Oil of Oregano Benefits

Oil of Oregano, the long awaited oil that we do not have. I’ve been searching high and low for this oil in the purest form. This weekend, we found it. Our sis Charmene introduced us to her friend, who found a potent brand from Greece. We took it both days in Ice Water…all I can say is wow. I can tell it works effectively right away. I felt so much better afterward. It has been 100-110 degrees in Los Angeles. This weather has been brutal to say the least. Therefore, immune systems are constantly compromised, from the heat to the air conditioning to cities that aren’t as hot. It has all taken a toll. Now I don’t have to worry and have found another wonder product, that I have had my eye on for such a long time.

Here are some benefits of Oil of Oregano courtesy of http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/8-great-uses-for-oregano-oil

What are the Top 10 Uses for Oregano Oil?


1. Fight Infection

The science regarding the ability of oregano oil to conquer infections is very clear, showing a very powerful effectiveness against candida albicans, aspergillus mold, vaginal infections, staff infections, and more. One study straight from the United States Department of Agriculture even reported that oregano oil presented such a strong action against germs that it could easily fight Salmonella and E. coli.

In a telling statement, another prominent study from the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at Georgetown University Medical Center also verified these findings:

        “New, safe agents are needed to … overcome harmful organism infections. Based on our previous experience and that of others, we postulated that herbal essential oils, such as those of origanum (oregano oil)…offer such possibilities.”

2. Protection Against Harmful Organisms

If you’ve ever consumed undercooked meat, non-purified water, or faced the daily routine that most of us endure in the United States and elsewhere, a number of unwanted and harmful organisms are likely to be currently residing inside of your body. Thankfully, oregano oil has been shown to be highly useful when it comes to removing these organisms.

One study in particular, which examined the relationship between oregano oil intake and parasites within the body through a 6 week study, is worthy of note. In the study, those taking 600 mg of oregano oil daily were recorded to have a complete disappearance of parasites within the body. The usage of oregano oil can be an essential tool in the fight against a variety of parasites both within and outside of the body. These include tape worms, bed bugs, lice, fleas, mosquitoes, and round worms.

3. Source of Essential Nutrients

Struggling to get an optimum amount of vitamins and essential minerals each day? Oregano oil is loaded with vital minerals like magnesium and zinc as well as a host of vitamins such as C and E. An added bonus to the multiple uses of oregano oil, the oil can actually function as a source of essential nutrients when used on a routine basis. Oregano oil is sufficiently high in zinc, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium copper, manganese, and niacin. When considering the severe deficiencies of these substances that are so prevalent today, it’s easy to see why this is such a necessity.

4. Digestive Aid

Your overall health will revolve around the health of your gut and colon. Without proper digestion, food will begin to compact and actually rot within the lengthy 25 to 30 feet of the digestive tract. While I highly recommend using an oxygen-based colon cleanser to clean out the pounds of compacted fecal matter from the digestive tract, another key factor to consider here is stopping the build up in the first place. Oregano oil is known to specifically stimulate the flow of bile into the digestive organs, enhancing the digestive process and helping to sustain your biological systems that help to determine your overall state of health.

5. Menstrual Aid

Irregular, painful periods along with negative menopause effects are among one of the most commonly reported issues facing women today. One of the best responses to this is oregano oil, which can actually help aid in supporting irregular menstruation as well as protecting against negative menopause attributes. For women, this is a substantial bonus to the already lengthy list of uses and effects.


6.Fight Aging

Perhaps the hottest health trend of the past few years is the science of combatting aging. Oregano oil can help to slow down the process of cellular deterioration, and as a result can impact the rate at which negative aging effects occur. The large number of antioxidants found in oregano oil can also aid in the protection against age-related issues like eye disease, muscle degeneration, and numerous nervous-system disorders.

7. Allergy Support

Those suffering from allergies will find the soothing and therapeutic properties of oregano oil in regards to allergic reactions to be highly appealing. Oregano oil can produce sedating effect on the hyper-sensitivty of allergies, which ultimately leads to a real relief for those with allergy concerns. Instead of harsh medications with a long list of side effects, oregano oil can offer a serious natural alternative when it comes to curtailing the drastic effects associated with allergic reactions.

