How Boshemia Was Born
How Boshemia Was Born
Good health and natural beauty were concepts we recall from our earliest memories. Our mother being a West Indian from Barbados was brought up in a culture of fresh food, simply but tastily prepared and always very close to the source. Fish for example, fresh of the boats and just pulled from the water, fruit plucked off the nearby trees, salad and herbs fresh from the garden. Our grandmother always had some type of home remedy, special tea or cure she used to heal what ailed us. Our mother's close friend also a Bajan used to cook up his homemade cough syrup of various citrus fruits, garlic and onion boiled, strained, the juices reduced and a little honey added to make it easier to drink, it worked every time.
Growing up as children my sister and I only ate whole foods and drank whole juices or the quick, lemon, lime or orange-aides my grandmother would whip up with juice, water, a little sugar and lots of ice. Us kids would beg for kool-aid, soda, sugary cereals and McDonald's like our friends were allowed to have, oh how badly we wanted McDonald's! My mother always called that stuff garbage and said those things "had little to no nutritional value". I didn't appreciate being the kid with the rough cracked wheat bread sandwiches in my lunch bag or the brownish unfiltered apple juice in the fridge. I would cringe anytime I saw my mother highlighting her old dog eared copy of Back to Eden because we new a new health food would be added to our pantry or grocery list.
We used dandelion teas for cleansing and detoxing, gripe water for our colicky babies, fresh coconut water for stomach viruses and intestinal discomfort, mint teas for upset stomach, chamomile tea or a glass of milk with a few shakes of Angostora bitters and a "tip" of sugar (as grandma would say) before bed and the ginger tea my mother prescribed for everything else were things we hated almost as much as the Saturday doses of castor or cod liver oil we had to line up and receive. As teens and adults we learned to enjoy them all, even the ginger teas. We fell in love with the idea of cures, medicines and remedies being found in plants, herbs and seeds. I started to collect books on herbal cures and remedies. I saved articles on medicine you can make at home when I discovered them in magazines.
Natural health and beauty as a lifestyle
Our mother had a natural health and beauty regime that she stuck pretty close to. Weekends were spent getting hot oil treaments with coconut and castor oils or a Queen Helene cholesterol protein pack and sitting under the heating cap. For special occasions she rolled out an old hair drier that was probably was old as we were, pushed a chair under it and sat patiently while her roller wet set dried. Every few years we would come home to find my mother in the bath room chopping off all of her relaxed hair. She needed to start over and wanted to feel her own hair texture and she cared for her short natural as lovingly as she did her shoulder length relaxed tresses. I adopted this same habit as I have gone short and natural every few years myself until I got locs. As we got older, we began to be more conscious of the items we purchased to go on or in our bodies. We chose items we were taught and we believed were good for our health like crystal deodorants, castille soaps, silky oils and rich butters. We used my Bajan grandfather's recipie of sea salt, baking soda and mint oil instead of toothpaste and we made good use of the large bottles of coconut oil my mother would bring from Barbabdos for us girls. These would be used for hot oil treatments, body moisturizing and more. We steamed our face over a basin of hot water sprinkled with the same teas used for colon cleansing to detoxify the skin and we used a clay masque before going out like our mother did for a radiant glow.
I began to prepare foods more simply, to choose foods closer to the source and I joined a famers co-op to get good prices on natural and organic food. I truly believe that these choices have had a positive affect on how I look and feel. I get the most compliments on my skin and my fast growing hair that I loced a few years ago and has almost doubled in length in that time. I am constantly being asked what I use or for a suggestion for a product to use. While I am no expert I do share what I know and what resources are available to learn more. As I proudly look around my home I still see those choices in the products I use every single day. I am not perfect however, I have a lot of items I haven't found a replacement for. Many items I never even tried to replace and I am still clinging to some harsh cleaning products that make me "feel" like my home is clean but aggravate my asthma and likely pollute my home and environment. Those are next to go.
I wanted to share my passion for health, beauty and wellness and my love for thr islands with the world and create easier access to the best geen products by offering them online. I enlisted the help of my sister Cynthia a creative soul and design genius. Her design skills and never ending creative energy helped my vision come to life with the creation of my distinctive logo and Boshemia was born!
We created Boshemia for women like us (although unisex and can be used by anyone) who want a heather, more beautiful life, naturally. We created Boshemia for women who want to swap some of their everyday items for a more natural product and for all of us to have alternatives to the items marketed to us that are more harmful than healthy. We wanted us all to be able to find the products that make us feel healthier and more beautiful without the huge focus on changing, loosing weight, gaining weight, wearing more make up, looking younger, preventing wrinkles and laugh lines and such. When first I starting out swapping my usual products for greener ones, it wasn't easy. I struggled to find all I needed in one place. I was running to different drug, health food and department stores looking for my favorite green products. I wanted Boshemia to be a one stop shop where you can order what you need in one place and have your health and beauty items shipped to you, saving you time and money. Boshemia answers that struggle for me and I hope for you as well.