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How To Fix Inflammation Symptoms For Good

Inflammation occurs in many different forms. Period cramps, acne, and skin conditions like eczema are all common cases of inflammation. Typically, when we notice inflammation, we take medication to fix the symptom rather than the root cause, but unfortunately, it may be

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#VASHTIEVITALS: IS CELERY JUICE A MAGIC MEDICINAL CURE-ALL? I’M ABOUT TO SEE!

So, as I have been on my wellness and holistic journey since the age of 12 – I like to share all the gems of wisdom I am learning along the way. I recently started following the work and teachings

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#SolaceSunday Practice Mindfulness With These How-To Books

As humans there are certain mundane and routine acts that we perform so innately, we may not even think about them! We learn to walk, for example, at such a young age and continue to walk our entire lives until we

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Beauty Tip Tuesday: How To Get A Natural Summer Glow

Summer is in full effect in New York City and we wanted to give you a couple pointers on how to achieve a natural glow, while staying safe in the sun from head to toe. *Cues “Glow” by Drake ft. Kanye

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How to Stay Healthy During Summer BBQ Season!

It’s that time again! Summer calls for laying in the sun, enjoying warmer and longer days. The prime component of summer is usually all the social gatherings that it entails – brunches, happy hours, and the best part, barbecues! Unfortunately,

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Ben Stiller Reunites ‘Dodgeball’ Cast For Charity Fundraiser

The early 2000’s gave us many comedy classics, perhaps one of our favorites was Dodgeball. So shout out to Ben Stiller for reuniting the cast of his 2004 film, not only for laughs but for charity. Stiller is back as

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Solace Sunday: Tips and Tools To Help You Combat Stress & Relax

Stress is common amongst everyone and yet is rarely talked about as a concerning issue. For starters, it is important to know that it is in fact a disorder and influences disease. For that reason alone, it is vital that

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Your Guide To Getting Summer Time Fine

Summer is right around the corner. This is the time where people generally rev up their physical activity in order to shed a couple extra pounds for the summer. Luckily, if you haven’t followed the “summer bodies are made in

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5 Easy Ways to Help Meditate From The Palm Of Your Hand

Whether your needs are stress relief, you’re dealing with anxiety and depression or learning to better control your thoughts- meditation is always highly suggested as a helpful aid in relation, if not an entire solution. And it is with good

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FITNESS FRIDAY: Cardio For The Anti-Runner

For most of us, even just the thought of running sucks. Hearing someone say, “I’m going on a 5-mile run,” is as confusing to us as hearing someone declare the sky is green. Of course, cardio is essential in order

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DOIN’ IT WELL: Chakra Healing

Chakras are energy centers that affect different parts of who you are: your emotional state, how you view life, and your overall health. If you recently went through a big change in your life and are experiencing some side effects,

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SOLACE SUNDAY: The Importance of Minimalism

Minimalism is on the rise. The movement, characterized by living with intention rather than buying things to buy them, has steadily gained traction over the past few years. On the surface it may seem like a crazy idea – living in

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FITNESS FRIDAY: Apple Watch 2 vs. Fitbit Charge 2

At this day and age, we are at the peak of technology and mindfulness. Many people are becoming more aware of their health. Both eating healthy and working out to improve overall health is amazing, but can also be overwhelming. That’s

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DOIN’ IT WELL: Smoothies For Physical And Mental Health

The combination of different fruits, vegetables and nutrients make for endless possibilities when it comes to smoothies.  Although smoothies are full of flavor and serve as a great snack, it also can serve a huge purpose in regards to health. Here are

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SOLACE SUNDAY: Crystal Healing 101

Crystal healing is a form of alternative medicine that uses crystals in order to promote physical and spiritual healing. The practice goes back nearly 6,000 years, and it is said that ancient Egyptians believed in the mystical power of crystals.

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The Best Sneakers to Crush Your Workout

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, in the right pair of shoes. According to a study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, “exercisers who used multiple pairs of sneakers were 39% less

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The Hood Incubator Helps POC Get Into The Cannabis Industry

As the cannabis industry begins to grow, more states are legalizing the drug and opening up more doors for people to venture into that business. Unfortunately, the main people that are involved in the cannabis industry are still predominately white males,

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Doin’ It Well: Motivational Speeches to Help Clear Your Mind

We’ve all hit that point where our confidence, ambition, and self-awareness have all momentarily escaped us. Some use music to regain control of self and others use writing.  But there is another option to consider, motivational speeches and videos can

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Just Bath Bomb It Away…

Hello, May. Whether you are currently burdened with finals at school or the usual at-work stress, I’m here to provide you with the secret to a spa-grade experience from the comfort of your home, granted you have a bathtub. Bath bombs are

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Burn More Fat in No Time with HIIT Workouts

Summer bodies are made in the winter, right? Too bad we’re less than one month away from summer, so if you’re like me and have been slacking at the gym, meet HIIT workout, your new favorite fat-blasting routine! Whether it’s the elliptical

