Archive | January 2014

DIY Toothpaste and Why Regular Toothpaste is Bad

toothpasteSo today we are going to talk about a simple homemade toothpaste recipe. Generic store bought toothpaste has many toxins in it. I encourage all of you to go research each ingredient that is put into your toothpaste and see for yourself what it is you are putting into your mouth and body.

Many toothpastes are also very abrasive and actually damage your teeth.  Look to see how abrasive your toothpaste is here.

Have you ever read the toothpaste warning saying that if it is ingested to contact a poison control center? Ever wonder why that was there? It is there because of fluoride. Fluoride is actually a poison and if ingested it can make you severely sick and even kill. One tube of toothpaste has enough fluoride in it to kill a child weighing less than 66 pounds (30kg). Yet they make it in those yummy flavors like bubblegum and berry that make kids just want to eat it. Read more about the dangers of fluoride here.

There is also lots of doubt as to the effectiveness of fluoride read more about it here.

Now that we’ve talked about why I personally don’t like toothpaste lets talk about a simple recipe to make toothpaste at home.

What You Need

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Stevia to sweeten to taste if wanted

Instructions

Mix all the ingredients together. You can melt the coconut oil some in the microwave or on a double boiler if needed, it does not need to be liquid just soft and easily stirred. Then store it in a small jar and put a small amount on your toothbrush. I use a small silver spoon to scoop out my toothpaste. Since silver is antibacterial I don’t have to worry about adding bad bacteria to my toothpaste.

I am working on making another toothpaste with a few more ingredients but when I get it right, I will be sure and share it.

 

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Hair Loss After Pregnancy

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Hey ya’ll it’s Kayla and I am going to share a story with ya’ll about one of the strangest after pregnancy effects ever. This is one I had no idea about and it kinda freaked me out…Okay maybe kinda isn’t the right word, I was completely terrified!

I had my two beautiful babies at the end of August. I was so happy, they were the two most precious babies ever (I know every mom thinks that about her babies). Fast forward a few months to the first week in December.

I was in the bathroom brushing out my hair and looked at the brush. It was full of hair and I had just cleaned it a few days ago. I was a little weirded out this had never happened to me before. So I went all…Internet Hooo (um, yeah I watched the ThunderCats when I was a kid…a lot)! Yeah, this was not very helpful because I had no idea what I was really looking for.

So I thought, seasonal shedding (it’s a real thing read about it here). Yeah, that sounds good, it hit me a little late but the symptoms fit, so I should only have a few weeks of this. Now lets skip ahead to after the New Year.

My hair is still falling out my mind is totally in hypochondriac overdrive. I would just run my hand through my hair and pull the stuff out by the fist-full. I must have lupus, or cancer, or my husband was poisoning me(he would never really because he would be hopeless without me).  I was dying…I just knew there was no other explanation. I only had a few months to live, because really what besides some horrible deadly disease is going to make your hair fall out like this.

I was talking to my doula, friend, and now business partner one day Anisha and we were talking about hair falling out and she said the same thing happened to her.  So….Internet Hooo, again to find the answer. The answer was actually pretty simple. Hormones…those damn hormones! They really like to screw with us women.

Turns out that the reason our hair gets so nice and thick during pregnancy is because the hormones that cause you to shed hair every day is produced less so your hair stays in. Then after you have your baby and your hormones get in some sort of normal balance. BAM…your hair just drops. All those hairs that stayed in start falling out at the same time.

After about two months the hair fall finally stops, although your temples may end up looking a bit bald, and after six months your hair is supposed to be back to normal. I’ll update ya’ll when I reach that point and tell you if it is really true or not. So for any of you other Mama’s out there freaking out about your hair…it is normal and it will pass.

 So What Can I Do About It

Unfortunately, you can’t stop the hair from falling but you can help it grow back faster.

  1. Keep up those prenatal vitamins; they do wonders for your hair.
  2. Get some gelatin and have that every day about 3 tablespoons worth.
  3. Do some hot oil treatments.

DIY Avocado Face and Hair Mask (great for dry skin)

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What You Need

1/2 Avocado
2 Tablespoons Honey
4 Tablespoons Raw Sugar*
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
1 Teaspoon Chamomile
1 Teaspoon Calendula

Directions

  1. Put the oil on a double boiler and turn on low.
  2. Add the chamomile and calendula to the oil and steep for thirty minutes then take of the heat.
  3. Strain using either a coffee filter or cheesecloth. Be sure to really squeeze it out so you get the all the oil you can. **
  4. Using either a fork, a blender, or a hand blender mash up the avocado and add the olive oil until it reaches a creamy consistency.  (You may need to add more oil depending on the size of your avocado.)
  5. Add the rest of your ingredients and stir together with a spoon.
  6. Apply part of the mask to your face and scrub for a few minutes. Once done scrubbing apply the rest of the mask.
  7. Let the mask sit for fifteen or twenty minutes. Sit down, relax, drink a glass of wine. Read a good book or watch part of a great movie.
  8. Once the time is up just rinse it off and pat dry.
*To make the hair mask leave out the sugar and follow the rest of the instructions. Apply to your hair and put on a shower cap. Either use a blow dryer on low for a minute or two to heat  up the mask to help it sink in or wrap a hot towel around your head. Let sit for thirty minutes Then hop in the shower rinse off shampoo as normal and condition if it feels like you should (some people may not need to condition).
** You can leave the herbs in if you want and if you don’t mind cleaning up a bit of a mess.

