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I was at the pharmacy the other day and bought a packet of Ear Candling cones.  I always wanted to try it out and thought my daughter who had a slight ear infection may benefit from it as well.  My daughter didn’t complain of an earache after that, it may be a coincidence or it may have helped.  My son who has had ear problems said he felt clearer too.  I did a bit of research to share this with you.

Ear candling is a holistic ritual which has been around for thousands of years, practiced by the chinese, ancient egyptians to the native americans.  

You may have come across ear candling cones at the pharmacy or even at your health center or spa.

The cone is made of a muslin cloth which has been dipped in paraffin.  This treatments can be done at the comfort of your home.  The cone is inserted through a paper plate which has slits in the center so it slides through to the marker point.  The cone is then placed in the ear gently and is lit. You extinguish the flame once the cone burns down to the marker point. Some say as the candle cone burns warm smoke fills your ear it loosens wax and causes a vacuum effect which cleans built up wax and toxins from your inner ear, however the cones that I bought claim that it does not remove earwax. Whether it does or doesn’t it seems to have amazing natural benefits for the following ailments such as sinus pressure, migranes, earaches, stress, swimmer’s ear, colds and lots more.

Children can benefit from ear candling too, however they must be of an age where they can remain still for a period of time.  Caution must be taken with the cone when it is lit.  That is why it is best to have it centered through a paper plate incase of any wax or ash droppings.

Have you tried ear candling? Did you benefit from it? or do you think it’s a whole load of nonsense?

*images belong to lifehealer

 

This is such a great swimsuit! Which looks more like a sports outfit! I live in it when I am with the kids, playing watersports, swimming in the sea or even on the tennis courts.  I personally tend not to wear the attached hood and opt for a bandana scarf but this is definitely a must have if you’re traveling to resorts and don’t want to be the mum stuck on the sun bed while everyone gets wet! NOW YOU CAN JOIN in the fun!! I love my pink and black Bodykini and you will love yours too!

 

Here’s what Bodykini has to say:

The Bodykini Muslim swimsuit has been designed to respect Islamic values and aims to enhance the lifestyle of active Muslim women. Islamic women can now enjoy wearing our modest swimming suits and participate in water sports, swim in the pool or at the beach or simply relax in the jacuzzi.

Our Muslim swimwear is especially designed to enhance athletic performance while upholding the Koranic principle of modesty by only exposing face, hands and feet. The Bodykini provides protection for women who prefer to limit their exposure to the sun’s harmful rays.

The Bodykini performs well during active swimming and is generously proportioned to provide comfort, allowing maximum movement whilst in or out of the water.

 

The Material:

– Polyester/Spandex mix
– Protection from UV rays
– Low water absorbency
– Quick drying
– Resistant to sea salt
– Ensures maximum breathability
– High Chlorine resistant
– Ensures maximum comfort thanks to “four-way” stretch technology

 

*images belongn to Bodykini

I love cucumbers!! Sooo refreshing and great for the eyes! I usually cut up a few slices and chill with them on my eyes but here is a great tip I will be trying out! Great for puffy and tired eyes.

Cucumber Eye Gel

Ingredients:
1/4 large cucumber
1 ounce aloe vera gel

Instructions:
-Puree the cucumber in a blender (Ieave a little pulp), then strain the mixture into a glass bowl until you have at least 2 ounces. Spoon in just a tad of the pulp from the strainer. Add the aloe vera to the cucumber puree in the bowl and mix lightly. Pour into a clean, sterilized container.
– After cleansing face, stir mixture gently and apply with a cotton ball to under eye area. Avoid the eyeball. The shelf life of this product is very limited by the fresh cucumber. It should be used within a few days, and kept refrigerated between uses. Source: Spa Index

*image belongs to beauty.matters

These t-shirts are uniquely designed to blend contemporary and islamic designs as a wearable form.  The islamic patterns and arabic sayings are a great way to express yourself as a muslim youth whether your’e living in the middle east or the west.  These t-shirts are great even as gifts to your western friends. A very unique product which will attract any t-shirt lover:)

I love the hoodie with the star!

