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Twan Says: Clear Skin

So every Wednesday I’m going to post videos on my YouTube & on here giving you guys tips about different remedies for certain ailments. Today’s video is about acne prone skin. If you have acne that just won’t go away, I suggest that you use Shea Moisture’s African black soap face wash & the toner! & Just so you know, just because it has African black soap in it doesn’t mean it’s specifically for African/African American people. Learn more about it here:

 

So You Wanna Be Healthy: Herbs & Crystals for Chakra Healing

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If you keep up with my blog, you probably have seen my posts about each one of the chakras. If you haven’t, let me give you some info on them. Well, the word Chakra is Sankrit for “wheel”. Chakras are the 7 wheels or energy centers in our body that help keeps our mind, body, & spirit balanced. But when our chakras aren’t aligned we become exposed to diseases (mental, physical, & spiritual). Some ways to heal your chakras back to health are by using crystals & herbs. Herbs & crystals have very powerful vibrations that are able to connect us back to mother earth. That’s probably why they have been used for centuries to heal many different ailments. They help to stimulate your chakras & clear the psychic debris. It also has a great effect on your physical body!

Here’s some herbs & crystals that will heal your chakras!

Root chakra (red): Responsible for making us feel grounded physically & emotionally. When imbalanced, you may have issues with your legs, feet, rectum, or your immune system. You may also experience feelings of depression, anger, or may feel scattered.

Herbs: dandelion root, sage, ginger, or elderflowers
Crystals: carnelian or snowflake obsidian

Sacral Chakra (orange): Responsible for our creativity & sexual energy. It’s also responsible for our manifestations. When imbalanced, you may experience eating disorders, reproductive issues, urinary tract infections, anxiety, phobias, & fevers

Herbs: calendula flowers or hibiscus
Crystals: citrine or peach moonstone

Solar Plexus Chakra (yellow): Responsible for our thoughts & self control. When imbalanced, you may experience low self-esteem, depression, & anxiety. You may also experience issues with your digestive system, liver, or kidneys as well.

Herbs: rosemary, fennel root, or ginger root
Crystals: sunstone or tiger’s eye

Heart Chakra (green): Responsible for expressing love, compassion, & forgiveness. When imbalanced, you may experience a disconnection from others, issues with love yourself or others, a lack of empathy, poor circulation, lack of motivation, & the inability to heal.

Herbs: hawthorne berry
Crystals: rose quartz or green tourmaline

Throat Chakra (light blue): Responsible for our self expression, speech, & communication. When imbalanced, you may experience issues with your thyroid, laryngitis, co-dependency, may feel like you can’t express your thoughts or feelings, lack of confidence, of difficulty in thinking before speaking.

Herbs: red clover blossom or lemon grass
Crystals: lapis lazuli or gem silica

Third Eye Chakra (indigo): Responsible for our intuition. It’s also the seat of our consciousness (pineal gland). When imbalanced, you may experience issues with connecting to your intuition, lack of imagination, weakness in the ears or eyes, headaches, insomnia, or nightmares.

Herbs: mint, eyebright, or lemon (I know this isn’t a herb but it helps!)
Crystals: labadorite or cat’s eye moonstone

Crown Chakra (purple): Responsible for connecting us to the universal or source energy. Also, it’s responsible for wisdom & enlightenment. When imbalanced, you may feel out of touch with your divinity, lack of direction or purpose, nervous system difficulties, or mental illnesses.

Herbs: lavender, lotus root or petals
Crystals: amethyst or quartz

Here’s some links you should check out (just so you some links have different opinions about which herbs/crystals go with each chakras but I provided the links so you can make your own judgement):

http://www.spiritherbs.com/seven_herbs_for_seven_chakras.htm

Healing the Seven Chakras with Herbs

How to Balance and Align Your Chakras Using Herbs

http://www.auracacia.com/chakras/chakra-balancing/chakra-crystals-gemstones.php

**If you’re pregnant please consult your doctor before consuming any of these herbs**

The Heart Chakra

Do you know what chakras are? Well according to mindbodygreen.com chakras are  the energy centers in our body in which energy flows through. Blocked energy in our 7 Chakras can often lead to illness so it’s important to understand what each chakra represents & what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely.

