Cysts, ayurveda and antibiotics…In that order


Peace Soulstars,

As promised, I wanted to share my horrific experience with an epidermoid cyst which has developed on my back.  I’ve been dealing with this thing for quite a while (several months)  but it wasn’t causing me any problems until now.  I now truly regret waiting so long to address this.  Now, it’s extremely painful.  Currently, I’m on antibiotics while also using a natural antibiotic, turmeric.  I’ve also found that drinking a tea of apple cider vinegar (with “the mother“), raw honey, and lemon to be helpful in making me feel more comfortable at least.  Apple Cider Vinegar is antibacterial, anti-inflamatory, anti-fungal, antiviral among many others.  It’s anti everything that will prevent your body from being alkaline and it strengthens the immune system.  If you don’t know, now you know that disease cannot live in an alkaline body.  😉  My goal is to be as alkaline as possible.  Here’s how this cyst began.

The cyst developed about a year ago (approximately).  I know it sounds bad but just let me explain.  I used to exercise 3-4x a week at a Pure Barre Studio.  I was wearing sports bras and getting sweaty almost everyday.  Of course I took a shower after I was done but for some reason I can’t help but wonder if that contributed to the cyst developing.  Prior to that I had no issues with my skin.  About 6 or so months after doing Pure Barre consistently for the same amount of time every week I began to notice this small lump on my back where my bra usually rests.   The next few sentences may be a little too graphic for you so you’re welcome to skip down to the middle of the next paragraph at “I tried tea tree oil”…The bump had a tiny opening at the tip.  I could see what looked to be some cheesy like material ready to be excreted or drained from the tip.

At first I could drain it.  This is not really the best thing to do because it can contribute to inflammation if not done properly hence the whole reason I’m dealing with this situation.  So, I would just squeeze it and the yellowish cheesy material would come out.  I would do this until nothing else came out.  Well several months later I would do my regular routine of taking a shower and trying to drain this bump because the steam from the shower softens and opens up your pores.  It would only keep reappearing every few days as the sebum oils etc would build up.  I tried tea tree oil (diluted of course), a raw honey and cinnamon mask, apple cider vinegar (acv), bentonite clay pastes and other natural remedies to dry it up.  They helped to an extent but by the time I really started doing this it had gotten to the point of no return to its natural state.  As the opening became blocked and unable to drain, the problem turned to disaster. The cyst got bigger and more annoying.  That’s when I started the epsom salt baths which helped but I ended up stopping because we were in transition (moving) and we were staying at my mom’s temporarily.   Salt baths and baths with epsom salts, baking soda, and lavender oil (sometimes tea tree) were not only relaxing but helped start the process of shrinking the cyst naturally.

There was so much going on that I didn’t feel as though I had the time or energy to tend to this “situation”.  My mom tried to help by putting some type of tea tree oil on it (more of a synthetic form).   I just about tried so many natural remedies but one day I woke up and it was sore (inflamed, warm to the touch).   As soon as we got moved into our home I found a doctor who prescribed an antibiotic for me to take which he said should shrink it.  I’ve been on the antibiotic since Wednesday.   I experienced itching  and soreness at first.  The itching was so disrespectful!  It was better than pain but it literally itched all day and night.  Then, the pain returned.  So between the itching and pain I guess it’s safe to say that the antibiotic must be doing its thing aka “knocking this inflammation out”!

Right now (Saturday) as I am typing I feel more comfortable as I’ve taken my two daily doses of antibiotics, had my turmeric smoothie this am, and drank my acv tea this evening! *deep sigh*  To be honest, after drinking the acv tea I always seem to feel better instantly.   I’m willing to do whatever it takes! I just might jump in the tub with epsom salts tonight too! LOL…I am convinced that I must be more consistent with my healthy lifestyle.  Those salt baths are everything! If you have not tried a salt bath either with sea salt or epsom salts (which are obviously two different things but both effective for detoxing) you have got to try them.

