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8 Health Benefits of Dandelion Root Tea

Dandelion Root Tea has been used for medicinal purposes by Native Americans for hundreds of years.* It is high in Vitamins A, B, C and D and minerals iron, potassium and zinc. I’ve been drinking Dandelion root tea  a couple of times a week for a little over a month now and I can already see (and feel) it’s health benefits, so I thought I’d share!

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Goddess Garden Organic Sunscreen Review

“This post is sponsored by Green Sisterhood but the opinion is my own.”

 I’ve used sunscreen for years to protect my skin; in fact, it’s a vital part of my anti-aging regimen. However, I’ve always had a hard time finding a broad spectrum safe sunscreen with ingredients that won’t irritate my skin. That’s where Goddess Garden Organics Sunscreen comes in.

When they contacted me to do a review of their product I was intrigued for several reasons. Their product does NOT contain any “ikky” ingredients, it’s biodegradable, non-nano and it comes in recyclable packaging. Not to mention, they sent me a bunch of product samples to try and they are giving all Savvy Brown readers a chance to try a FREE bottle of sunscreen!

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8 Foods to Eat for Healthy Skin

Too often we are more worried about what products we are putting on our skin to make it appear healthy, versus the foods we are putting in our bodies that actually boost skins health. Here are 8 foods that you can eat to help give your skin a boost…from the inside. Continue reading

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Quick Tip: Stand Up Every Hour for Better Health

A few years back a medical study revealed that sitting down all day at work, or otherwise, is literally killing us. It makes no difference if you exercise either. Hours bent over your computer are having serious effects on your spine, your legs, even your digestive system. I have an app on my iPhone called Chime, that I set to ping softly at the top of every hour. signaling me to stand up, even if I can’t leave the work area. My other trick is drinking LOTS of water. That way, I’ll usually have to get up and go to the bathroom. Below is a visual example of how sitting all day is hurting us. Continue reading

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What Clean Eating Really Means

One of my goals this year was to stick to as much of a clean eating plan as possible. I already avoid soda and processed soft drinks and I even make my own snacks and cook most of my meals. I’ve also cut out most canned food. But I was surprised to find that I ight not be eating as clean as I thought I was. Continue reading

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How to Lose 5 Pounds in 10 days Without Dieting

You already know the rules: You must burn off more than you eat in order to lose weight. You know this. You need to drink more water. You know this. You shouldn’t have cake for breakfast. You really should know this. You’re reading this because you want to lose weight faster. Well the concept is very simple. In order to lose 5 pounds in 10 days without dieting you need to redefine 4 things: How you eat, how you workout, how you sleep and your perception of weight loss. Continue reading

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Composting for Dummies Pt. 4: DIY Countertop Compost Caddy

There are a few ways in which you can collect your food scraps in your kitchen so that you won’t be constantly running outside to dump them in your compost bin. There are a bunch of countertop containers on the market and I even have some available for you along with compost liners in the Savvy Shop.

But here, I’m gonna show you how to make your own! (It’s really easy).

DIY Countertop Compost Caddy

What you’ll need:

  • An empty container that’s at least a 3lb capacity (I recycled an old oxygen cleaner container for this, because it has a nifty handle.)
  • Power drill with small drill bit to make hole in top (No drill? You can use a hammer and drywall nail instead)
  • Charcoal filter (You can find these here and at pet stores )
  • Hot glue gun or Crazy Glue
  • Velcro (you’re only going to use the side with the “teeth”)

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My Health Turning Point…

After suffering with fibroids of varying shapes and sizes and their symptoms for the past 6 or 7 years, (I’ll go into detail about fibroids in a future post), I had myomectomy surgery to remove 12 of them and…they came back. My doctor told me that African-American women over 30 who eat a diet high in fat, dairy and meat have a high-risk of developing them.Well, I don’t fit that last category, I’ve been vegetarian and pretty much lactose-intolerant for years. I’ve read about them, talked to other women about them and every woman who’s suffering with them seems to have different symptoms. And there is no cure.

In my own research, I came across a few videos on a blog by a kinesiologist in England named Shola Oslo. In the interest of time, I have posted the Part 2 of this series here, (as it relates more closely to this post), but feel free to go directly to the site, and watch Part 1.

At the time, I didn’t know a single black woman that didn’t use lotion, Vaseline, or a myriad of hair products. And when I started reading labels, my heart sank. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING at the beauty supply store had many of the toxic ingredients Dr. Oslo listed, and the ones that didn’t were so expensive! (I’m NOT going to pay $30 for shampoo, I don’t care WHAT it does). It also surprised me how many of the toxins she listed seemed to cause everything from breast-cancer to prostate cancer.

That was December of 2008, and that was my turning point.

I now make most of the products I use around the house, laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, bath salts, body and hair creams, even deep conditioner and facial moisturizer. I also changed my diet, and although I’m still vegetarian, I do eat some fresh water fish, I try to buy seasonal foods that are either organic or from farmer’s markets, and I try not to eat packaged goods.

My gynecologist tells me that the fibroids haven’t really shrunk.

But…they haven’t GROWN either.

Here I will share recipes, thoughts, things I’ve learned, and a few ideas. I’m not perfect. I alternate between being neurotic about my body, and calmly nurturing my spirit into helping my body heal itself. This is a journey, and I invite you to share it with me, so that we can teach each other how to heal ourselves .

– Savvy