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Urban Herbs: Red Raspberry

Now this herb here, I want all my sisters to remember.

Red Raspberry is one of my favorite herbs! It is one of the most talked about and proven herbs to be great for young women, especially during pregnancy. This is an herb I always make sure to introduce to my sisters. It’s high nutrient profile helps reduce pain and ease childbirth, and it has properties that help strengthen the uterine walls. I recommend this herb to help to relieve painful menstruation and help with some of the symptoms after pregnancy. I have been taking red raspberry since my 20’s and can attest to it being essential during my pregnancies. For me it curved my nausea, I didn’t have any morning sickness when I was supplementing this herb into my diet. It also helped increase my iron levels and maintain them at a good level.

Something I always tell my sisters to notice on herbal walks is how red the red raspberry vine is. The red vine reminds me of a vein in the body, reminding me that it’s rich in iron. This was really important because many women suffer from low iron levels during pregnancy and have anemia. I see this herb all the time in overgrown areas of brush or throughout the Wissahickon Valley Park. Have you ever spotted red raspberry before? Let me know in the comments!

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Each One Teach One, Earth Day Edition

Earth day was amazing!! It made me so happy to see everyone who participated and got involved for Earth day. Thanks again to everyone who shared and participated in our Earth Week challenge.

For Earth day I wanted to give back to the Earth in the same ways it has endlessly provided for me. The Earth gives me spiritual grounding, herbs, and an ethereal connection to my ancestors and inner self. I am a firm believer that we cannot continue to take from the Earth without asking, and giving back to her. So to celebrate Mother Earth I went to my parent’s house to help plant vegetables in their garden. My father is 83 years old. He has had a garden in his backyard since 1973 and he still maintains it to this day. My daughter, her friend Barbara, and I learned a bit about how to garden from my parents, and about the importance of farming. My father was raised in the south on a farm where he learned to garden at the age of 7. He told us that when he was young, everyone around him had land and grew produce. This was because they understand the benefits it held for the Earth and their bodies. When we take care of Mother Earth she takes care of us back. So this is just a small token of my appreciation to our Mother Earth. How did you give back to the planet for earth day? Share in the comments, I can’t wait to hear about about what you did for the day!


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It’s EARTH DAY! Here are 10 activities you can do at home

Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Today is a time to reflect back and realize how much the Earth has changed. I once spoke to a Southern elder who was born in 1937. He said “if the teacher came into a classroom of 100 students asked everyone who had a farm or garden to raise their hand, almost every hand would go up. If we fast forward today and asked a classroom of 100 children if they or someone in their family tolls the land, how many hands do you think would go up? A lot of the things we eat today does not come from the ground and requires a lot of resources like water, land (think deforestation here), and increases carbon emissions. The plant based diet that our ancestors and elders used to hold respected, honored, and gave back to the planet. If you’re wondering how to give back to the planet this Earth Day here are 10 activities you can do at home!

*P.S. Whoever completes the most Earth week activities, will win a free ABC herbal coloring book and $25 gift card! So be sure to send us your creations!*

1. Make your own compost in a bottle

2. Make a Fairy House

My daughter told me about this activity that she learned from the kids of her old high school and the after school program where she works now. If you have a wooded backyard or a park you can visit kids love this creative and interactive activity!

3. Upcycle toilet paper & paper towel rolls

4. Make a reusable grocery bag or mask

Here’s how you make a mask out of a sock!

5. Turn an Old Can into a holder

6. Make some Nature Art

My daughter and I did a 1 minute challenge where we had to make some type of picture using only the things around us in nature. Give it a try and see what you and your kids can create!

7. Make a bird feeder

8. Make Cereal Box instruments

9. Grow some seeds

10. Go on a nature scavenger hunt

For those of you who are able to get outdoors for some daily exercise. Take your kids on a nature scavenger hunt and see how many items they can find! Or bring your reusable bags and let them collect nature items to make fun art of fairy houses with later.

here’s a scavenger hunt you can turn into a game of bingo!

Overall just have fun with whatever activity you choose and be proud of yourself for recognizing our awesome and gorgeous planet today!


