after weed treatment
Now you have all you need to maintain a beautiful garden or paved driveway free of those dreadful weeds. If you have any additional questions, please share it in the comment sections below.
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If you ever had the chance to experience the exotic taste of ackee and saltfish, you will probably never forget it. This yummy exotic dish acquired its name from the two main ingredients—ackee and saltfish and is Jamaica’s national dish. It is one of the most popular breakfast served amongst our native islanders and definitely one of my favorites.
Although I can acquire the ingredients (canned ackee) here in the United States. It can never outdo the salivating taste of freshly picked ackee and saltfish back home in Jamaica.
What Is Ackee?
From what I know about ackee, it is a native fruit of West Africa and made its way to the Caribbean around the early 1700-1800s during the slave trade. It is best eaten cooked and loaded with numerous nutritional health benefits. From the lowing of blood pressure to strengthening the bones to maintaining blood stability and improving heart functions—ackee is definitely an exotic delicacy to include on your next meal “bucket list.”
Other benefit includes:
- High protein content
- Aids the digestive system
- Boost immunity
- Improve blood circulation
What is Saltish?
Well, the term “saltfish” provides us a clue. Basically, it is codfish preserved with salt to extend the shelve life for several years. Throughout many Caribbean islands, it is also known as bacalhau, baccala, and bacalao. However, back home in Jamaica, it is known as saltfish or cod fish.
As for the nutritional benefits—it is packed with protein and low in fat. Other dietary benefits include omega-3s, various vitamins, and minerals. However, the sodium content is high because of the curing process. Nutritionist recommends limiting excess consumption of saltfish for individuals diagnosed with high blood pressure, heart, and kidney disease.
Ackee & Saltfish Recipe
Now that you have a brief history and the benefits of the main ingredients let’s get on with how to prepare this delicious Caribbean cuisine. My personal recipe deviates from the traditional version of using the dried codfish. The customary process requires soaking the fish for a few hours and boiling the fish several times to remove the excess salt. Once the salt is removed, you will have to remove the bones and skin. The entire process may take about 30-45 minutes, including a pungent fishy odor that lingers for hours.
My process uses fresh cod without the salt. It is much simpler to cook, save time, eliminates odor, and taste much fresher!
2 cups of fresh ackee or 1 can of Ackee
1½ lbs. of fresh codfish
½ bell peppers (red, yellow or green)
1 pinch of scotch bonnet pepper
1½-2 tbsp of all-purpose seasoning (I prefer the Maggi’s brand)
2-3 cloves of garlic
½ tsp of black pepper
¼ tsp of pink salt (optional)
1 stalk of chopped scallion
1 medium tomato
2-3 tbsp of coconut oil (olive oil optional)
Preparing Saltfish (traditional version)
- Soak saltfish for 1 hour
- Place cod in a medium pot with about 3 cups of water. Boil for 15 minutes (twice to remove salt)
- Pour off water
- De-bone remove skin and separate into small chunks
1. Pat fish with a paper towel to remove any moisture.
2. Apply seasoning on both sides of cod.
- Boil fresh ackee for 15-20 minutes or until tender or one can of ackee. I also prefer Grace brand.
- Heat (1 tbsp) oil and add salute garlic, tomatoes, scallion, scotch bonnet, and bell peppers until tender.
- Place sautéed mixture in a bowl.
- Add 2 tbsp to skillet and fry cod until golden brown on both sides.
- Using spoon, brake cod into small chunks.
- Once cooked, add sautéed ingredients, blend ingredients, and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add drained ackee.
- Add black pepper and additional all-purpose seasoning if needed.
- Cover and simmer for 2 minutes
- Stir gently. Avoid scrambling the ackee. Doing so will create a mushy texture and make it recipe less appealing.
- Serve with your choice of sides and enjoy!
From my kitchen to yours, I hope you enjoy this delicious meal. Make sure to leave your comments, I would love to hear what you think!
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Did You Know?
Did you know there is funding available for businesses affected by the coronavirus? It sure is!
We recently received an email from our investment broker at The Lighthouse Wealth Management Group with some valuable information. The message stated, “In response to the COVID-19 situation, through several legislative acts, small businesses may be able to obtain federal relief in the form of loans and grants from the US Small Business Administration (SBA)”.
The news about the Coronavirus (COVID 19) Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources was such a relief for our organizations, which already lost hundreds of thousands in revenue as a result of this crisis. Sadly, many of our staff had to file for unemployment to maintain their way of life, care for themselves, and loved ones.
Others have no other choice but to stay home to care for families affected by the virus and can benefit from government stimulus.
