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Black-Owned Beauty Brands That Are Good for Your Health

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With protests taking place, important elections, and a pandemic you might be tempted to think that beauty is the last thing you should be focused on, but I’m here to tell you that it is essential.  Beauty products and regimens play a huge role in self-care; something we could all use during times that threaten to take so much and leave us on empty mentally, physically, and spiritually.  It can be seriously draining. 

In response to the murder of George Floyd, and other black women and men due to racism and police brutality, there has also been much conversation around other effective ways to support the ongoing fight against systemic racism and inequality.  Using our dollars to buy Black is another great way to fuel and support our communities.   

Here are some black-owned beauty and wellness brands that will take your self-care to the next level. And because we must also being mindful of what we put on our bodies, these brands make it their mission to provide products with quality, non-toxic ingredients and materials that cater to the unique needs of all shades on the melanin spectrum.

1.   Be Transcendent– a plant-based, all-natural skincare that addresses the needs of all skin types and shades.  

Price: $10 to $25

2. Honey Pot Co.-  the first complete feminine care system powered by herbs.

Price: $7 to $20

3. Black Girl Sunscreen– finally a sunscreen for melanated skin, full of natural ingredients but, without the white residue.

Price: $10 to $25

4. BLK + GRN– your one-stop shop for natural products by black artisans.

Price: $12 to $49

5. Mented Cosmetics– their foundations and nude lipsticks are the perfect shades for all skin tones, and are free of parabens and toxins. 

Price: $15 to $50

6. Alexandra Winbush– because nothing says self-care quite like lit soy candles and loose leaf tea. 

Price: $12 to $26

Sometimes we feel pressured to do, be, and say all the things society desires of us but, remember to put yourself first with no apologies. Rest when you need to.  Get up and check something off your to-do list when you need to.  Find ways to rejuvenate and unplug when you have to.  You can’t pour from an empty cup. 

What are some of your favorite self-care products?

Eats, Wellness

Coronavirus: How to Protect and Prepare Holistically

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In this season of the flu and coronavirus, it is difficult to know what the next best steps are.  On Instagram this morning, my favorite nutritionist and health coach, Gessie Thompson shared the five things you can do to help protect yourself and your family. 

  1. Boost your immunity.   Your immune system is the defense that helps to fight off viruses, diseases, and so much more.  Therefore, doing things to make sure your resistance is strong, is so important. 

What you can take:

The Breathe supplement from This supplement helps to boost and repair the respiratory system. Also, consume foods that boost your immune system like elderberry, black mulberries (packed with iron and vitamin C), and camu camu (the highest source of vitamin C), and ginger.

2. Boost your gut health.  Your gut health is directly linked to having a strong immune system.  Prebiotics and probiotics are important in nourishing thegood bacteria found in your gut and put back good bacteria into your gut.

What you can take:

If you have daily bloating and constipation, healing is important first. Detox30 and Detox7 protocols from The Detox Now program.   

After healing your gut, getting a good prebiotic and probiotic will help your gut flora to be in balance.

Prebiotic- Manuka honey

Probiotic- Coconut yogurt by Coconut Cult

3. Good hygiene habits.

Wash, wash, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 10 to 20 seconds.

4.  Stock up on supplies the electric way.  In the event that stores are closed or people have to be quarantined, you want to have enough food, toiletries, and water.  We typically think of stocking up on non-perishable items like canned foods but, they are usually laced with BPA (a heavy toxin).

What you can do:

Get frozen organic vegetables and fruits. For a list of the electric, non-inflammatory fruits and veggies, download your free list at   From the good food list, what you can’t find frozen, you can buy them fresh and wash with a fruit and veggie wash (food -grade hydrogen peroxide and distilled water).  Then, cut them up and place them in BPA-free freezer bags. 

Buy grains, lentils, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, walnuts, etc.