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Urban Herbs: Dandelion

Blow and make a wish! No no we’re not talking about birthday candles. Today’s Urban Herb is Dandelion! Maybe you remember picking up these fluffy looking flowers out of the ground as a kid and blowing the seeds everywhere.

Identifying a yellow and green plant growing out the sidewalk as a dandelion weed to most people is forward thinking. The parallel thinker after an herbal walk or workshop will be able to tell you medicinal benefits, cultural stories of the dandelion’s origin, or even things to make with dandelion, etc., the possibilities go on, but most importantly you won’t see just a weed anymore. I shared how Dandelions are symbolic to African American’s resilience. Some see a weed but I see a pretty yellow flower growing through cracks in the concrete. The conversation transforms into how we rise through the crack crisis, slavery, land stolen from family, Jim Crow and folklore stories passed down. Dandelion has taught me about acceptance and resiliency. I will often tell my audience when I am faced with the question of why I must preserve our culture and fight racial injustice, I think of the Dandelion. The weed people spend millions to kill but continues to grow and thrive despite the hardships. This is how I see myself embedded in my community and spreading knowledge, like a dandelion blanket covering fields by the acre.

Dandelion is more than just a weed, it has medicinal uses too. Dandelion is another blood purifying herb, meaning it’s great for the liver. It’s a valuable survival food that contains all the nutritive salts that the body needs to purify the blood. It promotes healthy circulation, and strengthens weak arteries. The broken stem can be applied to warts as well. As a blood purifier this herb can be used for:

  • Anemia
  • Diabetes
  • Warts
  • Liver problems
  • Constipation
  • and a natural source of protein


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Urban Herbs: Burdock

This Earth Week we’re launching a new segment called “Urban Herbs”! Follow me as I take a walk through my neighborhood and identify common plants and tell you a bit about their healing properties.

The first herb we’re featuring is Burdock. Now I’m sure you’ve seen this leafy plant growing between concrete on the sidewalk or along the side of the road. That’s because Burdock roots can grow almost anywhere, and up to 3ft feet straight into the ground. Burdock is a bi-annual plant and some herbalists believe the root from the first year is richer in nutrients and healing power than the second year plant. Burdock is an amazing blood purifier, which basically means it’s great for the liver and kidneys to help remove toxins from the body. People have used the leaves, root, and seed to make teas, tinctures, ointments and decoctions.

Fun fact: it took my daughter and I almost 20 mins to dig up that little root from a baby burdock! (pictured above)

Here are 5 Healing benefits of Burdock:

1. Skin

In the past Burdock was used to treat all types of skin eruptions on the head, face, and neck. It’s great for clearing up skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

2. Anti-inflammatory

The anti-inflammatory properties of Burdock is helpful for reducing inflammatory skin conditions like boils, gaut, and sciatica.

3.Kidneys

Burdock can also be used as a diuretic, helping the kidneys filter out unwanted waste and toxins from the body. They assist in reducing irritation in the urinary tract and increase renal activity.

4. Gland Problems

Chronic glandular enlargement is another ailment Burdock can be used to treat. These are commonly problems associated with the lymph-nodes, hormones and metabolism.

5. Muscles

The seeds of Burdock help relieve muscular and articular rheumatism. It helps reduce swelling in joints and was commonly used as a treatment for sciatica other issues of the musculoskeletal issues.

Next time you’re outside walking through your neighborhood take a look around and see if you can spot Burdock!


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Earth Week 2020!

Greetings everyone! I apologize for the lack of posting, but I’ve been really occupied planning workshops and serving my community. I can’t wait to share with you all the new and exciting things PJPP has recently accomplished.

But first I want to talk to YOU about Earth Week. This Wednesday April 22nd 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but as an herbalist and outdoors enthusiast my youngest daughter and I will be celebrating this holiday all week. With all of the stress and uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic we are hoping to give families a fun outlet to appreciate the Earth in their own neighborhoods. So throughout the week we’ll be posting different activities and lessons that the whole family can benefit from. It’s really important that children maintain some form of a schedule and structure while we’re not physically in school and these hands on activities are perfect solution for just that. For my moms under the age of 9 this hands on learning piece is really important! We’ll include segments about “Urban Herbs” where I will go through a walk around the neighborhood and identify various herbs you’ve probably seen. We’ll feature simple experiments to foster your kid’s curiosity for science, and show you some fun crafts from recycled materials.