The financial relief under certain circumstance does not require the loan to be repaid and can provide significant asistance for struggling companies affected by the pandemic and business interruption.
I assumed other small and large companies may not be aware of the resources available by the Federal Coronavirus Relief Bill (CARES Act) and felt it was necessary to share the information.
As an effort to encourage businesses to do their part to keep themselves, employees, and customers healthy, the government officials have implemented the following programs to provide relief:
- Paycheck Protection Program
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance
- SBA Debt Relief
- SBA Express Bridge Loans
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- SBA Products and Resources
- Government Contracting
- Local Assistance
Small Business Administration (SBA) Dedicated Sites:
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has established a dedicated site that provides details about the latest legislative provision as they are passed. Below is information on how to apply, contact information, the available loan details, and resources to support organizations during this pandemic and economic hardship.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
- COVID-19: SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus Zz8
- Apply for a Loan resources
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources COVID-19: SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
- Questions? Contact the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email email@example.com
Please note we are keeping everyone in our thoughts and prayers and are confident we as a nation, through government and global initiatives, can and will put this pandemic behind us sooner than later. We have to be committed to each other do our part, stay in-tuned to pertinent information, and share the knowledge so that we can all be of better assistance to each other.
We are in this together and can overcome together.
As always, ladies and gentlemen, I am Semone Blair-Walker, committed to helping you look and live your best life, mind, body, and spirit.
For more information on how you can win in life, define your purpose and goals in life, visit my website https://www.meobachi.com/.
You may also obtain a copy of my bestselling book; HOW CAN I WIN? UNLOCKING THE BLUEPRINT TO PERSONAL SUCCESS there as well.
Be blessed always,
“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.” —J.R.R. Tolkien
I recently received a frantic call for help from a dear friend regarding her daughter’s recent trauma.
To my surprise, she was practically in tears and did not know what to do! In a trembling voice, while gasping to find the words to explain her circumstance, she finally revealed the reason for her call.
Apparently, after three weeks of wearing a recent sew-in extension, her teenage daughter could no longer bear the throbbing discomfort and begged her mother to remove it.
At first, they both assumed the same—the continuous tension headache was a result of the tracks sown too tight, but little did they know it more to it than they expected. The painful sensation was her body signaling something is going terribly wrong.
After removing the extensions, the young lady was slightly relief from the tension, but not from the horrible sight. Oozing from her scalp was blood, infectious tissue, pus, and excessive scalp build. Both mother and daughter were in tears, shocked, now feared the worst…HAIR LOSS!
Now this is where the desperate phone call to me began.
From the conversation, I assumed the infection was a result of inflammation caused by fungus or bacteria entering the scalp, which can occur from tightly pulled follicles and damaged skin. If left untreated, it could lead to alopecia (hair loss), severe dandruff, and untreatable skin maladies.
Thankfully, they wasted no time by following my instructions to take immediate action. By doing so, they can adequately treat the infected wound to avoid further damages, as well as promote fast healing and healthy hair growth.
Here are a few home remedies/alternative tips below:
Here are a few home remedies/alternative tips below:
Clean infected area with peroxide or dilute 1 part Listerine to 1 part water, and let soak for about 3-5 minutes.
1. Gently remove excessive scalp buildup with a soft bristle toothbrush.
2. Remove each braid starting from the end, working towards the crown using a medium to large comb or pick depending on the size of the braid.
3. Gently remove dead hair by combing from end to root of hair using pick or comb.
4. After removing braids, ensure hair is detangled and all dead hair are removed. (The average person lose and replace about 80-100 strands per day, so don’t be surprised if excessive dead hair is present).
5. Rinse hair/scalp using a mixture of I cup apple cider vinegar with 4 cups of water.
6. Towel dry (never rinse/shampoo hair without removing dead hair) skipping this process can tangle the hair, create knots, unnecessary breakage, and frustration.
7. For deeper cleansing, I recommend shampooing hair with Meobachi African Black Soap.
8. Apply raw aloe and let scalp dry for one day.
9. Soak 4 cloves of garlic, 10 drops of lavender and rosemary oil extract in 8 ounces of virgin olive oil. (apply each day to promote healing and growth).
10. Continue process 1-2 times per week until recovery is complete.
11. Avoid chemical treatments such as colors, perms, relaxers, excessive heat, and unnecessary tugging of the hair while healing.
Within a few weeks the scalp will return to look and feel much better.
