Thursday, 28 February 2013

Caring for Cracked Feet





Take a look at the picture above. Quite a number of us suffer from cracked soles from time to time. I used to be a victim! ;)
Whenever your soles start cracking or are about to, here is what you should do:
  1. Wash your feet with a pumice stone twice a day. Concentrate on the dry areas.
  2. After drying your feet, slather your feet with a rich lotion or cream. I usually use shea butter because it is very moisturizing.
  3. For the next 1 or 2 hours, try not to walk about so that your feet can absorb as much moisture as possible. But if you can’t help it, you could wear a pair of slippers or flip flops.
Give this treatment at least a month to notice any improvement. Remember, the cracks took time to appear, therefore, they will take their time to heal.

This works all the time for me and I’m pretty sure it will do the same for you.

~ Neni~
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Monday, 25 February 2013

Easy Way to Nourish Hair with Shea Butter


Look at the picture above. Don't you just love how healthy and moisturized her hair looks? I know I do. Remember that post on my hair story? Read it HERE . My hair now almost looks like hers...I said almost O! lol

Is your hair dry and brittle? If yes, you're not alone. African hair is characteristically dry and brittle but not to worry, that can be taken care of with good old shea butter! I just love shea butter; it's so invaluable.



Whenever I feel my hair feels dry in between my steaming sessions, here's what I do:
  1. Wash the hair with shampoo and conditioner.
  2. Towel dry the hair until it is just damp. You can also air dry instead.
  3. Apply a deep conditioner to your hair. Massage it into the hair roots and outwards towards the edges.
  4. Rub melted or softened shea butter into the hair. Apply it generously. *wink*
  5. Cover your hair with a two shower caps. If you don't have a shower cap, it's ok. You can use two soft polythene bags, you know those striped ones you are given when you buy provisions? Yeah, those ones..lol!
  6. Leave on overnight or for at least 8 hours.
  7. Remove shower caps/polythene bags/heated cap. Wash hair with conditioner ONLY. Wash it as if you're using a shampoo. 
  8. Dry hair and style, plait , braid or whatever your choice
 This is working for me right now. I hope it does for you.

~ Neni~
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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Easy Homemade Lip Scrub for Kissable Lips!

                                       

Many of us suffer from chapped and dry lips from time to time. I suffer from dry lips from time to time so I have decided to share one of my favourite remedies.

So, how do you get kissable lips? Easy! You need just two items you can find in your home or the nearest corner shop or kiosk. That's why I love it so much!

What you need:
Sugar (Brown or White)          1 teaspoon
Vaseline Petroleum Jelly           ½ teaspoon

Method
  1. Ensure your lips are clean and dry
  2. Mix the sugar and Vaseline. Stir well to form a paste
  3. Apply on lips and scrub very gently. If your lips are very chapped, just keep scrubbing gently, it will smooth out just that it will take longer. Do this for about 1 minute.
  4. Wipe off with a clean face towel or handkerchief until all the sugar granules are gone. Do not wash off.
  5. Moisturize lips with a lip balm. I moisturize with a little shea butter.      

~ Neni~
 

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Friday, 22 February 2013

Easy Homemade Remedies for Infected Nails



Hello, everyone!
Thank you so, so much for your comments. I appreciate every one of them. Please keep them coming. Thank God it's Friday! Another week has ended woohoo! lol!
Today, I will be talking about some easy remedies you can do at home with products that are easily accessible to you.
Nail fungi is not very common but whenever it occurs, it is mostly caused as a result of constant wearing of moist or damp foot wear. This dampness could be caused by sweat or water drenched footwear that have not been left to dry properly. Another common cause is poorly fixed artificial nails.

First, trim the affected nails as far back as you can then do try ANY of the following: 

Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash I personally testify to this, lol. Yes, mouthwash! If you read the label, you will see that it contains 27% alcohol. The alcohol is will help kill the fungi in the toenail or finger nail. Soak the affected nails in the mouthwash 3 times a day. Do this until you see some improvement. 

Thyme Yes, thyme. This too. Make sure it is pure thyme. Boil thyme leaves in water for about 15 minutes. Strain the water into a bottle or container. Apply the same way as the Listerine  above.

There, you have it. The above mentioned have worked for me in my therapy emergencies so I hope they work for you too.


~ Neni~
 
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Thursday, 21 February 2013

DIY Honey Face Wash: The Verdict!




Hello, my honeys.  Pun intended...lol!! Oh my goodness, this stuff is so sticky!! I couldn't stop licking my lips and wherever my tongue could reach!