Background:

The Islamic Design House strongly feels the need for the creation of an online store that houses a range of quality, innovative products that specifically cater for Muslims living in the west. We aim to achieve this by strongly collaborating with young creative individuals and companies to bring you the best. We are pleased to have begun this project by working with creative and innovative companies, who in their own right are leading their fields, such as Silk Route ClothingAerosol ArabicVisual DhikrSisters Magazine and Cute Culture but we strongly desire for this list to grow and we are currently in discussions with other companies.

*images belong to heeba.org

With winter hitting countries hard this time of the year what do touch phone users do?? How can they keep their hands warm and be able to use their phone to send tweets/msgs/calls etc ..

Lincoln McCardle is the brainchild behind these genius gloves!! Some of us have been in those situations where you have to decide between having frostbite or risking it to update your frozen tweet situation.  This is where the “Twitten” concept was born, during one of those moments he was enduring one canadian winter.

Read more

*image belongs to twitten

Remember my blog post on BPA? Here is a product that I am so happy to see available in the UAE and abroad.  You can order these lunch boxes  online and customize it!  Getting your child to pick the faceplate of their choice is part of the fun. Now you can pack your kids snacks and not worry about what they’re being exposed to while their food sits in the lunch box.

Again if you know of other products that are BPA free that you like or have seen .. comment below so we can share the knowledge and keep our homes toxins free 🙂

This is what Yubo has to say:

Yubo is a patent-pending modular design using BPA-free plastic treated with an anti-microbial

agent, allowing for frequent, thorough dishwasher cleaning.  Inside is a specially fitted ice pack

and three safe, economical and reusable food containers, all designed for kid-friendly foods.

Kids can personalize their lunch box with yubo’s own designs,  add their name,even  or upload

their own artwork or photos for a completely personal look. Faceplates can be changed regularly,

turning the lunch box into a creative canvas for kids to express themselves as they grow.

*images belong to Yubo

Music video by Michael Jackson Duet with Akon performing Hold My Hand

 

The first lyric to the song ” this life don’t last forever.. so tell me what we’re waiting for … ”

Such a beautiful song! Gives me goosebumps .. Michael always brought us great music! Music you felt with all your senses…You are greatly missed!!

 

Making your own products is so much fun! You can get your kids involved too.  How about throwing a party where you all make different home made treatments 🙂 Great idea for a girl’s birthday party.

These ingredients are all natural based so always store in the fridge and keep no longer than 2 weeks.  Avoid contamination by using a cotton bud instead of your fingers to scoop products out.

Have fun and enjoy your home spa 🙂

 

Avocado Carrot Cream Mask

This mask is rich in vitamin E, beta carotene, antioxidants, calcium and protein, ingredients that may help rebuild skin collagen, fade age spots and improve tone and texture.

Ingredients:
1 avocado, mashed
1 carrot, cooked and mashed
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons honey

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Spread gently over your face and neck, and leave in place 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and follow with your favorite toner. Source

I promised a while back I would do a post on Fluoride and it’s harmful effects.  Some may think these views may be extreme and controversial. However, the majority have zero awareness on the topic so on that note I will be shedding some light on it and you can make your own choice.

Fluoride can be found in tap water, bottled water, toothpastes, mouth rinses, flouride vitamins and much more. Dentists recommend you use fllouride enriched products to help build strong teeth and prevent tooth decay.  Keep in mind this is something that is being ingested into our body. Whether we/or our kids swallow too much toothpaste, drink flouridated water, juices etc it is getting into our system.  Now some may say only a small amount gets ingested.  The questions is not the amount, the issue is doing it over a long period of time.  What is the effect then ?

Flouride is not an essential vitamin. People cannot be fluoride deficient.  The masses are being medicated through drinking water, toothpastes etc without being informed on what they are being given and without concent.  We are made to believe it is for our own good.  There is much attention and focus on fluoride and our health when instead of promoting it governments should be enforcing every child be given vitamins at school, or something of that nature where it is actually causing good instead of harm.  I guess there is no money in “good health”.

