Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Natural Hair, Natural Care

Alhamdulilah I have been enjoying my natural hair for about 8 years now. It's definitely important for me to know, whats in my beauty products that I use, and how to best take care of my natural hair.

 When Sis Taliah approached me about her hair products, I was excited.  Her Facebook page  Sister Taliah's Naturals is full of resources and awareness of the importance of natural products. She sent me three awesome products to try for 4 weeks.

3 and 1 African Black Soap
Hair Love
And T Mix



T Mix- Is my favorite, I was addicted to the smell, and not only does it smell so good, it has healthy ingredients. Taken from the website:  This special blend is designed to add moisture to the hair. 


 Tried and true my trouble areas with my hair started to trouble me no more. Each ingredient in the blend has a special purpose. For instance Jamaican Black Castor Oil helps with thinning hair and promotes hair growth. If you don't believe me, you have to try it out for yourself!

3 and 1 African Soap-  Also smells good and made my hair clean and scalp. I never really used black soap in my hair before, so this was a first and it was a good experience. Why is it three in 1? Its a shampoo, face and body wash mashaAllah and having all those benefits in one bottle is pretty awesome.  Purchase Taliah's Naturals here and please share with your friends!

Hair Love is also a great product mashaAllah, I am so happy that there is a sister making these products for everyone and its natural, it works and Sister Taliah cares about health and what goes on in our bodies. 
Hair Love--  Is a special blend is designed to make thinning hair grow in thick. Made with 100% pure Coconut pulp and oil and Jamaican Black Castor Oil . Massage on scalp weekly for great results.


T Mix "This special blend is designed to add moisture to the hair.  Use on scalp for thick, long growing hair. Ingredients:  Olive Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Morrocan Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, and all natural fragrances. "
Yes!!! It smells amazing and it works! MashaAllah!! These products will become part of my regular hair care regime inshaAllah.


"According to Mercola.com, the body can absorb as much as five pounds of cosmetic chemicals every year. Parabens can mimic hormones in the body and disrupt functions of the endocrine system"

Yikes!

Nowadays there are so many harmful products all in the name of money and "beauty" but the reality is, a lot of them are doing more harm than good, and thats quite ugly!. Products being tested on animals, made from unhealthy ingredients, and with words you and I, most likely cannot identify the source!

For example:

Parabens: found in deodorants and other products, it has been said that parabens mimic estrogen and high lifelong exposure to estrogen can increase the risk in breast cancer. 


Phthalataes- mostly found in plastics and in cosmetics like nail polish, is said to put women in high elevated risk for diabetes. 

Do we really want to add those things to our body? Who knows what we are putting on our skin! thats why it is important to go with products we can trust, and support the honest, hardworking families alhamdulilah

At the end of the day, I feel good with making more health conscious choices and supporting businesses that are working to do that.

InshaAllah visit Sis Taliah's store and let her know that the Traditional Muslimah Homemaker, sent you!!

Please share this post as well, so others can be informed inshaAllah

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Reflecting and Nesting

Here I am On  my due date....

We did a lot of cleaning and I have been getting messages about if I had the baby yet and so on.

Guess little baby isn't ready yet and to be honest I'm not..not today. I'm excited to meet this little individual who I have grown close to without seeing him/her.

Are you a boy... or girl? Is the question I have been getting often.

And I think....
Well, It doesn't matter, as long as youre healthy..  ten fingers ten toes a beating heart..a  little nose alhamdulilah you  will be loved that I can guarantee.
Anxiously awaiting your presence to join us..they say my hands are full already... full of blessings is what I say, and I would never turn away from or turn down extra blessings mashaAllah.

The  boys prepared the room for this big moment




Happy to share with my TMH friends, my thoughts as we prepare to turn to the start of the next chapter inshaAllah. New addtion means new schedule. I've found a system that works for us and it will help us organize life for homeschooling, homemaking, and everything else! InshaAllah i will be able to share soon.

