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Sharing another favorite skin care routine as well as a wellness ritual I have benefited from tremendously. Not only is this a great way to treat your skin but also an interesting way to strengthen and become familiar with your immune system by doing the traditional Chinese health method known as Gua Sha.
Gua Sha uses a variety of scraping tools, in my case Rose Quartz stones, that stimulates your immune system, more specifically the lymphatic system. Other Gua Sha tools are bone, Jade and even horns. Gua Sha is primarily done on the body with a lot more pressure and forceful scraping of the skin. The scraping of the skin sounds painful, but depending on your sensitivity level, it should not be unbearable. The skin is lightly bruised and some red specks on the skin (known as Petechiae) become noticeable, which is basically tiny blood vessels being stimulated under the skin. In Chinese Medicine the principle of healing is the proper movement and channeling of energy or qi and that is what Gua Sha helps facilitate.
Whenever this Qi, life foce, or energy is blocked we experience illnesses from chronic pain, fatigue and many other ailments. The main objective of Gua Sha is to help blood flow, improve circulation and detox.
2018 has been by far my most influential and heart opening year especially with developing new friendships and facing my personal ideals of my perpetual introvert ways. I’m such a home body and love to be home, I rarely go out and as sad as it may sound my social circle is non-existent. Mostly because I find solitude to be so soothing and prefer to be in my thoughts, but this year I’ve let my guard down especially after receiving a very thoughtful message from someone I admire encouraging me to start “getting out there” and exploring the world by connecting with other people.
Its very comforting to know the power of social media and how everyday it manages to connect people in ways that perhaps may have never connected if it weren’t for the advent of social media. I’m a firm believer however if you are meant to find someone you will find them regardless, but social media has definitely accelerated that process, at least for me.
“Hey Ma, money actually does grow on Tress!”
I wish I had this plant for every time my mom would tell me that money doesn’t grow on trees! The money tree is a beautiful plant to have in any space and like the lucky bamboo I mentioned in my last post, it is a very well known plant in Feng Shui to attract wealth and abundance. Now, not only do you want to attract these things to you, but you also want to maintain it. It’s of no use attracting things if you can’t nourish it, maintain it and keep it.
Money Tree plants are typically 5 trunks that are braided and intertwined together and its green leaves sprout into 3, 5 or 7 leaves. Its scientific name is Pachira Aquatica with over 20 species, native to central and South America and its a plant that loves humidity due to its original habitat such as swamps and rain forests. Its other species is known to also be native in many other parts of the world such of Africa and Asia and typically mistaken for a Bonsai tree.
Money trees are very easy to care for and require minimal watering, but there are some basic guidelines to keep in mind to keep your plant alive. When you first get your Money Tree plant you want to plant it into another pot with fresh soil into a slightly larger pot so that its roots can grow comfortably. You also want to add fertilizer ever so often to insure it’s soil is healthy in preparation for its dormant period during the winter months (this is dependent on where you live of course).
If you’re a DIY skincare junkie like me, then chances are you’re going to love this tutorial. So while aimlessly strolling around Walmart’s skincare aisle, I noticed this box that said “DIY Masks” and of course I had to check it out. Oleum Vera is a very interesting company and wish this concept was around when I first started blogging 9 years ago because its so convenient and super affordable especially for all natural and certified organic ingredients. Looking at the box of ingredients I was so excited to see all of the ingredients included, and did I mention all Organic for under $20?
I couldn’t pass it up and was even more fascinated with the other items on their website. But first, here’s what my kit included:
Natural Skin care fanatics like myself who lovesssss DIY recipes this was truly a deal! So many different ingredients and combinations of facials I can make it definitely was worth the money and a bargain. I say a bargain because when trying to get different types of ingredients (especially organic and all natural) you can end up paying a pretty penny if each ingredient is bought individually. Just the oil alone, which this kit contains avocado oil, can cost you anywhere from $10-$15 dollars at most health food stores. All of their products are certified organic and they pride themselves on being the leading skincare brand that promotes sustainability.
Feng Shui (the ancient Chinese art of arranging furniture and other household items in any space for optimal balance & harmony) is one of my favorite practices. Keeping a Lucky Bamboo plant in your space attracts luck of course, as well as success, endurance, beauty & fortune. In Feng Shui the 5 elements are important to incorporate in any space to balance out energies and the lucky Bamboo symbolizes all five.
