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[ 4 Jan 2016 | 2 Comments ]
Soap nuts and Aloe

Castile Soap

Castile soap is not a brand; it is a soap that is made up of vegetable oil and lye instead of animal fat. The lye converts the oil to soap, a process that is called saponification. When the process is finished there is no trace of lye left in it. There are two types of lye used by soapmakers – sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide. Sodium hydroxide is used to make solid soap; potassium hydroxide is used to make liquid soaps. A combination of the two is used …

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[ 20 Apr 2012 | 4 Comments ]

Horsetail is one of those herbs for hair that you are not really aware of until someone mentions it and then you see it popping up on most of your organic hair care products list. The plant is called horsetail because of the thin; branchlike leaves which in some ways are similar to the hair of a horse’s tail. There is a reason why horsetail seem to be omnipresent in natural product preparations, it contains high mineral levels including silica and contains other ingredients such as potassium, selenium and manganese. …

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[ 19 Apr 2012 | 2 Comments ]

Hibiscus is the generic name given to hundreds of species of flowering plants found in the Malvaceae family. These plants are native to tropical and sub-tropical countries throughout the world. Hibiscus is also known as flor de Jamaica, sorrel, rose mallow and Roselle. Whatever, you know it as; the flowers for this plant are quite beautiful and quite useful. Some uses are:

Landscaping- the flowers are really pretty.
Paper making- the kenaf species is used to make paper
Drinks- The hibiscus species called sorrel is a popular drink in Jamaica and other Caribbean …

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[ 18 Apr 2012 | No Comment ]

Burdock root is another plant that is widely used as a rinse. The plant has been in use for centuries because of its medicinal values. The burdock root contains an array of nutrients including calcium, iron, potassium and amino acids. Burdock root is also an effective anti fungal and antibacterial agent. Uses for burdock include:

Food and Drink- popular feature in European and Asian cuisine
Medicine- Burdock root oil extract is used to treat scalp conditions, burdock leaves are used for pain management in burn situations, it is also used as a …

Hair Food, Hair Recipes, Hair Rinses, Teas, Transitioning Hair »

[ 17 Apr 2012 | 10 Comments ]

Stinging nettle is good for hair and I was surprised to find out that it was the same weed that is found in the countryside that will itch you if it catches your skin. Indeed, most of us think of the stinging nettle as a pest. However, this particular weed is reportedly high in calcium, iron, magnesium, chromium, potassium, and zinc, as well as vitamins A, B, C, D and K.
In peak season, stinging nettle can contain up to 25% protein dry weight. This is very high for a green …

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[ 16 Apr 2012 | 9 Comments ]

I’m a lucky chica
And I’ve just got to tell ya
That I love this herb endlessly
Because hair grows where my Rosemary goes
And nobody knows like me…
Really that’s how I hear the Edison Lighthouse song, which was produced long before I was born. As you can probably tell from my posts I love oldies music and though I have butchered the line above the emotions are so true. I did a search for rosemary on this site and I mention rosemary a lot! It must be love. I have the plant in …

Hair Food, Hair Recipes, Hair Rinses, Teas, Transitioning Hair »

[ 15 Apr 2012 | 12 Comments ]

Have you ever heard of using tea rinses for hair? It is the same thing as using unsweetened herbal infusions on your hair to penetrate the hair strands thus giving the active ingredients in the various tea mixtures a chance to nourish the hair. There are numerous tea infusions that can be used on the hair, usually if the herb is used as oil or has other benefits for hair, then it can be used in its raw, steeped form.
Herbs like rosemary, stinging nettle, burdock root and even peppermint can …

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[ 12 Apr 2012 | One Comment ]

Pumpkin is a year round vegetable but is found abundantly in the fall. They are used for Halloween, the pies are a must for some households for thanksgiving, they are very popular in soups in winter and they are everywhere in the farmers market in the latter part of the year.
The beauty about pumpkins is that they can last for up to six months when bought whole and it is sold in a can in those months when you can’t get it. So this is one vegetable that is good …

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[ 10 Apr 2012 | One Comment ]

Papaya is a nutrient powerhouse, not only that it is beneficial to hair and skin in both its ripe and green state. Papaya is rich in proteins, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Iron, Magnesium, Beta Carotene, enzymes like papain, which breaks down tough meat fibers and so many more ingredients for healthy hair growth. Papaya also helps to maintain the hair’s natural sheen, softens the hair, helps to restrict dandruff and stimulates hair growth.
How to use papaya for hair?
For hair the riper the papaya, the more useful it will be for …

Butters, Conditioner, Hair Food, Hair Recipes »

[ 2 Apr 2012 | 6 Comments ]

Are you feeling up to trying the hemp butter for yourself? Well here’s a standard recipe, you can embellish it all you want but these three ingredients should provide a fabulous conditioner for your hair.
Ingredients
1/4-cup hemp butter (or hemp oil)
1/2-cup shea butter
10 drops essential or fragrance oil
Instructions:

Melt the shea butter and the hemp butter using the double boiler method. If using hemp oil melt only the shea butter, then add the hemp oil.
Allow mixture to cool for about 20 minutes. For rapid cooling put melted butters in the freezer.
Whip the …

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[ 1 Apr 2012 | One Comment ]

This recipe I am personally trying today! I will leave a note in my hair diary if anything outstanding happened to my hair. My hair needs a protein treatment, hence the use of egg, you can try it without egg if your hair does not need the extra protein. I will try this again with pictures for you to see but in the meantime here’s my chocolate recipe.
Ingredients:
1/2 cup grated dark chocolate
1 egg whipped
2 Tablespoon honey
2 Tablespoons Conditioner (I used Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner, 13 Fluid Ounce)
Method:
Add chocolate to …

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[ 30 Mar 2012 | 9 Comments ]

This hair recipe was pulled out of the annals of time, dusted off and embellished a little. I can vaguely recall using cocoa butter hair lotion when I was very young. My mother got a couple blocks (literally blocks) of the stuff from England and she was determined to not throw them away. I bathed in it, used it as moisturizer for skin and hair. I can recall hating the smell at the time and feeling very hard done by a mother determined to ‘waste not want not’. Today I …