My DIY “Lemon/Garlic and Ginger-Infused Honey” PT1

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My DIY “Lemon/Garlic and Ginger-Infused Honey” PT1

I got up this morning really excited about starting this DIY project!
I washed, dry and thinly slice about five lemons, peel and slice a few garlic cloves and a good chunk of ginger root. Next, I washed and dried several jars…
I placed the ingredients in the jars, not too tight though, leave enough room for the honey to fill in between the lemon slices. Then I poured the honey slowly and carefully over the slices, closed the jars and placed them in the back of my refrigerator. OMG…They all looked so pretty I want to make more! I made five jars…so far!
So I’ll wait patiently till the end of November (3 months from today…)
before I open them again and taste the finished product…So, that will be My DIY “Lemon/Garlic and Ginger-Infused Honey” PT2. Stay tuned ;-)!!!

My Ancient Blends ‘Sacred Hair & Scalp Oil’

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“Lemon/Garlic and Ginger-Infused Honey”

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I came across this recipe for a lemon and honey delight on the internet a few days ago. http://catherineboley.blogspot.com/2009/08/preparing-for-winter.html This photo shows a lemon and honey blend. I love to use ginger so, I plan to add some (and maybe some garlic) to my recipe. As the summer slowly fizzles, I can feel a connection to the subtle shifting of the season. I also feel an inner desire to plan a few DIY projects for Fall…So I’ll start with this one. Today I picked up some 8oz Ball mason jars from Target. I already had some lemons, garlic, ginger and a few jars of honey on my pantry shelf. I can’t wait to experience this tasty looking mixture after it sits for a few days. In a few months from now it should become somewhat jelly-like and really potent…I’ll be sure to post my own photos and let you know how it turns out…I already know it’s going to be a delicious treat!

My Upcoming Natural Hair Event

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My Upcoming Natural Hair Event

It’s about six days away and I’m doing all of the final prep work to make this an awesome, informative, fun event. They’ll be prizes, gift bags, refreshments, Q&A and lots of positive sharing on the topic of…natural hair and holistic health

My NEW Hair Tea Drink ‘video’


I had a very different experience today…Key and I created my first Ancient Blends Natural product related video in the series of many.  I think she did a fantastic job. This was quite a project…

Enjoy!

My New Healthy Hair Herbal Tea Drink

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My New Healthy Hair Herbal Tea Drink

My new ‘Ancient Blends Healthy Hair Herbal Tea Drink’ is for DRINKING!!! I do have another product called Ancient Blends Herbal Hair Tea Rinse (which is a topical deep treatment for hair). For years, many people have asked me if this combination was okay to consume internally. I personally felt that due to the amount of herbs in that blend…sixteen different herbs, it was really too much to drink on a regular basis. So, I’ve blended a smaller combination that can be consumed safely and also daily for the benefit of growing healthier hair. This is a natural, caffeine-free drink. You can drink it hot or cold. It’s also organic and contains all of the essential minerals and vitamins for promoting healthier hair. This tea works from the inside (where healthy hair originates) to assist in promoting hair and scalp healing…it’s also a nice alternative if you have a hard time swallowing vitamin capsules, I know a lot of people do.This all natural hair growth combo is also a delicious tasting way to care for your natural hair as well as definitely benefiting your body! Ancient Blends Healthy Hair Herbal Tea Drink is an all natural hair growth blend of certified organic Burdock Root, Peppermint Leaves, Nettle leaves, Shavegrass Leaves and Rosemary Leaves. These hair nourishing herbs were hand-blended. They are rich in calcium, biotin, silica, chlorophyll, copper, zinc, vitamins A, B, C and E, potassium and iron. This hair growth recipe works by purifying the blood stream to boost circulation which will then promote healthy hair growth. As a herbalist, I do recommend drinking loose teas whenever possible instead of pre-packaged tea bags. This allows the water to thoroughly extract the healing properties from the herbs without the hindrance of a filtered tea bag. I also recommend that you drink at least three cups of this blend per day to benefit from it’s healing and nurturing qualities. DO NOT ADD SWEETENER…Simply sit back and enjoy ‘the experience.’

ALSO AVAILABLE AT MY ONLINE STORE www.cowrieshell.com

Feeling Re-Newed

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I had a massage therapy session at Empirical last night Whooo!!!…(https://www.facebook.com/pages/Empirical-Therapeutic)