WOOD: The plant itself represents the element of wood representing new beginnings, family, foundations and reaching heights.
EARTH: The soil or rocks placed in your Bamboo Plant pot represents stability, structure, nourishment and anchoring of ideas.
WATER: The water you provide your plant represents regeneration, energy flow and purification.
FIRE: To represent the fire element in your lucky bamboo plant, add a red ribbon to its stems as a symbol for fire which evokes the energy of transformation and life.
METAL: Most Bamboo Plants are placed in glass pots which represents the element of Metal. Coins are also representative of the element of metal as well as the colors gold, white and silver. Metal element in Feng Shui represents business, intelligence and concentration.
Technically, Lucky Bamboo, is not a true Bamboo but shares similar characteristics as the actual Bamboo species and is native to Africa and not Asia as its widely believed. It is best, in my opinion, to keep your Lucky Bamboo in soil since it minimizes the amount of time you have to change its water and prevents mold from developing and harming your plant. Lucky Bamboo plants are amazing to keep especially if you live in climates where the sun is not too predominant especially during winter months since it requires very little indirect sun.
You can however keep your Lucky Bamboo in just water but you have to make sure you change its water frequently. Simply add some rocks or pebbles to keep it stable and upright.
Do not water your lucky Bamboo with tap water, as the chemicals and chlorine can dry out its leaves and make it turn yellow. I prefer to use bottled water, collected rain water or distilled water. You can occasionally feed your lucky bamboo with liquid fertilizers as well to insure consistent growth. You just do not want to over do it as over feeding it can also harm your plant. As with most things, too much of something is not always necessarily good so make sure to keep an eye on your plant to gauge its health over time an determine its needs.
Although Lucky Bamboo is known to attract luck, abundance and fortune they are also known to be protective and hex breaking. In the Chinese culture, Bamboo is used as a charm to protect against evil spirits and curses. Carry small stem with you for protection against curses and the evil eye. I also use its water to add to room sprays recipes and floor washes for protection and opening the way for fortune and luck throughout the house. Below are some meanings behind the number of stalks lucky bamboo represents.
Thank you to all of my readers, especially those ride or die readers since 2010, who have supported Hell Notes for Beauty since!
This is more than just a blog or a brand. To me, this my most precious love and it has led me to be able to connect with so many amazing people that have truly changed my life in one way or another.
This was truly the energy I thrived on and felt at my first pop up shop and opportunity to meet so many of you for the first time. It was very surreal to actually feel like I’ve known some of you for so long, despite never meeting before! Everything truly happens for a purpose and I’m the luckiest girl alive to be able to know what it feels to be able to manifest small dreams. So again, THANK YOU! for the support of my first Pop Up shop, the turn out was amazing and could not have done it with out the support of the team over People Chica for organizing an enriching event for all.
Hola Spring Fling was an event recognizing the many talented and multifaceted entrepreneurial spirit in the Latino small business market. What’s more fascinating is the inspiration and stories behind each shop owner’s drive to start and maintain a business.
My brother told me to pose as if I were hugging the table, this was so funny to me. I had such a great time with music and so much to see (and shop!). I tried flan, coquito, wine, and shopped for jewelry, candles and the list goes on. I also was able to showcase a lot of the items I sell at my shop as well as the tools I use for most of the rituals I feature on my channel. Also, the stories behind why and how many people started their small business was what was the most fascinating part about meeting each vendor.
Let’s shop & mingle at the 2nd Hola Pop Up Shop!
Come and meet me on Wednesday May 9th from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm for an evening of support for Latino owned brands and companies featuring their products from baked goods, apparel, jewelry, accessories, bath & beauty, eyelashes, candles, tarot card readings, photo booth, energy healing sessions and MORE!
This event is FREE to attend!
RSVP to HERE: www.holaSpringFlingShop(dot)splashthat(dot)com
Cash raffles will also be donated to @mshillaryskids
Ms Hillary’s Kids is a Latino owned mentoring program and organization for youth in urban areas designed to empower & bring hope to youth & young adults by helping them find their purpose through mentoring & acts of kindness.
Come visit us and shop our Store at this wonderful event!
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