I dont need no man!

I was raised by a strong independent single mom who owned multiple businesses all at the same time. She was a boss! My mom would organize these amazing day trips to Buck Island with plenty of food, drink and fun on staff retreats aboard catamarans out in the turquoise blue waters every year. I never realized how un-normal my life was till I went to my girlfriends’ homes and saw how simple their lives were. And it wasn’t an economic thing…it was really  the way their mother’s carried it….the whole home thing. There moms’ and my mom were from very different planets.

 

My upbringing was pretty awesome. At one point, my mom owned two video stores, a deli and bodega, a casual dining restaurant, and was also developing her real estate brokerage on the island of St Croix where I grew up. After school, the bus would let me off in front of her conglomeration of businesses, whereas my classmates would be dropped in front of their communities. My girlfriends’ moms either had one good job or were housewives. My best girlfriend’s mom was a housewife, and I always noticed how everything she did she did for her husband and family. It was so different then how I was raised. Her mom cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. I had cold cereal for breakfast, and most times I was eating food from either my mom’s deli or restaurant. My mom only cooked for special occasions like Thanksgiving…and she was a phenomenal cook too.  All the recipes in her restaurant were hers, however she had hired cooks and chefs to do the work.

 

My younger life groomed me to be the very strong independant woman like my mother was. And I am ever grateful that I came through the passages of her rearing. I could not have had a better mother. She was my everything.My younger life groomed me to be the very strong independant woman like my mother was. And I am ever grateful that I came through the passages of her rearing. I could not have had a better mother. She was my everything. And so while she was dying from Breast Cancer…a very different side came out of her that made an amazing difference in my life. She changed. The woman whom I thought was fearless and empowering was dwindling. She was fighting for her life and did not want to die. It was heartbreaking to witness.

 

Spending those last few months with my mother before she died, was the most important time of my life. It was her saging time…the time to endow me with the wisdom that will help me move forward throughout the rest of my life. I was her one and only prodigy and since she was reluctantly accepting the fact that she may leave this reality she decided to share some things with me that I never really thought she completely embraced. And, boy was it powerful…

I Dont Need No Man

All these years my mother was the leader, the boss, the one in charge. Whether she had a man at the time or not…she ran the show! However, her sage advice to me was to always remember  that I was a Goddess, A Queen and A Gift. And that I am to be treasured and taken care of. She said that my power was in the art of using this feminine power to heal, help and take care of those who were in my energy. She said knowing how to do things is great, but knowing when you should allow someone else to do them is even greater. She mentioned a few friends of hers who embraced the “I don’t need no man!” philosophy. She said she felt sorry for them…because these women are working too hard and are going to die alone. My mother said they won’t listen to her when she talks like this because they think she is saying this because she had been sick.

My mother at the time lost her ability to walk when the cancer spread to her bones. I think her “independent” friends figured she was just saying this because she was unable to care for herself anymore. Nah, I never thought that. My mom had a man. He was a few years older than me…I believe 3 or 4…we actually knew some of the same people from college. Ha! Yes, my mom was a Cougar!  As any great Goddess should be, if she chose. The way her man took care of her, especially when she was really sick impressed me so much, considering he was 20 years younger than her, shook me to my bones. He would do anything for her. He worshipped his Goddess. Seeing the way he bathed her, fed her…everything was magical. He slept with my mom every night til the last night of her life. (crying)

 

I walked away from that experience with many lessons. The biggest lesson was in the teachings my mother gave me. To be a woman, to allow a man to do his thing….even if his way is different or wrong or whatever. A man doesn’t want to be emasculated. A man doesn’t want to be the housewife. That is our role as women. It completely goes against the thought of feminist ideology, of independent go getter women, and especially of the “I don’t need no man” types. But I will abide but those teachings…cause I know I got the hustle side down…it’s a given. Being a feminine woman in a world that trains women to be equal to men…to make as much money or more then men…to build houses and all that type of physical (what I like to call, manly) things…is all well and good. I can do it all. I can change a tire, change the oil in my car, and most likely build a house and whatever else I want to do. I can make millions of dollars. All of that doesn’t matter to me. At the end of the day, who is going to be there with you when your children go home.

