Growing up in Africa, the baobab fruit (Inci name Adansonia digitata) was a fruit we enjoyed eating when it was in season. I enjoyed breaking it by smashing the hard shell on the ground with the chalky fruit seeds compact inside. The baobab tree grows in arid regions hence the rotund big trunk which helps in storing water was also known fondly as the ‘upside down tree’ because of the small tree branches that look like roots when they are bare. Some baobab tree trunks are so large that back in the good old days, they would find shelter inside the trunk. Baobab trees may live up to 3000 years which sounds like a lifetime! However it was only in the last 2 years I came to realise that I found out that the baobab, as dry as the fruit appears can actually produce oil! who’d have thought. So I became interested in finding out about the baobab oil and the wonderful skin benefits.
The beauty of natural products is their abundance everywhere, and amazingly a lot of the foods we eat are good for our skin and hair. This makes the natural skincare journey exciting because what is good for our insides is definitely good for our skin. Our skin yearns for nourishing vitamins, fats and minerals and as our skin matures so do the needs increase so it is imperative that we eat healthily and treat our skin cleansing routine as serious as our diet. Let’s take a look at what the wonderful baobab oil can do for our skin.
Baobab oil properties
Baobab oil is usually obtained using the cold pressed method, the humble baobab fruit is packed with an array of nutrients that benefit the skin immensely. Baobab oil contains
Antioxidants – these are are great for your skin as they protect skin from free radicals and the baobab seems to have a lot of antioxidants packed in that shell! helping skin heal from sun damage, burns, eczema, wounds and help treat signs of ageing.
Anti inflammatory properties from the linoleic acid in the oil it helps reduce inflammation and a great oil for acne! It is absorbed easily by the skin therefore no clogging occurs!
Containing an array of omega fatty acids 3,6 and 9-essential for skin cell renewal and increase skin collagen hence this oil is essential in skincare.
To keep your skin looking radiant and youthful a good dose of vitamins is essential and the baobab contains vitamins A,D,E and K
Baobab oil uses
Baobab oil has been used for years in Africa and due to the nutritional value it is great for both skin and hair. The following are some of the many uses of the golden elixir.
Skin moisturiser – can be used on its own, or mixed in with your favourite essential oils which are also a great additive due to their skin care properties. When selecting an oil for moisturiser it is important that the oil absorbs into the skin and does not clog it and baobab is one of these oils. Gently massage into your skin and you will have wonderful smooth skin.
Massage oil – due to its nutritional properties this oil can be used to massage your body, you can add this to another carrier oil e.g jojoba oil and your favourite essential oils for extra skin benefit and amazing fragrance. I’ve personally not tried it as a massage oil, I will definitely be trying it soon.
Skin cleanser – in the last few years we have come to know that like for like works well together so using oil to cleanse the skin has been known to effectively cleanse the skin. Again, you can mix baobab oil with your favourite essential oil or use it on its own to gently massage in circles on your skin and rinse well
Skin healing – Due to the anti- inflammatory properties, Baobab oil is known to help with the symptoms of skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis as well as moisturise the dry plaques. You can use it on it’s own without any fragrance which is great for sensitive skin.
What a wonderful oil with so many healing properties, it makes sense that it is used in skincare products for all skin types.
It’s been a few weeks since my last post and what a few weeks it’s been! The furore of Christmas celebrations, an abundance of food and drinks, tying up loose ends at work before the festivities, quality time with family and friends with the excitement of sharing and giving, last minute gift buying for the cousin or aunt who you’ve missed out. All the hive of activity
slowly we head toward the countdown till the year is concluded. It is a reflective time as we begin to prepare ourselves for the new year, it is a special moment to many of us as we always look back and contemplate on the year we are leaving and gain an understanding of what we would like to carry over in the new year and what we would like to improve on. A lot of us make resolutions each new year, what have you set out for the coming years, if so, what do you determine on achieving? Did you achieve the resolutions you set out last year, if so, how did you maintain the consistency and maintain the momentum? This post speaks on how to view resolutions as daily goals/resolutions throughout the year.
