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Read my latest article on the importance of self-care for social justice activists: https://www.amaliah.com/post/53790/self-care-in-activism-self-care-in-islam-self-care-for-women-of-colour...

For the past few months I have been attending classes with Hakim Shahid Bukhari, a naturopath, herbalist and iridoligist based in Manchester, to study the theory of Unani tibb. What is Unani medicine? Unani tibb is one of the three major traditional medicines (others being TCM and...

When looking into the mirror, the first thing many of us do is focus on our flaws and point out what needs fixing. It is incredibly difficult for me to look at my reflection and be pleased with what I see because I am always...

Not all hair care tips work for everyone. This is aimed towards those with straight, South Asian locks who adorn the hijab. It is easy to neglect hair care when it is covered for large chunks of the day, and one of the biggest problems...

Much of the anxieties and insecurities we experience in our adult lives are rooted in unresolved woes from childhood - and that is where the heart-work begins. With whatever challenges we may be facing right now, we can ask ourselves a few key questions to...

A few weeks ago I was sitting at my desk at home, elbows on the table. Whilst writing up an essay,  I slumped my chin on the palm of my hand. I then felt my pulse so intensely under my chin - now, this is...

There are certain words and syllables that are pleasing to enunciate, such as cultivate, Ar-Raḥmān and efflorescence. There are also words that just pair together so deliciously and for me right now, those are sage water and cactus honey - such beautifully harmonic words that...

Having the money and means to travel thousands of miles comfortably is an extraordinary luxury, so it's only natural that I pull out my journal on this trip to Chefchaouen to write a short list of the things I am grateful for - a self-care/gratitude...

It has become incredibly easy in this instagram-selfie-social-media culture to compare yourself to other people. A millisecond of someone’s life, in a quadrilateral frame can make you feel incredibly unworthy, and silencing the self-deprecating thoughts is a challenge in itself. My thoughts were along the...