Juice + Disorders

Health and Wealth

ACNE

Hey everyone, Welcome back for another informative blog post. This year on my mind more than anything is helping others to learn how to heal in the comfort of their own home. From acne to bedwetting to high blood pressure. this year we will learn about many disorders and ways to help you. During this series you will learn about causes, recommendations, dietary modifications, nutrients that help, beneficial juices and more.

If you want to learn more about juicing check out >https://humblesoullifeofajuicer.blog/2020/05/15/unprocessed-juice/

> https://humblesoullifeofajuicer.blog/2020/05/11/why-should-i-do-a-juice-cleanse/

>https://humblesoullifeofajuicer.blog/2020/05/19/juice-cleanses/

To start off this series we will start by discussing acne. Acne is a general term often used to indicate acne vulgaris, which is a chronic inflammatory disease. It causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples. Acne is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages. Acne typically appears on your face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders because these areas of skin have the most oil (sebaceous) glands. Hair follicles are connected to oil glands.

Effective acne treatments are available, but acne can be persistent. A wide variety of treatment regimens exist for acne vulgaris including benzoil peroxide, retinoids, isotretinoids, keratolytic soaps, alpha hydroxy acids, azelaic acid, salicilic acid as well as hormonal, anti-androgen or antiseborrheic treatments. However, none of these methods is free of side effects and their exact role in therapy is not clear.

A major cause for acne is hormonal changes, including puberty or menstrual cycles, may also contribute to some acne issues. The hormones, which have been attributed to acne consist of testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone and dihydrotestosterone, as well as insulin-like growth factor. In many adult women underline conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (POS), hirsutism, and endometriosis maybe a causing factor as well.

Testosterone is the male sex hormone that is made in the testicles

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone that your body naturally produces in the adrenal gland. DHEA helps produce other hormones, including testosterone and estrogen.

Dihydrotestosterone is a hormone that stimulates the development of male characteristics (an androgen-group of sex hormones)

Other major factors for acne include dandruff , excess oil production, hair follicles clogged by oil and dead skin cells, bacteria, and inflammation.

It is important to remember that I am NOT a certified dermatologist just a humble herbalist and juicer spreading the knowledge I have learned and lived thru.

Acne signs vary depending on the severity of your condition:

Whiteheads (closed plugged pores)

Blackheads (open plugged pores)

Small red, tender bumps (papules)

Pimples (pustules), which are papules with pus at their tips 

Large, solid, painful lumps under the skin (nodules)

Painful, pus-filled lumps under the skin (cystic lesions)

General Recommendations & Dietary Modifications

Cleanse your face twice a day with a sulfur-containing soap ( Always be sure to wash your face with clean hands)

Avoid using greasy creams and cosmetics and avoid medications that contain bromides and iodides.

Eliminate Sugars- Skin that is glucose intolerant is significantly impaired in acne patients.

(Glucose intolerance is an umbrella term for a group of metabolic conditions that result in higher than normal blood glucose levels)

Eating a high fiber diet may increase your chances with clearing your skin. Foods high in fiber like, whole grain cereals, whole grain breads, crackers, bran and legumes ( beans lentils, and split peas.

Reducing the consumption of fats and junk food may help with the decrease of acne and skin issues. A typical western diet is filled with lots of calories, fat, salt and sugar, and sadly too low in vegetables, fruit and whole grain fiber.

Schedule to do a juice cleanse once a month ( the start of the month is my go-to)

For a DIY Cleanse check out Humble Soul LLC Immune Boosting Box (https://humble-soul-llc-creations.myshopify.com/products/immune-boosting-box)

Always consult with doctor if and when you have series concerns about changes happening to your body.

Another trick I used in high school is cucumber juice, it is said to purify the blood and lymphatic system, resulting in a clearer complexion. Drink 4 to 5 cups per day for a week straight.

Warning; Cucumber juice may help with going to the bathroom! I recommend starting with 1-2 cups a day one in the morning and one in the evening. Make sure to eat a semi healthy diet and avoid FRIED FOODS, JUNK FOOD AND HEAVY PASTAS.

As always, please! , please!! , please!!! consult with a doctor or trusted physician before trying anything new from herbs to juicing etc. If you have a pre-exsiting conditions please also double check with someone certified ( herbalist or physician) if you take over the counter medications.

