native to india



Have some rare photos of my native family being native in a time when it wasn’t allowed, even more than now!

“Oreru nhamandú tupã oreru” (our fathers are the sun and the thunder). 

Here I want to talk about something that gets me sad; 
How the brazilian indian tribes are forgotten. 

In 1500 Brazil was discovered by the expedition of Pedro Alvares Cabral and since then our natives have been killed and since then almost nobody cares. It’s estimated that when Cabral discovered Brazil there was 4 or 5 millions of natives, and now, as FUNAI researchers said, there is only 460 thousand natives living in villages (specially in Amazonia). And we don’t know about them, they don’t teach very much about them in school. They expose facts about them like the canibalism of some tribes and how they interacted with portugueses. They are forgotten, underestimated, thrown under the bus. 

Please, remember the brazilian native tribes. Remember the indigenas. Their language. Their people. And how they were brutally killed through all these years. 

I want the world to see them. They deserve it. 


Simnicity: The Melting Pot

Synopsis: Set in the fictional city called Simnicity (Sim + Ethnicity), the series follows the stories of local residents as they go about their daily lives in Willow Springs. 

Please excuse my poor grammar, so I’m currently developing a storyline for these characters at the moment. The only 11 of these are major characters with big storylines focusing important issues such as racism, history, identity, crime and cultural difference. Hopefully, it will be 10-episode series with 15 minutes each. I’m working with a friend (currently, looking for a few more people) who is part of this story development to give a justice. Stay tuned!

List of Characters:

The Jackson Family (African American)

  • Hakeem Jackson
  • Tiana Jackson (Teenage Sister)
  • Darrell Jackson (Father)
  • Regina Jackson (Mother)

The Khan Family (Pakistani)

  • Jahanzeb Khan 
  • Juwairiyah Begum (Wife)
  • Alaaudeen Khan (Son)
  • Khairiya Khan (Daughter)
  • Saleemah Khan (Teenage Sister)

The Chozhangaraayar Family (Indian)

  • Harinish Chozhangaraayar
  • Dhanasree Chozhangaraayar (Mother)
  • Shmit Chozhangaraayar (Father)
  • Jiara Chozhangaraayar (Teenage Sister)

The Hernández Family (Mexican)

  • Sebastián Hernández 
  • Sofía Hernández (Young Sister)
  • Juan Hernández (Teenage Brother)
  • Mariela Hernández (Mother)

The Svensson Family (Swedish)

  • Hilda Svensson
  • Björn Svensson (Father)
  • Evelina Svensson (Step-Mother)

The O'Donoghue/O’ Brolchain Family (Irish-Scottish)

  • Aedan O'Donoghue
  • Annella O’ Brolchain (Girlfriend)

The Lee Family (Korean)

  • Lee Kyong-sun
  • Lee Jin-hee (Father)
  • Lee Yeon-woo (Grandmother)
  • Lee Joo-yeon (Little Sister)

The Nepinak Family (Native American)

  • Niigaanosekwe Nepinak
  • Binesii Nepinak (Young Brother)
  • Ogichidaans Nepinak (Teenage Brother)

The Al Maktoum Family (Emirati)

  • Sheikha Al Maktoum
  • Zayed Al Maktoum (Husband)

Spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula)

The spotted lanternfly is a planthopper native to China, India, and Vietnam. Although it has two pairs of wings, it jumps more than it flies. Its host plants are grapes, pines, stone fruits, and Malus spp. In its native habitat it is kept in check by natural predators or pathogens. It was accidentally introduced in Korea in 2006 and is since considered a pest. In September 2014, it was first spotted in the U.S..

photo credits: Sam Droege

albaharuland  asked:

Hi! I wanted to ask about fantasy world building based on a mix of cultures, even if those cultures are totally different. For example, a country that has an architecture based on egyptian and arab art, or one that is a mix between indian and russian architecture. I dont know if that would be appropiation or offensive, or how to avoid it or doing it in a respectful way. Also if there is a problem only using the art part and having a different made up traditions/lore (thanks for your time!)

On Combining Cultures Respectfully, Art, and Architecture

“Does it make sense within the world”

Avatar: the Last Airbender mixes Inuit and Japanese culture. Is this any form of sensical in the modern world? Sort of, with how there’s a language link between Siberia and the Canadian Arctic. Does it make sense within the confines of A:tLA? Absolutely yes.

I’m not against the concept of cultural blending. It just has to be sensical within the world itself. They might not be neighbours in the real world, but if you end up with a culture that’s “ocean-heavy Arctic on top of Asia”, then Inuit+ Japan makes tons of sense. But had it been even “continental Arctic”, then the Inuit influence would’ve barely made any sense at all, because they’re really not a continental people.