After being  welcomed into this amazing space with a huge, loving, much anticipated hug  from my long time sistah friend Khadijah…I was shown into a zen like, softly lighted treatment room. The room had a beautiful picture of a freshly painted lotus flower hanging on the wall. The Lotus flower is regarded in many different cultures  as a symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration and rebirth. Just the perfect imagery for such a space, I was truly at home. It is also one of my favorite flowers… So Neferatum (unlimited potential) I got comfortable and laid on the table… remembering when I used to do this two times every month. Massage was very much a part of my healing day ritual. Usually my healing day started with an early morning trip to the local bath house, a massage, a colonic, and a lavender salt bath to end the day. Afterwards, I would just relax my way into the evening with a bowl of veggie soup, a green salad or a cup of herbal tea. Before I’d realized it; the past two years of  just constantly going and doing for my business, my family, and everything else that keeps us busy…had slipped in between ‘doing me.’ This being the case, it only made sense that those aches and boulders that the massage therapist felt in my shoulders last night had taken up residency…It was really beginning to mis-shape my shoulders! As I stepped into that space, I consciously stopped, put it all down and gave myself over to her healing hands. As she began to work her magic, I closed my eyes, silent breathing, releasing and relaxing; allowing it to all melt away from me. I let go of all that did not belong to my body temple. I experienced many moments of total peace and a few times I drifted off into some other euphoric realm. As she got into the massage, working on my shoulders and back areas, I had thoughts of  “please don’t let her ask me to move or even turn over to work on the other side, cause I’m feeling like cooked spaghetti right now!” She worked hard, moving  those blocks of tension filled boulders out of my body.

This morning my whole body feels renewed, tension all gone, posture erect once again!… Much gratitude for the work of healing hands at Empirical. I’m definitely planning more frequent visits. We have to be careful not to allow stress to reach those detrimental levels where our immune system is suppressed or our nervous system goes into a state of emergency and damages our bodies permanently. As we mature in age, we should plan to receive stress-relieving bodywork on a consistent basis. Our bodies would benefit from regularly releasing those aches and pains instead of holding on to them, and our minds would have time to wash away the stresses of our daily lives and recharge. I did experienced a few ‘aha’ moments while laying on the table also. I can see clearly where I’m heading now. I have some amazing projects in the works! That’s the clarity that happens when we allow healing hands to do the work.

*Experts say that the body and mind can learn to live more calmly, more efficiently, and more healthfully when frequent massage shows the way. That makes for a healthier whole being, allowing us to continue to live life at its fullest, even as we deal with each new stress or everyday challenges.*

Call Today for an appt… Empirical Therapeutic Massage and Acupuncture

(212-513-0979) Tell them Yendys sent you!!!

What’s Happening At Zodiac Lounge?

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What's Happening At Zodiac Lounge?

I’m getting up and out to enjoy this amazing day!!!
So, I’ll see you in less than 6 hours at Zodiac Lounge. It’s at Freebrook Academy… 375 Stuyvesant Ave in Brooklyn, NY 11233. I’m so excited…This evening come out and meet Astrologer Kevin Uehlinger, Tarot Reader Ayanna Maia and get a Thia Yoga Massage with Tinuola Bello. Experience my plant-based natural hair and body product line…Ancient Blends Naturals by your’s truly! Also, meet Lindsay Fauntleroy, she’ll be sharing  her healing flower essences. I have to say that I’ve just started using her essences and I’m already noticing their benefits. Astrologer Samuel Reynolds will be setting the record straight about the Crabs. I’m personally tickled by that 😉 LOL.. Not to mention a short birthday celebration for all the Cancers in the house complete with treats! SEE YA ;-)!!! Oh, here’s the link for much more info: julyzl.eventbrite.com

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Greetings, It’s Yendys!

Have you visited my NEW website yet? Here’s the link: www.cowrieshell.com. I know some of you have been looking for my old website. With no regrets, the old site is now long gone and I have a brand new one! Many, many thanks to my friends at Nu Web Order Designs for their quality service and for supporting my continuous growth and development. I do invite you to stop by the site anytime and let me know how you like the new look. There’s a lot happen this summer for all of us…I personally am participating in several upcoming events. I will be attending a shoot with  the amazing events & portraits photographer Raoul Brown as a Head wrapping consultant (click for more info http://www.raoulbrown.biz) this Saturday. Also, later that evening I’ll be vending at the Zodiac Lounge in Bedstuy, Brooklyn  (click the link for more info: https://www.facebook.com/TheZodiacLounge.) At the beginning of Spring 2012, I embarked on a new journey of bringing  the awareness about my natural hair care services, my Ancient Blends plant-based hair and body care product line and the other holistic wellness services I offer to a much wider audience. I believe my products and services are a gift to all who choose to embrace life’s greatest potential. The experience is unique and blessed with energy aligned with the soul of the universe. In 1992, the initiation of creating my own plant-based product line was infused with divine purpose and intention-as can be seen and experienced by the individual. In earlier  July 2012, I participated as a vendor at The 41st Annual International African Arts Festival. That was an amazing outdoor summer event which entailed  much hard work as you can imaging.  I ultimately did enjoy meeting folks who I’d received emails and other correspondences from for years about my products.  Also, getting acquainted with new folks who were very happy to learn about Ancient Blends Naturals was very fulfilling. Oh, lastly, the best surprises were meeting my  Twitter and Face Book friends in person!!! As summer heats up, my wonderful journey continues to sizzle with more upcoming out-door events; a few photo shoots, natural hair meet-ups, workshops and much more. I am finding time to rest, work and play….BALANCE IS KEY…I hope to see you soon!

                              ‘With Photographer Raoul Brown and the lovely Maat’

                                  ‘Aura Clearing demo at The Zodiac Lounge’