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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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So You Want to Henna

Your hair can benefit from henna, but the type of henna you use can be good or bad for your hair.  First of all, henna is only composed of the plant called Lawsonia inermis.  If your henna has more in it than that plant, use it at your own risk.  Henna has become so commercialized that, like tofu, you need to question the quality and source.  If the instructions on the package have special requirements for mixing it, like don’t use metal, use it at your own risk.  Henna is an herb.  Like most herbs, it’s best to use glass when using them to make anything because glass does not absorb the properties.  However, using metal to mix them won’t hurt.  Unless you are dealing with fresh onion. If you have tried henna before and it didn’t work for you or you feel like it ruined your hair, think about how you mixed it or the quality of it.  Henna is a plant that is used to condition the hair and scalp as well as deposit it’s natural color.  It is not used to moisturize the hair and scalp.  So if your hair came out rough, it’s okay.  Your mix […]
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Battle of the Products

So everyone is raving about this product (insert a hair product or hair product line that comes to mind).  You start researching the product and stalking it, waiting for it to go on sale.  Finally, you buy it and you’re excited!  You just can’t wait to use this AMAZING product(s) everyone has been raving about.  So you insert the new product(s) into your hair care routine, and when you’ve finished your hair, your reaction is… Whether you’re screaming because of how your hair looks or because of how it feels, you’re still screaming.  Now you’re trying to figure out if you can return the product(s) or if you’re stuck with it.  You also might be panicking because you have somewhere to be and your hair is just having a ball at your expense.  So now you’re like…  And the only thing you can do is start from the beginning.  Do you know the worst part of this whole scenario?  The reason the product(s) didn’t work could be your fault.  Shopping for products is more than just reading the reviews and reading the ingredient list.  There’s one key component to product shopping that people often forget.  No, it’s not whether the […]
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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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Balance Your Skin Tone Naturally

I think it’s safe to say that everyone wants the skin to be an even tone.  No matter how light or dark it is we want uniformity.  I mean sometimes I just want to have a talk with my skin and pretty much tell it to get it’s crap together.  Unfortunately, skin can’t vocalize it’s needs and concerns.  So instead it gives you dark spots, dry spots, pimples, and more.  From my years of playing soccer, I have scars around my ankles from being kicked, and it didn’t bother me.  My scars are old bruises that didn’t go away or war scars as I like to call them.  I should have iced AND massaged my ankles to get the bad blood moved out of those areas, but I didn’t.  Anyways I was totally fine with spots of darkness on my ankles until I discovered my elbow, yes only one of them, was developing a dark callus like the picture to the left.  That is what we, my family, call ash.  Ash is bad.  No amount of Shea Butter, body butters, body creams worked for that stubborn spot.  To top it off, it was darker than my other elbow!  So after trying tons […]
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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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Is My Hair Protein Sensitive?

The correct answer is no.  Nobody’s hair can be protein sensitive.  Why?  Because our hair is made of protein.  If people’s hair were protein sensitive they would be bald.  Let’s take a moment to reflect on what hair is made of. Hair is approximately 91% protein and it’s made up of amino acid chains.  The outer covering of the hair is made up of keratin and is most commonly known as the cuticle.  The inner layer is the cortex, which is keratinized protein fibers.  The inner most layer is the central core of cells called the medulla.  That’s why if you have frayed ends from color, misuse and abuse, no trims, etc. you can use an egg mask to help temporarily fix your ends or your hair in general.  The protein in eggs enters the lifted cuticles and temporarily fills the holes in your hair cuticles.  This temporary fill helps strengthen your hair for a short while until your next trim. Now as for those who claim their hair is protein sensitive it’s not your hair.  It’s you.  Have you checked your diet?  Have you compared the protein levels of all your current hair products?  Sometimes your diet is so full […]
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Avocado Facial Mask for Supple Skin

Avocado is packed with nutrients and lots of good fat.  I know people say fat and run the opposite direction, but remember everything in moderation isn’t bad necessarily.  Anyways, avocado is not only good for reestablishing elasticity in your hair, but also in your skin.  If you work out on the regular like I do, these mask(s) I’m going to list can be a life saver for your skin.  Even if you don’t work out these mask can help get rid of nasty dry spots that just won’t go away no matter how much moisturizer you slather on them.  Plus it’s winter for some of us right now and we need all the moisture we can get. Mask #1: 1/2 of soft avocado 2 tbs of hot water 1 ts of honey Peal and mash the avocado with a fork or in a mixer or bullet. Dissolve the honey into the water and add it to the mashed avocado. Put it on your face, using your fingers or a paint brush or even a makeup brush. Avoid the area of your eyes and mouth. Keep 10 minutes and wash away. Mask #2: 1/2 of soft avocado 1/2 of banana 1 egg yolk […]
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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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