-Mod Lesya

Like mixed-race characters, blending real-world cultures in fantasy isn’t prima facie a problem, but you’d better make sure it makes sense within the world you’re constructing.  Lots of times authors fall prey to the “Rule of Cool” and just throw in things they think are neat without thinking about how they could have reasonably got there.

In the cases you mentioned, there are some historiocultural overlaps between Indian and Russian cultures (for instance, similar building materials, similar types of timbers in temperate parts of India and southern Russia, very deep cultural roots shared between Slavic and certain Indic cultures, etc.) that would give you a foundation to build on.  Other times shared cultural aspects have a common but non-native root—for instance the Russian onion dome and characteristic Indian Taj Mahal-style dome may have a shared origin in Islamic and Middle Eastern architecture.  Islamic culture is native to neither India nor Russia, but it touched and influenced both areas extensively.

Similar constraints hold for Egyptian and Arab art and architecture.  They used similar building materials but produced different results because the culture and artistic preferences were historically different, but we know that Arab culture strongly influenced Egyptian art and architecture in the Islamic period (think going from pyramids to Graeco-Roman amphitheaters to mosques and minarets, but all made out of limestone, mud brick, and very little wood).  Saladin Ahmed’s fantasy novel(s) feature an Islamic/Middle Eastern-influenced culture built on top of a dead Ancient Egypt-analogue [Nikhil’s note: I’m reading this right now and it’s awesome and you should too].

But regardless of the cultural influence, the material culture stays similar in place—in some Indo-Russian hybrid you might be looking at imported marble and precious stones for those buildings whose patrons could afford it, provided they have access to those materials either through production or trade, but for poorer constructions you’re looking at local building materials—so maybe thatch and half-timber framing and wattle-and-daub in Indo-Russia, or stone and mud brick in a desert environment like Arabegypt.  Art and architecture are functions of culture, and culture as a primitive exercise arises from the local environment, since it’s only once you get to the level of at least an organized economic community that outside trade starts to be a significant factor, which would facilitate creating art and architecture that would be exotic to the local environment.

-Mod Nikhil


*monday eve. it is my first time to work in the metro for a long time. more so, on a monday in manila. it turned out real well though. traffic was bad but it was alright. usually when i am in the city, i only go out at night, not earlier than 10pm to avoid traffic and the summer heat. all my shoots this month will be here in the city. good times =)

Parseltongue indian!Harry guys.

Maybe indian!Harry goes to the zoo for Dudley’s birthday. And there’s the Brazilian Boa Constrictor up ahead, but before he reaches it, he spots a gorgeous cobra, hood flared wide and absolutely regal. Dudley and Piers do the glass tapping, the snake winks at him, and eventually, Harry asks, “Where do you come from, anyway?”

The snake jabs its tail at a little sign next to the glass: Indian Cobra, India.

The Dursleys have never told him where his father is from, but with Vernon’s snide side comments and his brown skin and unruly black hair, he’s pretty sure he’s Indian. A hole opens up in his stomach. “Was it nice there?”

The boa constrictor jabs its tail at the sign again: This specimen was bred in the zoo. “Oh, I see–so you’ve never been to India.” The snake shakes his head.

Harry gets it.

There are 3 varieties of snake native to England. They’re all small, lurking about in gardens sneaking unnoticed. One of the 3 isn’t even particularly common, and certainly not in Privet Dr. Harry never spots any during summers back at the house.

There are 272 varieties of snake native to India. Some large, some poisonous, awesome in every sense of the word. Harry has no cultural ties to India, missing so much by growing up at the Dursleys’. For him, India is only written into his skin, nothing substantial below the surface. In the muggle world, so many strangers walk up to him, jabbering in hindi and he shrugs away their disappointment when he says he can’t understand it. When he takes Parvati to the ball, there’s a missed connection on both their ends. The Patil twins miss their Indian community. Harry doesn’t know if he belongs in it. He doesn’t know how or where to get what he’s been denied, if he even has the right.

So he likes to go to the zoo during the summers. The workers at the reptile house don’t question him sitting in front of the snakes, hissing as if he’s talking with them. He tells the zookeepers when something’s wrong with them, so they leave him alone. Every day is spent with a different Indian snake, chatting with them, learning everything he can about them in their glass cages. They’re all from India, but most are from this English zoo.

This is the most he let himself have. And once Voldemort’s horcrux is gone, and with it his parseltongue, this is the one thing he’ll miss of it.

It’s really sad to see that even in the lesbian community, white girls are still seen as more desirable. Like where are the Tumblr famous Latina lesbians, or the Asian or Black or Middle Eastern or African or East Indian or Native? Like, hi! Lesbian POC exist too. Not just white girls. We have love to give too. We have value. We matter. Our blood is the same color. Our love is no less.