8. Weight Loss

Despite its reputation as a natural immune booster, oregano oil also packs a punch against unwanted body fat. As demonstrated by a recent study that focused on the fat burning capabilities of oregano oil, the active ingredient in oregano oil known as carvacrol can actually modulate genes and reduce irritation in white adipose tissue.

When fed a fattening diet, mice not given carvacrol quickly became obese. In contract, mice given as low as 0.1 percent carvacrol gained significantly less weight and even had lower levels of cholesterol and trigylcerides in their blood.

9. Eases Discomfort

Painful conditions such as arthritis, backaches, or carpal tunnel can wreak havoc on your daily lifestyle. Without proper response, the issue can even become more prevalent – let alone dangerous. Oil of oregano can be used topically to go deep inside the skin and help to assist in relieving the discomfort that stems from many of these issues.

Simply create a 50/50 mixture of organic oregano oil and organic olive oil and apply the mixture topically to the affected area for relief. Those suffering from sore muscles, sports injuries, and backaches may also reap these benefits.

10. Combat the Cold

Coming down with a case of the common cold or even the seasonal flu can be a major detriment to your way of life. Oregano oil can help to add a layer of protection to your immunity when used appropriately. If you feel a cold coming on, try placing 3-6 drops into an empty capsule and take 2-3 times daily before meals. Continue this regiment for 5-10 days.

In addition, you can help to stop the cold before it starts by taking the recommended serving of organic oregano oil at 1 capsule full of 3-6 drops.

Always remember that the quality of the oregano oil you are purchasing does matter. Organic oregano is much different than the traditional oregano oil you may find at your local grocery or drug food store. Organic oregano is an excellent addition to any emergency medical kit, beauty aid (when dilluted with water), and general wellness ingredient.

- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

Hope this is informative for all of you.




Summer Accessories👓👛📖

Summer Accessories, my favorite part of summer. So many more choices, colors and options. Today, I’m sharing with you my top accessories that have been easy to throw in a tote back and out the door🏡🚲

I have been using my Marc Jacobs Palais Royal Clutch to store my tea bags, that I keep inside of a ziploc bag. I also keep my phone, sunglasses and case, along with antibacterial spray. For a clutch, it’s quite roomy. It was one of the best investments that I have purchased. The link is in my Birthday and Bridal Attire post!!

Next, I have my 3 favorite summer teas and these are just the ones from Tazo. I have other favorite brands, but I had these right in my bag👜 Awake English Breakfast, Passion and Decaf Chai, have been giving me that extra boost in 110 degree LA weather! I drink them cold often☕️🍵

My summer reading book is called Retribution my Jilliane Hoffman. This comes in a 3 part series and I plan on purchasing the other 2, once I finish this one. It’s such a captivating book for the reader…me🔝🔚

And lastly, my sunglasses and case. This case is from Max Studio. It’s the perfect case which fit my new Cole Haan Sunglasses, just perfectly😜 I am obsessed with these sunglasses for 2 reasons. One being that I love this mod inspired framework with the gold lettering, down to the brown and black detail, which is timeless. And secondly, because these are the only pair of sunglasses in which I own, that aren’t scratched. I’m so bad with sunglasses, so I finally got me a case!!! I feel so grown up now and this was the final step to getting me organized before my big 4-0. I’m quite proud to be an organized owner of sunglasses!!!! It’s pretty grown up, don’t cha think?👸







Birthday and Bridal Shower Attire💍💏 👠🎁🎊🎉🎈

This past weekend, we attended quite a few celebrations. We celebrated with family and friends. I’ve been experiencing with color patterns that I love and really going for color this summer. It’s been nice to get out of my comfort zone of the traditional “gray and black.” I wear a lot of gray and black, when working in PR, in the community, as a musician and for meetings. But, on weekends, it’s all about the color. And what better way to celebrate our friend Nadira, our cousin Brian and my twin, Lillian’s party color themes💝💝💝💝

I will share all the style info below.👏

Jewelry, Personal Gifts
Birthday Party Attire:
Windsor Store (Similar Here)


Kut From The Kloth, Nordstrom


Aldo (Similar Here)


Bridal Shower Attire:
Dress and Belt:
Carlisle Collection


Marc Jacobs


Vera Wang at Kohls Adami Peep Toe Heels












Everything is coming up ROSES🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

I get bombarded with the ultimate question, day in and day out…how do I get a complexion like yours? Although we are blessed with great genes, it takes a lot of work, trial and error. As a eczema sufferer, it’s getting so much better and my skin is practically clear!!! The one spot on my face is healing beautifully and it’s almost gone. I decided to share my Skincare summer secret with all of you…ROSES🌹🌹🌹

Since I have expanded my repertoire of knowledge regarding chemicals in skincare, haircare and makeup, and natural and organic food, the more questions my husband and I have received. Having said that, we will have exciting news to share very soon🌹.