Why These Ingredients

Avocado– These are packed with tons of nutrients and vitamins A, C, and B6. It is also full of essential fatty acids and is great for dry skin or hair.
Honey Honey is a humectant which means it attracts and locks moisture into your skin and hair.
Olive Oil– This too is packed with essential fatty acids and vitamins E, K, omega 3 and 6.
Lime Juice– This has great cleaning and anti-bacterial properties
Chamomile-Helps irritated and inflamed skin it is also full of antioxidants. Helps eliminate dandruff and soothes an irritated scalp.
Calendula– This herb has anti-bacterial properties and helps stimulate the production of collagen at wound sites. Helps soothe the scalp.

Why Collagen Creams Don’t Work (and how you can get collagen naturally)

marine-collagen-creamAll right, so today we are going to talk about collagen. More specifically, we are going to talk about collagen creams and why they don’t work. I am sure many of you have heard how wonderful collagen creams are supposed to be and how they are the next best thing to botox. Well sadly they are not and here’s why.

I think the first thing ya’ll need to know is the definition of collagen.

Collagenan insoluble fibrous protein of vertebrates that is the chief constituent of the fibrils of connective tissue (as in skin and tendons) and of the organic substance of bones and yields gelatin and glue on prolonged heating with water“- http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/collagen

Now if ya’ll remember I did another post not too long ago, about how the skin absorbs certain particles and that these particles have to be less than 500 Daltons. Well one of the smallest collagen molecules is about 3,000 Daltons which is definitely too big for your skin to absorb. So basically collagen cream is just a really, really expensive ($25-$170) moisturizer!

But don’t fear there are still other ways to get collagen. Like eating it! How you say? In gelatin form of course, because as you remember from the definition of collagen gelatin is collagen just boiled down and dried out.Edible_Gelatin_Powder

So how do you go about eating this gelatin? Well you could make jello.  I personally add a big spoonful to my cup of coffee or tea in the morning. When adding gelatin to any hot liquid you need to first dissolve it in a cool liquid or else you will end up with a big ooey-gooey glopy mess! You can also add gelatin to soups and stews or protein shakes in the morning. Speaking of protein 1 tablespoon of gelatin has 6g of protein. There are lots of other ways to incorporate gelatin into your diet.

We recommend using Bernard Jensen or Great Lakes Gelatin. Both come from grass fed cows! Great Lakes also makes a Collagen Hydrolysate, which gives you all the benefits of gelatin without the gelling factor so you can use it in just about anything.

*Any links and recommendations here are based on our own personal preference we do not receive any monetary compensation for our recommendation.
**We are not your personal health care provider please consult with them before adding gelatin to your diet to make sure it is right for you.

DIY Hot Oil Hair Treatment

So today we are going to talk about hot oil hair treatments. We absolutely love them. They are a great way to pamper yourself and make your hair look and feel amazing! So first thing let’s talk about oils and what you should use for different hair types.

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Coconut Oil: This is great for all hair types and really helps with dandruff.

Castor Oil: This adds strength to your hair so if you have damaged breaking hair use this. It also has drying properties so use it if you have oily hair.

Jojoba Oil: This is another great choice for those of you with oily hair because it is similar to our skin and hairs natural oils.

Sesame Oil: Has been used for thinning hair and to slow down hair loss it also adds great conditioning and shine to your hair.

Avocado Oil: This oil is very moisturizing and is great for dry or frizzy hair.

Olive Oil: This is great for moisturizing, deep conditioning, dandruff, and improving hair strength.

Sweet Almond Oil: This is a sealant locking in moisture. It also promotes hair growth and thickness and helps prevent hair loss.

Herbs

Now let’s talk about some herbs for your hot oil treatment and what they do.

To Strengthen HDuftkräuterair: Chamomile, horsetail, nettle, arnica, or burdock

To Clarify Hair: Rosemary, parsley, sage, witch hazel, or nutmeg

To Moisturize Hair: Calendula, chamomile, lavender, catmint, dried rose petals, or aloe.

To Stimulate Hair Growth: Peppermint, parsley, horsetail, sage, chamomile, ginger, and cinnamon

Now that you have picked out you oils and herbs here is how to infuse the oils with the herbs.

  1. Take about 3 Tablespoons of the oils you are going to use place them in a double boiler.
  2. Turn the heat on low.
  3. Add 1 Tablespoon of herbs into the oil.
  4. Let steep for thirty minutes.
  5. Strain into container using cheese cloth or coffee filter.
*Please note you do not have to infuse your oils you can just pick out some oils and follow through with the next step.