.so apparently america needs a crash course on caribbean culture…first they slander rihanna and now nicki… for the record this is not appropriation. this is their culture.

.as a little jamaican girl i find this to be beyond annoying. every time there is some foolishness in the mediaalong the lines of: why is nicki minaj appropriating indian culture…….

.first off there is several things wrong with that statement.

-firstly, why are americans still calling native american people indian.?. india is in india. native americans HAVE names for their nations [not tribles, nations]. Navajo, Black Foot, Cherokee to name a few. fix yourselves.

-secondly native american head dresses are way different than carnival head dresses. also the head dresses are reserved for specific people within their nation for specific purposes. they also have a VERY distinct style to them that are different from carnival head dress.

-thirdly how do you NOT know about carnival.?. the caribbean isnt the only place in the world that there is carnival. carnival happens in several different countries. hell, even in new orleans… in america. but you want to play dumb now because its nicki and rihanna.?.  

.we are carrib indian people. caribbean people look like this. caribbean people dress like this. when we have carnival we HAVE carnival. during caribbean carnival everyone is expected to dress the part to participate. people will don themselves in the most elaborate, often handmade costumes. how can you appropriate your own culture people.?. educate yourselves. stop your foolishness.

.but you cannot because you are too busy columbusting cultures and claiming it for yourself, right.?. because you’re edgy, right.?. because marc jacobs created mini buns but not bantu knots. and rows are new, but african hair braiding and cornrows are not.?. and gelled baby hair is new.?. right.?. okay. so we’re ignoring all the white indie coachella attendees, eh.?.

.this is why black people drink tea.

Cardassian Music Headcanons

1. They aren’t “into it”, but it’s not taboo.

2. It fills the social slot of needlepoint or knitting as an art form, a cute semi-pointless thing hobbiyists do because they’re bored.

3. A kid with musicality will get “awww look how clever Natann is, Hey Natann, go write a story, mmkay?” because Cardassian -literature- IS a big deal.

4. The instruments are technologically on par with pre-1900s China/Europe. Capable of holding a melody as opposed to exclusively rhythm, but also things 1 person could make in their spare time by hand with training, not massive pipe organs or specialized brass instruments.

5. The musical style never had the transition Europe did. (A loooong, multi-century evolution from Gregorian Chant to current pop)

Basically–to Americans now, it would sound “Ethnic!” or “World Music!”

6. Is likely limited-scale, although which one is completely random and arbitrary, unlike the technological aspects. (Western Sheet Music could write their tunes, but the other way ‘round wouldn’t work very well) 

7. Because of a handful of things in the notes, and pentatonic sounding explicitly “Chinese!!”, “Armenian tetrachords” would be a headcanon I could go with in an “apathetic” sort of way.

There’s a gorgeous little Sumerian tune that seems like something a  bored Cardassian would sing before someone around them gets annoyed and tells them to “STFU I’m reading”.


Headcanons on Klingon Music:


2. It fills a social slot of Football. WE LOVE THIS THING

3. Kids get pushed into it early, but also aren’t expected to all grow up to be pros, either. 

4. The instruments are technologically -bizarre as fuck-, and at this point, mostly electronic. Studying Klingon instrumental technology evolution would be a giant field of awesome unto itself. This instrument would be considered awesome. 

5. Like European music, where the many-century shift was “Gregorian–>church funded–>government funded–>technology brought it to everyone–>corporate funded”, they have that transition, but starting from a percussive root instead of a melodic one.

6. The music theory and instruments are capable of understanding chromaticism on a theoretical level. On a practical level, their sheet music writing “Twinkle Twinkle” would look super messy but make technical sense and be playable.

7. We’ve heard Klingon music on the show. Weird, disjointed weirdness that Klingons love to pieces.

we have some pigeons making their nest in our balconies. Now initially my aunt tried to stop them from making the nests by throwing away the twigs and such cause she didnt want any pigeons in her house
but the pigeon laid the eggs on the ground she was making the nest.. now after the egg was laid, she started again making a nest and this time my aunt couldnt do anything, because then it will be morally wrong.

She has made a nest with Azadirachta indica, also known as Neem, Nimtree, and Indian Lilac is a tree in the mahogany family Meliaceae. It is one of two species in the genus Azadirachta, and is native to India and the Indian subcontinent including Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

This is going to be highly beneficial for her because neem has anti bacterial properties

neem is known as “the village pharmacy” because of its healing versatility, and it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for a long time

The neem leaves(from which the pigeon has made the nest) has some amazing properties:

◆neem leaves have anti-bacterial properties which help with infections, burns and skin problems. It destroys the infection causing bacteria and stimulates the immune system.

