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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/

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:

COVID-19 Summertime Masks

Can I find a comfortable mask as the weather warms up?
I am wondering how to address this ‘safety‘ requirement, as we enter the warmer months. I have some info for you on that subject below.
The CDC recommends that unless you are outside and away from others, wearing a mask is advised. Both your mouth and nose should be covered. This is for your own safety, and for the protection and respect of others and their well-being.

The CDC insists that masks protect us. Even those persons who have received the vaccines are cautioned to continue mask wearing. Below are more guidelines from the CDC website.
If people are not living in your household, a mask should be worn. Even youngsters who are 2 years old should have a mask on in the home when they are around people who do not live in the household, also they should wear one in public.
– Wear a mask on the train, airplanes, buses – public transportation.
– Wear a mask inside your home if someone you live with is sick with symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19.

Wearing a mask is likely going to be more of a challenge in getting comfortable during warmer weather.
I searched the www for recommendations on the ‘best’ lightweight masks.

Continue reading COVID-19 Summertime Masks

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/


Sleepless in Covid19 Times

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How are you sleeping these days? Recently I have had some issues with getting a ‘good nights sleep’, and I am not the only one I know who is having this problem in Covid19 times.

Lack of ‘Beauty Sleep’, seems to be the least of our concerns these days  as we attempt to figure out how to live and prepare our lives, and family members safely for this challenging Covid19 period.

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Sleep has been determined as therapeutic to our wellbeing. It supports a healthy immune system; physical health; emotional wellness, and more.

Continue reading Sleepless in Covid19 Times

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.
Continue reading Hairblues in Pandemic Times

Beauty & Wellness Rescue

chaos-645336_1920I must admit that I have been perplexed about what to write for my May post.  Given the chaotic time we are all confronting with the Coronavirus challenge, it seemed impossible to figure out what could be important enough to share via Beauty Topics.

On further reflection, I decided that it is important that we not lose ourselves in this formidable challenge by denying ourselves self pampering and what we do ‘normally’ (observing certain restrictions). A sense of continuity is most important when our world has been turned upside down.  It’s the little personal rituals that keep us centered when we are figuring out our new terrain.  In keeping with that idea, I think taking care of ourselves should include how we look on the outside, and how we feel on the inside as we navigate through life’s eruptions – new and old.

Below are some suggestions for you to explore, and to help you look and feel better.
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For your body 
https://www.corepoweryogaondemand.com/keep-up-your-practice
https://www.wphospital.org/blog/march-2020/wellness-at-home-recommended-sites-for-you

For your makeup
https://www.covergirl.com/en_us/makeup-tips?fid=cg-how-to
For Entertainment 
https://www.alvinailey.org/performances-tickets/ailey-all-access?utm_source=aaadt_eblast_482020&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=allaccess_divining

For your mind and well-being
https://nycaroma.com/2020/05/12/a-guided-to-your-senses-aural-meditation/

Wishing you Peace & Wellness,
Judith

 

HairBlues: To our Professionals with Gratitude

hairblues thanksThose who rely on hair salon specialists, flexible schedulers, and beauty professionals are facing major adjustments in managing their own hair and other things at this time. We are learning all over again what brought us to the salons in the first place:  we are not nearly as proficient at performing those beauty tasks as the professionals whom we rely on. However, rather than feeling sorry for this “beauty reality check”, it occurred to me that this might be a good time to offer sincere thanks to those specialists who take such good care of us. Have you tried lately to do your nails, hand or feet, or tried waxing your own face, or managing your hair so that it looks more than just presentable? These are not welcome challenges.

 In recent days, the people who have jobs in hair/beauty salons have not only “NOT” been able to give us luxury treatments, to which we have become accustomed, some of them may even have been stripped of their livelihoods by way of collateral damage.salon-1923165_1920After all, this is exactly the kind of  work where the professional performs in close proximity with the client.  With little to no “prior notice”, COVID19, has intruded itself into that very private space. Until the last possible appointments, these reliable professionals continued to entertain our shared stories, our “prepared reality”,  by applying their creative talents to our faces, hair, nails, and above all to our egos. Now, many of them find themselves in the position of having to apply for unemployment benefits. Some are wondering, no doubt, how they will manage the near and distant futures of their bill payments, childcare, etc.  For some it is the challenge of a lifetime.curler-2224006_1920 (3)

I searched the www for some ideas on what these beauty professionals suggest that their customers do during this crisis.  I am impressed with their care and attention to our needs even during this period.

Suggestions:
you can manage your hair until the salons are open again.
there are ways for you to maintain your hair color.

Continue reading HairBlues: To our Professionals with Gratitude

Time Out for May Chang

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The news lately about COVID-19 has been disturbing. However, I want to take a “mindful time-out  to put  visual concepts of beauty in this post to remind us that our planet is still filled with beauty. And, once again to remind us that we must try to see more than our current troubles.heart oceans

As some of you know from following HairBlues, I am a certified aromatherapist, grounded in the wellness remedies of plant therapy and essential oils.   So, in this post I want to introduce you to the essential oil, ‘May Chang‘.   In my own experience, one whiff of ‘May Chang‘ essential oil quickly reminds me of peace and calmness. I am aware that because I live on this planet, there are those who distill the plants and flowers. Their work and process bring this fine oil to me. I am further comforted by the accumulated  knowledge of those who work with essential oils at a level that I have a newfound respect for.  In the meantime I benefit from that knowledge source: one can find solace even when there is much at stake by taking a “mindful time-out to breathe. Continue reading Time Out for May Chang