Nutrients That Help

Vitamin A: Reduces sebum production ; Sebum production – Is produced by sebaceous glands when they disintegrate.The sebaceous glands produce lipids, triglycerides, which are broken down by bacterial enzymes (lipase) in the sebaceous duct to form smaller compounds, free fatty acids.

Fatty Acids: If you have a low-fat diet omega-3 fatty acids maybe helpful. Pure cold-pressed flaxseed oil is a good source (high in estrogen).

Chromium: Improves glucose tolerance levels and enhances insulin sensitivity

Zinc: Is important in wound healing, inflammation control, and tissue regeneration

Beneficial Juices

Carrot, Kale, and Parsley (Sources of beta-carotene )

Kale, Spinach, and Green Pepper (Source of vitamin b6)

Spinach, Kale, and Beet greens (Source of folic acid)

Ginger root, Parsley, and Carrot (Source of Zinc)

Herbs For Acne

Medicinal plants with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties can be used in different ways in the treatment of acne and other infectious diseases. The herbs below can be used alone or in a mix. It is always important to be aware of allergies you may have before trying a new routine and or product.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis ) Calendula, also known as pot marigold, is a perennial flower native to the Mediterranean, although it is grown domestically throughout the world. Used for acne creams, soaps or oil are recommended.

Contains flavonoids believed to have antiseptic properties that inhibit the growth of acne causing bacteria.

Calendula oil is believed to be a mildly effective treatment for a variety of superficial skin conditions, including acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

DO NOT apply it to an open wound without a doctor’s supervision. People who are allergic to plants in the daisy or aster family, including chrysanthemums and ragweed, may also have an allergic reaction to calendula (usually a skin rash).

(Vitex agnus-castus ) A popular herb which contains 250 species worldwide used for a range of female reproductive conditions such as PMS, infertility, acne and menstrual disorders. The Vitex agnus-castus fruit, also known as chasteberry or monk’s pepper, is about the size of a peppercorn.

Hormone-sensitive conditions such as endometriosis; uterine fibroids; or cancer of the breast, uterus, or ovaries should not use this plant. Pregnant and nursing women should not use this plant.

Vitex agnus-castus can affect hormones and might affect estrogen levels. Don’t use vitex agnus-castus if you have a hormone-sensitive condition.

Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) One of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind and member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Chamomile whole plant is used for making herb beers, and also for a lotion, for external application in toothache, earache, neuralgia and in cases of external swelling.

Chamomile has also been used to treat colic, croup, and fevers in children.

Chamomile is often used to treat mild skin irritations, including sunburn, rashes, sores and even eye inflammations.

People sensitive to ragweed and chrysanthemums or other members of the Compositae family are more prone to develop contact allergies to chamomile, especially if they take other drugs that help to trigger the sensitization.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) The tea tree was named by eighteenth century sailors, who made tea that smelled like nutmeg from the leaves of the tree. A person can treat acne, athlete’s foot, contact dermatitis or head lice using tea tree oil.

The oil possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties.

Safe if used diluted in small amounts. (Jojoba and Sweet almond oil are popular for the skin/hair)

Tea tree oil should never be swallowed.

For the next section of learning we dive into myths about acne. For many years I have always heard that the cause of acne was junk food, pms, or stress but what if that was not all true.

Myth #1: Greasy foods cause breakouts

Because acne is caused by an increase in sebum, which is an oily substance, people have long assumed that eating greasy foods makes your skin greasy, leading to an acne eruption. This has never been scientifically proven, so you don’t need to worry about eating fried or greasy foods when it comes to your skin. However, there are plenty of reasons you should still limit these types of foods, especially when it comes to your heart and your waist circumference.

Myth #2 Eating Chocolate causes breakouts

For the most part, this is an old wives’ tale. Researchers haven’t been able to link cocoa to acne reliably. However, milk chocolate has a lot of sugar.When you eat chocolate, choose dark varieties with 70% cocoa or more because they’re much lower in sugar than milk chocolate. 

Myth #3 Wearing makeup makes you breakout

Some types of liquid face makeup can clog your pores, but most cosmetic companies now offer oil-free and non-comedogenic product. Be sure to wash your makeup off each night and clean your makeup brushes weekly to avoid spreading bacteria. 

For our last section of the post I am shouting out a few small businesses that may help you on your journey.