◆The leaves and flowers are eaten as a potherb. In Indian folk medicine, the leaves are prescribed for many ailments, including intestinal parasites, swollen glands, bruises, sprains, and malaria. Leaf extracts have been shown to have antiviral activity and delay blood clotting (confirming their efficacy as traditional snakebite treatments), and the leaf essential oil has strong antibacterial and antifungal ­activity. Research on neem’s potential against malaria is now under way in Africa.

◆many herbalists recommend chewing the leaves, taking capsules of dried leaf, or drinking the bitter tea. The leaves cleanse the blood, help the gastrointestinal system (ulcers), support the liver.

◆ research suggests that applying extract of neem root or leaf to the skin helps repels black flies. Also, applying neem oil cream to the skin seems to protect against some types of mosquitos.

¤¤ This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provide. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care provider. ¤¤

Foodie Friday: 18th Century Bread Pudding

Note: This recipe is from Amelia Simmons’ 1796 cookbook, American Cookery. There is a video on YouTube by James Townsend & Son which covers this same recipe, so feel free to check it out by clicking here!

-½ to ¾ pound soft wheat bread (recommended stale)
-1 Pint milk
-½ cup heavy cream
-4 tbsp (half a stick) softened butter
-Three eggs, plus one yolk, room temperature
-6 oz sugar
-Ground nutmeg
-Ground cinnamon

1) Preheat an oven to 375 degrees (Fahrenheit). Break up the bread and allow it to soak in the milk for five to ten minutes. Stale bread is optional, but recommended (takes up the liquid faster).

2) While the bread soaks, whisk together the eggs, sugar, butter, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Stir in the heavy cream.

3) Mash the bread slightly before pressing it through a sieve or running it through a food processor until it is the consistency of very smooth oatmeal. Stir the egg and cream mixture into the milk and bread mixture, then pour into a well-buttered dish. Sprinkle some raisins on top (some will sink into the batter, and that’s fine… if the raisins are added sooner, they’ll all settle to the bottom instead).

4) Bake for 45 minutes to an hour.

Serve with syrup or an 18th century sweet sauce made from melted butter, sugar, and sac (a sweet wine)!

Cook’s Note: An important thing to keep in mind is that many foods from 18th century America are fairly bland to the modern palate. This is why sauces are greatly encouraged. However, if you wish, you can increase the amount of sugar in the recipe to suit your preferences.

Magical Ingredient

With Lughnasadh just around the corner, it makes sense that I do a harvest-oriented dish for the occasion. And as my sourdough bread hasn’t been baked yet, I needed to turn to another dish that I’ve done. It’s always a pleasure to look into recipes from centuries past, recreating them and getting a taste of what food was like (or at least as close as can be done today). This bread pudding is one of my favorites to come back to (I’ve made it several times simply because it’s so good), and is perfect for celebrating the first harvest of the year!

There are a few ingredients which stand out in this dish, not including the sauce: sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. All three have a role to play in witchcraft, but cinnamon in particular seems to stick out as being a kitchen witch’s best friend. And this spice has been in use since antiquity, highly prized by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks.

Amusingly, the whereabouts of the origin of cinnamon was unknown to the Mediterranean cultures for centuries, and legends can be found where guesses were made as to where cinnamon originated. Herodotus, for instance, believed that cinnamon and its closely related species (collectively referred to as cassia) grew in Arabia along with other prized incenses, guarded by serpents. In truth, cinnamon is native to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Myanmar, and those who worked the trade routes had kept the locations secret so as to maintain a monopoly on the cinnamon trade. Later on, cinnamon would be so desired in Europe that it would be one of the spices that inspires the age of exploration.

Some of the most frequent references to cinnamon that we see in regards to the Egyptians and Greeks is in relation to its use as an incense and burnt offering. Kyphi - an Egyptian incense - included cinnamon in its recipe, and was used as an offering in Hellenistic worship. Meanwhile, the spice was also used as part of the mix of herbs for filling in body cavities during mummification rites. In China, cinnamon was used as a medicine as early as four thousand years ago.

Today, cinnamon continues to be cultivated in its native regions and is a world-wide culinary, medicinal, and cosmetic spice. We’re most often familiar with it in combination with sugar, served with fruit or sprinkled over baked or fried goods. However, it is used in many savory dishes including some curries. It’s a key spice for mulling cider and wine, further cementing its multipurpose role in the kitchen.

