Tea Love: Homestead Apothecary

I stocked up on some herbs for tea blends. Yippee!
I stocked up on some herbs for tea blends. Yippee!
Magnificent crystals dotted the store creating a beautifully magical ambiance.
Magnificent crystals dotted the store creating a beautifully magical ambiance.

After a trip to San Francisco last year, I read an article in “Fresh Cup” about an herb shop called Homestead Apothecary. I was a little bummed that I had missed an opportunity to check it out for myself. So of course, I made it a priority to get over to Oakland on my trip to Cali last week. I was not disappointed!

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Thank you APEDF!

ajualuv presents "Holistic Health & Intro to Reiki".
“Holistic Health & Intro to Reiki” presenation.

Thank you African People’s Education and Defense Fund and Uhuru Furniture for launching the Health in Our Hands Series and allowing me to present the ajualuv workshop, “Holistic Health & Intro to Reiki”.  I appreciate your sincere efforts at creating a more healthy environment for African people.

Eye-and-eye mantra: Be the woman you want to be at all times!

Photography by Uhuru Furniture staff.

Copyright 2013-2014 Ajua Hawkins

How I Keep Menses Sacred

Waterfall

For most of my life, because my menses was never regular, and honestly because I wasn’t very aware of my body, I was unable to connect some of the turmoil occurring in my life to my unnatural menstrual cycle.  It wasn’t until my husband (at the time boyfriend) began asking all sorts of questions about the female body and its processes that I gave it any serious thought.  In fact he was the one, after watching a morning news show on menstruation, who informed me that I was indeed not “crazy” but just under the influence of hormones.  Once I began getting serious about my spiritual journey and more in tune with my body, I started to research the sacredness of this natural ritual and why I should protect myself at this very vulnerable time of the month.

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