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An aphrodisiac is something that causes excitement or sexual desire. This can be found in food, drinks, and even scents. These sensual substances have been around forever, literally...
In Greek mythology, Aphrodite, the goddess of sexual love, was “born” when she rose from the sea. And so seafoods have been deemed aphrodisiacs.
Back in the medieval times, many aphrodisiacs were actually banned because of the superstitions behind love "drugs". Herbs and spices like basil, mint, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, pepper, saffron, and vanilla were forbidden because they were often used in love potions. The muhtasib of Seville tried to prohibit the sale of aphrodisiacs within the proximity of mosques, for fear they would corrupt the morals of good Muslims.
Fast forward to the twenty first century, we are now using these herbs and spices in everything! Daily meal recipes, bath & body products, and even in popular aromas including natural cleaning supplies. The inevitable love always prevails!
We highly support aphrodisiacs! Not only do they promote loving feelings, some are even packed with loads of health benefits.
Here is our top list of the most popular aphrodisiacs:
DARK CHOCOLATE- caffeine in dark chocolates boosts the blood flow and strengthens your libido. Also, L Arginine found in cacao, is said to treat erectile dysfunction.
PEPPERMINT- can have the ability to enhance orgasms and make the erogenous zones more sensitive.
GINSENG- has been used to treat sexual dysfunction as well as to enhance sexual behavior in traditional Chinese medical practices. also, ginseng is found to improve the sperm quality and count.
HONEY- Contains boron, which is said regulate hormone levels, and nitric oxide, which is released in the blood during arousal. It's also a symbol of fertility and procreation in some cultures.
FIGS- Are the ultimate natural aphrodisiac, boosting libido and one’s sex drive with its rich amino acids. The seeds of the fig are also good for fertility.
TRUFFLES- A legendary aphrodisiac of ancient Rome. It is said that truffles’ musky scent replicates the scent of the male pheromone androstenone (a steroid pheromone.)
SAFFRON- It has been suggested that part of saffron’s magical property is thought to be its enhancement of “lust” via certain neurotransmitters that stimulate libido or erogenous zones.
LAVENDER- The ultimate herb of love. It has been proven through scientific study that the scent of Lavender is a powerful aphrodisiac and many men/women cannot resist it.
VANILLA- It's scent alone is a form of antidepressant. Before you even taste vanilla, your hypothalamus gland activates and sends signals (sex hormones) throughout your body. When ingested, vanilla raises the testosterone levels in males and estrogen in females.
OYSTERS- the high concentration of zinc in oysters is actually associated with fertility and sperm production, particularly in men. They also contain essential amino acids that promote good sexual function.
BASIL- In Roman times, basil was a symbol of love. Full of manganese, vitamin C and folate, all nutrients linked with sexual health and fertility. May also help with erectile dysfunction!
AVOCADO- The look and texture of avocados are undeniably sexy, but they’re also packed with vitamin E, which is associated with fertility for both sexes.
CHINESE MUSHROOMS- Cordyceps sinensis in particular, can increase testosterone levels in both young and elderly men. It has also been shown to reduce fatigue and improve blood flow, making it a useful energy and fertility booster. These are best taken as a daily supplements.
ASPARAGUS- Packed with nutrients needed for healthy hormone production. Asparagus is also a good source of folate, a key nutrient for women trying to conceive or who are already pregnant.
RED WINE- Even though red wine and sexuality are backed by many scientific studies, I think we can all let our imagination, memories, and senses run wild with this one!
POMEGRANATE- Cut or bite into a pomegranate and it’s obviously sexy! Pomegranate is delicious, high in antioxidants and has recently been shown to increase testosterone and sex drive in both men & women.
CINNAMON- Promotes blood flow, especially in the abdominal area. As it improves the blood supply to the male and female genitals, it could facilitate sexual arousal.
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It's time to take the pressure off from this affection & gift giving holiday and turn the focus to the most important person in the room...
Valentine's Day should be a celebration of self love that involves indulging, self care, and feeling amazing!
Sometimes our expectations aren't met, which lead to hurt and disappointment. When it comes to love language, everyone's is different. We may miss out on accepting love from another because we simply do not recognize it based on our own book of love.
As hard as it is, I think we need to all take a pause before this romantically forced day and truly think about what it is that makes us happy, satisfied, and fulfilled...
...Let's take action and give that gift to ourselves! I'm not saying your partner needs to be pushed aside, because they can join in and enjoy all of the little things that make your own heart tick! Making yourself happy and fulfilled will automatically put your loved one in a more relaxed and joyful state of mind. Trust me! They want to see you happy!!