As a home remedy, cinnamon is greatly useful for digestive issues such as upset stomach, nausea, gas, vomiting, and diarrhea. Because cinnamon can help stimulate other herbs, it is also frequently used in tandem with other herbs and spices. There are, however, a couple of important notes to consider when using cinnamon as a home remedy. First is that if used in too great a quantity, it can be dangerous to consume during pregnancy. As such, it should be used lightly with ginger to alleviate morning sickness. Similarly, those suffering from ulcers should be aware of their cinnamon intake as it can serve as an irritant.

Second, cinnamon is a mucus irritant and should not be applied topically. Cinnamon oil, however, can be used on mucus membranes in the same fashion as clove oil.

Cinnamon can be served as a tea, providing a bit of a warming affect to the flavor (helpful for colds and flus, as this can help clear the sinuses), and helping to aid digestion and regulate blood sugar. 

As a cosmetic, cinnamon oil is not an infrequent ingredient in toothpastes, mouthwashes, and on occasion, perfumes. 

In magic, cinnamon shines about as brightly as rosemary in its usefulness. Witches the world over have praised cinnamon for its protective and healing properties, as well as its powerful use in money drawing. It is said to enhance the male libido, and can be used in both love and lust spells.

Very frequently it is used as an incense - its powdered and stick form can be burnt to lend a warm aroma and inspire feelings of comfort and happiness. As such, it is added to incenses used for cleansing and healing both objects and individuals.

The oil can be used to bless and anoint ritual items and during protection and blessing rites (take care to dilute with a carrier oil if you are using essential oil, as cinnamon is a skin irritant, as mentioned earlier).

In money drawing and protection poppets, jars, and bags, cinnamon is excellent for enhancing the actions of other ingredients while lending its own wonderful energy. As such, it is often used in tandem with cloves and ginger.

Incorporate cinnamon into a besom to further increase its cleansing and protection properties, or add a stick of cinnamon as well as cinnamon ash to black salt.

In kitchen magic, cinnamon is perfect for sweetening, protection, money, and love spells. Nearly any dish that makes use of cloves or chocolate can benefit from having a bit of cinnamon added for both flavor and magical punch. If mulling your own cider or wine, bless the cinnamon with your intent so that the energy infuses with the beverage.

Cinnamon is also associated with both dragons and the phoenix, and is a suitable offering for both in traditions which work with those spirits.

Look for ways in which  you can bring cinnamon’s healing and protective qualities into your life. Or, see how it can enhance your money drawing spells! There’s no shortage to the benefits cinnamon can bring!

May all your meals be blessed! )O(

Natural Options for HS Relief

Well, lovelies, I did say I’d explain the natural options (as seen in my previous post), as well as let you know what works for me, so here goes!

List of Natural Options:

  • Use an antimicrobial/antibacterial skin cleanser

I use a generic form of Hibiclens, once a day, to wash my underarms (this is my most affected area). Hibiclens is the same type of soap surgeons use to “scrub up” prior to entering to surgical suite. The idea is the soap kills any and all of the microbes/bacteria that live on the skin that cause infections and any smells. Since I’ve been using it, my flare ups aren’t as horrible smelling and it just makes me feel cleaner.

  • Warm compresses with tea tree oil

Warm compresses, using all cotton hand towels and filtered water, are amazing for really large flare ups that are pus-filled and really sore. The best way to make a compress is to soak a couple towels in water with a few drops of tea tree oil (this is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps combat bacteria), heat them up until they’re just hot enough (you want them hot enough to do their job, but not so hot your burn your skin), and then apply light pressure for 10 minutes or until the compress begins to cool.

My last bad flare up caused the entire are of my left underarm to swell and turn bright red; I couldn’t put my arm down with crying in pain (I’ve a very high tolerance for pain). I made up a warm compress, held it under my arm for a few minutes, and was disgusted to see all the pus and gunk coming out of my arm! Now, not wanting to deal with this flare for much longer, I actually expressed as much pus and blood as possible; honestly, it was a huge mistake and prolonged my flare up, but it did feel better.

  • No shaving and/or waxing

You wouldn’t play in a mine field, right? Shaving and waxing HS affected areas is pretty much the same; I’ve shaved my underarms before, nicked a lesion, and suffered through one of the worst flare ups I’ve ever had in 10 years! I use a personal electric shaver (AKA a pen razor; I found mine at Wal-Mart for under $10) to trim the hairs as close to the skin as possible without allowing the blades to touch the skin; yes, I miss areas and it gets annoying, but it’s better than causing a mass infection or ripping tender skin.

  • Avoid antiperspirants and stick deodorants

The main reason to avoid stick type deodorants is, if you have an open lesion and swipe your deodorant across it, now it’s covered in infection and, the next time you use it, you’re just spreading the bacteria around and potentially aiding in a massive or nasty flare up. I use the Thai Spray deodorant; I was using Crystal spray, but it ended up irritating my skin.