Personally the last few years I have come to set resolutions as normal goals depending on when I want to achieve them. I feel that you can set goals that you can reflect every few months. Looking at what I started in the last year and continuing with those goals, taking time to reflect and analyse which direction I’m heading. I’ve learnt that goals can be set at any time during the course of the year and not necessarily setting new goals in the new year, it might just be about continuing with what you have started and to focus on your goals with determination and perseverance. It is about jumping at opportunities that come your way and experiencing life every which way the path takes you. When setting your goals write them down however do not plan how you will execute them because you will be surprised how the universe seems to have its own plans for you. Learning that when you have a plan in your head, it might not go the way you planned however it may or may not reach is important in the recovery and acceptance because one day you will look back and realise your straightforward planning had some convoluted detours which are sometimes lessons in themselves.
Never put pressure on yourself, the pressure only adds to unwanted stress. Mornings are a great time to check where you are with your goals and achievements, taking that little step for that day toward what you are aiming puts less pressure. There are times when we take a step back due to different issues, don’t let that put you off, keep trudging and keep persevering. A lot of times we set goals that are trending or ones that we think we should achieve, the only way you can embark on setting and achieving a goal is being honest with yourself and not follow the herd. View your ”resolutions” as bite chunk goals rather than ostentatious ones that you will dump on the wayside once the January resolution facade is gone. Goals do not have to be made only in January, they can and should be made throughout the year. When you achieve them during the year, go ahead and set some more!
I’ve often found that the spring season is symbolic to me, the season of new growth and birth I often find myself pondering and reflecting on where I’m going with my life, whether I am growing as a soul what is stopping from living a fulfilled life.
Toward the end of last year I came to the realisation that I cannot force matters, all I need to do is live life in truth and surrender all control to the universe, it is the mastermind, I drive my vehicle, it directs it and when I drive over bumps, I am learning to recover from the stall and continue the journey, that is not to say it is easy, oh no it isn’t. It is learning to recover from the bumps and crashes with a positive mindset
My daily goals
As I mentioned right at the beginning of the post I am reviewing my resolutions daily and below are the bite-size chunk goals that I try and integrate in my day to day life. These are resolutions I knew I needed to live by as I lacked in the qualities, and in the last few years through learning about consciousness and the energy surrounding everything on this planet, I realised that our bodies are a conduit of energy, we are part of that electromagnetic energy and tune to different frequencies depending on our mindset. The power of energy whether positive or negative depicts the outcome of the reality and the vibration frequency we resonate, so living a positive life will raise vibrations resulting in a fulfilled way of life
Patience with everyone around me
To continue discovering my passion and calling, the reason why I am here on this beautiful earth
Taking daily action as I tend to procrastinate on the things I know I need to do to live a fulfilled life
Setting a good example to myself and to my children, be it in kindness, love, patience
Reaching my potential through determination and ensuring I am taking the steps toward that I want to achieve
To become rich and abundant in spirit, in my personal life, my relationship with my children and others around me
Connecting and aligning with people who support and share my growth, people that I can learn from
To continue growing and develop continuously and to live fearlessly
These are my goals I am integrating into my life so that they become habitual and become a part of my daily life and continue trying to live an authentic true version of myself.
What are your resolutions and what are you trying to achieve by setting them. I do hope you have a fulfilled life in 2019 and beyond and continue to seek the truth and the light.
Patience is a form of wisdom. It demonstrates that we understand and accept the fact that sometimes things must unfold in their own time.
The old me – huffing, panting, loud exhaling noises and temper simmering to boiling point. This was a typical reaction if things never went quite as planned, it would spoil my whole day and would bend anyone’s ear so they would know how upset I was and how unfair this whole situation is. Does this sound familiar? Ok, maybe not the reaction but when things don’t go according to YOUR plan, what is your reaction and how do you rearrange your day to benefit you rather than tip you over the edge? As I wrote at the start, this is the old me, why I say that is, I’m blogging about this situation whilst I’m facing the whole ”day didn’t go quite as planned” for the first time I’m not having a soliloquy in my head about the horrid situation instead I’m utilising the time to suit me. This is a short post, sometimes we get lost in emotions that wind us up so much that our whole day is affected. So how then do we turn this around into something positive?
