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Sippin’on lemongrass

Almost every time I purchase lemongrass from the grocery store or at the farmers market, I’m asked how I use it? My answer is, I boil it in water for 10 minutes and drink it as a tea.

What Is Lemongrass?

Lemongrass is an herb with a lemony scent. The culinary herb is produced from the stalk of the lemongrass plant (Cymbopogon citratus). This plant grows in many tropical climates, most notably in Southeast Asia. It is a common ingredient in Thai cooking and can also be found in dishes from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and India (Indiamart .com)

Boiling lemongrass for tonight’s tea

Here’s a helpful article describing more of the benefits of lemongrass, including the Health Benefits of Lemongrass.

“Lemongrass tea is traditionally used for relieving anxiety and it has a diuretic effect against bloating… Because lemongrass oil is high in citral and limonene, it may have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects. Lemongrass oil is utilized in aromatherapy and as a topically-applied essential oil.”

To learn more on the amazing benefits, check out the Spruce Eats.

I’m so thankful to my coworker Richard for putting me on to lemongrass and all its health properties.

Photo Credit: The Fit Global

Do you drink herb teas like lemongrass or ginger tea? Get your sip on.

If you’re interested in herbal drinks, then you will enjoy my post related to Golden Milk.

Enjoy. Night night



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Redefining You Therapy and STRIVE Community Health #PsychoTherapyMatters

Lord knows I’m not an expert at everything. However, I am passionate about connecting people to those who are experts in their field. There is going to come a time where I am financially able to pay off someone’s debt or pay for housing and tangible goods for working families. In the meantime, it does not cost me anything to post resources that can SAVE LIVES and/or help someone weather the storms of life a bit better. The reality is, when I am abundantly blessed in my finances to help people with tangible goods, I know I will continue to connect people and resources.

Did you hear that I was recently a contributing author for Journalist/Editor Genoa Barrow’s Daddy Issues book anthology?



One of the two amazing professionals who wrote the anthology’s foreword, Ola Adams-Best, LCSW owns Redefining You Therapy.

For Genoa to have Ola add her professional psychotherapist & certified trauma specialist expertise as the foreword WAS BRILLIANT.

To learn more about the psychotherapy services offered by Ms. Ola Adams-Best, LCSW & her husband Peter W. Best, MSWI, check out


What is Psychotherapy? (According to

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a way to help people with a broad variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. Psychotherapy can help eliminate or control troubling symptoms so a person can function better and can increase well-being and healing.

Problems helped by psychotherapy include difficulties in coping with daily life; the impact of trauma, medical illness or loss, like the death of a loved one; and specific mental disorders, like depression or anxiety.

There are several different types of psychotherapy and some types may work better with certain problems or issues. Psychotherapy may be used in combination with medication or other therapies.

Therapy Sessions

Therapy may be conducted in an individual, family, couple, or group setting, and can help both children and adults. Sessions are typically held once a week for about 30 to 50. Both patient and therapist need to be actively involved in psychotherapy. The trust and relationship between a person and his/her therapist are essential to working together effectively and benefiting from psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy can be short-term (a few sessions), dealing with immediate issues, or long-term (months or years), dealing with longstanding and complex issues. The goals of treatment and arrangements for how often and how long to meet are planned jointly by the patient and therapist.



If you are in Sacramento, CA or the surrounding areas then you’ve heard of the one and only Dr. Arrickia McNeil at STRIVE Community Health. On the STRIVE Community Health website ( you will learn more about how their experience enables them to offer “effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care.” They treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a neutral ground to individuals, families, and couples.”

At STRIVE, their team’s treatment focus specializes in providing counseling services to adolescents and families. Their focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. They achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan.”

BOOK your sessions with Dr. Arrickia McNeil and her team today at

Does Psychotherapy Work?

Research shows that most people who receive psychotherapy experience symptom relief and are better able to function in their lives. About 75 percent of people who enter psychotherapy show some benefit from it. Psychotherapy has been shown to improve emotions and behaviors and to be linked with positive changes in the brain and body. The benefits also include fewer sick days, less disability, fewer medical problems, and increased work satisfaction.