5.  Boost your peace. 
Whatever you do, protect your peace.  We want to be proactive, not stressed out and panicked.  With all the constant news updates, social media posts, and everyone’s opinions and speculations, it can be overwhelming and send you into anxiety mode.  Finding ways to be at peace will lower cortisol levels, cut down inflammation, and help keep you healthy. 

What you can do:

Pray, meditate, exercise, practice breathing exercises, recite positive affirmations and scriptures, and journal.  Also, being mindful about the information you take in and how often you are allowing it into your mind.   

Check out the full video below and follow Gessie on Instagram, @coachgessie.

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#CORONAVIRUS — GET PROTECTED & PREPARED HOLISTICALLY WATCH THE FULL VIDEO! Today, as I’m readying my family for the outbreak that is spreading way too quickly, I wanted to share 5 TIPS with you to help you BOOST your way through this biological storm: ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ 1. BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY: My go to Immunity Booster is our supplement Breathe (available at 🔗in BIO)! I take it daily and also give it to my 8 year old daughter. You can also build your immunity with foods like Elderberries, Black Mulberries, Ginger, Camu Camu and others. ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ 2. BOOST YOUR GUT HEALTH: 80% of our Immune System is in our GUT and healthy bowel movements are evidence of a productive digestive system. If you deal with frequent bloating and or constipation, I highly recommend you do ou @TheDeToxNow DETOX 7 Mini-Cleanse or our DETOX 30 Fruit DeTox — depending on how severe your case is. If you simply need to boost your gut health, I recommend you add electric prebiotic and probiotics to your diet (watch the video for my picks!) ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ 3. BOOST YOUR HYGIENE: Wash Your Hands for 10 to 20 seconds after any activity that involves other people, places and your own bodily fluids (like going to the bathroom, wiping your nose, touching your eyes, blowing your nose). ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ 4. BOOST YOUR SUPPLIES: Stock Up on foods, household, toiletries, cleaning items so that you have more than a 2 week supply in case you have to be restricted to your home for your own protection. Watch the full video for my breakdown of tips on ensuring your foods are as healthy as possible! ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ 5. BOOST YOUR PEACE! Maintain a Positive & Peaceful mindset. If we let it, the news cycle of updates will suck us into a vortex of fear, anxiety and downright terror — all of which trigger cortisol causing inflammation! So, PRAY/MEDITATE and trust God! Need help REVERSING or PREVENTING a health issue or not sure which DETOX is for you? START HERE: REGISTER for our FREE DETOX Weekly Group Consult at to have our team review your case and recommend the best plan for you!

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Fit Life, Wellness

Tips and Tricks for Anxiety Relief

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Rise and shine! Your feet have not even hit the floor yet but, your brain already has 25 tabs open and your heart is racing thinking about them all. It’s enough to make you want to stay in bed and pull the covers over your head but, you have things to do and no one has time for anxiety and its antics.

Sound familiar?

Here are a few products and tips to help ease your mind and conquer your day.

  1. Stress Check Face oil by This Works

2. Peace Juice from Organic Olivia

3. Super Good Vibes from Sabaidee Co.

4. Set a consistent morning routine. Doing this has really changed my life. I used to be the most anxious, on-edge person in the mornings and consciously being aware of the steps I take in the morning has been a lifesaver for my nerves. When my mind is not racing, I don’t feel overwhelmed and stressed, I’m better prepared to deal with any challenges that come my way throughout the day and I can check off a lot more from to-do list.

It’s a win-win.

What you do within the first twenty minutes after waking up definitely sets the tone for the rest of your day so creating a morning routine that helps you to be at peace and ready to attack the day, is crucial.

Here is a snippet of a typical morning for me:

*Anxiety is a real mental health issue. If you find yourself literally paralyzed or having suicidal thoughts please see a physician.

A good resource is the National Institute of Mental Health Information Resource Center, where you can speak to someone via phone, email, or online chat.

To reach someone after hourse,  SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a great resource.

Here’s to living in peace and walking in purpose this year!

What do you do to relieve anxiety?