Antiperspirants, as the name suggests, don’t allow you to perspire or sweat. Some people who have HS have suggested that, by not allowing yourself to sweat, you’re only helping the disease to fester and, ultimately, prepare for a harsh flare up and infection. Since not using an antiperspirant for almost a year, I’ve noticed that my rate of infection has greatly decreased and the smell associated with the pus is much less foul.

  • Make dietary changes

This isn’t going to work for everyone, but I avoid a lot of dairy products, red meat, turkey (it’s classified as an inflammatory food), and no longer drink soda. Since changing my diet and beginning to transition to a full vegetarian lifestyle, I’ve noticed that I’ve only had minor flare ups under my arms, a tiny flare on my abdomen, and another tiny flare on my inner thigh.

Some with HS have found transitioning to a gluten-free diet works best for them, while others have found that eliminating carbs and sugar helps them. My suggestion is to try removing one or two types of foods from your diet at a time versus going “cold turkey” or rapidly transitioning to a new diet. As always, consult with a medical practitioner before making any drastic dietary changes.

  • Turmeric

For those of you who don’t know about turmeric, it’s a member of the ginger family and a native herb of India; it’s used in many Indian dishes for both flavor and spice. Research has suggested that this herb has natural anti-inflammatory properties, much like ginger, in both capsule and powder form.

I ingest turmeric in capsule form, once a day (usually in the evening), every day. After having this herb in my system for 24 hours, the only thing I could say was WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE?! My flare ups have reduced in frequency by up to 50% and I’m actually able to go about my daily life! I will note that, the couple of times I’ve “forgotten” to take my turmeric, the following morning was dreadful; my underarms were inflamed, tender, and itched like hell until I took my pill.

  • Exercise, even on bad days

Because sweating can irritate HS, it can be difficult to find exercises that are both good for the body AND won’t make you sweat like a pig; just keep in mind that every little bit counts.

For me, I do my kickboxing outdoors, in the middle of winter, so I can go a few rounds and keep cool; even when I’ve been going for a solid 20+ minutes, as long as it’s between 30 and 50 degrees, I rarely ever sweat. Yoga has helped make even my worst HS days better; by sitting down and meditating for 10-15 minutes, it helps me find a positive attitude so I can get through the day. I also incorporate some light weight lifting, lower abdominal strength exercises, and walking/jogging into my routine.

  • Use all-natural/organic/vegetarian/vegan skincare products

I know this sounds excessive, but I’ve found the more natural products I use, the better I feel overall.

When I was much younger and using whatever was popular for lotion, I noticed it would dry out my skin, make it itch, and cause my HS to get pretty nasty; at that time, it was mainly under my breasts and between my thighs (the scarring is pretty bad). Now that I’ve dealt with this disease for 10+ years and tried a few things, I’ve found that lotions and body washes that are as natural as possible and contain not alcohol work best; I use Dr. Bronner’s Castille soap (I love the rose hemp scent) to wash up and shea butter, coconut oil, and vegetarian lotion to moisturize my skin.

  • Wear all-natural fibers and loose clothing

The more your skin is free to breathe and isn’t irritated by rubbing or chaffing, the better. Yes, this might mean you’ll have to change out a lot of your wardrobe basics, but isn’t your health more important than fashion?

Natural fibers include cotton, bamboo, and wool. Ladies, a wonderful fashion combo that’s comfortable AND HS approved includes a cotton jersey maxi skirt, a loose-fitting t-shirt or tank, and a long sweater or cardigan. Gentlemen, wear those slightly baggy jeans and cotton t-shirt and, trust me, you’ll be golden. Now it gets complicated when you have to dress a certain way for work, but with a little imagination and some careful planning, you can be fashionable AND comfortable in any situation.

  • Stress Management

I’ve noticed I’m more prone to an HS flare whenever I’m emotionally or mentally taxed, either  due to others or myself.

Yoga has really helped me to better manage my stress, as well as boxing (I’d rather punch a bag or shadow than an actual person). By keeping your mind calm, the rest of the body can relax and any infection can better be combated by the body’s natural defenses.

  • Scarring remedies

Because I’m transitioning to vegetarianism and using organic/vegetarian/vegan products, I’ve noticed a few things that work really well for scarring and stretch marks.

Coconut oil and shea butter, in my opinion, work best, especially after a warm shower, when the skin is softer. I’ve been using both for a couple of months and have noticed my scars aren’t as dark!


