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Take Me to the Muddy Water!

Water is essential to our well-being and very existence in the physical realm. In a spiritual context, water is a cleansing and healing agent. Christian converts are either baptized in or sprinkled with holy water. In the Bible, there’s a story about a “crippled man” who sat by the Pool of Bethesda each day, waiting for the angels to “trouble” the water hoping someone would move out of the way and dip him in so that he might be healed. The Islamic faith speaks of water as a symbol of Allah’s mercy and benevolence. Offering water at a Buddhist shrine shows one’s desire to cultivate virtues of calmness, clarity, and purity. So what happens when we muddy the waters? Does the power decrease? Will it still cleanse us? Does it maintain the same healing properties? Great questions, my friends. My answer – It all depends upon the agent that was added to make it muddy.

Muddy water is a blend of diatomaceous earth (DE) and water. When the white, powdery DE is added to the crystal clear water, it becomes muddy and no longer tastes pure. Don’t let the visual or the taste fool you. This muddy looking chalky tasting beverage can change your healing game. It’s not a miracle cure, yet you may want to give the muddy water a try. I’ll tell you a little more about this great ally.

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DE is composed of 85% silica and a few other trace minerals like calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, copper, zinc, iron, phosphorous, and selenium. Silica is an instrumental part of human ligaments, cartilage, and musculature. This amazing mineral is missing in our food supply these days so natural supplementation is a good idea. The most easy and affordable way to get it is to mix 1-3 tablespoons of DE with purified or distilled water and drink up.

Here are a few health benefits of muddy water.

  • Growing hair in persistent bald spots (even helps with male pattern baldness and alopecia in many cases).
  • Growing strong, healthy hair and nails.
  • Repairing muscles and bones.
  • Balancing cholesterol levels.
  • “Killing” excessive candida and some parasites in your digestive tract causing yeast infections, thrush, brain fog, inability to focus, excema, allergies, itching, and many digestive issues to say “bye-bye.”
  • Removing heavy metals and toxins from your body with the assistance of chlorella, red clover, and/or cilantro.

Of course, eating clean is a must if you want to see optimal benefits. Otherwise, you’re just putting old wine in new wine skins. Oh yeah. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Do not consume DE if you are experiencing kidney issues.
  • Only consume food grade DE.
  • Do not stand in the cloudy powdery residue in the air when you add it to the water. Once it settles, then mix it. Inhaling DE powder can be harmful to your lungs. Look at it under a microscope and see just how sharp the silica can be.
  • Start with one tablespoon to see how your body responds.
  • Stop consuming DE immediately if you experience stomach pains.
  • Drink extra water when consuming DE and be sure to eat fibrous food to prevent constipation.
  • DE alone will not get rid of every single parasite in your digestive system and bloodstream. So, consider black walnut powder, wild oregano oil, cloves, and wormwood as a companions if you’re cleansing. Different substances are required to get rid of parasites at different stages of growth.
  • DE alone will not get rid of all forms of eczema, allergies, or itching. Adding olive leaf infusions or extracts can be helpful.
  • Remember, this information is for educational purposes only and doesn’t replace the advice of a medical doctor.

I’d love to hear about your experiences with the muddy water. Feel free to sing your favorite Negro spiritual when preparing the drink. Songs like Take Me To the Water. If you’ve been to any baptism service, you have probably heard that song a million times – Take me to the water. Take me to the water. Take me to the water. To be baptized. There are so many verses. And if you have a really creative pastor, he/she might make up verses if there are a large number of people to be baptized. Watch out now! I just might make a video to show you just how well I know this song. Just kidding. I won’t torture you like that. Just have some muddy water and let me know what you experience after a week of faithful consumption. Take me to the muddy water!

Love and light!

 

 

 

Go Back to Go Forward – My Natural Hair Journey

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Sometimes, you have to go back to go forward.

