Send Headaches Packing with a new Essential Oil Blend

 

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Do you suffer from pounding headaches or migraines? While tylenol and other pain relievers can help, they can also be less than ideal for your body. Long-term use of pain killers is associated with kidney disease and bleeding in the digestive tract along with an increase in heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure.

Essential oils can provide a safe, natural and therapeutic way to find headache relief without causing your body any undue harm. This headache away blend is composed of lavender and spearmint essential oils. Lavender helps to regulate serotonin levels, which helps to minimize pain in the nervous system that can lead to a headache or migraine. Research backs up this fact, too. In a control group study for European Neurology, experts found that lavender essential oil effectively diminished the headaches and migraines of a control group of 192 people.

Spearmint is also a stand-out headache fighter, with high levels of menthol content that work to alleviate fatigue, headaches, migraines, and even digestive problems.

How Do I Use Headache-Away?

Simply take 2-3 drops of the essential oil blend and massage it into your wrists, shoulders, forehead, and the back of your neck.  You can also diffuse the oil in your home, or add 10 drops to a warm-water bath.

Where Can I Get Headache Away?

This essential oil blend is now available on our web site here.  We hope you enjoy it!

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New Hand-Carved Ebony Artwork Just in Time for Christmas!

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Are you looking for a stunning piece of hand-crafted artwork as a Christmas gift? We’ve just gotten a huge shipment of intricately crafted ebony art pieces anyone will love. But before we get to the items themselves, what makes ebony so special?

The Quality of Ebony

Ebony is a dense, black hardwood that has a smooth, lustrous finish. The ebony used for these carvings is from Tanzania. This wood is considered a luxury wood, and was often found in ancient Egyptian tombs because of its elegance and association with royalty. The black keys of pianos are often made from ebony wood as well. The wood is the hardest, most durable wood there is, which has made it a hot commodity for crafters of high-quality furniture and artwork.

Is This Ebony Endangered?

We care about preserving the hardwood trees in Africa that are endangered at this time. From what we can tell, Tanzanian ebony is not endangered, but ebony from Madagascar is. For this reason we are not importing any ebony from Madagascar.

The 5 New Ebony Wood-Carvings

The Ebony Drummer
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This drummer stands 8″ tall and is a great gift for any music lovers in your life! Find out more here.

Ebony Faces Plaque

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This faces plaque captures the beauty of the African people. It is 16″ tall and 5″ wide. Find out more here.

Ebony Woman and Baby

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This statue is perfect for any mother you know and captures the beauty of the maternal relationship. It stands 11″ tall. Find out more here.

Abstract Ebony People Statue

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These abstract statues are elegant and incredibly fluid in their design and luster. They stand 8-9″ tall. Find out more here.

Abstract Ebony Family Tree Carving

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Celebrate the unity of family and the intricacy of African artwork with this 11″ tall statue. Find out more here.

Do you want to see more pieces like this? Check out our ebony artwork section here.

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Discover the History of the Maasai Sword

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We’re so excited to present this African Maasai sword from Kenya. Swords like these are referred to as “Semes” by the Maasai people. They are the constant side arm of the Maasai warrior. The sword is light and short, with a double-edged, leaf-shaped spatula blade made from steel. The sheath is made from real leather dyed red. Red is an important color among the Maasai warriors, because it symbolizes blood and bravery. The color is often worn by Maasai warriors as they believe it will protect them against wild animals.

Historically, the Maasai people would give these swords as a rite of passage from boyhood to the status of junior warrior. This usually happens between the ages of 15 to 21. Upon their graduation, each warrior receives a sword like this, which they will retain throughout adulthood. The Maasai people use this blade for everything from clearing bush to butchering cattle or peeling fruit! They also us these swords for self-defense.

Each of these swords is approximately 20″ long. It can be difficult initially to pull the sword from the sheath, but over time it should become easier.

Want Your Own Maasai Sword?

We just added these to our weapon collection! You can get your own by Clicking Here.

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The History and Meaning of the Zulu Shield

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We’re thrilled and excited to add the historic Zulu shields to our collection of African weaponry this season! What makes these shields so special? They have been a part of African history for centuries and were used by Zulu tribesmen in battle. Now the shields are used for traditional ceremonies including weddings and funerals. They are also a source of income for many Zulu people. It is always exciting to find such a unique and authentic piece of African history and bring it to our customers.