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DOIN IT WELL: The Healing Powers of Herbs

Note: We advise seeking proper consultation and recipes before trying home remedies with herbs. We are not doctors– just providing useful information for people who choose to attempt a healthier lifestyle. Getting sick is almost inevitable– especially when the seasons

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Beauty Tip Tuesday: Grooming Tips for the Bearded Boys

Beards are in, but that doesn’t make having one easy. Having a beard is so much more than just deciding to have one. There are many ways to go from lumberjack to Tumblr dream boy. Keeping that beard well groomed

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Beauty Tip Tuesday: Shed The Layers With DIY Sugar Scrub

It’s safe to say winter is gone for good. As we continue to box last season’s infinity scarves and sweaters in exchange for sundresses–and soon–short shorts and mini skirts, it’s also time reassess the health of our skin. After months of hibernation, perhaps

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Solace Sunday: DIY Bath Salt Recipes

Whether you believe it or not, taking time to pamper yourself with taking a long warm bath has more benefits than just relaxation. In fact, any physical or mental ailment I may be having at the time, I turn to

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Beauty Tip Tuesday: The Benefits of Rose Water & How To Make Your Own

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. The season when the sun shines and flowers bloom is upon us. I don’t know how we lasted an entire winter without them, but we manage to push through every year.

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#SolaceSunday: A Clean Space Fosters A Clear Mind

On the one day we get out of the week to relax, it just might help to spend it doing the opposite: cleaning our space to clear our mind. Sundays are our off days. It’s our day to relax, reflect,

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All The Amazing Benefits Of Gardening

  When you hear the word gardening, what is your first thought? Is it insects? Dirt? Your favorite grandma? Many people view gardening as something that is boring, but there are many exciting benefits of having your own indoor and/or

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The Making of A Movement: Broccoli City Festival 2017

Broccoli City, an urban initiative redefining cool by bringing overall health to the forefront, has finally announced an official date and line up for their healthy living and eco-fueled D.C. celebrated festival. Broccoli City Festival, held at the historic Gateway DC,

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Go Green For The Planet In Honor Of Earth Day!

  With Earth Day coming up, on April 22, 2017, it’s time we get in tune with our inner green-thumb and give back to our planet, starting with our city. Whether it’s recycling, composting, gardening or eliminating plastic from your household, now

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TOP 10 REASONS WHY IT’S GREEN TO GO VEGGIE

1. It reduces global warming. In 2006, the United Nations said raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gasses than all the cars and trucks in the world combined. 2. To avoid excessive carbon dioxide production. Livestock produces a large

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Do Your Part: 10 Ways To Help Save The Bees

Bees, so tiny and minuscule in contrast to our great planet’s size, are a vital species whose duties offer us the luxury of every one out of three bites of food. Seriously, the numbers behind their performance are astonishing. They

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Vashtiedotcom Mix: Something To Stretch To!

There are few things better than a good stretch. It’s arguably one of the most critical aspects to your daily health regimen for a multitude of reasons, but most of all, it’s incredibly soothing. As we prepare for or wind down

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Doin’ It Well: Natural Ways To Rise Above Allergy Season

It’s official- Allergy season is back! This is that dreadful time of year where our noses run, eyes itch, and throats throb. Why can’t we just enjoy the spring for what it is? The sun is starting to shine, it

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Fitted Legitted: Vashtie’s Evolving Excursion in Exercise

So, some of you may know I am a wellness lover and that I dabble in fitness – but I wanted to explain my fitness life, because although I’m committed to it with my #HoodRatGymRat posts…I am actually not in

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Doin’ It Well: Going Flexitarian

How many times have you tried a new trendy diets only to relapse into your same old eating habits a few months later? Right, more than you’d care to remember! So, why does this happen? Well–in some cases–this is because

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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wear Shoes In The Crib

Growing up, my Trinidadian immigrant parents always made us take our shoes off upon entering our little apartment. It always came from a place of cleanliness and respect. I just assumed that was what everyone did because it was all

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Beauty Tip Tuesday: The Wonders of Marula Oil

We are constantly being introduced to new oils, each one claiming to be some sort of ancient secret must-have secret for our beauty routine. If we listened to all of these, we’d be walking around as a dripping mess, thoroughly

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L.A.’s ‘Vegan Street Fair’ Is Coming to NYC in June!

“Vegan Street Fair is an annual vegan food celebration where local vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and vendors come together to serve you bite-size portions of vegan eats all in one place.” Coined as the new Woodstock, the Vegan Street Fair founded in

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Beauty Tip Tuesday: Five Ways To Get Clearer Skin

Our skin is like our body’s armor. We wear it on the outside and it protects what’s on the inside. However, the thing that makes our skin different and special is that unlike the armor, it is the most responsive, largest, and

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#SolaceSunday: Meditation Essentials

We always hear how beneficial meditation is. At this point, it’s undeniable that taking time to silence your mind works wonders! But let’s be honest, everyone meditates differently. Some people don’t even know the basics of meditating, which is why

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