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It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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This month’s blog post provides ways and ideas to support breast cancer organizations in the fight for a cure. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization.

General Information

Breast Cancer Research Foundation
28 West 44th Street, Suite 609
New York, NY 10036
Toll-free: 1-866-346-3228
Fax: 646-497-0890 

bcrf@bcrf.org 

Please note: They do not solicit over the telephone

Ways to Give | Breast Cancer Research Foundation (bcrf.org)

FAQs | BCRF

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Read the blog at:
https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/blog/

Learn how to donate items:
https://breastcancerpickups.org/donation-guidelines/
or call 1-888-233-0858

Other ways to support:
https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-support
https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/nbcf-programs/breast-cancer-support-group

Donate a Car:
https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/more-ways-to-give/cars-for-a-cure.html

Breast Cancer Research Stamp:
https://store.usps.com/store/product/buy-stamps/2014-breast-cancer-research-stamps-S_555304#content

Essential Oils & Well-being Conversation

I had the pleasure of being a guest on a podcast with Amy Anthony, who is the creator of https://nycaromatica.com/

Amy says her passion is plant-based, well-care modalities“, and that it is “closest to her heart”.

That is what I recognized when I first took a class with Amy Anthony at the former New York Institute of Aromatherapy.

I was actually “hooked” by Amy’s passion for plants and essential oils. Her knowledge base is extensive. She lights up the room with her “plant energy“.

Amy is a certified clinical aromatherapist. She has studied Herbalism, and has an in-depth “poetic” knowledge of plants. One of the places she teaches is the  New York Botanical Gardens. The list is long of her accomplishments, and I encourage you to visit her website.

When you have an opportunity listen to our conversation.

You can also listen to this podcast on Apple and other platforms.

Listen to other podcasts with Amy Anthony at:
https://nycaromatica.com/podcast/

Is It An American Thing: SUNSCREEN?

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Episode #14 of the Wellness Connections introduces you to a conversation I had with some people who think that Sunscreen is an American thing. This conversation informs those who think that this is true that there is evidence to the contrary.

You can also listen to the Wellness Connections on Apple podcast, Google podcast, and other platforms of your choice. Just click the link below to select.
https://anchor.fm/judith-guerra7

The websites below are worth looking at.

Sources:

Natural Nigerian Website:
https://naturalnigerian.com/2018/01/18/do-africans-black-people-need-sunscreen/

Bare Skin Naturals Website:
https://bareskinnaturals.com/helpful-tips/ig-live-on-sunscreen-do-africans-need-to-wear-sunscreen/

Afropolitain Website:
https://afropolitain.com/the-real-reason-africans-dont-wear-sunscreen/

Bolden Website:
https://www.boldenusa.com/blogs/discover

Just FYI


Guidelines from American Academy Dermatology Association
https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/skin-cancer/types/common/melanoma/skin-color

My Hydrosol Season

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In this episode of The Wellness Connections, I give you a description of a gentle “aromatic medicine” Hydrosols. When you have a free moment listen to what they are and how they can be used for your well-being journey.


You can find more information at the source links below:

Makeup & Giving Season

Hairblues followers already know that I am a makeup fan.
During this challenging time of Covid19, the use of masks is advised; however, it is still possible that you may want to wear and give makeup as gifts during the holidays.

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A nice idea is that you can give to yourself and to others at the same time. That makes it a “win win situation”. I think we all need help finding some fun during these times. What can be better than giving to others.

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Thrive Cosmetics is a company we have looked at before. Here’s a statement about what they are doing during this challenging period.
We partnered with nonprofit organizations like Donate Beauty, Beauty United, Self-Esteem Rising and Maimonides Medical Center who helped distribute our products to those fighting on the frontlines of COVID-19.

Take a look at their Holiday Offers:
* Special Offers – Thrive Causemetics
* Thrive Causemetics Blog

There are many more charitable causes that you can contribute to in the name of beauty. Click the link; Take a look, and Enjoy!
17 Charitable Cosmetic Companies that Help You Give Back – More

Breast Cancer Beauty

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Oftentimes Cancer patients face challenge with their skin and beauty care caused by the chemo, radiation, and scarring, among other things. The treatments can cause issues women may not be familiar with, nor, how to manage them. I searched the www for some support on how to manage some of the difficulties women face for which there is support.

