depressed because she had dark skin, thick hair and was very shapely; she hated that she did not look like her peers and often times found herself unable to participate in conversations and certain activities (she attended a majority Caucasian school). She talked about committing suicide because she believed that things would get worse as she got older. It was an extremely sad situation.
girl's case, it came from a family of men who forgot who they were. Think about it...dad was born and raised in Africa to an African woman with an African grandmother and African aunties and sisters. How can he not love the absolute natural beauty of African women??? I mean, yes there are people in certain parts of Africa who bleach their skin and straighten there hair (which is absolutely upsetting); but this particular family was not that. Where does such hate for self come from? American and Europe culture??? Hmmm...one must wonder. Spending the majority of his adult life in America, only settling down with light skinned, straight haired women makes me believe that this father forgot who he was; he forgot where he had come from. Don't get me wrong, it is okay to have a preference but in having a preference be sure to teach your children to love and accept themselves and others.
Ladies....please, please understand the importance of teaching our children, our girls how beautiful they are. Teach them about the amazing women that tread this earth before them. The wondrous colors, shapes and sizes; the many textures and lengths of hair; the shapes of their noses, lips and ears. Teach them that there is nothing wrong with breaking a comb or having to chose the colors you wear wisely as to not clash your skin complexion with your outfit. We are all unique; we are all Queens in our own right. Not one of us, one of them should ever feel as though they are lesser of a being; we ARE the first and according to what I've read (and if I'm wrong that's okay, I like believing this to be so) we WILL be the last!
Any one of you, or your girls feeling lost or confused about self? Take a look in the mirror, and say to yourself each and every day that you ARE a queen and you Will live, love and be beautiful, naturally....each moment of each day!
Educate yourself, and your girls. We must know where we come from in order for us to know where we are going....
Free being me, naturally!
I recently decided that regardless of the difficulty, I am going to get into exercising regularly, juicing and meditating; I mean after all, I hit the "over 40" mark more than a few years ago (shhhhhhhhh, that is between you and I).
So, in deciding to make these changes I have been doing a little reading. I came across an article on Prevention.com which I found to be very interesting. I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the information with you. If you'd like to read the article, you can find it here.
All of that said, the article provided eight things that we can do to assist in preventing us from experiencing these very likely and issues. These new (for some) habits, when applied to your daily life will assist in preventing or slowing down many if not all of those previously mentioned conditions; thus allowing us to live healthier, happier lives for many more years.
at some moves that are excellent for some of the most stubborn parts of the body; you guessed it….the butt, thighs, stomach, arms and hips.
***** Increase your calcium and vitamin D intake – this is great for helping you maintain strong bones. It is suggested that you have at least 1,000 mg of calcium and 400 to 800 IU of vitamin D each day. Go to Prevention.com and learn more about which supplements are best for women; this page is very informative.
***** Increase your protein intake – foods with amino acids will boost your levels of mood-lifting neurotransmitters in the brain. This will help decrease symptoms of depression and increase your thinking and memory. It is suggested to have at least 4 ounces of protein in your meal each day.
***** Gain control of your stress – for the purpose of a healthy heart one must eliminate as much stress as possible. Along with controlling stress, you will also see improved blood pressure; great energy flowing through the brain; higher libido; and slowed cell death. Prevention.com suggests that something as simple as breathing through your nose for 4 beats and out for 8 at least twice a day can make a huge difference!
***** And finally, keep track of your health! – all of what was previously mentioned is important, but even more importantly, you have to make sure you are healthy; the only way to do that is to keep up with your doctor visits! Basic, routine appointments should include eye exams every 2 to 4 years; blood pressure every 2 years; pap test/pelvic exam every 1 to 3 years; thyroid every 5 years; mole check every year (this is absolutely news to me!); mammogram every 1 to 2 years; and blood glucose every 3 years after the age of 45.
So, now that I’ve shared ALL of this very IMPORTANT information with you, it is up to you to follow through. What have we learned? We have learned that part of being naturally beautiful is eating right, exercising, loving others and being loved, and keeping a close eye on your health.
In closing, I want to remind you ladies that in life we get what we put in; this is why caring and loving one’s self naturally….mind, body and soul is so necessary.
Free being me, naturally!
After doing some research as well as considering our own personal experiences, my daughter and I decided to introduce our next greatest idea! But….before providing the details, let me share some information about eczema that we found to be quite interesting.
Any parent raising children on a low income can definitely understand the struggles of keeping things as little as soap, skin and hair moisturizers and shampoo/conditioner in the house; this can especially be an issue when you have more than one child. I know for me, my mom was a great help when it came to the little things (thanks mommy!).