 

I am a feminine woman. I get my nails done every two weeks. I’m never going to change a flat…unless there is no men living on the planet. Yes, I will be the damsel in distress, waiting for her king, or even a king to come and rescue me. I will do my share….my role….cooking, making the home beautiful, cleaning (I know so many women hate me right now)…I don’t care. I am a Goddess…and I do need a man. I will never say I don’t need no man, because that is the opposite of what will help our families and our loved one. We need each other and we have roles to work within. Whatever they are for you and yours is fine. For me its in me using my magic to allow my man to be The Man…without any fear of being labeled as submissive, weak, bamboozled, led astray…whatever. Me embracing my femininity and knowing that I have the power to fight wars out here is my Goddess energy shining through. Cause the day he says he needs me to put boots on and geared up…Im ready! Know your power, Queens!

 

And I’m so sure my mother approves this message from the great beyond.

 

Love you, Skai

9/29/2017 9:42am

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Why Coconut Water Fasting is So Amazing!

Here are some of the benefits of drinking coconut water in large quantities…as in fasting or rather should I say…Feasting on Coconut water…if you need help with that…I offer coconut water cleanses here in Puerto Rico.  Let me know when you want to come down.

1 – Alkaline Hydration & Blood Purification

It takes only 3 days for your blood to turn from Acid pH to Alkaline. During these days your body is releasing toxins into the bloodstream in order to be discharge. Coconut water is bio-chemically nearly identical to human blood. It makes the transition yummy, easy, and delightful – with the least detox symptoms possible.

2 – Rejuvenation For Your Body
When you are fasting, your body goes into the process of autolysis. It is “eating” its own diseased tissue, fat tissue, and old tissues; while creating more space and building brand new body cells. You are fasting, and your body is feasting. You can see the difference on your pictures before and after!

3 – Boosts Energy, Vitality & Increases Libido
Coconut water contains all the nutrients your body requires to go on for days or weeks. While from time to time, you may experience a healing crisis, over all it’s going to your energy level, vitality, and stamina will rise through the roof. What is it going to contribute to your sex life? How much fun are you going to have?

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4 – Builds Brain Cells & Releases DMT
Fasting builds brain cells and sharpens your intellectual, and intuitive capacities. It naturally releases DMT in the brain, and may give you a sense of inner, instinctual guidance. Coconut water contains high amounts of electrolytes that facilitate the intricate communication between your brain and the nervous system.

5 – Sharpens Sight, Hearing & Taste
Fasting purifies your internal organs and as a result you may hear better, see better, and all your senses may become sharpened and more acute. It changes your taste buds. After the coconut water fast you may be surprised you do not crave toxic foods any more. Your taste will gravitate towards raw organic fruit! Also – simple foods taste more yummy than ever before!

6 – Re-Defines Your Relationship With Food
Fasting redefines your relationship with food. All of a sudden, you may realize you can eat and yet you don’t have to. Something else sustains you, nourishes you, and give you energy! If you are battling with addictions, coconut water cleanse will reset everything in your body a new. You may feel like you can do without drugs, alcohol, or tobacco – just as easily as you can do without food all together!

7 – Totally Magical & Sacred
Fasting is not for everyone. It is for those who invite magic into their lives and want to push the edge of this reality, and see what else is possible. It is a ritual of passage, where you shed your skin and become renewed. All great leaders in our history have fasted for guidance and to build power. Coconut water in all native cultures, the tree is regarded as sacred, and coconut is treated with reverence as the ‘tree of life’.

The Powers of Olive Leaf Extract

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Have you heard about the amazing benefits of using Olive Leaf Extract?  Here are my findings…well, I have been a really big advocate of medical grade Cannabis Oil and its magical healing qualities. However there are some downsides to using Cannabis.  1) You need a license to get it. 2) Its actually really expensive and its not covered by insurance. 3) Not everyone can handle the high that comes with using products with THC. 

So, insert Olive Leaf Extract here… More and more studies are proving that olive leaf is a powerful medicinal tool; olive leaf benefits include cardiovascular and immune system support, an increase in energy and promoting healthy blood pressure.

In the early 1800s, crushed oil leaves were used in drinks to lower fevers; a few decades later, they were used in tea as a treatment for malaria. In Moroccan medicine, olive leaf is infused in order to stabilize blood sugar and control diabetes.

