“One cannot resist the lure of Africa.” Rudyard Kipling

Beautiful skin!

Some of us have gorgeous skin because of genetics and some have beautiful skin naturally, as in Natural beauty products!
I am so in love with African Black Soap! I carry a couple of brands but my favorite is imported in a huge block from a village apothecary in West Africa. Shea Butter, herbs, berries, clay, all the fabulous ingredients that have been used for beauty over thousands of years.

I always experience products for myself prior to sharing with you because I want to honestly rave about it. Otherwise, if its no good, it goes straight to the trash! African Black Soaps are known for their moisturizer but also for their anti-aging properties. I have to say I am really excited about the brightening effect.

I live in the sun -I love beaches! Sun worshiping can be detrimental to your health and your glow. The African Black Soap ingredients have properties that brighten dark or sun damaged skin. It even helps to fade and diminish eczema and psoriasis!

Hemp Seed Oil
High in essential fatty acids, Omega 6 and omega 3, hemp oil is my new “Holy Grail” item -you must have this oil in your body care regimen. It can be used to increase immunity, counteract aging skin and improve cardiovascular health. It has been proven to slow down the aging process and fight psoriasis because of the linoleic acid present in Hemp oil

Often referred as CBD oil, Hemp oil can be made from the seeds of any plant in the cannabis family, but is primarily derived from hemp. According to Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutic Potential, the oil has also been used to effectively treat arthritis inflammation, neurodermatitis and PMS, among other conditions.

Not to worry, Hemp oil only contain trace amounts of THC, making them useless for anyone looking to get high.

Discover Beauty from the inside out!

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…” ― Susan Polis Schutz


Summer is approaching!
Days at the beach, fun in the sun, but what about protecting that pretty face?

1st Step-Hydration! Depending on the needs of your skin, you may feel that you need to use less moisturizer or change your skin care regimen because of the season’s humidity wreaking havoc on your makeup=Shiny!

Do Terra Hydrating Creme has been my favorite for a while. I love treatment products with the extras, like anti -aging, and skin-loving essential oils. The creamy, whipped texture is divine.

However, during the summer you will need a bit of technique so that your makeup doesn’t slide off your face!
Cleanse and tone as usual. Apply creme Immediately after the toning step, while the skin is moist, applying 1/2 a dime size, upward and outward, starting at the neck and ending at the forehead/hairline.

Swimming in chlorine pools and seawater can dry out your skin and make it sensitive to breakouts. Moisturizers with Cocoa seed butter, Lavender and Geranium essential oils help prevent skin damage and encourage cell rejuvenation to maintain healthy skin.

Now for that health glow! Most of us love the look of a bronze tan but we may not like the idea of submitting our face to a full sun bath.

Glow versus wrinkles?

Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer provides sun-kissed color with flawless coverage! And its oil-free! This is a year-round product favorite for me. From the lightest shell to the sweetest dark chocolate, there is a color for every pretty face!

Be sure to take a look at So Be Essentials in the menu to see the entire line of Essential Skin Care for every skin type.

Happy Beauty!

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”


So Beautiful Ministries International is all about Beauty from the inside out!
The idea of Beauty from the inside out is not a new concept. Its all about looking inward and finding the inner voice or awareness. Truthfully, developing your inner life is the key to creating your best life!

Meditation, prayer and gratitude are the building blocks for health And beauty. These practices help alleviate stress which is one of the major risk factors for disease. Stress also ages your body as your nervous system activates the fight or flight response which initiates the release of stress hormones like cortisol-the Fat Producer-among other things!
Studies have proven that meditation can also help sustain focus and improve performance.

However, the benefits of spiritual practice appear to be more than just the result of enhanced focus and concentration. Ken Pargement of Bowling Green State University instructed one group of people who suffer migraines to meditate 20 minutes each day repeating a spiritual affirmation, such as “God is good. God is peace. God is love.” The other group used a nonspiritual mantra: “Grass is green. Sand is soft.” The spiritual meditators had fewer headaches and more tolerance of pain than those who had focused on the neutral phrases(Huffington Post blog March 2012).

Now, for Beauty inside and out-

Early in my career as a beauty specialist, it became obvious that cosmetic ingredients can only go so far into the dermis for beautification and cosmetic surgery has its limitations as well. Later, I began working for an Aveda Salon, which trained their skin care specialists on the use of pure essential oils, by adding them to skin care products to customize treatments for clients. Viola!  The results were amazing.

You see, essential oils have the highest frequency of any natural substance known to man, creating an environment in which disease, bacteria, virus and fungus cannot live.

Essential oils can help us to raise our body’s frequency=Health!

Fast forward to 2017, I’ve completed Aromatherapy training and earned my certificate as an Aromatherapist. I am so excited to share all that I have learned and still learning with you.

My mission is, as always, to help you Discover Beauty from the Inside Out!

“The art of healing comes from nature, and not from the physician”. Paracelsus

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What ails you?