Shoutout to @Huegirlsz (twitter) Relieving problematic dry skin conditions, one butter at a time. https://huegirlszz.com

Shoutout to @tionneskin (twitter)Organic High Quality Handmade Skincare Products for all skin types.https://tionneskin.com

Shoutout to @NavNaturals (twitter) Nav Naturals is a mom owned skincare brand that makes soaps, body butters, scrubs and more for eczema, sensitive/dry skin & children too!https://nav-naturals.square.site

Shoutout to @Oilculture_ (twitter) We formulate skincare & hair care products from scratch with natural ingredients to heal, rejuvenate, exfoliate, soften, brighten & lighten your skin, and hairhttps://oilculture.bumpa.shop

Thank you so much for sticking with me till the end! I pray that this blog was informative and answered any questions you may have. Don’t forget to subscribe and follow me on my other social media platforms.

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REF: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/ ; https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acne/symptoms-causes/syc-20368047 ; https://www.verywellhealth.com/benefits-of-tea-tree-oil-89521 ; https://www.wakehealth.edu/Stories/Common-Myths-About-Acne ;

Happy 1 Year!

Health and Wealth

One year ago, Today I decided to do the one thing that I never imagined would be my reality. I walked away from my marriage, packed up my life and moved 3,518 miles away to Texas. I set out on this journey to find someone who I had lost along the way (that someone was me). For the past 27 years of my life, I remember always being the caregiver friend, granddaughter, daughter, cousin and of course wife. I had dedicated every fiber of what I had into making sure that everyone else was okay, and had everything they needed, sometimes even crossing my own boundaries, I didn’t know I needed. (And yes, having boundaries with your family is something you need to do)

Learning what my boundaries were and having the confidence to honor them each day saved my life. Moving away and taking a year to myself saved my life. Finding out who I am and what I want out of life saved my life. Choosing my sanity and my happiness saved my life…

Choosing myself saved my life!

Now of course I know that everyone can’t just pick up and move so below are a few things that I’ve been reflecting on that I hope helps you on your journey.

Also check out these two-blog post I wrote on divorce 👇🏾

  • I’ve let love in (literally) it may be hard at first, but love is all around you. I moved here knowing less than 5 people and I’m leaving now with another family.
  • I’ve learned from my mistakes. I think I was still a good wife but there are many things I could have done differently. (No, it wasn’t all his fault) I am working at being a better partner now. I appreciate the things that truly matter and have learned that the little things count.
  • I’ve accepted that “shit happens” I didn’t fail at anything, and I did nothing wrong by choosing my own happiness.
  • I’ve accepted the “true colors”. Of not just my ex-husband but some family & friends as well. Accepting the fact that some people will never change is a big step. LET IT GO & LET THEM GO!!!
  • I’ve learned what I want and need in a relationship. I feel like a lot of men and women ignore red flags because we believe that the person will change but I think it’s important to remember that someone will change only when they want to. If you communicate with someone your boundaries and what you won’t accept, and they still choose to ignore it then that needs to be talked about!
  • I’ve learned that therapy works. Yes, it is very expensive but sometimes we need to invest in ourselves. It has given me an open door I thought I didn’t need. For more info on therapy check out https://www.purewow.com/wellness/free-therapy-resources and for black women check  out https://twitter.com/marlinefrancois/status/1506647260276441092?s=21&t=GFryhLyv5FClDqX_y6BhfQ
  • I’ve chosen to forgive myself and my ex-husband. Forgiveness is hard as hell. Like pulling teeth hard but remember “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. -Lewis B. Smedes” & “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die -Buddha”
  • I’ve lived alone. Moving away from home was for me to learn how to take care of myself and become comfy with being alone. I’ve never had my own space previously and I found it’s literally my favorite. (Saving up for my house now lol)
  • I’ve been journaling. Not every day but writing out my feelings has helped. Because let’s face it sometimes sharing your feelings with others isn’t what you want to do. So, journal it write out all out every cuss word, every emotion, every bit of whatever it is you have inside and if after you still feel bleh BURN IT. Burn the journal entry (safely of course)
  • I’ve been doing the work. From shadow work, inner child healing, and self-love healing. To learn more about shadow work check out https://youtu.be/bCrAabPwih0

Inner child healing: https://youtu.be/IKJPtpaNP2A

One year down with so many to go! I’m back in the dating world still choosing myself and looking good while doing it. If you are going through a bad break up or divorce, remember you are not alone. You got this! If you woke up this morning and got out of bed, I’m proud you! If you ever need someone to talk to shoot me an email.

Email: humblesoul80888@gmail.com

Be blessed. Be healed. Be loved.