Duchess of Cambridge in 2016

  1. January 6- George’s First Day at Nursery School [No Photos]
  2. January 10- Sunday Service marking the 100th Anniversary of the First World War Gallipoli Campaign
  3. January- Shopping with George
  4. February 7- 75th Anniversary of RAF Air Cadets
  5. February 7- Helicopter Ride
  6. February 7- Video for Children’s Mental Health Week; Video
  7. February- Dinner at The Crown Inn [No Photos]
  8. February 17- Edits Huffington Post in Support of Children’s Mental Health
  9. February 18- RAF Disbandment Parade
  10. February- Shopping
  11. February 24- Visit to Edinburgh: Visits St. Catherine’s Primary School; Visits The Art Room’s Studio at Wester Hailes Education Centre; Visits Craigmount High School for “Tennis on the Road” Released
  12. March 7- Ski Holiday Photos Released
  13. March 10- Private Visit to Maytree; Visits St. Thomas’ Hospital; Screening of The Stranger on the Bridge; Private Discussion with people bereaved by Suicide
  14. March 11- visits XLP Mentoring Programme at London Wall
  15. March 14- Commonwealth Day Service
  16. March 18- Opens EACH’s Charity Shop
  17. March 27- Our Queen at 90 Documentary; Video
  18. April 7- Reception for Natives from India and Bhutan
  19. April 10- Day 1 of Official Visit to India: Arrival; Lays Wreath at Taj Mahal Palace Hotel; Meets with Staff
  20. April 10- Day 1 of Official Visit to India: Visits Oval Maidan; Open-top Bus Tour of Mumbai; Visits Banganga Water Tank; Visits Slum; Meets with Representatives of SMILE
  21. April 10- Day 1 of Official Visit to India: Dinner Gala & Reception
  22. April 11- Day 2 of Official Visit to India: Investiture at Taj Mahal Palace Hotel; Launched GREAT Tech Rocketship Awards; Visits The Social; Arrives in New Delhi; Visits India Gate & Lays a Wreath; Visits Gandhi Smriti
  23. April 11- Day 2 of Official Visit to India: Queen’s Birthday Party
  24. April 12- Day 3 of Official Visit to India: Visits Salaam Baalak Trust
  25. April 12- Day 3 of Official Visit to India: Luncheon
  26. April 12- Day 3 of Official Visit to India: Bohag Bihu Festival
  27. April 13- Day 4 of Official Visit to India: visits Kaziranga National Park
  28. April 13- Day 4 of Official Visit to India: Visits Panbari Village; visits Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation; Visits Kaziranga Discovery Centre
  29. April 14- Day 5 of Official Visit to India: Arrives at Airport
  30. April 14- Day 1 of Official Visit to Bhutan: Arrival
  31. April 14- Day 1 of Official Visit to Bhutan: Visits Thimphu Dzong for Chipdrel; Meets King and Queen; Open-Air Archery Event
  32. April 14- Day 1 of Official Visit to Bhutan: Dinner
  33. April 15- Day 2 of Official Visit to Bhutan: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery Paro Taktsang
  34. April 15- Day 2 of Official Visit to Bhutan: Reception
  35. April 16- Day 3 of Official Visit to Bhutan: Farewell
  36. April 16- Day 6 of Official Visit to India: Visits Taj Mahal
  37. April 21- Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday Dinner
  38. April 22- Dinner for the Obama’s
  39. April 24- Announces new Mental Health Campaign “Heads Together”
  40. May 3- British Vogue Released
  41. May 4- Opens the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace
  42. May 4- Lunch Reception for Anna Freud Centre
  43. May 4- “Vogue 100: A Century of Style” Exhibit at National Portrait Gallery
  44. May 15- Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday Celebration
  45. May 16- Heads Together Launch
  46. May 19- Sends Message of Support to attendees at International Children’s Palliative Care Network; New Photo
  47. May 20- Visits Portsmouth for 1851 Trust: Opens Tech Deck Education Centre; Sailing
  48. May 23- Chelsea Flower Show
  49. May 23- Walking with George and Charlotte
  50. May 24- Out with George and Charlotte
  51. May 24- Garden Party
  52. May 24- Meeting with Representatives working in support of services for women in prisons [No Photos]
  53. May 24- Boards Helicopter
  54. May 28- Houghton Hall Horse Trials
  55. May 29- Houghton Hall Horse Trials
  56. June 9- SportsAid’s 40th Anniversary Dinner; Speech
  57. June 10- Queen’s 90th Birthday Thanksgiving Service
  58. June 11- Trooping the Colour
  59. June 12- The Patron’s Lunch
  60. June 13- Order of Garter
  61. June 14- Signs Book of Condolence at American Embassy
  62. June 14- Secretary of State for Northern Ireland’s Garden Party
  63. June 15- Royal Ascot
  64. June 22- A Taste of Norfolk Dinner
  65. June 30- Visits Thiepval Memorial; Vigil at Thiepval Memorial for 100th Anniversary of Battle of Somme