* The Cancer Horizons website provides support with information, free products and services. These are links to websites and services, which provide free makeup sessions, wigs, and even free makeup samples. It’s all designed to support the cancer patient through the cycles of getting well. Try exploring the website yourself by clicking this link. https://www.cancerhorizons.com/cancer-products/skin-care/

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Photo by Mwabonje from Pexels

You may also want to explore the
* Look Good Feel Better website which supports women navigating cancer treatment by learning how to enhance their beauty routines . The website is supported by certified professionals who volunteer their services to support cancer patients with guided lessons. Due to Covid19 – currently sessions are provided virtually. Click this link to learn more – https://lookgoodfeelbetter.org/virtual-workshops/

If you want to participate in supporting these organizations use the links below.

https://www.cancerhorizons.com/become-a-sponsor/

https://lookgoodfeelbetter.org/donors/donate/


Hairblues in Pandemic Times

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Thankfully, as a society we have progressed to a consciousness where a woman who identifies with her baldness in a way that she feels depicts beauty, is a welcome change to the hair loss challenge.

Nevertheless, it does not negate the fact that when a woman is confronted with unexpected hair loss, when she has had no previous symptoms – for example, Thyroid issues  it can be alarming.

For a number of women, who have had the recent Pandemic virus for more than a few weeks, Covid19 has been the suspected cause  for some of them losing “globs” of their hair.  A travel nurse, Juli Fisher, reported to WebMD News that she noticed she was losing “globs” of hair in the shower several weeks into her Covid19 illness. She  later  learned about others who were suffering similarly  from  a FaceBook group the “Long Haulers”.  Dermatologists refer to this type of hair loss as telogen effluvium, a temporary condition due to physical or emotional stress.  Oftentimes the hair grows back within a year.  Please use the links below to read details about this condition.
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Hydrosols: Plant Therapy and Essential Oils

Since the summer season of 2020 has started, let me share with you something that I truly enjoy  at this time of year –
Hydrosols aka Hydrolats.

HairBlues  followers know that I am an essential oils enthusiast, and that I use them as a Complementary Assisted Method (CAM) for wellness enrichment.   What makes essential oils even more attractive to me is that every time I attend a webinar about them, people from all over the world are also attending, trying to figure out how, when, and why these “gifts” from plants can help us.  To quote the News Correspondent, Rachel Maddow, Why is that?”

In her book “Hydrosols, The Next Aromatherapy”, Suzanne Catty refers to aromatherapy as a branch of “phytotherapy” (plant therapy).
The study of aromatherapy continues to give me  “Aha moments“.  In my research I find that the story continues – that essential oils can provide therapeutic benefits, which make one feel and live better.  Suzanne Catty defines hydrosols as the equivalent of a homeopathic version of essential oils.  To quote her, “Hydrosols are the condensate water coproduced during the steam-or hydro-distillation of plant material for aromatherapeutic purposes.Continue reading Hydrosols: Plant Therapy and Essential Oils

Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Bill for 2020

It’s a brand new year, and  brand new times  for cosmetics in California. That’s right!

Some of you may remember my post in September 2018, when I reported that a bill was introduced by Former Governor  of California, Jerry Brown to BAN animal testing for cosmetics. https://hairblues.me/2018/09/30/animals-will-be-freed-from-testing-cosmetics/

It turns out that animal testing cosmetics is not a requirement to prove that cosmetics are safe.  The new  law has come  into effect as of January 1, 2020. This new law bans the sale or import of animal tested cosmetics.  In addition, the states of Nevada, and Illinois have joined in the push to BAN animal testing on cosmetics.  This is the first such law in the United States.  https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/02/01/business/ap-us-animal-tested-cosmetics-bans.html

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Is Your Essential Oil Authentic?

Everywhere I turn lately, it appears Essential Oils are all the rage, and they are a huge money maker.  In addition,  whenever  I sign-up  for an  aromatherapy  webinar  people  from  all  over  the  world  are  in  attendance,  looking  for  solutions  and  remedies  to support  their mind, body and spirit well-being.

As a certified aromatherapist and  trainer, this topic comes to me voiced as concerns from those who are purchasing ‘essential oils’ without having any knowledge of how to ascertain when a product is ‘authentic’.

The task of ascertaining “authenticity” in this product is formidable because, given the circumstances in today’s USA market, these oils are not regulated by the USDA unless they are ‘certified organic’.  (https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic/labeling)

As starter conclusions in this formidable task about “authenticity” in essential oils  is that these oils are not synthetically produced.

So what is the difference?  Essential Oils are acquired from plants, by various distilling methods. In addition, essentials oils are known to have the added impact of therapeutic benefits, which can be useful in enhancing your mind, body, and spirit when used properly and safely.  When you are purchasing essential oils look for the ‘botanical name along with the common name.  For example: Lavender (common name), has the botanical name Lavandula angustifolia
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