My twin sister has arrived just in time and its quite a surprise, the children are happy to see their cousins         and my sister has offered to come help, so thats pretty great! My husband has been such a big help and  blessing, I'm glad for and thankful for all the love and kindness Allah has sent this way.

Well, subhanAllah, Ive done  more reflecting this pregnancy and one of my thoughts is that..our hearts can love so many people and not diminish with the increase of people! The heart is amazing, and this feeling called love. People often ask how did I get to enjoy homemaking, and I say..I enjoy what I do because the people I do it for bring me joy.

As often said.... it's done with love.

Theres more to be done around here so I will  keep it brief...

Guess this is my last update for now :)  I pray all  the previous blog post were beneficial!

Please don't forget to make duaa, share and if you can donate <3 Team Rahim Homebirth Dream

Saturday, February 15, 2014

There's No Place Like Home Birth: Our Home Birth Story Part 5: Plans For Breastfeeding

Brewers Yeast

I decided this time to prepare a little better for breastfeeding... I nursed Tahleel this whole pregnancy and have not weaned him yet, so looks like we are entering the tandem nursing world. Thats when you are nursing two children at once. I  automatically thought about increasing my milk supply and what ways to go about this.

I've been reading about lactation cookies and saw such great reviews for them that I decided  to make some, and will keep making them often. Turns out the children love them too mashaAllah!! They are made with  brewers yeast, not to be confused or substituted with nutritional yeast and bread baking yeast. It is said to help increase milk, energy, and fight off the baby blues. It contains iron, protein and more mashaAllah.  The taste is strong, I prefer to add to cereal, bread, cookies, pancakes, and smoothies...it better than just taking it on a spoon daily! It's better to have it "raw" so in the salads with homemade dressing, cereals and smoothies works for those who do not want to cook  or bake with it.

The children loved the cookies mashaAllah! I thought the taste of the yeast would bother them but no they enjoyed it.

Recipe:

Flaxseed- 3 tbs
Oatmeal (old fashioned)- 1 cup
Brewers Yeast- 2 tbs
Coconut Oil- 1/2 cup
Egg -  1
Sugar- 1/2 cup
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Flour- 1 cup if its not self rising flour add baking powder 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon- as much as I wanted

I  just threw it all in a bowl and mixed it... it made about 18 cookies and put  them on a greased baking tray  on 350 until they were to my liking


Nursing  Cream

Ok I'm no stranger at being sore and hurting while breastfeeding so I put together a simple cream that promotes healing, it's recommended to wipe off before each feeding.
Ingredients:
Coconut oil and aloe vera gel

Simply put the aloe vera gel in a container with coconut oil! mashaAllah I found a nice easy to carry, squirt bottle so even if the coconut oil solidify it will still squeeze out inshaAllah.. I have chunks of aloe inside too :)

Aloe vera is used to relieve pain from being sore and cracked. I used the plant and my son-- he actually helped get the gel off the plant.

Coconut oil to help with dry and roughness..
Mother's Milk Tea,  Milk Boosting Foods

I drink the tea often but I think if I drink it, combined with eating milk boosting foods then inshaAllah it will make a difference in my supply.

What I intend on doing is Fennel/ Barley Water-- soak barley over night then strain barley (svae for soup the discarded barley)  and boil the water... for 25 mins and pour on fennel..it is said to increase milk and ease after pains. I was told before about barley for increasing milk, and have had it as soup but not water, and I have also used fennel in tea inshaAllah i will update once I try it, but thought to share since  both are known to increase milk.

Upping the water, and eating oatneal...green smoothies and more fruit are things you want to do to keep up a nice healthy milk supply inshaAllah and vitamins... we are making sure we have a successful tandem nursing journey.


Nursing Pads

Need I say more?!!! You can buy them but it is also easy to make your own
Make your own here: Suckled Sunnah
Or  Frugal Nursing Pads

InshaAllah will take pics of mine soon and share here




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