Today, I’m going to be talking about the heart chakra:

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This is the Sanskrit symbol & word for the heart chakra (Made by me. 16×20″, $50)

Email me at TwanKaikpo@gmail.com to purchase!

The heart chakra is the “wellspring” of love, warmth, compassion, & joy. It’s located at your heart centre. It’s also the centre of your deep emotional bonds with other beings, your sense of caring, & compassion, your feelings of self love, altruism, generosity, & respect. It’s the unifying & healing chakra because love is the ultimate healing force. The energy of this chakra allows us to recognize & get in touch with the sacred & fundamental truth that runs through all life & connects everything together. This chakra allows you to live through your heart which inspires kindness & compassion in others. When this chakra is open you can give & receive love easily. When blocked it’s hard for you to be openly loving in relationships & makes you think you don’t deserve love. To be open to love is to reach to the deepest part of your soul.

The Solar Plexus Chakra

Do you know what chakras are? Well according to mindbodygreen.com chakras are  the energy centers in our body in which energy flows through. Blocked energy in our 7 Chakras can often lead to illness so it’s important to understand what each chakra represents & what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely.

Today, I’m going to be talking about the solar plexus chakra:

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This is the Sanskrit word & symbol for the solar plexus (made by me!)

The solar plexus is all about who you are. It’s located between the upper stomach & the naval. The gift of this chakra is sensing your personal power, being confident, being responsible, will power, as well as the warmth in your personality. This chakra allows you to meet challenges & move forward in your life. The challenge of this chakra is to use your personal power in a balanced manner. Be proactive rather than reactive or inactive. If there’s excessive energy in this chakra the person will be prone to emotional outbursts & will be stressed out. A blocked solar plexus will make a person passive & inactive. A balanced solar plexus give you the ability to move forward with confidence & power. Self love, self acceptance, & acknowledgement of your own self worth removes blockages from this chakra.

The Sacral Chakra

Do you know what chakras are? Well according to mindbodygreen.com chakras are  the energy centers in our body in which energy flows through. Blocked energy in our 7 Chakras can often lead to illness so it’s important to understand what each chakra represents & what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely.

Today, I’m going to be talking about the sacral chakra:

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This is the Sanskrit word & symbol for the sacral chakra (made by me).

This is the chakra of passion & pleasure. It’s located in the pelvic area. It allows you to experience life through feelings, emotions, sensuality, intimacy, & connections. It also allows you to let go, move, feel change, & transformation occurring within your body. The challenge of this chakra is the conditioning of our society. It is frowned upon to express our emotions & passion. We’re taught not to lose control so we become disconnected from our bodies & feelings as a result. Society creates struggles with sexuality. They magnify/glorify it but also reject it which creates blockages or excessive use of the sacral chakra. This chakra is also the chakra of creativity & where your fertility originates.

The Root Chakra

Do you know what chakras are? Well according to mindbodygreen.com chakras are  the energy centers in our body in which energy flows through. Blocked energy in our 7 Chakras can often lead to illness so it’s important to understand what each chakra represents & what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely.

Today, I’m going to be posting about the root chakra:

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This is the Sanskrit word & symbol for the root chakra (made by me). The root chakra deals with the instinctual need for survival. It is found at the root of your spine. Safety, survival, grounding, family, boundaries, & new beginnings are all associated with the root chakra. Family wounds & tribal beliefs are also stored here. Inheritance of tribal programming of 1st & 2nd generation immigrants to the U.S. is prevalent here. You can change your life by looking at blockages caused by beliefs tied to family loyalty/expectations that aren’t serving your highest good. By healing this chakra you can facilitate healing in all other chakras.