She Is Not Alone
What’s sad about this scenario is this is not an isolated incident, but a common occurrence amongst females in black communities. And…the reason why many beautiful women and young girls are losing their hair. Often their damages are treatable or sadly become the victim of irreversible baldness (alopecia). What’s even sadder, many of these cases could have been avoided and a result of DIY stylists, “kitchenticians (unlicensed hairstylist),” or lack of knowledge, experience, etc.
Over the last 25 years in the beauty industry, I have seen it all. I have also witnessed several women losing practically all their hair from improper hair care. Including, experiencing the shock of an entire head of hair and follicles pulled entirely from the scalp. The woman left the salon practically bald, with only a few strands left in the back (SCARY STUFF). In this case, the cosmetologist failed to perform a proper scalp analysis, which would indicate the client had a preexisting skin disorder that does not permit any extensions.
Further understanding of her disorder would reveal poor air circulation, long periods of tight tension, lack of shampooing, which would contribute to her aggressive hair loss. With proper analysis and consultation, this unfortunate event could have been avoided.
ARE EXTENSIONS BAD OR GOOD FOR ME?
You may be asking the question, “are extensions good or bad?” Well, …let’s say it depends on the health of your scalp and who is providing the service. Having a healthy scalp is a must and a necessity for all forms of extension applications. Whether you are seeking simple cornrows, box braids, sew-ins, or infusions, proper hair and scalp analysis are required to ensure you can obtain the service. I do not recommend getting any of these services if you are currently experiencing chronic scalp disorders and injuries such as:
• seborrheic dermatitis
• chemical burns
• frequent headaches
• dry, itchy scalp
• sensitive /tender scalp
For this reason, I decided to write an article regarding the growing epidemic of hair loss and scalp disorders amongst our black women and girls and what can be done to prevent it.
Before I close, I want to express how I personally enjoy wearing extensions. They are a great confidence booster and provide the opportunity to experiment with multiple hairstyles. They are Fun and can be low maintenance. Moreover, I love the benefit of not having to worry about my natural hair getting damaged from everyday wear tear, the freedom to exercise, and not looking like “who did it and why” afterward.
While wearing my extension, I can hot curl it, cut it, experimentally dye it with bold colors, lay it to the side when I am done, and start the fun aaaaaaaall over again. But…only if my hair and scalp are healthy enough to withstand another go!
Moreover, I want to repeat; it is essential to have your service conducted by a knowledgeable licensed professional or a trusted specialist who understands how to provide proper hair/scalp analysis and haircare services.
If you have any additional questions regarding haircare, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit my website at meobachi.com. or surf on over to my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/MEOBACHI for motivational information on how to look and live your best life—one day at a time!
How to turn fear
In this A-Fest soul conversation, Lisa Nichols boldly teaches us how to hack fear, take the leap, and completely redesign our lives — with a belly full of fear and a heart full of passion. For more inspiration, check out more Mindvalley goodness: http://go.mindvalley.com/SYlmdI0l
What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
How big would you play? Who would you love? Where would you leap? How would the world benefit differently because of who you decided to be? How would the world be a better place to live because fear didn’t have you standing on the edge? How would life be different?
In this awe-inspiring and life-giving A-Fest speech, Lisa Nichols stops by to disrupt any form of mediocrity you may have within you. She helps you ignite your fire, shift your relationship with fear, and ultimately learn how to turn your fear into fuel to redesign your life and play in the biggest field you’ve ever played in.
Why We Lose Out
On Life Because Of The Misjudge Of “Safety”
I saw this picture of a friend’s vacation on Instagram recently and it blew my mind.
Check out the picture above and tell me if you agree?
I didn’t think a place this beautiful could exist in the world.
What you’re seeing there is Kadi Oja, the Director of Mindvalley University Campus sharing a pic from her holiday in Cappadocia, Turkey.
It was just a regular scene in Cappadocia, with hot air balloons lifting tourist up into the sky over a stunningly beautiful historical landscape.
Most of us would probably have a hard time finding Cappadocia on the map without the help of Google, but as you can tell from the pic above, that place is spectacular.
Here’s the thing though…
The US State Department currently lists the whole of Turkey as a “Level 3”, the second most severe of its four travel warnings, indicating that visitors should reconsider travel to the country citing the risks of terrorism and arbitrary detentions.
Of course, the millions of people traveling to this country completely ignore these warnings.
And millions probably avoid this country BECAUSE of the warnings.
As someone who grew up in the developing world, I’ve noticed that western media, especially in America and the UK, have a tendency to paint a picture of most of the world as scary and unsafe.
But are their judgments fair? Or even accurate?
I’m going to share with you my reasoning on pure data. No opinions. Just math. And facts.
And show you that what you’re reading in the US and British press — might actually be causing you to unnaturally ‘fear’ the world.
