Over a Half Million $ Donated!

Thank You for Your Support

October 2014 marked a very exciting milestone here at Africa Imports. From your purchases, over $500,000 has been sent to the kids in Africa to buy meals, give medical care, and schooling. Together we have helped to accomplish a lot!
Thank you for helping hundreds and hundreds of kids who live in very hard situations..


We appreciate you!

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Should You Be Afraid of Ebola?

The world has been shaken by the ebola epidemic facing Africa. More than 4,400 people have died of the disease, and new cases are appearing every day. There has also been some panic in the U.S. Will ebola reach us? Will ebola become airborne? Should we stop all flights coming from Africa to the U.S.? Some customers are even concerned about their own safety in using products that have come from Africa. What can be done to help and what precautions should we take? Are you at risk?

Although there has been much speculation and panic, the CDC states that ebola is NOT an airborne disease.

“Unlike respiratory illnesses like measles or chickenpox, which can be transmitted by virus particles that remain suspended in the air after an infected person coughs or sneezes, Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with body fluids of a person who has symptoms of Ebola disease. Although coughing and sneezing are not common symptoms of Ebola, if a symptomatic patient with Ebola coughs or sneezes on someone, and saliva or mucus come into contact with that person’s eyes, nose or mouth, these fluids may transmit the disease.”

Many men of science are speaking up about the widespread panic; Dr. Jeremy Samuel Faust of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, made the cool-headed observation on Slate.com that we are diverting all our medical muscle and attention to a disease that has almost no chance of getting even a modest foothold in this country — on the eve of flu season, which infects tens of thousands every winter and has killed between 3,000 and 50,000 people every year since 1976.

Many news articles are suggesting that Americans are reacting to the panic – not the disease. Yet we still want to be careful.

5 Tips to Protecting Yourself From Ebola Virus:

1 – Wash Your Hands.

2 – Avoid contact with blood and bodily fluids of others.

3 – Do not come into contact with any items that may have been handled by someone who died from Ebola. This includes bedding, needles, and medical equipment.

4 – Avoid contact with bats and other primates or blood, fluids and raw meat of these animals.

5 – Avoid hospitals in West Africa where Ebola patients are being treated.

For our customers, the question arises, how safe is it to use products that have been imported from Africa? Only a very small portion of our products are imported from the African countries affected by Ebola, and those products were imported long before the outbreak occurred. Alongside this fact, products imported from these countries are thoroughly inspected for cleanliness before they are put on our shelves. A product would have to have bodily fluids or blood on it to be a risk to someone else who uses it. The products we sell are unused and clean. Personal care products have been boiled and were imported long before the outbreak occurred. There are also still many African countries that have been unaffected by Ebola. Mali, The Ivory Coast and Ghana remain unaffected, and that is where a large portion of our items are imported from.

Dr. Peter Hotez states: “Patients cannot spread the virus to others until they themselves show symptoms,” Hotez said. “At the beginning of their illness they are not very contagious and cannot infect others through casual contact such as shaking hands or touching the skin. Also, unlike the cold or flu, Ebola is not airborne, which means it doesn’t linger in the air.” There is really no need for concern over items that have been imported from Africa by people who have never shown symptoms of having Ebola virus.

1.What are the chances that the Ebola virus will spread in the United States? Am I at risk?

Close to zero, according to medical experts.

“The quality of medical care and facilities in the USA and Africa are completely different,” said Thomas Geisbert, professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

The areas where the outbreak has spread are “some of the poorest places on the planet,” Geisbert said.

In Africa, medical professionals sometimes don’t have the proper protective gear and over-run facilities are having to turn away patients, he said.

What is the most important thing we can do about this ebola outbreak? Send our prayers and support to those in Africa suffering from this disease. Send our support to the institutions fighting the disease. Another thing we can do is not withhold our support to the artisans throughout Africa who are trying to support their families and make a livelihood. Use careful hygiene practices to keep yourself safe from any contagious disease. Don’t let yourself be drawn into a panic.

While Ebola is certainly a concern and has already claimed the lives of many in Africa, the likelihood of you waking up here with symptoms is extremely low, especially because the virus isn’t airborne.

What shouldn’t be overlooked is the fear factor involved with selling more magazines and clicks to get your attention. Huge headlines describing the spread of the deadly disease and constant updates on suspected cases probably does more harm than good.

Let us keep Africa in our prayers. We are blessed to be in a country with advanced medical care, while others don’t have that same privilege. Lend a helping hand through prayers, financial support to health organizations seeking a cure, and encouragement. Instead of trying to find more ways to isolate yourself from Africa, be a support to those there who need it. Be safe but don’t be overcome by unnecessary panic and fear. Remember the famous quote; “Worry is like a rocking chair; it keeps you busy, but gets you nowhere.”

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OCTOBER SPECIAL- 20%Off Desired Diva

Magnify your beauty naturally!

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Free Coffee Butter Cream

Free Coffee Butter Cream

    Place any $50 wholesale order and get a FREE jar of Desired Diva Coffee Butter Cream.