Health Wellness: Emotional & Physical

Health and Wealth

Wellness is becoming more aware of the choices you make for a balanced life. Wellness is the pursuit of continued growth and balance in the seven dimensions of Wellness. This week we will go through each one and learn how to take care of selves. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. 

We start with emotional health, which is an important part of overall health. Emotionally healthy people are in control of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They’re able to cope with life’s challenges. They can keep problems in perspective and bounce back from setbacks. You are able to acknowledge and feel the emotions but not be the emotions. Now always remember never to judge your journey with anyone else’s. Be kind to yourself. If you woke up this morning and just took a shower, I am proud of you, and even if you didn’t, I am still proud of you! Since this whole covid thing started, stress and doubt has been filling a lot of homes.

 Remember these things:

You are loved, You are important, You are needed, You deserve rest, You deserve Peace of mind. 

Emotional Wellness:

Having the ability to talk with someone about your emotional concerns and share your feelings with others. things you can do to stay on track:

  • Saying “no” when you need to without feeling guilty
  • Feeling content most of the time
  • Feeling you have a strong support network i.e.
  • Feeling good about who you are
  • Sticking up for yourself  
  • Speaking your mind 

Being emotionally healthy doesn’t mean you’re happy all the time. It means you’re aware of your emotions. You can deal with them, whether they’re positive or negative. Feeling stressed is normal and learning how to cope with stress is essential to being emotionally well. How each of us responds to stress is as individual as we are.

Check-in with yourself:

  • Do you see stress as something you can learn from or something to avoid?
  • Do you allow yourself to experience emotions, just as they are?
  • Are you able to ask for help when you need it?
  • Do you set clear boundaries with family, work, school, and friends?
  • Do you allow yourself to feel the emotions you are feeling, or do you self-sabotage? 

Be Positive: Focus on the good. Few things are all good or all bad. You’ll feel better if you look at the positive aspects of people, new experiences, meals, and everyday activities. Also, don’t be so hard on yourself!!! Everyone grows through hardships in life. Reach out for help and never be ashamed about it. 

Physical Wellness:

Physical Wellness promotes proper care of our bodies for optimal health and functioning. Being physically active is crucial to keeping your body in its top condition. A few proven benefits of physical activity are strengthened bones and muscles, reduced risk of disease and stroke, and more energy.

Understanding the relationship between your body’s physical health and mental health is crucial to develop balanced Physical Wellness. Physical Wellness is listening to and taking care of your body for optimal health and functioning. Taking care of your physical body will help you get through the stress of life.

Things to do for yourself:

  • Drinking 8 cups of water a day
  • Stretching every morning
  • Eating a balanced meal every day
  • Practicing safe sex
  • Exercising 30 Min or more a day

Check-in with yourself?:

  • Do you eat foods you enjoy, stay hydrated through the day, and listen to your hunger cues?
  • Are you able to keep a consistent sleep schedule and get 7 hours of sleep/night?
  • Do you move your body daily?
  • How much water do you drink a day?

Be kind to yourself: In the internet age, Youtube has well over in the thousand at-home workouts. And even if you don’t have the time do what you can today and try again tomorrow. Keep moving forward; if you wake up the next day, there is your chance.

Check back in a few days!

Ask a herbalist; Part 1

Health and Wealth

Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog. I had to take a break because I have been overworking and finally realized that I need to get back into writing for you all. Finding my balance has been challenging, but I have been planning, organizing, and am happy to be back. Today I am going to be answering a few questions about one of my favorite topics, HERBS! 

Before we start, please remember. We are not responsible or liable for any allergy reactions. You are the sole authority over your own body. These statements are not medical advice and are not regulated or approved by the FDA or any other certifying agency. These recipes are not meant to cure a disease or act in any medical capacity. Always consult with your doctor if you have any concerns before changing your diet. I am just a Humble herbalist and juicer trying to help heal the world. Now let’s jump into it. 

  • What herbs should you have on hand always? These are herbs to always have, in my opinion, that are always in my kitchen. 

Lavender

Lavender is one of the most recognizable medicinal herbs. It has a huge array of uses, from insomnia, stress, and depression to its antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, analgesic, and expectorant properties. Not to mention, it smells fantastic and looks beautiful in the garden. I personally have two plants, and I sleep with fresh lavender under my pillow. 

Oregano

A powerful antibiotic, oregano, is much more than a culinary herb! It is also anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties.

