بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beautiful and Beloved Asiatic Black Bebies!
If you break down the word “essential,” the root word is essence.
According to www.Merriam-Webster.com
Definition of “ESSENCE”
1a : the permanent as contrasted with the accidental element of being
b : the individual, real, or ultimate nature of a thing especially as opposed to its existence<a painting that captures the essence of the land>
c : the properties or attributes by means of which something can be placed in its proper class or identified as being what it is
2: something that exists : entity (*I wish they had given us an example of how it is used in this instance in a sentence because I don’t get it)
3a (1) : a volatile substance or constituent (as of perfume) (2) : a constituent or derivative possessing the special qualities (as of a plant or drug) in concentrated form; also : a preparation of such an essence or a synthetic substitute
b : odor, perfume
4: one that possesses or exhibits a quality in abundance as if in concentrated form <she was the essence of punctuality>
5: the most significant element, quality, or aspect of a thing or person <the essence of the issue>
Just about every one of these definitions pertains to the topic of this blog. I want to list some things that I like to make sure I am never without. Some things I keep on me, like the olive oil and the spoon, others are good just to have in the house. (If you have one 🙂 )
The definition that stands out to me is 3a(2) : a constituent or derivative possessing the special qualities in concentrated form and 4: one that possesses these qualities in abundance and in concentrated form. These things embody the essence of my personality, in concentrated form, in my opinion.
Everyone of them embody an aspect of me. They are all sensual (sense is also a root of the word essential)
Definition of “SENSUAL”
They are all useful, healthy and overally (you know I make up words 😉 ) good for you. And I think any of these things could be used to represent me or any person in tune with themselves and the world around us.
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OMG I would be lost without baking soda. The sense of smell is right up there on my list of most essential senses right after hearing and then sight and it is EXTREMELY important to me. I have a very sensitive sense of smell. I can walk in your house and tell you what type of oil you cooked your dinner in. Seriously.
If you want to keep your house smelling good, keep some baking soda hidden somewhere in every room. You already know to keep some in the fridge. I had some in my medicine cabinet because I use it to brush my teeth and mix it with olive oil for deodorant (NEVER USE ANTIPERSPIRANT – IT CAUSES BREAST CANCER BY PREVENTING YOUR SWEAT GLANDS FROM FUNCTIONING) and when the time came for me to move, I was packing it up and I smelled it and Oh My God, it smelled HEAVENLY! It absorbed my natural scent and I smell good! 😛
If you have a pet, you DEFINITELY need to keep baking soda in your house. Nothing is worse than pet odors. Nothing is worse than a bad odor period. Any bad odor. If you have a child who has trouble controlling his or her bladder, if you have foot odor, food odors, body odor, ANY TYPE OF ODOR, put some baking soda wherever the odor appears (bed, carpet, shoes, &c.), let it sit, and clean it up after the odor goes away. AND IT WILL GO AWAY.
You can keep a little bag in your purse, in your dresser or anywhere you want to be FRESH!!!
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I travel a lot and recommend it for anyone who does. Even if you just go alot of places around town as opposed to sitting in the house and only going out to run errands. If you like to take in the sights and sounds of your own city and see and do interesting and fun and exciting things on a regular basis, I recommend keeping a bottle of Olive Oil in your home or on your person.
As soon as I reach a new city, I like to thank Allah for my safe arrival, wash thoroughly (baths are my preference, you can put some olive oil in the water too) and then rub olive oil all over my body, focusing on my healthy feet and legs, which Allah Has Blessed Me to be able to travel with while I say prayers of thanksgiving.
(This means “All Praise Is Due To Allah” in the Arabic language – the language of Allah and our righteous foreparents – the aboriginal Black People of the Earth)
I see a lot of crippled people or practically crippled people shuffling slowly, painfully and laboriously along with walkers, canes or in wheelchairs, and I always offer my help and silently thank Allah at that moment for my good health and ability to travel with ease.
I also thank Him by traveling. He Blessed me with the good health and the ability, so I want to show Him how much I appreciate His Blessings and travel often. I just got back in L.A. and I’m already thinking about when I’m going back to New Orleans.
It’s good to carry Olive Oil on your person because I am ALWAYS meeting someone with some type of ailment and I get to play Good Samaritan and share my olive oil so they can apply it to wherever they hurt.
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Lemons, as well as baking soda, are a must have to remove stains and when I had my own place I was ruthless with stains. Especially raising a boy. I always say the difference between raising boys and girls is “grass stains” LOL
Lemons are also good to keep on deck because, when coupled with honey, you always have a healthy and sweet NATURAL beverage. It’s also good when heated up, if you have a cold.
Lemon water is good to drink if you just feel icky. You can feel it as it works, coursing through your body and eliminating it of any enemies (germs).
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I never use sugar. I keep a honey bear in my purse and take it everywhere I go. If I get a cup of coffee somewhere, I always have my own honey available.
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I don’t know about you, but I love ice cream and when I get that feeling, I need some frozen milk (cream) and honey healing. LOL And it’s always handy to have a REAL spoon in your bag. You don’t have to worry about finding one or when you do, having it be of inferior quality. I also hate those little coffee stirrer thingies. They never do the job. I always have a puddle of sugar at the bottom of the cup. That is until I started using honey and carrying my own spoon! 😉 And don’t get me started on those wooden “eights” they try to pass off as spoons. Ever got a splinter on your lip?
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A WHITE FACE TOWEL
This is really for my homeless people, but it can’t hurt to be prepared. You never know when you may get caught stuck somewhere overnight and need to wash your face. It is good to keep a white face towel handy to wipe up any and everything from your face to little spills.
It’s better than carrying napkins or wipes or paper towels because it’s sturdier and can be reused. And it has to be white to make sure you stay REALLY clean.
I have carried wipes though. But I like to make my own and keep them at home. But you can get a little travel case of wipes. And oftentimes, wipes are disinfectant too. But if you want to wash your face, I wouldn’t recommend the disinfectant kind.
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For cleaning or drinking. I prefer SPRING WATER. But beware, Brothers and Sisters, because the devil is putting water out there and calling it “spring” or “Artesian” water and it tastes like gutter water. LOL They are straight up liars! Stick to the brands you know (Arrowhead, Crystal Geyser, Sierra, Fiji) and don’t be trying to keep up with their new brands, lest you find yourself keeping up with them to the grave.
If you are just going to be using it for cleaning or putting it in your iron or something, then of course, it doesn’t matter. But I’ve heard distilled is best for electrical products like your car or iron.
I used to keep stacks of cases of water bottles in my house. You know, we Muslims, are always prepared in case of an emergency and I would highly recommend keeping water stored up. We are living in the last days and you never know when you might need it. Stock up when they go on sale.
Also, keep water in your car and in your bag or somewhere handy, just in case you have a coughing fit and can’t clear your lungs.
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I heard Method Man carries Seasoning Salt and I used to carry Garlic Salt until I went to New Orleans and got hip to the Creole Seasonings. Oh, and I think Bey and Michelle carry hot sauce. 😉
Whichever you prefer, but, there is nothing worse (except a bad odor 😛 ) than ordering a salmon steak and it’s flavourless. So, always keep your handy-dandy seasoning on deck.
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When I go to the hospital, I make them give me Tea Tree Oil
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If you wanna upgrade from the baking soda…. Don’t even light it. Just carry it around. And whenever you give somebody something or let them see something in your bag, they’ll say, “Why does this smell so good?” 😉
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Just makes you feel that way…
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