And thus lose out on experiencing so many beautiful experiences Planet Earth has to offer.
Recently, the issue hit quite close to home.
See, this November, Mindvalley is launching its festival in Bali. Called A-Fest, we’re bringing many amazing speakers to Bali for a remarkable conference.
Except that some people are deeply concerned by our choice of Bali.
Bali is one of the 16,000+ islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago.
And this island, in particular, is magical. Millions of people from all around the world visit Bali for its rich culture, gorgeous beaches, and amazing lifestyle.
But recently, due to an earthquake in the region, people have started to fear visiting Bali. A series of earthquakes rocked the region a few months ago.
For example, around 10 people who signed up to go to A-Fest canceled their tickets citing that they would feel unsafe. It’s understandable, and naturally, we were more than willing to cancel their tickets.
But here’s what’s most intriguing which says a lot about how the human mind magnifies the potential for fear.
First, the earthquake happened 200km away Bali in a neighboring island of Lombok. Bali is not Lombok. 200km is the same distance as Boston to New York. Yet in people’s minds it’s the ‘same region’
Secondly, report says that up to 300 people died because of the earthquake in Lombok.
Now, this number on its own certainly sounds scary.
But what the reports don’t say is that Lombok is an island with 3.1 million inhabitants.
Thirdly, if you do the math, the odds of someone dying from an earthquake in Lombok, is 9.6 out of 100,000.
Until you compare the data that is.
If you look up the data, the odds of dying of gun violence in America is 11.8 out of 100,000 according to the Center for Disease Control.
So why are people canceling their flights to Bali but still heading to the USA for their usual business trips?
Also, notice something else. The earthquake isn’t even in Bali.
It’s 200km away in Lombok. A totally DIFFERENT island.
But in our minds we reduce Lombok and Bali to the same region. And we grossly over-estimate the odds of danger.
And so a number of people expressed fear coming to A-Fest. While continuing their regular lifestyle in the USA oblivious to the dangers of gun violence.
Why do our brains mislead us like this?
Well, it’s got to do with a phenomenon called the neglect of probability bias.
This bias is essentially a flaw in our decision-making process when there’s a level of uncertainty.
Instead of factoring a reasonable level probability of something occurring in the future, which is often nuanced, our brains simply ignore it completely and decides that there’s either a 0% chance of that event happening. Or a 100% chance of event happening.
Nothing in between.
This tends to happen when we read about something scary or threatening in an area, a region or a country unknown to us. Case in point: The exaggerated reports of the risk of an earthquake in Bali (when in reality it happened in Lombok).
This happens all the time from different perspectives too. And America is not immune.
I was recently talking to a couple from Belarus, and I was telling them what an amazing place America is to do a road trip, and it should absolutely be on their bucket list.
Their response caught me by surprise.
“No way. How could we ever go to America? Everyone out there are carrying guns! It’s too dangerous. We could get shot!”
I had to gently correct them and let them know that yes, American rules on guns are batshit-crazy. But that they had nothing to fear.
And so this bias doesn’t just affect which country we decide to visit either.
But it can affect another important aspect of our lives as well.
Politicians have long learned to use our in-built neglect of probability bias to get people to vote based on ludicrous and unfounded ideas.
They use it to vilify certain groups of the population like Muslims, or refugees, or immigrants.
Here’s how it works…
The politician finds a situation where a culture or a people they want to create fear around has done something bad.
Say, an immigrant who murdered someone. Yes this has happened.
They then take this story and repeat in the press over and over and over and over again.
People then naturally fall into this cognitive bias and assume that most immigrants are dangerous, not realizing that when you actually look at the statistics, immigrants are less prone to crime than the average American.
The New York Times did a brilliant scientific piece on this “The Myth of the Criminal Immigrant” if you’re curious. Read it here.
Yes Trump of the USA, Nigel Farage of the Brexit scam etc — all use false data and fake fear to scare people to vote for them. The neglect of probability bias is a brilliant voting tactic for men with few morals.
So, the next time you read something scary in the news, and you feel like it’s affecting a decision like canceling a trip to Turkey or Bali – ask yourself:
Could I be falling for the neglect of probability bias?
Or is there more to this news than what is actually being reported?
Once you’ve answered these questions, only then should you make your decision.
I just got back from Bali where I was attending a 600 person wedding. I was there with my mom, dad and wife (pic below). It was amazing.
And I’m heading back there for A-Fest and taking the Mindvalley community and even my kids.
For those of you who are coming to A-Fest Bali, I’ll be there and I can’t wait to see you there. Earthquakes be damned. 🙂