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TAKE WHAT RESONATES WITH YOU & LEAVE THE REST!
Get ready to your favorite music or some romantic instrumentals
Make your absolute favorite breakfast food (go shopping a day or two before) OR better yet, get your favorite food delivered!
Pamper yourself! Schedule those hair, nail, skin, and massage appointments leading up to the day so you can feel your best.
Skip the coffee at home and go get a latte or sweet treat from your local barista!
Join a workout class or do your own at home by following a Youtube video! Get your blood pumping and oxygen to your brain, it releases endorphins- the happy chemical.
Spend some extra time with your furry friend/s! Animals provide some of the best therapies on the planet. They would love nothing more than to share this ultra loving day with you.
Buy that item you have been eyeing for the last week, month, year... you deserve it! Give yourself a gift that makes you feel good. You can't put a price on happiness.
When is the last time you felt sexy? Try on that form fitting blouse you haven't touched in ages, or switch up your flats with a pair of heels/stilettos. Making slight changes to your posture when you walk can feel very empowering!
Order yourself some fine chocolate! If that is your cup of tea, of course. There is this incredible company called Vosges (not sponsered) They don't just create chocolate with the finest ingredients from around the world, they create experiences!
Get an early start on your spring cleaning. Who said you have to wait until Spring? If you are someone who thrives in a clean and organized environment, then this is self love! Listen to music to make it even more therapeutic.
Stop by your local florist and create your own bouquet. Flowers are such a beautiful gift, but there's nothing better than going through the experience of smells, colors, shapes, and beauty that all get wrapped up in a pretty bow. (Only you know what will pair best with your home decor)
Catch up on the book you've been trying to finish. Sometimes a little escape from reality is a great anti-anxiety medicine.
Reserve or do takeout from your favorite restaurant. Taking a break from cooking and having someone else do the work, satisfies & fulfills on a different level.
Plan a good movie or show to watch! You are totally in charge of the remote on this day, it's the law. (...I think)
Unplug. Especially if you have worked all day! You deserved to tune out from all the noise around you. It's okay to shut your phone off, take pride in it!
Sometimes we just want our favorite snacks! This is that time. Shop the week before or even use Instacart, Ubereats, or any other delivery service to ensure you have all the flavor desires fulfilled.
Painting can be romantic. Even if you are the least bit skilled with drawing, there are easy to use paint kits you can buy. Amazon has these "paint-by-numbers" that are absolutely brilliant! Do this alone or even with your partner, you may be surprised by your inner creativity.
Candles candles candles. These are some of the most simple yet impactful accents that can completely change the mood of your environment. Just light a candle or two, the mood will follow...
Call someone who adores you. Whether that be your mom, dad, sister, friend, lover, or even a soul friend. Engulfing in conversation with someone who genuinely loves you can soften all corners of your heart and mind.
Who said a bubble bath and wine can't mix? Not me! This could potentially be the highlight of your entire day and the start of a relaxing and sensual evening. Fill your tub with bubbles, fizz bombs, scented salts, essential oils. Throw on a face mask, bring a glass of your fav beverage + a candle into the bathroom. Wallah!
Baking is a love language. Sometimes having an excuse to bring out your favorite bake-ware is more exciting than not having to do laundry YET. Get creative in the kitchen and then maybe share some of your delicious desserts with your neighbors or loved ones!
Dive into your birth chart & see what the future holds. In this day & age, it's more acceptable to openly talk about Astrology, Tarot, and Energy readings. You know you're curious! Try it with someone local or even browse Youtube for "personalized angel readings."
Laugh it out! When is the last time you had a great big belly laugh? The ones where you get to a point of no return and the tears or pee is coming! Ahhh! Yes, those laughs actually beneficial for your heart, lungs, and muscles, and they even release bursts of endorphins. Throw on some stand up comedy or plan to go out to a comedy show! There are also plenty of adult board games to play in partners or groups that can have you laughing in tears!
Throw a Galentine's Day Party! If you are single and so are your girlfriends, have a girls night! Eat delicious foods, watch movies, and play games. It won't be hard to find fun with this one!
Celebrate your own independence. Free yourself from your exes! This may sound silly... but, do you remember all of the little things you would do that would drive your ex partners crazy? Little things you don't even think about because that's instinctually who you are. Yes. Make sure you embrace all of those!
DO NOT TAKE THIS ARTICLE AS A DIAGNOSIS, PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR MEDICAL DOCTOR. THIS ARTICLE IS PURELY TO SHARE POSSIBLE PREVENTION & HEALING REMEDIES.