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    All-natural blend of shea butter, African coffee and grape seed oil.
    Don’t live another day with cellulite.
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    Limited time offer! Valid until Oct 10, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST
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Soothing Lavender Facial Mask

Soothing Lavender Facial Mask

Need an easy way to pamper yourself after a long day at work? Whip together this super easy lavender facial mask using three simple ingredients.
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Ingredients:
- 2 TBS plain yogurt (preferably Greek, but any will do) – For hydration
- 1 TSP of honey- To sooth skin and natural anti-bacterial
- 2-4 few drops of lavender essential For calming/relaxing affect

1. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients and mix until they have blended together.
2. Spread over your face and neck.
3. Leave on spin for about. 10 minutes.
4. Rinse with warm water.

Not only does this homemade mask allow you to treat yourself without spending a lot of money, you also have no fear of extra chemicals and preservatives found in many commercial products.
Give it a shot!

Click here to get your Lavender Essential Oil!

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New catalogs are here.

2014 fall wholesale catalog 2014-09retailcatalogs-sm

Getting ready for the Fall and Winter!

Our NEW Wholesale Catalog is here and our wholesale customers should have received it by now. Not only that but we also have new retail catalogs for both personal care and Clothing available as well for purchase.

You will love this catalog! We have so much more products to sell in this 144 page catalog of totally new fashions, jewelry, artwork, and so much more! Stock up for the hottest time of the year for African products. Find the latest Fashions for the fall with warmer clothing. We are expanding our personal care section to give you more choices for your customers with very popular creams, butters, oils, soaps, and more.

Here we are introducing our new Desired Diva line of beauty products. It’s the hottest new ways to stay beautiful and youthful.

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There is more than just new items, many of our existing items have been marked down in price to give you more of a great thing.

But you don’t need to wait! You can get a digital copy right now on your computer! Here’s how:

To view the catalog in a page-turning PDF viewer, click HERE.
To download different versions of this catalog, click HERE.

To start shopping all the latest arrivals, click HERE!

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Why the Dead Sea Is a Modern-Day Fountain of Youth

The dead sea

The dead sea

When it comes to skin care, a name like the dead sea doesn’t sound promising, however the dead sea is the closest humanity has gotten to a ‘fountain of youth’. The dead sea boasts over 26 essential minerals that do not exist in any other sea or ocean in the world. These minerals provide intense healing and repair for your skin. The high magnesium content not only slows the aging process, but helps to combat stress and reduce fluid retention. The calcium in dead sea minerals is effective at increasing circulation and strengthening bones and nails. The sulfur in dead sea minerals helps soften and smooth the skin. Sodium on the other hand heals the dryness of the skin. Lithium and Strontium treats skin problems and Manganese helps to form a healthy and glowing skin layer.

You can experience the benefits of dead sea minerals in a condensed form through the dead sea salts. You can also find dead sea soap enriched with minerals, or dead sea lotions.

Dead Sea and Shea Butter Lotion

Dead Sea and Shea Butter Lotion


The lotion above has beneficial dead sea minerals, along with shea butter. It is a fair-trade item. To find out more about it Click Here.

Dead sea salts

Dead sea salts


You can get dead sea salts sold in 1 lb, 10 lb, or 50 lb. sizes. Click here to find out more.

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10 Surprising Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit Essential Oil - Bursting with Health Benefits

Grapefruit Essential Oil – Bursting with Health Benefits

Grapefruit essential oil is often one of the lesser known oils, people have been using lavender or eucalyptus for much longer. However, this powerful oil is surprisingly diverse in its benefits. It not only smells incredible; just like a freshly picked grapefruit, but it is incredibly healing.

Grapefruit oil is a natural:
- Anti-depressant
- Antiseptic
- Disinfectant
- Diuretic
- Stimulant
- Tonic
- Antioxidant

What are the benefits of grapefruit essential oil?

Fights Cellulite: Mix 1-2 drops with coconut oil and massage into the body in a kneading pattern every evening.

Digestion: Stimulate the digestive system by adding a drop to water, or massaging over the abdomen.

Fatigue: Increase your energy levels naturally by diffusing the oil or applying a drop over your chest.

Hangover: Diffuse this oil or inhale from the bottle directly. It has a surprising effect on a hangover.

Jet Lag: Use grapefruit while traveling to help elevate your energy levels. Inhale it directly from the bottle.

Kidney Support: Help the urinary system by massaging the oil over your lower abdomen and back and adding to your water or smoothies.

Mental Stress: Diffuse throughout the room or rub through your hair to uplift the mind and create clarity and confidence. You can also use topically in lotion, a bath, or over your heart center or solar plexus.

Migraine Headaches: Relive migraines, especially migraines that come about from stress, try applying this oil topically or using in an oil burner.

Weight-Loss: Exposure to grapefruit essential oil has been shown to decrease the appetite and help you lose weight. Use it aromatically throughout the day, especially during times of stress, and add several drops to each glass of water (this not only acts as a supplement, it flavors your water making you more likely to drink enough during the day).