I plan to use a more integrative approach to healing my body. Therefore, I’m incorporating the use of an antibiotic in addition to ayurveda by using epsom salt baths, turmeric internally in the form of smoothies and teas along with drinking my acv tea.  We shall see how this turns out! I have a doctor’s appointment coming up on Thursday! So, I’ll keep y’all posted!  I hope everyone found some sense of peace during this long weekend.   We had family over for the weekend and had lots of laughs which was good for me.  It took my mind off of my pain and discomfort.   Peace to everyone for a great short week ahead!

Love and Light,



DIY Sugar Wax Recipe and Tutorial

Peace Soulstars,

I hope this post finds you all well.   If you don’t know yet I also have a youtube channel (also entitled Amanisoul).  It started off as a beauty/natural haircare channel  but it has become more about my holistic lifestyle due to my most current interests.  I still incorporate the natural haircare aspect to the beauty portion of the channel which includes all things natural beauty.

Speaking of natural beauty I just posted a video to my channel which is a 2 in 1 (two videos in one) as I shared a recipe and tutorial for a diy sugar wax.   This video was specifically waxing for the underarms.   The sugar wax only requires three ingredients which you may already have in your kitchen! As a matter of fact I am pretty sure that most of you have all three of these ingredients: lemon juice, sugar, and water.  Boom, there you have it! lol…This was my most recent and successful sugar wax to date where I show you how to make it and how to apply it.  I also discuss the pros and cons of using sugar wax.

I hope you enjoy the video and find it helpful! If you have any questions, suggestions, or want to share your experiences using sugar wax comment below!

Love and Light,




My all natural remedy for acne!



In the market for something all natural to keep breakouts under control without breaking the bank?  Ever tried tea tree oil?  First, let me tell you…This stuff is AMAZING and inexpensive!  I personally have a thing for the smell of tea tree oil too.  Not only do I love the smell but I love the clean, fresh feeling I get after I tone my skin with it in the morning and at night (when I remember to do my nightly regimen).   Never heard of it or  never tried it?  Maybe you have used it but you applied it to your skin without diluting it and it irritated your skin?  Whatever the case, you need to know that tea tree oil is a game changer for real regarding skincare.  Proper use can bring positive results!  First let me break down all of the amazingness of that which is tea tree oil.

Tea tree oil for topical use derives from the leaves of the tea tree.  There’s a tea plant too but don’t get them twisted.  My beloved tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves from the tree not the plant.   Tea tree oil is anti fungal, antiviral, and antibacterial hence the reason it works so well to prevent and treat acne.  It is also an ingredient in one of my favorite conditioners which I use to cleanse my hair weekly:  Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner…Not only does it have one of my favorite all natural oils in the ingredients but it’s only $3!!  To find out more uses of tea tree oil click here.

Tea tree oil itself can be drying if used alone because it is so concentrated like most essential oils.  So, be sure to dilute it before applying it to your skin whether you are adding it to an oil or liquid.  Also, just like anything else applied to your skin be sure to test a small area before applying it all over your face.  Everyone’s skin is different and reacts to products differently.

My makeup-less skin in natural light

Personally, I have had nothing but great results with tea tree oil which I’ve been using as an all natural acne treatment for years now.  It is a major part of my morning and nighttime skincare routine.  Every time I cleanse my face I use tea tree oil along with witch hazel as my toner.  After I cleanse my face, I soak a cotton pad with witch hazel and add a drop or two of tea tree oil.  If I have any breakouts I gently press the witch hazel/tea tree oil soaked pad on the inflamed areas for a few seconds more to be sure it really absorbs.  Then I moisturize as usual alternating between either argan oil, my organic botanics day cream moisturizer, or sometimes both simultaneously. It depends on what my skin needs at the time.

The cleansing method is crucial to product absorption because you want to be sure that your pores have been deeply cleansed of dirt, residue and anything else that may be lurking in there.   I’ll be discussing my cleansing routine including the oil cleansing method in a future post.   I’ll explain how I use mainly natural products to cleanse and alternate with other products due to my skin’s needs specifically when I have a break out!  Have you ever tried tea tree oil?  If so, what have been your experiences with it?  If you do try it let me know how it works!

Peace and Love,