WHAT IS DANDRUFF?
Dandruff is a very common condition that causes the scalp to shed dry skin. Dandruff can come with itchiness, excess oil, dry patches, or even raised bumps along the hairline.
WHAT CAUSES DANDRUFF?
Dandruff can be a telling sign of a number of conditions. Lets start with Seborrheic Dermatitis, also know as Eczema. This is a common reason for dandruff and cases can range from mild to severe. This impacts areas of the body that creates more sebum (oil).
Contact Dermatitis is typically a skin irritant causes by Allergens. This can be your body's way of telling you that it is allergic to something.
Climate induced dry skin. Dandruff can be a seasonal condition for some, especially in the dry and cold winter months.
Shampooing habits. This can go either way, shampooing too frequently or not enough. You may have to pay close attention to this one and learn your body's natural rhythm. You may be rushing the natural process of shedding dead skin cells or not keeping up with the frequency.
Hormonal Imbalances. A very common condition in women is PCOS, Polycyctic Ovarian Syndrome. This condition leads to androgens (male hormones) stimulating activity in the sebacious glands. More oil = increased chance of inflammation = dandruff.
These are just a few of the many causes...
HEALING & PREVENTION
Who is the 1 person that knows your hair as much as you? Your hair stylist! Allow your stylist to give recommendations on products to use if you are struggling with dandruff. They can even suggest how often you should be using them!
A lot of eczema, psoriasis, and hormonal imbalance are a result of what is happening in the liver. This can be a sign of built up toxins that haven't had the proper nudge to release. This can happen by altering slight changes to your breakfast and morning routine! Every morning upon waking, your liver tries to expel toxins that have been filtered. The moment you put a form of fat (healthy included) into your body, the natural detoxification stops and your pancreas and liver are switched back on. Lemon water first thing upon waking is the best gift you can give to your belly & liver! Making the simple switch from eggs or toast to fruit or oatmeal is also prolonging the detox in the morning. You would be surprised to know how much toxins can build up over years. (including heavy metals, air pollutants, and chemical.)
Get Some Sunshine! This can be a beautiful remedy for suppressing the fungus that causes dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis.
Minimize Stress! Stress plays a huge roll in our overall health. It controls our bodies on a mental and physical level. By reducing stress through exercise, breathing practices, or getting creative, we can prevent and heal dandruff in many cases.
Avoid Specific Edible Culprits! This may be a tough one to swallow but these types of foods contribute to many more health issues than just dandruff. Refined carbs such as white bread, white rice, white pasta, cookies, crackers, etc.. Also, red meat, all processed foods, fried foods, excess oils, and refined sugars. (Don't dislike the messenger, we are just here to help!)
CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 19:
The most hardworking sign of all of the zodiacs! Be careful not to challenge a Capricorn, they will love to prove you wrong every time. Because they are extremely work-oriented, they definitely deserve to loosen up and enjoy the sweet things in life- like a warm honey hairdo.
AQUARIUS JANUARY 20 - FEBRUARY 18:
A true philanthropists that will be your biggest cheerleader in life! Never wanting to be on anyone's bad side. This air sign is always thinking of ways to help make this world a better place. We suggest a soft and warm hair color like their warm welcoming energy.
PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20:
An empath, healer, and natural born life coach. They can understand everyone, no matter how different their worlds are. A piscean is a walking romantic comedy that has experienced every emotion possible! That is why we chose to freshen up your natural tone and add a pop of color (self love) to the ends! This can be subtle or vivid.
AIRES MARCH 21 - APRIL 19:
Confident and fiery, these leading bosses are not afraid to be bold and speak their truth to anyone! This fire sign can easily rock any shade of red. Anything from strawberry blonde to rich copper to crimson ruby!
TAURUS APRIL 20 - MAY 20:
Incredibly strong and independent, these best friends are always going out of their way to help and care for others. Unafraid to go dark if it means defending the people or things they love. Imagine the boldest brunette possible!
GEMINI MAY 21 - JUNE 20:
The fun sign! Or do they just enjoy keeping others on their toes? We may never know with this twin sign. They can adapt like a chameleons and change their style & personality depending on the crowd and atmosphere. Definitely go light & dark, you'll get the best of both worlds!
CANCER JUNE 21 - JULY 22:
Extremely loving and nurturing, Cancer's care to their inner most core. They can tend to play a "protective mom" role in a group of friends or even at home. Introduce & embrace silver at any age to make this look timeless, unique, and sexy!
LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 22:
Loyal, family oriented, and a total head turner! Leo's are natural born leaders who come out of the womb 5 steps ahead. They will not stop until they achieve greatness, and that applies to the hair too! Bring out that inner lion or lioness by asking your stylist to frame your face with rich caramel or honey highlights.
VIRGO AUGUST 23 - SEPTEMBER 22:
Organized and efficient, they pay attention to detail like no other. Highly intelligent and creative beings that appreciate the fine arts in life. Balayage, a true free hand art form in the hair industry, is the perfect color technique for this zodiac sign.
LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 22:
Constantly balancing their own scale in life, this is the best judge for what is fair for all. Libra's love keeping the peace and can sometimes be a hopeless romantic. They also appreciate the finer things in life, and take great pride in their appearance. Expensive blonde is our color pick for you!
SCORPIO OCTOBER 23 - NOVEMBER 21:
A passionate, determined, and mysterious being. Scorpio's are a lot like a chocolate truffle; they have shell on the outside but are very sweet and unexpected on the inside...once they trust you of course! This sign can see through to your soul, which is why their top color pick is the purest chocolate on the planet.
SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 22 - DECEMBER 21:
A complex sign! They are born with great wisdom but still keep an open mind to learning. Their inner child loves to come out and play without fear! Warm cinnamon for Sagittarius's youthful energy, and the spice for the honest truth they aren't afraid to tell you!
Oranges: 96 mg of vitamin c per cup
Not only will this multi beneficial nutrient defend you against viruses and infections, but it will also help speed up your recovery time if you are already feeling under the weather. Vitamin C is a truly necessary acid no one can live without. It's essential if you want to reach optimum health, functionality, and happiness.
Kiwi: 167 mg of vitamin c per cup
Vitamin C, also known as an antioxidant, is ingested into our system through foods that we eat every day- specifically fruits & vegetables. It is a critical component to help form blood vessels, cartilage, muscles, and collagen. It is also a vital assistant to our bodies natural healing process by protecting your cells against the effects of daily toxins. Vitamin C can also be applied topically in the purest forms to gain amazing skin & hair benefits...
Bell Pepeprs: 152 mg of vitamin c per cup
By introducing Vitamin C into your daily hair care routine, you are improving your hair growth, reducing hair loss, boosting collagen (proteins), building strength, and gaining lasting hydration!
By introducing Vitamin C into your daily skincare routine, you are preventing effects from sun damage, stimulating collagen production, improving your overall texture, soothing any Eczema, and giving yourself an overall healthy glow!
Guava: 377 mg of vitamin c per cup
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Top hair trends to consider this year! ✂
1. SOFT BROWNS & GOLDS (SHOWN ABOVE)
Hues of browns and golds have been on the radar these past few months. Deepening those already trendy highlights with a gorgeous shade of golden brown is the new blonde! Regardless of what your base color is, try softening the shade by working in some warmer toned highlights. It will bring the illusion of greater volume and rich depth!
Bangs are one of those timeless "accessories" that will keep on returning. This fabulous fringe ages like fine wine! Whether you're trying to giving yourself a more youthful glow or change the frame of your face, bangs will always have your back. There are many different ways to style your new mini chop. Everything from shag to perfectly blunt.
3. MODERN DAY "RACHEL"
We've all seen it! The iconic 90's haircut that celebrates blow-dried layers. The famous hairstyle from Rachel in the hit TV show Friends, is making a major comeback in 2022. With the heartfelt reunion that just aired on HBO Max, the inspiration unleashed like wildfire. Reminding us of how elegant, low maintenance, and effortlessly stunning this cut was! Stylists around the globe are creating their own modern take on the forever loved Anniston hairdo.
4. DRAMATICALLY SHORT
After the tiring and crushing years of quarantine, people are turning to liberation and freedom! Literally with their haircuts. More people are making major chops and starting fresh with their confidence & hair health. I love this! Sometimes all it takes is a little change of scenery and routine.
5. ALL NATURAL
Piggybacking off from the last haircut, more and more people are also finding the confidence to embrace their natural roots and explore this new beautiful grey chapter! Embracing your natural beauty and texture is one of the most empowering acts as a human!
Are you eating these ultimate beauty foods? 🍋 🍠 🍍
Your skin's favorite foods:
Lemons - Great for detoxing the digestive system and liver, allowing your body to eliminate waste quickly. A true key to clear skin!
Sweet Potatoes - Packed with Vitamin A & Vitamin C, this magical skin brightening duo works to neutralize cell tissue-damaging free radicals which cause a "dull" effect.
Spinach - Also packed with Vitamin A & Vitamin C, spinach is imperative for the building and maintenance of collagen.