My current job involves a lot of travelling and as such requires careful planning of journeys as I take into account the childcare during my brief absence. I am lucky to be in a harmonious flexible co-parenting relationship and blessed to have my parents literally around the corner from me however I still need to ensure I am running a tight ship. This week meant I have travelled 3 days and of those 3 days 1 was uneventful, the other two………… let’s just say, I would have been more useful working from home as we all know, time wasted, is time you will never get back so I decided to focus my emotions on something constructive! writing this Blog, this served 2 purposes
Utilising free time efficiently
Diverting negative thoughts from festering (to be honest two trips that were potentially not going to yield much would have made me really angry.
I realised this week that Its ok to feel an emotion, more importantly, it is the way you react to that emotion that is key. I was a bit annoyed however at the same time I realised that I could do some blogging because if I got annoyed and expended energy towards the situation, it wouldn’t serve any purpose. I simply surrendered into the situation and hoped that I would at least utilise the time I have and that the whole journey wasn’t fruitless. I did blog a paragraph before being ushered to where I needed to be to fulfil the purpose of my journey on that day. What I am saying really is, embrace the good and the bad in equal measures as the Universe has a way of designing our paths at times in a convoluted way such that we get muddled and confused only to then look back and realise the Universe was protecting us or setting us for greater things. I’m not sure if people will view it the way I do, I’m glad I am calm and at peace because my stress levels are down and I do not have the all-consuming bitterness that comes from annoyance. It is not about ignoring the negative energy/emotions, it is all about facing them, and dealing with them in a more calmer.
How have you dealt with challenging situations? I would love to hear and learn from you.
Why is it easier for others to do or be what they want? Why are some of us crippled so much that they are stood still as if they’re in the middle of the a vast lake and the only place they’re standing is the safe haven. Casting our net wider will only lead to danger, or so our mind teaches us to believe.
What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do
Ralph Waldo Emerson
This quote resonates with me so much, as I feel that I go through waves of feeling great, confident, focused to feeling dejected, unsure of myself and a procrastinate. Do you have that feeling that you know you are meant for something far greater yet there is this deep feeling of fear of what could be? Even when you know that the unknown would be good for you? So why does it cripple some and not others?
So what is fear? Is it an acquired emotion or programmed in our psyche before we are even here on this earth? What have we stopped ourselves from achieving because of fear? This post will look at how micro and macro factors feed into our psyche from our early years and how we can reprogramme our minds to snap out of this and become who we want in this life without boundaries.
When we look at the micro setting, we think of our families, those close to us. As children, we look up to our parents as the drivers of our lives as they are the guardians and protectors. What they fear could be projected onto us sub-consciously and we pick up on that without knowing that we are. Those fears become ingrained and are practised, and what is practised becomes a habit and a habit eventually becomes a belief. When we believe something it becomes real to us. The spoken word is a powerful weapon in any sense it is used, so when there are belittling words that are spoken to an individual there is a knock on confidence and can have ramifications on self-belief and a lack of self-confidence it brings with it ”FEAR”.
In a macro setting, we are led to live like sheep, society feeding us expectations of what ”we” should be doing and what we should achieve at different stages of our lives. So we are railroaded into believing that ”go to school’‘, achieve the grades to go to university, get a job and life should be good. University is not everyone’s path, however, we are led to think that just get a job that pays the bills and does not question the status quo. Consequently, some live an unfulfilled life as the expectation has been met but it does not bring satisfaction. The thought of quitting your job and focussing on a business venture leaves some people dumbfounded at the very thought, the people that go ahead and take that leap have faith that what they aim to achieve will be fulfilled, regardless of the downfalls they keep forging through.
Fear of failure is a common thread in society, especially when you think of jumping into a new venture and cannot quite see the end result. The people that seem to make it in what they do are those that feel the fear but do it anyway. Sounds easy right? It is only easy if you are able to overcome that emotion that cripples us and creates a downward spiral of self-doubt. I have come to realise that those that are confident and have faith in what they aim to achieve are the ones that get far and achieve their goals.
Fear of stepping outside the box, afraid of breaking the status quo is quite difficult. A lot of instances people have an idea in their head, however, executing it is halted due to the negative thoughts that hamper fruiting of that idea. So surely if some can do it, that means we can all achieve our goals, right? Absolutely! it is never too late to turn round your life and live your purpose.