Garlic

 Garlic isn’t just tasty – it is medicinal as well. Garlic is my first defense in building immune systems and fighting colds – I used it in my simple cough syrup (coming soon). Studies show that garlic can help regulate blood sugar, lower high blood pressure, and battle cancers.

Peppermint

Peppermint is my favorite herb. I have 7 plants; it is relatively easy to grow. In fact, you’ll have to be careful it doesn’t take over. Medicinally peppermint can be used to soothe an upset stomach or help with digestion. It has both antimicrobial and antioxidant qualities that can help with immunity and cold-fighting. Used in teas, peppermint can help respiratory issues like congestion, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Peppermint oil can be used for headaches and cramps.

Rosemary

Not only does rosemary offer a wonderful flavor when you cook with it, but it has healing properties as well. Infused into the oil can be beneficial to those who suffer arthritis and skin conditions like eczema. It is also said to promote healthy circulation.

Basil

One of my favorite herbs to grow and use! Basil is both a fabulous culinary and healing herb! Basil has long been used to help the nervous system, aid in digestion, and easing gas, colic, cramps, and indigestion.

Other herbs to keep on hand always is Anise ( Can aid in digestion and anti-flatulence). Thyme ( The infused oil can be used for acne, skin problems, and yeast infections. Elderberry (Boosting the immune system, helps lower cholesterol). Calendula ( Salves help with inflammation, muscle spasms, and healing of wounds. 

  • Are fresh herbs better? How do you store them and keep them fresh? 

In my opinion, no. I do love fresh herbs because they smell the unique, wonderful aroma, etc. But dried herbs will last longer and are easier to store. To keep fresh herbs fresh, you can do this with any herbs, by the way.

I store my herbs the most by hang-drying them, then keeping them in airtight mason jars. Always be sure to sterilize your jars and make sure 100% dry before using them. For the air-dry method, tie small bunches together ( 4 or 5) and then hang them upside down in a dark, well-ventilated area. Drying time will take 2 to 4 weeks. Your leaves should be crispy and easy to crumble. 

You can also dry them in the oven at 170 to 180 F for about 2-4 hours, depending on your oven range. To let the moisture escape, you can leave the door open. 

If you still own an ice tray, you can chop the herbs and sprinkle into ice cube trays (measure each cube the most common amount you use in cooking, for example, 1 tsp). Cover with water and freeze (can also cover with stock or olive oil). Pop them out once they’re frozen and then re-pack in bags (remove as much air as possible from the bags first). When needed for cooking, just take out a cube and toss it in the dish that’s cooking (thawing first is optional-remember to account for the extra liquid in your recipe).  

You can also freeze the herb whole or chopped. Wash and dry the herbs, then store in bags with as much air removed (you can also lay them in a single layer on a cookie sheet then pack in bags when frozen). 

Last but not least, you can create a green salt herb seasoning and store in the freezer. This recipe is suitable for soups, stews, rice, beans, meats, etc. It can easily replace onions or garlic in any recipe, and you only need a little.

Recipe:

  • 2 green peppers
  • 3 large onions
  • 6 whole heads of garlic
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 bunch of green onions
  • 1 bunch of fresh bay leaves 
  • about 1 -2 pounds of kosher salt

Remove seeds from green pepper and the white membrane. 

Peel onions and garlic.

Place everything in the food processor, but salt mix together. It’ll take time to blend together. Once blended, mix the salt in with spatula well. 

This post is a bit longer than expected (whoops) lol, so I will be breaking this up into different parts. Check back tomorrow for more tips and questions. 

30 Days of Juices and Smoothies: Golden Tea For Cramps

Health and Wealth

Hey everyone, and welcome back to 30 days of Juice & Smoothies. If you are new here, we will be posting juice and smoothie recipes along with tips, tricks, and more for the next 19 days. Don’t forget to subscribe and follow, so you don’t miss a thing. Welcome to day 11!  Breaking the rules today, I know this recipe isn’t a juice or smoothie! A common question I get is asked a lot is how can I get control of my cramps. From heating pads, over the counter medicine, and THC ( legally, of course), it’s nice to have a quick and yummy tea with ingredients I am sure you already have in your fridge.

Don’t forget to get your copy of Period Talk for more recipes and much more. 

https://www.humblesoullifeofajuicer.com/online-store.php#!/Period-Talk/p/238578463/category=0

Golden Tea:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of dairy-free milk;
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric;
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon;
  • 1/4 tsp of ginger,
  • Pinch of black pepper

Any sweetener will work, I would say agave, but it’s up to you. 

