Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse

The Solar Eclipse as it is happening.
I used an iPhone camera to shoot
this particular picture. I really
couldn't get a great shot with this.
Today history was made when our mother earth aligned herself with the sun and the moon forming a beautiful solar eclipse. The shadow cast from the moon blocking the sun truly made me realize how fascinating life is. Witnessing it was one of the most phenomenal things I have ever watched considering this has not happened since 1776 with one prior to that in 1257. 

As you are aware, today is August 21, 2017. This event was highly anticipated all around the world. Since I live in Idaho, I actually traveled about 45 minutes to see this in a small town called Weiser. I have some family there and a few friends there hence why I decided to travel there for the day. 

I must say that the weather is absolutely amazing today; however, what made the day as wondrous as can be was seeing the solar eclipse. 
The solar eclipse taken with my Canon camera.
Obviously you can notice a huge difference
versus with an iPhone.

I did manage to get some video, as well as, some great shots with my canon camera of this incredible event, so expect to see those soon. I took them so you could see them, as I know many of you didn't get to see this today. 

I didn't use throw-away glasses like they suggested when looking at the eclipse because I wanted to be able to get a good shot and some great footage. The glasses were dark and I couldn't see the actual eclipse when looking through the lens. 

The next one will not be until April 8, 2024. August 12, 2045. That is 35 years from now and 21 years from the next eclipse. So, if you didn't get to see it today, you can see it here on my blog. Now the one in April 8, 2024 will be the first one visible in Canada. And like the eclipse here, will still be visible in the United States. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

DIY Health: Vagina Detox

The other day I decided to try what is referred to as a vagina detox. As my period concluded for the month, I wanted to try something new. What is a vagina detox? Well, it is basically vaginal steaming using an array of herbs or to put it accurately an herbal steam facial for your vagina.

This type of treatment for your vagina has been used in ancient medicine. Although the results vary, they have been known to heal an array of issues such as anxiety, depression, irregular periods, bladder infections, yeast infections, infertility, vaginal cysts, hemorrhoids, and even scarring from childbirth. You can read about it here.

What was my motivation for trying a vagina detox? Just curiosity. I don't suffer from any problematic health issues at the present. I just wanted to see what this latest craze was all about.

So, what do you do exactly? You choose your herbs that you want to include in your detox. It is critically key to choose wisely, as if you make a bad decision, the result will be a consequence of your poor choice. You want to make sure that you use herbs that are most suitable for your individual health needs.

Basil, as well as rosemary are very common when doing this type of detox because they possess antimicrobial properties. I didn't really do research before I tried this, so I decided to go with: cardamom, saffron, dandelion, ginger, and black tea along with rosehip oil.

After you choose the herbs you want to use, you want to prepare your water. I am well aware not every woman owns a facial sauna or facial spa, so in case you do not; just use a pan. The water must be filtered, as this is what works best. Never use tap water and refrain from using any "hard water" or any water infused with minerals.

Once you have added your water, it is important to add your herbs. I also decided to add (as I stated previously up above) an essential oil into the mix, simply because they work as a natural serum for sensitive areas. When you look at your steaming medium, the water should be boiling, depending on what kind of medium you are using to do a vagina detox. If you use a facial spa or sauna, you only have to wait 5 minutes and if you use a pan, you may wait 15 minutes.

You want to squat over what you are using, so that your vagina makes contact with the steam. You will want to do this for 15-20 minutes, depending on your tolerance. For your first time, I wouldn't recommend going over 30 minutes. If you don't feel like your vagina is receiving any treatment, you can maximize your experience by wrapping a towel around your waist, covering your entire bottom area. This will create what is referred to as a "tent" so that no moisture will get out and will prevent any air from getting in.
After the time has lapsed, you will notice some cramping. Cramping is simply normal after doing a vagina detox because it is basically the uterus getting rid of the toxins or any stagnant blood. Very interesting to know. After the cramping went away, I endured a rather soothing sensation which was quite stimulating.

I really believe a vagina detox is very crucial to our health. As women, it is key to never neglect our important parts of who we are. The benefits are astounding and I am looking forward to trying my next steaming treatment very soon.