As of this year, I only use Organic custom made skincare, in addition to a few already made products. My skin has changed and improved dramatically with everything that I’ve done both internally and externally. So lets begin!!!!

I have been fascinated by rose products since my journey began in 1999. I first used rosewater from a store thats no longer in business in Cambridge, MA called Hartnetts. I loved everything about the rosewater. In the winter months, I would always see my face as dewy and not dry. My esthetician also used Dr. Hauscha Rose Products on face from 1999-2004 and then I moved to California. Fast forward 2014…10 years later!

I’m now back to my old ways of revisiting scents and fragances that once made me feel so happy and loved; my love affair with nature. Shoshana is my skin care specialist who custom blends all of my products from Organic Israeli Labs. She works with Plastic Surgeons in Israel to handmake all of her products. Once sent to the United States, she then custom makes them accordingly. I asked her make me some Rose products and that she did; a face cleanser and rose toner. Boy, do they smell yummy. I really love this Skincare routine and I’ll share it with you below, as well as pictures.

There are so many benefits of roses on the skin.

Here is a link to the benefits of roses on the skin:


My current Daytime Skincare Routine:
Rose Cleanser, Skin by Shoshana
Rose Toner, Skin by Shoshana
Rose Petal Facial Tonic Hydrosoul, Evanhealy
Rosehip Oil, Sukin
New Skin Repair, Skin by Shoshana
Creme Soufflé, Skin by Shoshana
Veil Mineral Primer Broad SPF 15, Hourglass

My current Nighttime Skincare Routine:
Rose Cleanser, Skin by Shoshana
Rose Toner, Skin by Shoshana
( I also use this toner for under & over my eyes)
Rosehip Oil, Sukin
Mango Antioxidant Cream, Skin by Shoshana

Two additional products that I’m loving are Dr. Bronners Rose Castile Soap and L’ Occitane Rose Aurore Hand Cream.

Hope this helps you to achieve beautiful, glowy, summery skin!









Cape Verdean Independence Viva Cabo Verde💪👏🙌🙏👊

Celebrated 39 years of Independence at The Cape Verdeans of Southern California’s Festival in Cheviot Hills, CA on Saturday!!

I wore, yes another Maxi Dress. This one is simple and chic from Forever 21. I wore my Conta De Ojo (Cape a Verdean Necklace) and my beads from Tanzania, East Africa. I coupled that with a lot of fun bangles from the US and handmade from India. And of course my Fila Flops and my milkman braids!!!🎀

My makeup is the same. Alima Pure Mineral Foundation, MAC Gold Deposit Highlighter, I added Hot Mama Blush by The Balm and some green eyeshadow and Ravishing Lipstick, both by MAC.

Here are some pics and here’s to freedom!!























Summer Outfits on a Budget💃👘👗

It’s been 100-105 degrees here in Los Angeles and today is 100. The only staple I can think of wearing are maxi dresses. They are quick, easy, comfortable, chic, and super affordable. My maxi dress from my blog post from yesterday’s Summer Essentials, cost $20 at Kohls. Today’s dress was $10 from Susie’s Deals (discount clothing store which I love!) My purse is Vegan Leather. This is the 2nd one that I have purchased. I returned my recent other one after I found a deformity on it and got this one, which I am loving better and that I’m obsessed with! My Flip-Flops are Fila from Ross for $12.99. I saw them at Nordstrom and didn’t want to pay full price for them. A week later I found them at Ross for such a great price💲.

My makeup look for both days have been the same, minus mascara for today. Alima Pure Mineral Foundation, MAC Gold Deposit Highlighter and MAC Lipstick in Blankety and Twig (I’ve been obsessed with this color ever since my wedding day😜)💄

My hair yesterday consisted twisted rolls for a side 1920’s vibe!!! And today, I did braids on top of my head. This is a style in which I will wear often this summer. I put my EO Grapefruit and Mint Conditioner overnight and it untangles my hair, so this hair style is easy to achieve the next day. For both hair styles, they require lots of bobby pins!