Heat milk until hot, stir in everything, let it simmer but not boil. Drink as often as needed. 

These measurements are based on what works for me; please feel free to add more ginger or turmeric but be careful because too much can cause stomach cramps. Also, be aware that turmeric stains easy. 

30 days of Juices and Smoothies: Orangesicle

Health and Wealth

Hey everyone, welcome back for Day 6 of our juice/smoothie fest!!! Today we are going to be making orangesicle ( smoothie). It is made with sweet potato, clementine, and carrot. It’s a lovely, healthy treat for any time of the day. 

Day 6 ( September 29 2020) Orangesicle

Ingredients:

  1.  1/2-1 cup of unsweetened plain almond milk
  2. 1/2 cup orange juice 
  3. 1/4 cup of vanilla greek yogurt 
  4. 1/2 cup raw peeled diced sweet potatoes 
  5.  1/2 banana sliced 
  6. 1 large clementine or orange 
  7. 1/2 cup sliced carrots 

Tips:

  • Freeze your fruit to have a better texture of the smoothie.
  • You may need to add almond milk if it is to thick for you.
  • Sweet potatoes skins are safe to eat both raw and cooked, but it is essential to wash the skin.
  • It’s important to peel your carrots as well.

Adenomyosis: The truth behind the pain: Abby

Health and Wealth, Mini Series

Hey, everyone welcome back to my blog. Today we are going to start a series I have been working on called Adenomyosis: The truth behind the pain. I have over 50 and counting women who are ready to tell their story. We will have a new story every week, even a few videos. Of course, we will still have blog posts about getting healthy, juices, boosting the immune system, and more. Thank you for taking this journey with me lets get started. 

1. Would you like us to use your real name or a fake one? 

I prefer to use my pen name, which is “Abby.”

2. Where are you from?

I’m from Malaysia.

3. When were you diagnosed? How old were you?

I was diagnosed with Endometriosis in December 2018, at the age of 25; I was then diagnosed with Adenomyosis in October 2019, when I was 26 years old.

4. How long have you had Adenomyosis?

My symptoms appeared at the age of 9+, since menarche. Still, I was only “officially diagnosed” with Adenomyosis at the age of 26 years old, approximately 16 years, since the onset of my symptoms.

5. Do you have children? On birth control or any medicine for ando? Or have you had a hysterectomy if so when?

Nope. I am still single. I have been on multiple treatment modalities, but have been somewhat unresponsive, till date. A hysterectomy was suggested to me, as my last option, but I don’t think I am prepared to undergo a hysterectomy, as yet.

6. If you have had a hysterectomy, do you still have symptoms? 

-NA-

7. What are your symptoms?

Prolonged Menstrual Bleeding, Severe Pain, Diarrhoea during menstruation, pain on opening bowel (Dyschezia), during menstruation, Nausea, Loss of Appetite, Fatigue, etc.

8. What do you take for pain, nausea, etc.?

NSAIDs, Morphine Syrup (via prescription by my HCP), etc.

9. How long did it take you to be diagnosed?

Approximately 15 to 16 years.

10. How has Adenomyosis impacted your personal life? 

It has taken away the quality of life (QoL) that I deserve from such a young age.

11. What’s craziest/dumbest thing some have said to you?

The pain and bleeding are just in your head // You are just “imagining” everything // The pain is just psychogenic.

12. What diet do you follow? Have you changed it at all since being diagnosed? 

Anti-inflammatory diet. Yes, I have. I’ve eliminated foods like chicken, dairy, certain types of fish and vegetables, sugar, salt, soy and soy-based products, processed foods, canned foods, all forms of preserved foods, and reduced my carbohydrate intake, for instance.

13. Any other comments or questions you would like seen answered or heard (what would you like the world to know about Adenomyosis)

It would be great if more awareness is created, and people around us, be it our HCPs, family, friends, etc., be a little bit more empathetic. Try to understand how it feels and helps us to improve our QoL, by being slightly more kind. That’s the least that could be done.

Thank you abby for speaking your truth.