Okay, so a little background….the National Eczema Association states that there are approximately 30 million Americans suffering from eczema. Over the years, eczema has been a growing nuisance to many families, particularly those who cannot afford to buy the moisturizers that can soothe their child’s skin. The CDC website had some really interesting information; between 1997 and 2011 many surveys were conducted as doctors tried to understand this skin monster. The data showed that African American children are more prone to eczema than other groups; to add, families with low income have the highest prevalence rates. A couple of years ago, there were surveys conducted that proved environment and lifestyle play major roles in the severity of eczema; for those of us who have a sincere concern about the well-being of children, this is very disturbing.
2. If skin is inflamed or very itchy, have your child soak in oatmeal; you can either use a muslin (or similar material) cloth and place it directly on the area or put oatmeal in a tub of water
3. Another great remedy for inflammation or itchiness is dried chamomile flower, also used with a muslin cloth (or similar material) or bath
4. Now this step is where PE would come in….gently pat the skin, try not to rub; use moisturizers on the skin within 3 minutes after removing your child from the tub/shower; keep mind that quickly moisturizing the skin is VERY, VERY important as it locks in natural moisture
5. Finally, when dressing your child try using cotton/soft fabrics
Now that I’ve shared the “lesson”, I will share our next greatest idea! Because it is so important for children with eczema to keep moisturized, and because the proper moisturizers are so expensive, PE will be introducing our BOGO (Buy One Give One) campaign! Every bottle of PE Body Oil that is purchased via the website will ensure that a child residing in a low income home and suffering from eczema, will also receive a free bottle of PE Body Oil! All body oil donations will be provided to children in need through Tomaro’s C.H.A.N.G.E. (tomaros-change.org)!
Great idea??? Yes, we agree, and we are extra excited!
Anyone interested in learning more, please contact us at info@PandaNique-Essentials.com! Be the first to be a part of a great initiative to soothe the skin of a child; ask someone who suffers or has suffered from eczema and they will tell you how important a campaign like this really is! Help make a difference!
Remember, enjoy being beautiful, naturally!
Free being me, naturally….
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And remember, enjoy being beautiful, naturally!
Free being me, naturally….
bathing ladies. One downside that I believe is worth sharing is dry skin. Yes, that wonderful feeling of ‘ahhhhh’ can dry out your skin. We are told that a bath can be relaxing, well yes it can; it can be healing, it can relieve stress and it can sometimes even help improve issues with the skin. The problem is the number of baths we take, the amount of time we spend in the bath, and what we add to the water when taking a bath….but most importantly, it is what we do when we GET OUT of the tub.
Ladies, please by no means should you stop taking baths or even decrease the number of bahts you take. This is not my message. What I am saying to you, now listen closely….what I am saying is to pay close attention to your skin once you have removed yourself from the tub!!!
It is recommended that within 3 minutes after getting out of the tub, it is IMPORTANT to MOISTURIZE your skin!!! Another important thing to mention, it is best to moisturize your skin while IT IS STILL DAMP. A final suggestion, especially if you are in a situation where you are drying off without a moisturizer, dab your skin dry, do not scrub it dry.
Now, why is all of this important??? When we bathe, the water tends to take away the body’s natural oils; we need some oil to keep moisturized or as you know, our skin will dry, crack and peel. And…when we scrub our bodies with a towel for the sake of drying the water off, we are pulling all of the moisture off of our bodies adding to the problem that we are always struggling so hard to prevent. No dry skin, please!
Ladies….keep your bath water warm, not too hot; use mild products and make sure they are full of moisturizing agents; and dab dry, don’t scrub. Follow these simple instructions and your natural beauty will be protected for all time!
Enjoy being beautiful, naturally!
Free being me, naturally…..
Oh, and before I go…using essential oils for aromatherapy is another ancient method of healing and caring for the body. This too is helpful in maintaining good health, naturally. If you don’t know what aromatherapy is, it is the use of essential oils from plants for healing via massaging into the skin or inhalation. Like the Egyptians, the Chinese, Indians, Greeks and Romans were known for using aromatherapy by putting the oils in their cosmetics, perfumes and drugs.
Today, aromatherapy is used by nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, and massage therapists. The purpose you ask? Aromatherapy is used to relieve pain, improve mood, promote a sense of relaxation and assist in spiritual awareness.
So to conclude, we are excited to be a part of history; maybe not directly a part of history B.C. but a part no less. And, remember the motto ladies, “caring for and loving one’s self naturally….mind, body and soul!”
Free being me, naturally…..
Not long after, I followed the trend. I don’t know about everyone else, but once you take a foot in the direction of ‘going natural’ it is almost impossible to do anything other. Soon after the hair my mom and I began to look into natural skin products. Although there are many things on the market, not much of what we found was truly 100% natural; there was always something in the ingredients that was foreign to our vocabulary, and often time something we couldn’t even pronounce.
On our blog you will find discussions on a number of topics ranging from living life as a naturalist to health information. Whatever the topic, I guarantee you all will be able to relate. I would love for you to follow us, share your input. If you have a topic that you would like to see mentioned, something you would like researched, or maybe you have a story of your own, please contact us at PEBlog@pandanique-essentials.com!
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