Medjool Dates - High in fiber and rich in copper, dates are important for helping the body absorb iron and build collagen & red blood cells.
Almonds - This beauty snack is a great source of Vitamin E. Also known as a skin beautifying antioxidant, almonds help fight signs of aging and sun damage.
Fresh Figs - Cleansing & detoxifying sweet treats that will help remove mucus from your digestive track.
Chia Seeds - Contain the perfect balance of minerals, fiber, and essential fatty acids. Not only will your skin thank you, so will your peaceful mood and healthy heart.
Beets - Encourage firm and youthful skin! A great source of folate, Vitamin A, potassium, and magnesium. Stimulates cell production and repair, while protecting from premature aging and wrinkles.
Pineapple - Works wonders for reducing inflammation, improving digestion, and removing toxins from the body.
Your hair's favorite foods:
Bell Peppers- Trigger hair growth through the improvement of blood circulation in the scalp. An excellent source of fiber, Vitamin A, C, and B6.
Sweet Potatoes - Packed with Vitamin A & Vitamin C, and biotin! Sweet potatoes stimulate hair growth while maintaining a healthy scalp.
Spinach - Also packed with Vitamin A & Vitamin C, spinach is imperative for the building and maintenance of collagen. This is key for regulating healthy cell turnover and oil production.
Avocado - Healthy fats are essential to hair health. This super fruit nourishes hair follicles and stimulates strong & shiny locks with its vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fats.
Oranges - Play a major role in facilitating hair growth. Oranges contain antioxidants, B vitamins, Vitamin E, and fiber which all help repair damaged hair follicles while fighting off free radicals.
Lentils - Rich in hair strengthening vitamins such as iron, zinc, and biotin. Biotin is a foundational component of hair, skin, and nails.
Cruciferious Vegetables - Like broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower -are rich in folate, which is necessary to improve weak, thinning, or brittle hair. These veggies also aid in the natural production of keratin, due to containing sulfur rich amino acids.
SMALL LIFESTYLE CHANGES TO
AVOID RESTRICTIVE DIETING
Restrictive dieting can limit specific nutrients needed for ultimate hair health. Being too restrictive can also cause a depletion of vitamins and minerals in your body, leading to an offset of hormones and hair loss. Fad diets are extremely popular in this day age for one ultimate goal: rapid weight loss. When these diets do not consider your overall health, there can be unhealthy side effects.
(Always consult with your doctor about dieting)
PROTEIN IS POWERFUL
Lentils, peas, hemp, quinoa, peanuts...
Protein is an essential component needed for healthy hair growth. If you don't consume enough protein, your hair could be suffering. Sometimes supplements are needed if you don't have the time to prepare most meals at home. This is something to consult with your doctor about to ensure you are getting your proper intake of protein every day.
BOOST YOUR NUTRIENT PROFILE
It is crucial that our bodies are supplied with all of the proper vitamins, fatty acids, and minerals to maintain the energy required for hair growth. These are the key components to healthy hair:
Biotin, Vitamin D, C, & E, Zinc, Iron, Omega 3 + 6.
(A blood test could be helpful, along with medical consultation)
3 ESSENTIAL OILS TO EXPLORE
Pumpkin, Peppermint, and Rosemary!
There have been many studies that show improvement in hair growth when these oils are involved. That is why many hair care companies infuse their products with these ingredients. It's no beauty secret, its science!
Yes, you read that right. Indulging in scalp massages can be very beneficial for stimulating hair growth. Not only does it encourage your body to relax and relieve stress, it can also enlarge blood vessels just beneath the skin for vital blood flow. This helps repair & activate hair follicles.
BALANCE YOUR HORMONES
It has become more common in the 21st century for people to have unbalanced hormones. Many factors in our everyday lives play into our body's natural endocrine system. Processed foods, a lack of exercise, plastics, pollutants, stress, mental health, poor environment, excess screen time, and much more. While this may seem a bit overwhelming, it is very possible to re balance one step at a time. There are always temporary solutions (diets and medication), but we want to focus on the overall lifestyle shift to hopefully bring our bodies back into sync, ridding dependence on "quick-fixes." Balanced hormones promote hair growth and prevent hair loss.
Stress may be the biggest key in all of this. Stress has the power to control our minds, bodies, and overall health. Beating stress should be the first priority on everyone's list. Every person in unique in their own beautiful way and what works for one may not work for anyone else. Taking the time to learn your stress-triggers and how to express them in a healthy manor versus internalizing them, which is detrimental to our long-term health. Talking with a mental health specialist can be helpful.