Redefining You Therapy and STRIVE Community Health are both located in Sacramento, CA .

For psychotherapy services near you, check with your local health provider or your job’s Employee Assistance Program.



GET STARTED ASAP for you and your family. Let’s be intentional about connecting our young people to the RIGHT resources SOONER THAN LATER.




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Spease Bees Honey – Reishi Ganoderma – Golden Milk

Have you heard of the Spease Bees honey company located in Elk Grove, California? If you haven’t, allow me introduce you. If you are already familiar with this honey company then, it is likely that you’re quite pleased with their products.

I don’t recall when I came across this raw local honey, however, I’m certainly glad I did. I love to frequent the farmers market to purchase local honey. Quite frankly, I think I may have tasted this Spease Bees honey before but this time I have a whole new appreciation for this deliciousness.

My mom, daughters, and I drink a lot of reishi (ganoderma) tea and golden milk. Quick note: Golden milk is “a mix of turmeric and dairy-free milk [almond milk] along with a pinch of [black or cayenne] pepper, cinnamon and [raw honey] maple syrup. It has potent anti-inflammatory benefits and it’s great for autoimmune conditions.” As for the reishi (ganoderma), I was first introduced to the herb back in 2008 when I was an independent distributor for a “healthy coffee” multilevel marketing company; in their coffee and tea products, the herb was infused into their products.

I was excited when my sista girl (Aneatra) located a local Chinese market in Sacramento near the corner of Florin Road and 65th Street, where we this purchase the dried reishi mushroom in bulk to boil for tea.

Below, I will add a couple links to this post with hopes that you will do your own research about the amazing health benefits of both reishi (ganoderma) and golden milk (also known as turmeric milk or “liquid gold”.

Since my household enjoys local raw honey so much, I will definitely be reaching out to Spease Bees sooner than later to purchase a larger jar of honey.

For more about Spease Bees, located in Elk Grove, California, CLICK HERE to check out their website.

Helpful Resources

Check out this informational article from my FAVORITE doctor on YouTube, Dr. John Axe. CLICK HERE

Also, this 2016 article discusses the benefits of golden milk AND golden milk overnight oatmeal. CLICK HERE

Photos courtesy of Spease Bees Honey Company, Running With Spoons, and Dr. John Axe

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Men, we NEED you!

Oscar-nominated director and filmmaker John Singleton died this past Monday after having suffered a massive stroke on April 17, 2019. Gosh, darn it!!! Another loss of an influential black man. There are conversations surrounding the topic of ” high blood pressure -HBD or Hypertension- in African Americans [particulartly our black men – our brothas].

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While scrolling through my Instagram , I came across a article titled, “John Singleton’s family urges black men to get their blood pressure checked.” I didn’t realize John had been silently dealing with HBD. I know a little about HBD since I have a couple family members who deal with it. Well, after reading the article, maybe I do know more people, but maybe they, too, are dealing with it silently.

I realize that people have different reasons why they don’t go to the doctor, but the fact that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is quoted as saying, “African American men are at [the] greatest risk of having a stroke at a younger age.” Brothas, your families need you, your children need you, OUR community needs you to live a long, healthy and prosperous life. Men, we NEED you!!! So, please don’t put off going to the doctor for checkups and please take your prescribed medicines. With that said, I am a HUGE supporter of holistic and alternative medicines, so go have a consultation and checkups by a naturopath provider. Whatever you do, please TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH!!

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By the way, I feel inclined to mention that I am not placing any judgment on John because much of what has been reported about how he treated his HBD has been a bit of speculation combined with information shared by his family. I appreciate John’s family, in the midst of their grief, spreading awareness about the condition, also known as the “silent killer.”

I encourage EVERYONE, regardless of race, socio-economic background, or gender, to take care of yourself to the best of your ability; I am talking to myself as well. According to CDC, “High blood pressure affects 1 in 3 adults in the United States.”

Rest in peace John Singleton.

To learn more on the deadly impact of high blood pressure in African American men, please take a look at the CDC publication PDF (A Closer Look at African American Men and High Blood Pressure Control .

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