I choose to start with this story because I feel I do not hear many like this often. As a child, you learn how to take care of yourself. If you are like me, you had a health class in school that explained periods, cramps, etc. But no one talks about chronic illnesses. I feel as though it’s taboo. Most people have the “that would never happen to me” mindset. Most people, especially men, assume “it can’t be that bad.” Even growing up, most women are molded to take care of every person. Women take care of the household, children, pets, and husband. Women bend, but we must never break. This space is safe. You are allowed to be in pain. You are allowed to be vulnerable. You are safe here.

Humble Soul

Humble Soul


Hey everyone today I just wanted to highlight my business Humble Soul based in Honolulu, Hawaii, we provide Ebooks on Seamoss with recipes and much more, Juicing and Lactation support. Our seamoss(wildcrafted 2 oz, 4 oz, and 6oz), which comes in a vacuum-sealed bag. Our gel comes in two sizes 8oz and 16 oz mason jar. Our juice cleanses, which comes with 6 juices for each day, (We have Day 1 – Day 5) juice packages, a variety of our juices from a 3 pack to a 12 pack, and lactation support ( brownies cookies and smoothies.) Everything is made fresh to order with fresh ingredients, love, and Aloha. We do delivery and ship for an additional fee. ( We are not shipping juices at the moment). If you have any questions, please send us a message. We are here to empower and give hope. Our mission is to bring you the best products that will help heal you from the inside out. Thank you! Check out our website https://www.humblesoullifeofajuicer.com.

I also want to thank everyone for the love and support. We have been working really hard perfecting our craft. Content coming soon.

Sea Moss

Health and Wealth

Hey everyone, Welcome back! Today we are going to be talking about seamoss. Sea moss, also known as Irish moss, red algae, or Chondrus crispuswhich offers us a variety of health benefits. Sea moss is jam-packed full of potassium! The cells of the body cannot function without potassium, though strangely, our bodies do not have a mechanism to conserve potassium. Adding high-potassium foods like sea moss to the diet can significantly improve behavior and mental functioning (especially for ADD children). High potassium foods are also beneficial for fibromyalgia, moodiness, agitation, depression, and anxiety disorders. Irish moss is also an excellent source of a range of B vitamins, which are well known for supporting the nervous system and reducing stress. This food is like a warm cup of tea with a good book by the fire for the nervous system. Sea moss has a gummy consistency, meaning it can help act as a soothing and healing agent to all mucous membranes (great for external skin health and internal digestive tract health). Recent animal studies show that it has probiotic effects as well, leading to increased production of essential short-chain fatty acids in the colon, a reduction of detrimental bacteria in the gut, and improvements in overall gut health and immunity. I have personally used and use sea moss in my diet and am happy to announce that we will have sea moss in our online store very soon. The benefit goes on and on. Sea moss helps relieve and prevents symptoms of colds and flu – how perfect for the cold and flu season, but also year-round immunity. Irish moss is a source of potassium chloride, a nutrient which helps with (inflammation and phlegm in the mucous membranes), which cause congestion. It contains compounds that act as a natural antimicrobial and antiviral agents, helping to boost immunity and get rid of any infections.

Hello, natural cough syrup!

Cold, flu-like, and other coughy-mucousy conditions the moss helps with include:

  • Sore throat
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Chesty coughs

Irish moss contains 92 of the 102 minerals that our bodies need, along with Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K. It is especially rich in calcium and iodine, as well as containing potassium iodide and potassium bromide, selenium, zinc, and natural silica. Irish moss can be acquired in its dried state in health food stores, Caribbean markets, or you can buy some online. It then needs to be soaked for 4-6 hours or overnight, after which it has to be thoroughly rinsed to remove dirt, sand, salt, and debris before consumption.

Sea moss is tasteless, so that you can add it to a variety of dishes. It’s an especially great plant-based substitute for gelatin or other thickening agents. The traditional Jamaican Irish moss drink is a popular option, but you can also put it in:

  1. Smoothies 
  2. Juices
  3. Cakes
  4. Sauces
  5. Homemade ice cream
  6. Stews and soups

Remember, since Irish moss has little to no flavor, you can get creative when it comes to reaping the benefits of this nutritious algae. So don’t be afraid to experiment. You might come up with a new, tasty recipe. As always, I am a herbalist in training and not a certified doctor. Please always consult with your doctor if you have any concerns before changing your diet. Be on the lookout for our sea moss line! Talk soon!

Black Women and Spiritually.