How to overcome fear
”Birds of the feather flock together”- simple yet powerful. What I mean by this quote, is, leverage knowledge from those that are doing what you love doing. We live in the digital world and can connect with people all over the world. You will find inspiration and guidance from people and their stories may actually surprise you and soon may realise you resonate with them on so many levels.
Retrain your mind, shifting it from I can’t to I can. This could be achieved in several ways. It is not an overnight transformation, it is an exercise to practice when incorporated in your daily routine becomes a habit and a habit becomes a belief. There are ups and downs in life but soldier on and tell yourself you can do it, a few tips you can undertake to start thinking differently, not exhaustive but can get you started.
Right down what you aim to achieve.
Take steps towards your goal, find out the tools you need to start your journey.
Believe in yourself and affirm that to yourself every minute of the day.
Self awareness/mindfulness is key, we have opportunities all around us however at times we do not realise. When you put your mind to what you want to do, the opportunities are orchestrated your way, it is for your taking, only if you notice.
Are you ready to realise the great potential you have to plunge into the unknown and go for it? A few days ago I saw this quote and it echoed my thoughts exactly, I am one of those few people that seem to take a step forward and other days I take a few steps back. Sometimes I fear my purpose and procrastination sets in and I resort to my comfy status quo, so I am on that journey too of training my mind, pinching myself out of that daze and working toward living a fulfilled life
What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do
Ralph Waldo Emerson
As I mentioned before, it is an ongoing journey and not a miraculous overnight transformation. I hope you enjoyed this post and have taken a lesson or two, or if you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment.
Interesting synchronicity when I finished writing this post, I was on youtube and came across this wonderful video on dealing with fear, it delves into this issue so beautifully and I think you will learn a thing or two!
Allowing yourself to open up, living and facing your emotions and feeling your energy flowing is a great step towards peeling those layers that have encrusted us, the rigid mindsets that were handed to us generation to generation. Fears and beliefs that have been passed to us by society, peers, family, parents.
Have you ever asked yourself whether some of the fears and beliefs you harbour are from you or have been ingrained in you during your lifetime? Attitude towards money, relationships, achievements? A few of the beliefs people deal with in a negative light, the last two words are like an oxymoron – negative light?….. probably should have reworded this……
In view of the agenda of collective consciousness and spirit enlightenment, there has been a massive shift in the paradigm as people are starting to realise that we are greater beings than we have been led to believe. That we have access to an infinite source of information. The Universe is the hub of great knowledge and wisdom, we have been led to believe that we have to stay in the lane, blinkered and that we have to accept what we are served. Well, that is not true, not in the slightest, we are co-creators of our reality and that the power we behold is greater than anything you can possibly imagine. It is a matter of tuning into the higher frequencies to reach and get whatever we put our minds to. The overlap between science and spirituality is gaining momentum and is providing evidence that we are a connected species with amazing abilities and resource only We need to open our eyes and mind access it. The relationship between science and spirituality is growing from strength to strength and is providing us with a new insight and understanding that for so many years science and spiritual have been talking about the same subjects but in a different language, I hope this makes sense as much as it is doing in my head.
How do we shift our conditioned mindsets?
We need to delve deep within to begin changing our outlook in life, starting from within and sparking the embers within our soul and mind.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom
To be genuine with yourself, you have to face your emotions be they positive, negative, anger, happiness, fear. When you face your emotions, you acknowledge their presence and allowing them to run their course. There are situations we pretend to be who we are not, so as to please others, so as to not rock the boat. We are taught to live our lives without questioning the status quo and governed by the media feeding us what they tailor for our consumption. There comes a time when something within snaps! and you begin having these questions…………..
your existence, who are you?
is there more to this world thanwe can see?
what is out there?
There is a yearning to find answers to help you understand the hows and the whys. You start viewing the world in a different way, I for one started this journey 6 years ago and I can’t say I was aware at that time of what was happening. I remember talking to a colleague at work just explaining to her how I was noticing the 11:11 a lot, it was so profound it was difficult to ignore, she just thought I just happen to look at the clock around the same time a lot! I left it at that, it wasn’t until 2014 when I began to search online if anyone else was seeing these numbers and my whole world changed. It has been a journey with the usual life challenges and happy experiences, however, it is the way I am dealing with life issues that I am grateful for. Rewiring is not an overnight miraculous transformation, it takes a lot of practice. During that time, I lost people that did not serve a positive purpose to me, they literally walk away from my life and I do believe that the universe was clearing the way and connecting me with people that would walk with me on this journey.
