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I made a beeswax candle

So last night I decided to stop procrastinating and make a candle. So glad I did because it turned out very nice. I feel proud. I had some beeswax and oils and made a blend of the wax and oil using a double boiler. I decided not to use any essential oils because the beeswax had this yummy honey aroma and I also like the smell of coconut oil. I used a square braided wick and a glass candle mould.  The candle burned with a very slight scent of cocohoneynut which I quite enjoyed but it did not fill the room.

The benefits of switching from paraffin to soy and beeswax candles are vast and not just limited to aesthetics. Beeswax candles are naturally opaque yellow-coloured and melts to look and smell like the prettiest amber honey, gosh, I’m in love. It has a long burn duration and doesn’t have that burn smell that paraffin wax candles possess. Some people claim it releases negative ions into the atmosphere that purifies the air but I cannot verify that so … .

On the other hand though, beeswax is generally more expensive than paraffin wax but I guess you get what you pay for, right? I’ll try to experiment a little more using other types of wicks but im happy so far with what I got.

I’ll do other posts on the uses and benefits of beeswax but as regards to candle making, I LOVE EET!

Cheers and till next time, enjoy my candle photos (and maybe try it for yourself).

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Why I turned to herbal/alternative therapy

Honestly, I’m not sure when my preference for natural ingredients started but what I can say is that I am a self diagnostic. (Like my fellow Nigeriians lool ). I know that has it’s bad sides but sometimes, I find it hard to describe what I’m feeling especially within the current medical system. When you report certain symptoms to the doctor but they don’t take it seriously or try to get more information. It took me a long while to realise that I was on the verge of having Continue reading Why I turned to herbal/alternative therapy

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Herbology 101

Hello my dear herbal enthusiasts,

This is my attempt at sharing everything well some things I learned during my MSc. in … *drumroll*…  Pharmacognosy.

I learned so much more than I ever thought I would because initially I was on a one way street thinking, yeah!!, nature, herbs, bliss, no side effects, and all that. That is not to say that I don’t support the movement anymore, but herbs like any other substance, are made up of chemicals (gasp) and can cause serious side effects if wrongly used.*disclaimer alert*

Now that that’s cleared up, herbs are still highly beneficial and this blog will highlight some of the indications and preparations. I am not quite sure what route to steer this ship but we’ll find out together, won’t we?

Ok lemme be serious and get a semi plan. I may pick one herb and talk extensively about all its uses, indications, active constituents, toxicity (if any) and maybe common (read ethnographic) preparations and supporting herbs. OR. I’ll pick an indication and talk about common herbs that work.

Disclaimer: ON A SERIOUS NOTE. I am not a doctor, pharmacist or even a herbalist. I am just sharing my views and acquired knowledge. According to the MHRA, OTC licensed herbs are only to be used for minor self limiting conditions. Make sure you report any side effects and inform your doctor especially if you are taking other medications.