Links Below:
Maxi Dress-Kohls http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1697748/mudd-convertible-maxi-dress-juniors.jsp

Maxi Dress-Susie’s Deals http://www.susiesdeals.com/about.html

Fila Flop-Flops http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nike-comfort-sandal-women/3074755?cm_cat=datafeed&cm_ite=nike_’comfort’_sandal_(women):284553&cm_pla=shoes:women:sandals_slides&cm_ven=Google_Product_Ads&mr:referralID=4ac0f357-03c2-11e4-a825-001b2166c62d&origin=pla

EO Grapefruit and Mint Conditioner-Similar link here http://www.amazon.com/EO-Essentials-Lavender-Aloe-Conditioner/dp/B00520MPLK

Alima Pure http://www.alimapure.com/?gclid=CjwKEAjwre6dBRC94d-Gma7g3wcSJACNatZerBuTo7J0rDowwW5TMwpaIPTqOAW2GEnf_IkcBW3eAxoCVMLw_wcB

MAC Cosmetics http://www.maccosmetics.com/index.tmpl

Enjoy and Happy 4th of July🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸



Summer Essentials😀📁📄💝🎀

Well summer is here and I know that a lot of blogs talk about the quintessential summer essentials. For me, my essentials are very different given my line of work in music, community and PR.

Mine include Maxi Dresses, a Vegan Tote, Cole Haan Heels, Natural Hand Sanitizer, Natural and Aluminum Free Deodorant, clean makeup brushes and some other goodies🌸🌷

Would love to hear about your summer favorites!!!











You Asked, I Answered📄📁📋📚✏️📒


Finally got to some of your questions! So sorry it has taken me so long!

Originally posted on PunkysPicks...This is what Love truly IS ❤️:

Hey Everyone!

I’ve been getting a ton of emails from all of you that follow my blog, as well as questions from Social Media about my life, profession, career etc., so I’d thought I’d answer a few right here! Top 10 Questions answered from all of you!!

#1. Did I always want to be a musician?
Not really. I wrote in my high school journalism class and became a decent writer in college. I worked really hard with my English Professor who taught me structure, theme, story building and cinematic theory. It was then that I started to begin storytelling and I wrote my first song in 2002 after my father died. I became a songwriter and the art led me here.

#2. If I wasn’t a musician, what would I be?
I would be working in Dermatology, since I started studying skincare in high school or in the community…

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Date Night Makeup💅💄🎀

Last night my husband took me out for a Date Night. We started off the night with a graduation, then we went to dinner at Flemings, then we took a stroll at The Calabasas Commons and we went to the Cinema where we watched Edge of Tomorrow. We dressed up fancy🎀🎀🎀 and had a blast!!!

I got a lot of requests about my makeup look and was quite surprised actually!!! So here is the rundown!

Alima Pure Mineral Powder in Warm 3
Alima Pure Mineral Blush in Guava mixed with Desert Rose
100 % Pure Satin Eyeshadow in Star (which I always use for a highlight on my cheeks and brow bone)
100 % Pure Satin Eyeshadow in Maui (main eyeliner color as well)
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette YDM and Verve in the middle of my eye (I used this wet)
MAC Highlight and Bronzer in Gold Deposit (best highlighter and can’t find an organic dupe)
MAC Lipliner in Half Red mixed with Viva Glam 1 ( haven’t found Organic Lipliners or Lipsticks with staying power yet)
MAC False Lashes Mascara (I tried Physicians Formula Organic Wear and it was awful and way too clumpy. I’m gonna get the Dr. Haushka one next! My friend has used his brand since 1997!!!!)
My brows are growing out, so did very little. It’s always a transition!!!

Here are the links:



EatMeetnGreet…Instagram @EatMeetnGreet🍋🍋🍋

We have been bombarded with requests, emails, messages, text messages, phone calls, ideas, tips and tricks. Soooo….my husband and I are officially, EatMeetnGreet!! As we venture into this world of health, green living and more, you can now follow us on Instagram @eatmeetngreet. We have so much exciting news to come!!!

Thank you to all of my readers and followers for allowing me to share my world full of health, life and love! My gratitude is endless!








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