Face your fears and do it anyway…
The fears you don’t face become your limits
Facing your emotions, facing the fears that cripple you, is the first step in becoming true to yourself. Self-awareness of your emotions is a big leap and is a positive step, at times we do not want to experience these emotions so we then numb them by blocking them. This energy does not escape, it stays within us and so we become embroiled in this cycle of escapism and running away from who we are. There are stories you hear, people in their own mental purgatory as they become strangers to themselves, ”they do not know who they are” and that is the sticking point. Allowing our emotions can invoke painful memories and experiences. As this is a lifestyle change and not just for a season, there are a few tips you can adapt and include in your lifestyle.
meditation – taking the time to listen to yourself, digging deep within you and calmly observing you as a human being, without passing judgement to any actions you take. A few minutes a day, take that time for yourself, you can use apps that can guide you, for those who are beginners or just start slowly without the guided meditation.
positive affirmations – speak to yourself, give yourself the positivity you need in your life. Learn to acknowledge and let the negative little voice pass and override that with a beautiful uplifting positive mantra, again there are several sources you can use e.g follow some Instagram posts, Youtube videos, Facebook and Pinterest have a wealth of content.
love yourself – love you, the one person that can change the course of your life. When you learn to love yourself, you can then embark on changing everything around you.
Remember, this is a lifestyle and not just for a season, it is a daily habit you can intergrate in your life. Time to time, I have to remind myself when I lose course but I always have the above tips to steer me back in the right direction.
I hope you will find this post useful, it is time for a change, and it is not too late………………………
The brain is a very powerful organ and also very delicate. Often our mood is influenced by how and what we perceive we are feeling. Your day can have different outcomes depending on our mindset, if you wake up thinking you’ll have a bad day, often more times than not, you will have a bad day. Our brains seek to recognise all that is negative and bad because we have steered it to that idea.
We have to recognise what strategies we can use in order to maximise our potential as a human race. By focusing on what is positive and good for our minds and souls we begin to realise that our minds are a powerful tool for personal growth. This transcends into our personal and business lives.
I was faced with a great challenge this year when I decided to change the direction of my life. As much as I enjoyed my job as in Clinical Research, it took me away from my family I was missing out on quality time with my children due to travelling for days with work. I was looking for a solution that will give me financial freedom as well as personal flexibility to earn an income whilst having the precious quality time with my children. I had a few doubts creeping wondering if I could take the plunge and change the course of my whole life, change direction from a clinical background to digital marketing how do I start. All these thoughts were swimming in my head, it wasn’t until I joined a wonderful online community that I realised I have the potential and ability to go for my dreams. Not only is it a digital marketing community, they are amazing at instilling self confidence, enriching your mind and encouraging you to fulfil your goals by their mindfulness modules, this is so unique to them, they are not only teaching you skills they are also helping you to find yourself and shift your mindset.
What consumes your mind? What controls your life often we are plagued by negativity and little voices in our heads that are very vocal about what you can or cannot do? There are a few strategies you can use to quieten those little voices and shift your mind to a balanced positive place
Affirmations are a great way to start training your mind to focus on what is positive
Being present, a way of becoming mindful of who you are and your surroundings – often we become tunnel visioned and lose awareness as we become focused on our daily monotonous day to day. Take time to admire the vibrant colours around, become a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing
Meditation is beautiful way to become one with your mind – you don’t have to do hours of meditation, a few minutes at a time can help quieten the mind and promote focus
Admitting failure – it is not bad that you have failed, we all learn from failure/challenges, it is how you deal with the challenges that makes a difference
I hope this article is helpful and resonates with you, feel free to leave a comment if you so wish. Until next time…………
Hi there, nice to join me on my journey of self-development and health and well being. I love blogging about our fascinating world and how we are connected, how changing our mindset can benefit us in living a fulfilled and abundant life. Hope you enjoy my posts, that you can resonate with some if not all the content.