So…

Heyyy guys! So over the weekend I did some thinking. I’ve decided that I’m going to dedicate my blog to more spiritual topics. I feel like my purpose is to bring healing to others through my words. & I feel like I can do that through telling people about holistic healing methods, astrology, & any other cool spiritual topics I stumble upon. But don’t worry, I’ll still  give you cool fashion, beauty tips, & talk about cool music hahaha. Just thought I should update y’all on that! Stay tuned though! Today I’m going to be posting about the 2nd house in astrology!

Beauty Item of the Week: Blue Magic Coconut Oil

If you’re “team natural” like myself I know it’s hard to find the right products that will add moisture to your hair without making it greasy! Also, it’s hard to find a product that doesn’t leave so much yucky build-up. When you have dreads, that’s crucial because it’s so easy for build-up & dirt to get stuck between the new growth & where the locked part of the dread begins. It’s SOOO hard to wash out! I believe I have finally found one of the best (& cheapest) hair products sent from the gods of natural hair heaven. It adds moisture to your hair, it’s lightweight, & it doesn’t leave all that build-up so it’s easy to wash out! What is it? If you haven’t guessed by now from the title it’s Blue Magic Coconut Oil Hair Conditioner! 

  
DO NOT BE ALARMED! It says hair conditioner but it’s not the kind you have to wash out! I know y’all remember Blue Magic! I remember getting the blue kind & the green kind for 3 or 4 bucks at the beauty supply store when I was a kid. It would be in a big ass jar. I discovered Blue Magic Coconut Oil one day when I wandered into the family dollar down the street from my mom’s house. It was about $3 & change so I was like “nah bruh I have to buy this…I love coconut oil & I love Blue Magic”. I’ve been in love ever since! I use it to moisturize my scalp & re-twist my dreads. It makes my hair so shiny & feel so soft! I let my boyfriend use it on his dreads & now he’s in love too. I have bad news though guys…sometimes it’s hard to find this kind because it’s not as popular as the blue & green kind. Someone should write Blue Magic a strongly worded letter telling them their coconut oil “flavor” is one of the best hair products ever made! Also, they have to make sure they sell it at every beauty supply store & every “ethnic” hair care section in walmart & family dollar. Anyway…readers you should totally buy this product.

Tip: Use this product when your hair is damp for the best results. Also don’t use big globs of it in your hair. You will just be asking for a big greasy mess!

So You Wanna Be Healthy: St. John’s Wart

Now-a-days, people are becoming less dependent on doctors & traditional medicine. It seems like herbs (not the “herbs” that you puff puff pass, hahaha) are making a major come back because of the natural healing effects it has on the body even though they have been around for centuries. Herbs are even becoming more accessible because they come in capsule form, which brings me to the topic of this post: St. John’s Wart. 

  
St. John’s Wart is also known as hypericum perforatum & is considered a “holy herb”. That’s because during the Middle Ages people believed that the herb helped to protect people from curses, demons, & lightening. Many studies have shown that it can be used to treat mild cases of depression. It can also be used to treat OCD, mood swings, & PMS. New studies say that this herb can be used to treat/cure HIV/AIDS, herpes, & certain kinds of cancer because of it’s ability to strengthen your immune system. It also interferes with the release of viral cells. St John’s Wart with the help of a healthy diet, exercise, & positive thinking you’ll be able to bounce back (from whatever ailment your trying to bounce back from) in no time. My experience with St. John’s Wart was a good one even though I just ran out & haven’t gotten more. I noticed my moods were more balanced & that I had an overall sense of well being. I also noticed that my cramps were less intense during that time of the month! But as you know everything comes with side effects & everyone has different responses to different things. That’s why this post is a bit short & not as detailed. I want you to do your research & try it for yourself (especially if you want to use St. John’s Wart oil topically or use the herb for tea). If you’re gonna take the capsules, follow the directions on the bottle. Also if you’re pregnant it’s best that you consult your doctor before experimenting with this. 

Here’s some other things St. John’s wart can be used to treat:

  • Burns (topically)
  • Bruises (topically)
  • Bed wetting
  • Malaria 
  • Lung problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Tuberculosis
  • Uterine cramping
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Asthma
  • Hangovers
  • Alcoholism

(Source: http://www.mountainherb.com)

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