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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Herbal Remedy for Nausea and Morning Sickness

I’ve mentioned ginger’s properties before in regards to only the scalp and hair.  It’s a great herb that can heal damaged hair follicles and jumps start your hair follicles, but it also has other useful medical properties.  One of those properties is soothing nausea.  There have been medical studies conducted by the US Navy, as well as others, on the properties of ginger in regards to abating nausea.  The US Navy found the herb helped new sailors find their “sea legs” quicker.  It became more desirable when the toxicity results can back as very low.  The toxicity levels and the results the US Navy found brought ginger to the attention of the medical community, particularly in regards to its possible aid in helping pregnant women with morning sickness.  It was found that the toxicity levels are low enough for pregnant women to consume it.  A study showed that a 250 mg dose taken 4 times daily significantly reduced vomiting and nausea in 19 out of 27 in the pregnant women studied.      Another use for ginger is helping with arthritis.  Arthritis is defined as pain inflammation and stiffness of the joints.  Ginger has shown the ability to reduce inflammation […]
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What Is the Average Growth Rate for Hair?

Hair growth.  Most of us have googled it or searched for it somewhere before.  Whether it was because we over processed our hair or got a short hair cut (and immediatly regretted it) is beside the point.  What we were looking for was a way(s) to either get our hair back or speed up the process.  Just as we go through growth phases as we are approaching adulthood our hair goes through growth phases…repeatedly.  So here’s the rundown on what you hair goes through. Phase 1:    It is also known as the Anagen Phase.  Anagen is the active phase of the hair. The cells in the root of the hair are dividing rapidly. A new hair is formed and pushes the club hair (a hair that has stopped growing or is no longer in the anagen phase) up the follicle and eventually out.  During this phase the hair grows about 1 cm every 28 days. Scalp hair stays in this active phase of growth for two to six years.  Some people have difficulty growing their hair beyond a certain length because they have a short active phase of growth. On the other hand, people with very long hair have a long active […]
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