Beautea-ful

I’m a Goddess because of several reasons. It’s my confidence booster, alter ego, writing alias and the all encompassing idea that I can be more than just a pretty face. I earned the nickname “Wonder Woman” after kicking cancer’s ass! She is an example of fearless strength, intelligence, independence and beauty. She is now me! I consider her on the level of a Goddess and of course a Super-heroine. The actual Goddess I feel describes me best is Oshun.

“Oshun is the African Yorùbá Orisha (Deity) of the sweet or fresh waters and is the Goddess of the river of the same name. She is one of the most popular and venerated orishas. She is known for healing the sick and as the orisha of love. Oshun, like the other Orishas, is associated with a color yellow and a metal gold. Offerings to Oshun include sweet things such as honey. Her manifestations of love include being the source of all fresh waters, all warmth, all knowledge, all culture, all society, all motherhood, prosperity, fertility of the land and the water. She represents the things that make life worth living. Oshun is the essence of beauty!”

The reason I relate so much to Oshun is that I’m a Pisces that loves the water and to swim in it. My parents called me a fish out of water that’s how much I love it. I’m a helper type in that I’m always trying to be there for everyone I care about like a super humanitarian and my favorite word is LOVE. I really only wear gold nail polish and makeup because it looks so good with my skin tone. I also feel kind of royal when I wear anything that is gold. I put honey on just about everything because it really brings out a natural sweetness and it’s also good for your skin. I’m all about intelligence, knowledge and learning as much as I can. I’m a huge culture buff that speaks 3 languages hoping to learn more. I’m not just a cancer warrior, I was an endometriosis warrior first and if you know anything about it it has to do with fertility. I’m all nurturing and motherly with so much estrogen running through my body. Been strong my entire life really. Lastly, people can’t stop calling me beautiful even though I don’t exactly feel that way about myself. It’s nice to hear though.

So this is how I went from a girl to a Goddess: A Goddess is a woman that is in the process of learning to know, accept and love herself on all levels; mind, body and spirit. A woman who because she focuses on personal growth and self awareness, experiences a life increasingly filled with peace, love, joy, passion and fun. A woman that understands that she has an unlimited capacity to make her life anything she wants. A woman who is inspired to give to those around her out of her sense of gratitude and abundance. 

Now let’s talk tea shall we! What does a Goddess drink? I drink a lot of tea and my favorite go to is black tea. It’s amazing in all the benefits it has. It’s good for your cardiovascular, digestive tract and oral health. Black tea has a variety of antioxidants that help control cholesterol levels, prevents damage to the blood stream and artery walls, lowers the risk of heart disease and improves blood flow and prevents clots. It contains tannins, which have a therapeutic effect on the digestive tract. They reduce the possibility of intestinal illnesses and are known to help with conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome. For your oral health, it decreases plaque formation and bacteria growth that cause tooth decay and cavities. It can prevent cancer and increase your energy. Some research shows that the antioxidants such as polyphenols and catechins found in tea may help prevent the onset of certain types of cancer. Women who regularly drink tea have been shown to have a significantly lower risk of developing ovarian cancer than women who do not drink tea. Black tea aids brain function and alertness and stimulates metabolism. It’s effective in increasing mental alertness due to the caffeine keeping people alert when they drink it throughout the day. It also prevents orthostatic hypotension or dizziness upon standing up because black tea raises blood pressure. I’m not a coffee drinker but unlike coffee black tea can give you extra energy without over-stimulating the heart. Your bone and connective tissue, brain and nervous system and immune system benefit as well. Due to tea’s phytochemicals, regular tea drinkers have stronger bones and a reduced risk of developing arthritis than non-tea drinkers. Black tea contains several properties that improve the immune system because it has alkylamine antigens that boost immune system response and again has tannins that fight viruses such as the flu.

The health of your skin and hair will thank you too. I wasn’t lying when I said tea can make you beautiful. My skin loves this tea! Black tea is one of the most highly caffeinated varieties of tea with about 40mg of caffeine per cup. Made with the same leaf that produces green tea, one cup has 60-90mg of caffeine. We’re talking about a very strong tea with beauty benefits as well as health. You can see why a Goddess would make this her favorite tea.