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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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Clear Skin From the Inside Out

You can have the clearest skin in the world…until you eat the wrong food or start slacking in your facial cleansing routine.  It happens to everyone.  If I get really stressed out, I get a surprise on my face.  Eat too many oranges, I get a surprise on my forehead.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve been really busy, and at times I have been too tired to wash my face before bed.  I don’t wear makeup on a regular basis, but I always moisturize my face.  I get tired of having to do a deep cleanse every other night before bed.  I workout alot and I sweat alot, but I don’t wear makeup.  Not wearing makeup helps, but you can’t forget the grime your face collects throughout the day.  Your pores need that layer of grime removed so you don’t wind up with Pimple Delight.  So I have been trying a few things to kind of keep my skin balanced. My skin is sensitive and it has helped cut down on the irritation I do sometimes experience for too much deep cleansing.  So here are the things I changed: #1 ACV and Honey I drink a cup of this stuff with […]
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Dad Tips: Hair Styling Edition

So when I was younger and my mom was gone on duty with the Air Force, my dad would have to style my hair.  No big deal.  However, every Sunday in church someone would redo my hair or my bow, and their words to my father,”Your wife must be on duty.”  Dad always thought it was funny, bu pt the girl with the lopsided pigtails didn’t.  So here are 3 quick tips for all dads that your little girls will appreciate. Tip #1: The pantyhose puff. This is for all the dads with a little wavy, curly, or super curly princess.  After you have deranged your daughter’s and applied moisturizer, cut a strip of pantyhose the length of your forearm.  Take it around the hairline as if your are going to tie a big bow or use it as a head band.  Tie it loosely once.  Then tighten it slowly move it up in the back and front.  Continue holding the original ties and slowly move up and tighten the strip until you a big puff close to the size or half a size of your fist.  Once you have the puff where you want it, twist the remaining pantyhose, […]
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Onion Rinse: Yay or Nay?

The onion rinse is one of many natural hair growth remedies that are highly suggested and praised for actually working.  However, nobody seems to mention the draw back of the onion rinse.  Yes, it’s smelly, but you can get used to it or do it at night and wash your hair in the morning.  The problem with the onion rinse is it’s only good for two days and then it begins to go bad.  Like molding bad.  Cheers for fresh onion. If you’ve cooked with fresh onion before, then you know that you have to be careful with it.  Fresh onion will cause a dish to go bad or mold sooner than it ought to if certain precautions are not taken.  You do NOT put a previously used utensil in a dish with fresh onion unless your intention was to through it away the next day.  This is the #1 problem with the onion rinse.  For maximum potency and benefits the rinse must be fresh, but a freshly brewed rinse doesn’t last more than 2 days.  That’s a waste of a perfectly good onion.  Just saying. Yes, onions are high in sulfur.  Don’t get me wrong sulfur is very good […]
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So You Went A Little Overboard: Repairing Damage

Hair damage is enough to give anybody heart palpitations.  Sometimes we will spend days trying to fix hair damage.  Whether the damage is caused by chemicals, heat, or neglect, before starting from scratch try some of these remedies to get your hair back. Baking Soda and Conditioner I usually do a 75% baking soda 25% conditioner mix and I mix them until I have a creamy consistency.  As you all know, if your hair isn’t straight buying products can be a true hassle.  Particularly buying styling products.  Since switching to all natural organics products, I have a lot of let over conditioners.  So take my old conditioners that no longer do anything for my hair and mix them with baking soda.  I do this treatment once a month to remove any impurities and build up my hair may have accumulated.   I recommend you only leave this on for at most an hour the first time because it can have a slight tingling/burning sensation for the first 5 minutes.  There are times when we think we’ve done irreversible damage to our hair, but really it’s just a bad case of build up.  Build up will cause your hair to act all […]
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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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Vapor Rub

It’s cold and flu season, and if you’re like me your sinuses are kicking your butt.  Darn you old moldy buildings…  Anyways, when you can’t breathe vapor rubs are the way to go.  However, they tend to smell odd.  I mean anybody who gets too close is going to know you have a vapor rub on.  So I experimented around and found a less stinky solution.  This recipe calls for 5 ingredients and you can customize the scent to suit you.  Nobody will sniff you and think, “Oh they must be using Vick’s.”  I’ve got a better smelling solution than that. Supplies: Raw Cocoa Butter (or Shea Butter) 2 tbsp Organic Coconut Oil 5 tbsp Eucalyptus Essential Oil (or Peppermint Essential Oil) 25 drops or 1/4 tsp Organic Beeswax 2 tbsp How To: Melt down the beeswax first.  Then add the Cocoa Butter and allow to melt.  After it’s melted and mixed well add the coconut oil.  Allow it to melt.  Then add Eucalyptus oil.  DO NOT add more of Eucalyptus oil than recommended.  Add 5 drops of another essential oil of your choosing to achieve the scent you would like.  Pour into and allow to cool down in a container […]
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The Run Down: Minerals and Vitamins

          I decided to do a rundown of on the vitamins and minerals that can be found in our products.  Though we hear that certain herbs are great for this and that, rarely do we hear the why.  What makes one combination herbs better than another combination?  Well it’s the vitamin and mineral content within a specific combination of herbs.  If the combination of herbs isn’t right then they can cancel out properties of “weaker” herbs.  The same concept applies for vitamins and minerals ingested or topically applied.  Too much of a good thing either gets thrown off, canceled out by something else, or wreaks havoc on your system.  We work to make sure our products are balanced and healthy.  Here’s the why behind some of our ingredient choices: I.  Iron: It carries oxygen to the scalp and promotes growth by helping with blood circulation.  Blood circulation is essential for carrying nutrients to every part of your body. II.  D: We usually get this from the sun.  It helps with the hair follicle life cycle.  However, during winter and rainy season especially, we need products with vitamin D to supplement the lack of it due to […]
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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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