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Good Lovin’ For Your Feet!

Get your feet summer-ready with Golden Foot Spa–a luscious make-your-own footcare regimen from my buddy Donna Maria Coles Johnson at Make Your Own Cosmetics.

Golden Foot Spa contains everything you need to give yourself a pedicure and get those tootsies in shape for summer! Soften your skin naturally with fresh milk and use Dead Sea Salts to slough dead skin and invigorate. Lemon awakens your senses and provides aromatherapy benefits to boot!

Ingredients:
1/2 gallon whole milk
1 handful calendula flowers (dried or fresh)
1 drop lemon essential oil
2 cups Dead Sea Salts
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
1 bag marbles

Blending Procedure:
1. Warm the milk over a low flame in a large soup pot. Do not microwave and be sure not to scald the milk. It should be sufficiently warm in about 15 minutes. Toss in the calendula petals (to make the milk golden in color!) and stir to wet them. While the milk is warming, prepare the salt scrub. (The extremely busy woman can dispense with warming the milk and the calendula. Just let the milk come to room temperature and use it that way. It won”t be warm or “golden,” but it will still make a good foot soak!)

2. Make the salt scrub by combining the Dead Sea Salts and almond oil in a large plastic bowl. Stir well. Add essential oil and stir again.

3. Remove the milk from heat. Pour it into a large dish pan or any plastic container large enough for both of your feet. Pour in the marbles. If you’re not doing this treatment in the bathroom (which is the best place; I’ve done it in front of the boob tube in the family room while watching Oprah), spread a large beach towel so that when the salt flies a bit during scrubbing, it lands on the towel and not in your carpet.

4. If you’re in the tub, sit in it dry and put the container of warm calendula milk in a position where it’s comfortable to dunk your feet in and exercise your toes by picking up the marbles. Soak to soften the skin for 10 minutes.

5. Scoop up a handful of the lemon scented Dead Sea Salts/almond oil mixture and begin scrubbing your lower legs and feet. If possible, do the scrubbing over the milk so any unused salt falls into it. This feels so good that if you have the space (the tub is best), you can scrub your knees and elbows and anything else dry!

6. Dunk your feet back into the milk mixture and rinse everything you scrubbed, including legs, etc. Soak for 5 more minutes. This second soak further softens skin (now that the dead layers have been removed!), plus gives your feet the added benefit of the melted Dead Sea Salt.

7. If you made a mess in the tub, that’s OK because now you can just bathe it away. (If you made a mess in your living room, well, you should have foreseen that so just get out the vacume cleaner!) Pat your skin dry and apply a creamy foot cream. If you have time, file your nails, push back your cuticles and use a nail brush to thoroughly clean them. If you decide to apply polish, remember to remove the cream from your nails first so the polish adheres better. Most any product designed as a facial toner can do this adequately, or you can use witch hazel. Enjoy!!

Copyright 2010 for Golden Foot Spa by Donna Maria Coles Johnson & Affiliates. All rights reserved.

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The Pap Is NOT The Only Test You Need To Prevent Cervical Cancer!

January is Cervical Cancer Month. Here’s your reminder to schedule your cervical cancer screening test. As uncomfortable as you may feel with your feet up in the stirrups, and the speculum inserted in your private parts (yuck!) I strongly urge you to take a few extra minutes and request another test too.

It’s the HPV Test. If you’re 30 or older, the HPV Test is essential to ensure that the two strains of human papillomavirus (or HPV) that cause cervical cancer are detected.

Most people get HPV sometime in their life. The HPV that causes cervical cancer and genital warts is passed by skin-to-skin contact with the genital area. You do not have to have intercourse to get it: any sort of mutual sexual activity can expose you to HPV. Black women in their middle and senior years have the highest incidence of cervical cancer. And just because you are in a monogamous relationship, you are not immune from having HPV.

Just like a cold virus, HPV is usually cleared on its own in a short time. But if HPV does not go away, cervical cancer can develop. But unlike a cold virus, HPV usually has no obvious symptoms. So it takes diligent attention to regular cervical health screenings to make sure HPV is found early.

The HPV Test looks for HPV, the virus that causes abnormal cell changes. the test can be performed from the same sample as your liquid based Pap or can be collected in a separate tube at the time of your Pap test. It is the ideal companion to your cervical health regiment. By having both the Pap and HPV tests, you and your doctor can monitor any cellular changes in your cervix and the presence of HPV.

Believe me my sistahs, there are far too many women who have their Pap Test every year religiously and still their cervical cancer goes undetected. Even more tragic, are the many women who haven’t had any cervical cancer screening or do so infrequently. Are you one of these women?

Cervical cancer is 100% preventable! But it is up to you to take action. Educate yourself! Request the HPV Test! Remind all the women in your life to get their screening annually. To learn the guidelines about getting the HPV Test and take a tutorial on cervical cancer, visit the cervical cancer page on the WeSpeakLoudly website.

Two additional resources that I highly recommend are Tamika & Friends featuring the courageous journey of cervical cancer survivor Tamika Felder, and the digene HPV Test with detailed information from the developer of the HPV Test.

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It’s Cold Outside. Let’s Warm Up With WHOLE Bush Tea!

Take a moment. Just relax. You deserve it! Can we help you warm up a bit?

Let WHOLE Bush Tea help calm the mood. We’ve got just the right blend of Chinese Green Tea, Lemon Verbena, Spearmint, Rooibos, Pink and Red Roses, and honey.

Visit our new website for details.

Happy Holidays!

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It’s World AIDS Day. Do You Know Where Your Partner Has Been?

December 1st is World AIDS Day. Across the globe, attention is paid to this hideous disease. But far too often, Black folks just aren’t listening.

Somehow, we still aren’t getting the message how devastating this disease is to our community–especially among Black women.

Did you know that:

  • AIDS is now the leading cause of death for Black women ages 25-34. We are over 21 times as likely to die from HIV/AIDS as white women.
  • Of all the newly infected HIV cases in the US, 1 out of 4 are women. Among these women, 2 out of 3 are Black women.
  • Most of the sistahs who have contracted HIV got it from having sex with a man.*

So my sistah, do you know where your partner has been?

It is important to protect yourself with every encounter:

  • Use latex condoms every time you have any kind of sex (vaginal, oral, or anal). Use a fresh condom with each sexual contact.
  • If you use drugs and cannot or will not stop injecting drugs, use new, sterile syringes to prepare and inject drugs.
  • If you’re getting a tattoo or having a your body pierced, ask what procedures they use to prevent the spread of HIV. If they do not use new, sterilized equipment, so somewhere else.*

Bottom line, self’-care is the best prevention for HIV/AIDS. Take the above precautions.  Know your partner’s status. Know your status. Educate yourself about additional risk factors. Be loud and proud helping to spread the word about HIV/AIDS. Dare to say “No! No glove, no love!”

*Stats from the Office on Women’s Health.

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