Aromatherapy has gained new interest over the past few years as consumers are becoming more health conscious and interested in organic or natural products.

Essential oil therapy, as I prefer to call it, has been a staple in skin care products for many years. It has been used for thousands of years by various cultures to heal the body, calm the mind and many other uses.

My 1st introduction to essential oil therapy, was via the many salves, compresses and tonics created by my Caribbean grandmother. Growing up, I never thought much about steam baths or the little drops of oil she would place on my chest or other body parts, as I always felt better and most of the time her concoctions smelled really good.

My 1st job as an esthetician, was working for an Aveda salon, where I was taught to add various plant and flower oils to masks or creams to treat skin conditions such as dryness, acne, etc. I remembered my Grandmother’s potions and began to use some of her recipes on my clients. It was then that I discovered the mental and/or spiritual benefits as well.

Unfortunately, aromatherapy has been lumped in with other “New Age” categories, like Reiki, Tarot, Energy work, and so forth. As such, many of my Christian clients initially shied away because of misinformation.

However, research studies and the Organic/Natural trend has opened that door and opened the minds of many skeptics. I have since added essential oils to my current beauty practice and I am currently studying to become a Registered Aromatherapist.
I am excited to share the knowledge from this new path and I hope you will share your feedback on the upcoming topics.
As always, I seek to help you to discover Beauty, from the inside out.

Interesting Reading:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/aromatherapy/faq-20058566

Sippin’ my tea……

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Rules for Living

The Japanese previously held the #1 spot on the World Health Statistics for life expectancy until giving way to the French in 2015.
Just from casual observation, one would regard the Japanese woman as typically slender and healthy. What’s their secret?

Tea has been a mainstay in Japanese society since ancient times. According to history, Japan was introduced to Tea by the Buddhist monks returning from China around the 9th century. Tea became a drink of the priestly classes.
A few centuries later, Tea had become a religion itself, especially in terms of the Tea ceremony, a ritual which remains to this day. It is now the preferred beverage in Japan.

So what is my point?

Green Tea appears to be the miracle beverage of health and longevity.
Traditional Medicine and alternative health professionals rave about it. Most see Green Tea consumption as the answer to many modern illnesses and a key to prevention. It is full of antioxidants-cancer killing substances that protect the cells from damage and-Wait For It— Aging!

In terms of weight loss, Green Tea has properties that impact metabolism and fat loss via the nervous system.

France was a pioneer in the coffee trade and considered a coffee culture. However over the years, the French have become more health conscious along with their “joie de vivre” which has translated into an affinity for the life giving properties of tea.
Hmmm, drinking water and drinking Green Tea. Pretty simple.

We shall see…

Retrieved from:
https://authoritynutrition.com/green-tea-and-weight-loss/

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26962095

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea.” E.E. Cummings

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Water and “Rules for Living”

Last year, there was flood of information in the media about the old rule of drinking 8 glasses of water a day. In the British Health Journal and the New York Times, there were doctors that refuted this long held rule stating there was no scientific evidence to support it.
However, in terms of Beauty Inside and Out, water may truly be the fountain of youth.
Or at least the main ingredient!

According to World Health Statistics, France and Japan have the longest life expectancy. Especially among women. I decided to do a little research of my own (conspiracy theorist that I am).
Among other factors (that I will discuss further in this series), water intake is number one among these two groups.
French women favor good wine and water. They do not have a tendency to sweet or sugary drinks like their American sisters.
Japanese women are avid water drinkers. They also have a special method.

“It is popular in Japan to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven its value.

Apparently, for old and serious diseases, as well as modern illnesses, the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:

Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heartbeat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases”.
Humans are free (2013)

This happens to be common knowledge in the East. My family doctor is from the Philippines and he shared this method with me a couple of years ago as a support to weight loss and blood pressure concerns.
Originally I thought , “Water is a cure? Whatever”…
But if it’s going to help me with youth and vitality… Now I care.

So what’s the method? Drinking water!

http://humansarefree.com/2013/02/japanese-water-therapy-heal-your-body.html

You make me feel brand new!

The Ex Result of Muslce Car Restoration
Restoration
: the act or process of returning something to its original condition by repairing it, cleaning it, etc.
: the act of bringing back something that existed before
: the act of returning something that was stolen or taken

We are in a state of renewal. Fasting forces the body to use stores of glucose (sugar), fats, and it also breaks down white blood cells. This decrease in white blood cells causes changes that trigger stem cell based regeneration of new immune system cells (UCS News 2014).

What does this mean for us?
It means when we fasted, we effectively set our bodies to begin rebuilding our entire system! Beauty inside out!
With this restoration process in mind, it occurred to me that this is a great time to re-evaluate my diet and lifestyle.

What are your health objectives this year?
Lose weight?
Correct High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol or other imbalance?
Stop smoking?

What about mental health objectives?
Do you enjoy your current social circle?
Are the people in your network positive or negative?
What would you like to change?

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I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.

Joel 2:25-26