Been doing this for two week so far and I can’t seem to stop touching my face. Although, I haven’t noticed any miraculous change, my face is looking a little less dull. Remember, I said little. That’s because I’m yet to see any effect on the whiteheads and blackheads on my face. I have decided to give it more time because it's a natural product not a chemical laden cream.

I’ve decided to go back to my baby soap but will keep up the honey wash three times a week for now.

~ Neni~

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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Remedy For Sweaty Feet



In an earlier post in which I talked about smelly feet,  I got a question from a reader about sweaty feet. So I decided to do a post on it as soon as possible because, smell and sweat do occur together most of the time.
You should treat sweaty feet the way you treat your armpits because they share quite a number of similarities such as:
  • they are covered for the greater part of the day for those who wear shoes, socks and any other type of covered footwear.
  • there is a lot of rubbing and skin on skin contact
So, with that in mind, try any of these to battle your poor feet:
After washing your feet as explained HERE , apply ANY of the following on your feet before wearing your footwear:
  1. Baking Soda or Sodium Bicarbonate. Please do NOT mistake baking soda for baking powder. They are two totally different things.
  2. Baby Powder
  3. Corn Flour
  4. Salt
  5. Fresh juice squeezed from ginger
  6. Fresh lemon juice
When applying any of the above, concentrate on the areas between and around your toes because those places are where we sweat the most.

I hope this helps.


~ Neni~
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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Smelly Feet? Try This!




Do you suffer from smelly feet?
Do you feel apprehensive whenever you want to take off your shoes in public?
Try this: 
  1. Wash your feet with soap and water.
  2. Apply some salt to your feet and scrub, scrub, scrub! Concentrate between and around your toes.
  3. Leave it on for a few minutes then rinse off.
  4. Allow your feet to dry properly before putting on your shoes.

There you have it.
See you when you get back!

~ Neni~      
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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Lighten Dark Armpits Naturally with Lime








 There is nothing as unsexy as see a lady dressed to the nines and as she reach up to rub her neck or point to something and you are greeted with dark armpits. I don’t know about you but I hate hate hate dark armpits! Naturally, I don’t have them but there was a time, my armpits started becoming dark due to a certain deodorant I was using. 
After I had stopped using it, my armpits were still dark. At first, I was quite worried that they would always remain that way. I remember that lime and lemon are natural lightening agents due to citric acid content. So, I decided to buy limes because that was what I preferred. 

Here’s how I did it:

  1. I washed my armpits with sponge, soap and water after which I dried them.
  2. I cut one lime into two halves.
  3. I squeezed and rubbed them on my armpits and left them to dry.
  4. I repeated step 3 every four hours or so. I did it just before bed and first thing in the morning.
  5. I did this religiously for about a month until my armpits started becoming fairer than the rest of my body so I stopped.

There you have it. This is what worked for me and another bonus was that the lime acted as a good deodorant. So it was killing two birds with one stone…lol

Hope this helps someone out there.

~ Neni~
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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Food Notes: A Simple and Healthy Smoothie



I love fruits and vegetables, especially the fruits!! Blame my sweet tooth for that. I can finish a whole pineapple in one sitting. And apples? Don’t try me!

This is a recipe for one of my very many signature smoothies. Those who know me don’t call me The Smoothie Queen for nothing.
I love this particular smoothie because the ingredients are very easy to get in your backyard or at your local market.
NOTE: It is advisable to drink the smoothie immediately after preparation to prevent oxidation of the vegetables and some of the fruits.
                    

Ingredients
½ of an apple

4 or 5 basil leaves (a.k.a scent leaf, efinrin, nchuanwu)

Half a small cucumber

A handful of lettuce leaves or any other edible green vegetable

A small root of ginger

Juice of ½ of a lime

Juice of  ½ of a lemon

50ml of ice cold water

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend to your desired consistency. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

I find this smoothie particularly filling and sometimes I have it for breakfast with a banana or as refreshing drink during the day.
So, drink up.
Cheers!

~ Neni~
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Saturday, 9 February 2013

Hair Notes: Keeping it Natural (Well, Almost)



My hair used to be really thick, long and very dark in colour. At its longest, my hair was about shoulder blade length. I could plait it into a French braid without any hair pins or clips.*sigh*
You know that attitude you get when you realize you’ve got long hair, all of a sudden, you couldn’t be bothered with caring for your hair? Yep, that was me. I began using all sorts of shampoos and relaxers, especially the relaxers. Ah!! Relaxers can be very evil! Now I get the natural hair craze.lol

One day, I realized that I couldn’t even pack my hair into a sensible bun. I simply took a pair of scissors and chopped off as much as I could. I headed to the hair salon and had it trimmed evenly.
I vowed thereafter to treat my hair the same way I do the rest my body: as natural as possible.

