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Branching Out

Literally and figuratively. My main focus will remain information geared for those who are looking for information on herbs and somewhat herbal remedies.  I think it’ll be fun to grow my own herbs.  I may branch out to more than herbs.  However, I will most definitely take the time to include information of plants I plant as well as plants I have considered planting. Most of my planting will be priority driven.  This means what benefits my daily routines (facial care) will be my planting priority.  Everything else will probably fall in line with what I eat.  I like to eat and cooking is a necessity.   The fresher the herbs and vegetables, the better the dish.  So I’m going to give it a try!  
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Summer Time: Chlorine & Sea Salt Hair Issues

Summer time is great!  Everybody is traveling and doing outdoor activities.  Swimming, long days in the sun, and tons of sun screen.  Oh and let’s not forget crispy hair.  So a lot of people tend to go for a lighter hair color in the summer, but ruin it after a few days at the beach or in a chlorine filled swimming pool.  Of course if you have children you’re fighting tangled rough hair.  So here are some remedies you can do on the go or at home to help your hair. Remedy #1: Strip your hair. I strongly advise herbal tea rinses mixed with a bit of vinegar to strip your hair of chlorine.  Brew a cup of herbal tea. Suggested Herbs: Calendula and Chamomile for Light Hair Rosemary and Nutmeg for Medium Hair Rosehip or Rose and Hibiscus for Shades of Red Sage and Nettle for Dark Hair Allow it to cool.  If you have dark hair, add 1/4 of a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).  If you have light hair, add 1/4 of a cup of White Vinegar (ACV).  If your current hair color falls in the middle, I would advise ACV.  Once the vinegar of your […]
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Hello Heartburn

As we all know heartburn is a royal pain.  In fact, in some cases it can be right up there with a case of bad gas.  You know nothing is more embarrassing than a really bad stomach that’s really just a bad case of gas, but that’s another story.  So I’ve been on the receiving end of heartburn.  It’s wasn’t pleasant.  It was like taking one of those really huge pills that gets stuck in your esophagus and no amount of water will get rid of it. Personally, I don’t like taking medication for something that is usually diet related.  I usually eat really well, but everybody has there nice little spurts of “I’m gong to eat donuts for the next month”.  So what had happened was, I was in college and busy.  I wanted something quick, easy, and easily portable.  My frozen meal of choice was ravioli.  There are many different variations of ravioli.  However, many sold on the market contain red sauce.  Mistake #1.  I was used to homemade red sauce with fresh tomatoes, and in all honesty I didn’t realize how acidic red sauce can be.  It had been a part of my diet regularly growing up. […]
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Hair Growth Remedies That Work

Ok, so it’s summer time, and most people see more growth during the summer.  Why?  Because everybody is out and doing something that has their blood circulation up.  Blood circulation is essential for hair growth because it carries all the nutrients throughout your body.  So how can we maximize and utilize this extra boost to help our hair growth? By using natural remedies to kick start hair growth.  Keep in mind everyone’s hair grows at a different rate, but the remedies listed below can help your scalp squeeze out healthier stronger hair faster.  Or depending on the person a wee bit faster. Remedy #1: Emu Oil If you go to the ingredients page you’ll find the nutritional rundown of Emu Oil listed.  We don’t use Emu Oil in our products, but Emu Oil is very good for your scalp.  If you don’t have a problem with using animal by products, this oil may be an option for you.  Just apply it to your scalp once a day before you sleep and massage it into your scalp.  My advice is to was your hair every 7 days when using this method to avoid the risk of build up. Remedy #2: Castor Oil […]
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Soothing Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin

Raise your hand if your father’s shaving cream stinks up the WHOLE house!  Honestly, I’m not sure what’s in my dad’s shaving cream, but that stuff smells like a bad case of gas mixed with rotting eggs.  So to save my nose I played around until I came up with a shaving cream for my dad.  The easiest part was coming up with the shaving cream.  The hardest part was putting a shaving cream together that catered to his skin’s needs.  My dad has oily skin (yes black people can have oily skin), and his skin is very sensitive.  So after a little trial and error and lots of whining, I convinced my dad to try my cream on his face.  I had him wash his face first then apply the cream to a small portion of his face to test it out.  My nose has thanked me ever since.  Hooray for no stinky house!  On a side note, if you plan to use this as you go to shaving cream make sure to use an all natural skin scrub to exfoliate your skin.  Shea Butter is great, but an excess of Shea Butter can cause in grown hairs and […]
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Scrub Away!