Symbolically, the Zulu shield has long been believed to provide protection as well as provide medicinal or magic powers. Before battle, shields were sprinkled with herbs to give protective power to the shield and ensure the warrior came to no harm.

Zulu shields are crafted from goatskin or cowhide (the Zulu shields we carry are made from goatskin) sewn onto a wooden frame. There are five types of shields used for different occasions:

1 – Isihlangu – This is the largest shield, measuring 5 ft. tall! It is a battle shield and was used by King Shaka Zulu himself.
2 – Umbumbuluzo – This small battle shield could easily be used while running or attacking.
3 – Ihubelo – This small shield is used for courting and is dyed red.
4 – Igqoka – This is a small dancing shield that is used during traditional ceremonies.
5 – Ihawu – This is a basic warrior shield that is very hard to find these days.

White Zulu shields are normally kept by Zulu chiefs or a high-ranking Zulu warrior. Black and white or black are easier to find and are for the traditional warriors.

Where Can I Find Zulu Shields?

You can choose from a variety of Zulu shields in white, brown, or black on our web site here. You can also find them in various African festivals or Black History Month festivals occasionally.

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Discover the Unique Artistry of Soapstone

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Soapstone is a unique and beautiful metamorphic rock found in Kenya. It is mined in the Tabaka Hills, where it is known for being soft and easy to carve. It is sometimes referred to as Kisii stone.

The Abagusii people of the Kisii district in Kenya originally used soapstone to carry pots. For many Abagusii families, soapstone carvings are the primary source of income. They sell their handicrafts in malls, galleries, markets, and shops. Read more

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The winner of the Dashiki Day Contest

Congratulations George and Heather

George and Heather Kwakuyi

Winners of the Dashiki Day photo contest

George and Heather have received a $50.00 gift certificate from Africa Imports for getting the most votes for their Dashiki photo.

Everyone else who is shown below is also getting a $10.00 gift certificate, so there are 31 winners!

Happy National Dashiki Day 2016

 




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Vote for the Dashiki Contest

Join the celebration

The contest is over. Thank you for your participation. A winner will be announced soon.

Vote for your favorite dashiki photo.
Click on the star to vote for that design. Only one vote per user.

Contest ended November 1. Winner will be announced the next week. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate from Africa Imports.

Click on any image below to see the dashiki. Vote for your favorite.

View our line of dashikis here.

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How Tree Oil Can Fight Tooth Decay, Gum Disease, and Cavities!

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Tea Tree Oil is one of the most versatile and beneficial of all the essential oils, and it has recently come into the spotlight for its powerful healing effects on acne, fungal infections, dandruff, and even ear infections. But what about your dental health? Can tea tree oil do anything to protect your teeth or prevent decay and disease? Let’s take a look!

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The 5 Incredible Healing Powers of Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil

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Litsea Cubeba is one of the most unheard of essential oils, but it’s also one of the most effective, deliciously scented, and powerful! Because of its odd sounding name, people aren’t quick to identify with it and pass it over. However, Litsea Cubeba has one of the most incredible, fresh, citrusy scents of any essential oils AND it is excellent for improving your health and wellness. Read more

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5 Mudcloth Craft Projects You Can Make Over a Weekend!

Are you an avid do-it-yourselfer who likes to sew or craft in some way? Then mudcloth is for you! This unique African fabric is hand-crafted and makes a showstopping addition to your home décor. We’ve been on the lookout for DIY mudcloth projects, and this post will show you some incredible ways you can display mudcloth in your home or create a gift someone will love!

Idea #1 – Comfy Mudcloth Floor Cushions
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Want a stunning and super comfy floor cushion to relax on in your home? Check out these step-by-step instructions on how to create one yourself!

Idea #2 – Mudcloth Upholstered Bench
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Want to really bring the style and feel of West Africa to your home? Make your own upholstered mudcloth bench! Find instructions here

Idea #3 – Mudcloth Throw Cushions
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Adorn your couch with the striking and minimalistic charm of mudcloth! See instructions here

Idea #4 – Mudcloth-Inspired Fabric Tote Bag
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This tote bag doesn’t actually use real mudcloth, but if you’re in the mood for something easy and mudcloth-inspired then this tote might be just the thing! Find out how to make it here!

Idea #5 – Giant DIY Mudcloth Inspired Planter
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Want to decorate outside your home? Check out these striking and super easy mudcloth planters!

Where Can I Find Mudcloth?

Here at Africa Imports we sell mudcloth in a variety of sizes and colors. Find exactly the kind you want here!

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