Personal, Spiritually

Black women and spiritually most of everyone I know was raised in the church. Every Sunday we got up and dressed in our best clothes and socks, I still hear the popping of the hot comb. ( Yikes lol) I sat through the gospel service, the screams, and jumping around. I remember people passing out after dancing back and forth and thinking, but why. I was never really a church person thinking back. But I appreciated the concept of it. Coming together one day of the week to try and reset and let go of the hurt and yuckiness. But for myself, considering being an empath, I would slightly not—the large crowds in church, loud music, and required hugs & kisses. I am a firm believer in energy can be passed on by touch. I believe it is an intimate experience only happening when it’s a mutual exchange. Now before we dig deeper, please understand I am not bashing the church or Christianity. I am all for everyone having there own opinion and belief. Life is short, and it’s all about how and what you feel. I also am going to ask we keep this a judgment-free zone at the end of this post you will hear from a few of my friends and their experiences. We are all children at the end of the day trying to figure it out. We never stop learning and growing. Now back to business! 

It wasn’t until I turned 25 I realized I was going through the motions. I did what I was taught, not what I was feeling. I was afraid to color outside the lines, and I was worried I would be judged. I was ready to connect with myself and somewhere that connects me to home. Generations of African American women all over the world are turning to Santeria, Hoodoo, Voodoo, and Brujeria. Going back to the times of our ancestors, they were taught to practice Christianity and Catholicism with a touch of African spiritual tradition. For myself, I am still figuring it out honestly. I believe there is a God I know that 10000% to be valid, and I also know God is me. I strive to pray every day and give my offerings weekly. Everything that I had been searching for from love, peace, hope, etc. was in myself. Codependency has been one of my biggest struggles, and I hope not to pass it down to my children. Now there is nothing wrong with needing someone or depending on them. The dictionary definition of Codependency is characterized by excessive emotional or psychological reliance on a partner, typically one who requires support on account of an illness or addiction. When you confuse caretaking and sacrifice with loyalty and love. Yikes! But it’s hard, especially in the world we live in so I understand. No matter where you are on the journey called life, I applaud you. Waking up every day and deciding to keep going is a lot in itself. Never let anyone or anything tell you differently. 

 Since starting this journey, I’ve had to dig deep. I still struggle with the fear of being judged because I am choosing not to attend church anymore. I am loving myself more, and I am finding my power. I am my source. I applaud everyone working on themselves. I will be 26 this year, and I am still finding myself. Every day is a journey every day is a mission, and we must get up and show up. Growing up with strict parents, I was also blessed to have open parents. Every question I needed answered they never hesitated. Even to this day, I know I can go to them with open arms. To those who don’t have that type of security, please know that my door/email is always free. Please never be afraid to reach out. You are never alone. Listed below will be books I highly recommend. You will also find a few stories of other black women and their journeys. I hope you choose to heal. Be blessed.

Books To Read; 

  1. The power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  2. Girl wash your Face by Rachel Hollis 
  3. The 21 Day Self Love Challange 
  4. Spoken Black Girl Self-Love & Healing Journal ( Book)
  5. Sacred Woman; A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, mind, and spirit by Queen Afua

Black Woman and There Journeys; 

I, like most of my fellow black girls, was raised in a strict Christian home. The Bible was law, and you were going to Sunday service, no questions asked. As I got older and I began to stray away from my upbringing, it left me confused. I felt ashamed and guilty that I had somehow “turned my back” on God. I still believe in a higher power or the universe as a collective, but I don’t think that things are precisely as traditional religion says. How could we practice so much hate and discrimination? I believe that if you do good, good will come back to you. Spread love. I’m still in the early stages of my journey. And I’m happy I found my tribe to help me along the way. ❤️

It’s so important to surround yourself with like-minded individuals.I would say I started my journey after I had my oldest daughter; I was 17. A little before then, I wandered off of the things my parents taught me growing up because I thought, “I knew it all.” I distanced myself from and allowed myself to heal and reflect on me, the type of mother and woman I wanted to be. I started meditating and slowing down ultimately while reminding myself my body is a temple, and I’m a goddess. It was hard but it was worth it and very much needed. Now I know my worth, who I am, and who I’m destined to be!

Honestly, I guess I kind of always knew that Christianity wasn’t really for me. I never really enjoyed going to church, and the preachings were nice, but it never really fit for me, and I was never whole heartily involved. When I got out from under very strict parents Christians, I decided to follow what I think felt more natural and sat right with my guy which lead me to a more spiritual/magical lifestyle I still believe that there is a god/higher being, but I also believe in the universe and that elements and words have more power than even I can comprehend.