First, I decided to use hair relaxers twice a year and stick to one of high quality made for my hair type. Since my hair was so damaged, I started by using a heavy duty protein hair treatment to strengthen my hair follicles and the difference was very clear. I moisturize my hair regularly with shea butter and other natural oils.
My hair is looking much, much better. My hair has not gone back to what it used to be but it’s getting there. I know it will. 
Sorry for the plenty story. I just thought it might help someone out there.
 How do you maintain your hair and keep it looking healthy?? All hair stylists and experts, help!

~ Neni~
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Thursday, 7 February 2013

Honey Face Wash


woman with honey on face

Hello, lovelies! Thanks for the feedback to my posts. I appreciate it! Here's how to do the honey face wash as stated in the challenge in my previous post. Read it HERE

Ingredients
100% pure honey   2 table spoonfuls or amount desired
Warm water

Yeah…that’s it. With this I guess you really know what you’re putting on your face.

Directions

  1. Pour honey into palm and rub together to warm it up. When you do so, it becomes slightly less viscous.
  2. Beginning to pat all over your face. Continue for about 1 minute or as long as needed
  3. Leave the honey on your face for 15-20 minutes or longer if you like.
  4. While you’re waiting, you may wash your hands and get your warm water ready.
  5. Wash the honey off thoroughly with warm water.
  6. Splash some cold water on your face to close up your pores.

I’m on day 2 of the challenge but not to worry, I’ll tell you all about it in 2 weeks. Why don't you try it?  


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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

THE COINCIDENCE: THE HONEY CHALLENGE!!




Personally, I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe in signs…okay enough with the scary talk. Remember last post when I told you lovelies that I would post my honey face wash? Not to worry, I haven’t forgotten. Will surely do that next post, mos def! I just had to share this spooky coincidence thingy.
   Last night as I was browsing the internet looking for where to order pure 100% organic honey to use for my skincare experiment; I stumbled upon a post about a “challenge” on a blog called Crunchy Betty. It was called the Crunchy Betty Honey Challenge. The aim of the challenge was to wash your face with honey with nothing for two weeks. Yes, you read correctly, no soap, no cleansers…no nothin’...*screeching tyres* I didn’t even want to try to attempt to think about it!! I don’t know about you but I like that clean feeling I get whenever I rinse off the soap suds or lather from my face. Besides, my face is oily for days and right now I’m just trying to imagine the stickiness of the honey mixing with the oily slickiness of my face and…and…YUCK!!
   On the other hand, I had already planned on using honey on my face but not in this way besides, I had nothing to lose except maybe good bread-worthy honey. :)
   Why don’t you join in this challenge? Let’s do it together. What do you say?

P.S. The Crunchy Betty Challenge was dated 2011 and so it’s obviously over but this is 2013, I don’t think it matters so I’ll be doing it anyway.

 
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Monday, 4 February 2013

Beautiful Beginnings… HONEY



Ahh…Honey or as my good friend Winnie the Pooh would say HUNNY!!
I just bought a jar of pure organic honey to use as a face cleanser/wash. Why? I’ll tell you:
Honey has been around for as long as anyone can remember. I’m sure of this because it is even mentioned in several places in the Bible!! Touted by many as the golden elixir because it is said to cure almost every ailment. This is probably due to its humectant (ability to lock in moisture), anti-bacterial, soothing, and so many other properties. It is even said to nullify poison…rather deep though!!! That is what they said O! I don’t know anything about that!!!
 
Some years ago, I woke with nasty, dry, itchy cough in the middle of the night. I couldn’t bear to swallow any tablets or capsules with water at 1.38am in the morning so I went to get the bottle of honey that I kept in one corner of my room and swallowed two  tablespoonfuls of honey. Believe it or not, in about 10 minutes, the cough stopped…just like that. True story! I waited for another 10 minutes and drank very warm water and that was the end of the cough. Yes, it stopped just like that.o_o!  And my throat lived happily ever after!

I decided to start my skincare with honey because I never forgot what it did to my throat all those years ago. I could only imagine what it would do for my face. So, for the next 2weeks, I’ll be doing the honey face wash to try to remove some of those pesky blackheads. I hope it works!!  Has honey worked for you? Yes? No? Not really? Please do tell!

~ Neni~
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