If something is harming us why are we being given it? Sounds like a crazy conspiracy eh! Well no matter how bizare a conspiracy may sound there is always some truth to it. (Note by Andrew Saul: Fluoridation of water owes its continued existence more to politics than to science.  If safety and effectiveness are truly considered, fluoride would be questionable even as a prescription drug.  But to freely add it to public water supplies, often without any public vote whatsoever, is far beyond questionable.  Mr. Meiers’ discussion of the dangers of fluoride is important reading.)

Most of western Europe has rejected fluoridation on the grounds that it is unsafe. In 1971, after 11 years of testing, Sweden’s Nobel Medical Institute recommended against fluoridation, and the process was banned. The Netherlands outlawed the practice in 1976, after 23 years of tests. France decided against it after consulting with its Pasteur Institute and West Germany, now Germany, rejected the practice because the recommended dosage of 1 ppm was “too close to the dose at which long-term damage to the human body is to be expected.” Dr. Lee sums it up: “All of western Europe, except one or two test towns in Spain, has abandoned fluoride as a public health plan. It is not put in the water anywhere. They all established test cities and found that the benefits did not occur and the toxicity was evident.”From Rense.com/health/fluoride1.htm.

This explains why in the UK almost all of bottled water contain ZERO fluoride! Why is it that in the middle east it is the opposite! The few that don’t contain fluoride that I am aware of are Masafi and Al ain (UAE).

Did you know that if you have a bowl of cereal with milk and then a coke you have “exceeded” your fluoride intake.

Q. I heard fluoride is a poison. Is this true?
A. Yes. Fluoride is an acute toxin with a rating [4 – very toxic] higher than that of lead [3 to 4, moderately to very toxic].
From Bruha.com

Q. Does fluoride accumulate in the body?
A. Yes. About half of each day’s fluoride intake will be retained. This is what makes it so dangerous. “The dose makes the poison”. All sides agree to the fact that healthy kidneys can eliminate only about 50% of daily fluoride intake. The rest gets absorbed in calcified tissues, like bones and teeth. The National Academy Of Sciences (NAS) stated in 1977 that, for the average individual, a retention of 2mg/day would result in crippling skeletal fluorosis after 40 years.
From Bruha.com

Q. How can my dentist say that Fluoride’s good for my teeth?
A. By receiving limited training on the subject and being misinformed on purpose by the ADA and CDA. Figures in ADA pamphlets contain an incredible amount of untruths, and outright fraudulent claims. If you check the references cited and numbers listed in your local libraries, you will come to the same conclusion. Most dentists never bother to take the time to study both sides of the fluoride issue. Consider this statement by the ADA in 1979: “Individual dentists must be convinced that they need not be familiar with scientific reports and field investigations on fluoridation to be effective participants and that non-participation is overt neglect of personal responsibility.” There are NO reliable studies, conducted under ethical research guidelines, which prove the benefits of fluoride supplementation. The FDA admits to this! And there are more than 500 peer-reviewed studies documenting the adverse effects of it!From Bruha.com

Studies indicate fluoride lowers the I.Q of children, in some cases even before the child is born. We now know fluoride has the ability to pass through placenta walls, inevitably damaging the brain of the fetus. Another common illness categorized by yellow spotted teeth which occurs from over exposure to fluoride is Dental Fluorosis. Attorney Paul Beeber claims, “Over one-third of United States school children are overexposed to fluoride.” This is an alarming number considering it could have been avoided in the first place. Other studies show fluoride interferes with DNA repair and enzyme activities. Yet even more frightening than the side effects discussed thus far, is the link between overexposure to fluoride and reduced I.Q’s. China has conducted over seven studies on the topic. They concluded test subjects I.Q’s in overexposed areas were drastically lower than their classmates I.Q’s in less concentrated areas, sometimes by 10%. Fluoride also adversely affects the bones and teeth, by building up deposits. It has also been known to interfere with hormones connected to our sleep cycle.(more)

Here are the side effects Flouride can cause:

* Diminished IQ in children

* Alzheimer’s disease

* Headache

* Effects endocrine function (hypothyroidism, or reduced activity of the thyroid gland-fatigue, depression, weight gain, hair loss, muscle pains and heart disease

* Oral cancer

* Gum disease

* fluoride allergy include skin rashes, mouth lesions, headache, weakness, joint pain, gastric distress, fatigue and vision problems

* Reproductive effects

and much much more..