Apply Your Oils

What You’ll Need

  • Glass jar of oil blend
  • Bowl of hot water
  • Hot Towel
  • Shower Cap

Now take the jar of your oil blend and place it into the bowl of hot water to let your oils warm up. Next take some of your oil and start at the front of your head liberally massaging the oils into your scalp. Work your way back and massage for 3-5 minutes. This not only feels great but does great things for your hair and scalp. It stimulates the scalp to help promote hair growth and helps the oils sink in to create soft silky hair. Once you are done massaging you scalp you can start working the oils down the shafts of your hair.

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Done with getting the oils all spread out in your hair? Now put on a shower cap and wrap the hot towel around your head. (You can warm the towel by soaking it in hot water then wringing it out.) Let it sit for 30 minutes up to 2 hours. Then hop in the shower go about your normal showering business and shampoo it out last. It will probably take 2 shampoos, do one with the water as hot as you can stand and the last one with the water close to or below body temperature (this helps get out the oils for some reason). Your probably won’t need to condition your hair afterward but you know your hair best and if you feel like you need to then do by all means condition it.

If you do not have the time or the ingredients to make your own hot oil treatment go to our custom order page and we can make one for you!

Organic Lotion Bars

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Have you ever used a lotion? They are great. A one ounce bar is the equivalent of about 3 bottles of lotion. We absolutely love to use lotion bars in the winter. They lock in moisture for hours all you have to do is hold them in your hands and let them warm up then rub them over your skin.

We made our first batch of lotion bars for sale yesterday! We had so much fun and sampled the product along the way. I must say my skin is very soft today!

There are four luxurious scents go check ’em out over at our store. They are 10% off the first week if you enter the code WEEK1 at checkout. We suggest you buy more than 1 or order together with someone else because shipping rates are ridiculous.

We also do custom lotion bars for personal use or in bulk for businesses.

10 Tips For Skin and Hair in Winter

The following post contains links to products we like these are just our preferences and we are not receiving any monetary compensation for it.

#1 Stay Hydrated

This is probably the most important thing you can do to help your skin and hair in the winter. The cold and wind sap the moisture from your body leaving your skin dry. It’s cold out so sip on some hot herbal teas to hydrate your body and help warm you up!

#2 Oils

Olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil are all great to hydrate both your skin and you hair. Do a hot oil treatment on your hair (we will be doing a post about this soon) or just rub some onto your skin. These are also great to include in your diet, you need 2-3 tablespoons of these a day to make a difference. Coconut oil is great to cook as is olive oil. Both olive oil and avocado oil are great to use in salad dressings. Avocado oil is higher in calories than the others so if you are dieting watch out for this and plan carefully!

#3 Butter not lotions!  

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Put body butter on right after a shower. (Try our lotion bars, we are making a batch this weekend and they will be for sale next week, or we can custom make you a body butter depending on your skin type and scent preference). Butters lock in moisture while lotions don’t.  Lotions are great in summer but butters are best in winter.

#4 Humidifiers

As soon as you turn on the heat in the house say goodbye to moisture! Cold air already has very little moisture in it when you heat it you are taking out most of what remains and you are left with very, very dry air. To help combat this get a humidifier! Put it in whatever room you spend the most time in. You could also invest in a couple of humidifiers and place them throughout your house. You can also do potpourri hot pots, not only do the help get moisture in the air they also make your whole house smell great!

#5 Cover Up

When you go outside be sure to cover up all the skin you can and your hair. Exposure to the cold air and wind can take moisture out of both. So invest in some cute hats, gloves, and scarves.

#6 Shorter Showers

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I know you want to stand under all that hot water for long periods of time and really warm up (we do too) but it is not good for your skin or hair. Long hot showers get rid of the natural oils on our skin and hair drying them out. So shorten the length of your shower and lower the temperature.

#7 Exfoliation

Be sure and get rid of all those dry, dead skin cells and exfoliate regularly this winter. Exfoliation not only gets rid of dead skin cells but also stimulates the skin to regenerate new cells. Can’t find a good exfoliation product ask us about custom making one just for you.

#8 Gelatin

This is not for any of you vegetarians or vegans. Gelatin is great for your skin, hair, and nails. It strengthens both your nails and hair and has collagen, which is great for skin. Gelatin also has many other benefits health benefits. We recommend using Bernard Jensen and Great Lakes Gelatin both are from grass fed cows and minimally processed!

#9  Low Heat on Hair

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No heat is best but we know that is hard to do. So we’ll settle for low heat because the more heat you apply the more you dry out you hair. If you have the time either towel dry or air dry your hair. If you use any kind of heat on your hair be sure to use a heat protectant! For a natural heat protectant take a teeny (we mean really teeny tiny) amount of coconut oil rub it in your hands and spread through your hair starting at the ends.

#10 Avoid Products That Can Dry Your Skin and Hair Out

  • Alcohol based sanitizers
  • Menthol  and camphor in lip balm both dry skin out.
  • High lather soaps
  • Antibacterial soaps can really dry out your skin.
  • Surfactants like:
    • Sodium lauryl sulfate
    • Sodium laureth sulfate
    • Ammonium lauryl sulfate
    • Salicylic acid
    • Willow bark
    • AHA Acids