Oleuropein, one of the primary compounds in olive lead, has attracted attention since the early 1900s because of its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Studies have found that oleuropein, which is a polyphenol, is a potent antioxidant that lowers blood pressure naturally and prevents cardiovascular disease. Oleuropein proved to be powerful when it made tumors in animals regress or disappear within 12 days.

Olive Leaf Extract is a full spectrum healer and is proven to aide in the healing of many health challenges. You can order it from my website www.skaijuice.com

From Dr Axe’s website, these are 9 proven olive leaf extract benefits:

1. Lowers Blood Pressure

A 2011 study evaluated the effectiveness of olive leaf extract in comparison to Captopril, a medication that is given to patients with hypertension or high blood pressure. Five hundred milligrams of olive leaf extract, taken twice daily for eight weeks, significantly reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

While both olive leaf extracts and Captopril were able to prevent high blood pressure levels, the olive leaf treatment also resulted in a reduction of triglyceride levels (reducing bad cholesterol); plus, there are a number of possible side effects when taking Captopril, including dizziness, loss of taste and dry cough.

2. Improves Cardiovascular Health

Olive leaves have been used as an herbal tonic to support cardiovascular function for thousands of years. High doses of olive leaf extract have been shown to help reduce elevated LDL-cholesterol levels and assist in the maintenance of normal blood pressure. Oleuropein, the main glycoside present in olive leaf, and hydroxytyrosol, the principal product of oleuropein that is present in olives and olive leafs, have both been linked to reduction of coronary heart disease and certain cancers.

A study done at the School of Biomedical Sciences in Australia examined rats that were fed a high fat and high carbohydrate diet for 16 weeks. The rats that were not treated  developed signs of elevated abdominal and hepatic fat deposition, collagen deposition in heart and liver, cardiac stiffness and oxidative stress markers. The rats that were treated with olive leaf extracts had improved or normalized cardiovascular, hepatic (liver function) and metabolic signs. This study suggests that olive leaf extracts reverse cardiovascular stress and chronic, disease-causing inflammation.

3. Diabetes

One study conducted in Greece measured the effects of olive leaf extracts on the formation of advanced glycation end products (known as AGEs), which are substances that can be a factor in the development of diabetes and many other chronic diseases. Inhibiting AGE formation is a preventive and therapeutic target for patients with diabetes, and a 2013 study found that olive leaf extract did just that, working as a diabetes natural treatment.

Olive leaf extracts have hyperglycemic effects, meaning they reduce blood sugar levels in the body. The olive leaf also controls blood glucose levels in the body. The polyphenols in the olive leaf plays a vital role in delaying the production of sugar, which causes inflammatory diseases like diabetes. One study proved this when olive leaves suppressed the elevation of blood glucose in volunteers after they were consumed starch.

4. Reduces the Risk of Cancer

Olive leaves show an important role as a natural cancer treatment because of its ability to stop the angiogenic process, which stimulates the growth of tumors. The compound oleuropein has an antioxidant and anti-angiogenic effect by inhibiting the reproduction and migration of advanced tumor cells.

A 2009 study conducted in Greece showed, for the first time, that olive leaf extracts have strong antioxidant potency and inhibit cancer and endothelial cell reproduction. Olive leaf extracts slowed the growth of cells associated with breast cancer, urinary bladder cancer and brain cancer.

5. Improves Brain Function

Another olive leaf benefit is its positive effects on brain function. Studies show that oleuropein, one of the main components in olive leaf, reduces the symptoms or occurrence of age-related disorders, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Research suggests that there is a connection between free radicals and Alzheimer’s — because olive leaf is an antioxidant, it helps to combat the damage caused by free radicals and protects the brain from memory loss. Using olive leaf infusions or extracts is a safe and effective way to treat Alzheimer’s disease naturally.

6. Treats Arthritis

Arthritis is a joint disease that causes swelling and pain in the joints; the key word here is swelling — which means inflammation. Because the olive leaf is an anti-inflammatory agent, it works as a natural arthritis remedy.

A 2012 study found that olive leaf extracts significantly reduced paw swelling in rats with arthritis; this is because the extracts were able to reduce the inflammation that was present in the joints. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, impacting more than 33 million American adults. This occurs when the cartilage between the bones and the joint wears down, which allows the bones to rub together rather than giving them the protection and cushion of cartilage.