Everybody needs a little exfoliation, and the best time to do it is during the winter.  Why?  Because 9/10 of the time we are completely covered, unless you’re lucky enough to live in a warm area year-round.  So after removing any dead skin, we can moisturize and protect our skin and keep it soft and supple.  I think winter is the best for exfoliation because people tend to use thicker lotions and creams to combat dry skin caused by winter weather.  Well there’s a problem with that.  These heavier lotions and creams can’t penetrate our skin as well as they should.  So sometimes patches of hard dry skin appear in areas we take care of really well.  By using exfoliation, we open our pores and remove dry skin that has built up so our creams and lotions can actually do their jobs.  With that said, let’s talk about scrubs.  Bath scrubs not Scrubs. Scrub #1:  This is for all my coffee drinkers.  Save your used coffee grounds and get your money’s worth twice! 1 tbsp of raw sugar (the chunky kind) 2 tbsp of olive oil (or grapeseed oil/coconut oil) 3 tbsp of coffee (medium or finely ground works) 1/2 ts of […]
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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Field Mice

  Ok, so I’m a country girl, and I love horses.  However, I don’t love field mice.  Field mice are not those gigantic alien looking huge rats you find in the city.  Field mice are usually the size of a pet mouse or a little fatter.  They eat everything from books (yes I’ve lost a few good books to them) to left-over food in the sink.  They are pesky little things that seem to come out of nowhere.  So here are some things to avoid when dealing with field mice. Food and good smelling stuff…safeguard it!  They’re sense of smell is really strong.  We have a lot of tea and other good smelling edibles in cardboard boxes.  Keeping food or perishable items in cardboard boxes is fine during the summer, but not so fine with cold whether coming.  So we transfer every item into plastic/glass tubs or containers.  Mice can’t eat through plastic or glass.  Also, a perk to this is that the smell of edibles is masked. Cleanup after yourself and keep everything tidy.  Spills, regardless of size, can be a meal to a mouse.  Clothes, blankets, etc. should also be put away if not in use.  Why?  Because […]
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Rose Facial Mask for Skin Tightening and Lip Balm for Moisture & Protection

There is a previous post on the benefits of rose in regards to the hair and scalp.  However, there are other uses for rose.  From homemade lip balms to skin tightening creams some rose and other ingredients can be used.  Here are a few things you can make with a little bit of rose.   Rose Lip Balm:                 2 teaspoons of grated pure beeswax                 4 teaspoons of almond oil                 1 teaspoon of rose water Take rose petals and steep in hot water for 30 minutes.  While waiting for the rose petals to steep, place a glass jar with beeswax in it in a pot with water at the half way point of the jar, and slowly bring the water to a boil. Stir until the beeswax is completely liquefied then add the almond oil.  Mix until both oils are inseparable.  Once well mixed, lower the fire under the pot to keep the mix warm and liquefied.   Strain the rose petals from the fresh rose water.  Stir the rose water into the glass jar containing the beeswax and almond oil mix.  Once mixed, pour the lip balm into the final container you would like it to be in.  […]
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Herbal Remedies for Acne, Blackheads, and Pimples

There is a previous post on the benefits of yarrow in regards to the hair and scalp.  However, there are other uses for yarrow where skincare is concerned.  Yarrow is known for its ability to regulate the amount of oil a person’s skin produces.  It can also help make your pores smaller, which in turn reduces the amount of acne/pimples/blackheads you may experience.  Though acne can be triggered by many things, such as too much acid in your diet, nobody wants to walk around with a face full of bumps.  Those of you who suffer from frequent acne or blackheads can benefit from a yarrow facial cleansing mask.  It is an herbal infusion that deep cleanses your pores and rejuvenates your skin.   Mask #1: Yarrow & Nettle Cleanser     1 cup of buttermilk     2oz of fresh yarrow & nettle tops (the flower portion)   Simmer the herbs with the buttermilk for 20 minutes.  Remove from the heat, cover, and allow to steep so the herbs can infuse in the buttermilk.  Strain, bottle, and keep refrigerated.  To extend the life of your cleanser place what you won’t immediately use in the freezer.  Do not use this mask every […]
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How to Use Peppermint for Cramping and Spasms

     Peppermint is another hidden gem amongst herbs.  The properties listed in my previous post all applied to the scalp and hair.  However, there are other properties one can gain from topical use and from ingesting this herb.  Common issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallstones, and colic can be fought by simply ingesting peppermint in tea form.      So what causes IBS?  Doctors are unsure what exactly causes IBS, but they do know what is does to the body.  The problem, IBS, is related in the disregulation in the nervous supply to the bowels, which causes cramping, gas, and abdominal bloating.  It does not make passing gas difficult; it simply makes a person more sensitive to the formation of gas.  The sensitivity to the formation of gas causes spasms which lead to an urgency to use the restroom which leads to a loose stool, or an increased amount of bowel gas.  Once the stool or the gas is passed, the pain subsides.  However, an enteric-coated capsule, such as those in the picture below, can reduce the effects of IBS.  According to the New Herbal Bible, enteric-coated capsules should contain 0.2ml of peppermint oil, and take 1 to […]
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