As many of you know, I have worn my hair natural, then “texlaxed” it using the mildest PhytoSpecific formula. Many of you may be wondering why I went back to chemicals? I have one word – Convenience. Natural hair takes time unless you’re wearing an afro or not following a solid hair care regimen. So, I went back to what I knew – relaxing and wrapping my hair each night. I still maintained my hair with natural and high quality products like henna, avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, aloe vera juice, coconut milk, and apple cider vinegar. My hair grew beautifully for a few months and then IT happened. That dreadful line of demarcation caused breakage. Since I was rocking a short cut and I believed in stretching a texlaxer, I actually had more new growth than texlaxed hair. The breakage was a result of the line of demarcation issue where the natural hair was heavier than the texlaxed hair. Y’all know the deal. So what did I do? I cut the texlaxed hair out.

So, I was back to my natural hair yet I still wanted a straight look with low manipulation so I started using a temporary thermal straightening system. With my natural hair food regimen, this option worked well until the summer heat came along. Plus, I refused to use the shampoo and conditioner that came with the kit. It was supposed to help with reversion but I was dedicated to my coconut milk and aloe vera option for regular washes and apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay for clarifying washes. After two weeks, my hair was back to being poofy and I was unable to wrap it so that’s when I did the most heinous thing ever. I started straightening it with my blow dryer on a cool setting and my flat iron on 325 degrees. Of course, my hair didn’t stay straight.

At that point, I decided to wash my hair with a clarifying shampoo to reverse the temporary straightening system and wear my hair in a flat twist roller set. Then I discovered that all the straightening had resulted in heat damage and straightening fatigue. Warning – Even if your flat iron is set on a low setting, it can adversely impact your curl pattern. I’m sure the temporary straightening system contributed to this as well. So, I decided to do a big chop and start all over. Regarding the thermal straightening system, I will go on the record with this statement. I really liked this system and in fact, I’d do it again with one caveat. I would skip the part of the process that requires you to blow dry and flat iron your hair and simply go with the more defined curl pattern and less shrinkage to rock my twist outs, roller sets, braid outs, wash and gos, and all that. And of course, I still wouldn’t use their shampoo or conditioner. You have to know what works for you and how far you’re willing to go.

For this time in my life, I’m rocking a TWA. I went back to the TWA to go forward and I am loving every minute of it. I’ve learned my lesson about heat styling though. I broke up with my blow dryer and flat iron and will only allow them to pay me a visit once or twice per year if that. The beauty of it all is that I’ve been making my Hair Swag again and my hair just loves it. Plus, my hair loves moisture so I keep a spray bottle of water, aloe vera juice, and lavender essential oil in the fridge so that I can mist my hair at night when I twist it and in the AM just for some extra love when I take the twists out.

Have you ever had to go back to go forward? I’d love to hear your story.

The Secret Life of Growing Hair and Plants

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As I transition back to my natural hair texture, I can’t help but reflect on all hair care techniques I’ve learned over the years. For those who know my story, you may remember my hair and eyebrows falling out after I gave birth to the wonder twins due to the spinal for the C-section. I was rocking a short cut at the time so the hair loss was extremely obvious. I was able to grow it all back by detoxing, eating hair healthy foods, and applying my handmade Hair Swag cream to my scalp and hair.

This past winter, I lost some of my best houseplants AND my hair was shedding excessively. The cold weather had taken it’s toll on my mind, body, and spirit. I conducted a high level assessment of the situation and here’s what I discovered.

  • Without water, plants cannot produce the carbohydrate necessary for growth. Water is also the moisture your hair craves. While plants can simply be misted, your hair needs to be saturated with water and sealed with an oil, cream, or spray to retain the moisture.
  • Without soil, most plants doesn’t have the capability to store and supply nutrients. The food you eat, beverages you drink, and the condition of your digestive and endocrine system are all determinants of the quality of your nutrient supply.
  • Without the proper amount of magnesium, the chlorophyll in plants begins to degrade and they lose their beautiful green color. Without iron, oxygen doesn’t get to the roots of your hair and it can literally suffocate and die.
  • Without the light of the sun, most plants have no power for photosynthesis. The sun stimulates your body to make the vitamin D hormone (yes, hormone) needed to enable hair growth. Of course, both plants and hair need proper hydration (as mentioned above) so they can work with the sun versus being destroyed by it.

As you can see, both plants and hair require proper love and care to grow to their fullest potential. If you’re not already growing plants, I suggest you give it a try. It will help you develop the skills and patience to take your hair growth journey to the next level.

Love and light!