Studies have shown that olive leaf extracts cuts down on the chronic pain that is associated with osteoarthritis, and it reduces the production of cytokines and enzymes that are markers for the inflammatory process.

7. Kills Bacteria and Fungi

An important olive leaf benefit is its ability to fight off infections, including candida infections, meningitis, pneumonia, chronic fatigue, hepatitis B, malaria, gonorrhea, shingles and tuberculosis; it also naturally treat ear infections, dental and urinary tract infections.

A study done in 2003 proved that olive leave extracts have an antimicrobial effect against bacteria and fungi. In the study, the olive leaf extracts killed almost all bacteria tested, including dermatophytes (causing infections on the skin, hair and nails), candida albicans (an agent of oral and genital infections) and Escherichia coli cells (bacteria found in the lower intestine).

8. Improves Immune System

The olive leaf has antiviral properties, giving it the ability to prevent the common cold as well as treat dangerous viruses. Research shows that olive leaf extracts effectively fight against a number of disease-causing microbes, including some of viruses that cause influenza and other respiratory infections.

The powerful compounds found in olive leaves destroy invading organisms and don’t allow viruses to replicate and cause an infection. In fact, the olive leaf is so beneficial to our health that treatment with olive leaf extracts reversed many HIV-1 infection-associated changes in a study done at the New York University School of Medicine.

9. Protects Skin

Olive leaf has the power to reverse years of damage to your skin and the signs of aging. Because of the olive leaf’s antioxidant properties, it helps to prevent certain types of cell damage, especially those caused by oxidation. Foods and herbs that contain antioxidants are great tools for the health of your skin and cells.

The Division of Biochemical Pharmacology in Japan found that olive leaf extract, when given to mice with UV radiation damage, decreased skin thickness and skin elasticity, which are signs of skin damage. The treatment also inhibited skin carcinogenesis and tumor growth.

Some more olive leaf benefits may include:

more energy

toothache relief

diminished food cravings

joint pain relief

heartbeat regulation

improved wound healing

 

Order today at http://www.skaijuice.com/shop-c1xkl

Is silicone safe?

Im selling Menstrual Cups now!  And they are made out of silicone. Many people have asked me if silicone is really safe. I never really thought about it…it just seemed that if you give it to your baby for feeding (bottle nipples), bake cupcakes in it, and for those who enhance their bodies by inserting silicone in various shapes into their bodies (breast and butt implants) then inserting a menstrual cup into your vagina should be cool…right?

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Not good enough Skai…so, it made me do some Research (Google) on what this substance is:

It is a man-made polymer, but instead of a carbon backbone like plastic, it has a backbone of silicon and oxygen. (Note that I’m using two different words here: silicone is the polymer and silicon, spelled without the “e” on the end, is an ingredient in silicone.) Silicon is an element found in silica, i.e., sand, one of the most common materials on earth. However, to make silicone, silicon is extracted from silica (it rarely exists by itself in nature) and passed through hydrocarbons to create a new polymer with an inorganic silicon-oxygen backbone and carbon-based side groups. What that means is that while the silicon might come from a relatively benign and plentiful resource like sand, the hydrocarbons in silicone come from fossil sources like petroleum and natural gas. So silicone is a kind of hybrid material.” (Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, p. 277)

Studies have found that small amounts of siloxane, compounds found in silicone, migrate into foods baked in silicone bake ware. The amounts involved were dependent on fat content—the more fat a food had, the more siloxanes were transferred. For the most part, these amounts were well within regulatory limits (60 milligrams per kilogram of food). Bottle nipples that are made of silicone are considered inert and non-toxic because while using them they are not put under extreme heat as in baking 300+ degrees.

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Menstrual cups are made of medical grade silicone are silicones tested for biocompatibility and are appropriate to be used for medical applications. They are considered safe,non-toxic and inert. Implants are less safe because they have been known to leach into the system.

I hope this bit of information helps!

Peace and Love Skai

Caribbean Carnival

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Experience a Caribbean Carnival with a local!  Join Skai Juice and friends on an amazing cultural affair on the beautiful island of St Croix, her home this December for Festival 2015. A small intimate group will be shuttled to all the local events and you will get to learn also the history of her precious island.  Book your travel experience today!  Deadline for the first deposit is Sept 15th. http://www.skaijuice.com/#!crucian-festival/c16mk