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DIY SPA TREAMENT

Pinching pennies or just don’t have the time to run out to get spa treatments.  Try an at home simple solution. Melting the wax of a candle and using it to coat your hands isn’t only relaxing, but will provide moisture to your hands.  Doing this is not only relaxing, but it can also helps with health ailments, such as sore joints or rheumatoid arthritis.   How to accomplish this at home?  Use either a bowl or melt the wax in the microwave for about 30-60 seconds, or use a candle warmer.  Make sure that the wax is a moderate temperature and slowly pour into a nitrile disposable glove or a basin, then insert your hand in the glove or lay both sides of your...

HOW TO RECOVER FROM POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a diagnosis given to thousands of women (and men) each year. The diagnosis follows a group of depression, anxiety, fear, OCD, and panic like symptoms that occur after a (usually negative and tragic) event. These events can include: childbirth, any type of abuse (physical, sexual, emotional) death of a family member, military services; the list goes on. PTSD symptoms can last for years after an event and impact a woman in a very hard way every single day. These events can strip a woman of her dignity and her positive self-image, value, and spirit. She could isolate herself from family, friends, children, jobs and life could feel impossible for her to live.  Step one to PSTD recovery is knowing that you...

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HOW BIRTH CONTROL AND PREGNANCY EFFECT YOUR HAIR

It seems like around this time of year we really reflect on what mom did for us. From whipping noses, kissing boo-boo’s and even losing a few strands over us… say what now? Losing hair? Guaranteed your mom lost a great deal of hair over you, way before you started acting like you had no sense. All pregnant women go through this: Your hair is growing so long and beautiful, and then you have the baby, and you find tons of strands on your pillow. Even if you are not expecting, but on birth control, which puts your body in a pregnant-like state, your hair is sure to go through some changes with the increased dose of hormones your body is receiving. During pregnancy your hair growth...

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK: WHY — USE WEIGHTS, WHEN YOU CAN — USE YOUR OWN BODY WEIGHT!

Moving your own body weight can take you further than you can possibly imagine regardless of the goals you have set out for yourself.  Not only do you have the ability to workout right from your own home, but proper body weight movement is extremely joint friendly and allows for a more natural range of motion. Body weight exercises teach people how to utilize full body tension, which is a prerequisite for learning how to control free weights. So here's a way to work on performing your own body weight dips.  Start by controlling the down part of the movement (negatives) As you can see in the video I used a low back extension rack.  Jump up to the start position and work on slowing down...

HOW JENNIFER HUDSON RESISTS TEMPTING FOODS

Oscar winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson may no longer be the spokesperson for Weight Watchers, but she is still watching what she eats. Hudson dropped 80 pounds with the diet program, and still maintaining her trim physique by resisting tempting foods. She tells Yahoo Style that she throws pancakes across the room. According to Yahoo Style Hudson says quote “I don’t let the food intimidate me, if it’s too much, I just get rid of it.” Read more on Hudson’s throw away approach to staying fit by clicking on the link. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/10/jennifer-hudson-shares-her-surprising-secret-for-weight-loss/ #Womancrushwednesdays ...

What flat iron is best for you?

Our once beloved hot comb (let' me not front, it's still my go-to-tool for slaying edges and kitchens) has got pushed aside for something a little more heat controllable, time friendly, and still "hair-slayed" worthy. The flat iron has virtually replaced many salon tools. But with so many different options, which type is best for you? Here's the inside scoop on flat irons: Ceramic: Always popular, it's low cost and ability to create freeze-free hair, which is a curly-haired-girl’s dream. This a good choice for those with fine straight to wavy curly hair. Tourmaline: A lot of ceramic irons have tourmaline in the title. This styling tool has crystals that are crushed into fine powder inside the plates. These crystal minerals help smooth the hair cuticle and...

CUCUMBER AVOCADO SALAD

Adding avocado to your salad makes all the difference in taste and in your health!  ENJOY!! INGREDIENTS: 1 large cucumber (cut in size of choice) 1 avocado (chopped) 1/2 small red onion (chopped) optional 1/2 cup crumble feta cheese Basil for garnish (optional) 1/4 cup grapeseed oil 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1 tsp agave nectar Salt and pepper to taste DIRECTIONS: In a small bowl mix oil, vinegar, agave nectar, salt, pepper. Then add cucumbers, avocado, onions, cheese. Toss and garnish with basil. COOK’S NOTE: You can use grated parmesan cheese instead of feta cheese. You can also make extra dressing if you require more! #WhatscookinKJ...

HOW TO — USE CRYSTALS TO ENHANCE YOUR GIFT

Almost 6 months ago we discussed how crystals are used to create effects on our bodies and onto others. I recently came across a short article listing 4 easy and creative ideas on how to use crystals.  Click on the link below to view: http://thespiritscience.net/2014/06/19/4-ways-to-heal-your-body-with-crystals/ It is my hope to continue to enhance the knowledge and everyday use of crystals. I wear one around my neck and/or carry a bag of them every day and I truly believe it enhances my emotions. I frequently use them with my massage and nursing clients. For more tips please feel free to email or call me. To schedule an appointment for energy work, a Reiki session, or general info session for energy work and meditations, contact Candice Elise at 717.269.9200 or candice@blackgirlhealth.com. #Stressfreesundays...

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK: INCH WORM EXERCISE!

An exercise you can do right from home! This exercise works your chest muscles, your triceps, and your core.  Grab a small towel, place both feet on the towel, and start to walk with your hands, keep your core nice and tight.  If this is too advanced go ahead and do the inch worms instead as shown on the video.  Place your feet on a towel and take small steps/movements with your arms, pull both legs in, and begin moving your hands forward until your back is flat.  Try to perform at least three sets of 10 hand walks to start.  You can increase the steps as you gain strength.  As always please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at aveigle@hotmail.com SPANISH TRANSLATION: Un ejercicio que puede hacer...

ABUSING ALCOHOL HURTS MORE THAN JUST YOU

Alcohol is one of the most socially acceptable, mind/ emotion altering substances available legally. It's not surprising that most families and relationships in America are, in some way, negatively affected by alcohol. It's very common for you, your friends, or your parents to go out for dinner and drinks but, what happens when the drinks become dinner? I've noticed how easy it can be for loved ones to hide an alcohol problem for years. Recognizing that is not the issue, recognizing what it has done and is doing to you is what's important. Your loved one may possess any of the following traits: lying about whereabouts or being excessively late coming home to events, difficulty keeping a job, poor memory, poor eating habits, anger or self-esteem issues, personality or bipolar disorder, sleep...