PMS: Add to a bath, place on the shirt collar or wrist as a perfume, or massage over the lower abdomen, as well as the soles of the feet to balance hormones.

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit Essential Oil


Find out more about grapefruit essential oil, or get your own here.

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Getting Ready For Busy Season!

As a business owner there is no other time of the year as exciting (and as stressful) as your “busy season”. The potential growth and profit this season brings is great, but it also has the ability to either make or break a business. And this can be very nerve wrecking. Still a lot of stress can be reduced if you know how you prepare. Here are a few simple tips to help you have a less stressful, more successful busy season. (You should start getting ready at least 4-5 months in advance)
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1. Stock Up- Few things are more depressing than running out of your most popular items during the busiest time of the year. Examine your inventory carefully. Consider last year’s demand, as well as any hot new item from this year. Make sure you have plenty of your top sellers on hand. Also be sure to bring in a good selection of “impulse buy” items, as these can make a considerable difference in your profit margin.

2. Organize- Messiness leads to confusion. Confusion leads to mistakes. Mistakes leads to unhappy customers. Take time to make sure all of your items are presented and stored in an organized fashion. Also, have your work area set up so that the most popular items are the easiest to get to.

3. Announcements- About a month before your busy season, begin marketing. This time of the year is the perfect time to introduce new products/services, promotions, company news, etc. Send your announcements out early enough (via email, blogs, social media, etc) so that your customers can have something to look forward to. Get your customers as excited for the season as you are!

4. R&R – After all of your hard work and preparation is complete, sit back, take a deep breath and relax. This can seem difficult (as excitement and anxiety start to increase), but it is very important. As we all know, it is extremely hard to deal with hectic days with little to no rest. The best way to eliminate extra stress is to be well rested when your busy season begins. Your have prepared well. Get ready to have a great busy season!

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Basil Essential Oil – A First Aid Kit in Each Drop

Basil

If you’re new to essential oils, or have been experimenting with them for some time, there’s one essential oil that should be at the top of your must-have list. Basil essential oil has numerous health benefits packed into each drop, and you can easily experience them by using the oil in your cooking, in your skin care regimen, or in an oil burner.

Basil essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the basil plant. The leaves contain the most medicinal properties of the plant, and have been used since ancient times for healing.

Health Benefits of Basil Essential Oil:

Ease Muscle Tension: Basil essential oil is a natural muscle relaxant. It is a great way to ease sore, tired, over-stressed muscles.

Improve Digestion: Basil essential oil is an incredible digestive tonic. Since basil oil has carminative properties, it is used for treating indigestion, constipation, stomach cramps and flatulence. It provides immediate relief from the gas in your stomach and intestines. It also has colic qualities and is therefore used to alleviate bowel pain.

Improve Skin and Hair Health: Basil essential oil can be massaged into your skin or hair for radiance and healing. It enhances the luster of dull-looking skin and hair. As a result, it is extensively used in many skin care supplements that claim to improve the tone of your skin. It is also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and is commonly used to treat the symptoms of acne and other skin infections.

Treat Ear or Skin Infections: Basil essential oil’s natural antibacterial properties have been known to rapidly heal and relieve an ear infection. The journal of infectious diseases had this to say about basil essential oil: “The vapours that are released by essential oils, such as oil of basil, have been shown to have rapid bacteria-killing effects…the vapours from essential oils may be able to diffuse through the eardrum and destroy the microbes present.” Basil oil is good for treating a variety of infections such as cuts, wounds, skin infections, and bladder infections due to its antibacterial properties. It is also good for viral infections that attack the body and can enter the body through other wounds.

Treat Illness: Basil essential oil is effective in providing relief from colds, influenza and associated fevers. Due to its antispasmodic nature, it is frequently used to treat symptoms of whooping cough.

Heal Respiratory Infections: Along with its function in relieving coughs, it can also be used to treat asthma, bronchitis, and sinus infections. Basil oil is a natural expectorant, which makes it excellent at clearing mucus from the respiratory system.

A Natural Way To Pain Relief: Basil essential oil is an analgesic and provides relief from pain. That is why this essential oil is often used in the treatment of arthritis, wounds, injuries, burns, bruises, scars, sports injuries, surgical recovery, sprains, and headaches.

Reduce Vomiting and Nausea: Basil oil is anti-emetic, which means it will reduce nausea and and vomiting. It is especially effective for those who suffer from motion sickness.

Relieve Stress Naturally: Basil essential oil has a refreshing effect when smelled or consumed, so it is used for treating nervous tension, mental fatigue, melancholy, migraines and depression. Basil essential oil is so calming it is widely used in aromatherapy. Regularly using this essential oil provides mental strength and clarity.

How To Use Basil Essential Oil:

Apply oil to tip of nose, on temples and on location of stings and bites. For mental fatigue, inhale first, and then apply to crown of head, forehead, heart and navel. May be added to food or milk as a dietary supplement. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children.

Discover the benefits of essential oil for yourself. Find out more or get your own Here.

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