  66. July 1- Opens Thiepval Museum; National Commemorative Event to mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme
  67. July 6- Art Fund Museum of the Year Award
  68. July 7- Wimbledon
  69. July 8- Royal International Air Tattoo
  70. July 10- Wimbledon Final
  71. July 16- Visits SAS Camp [No Photos]
  72. July 24- America’s Cup World Series; Presents Trophy
  73. July 26- Arrives in France for Vacation [No Photos]
  74. August 4- Video Wishing Team GB Good Luck in Rio
  75. August 15- Message of Support for Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families [No Photos]
  76. August 24- Visit to Luton: Visits Youthscape; Visits Keech Hospice Care; Visits Hayward Tyler
  77. August 25- Visits YoungMinds UK Helpline Service
  78. September 1- Day 1 of Visit to Cornwall: Visits Truro Cathedral; Visits Zebs; Visits Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm; Visits Nansledan; Visits Tregunnel Hill Project; Visits Wave Project
  79. September 2- Day 2 of Visit to Cornwall: Visits Eden Project; Visits Tresco & St. Martin
  80. September 10- Picnic Lunch with the Queen
  81. September 11- Sunday Service at Crathie Kirk
  82. September 16- Visits Stewards Academy for Heads Together Campaign
  83. September 24- Day 1 of Official Visit to Canada: Arrival; Lays Wreath at Cenotaph
  84. September 25- Day 2 of Official Visit to Canada: Visits Sheway; Visits Immigration Services Society of British Columbia; Event celebrating young leaders in Canadian arts, music, sport, charity, business, and film; Visits Kitsilano Coastguard Station
  85. September 26- Day 3 of Official Visit to Canada: Cultural Celebration; Dedication of the Great Bear Rainforest; Visits Great Bear Rainforest
  86. September 26- Day 3 of Official Visit to Canada: Reception
  87. September 27- Day 4 of Official Visit to Canada: Arrival in Kelowna; Visits University of British Columbia Okanagan; Watches Women’s Volleyball Game; A Taste of British Columbia; Visits Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre
  88. September 28- Day 5 of Official Visit to Canada: Arrival in Whitehorse; Visits MacBride Museum; Meet with Children and Elders taking part in Indigenous Languages Initiatives; visits Youth Art Festival
  89. September 28- Day 5 of Official Visit to Canada: Visits Carcross: Elder Blessing; Song and Welcome Dance by Dakhka Khwaan Dancers; Meets Locals
  90. September 29- Day 6 of Official Visit to Canada: Children’s Party
  91. September 30- Day 7 of Official Visit to Canada: Arrives in Haida Gwaii; Welcome Ceremony; Visits Haida Heritage Centre; visits Haida Gwaii General Hospital
  92. September 30- Day 7 of Official Visit to Canada: Goes Fishing
  93. October 1- Day 8 of Official Visit to Canada: Visits Cridge Centre for the Family; Sailing
  94. October 1- Day 8 of Official Visit to Canada: Farewell
  95. October 10- World Mental Health Day
  96. October 11- Visits to the Netherlands: Meets with King Willem-Alexander; Visits “At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection” at the Mauritshuis; visits British Ambassador’s Residence for Round Table on the themes of Addiction, Intervention, Family, and Mental Health; visits Social Makerspace of Bospolder-Tussendijken
  97. October 14- Visit to Manchester: Visits National Football Museum; Visits Manchester Town Hall; Visits National Graphene Institute; visits Francis House
  98. October 18- Team GB Rio Olympians Reception; Reception for finalists of BBC Radio One’s Teen Hero Awards
  99. November 3- Recovery Street Film Festival; A Street Cat Named Bob Premiere
  100. November 4- Visits HMP Eastwood Park; Visits Nelson Trust Women’s Centre
  101. November 12- Festival of Remembrance
  102. November 13- Remembrance Sunday Service
  103. November 14- Autumn Dinner of the Royal Foundation [No Photos]
  104. November 22- Tea Party to bid Farewell to Dippy the Diplodocus at the National History Museum
  105. November 22- Place2Be Awards; Speech
  106. November 28- Memorial Service for Duke of Westminster
  107. December 7- Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry Board Meeting; Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry Reception [No Photos]
  108. December 8- Met with Juli Beattie [No Photos]
  109. December 8- Diplomatic Reception
  110. December 12- Documentary for 60th Anniversary of Duke of Edinburgh Award; Video
  111. December 14- Special Cub Scout Pack Meeting for 100th Anniversary
  112. December 19- Volunteer Christmas Party
  113. December 20- Pre-Christmas Lunch
  114. December 25- Christmas Day Service