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Make your own All Natural Flaxseed Hair gel/setting lotion. March 28, 2012

Filed under: Hair & Skin stuff — backpackready @ 2:20 am
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Supplies: Flaxseeds, Knee high stocking (or just cut the bottom off a pair you don’t need anymore), essential oils (optional), small pot, container to put your new gel in.

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp Flaxseeds         1 cup water

Prep work:  Cover the top of your container with the stocking. This is your strainer.

Instructions:

  • Boil 1 cup of water
  • When water comes to boil add flaxseed

  • Stir slowly and continuously for ~10 min.  It’s ready when most of the flax seeds start floating on the foam.
  • Pour the foamy mixture into your container through the stocking.

  • Remove stocking and with a large spoon or a gloved hand squeeze out more gel. Be careful…it’s hot.  
  • Add a few drops of essential oils (optional)
  • It should be a liquidy gel at this time (feels a little snotty). Keep in fridge.

 

  • I love it, I hope you do too!

**This should make a little less than ½ cup of gel.  Modify recipe as needed to make more but remember that it is ALL Natural and only good for up to 2 wks if kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator. **

General Flaxseed info

Flaxseed is good for you inside and out, so it’s something you should start keeping in your pantry anyway.  It is rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids (great for ♥, lowers cholesterol), Lignans (antioxidant properties), and Fiber. Also a source of Vitamin B 6, Vitamin E, Beta Carotene, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, and zinc.  I like to add a little to my yogurt, oatmeal, salad, and breakfast cereal.

Visit my sources for other health benefits of this wonder-food.

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=872540

http://content.karger.com/ProdukteDB/produkte.asp?Doi=321442

http://www.flaxhealth.com/howflaxhelps.htm

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-flaxseed

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African Black Soap=Awesome March 27, 2012

Filed under: Hair & Skin stuff — backpackready @ 5:54 am
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In my quest to find a soap that is ALL NATURAL, I ran across Black Soap aka Ose Dudu.  Awesome!!

What is it?

All natural African black soap is made from dried plantain skins, palm leaves, cocoa pod powder, and kernel oils. Plantains skins are largely what make this black soap so effective. It is a natural source of vitamins A & E and iron. It is not oily, and can be used for hands, face, body and hair.

Benefits

Black soap is used to treat psoriasis, eczema, acne, ringworm, dandruff, fine lines, wrinkles, etc.

Cost

Depends on how much you get.  I recommend starting with 4 oz, which should run ~$4-$5.  If you love it as much as I do, buy more.  I buy mine from Amazon or Ebay. 

How to weed out the imposters?

Look at the ingredients. If there are any dyes or fragrances it’s not the real thing. If it’s “pretty”, it’s not the real thing.  Real black soap is soft brown and claylike.

My Personal Experience

Although the appearance threw me for a loop, it smelled fresh and lathered very nicely.  My skin felt noticeably softer after one use.  I am a faithful Proactiv follower and nervously replaced it with black soap. No breakouts! My face feels and looks smooth and my pores appear smaller.  What I did notice is that like Proactiv, due to its deep cleansing properties,  it dried my face out after using it a few days. This was quickly remedied by moisturizing my skin after each use.  If you don’t have sensitive skin, it may not even be an issue for you.  

I also use it as a natural alternative to store-bought shampoo.  My scalp felt very clean and my hair was soft and more manageable. Of course this is followed by my hot oil treatment (see link).

This soap is soft and easily dissolves so it does NOT need to be left in the shower uncovered.  I usually cut off a quarter, and keep the rest in a zip lock bag in the cabinet. The soap I am actively using is kept in a soap container in the shower. Also, be sure to look for any rough edges before using it and smooth them out with water.  

Good sites for additional info:

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art26846.asp

http://www.treehugger.com/style/what-is-black-soap.html

http://www.sheabutterr.com/nasabbnew/blacksoap.htm

 

 

Hot Oil Treatment

Filed under: Hair & Skin stuff — backpackready @ 3:55 am
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Hot oil treatments are WONDERFUL for your hair.  Seals in moisture, protects ends, repairs….

Leave in conditioners can be great too.  So….I’ve started doing a leave in hot oil treatment.  The trick is that you need to use lighter oils if you plan to leave it in, unless you don’t mind greasy spots on your pillow. 

My regimen for leave in hot oil treatments

What you need:  Oil, Plastic Shower cap (or improvise with a plastic bag or saran wrap), bowl, wide tooth comb, heat cap (optional)

Good oils to use separately or mixed together:   Grapeseed oil (really light),  almond oil (light), olive oil (had it in the cabinet).  Feel free to add essential oils to the mix (Warning: Never apply essential oils undiluted to skin).  I usually add Rosemary oil for the growth stimulating qualities.

Instructions

  1. Wash your hair (you already knew that)
  2. Dab hair gently with towel.
  3. Mix oils together in small bowl, heat in microwave for 1 min. Check to make sure it’s not TOO Hot.  
  4. Saturate hair with hot oils, massage into scalp, place on ends especially.
  5. Comb through hair using a WIDE TOOTH COMB. If you hit a kink, do NOT force the comb through. Instead gently start from the end of the hair section and work your way up. 
  6. Section hair into plaits and massage oil in scalp since it will now be more accessible.
  7. Put on plastic shower cap.
  8.  (optional step)  Place heat cap over shower cap for 20-30 minutes. *Gold N Hot makes a good one*.
  9. Style as usual  *No additional oils needed when hotcombing*

 

 

 
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