Did you know that we consume, almost 300% more than what the American Dental Association recommends. However, you can take steps to minimize your fluoride exposure.

Here is how:

* Did you know most processed food and juices contain Fluoride? another reason to make your own fresh juices and opt for fresh mushrooms rather than the canned ones.

* When cooking avoid using tap water to boil or cook your food in.  Use bottled water that does not contain fluoride to reduce

*Fluoride free toothpastes: aloe dent, tooth soap, Tom’s etc…

* When visiting the dentist ask that they do not use fluoride rinses, tablets etc and bring your own.

* Make your teas, coffees with bottled water

* Avoid processed food

*stop drinking sodas; why would fluoride need to be in that in the first place??

The evidence is there, so why do they keep adding fluoride to our drinking supply? I don’t think it started off where the side effects were so clear. I think back in the day they may have had good intentions for the general public’s health.  I will say that! However the evidence is clear now so why won’t they stop.  There is something bigger behind this. The only other thing which makes sense (yeah yeah conspiracy.. ) it is used as an anti-depressant to calm and balance the population. It was used for that reason in Russia to control the masses.  Who knows why governments do certain things? But one thing is for sure.. start educating yourself and take your health into your own hands.  Don’t believe propaganda of any kind (milk campaigns etc) research for yourself and know your own body.

Links:

5 Things You Need to Know About Fluoride

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/4388-need-fluoride/#ixzz17K7Pup7t

http://www.livestrong.com/article/4388-need-fluoride/

http://www.doctoryourself.com/fluoride_cancer.html

http://www.just-think-it.com/f-facts.htm

http://poisonfluoride.com/pfpc/

http://www.nofluoride.com/

http://withonebreath.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/fluoride-is-a-bioaccumulative-poison-1800-professionals-call-for-end-of-water-fluoridation/

http://info-wars.org/2010/08/05/fluoridation-fluoride-toxic-chemicals-in-your-water/

*images belong to withonebreath, natural news

This is a fantastic nourishing rich cream made form organic ingredients.  I love this cream and use it on my face/body/lips anywhere that needs that extra bit of love.  I sometimes lather a thick amount all over my face at night before going to bed.  It literally feeds the skin while you are asleep!  Perfect cream to carry around for all purposes.  This product is one of their best sellers as well.

This is what Weleda says:

Weleda Skin Food is a nourishing and hydrating treatment for the whole body, especially hands, feet and elbows. This marvellous intensive moisture cream is a backstage beauty secret and been around since 1926. Suitable for vegetarians.

A deep-penetrating replenishing skin repair cream for dry patches of skin and for added winter protection. Ideal for skin that is dry, flaky and in need of extra care.

Made with organic sunflower seed oil, and extracts of wild pansy, chamomile, calendula and revitalising rosemary extract to perk up tired skin, it is a great rescue remedy for lack-lustre or generally undernourished complexions.

Skin Food is delicately fragranced with refreshing essential oils including sweet orange and lavandulae and is the natural choice for everyday care of the face and body.

It can be used as a protective cream in harsh weather and is excellent for anyone regularly out of doors.

BEST SKINCARE PRODUCT: Ethical Living commented “Thick, creamy, natural and heavily moisturising, this cream is a versatile winner. It leaves skin visibly brighter and moisturised with a cooling finish. It is a delight for hands, feet, lips, eczema and elbows! Very little is required and absorbs easily. Dry Skin? Trust us, you’ll love this product”.

 

*image belongs to Weleda

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