These activities are meant to be uplifting for you and your families and can be done indoors or outdoors. While it is quarantine, the CDC still recommends everyone get 30 minutes of daily exercise, and a walk through the neighborhood doing these activities could fill that gap.

Comment and let me know how you’ve been holding up this quarantine, any special earth week requests, or just to say hi 🙂

Peace, love and light

Stay active this summer

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The school year has come to an end. Please do not allow your mind to sit idle. It is important to enroll in an enrichment program, seek employment, or volunteer work related to your future career.Recently I had a loved one hospitalized for several days. I noticed many of the doctors in the ER were between the ages of their late twenties and early thirties. There were also medical students working in the ER. I conducted a mini survey with at least 20 Doctors and medical students. Everyone I came across, were all (at one point in time) enrolled in a summer enrichment program (shadowing family members, internships, volunteering, etc.) This summer allow your brain to remain active, by becoming involved with an enrichment program or anything to help you progress for the future.In closing Precious Jewels Prevention Program will have a Health Career Exploratory Camp.

Email us for further information at pjpp518@aol.com.

Enjoy your summer, remain active and safe.

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Importance of Sister Cirlces

It is important to have a Sister Circle in your community. People wonder why many of the youth are misguided or lost, but lack to do anything to change it. With some guidance, young people can have a chance to thrive in all areas of life. We are offering solutions, and PJPP can provide Sister Circles for your religious organizations, recreation centers, camps, etc. There are PJPP handbooks you can purchase, which is helpful for our sister circles. Nevertheless, if you decide to do your own program please do something to support our young girls/youth. When I was about 8 or 9 years old we learned how to cook a dinner, wallow in the beauty of nature, and stay physically fit with yoga. I use these tools today as major assets to my life. I appreciate the benefits I received by attending Sister Circles, and the foundation that keeps me grounded. 

If you are in a position to give back to a little sister, please do. You can start in your family, mosque, community, etc.


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Judge not your sister

In today’s society,I have noticed unnecessary conflicts amongst the younger generations. I have had the issue of “Passing judgment” of others brought to my attention. It is never appropriate to judge a person before you know them, in order for you or others to determine your level of admiration for this individual. We sometimes judge certain people, because they do not cohearse with our personal standards or beliefs. No one deserves to be an outcast, due to the ignorance of their peers. Before we judge people we should question ourselves, Why do we not approve of this individual? How does the situation look from their point of view? What is your level of authority/superiority to pass judgement? How would YOU feel if put in that position? How does judging this person make you any better? and How can you see this individual in a different perspective? Maybe with these questions in mind you can become focused on  improving yourself as an individual, which takes the focus off of other peoples distracting flaws.


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I AM BECAUSE WE ARE

Sister Circles were not created by Precious Jewels Prevention Program. Africans always had intimate circles and Rites of Passages for our young sisters. Our young sisters are often influenced by this Western culture, and very little influenced by our African culture. Many of our traditional values are forgotten ignored, and have lost its meaning altogether. Braiding and cornrowing our hair is a tradition that dates back over thousand of years. I have traveled to numerous places and observed some of the most beautiful and intricate hairstyles. This is a gift that is in our DNA.An elder once told me that basket weavers and healers were usually braiders. Different herbs,seeds and potions were hidden in the cornrows during the middle Passages (African Holocaust). I  used the hairstyle tradition as an example because many of us are gifted with this tradition.We have many ancient gifts other than braiding,singing and dancing,that runs in our  DNA and genetic code. Many of us have been called to become healers,midwives and the list continues,do not allow this calling to sit dormant in your soul. It is important that we sit at the feet of our elders, learn well from them, and then go onto teach others. I am one with my grandmother as my mother is one with my grandmother and I am one with my mother.The cycle continues through me and my daughters. This cycle applies to my father’s family as well. I challenge you, my young sisters, to embrace our traditions. Acting and mimicking Hollyweird(Hollywood)creates confusion and causes chaos in our lives. We are one in this full circle helping and healing our families.