Saturday, October 30, 2010

Ayurvedic 101 No. 3

Basic Washes
compiled by violetflowers

Icydove's Wash Mix
2 tbsp. shikakai powder
2 tbsp. amla powder

Add 4 cups of hot tap or heated water to powdered herbs. Allow to steep until comfortably warm (at least 5 minutes), strain ( use a metal coffee filter), and pour tea over wet hair and massage in. You can do a highly diluted ACV rinse. The amla is conditioning, but for a little extra boost, apply coconut oil as a prewash treatment and apply a conditioning rinse after washing.

Shell's Wash Mix2 tablespoons of shikakai
3 tablespoons of amla

Mix together with warm water and let sit for 5-15 minutes. Use as a paste. Apply to scalp and hair, distribute/massage very gently, and let sit for 5-15 minutes. Massage gently again and then rinse thoroughly.

Pre-washing oiling is advised anytime you use shikakai. Follow this up with an AVC rinse and some post wash oiling.

mira-chan's Indian herb hair gravywhole aritha � 3 to 5 berries
whole amla � 1 to 2 tablespoons
whole hibiscus � 4- 6 flowers

Boil in two cups of water till about a cup boils out. Strain. Then put on a low heat and add arrowroot starch (mixed with cool water so it doesn�t clump) and mix until it turns to a gravy consistency. Let cool and use. Will last a week at most with refrigeration. (Acts similarly to Dianyla�s herb gravy)

Epiphanee's Wash MixUse 1 tablespoon of shikakai powder and mix it up with about 3 cups of water until it is a thin paste (as opposed to a thick mud).

Apply the paste to your scalp and hair length - everywhere that you have applied coconut oil.

Just apply the paste and don't "massage" it in. It is very slightly abrasive so massaging it in would not be good for the hair shaft.

Leave for 10 - 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

Neoma's Purple Sludge Mix1 tablespoon amla powder
2 tablespoons shikakai powder
2 tablespoons methi powder
2 tablespoons dried hibiscus flowers

Pour a cup of boiling water over the first three ingredients. Put the hibiscus in a tea ball and add them to the rest of the brew. Cover and steep 30 minutes. Remove the tea ball.

You can use it as soon as it cools sufficiently or keep it a few days in the fridge. I always use it on oiled hair. Finger-comb in the shower under running water to remove the herbal debris. May stain light hair or surfaces.

Leia's Herbal Wash and Condition
1 tablespoon bhringraj
1 tablespoon amla
1 tablespoon aritha
1 tablespoon neem
2 tablespoons shikakai
2 tablespoons sandalwood

Mix a little with boiling water, wait for it to cool a bit, and apply the paste to hair and scalp (sometimes after oiling with olive oil); leave on all night. You may use a bowl to catch the runoff and rinse again in the morning.

Violetflower's Wash Mix I1 dessert spoon of amla powder
1 dessert spoon of shikakai powder
1 dessert spoon of cassia obovata
6 dessert spoons of my soapnut shampoo

Massaged a small handful into dry hair, wet hair, then aplly the remainder, making sure that to cover all hair root to tip, massage scalp gently, then wrap cling film around hair for about 10 minutes. Rinse.

Violetflower's Wash Mix II
1.5 dessert spoons of amla
1 dessert spoon shikakai
1 dessert spoon of aritha
1 dessert spoon orange peel
1 dessert spoon brahmi
1 dessert spoon neem
1 dessert spoon tulsi
2 dessert spoons kapoor kachli
2 dessert spoons maka
3 dessert spoons marsh mallow
1 and a half teaspoons of virgin coconut oil.

Wash as usual--makes hair very shiny!

Conditioning Mixes That May Be Used As Gentle Washes
compiled by mira-chan and Shell

Mira-chan's Mild Wash Mix I
Take half a cup of fresh hibiscus leaves and crush them. The boil them in about a cup of water for 20 minutes. Strain, let cook and use as shampoo. The hibiscus leaf wash is not to be used post oiling or on oily hair unless it is very concentrated. It will not remove much oil. It mostly acts as an anti-dryness barrier.

Mira-chan's Mild Wash Mix IITake two tablespoons of powdered hibiscus flowers, mix with a cup of boiling water. Let cool. Apply to hair and leave for 5 to 20 minutes. Rinse well. Gives shine and cleans non-oiled hair well. Would be good for those who want to wash very often (daily or every other day) or for non-oiled naturally dry hair/ scalp.

Shell's Herbal COUse three tablespoons of amla in about two cups of warm water. Let sit for 5-15 minutes. Apply to hair and scalp. Gently massage scalp with a bit of water splashed on. Leave in for 15 minutes or so. Won't remove any but a very light oiling. Nicely conditioning and gently cleansing. Also makes your hair smell nice.

Rinses and Conditioners
compiled by Icydove

Traditionally, prewash oilings and using conditioning herbs in the washing mix serve as the Indian herb user's only conditioners. However, some people use Indian herbs for additional conditioning needs or for deep treatments.

Icydove's Herbal Rinse1 heaping tsp. of hibiscus
1 heaping tsp. of elderflower
1/2 tsp. of honey
Add the herbs and honey to two cups of hot water. Let steep for about 5 minutes, and strain. Dunk ends in the mixture, then pour it over head. Rinse lightly to prevent the hibiscus from staining. TIP: Use the mixture while the water is still warm or the honey could stiffen hair. Use aloe vera gel and jojoba oil mixed together as a leave-in.

mira-chan's Hibiscus Conditioner3-4 flowers of hibiscus
one tablespoon fenugreek seeds ( coarse powder or just crushed)
1 table spoon of arrowroot powder/ starch.

Mix arrowroot powder with a little bit of cool water. Make a large mug worth of strong tea with hibiscus and fenugreek. Strain then add arrowroot. Allow to cool then use as a conditioning rinse.

Kissedbyfire's Indian Herbal Wash/Condition1 tablespoon neem
1 tablespoon shikakai
1 tablespoon aritha
1 tablespoon amla
1 tablespoon sandlewood
1 tablespoon brahmi
1 tablespoon hibiscus
2 tablespoon marshmallow root
1 cup tea (rosemary, chamomile, lavendar, etc.)

Allow tea to simmer while mixing up the herbs. Add tea to herb mixture, mix well. Let cool to a warm temperature and apply.

Start with an avc rinse, then dry hair. Apply mix to slightly damp hair and scalp, and massage. Let sit for an hour wrapped in a plastic bag. Rinse.


Ayurvedic 101 No. 2

Oils and Oiling Techniques
compiled by mira-chan

Why oil?

Oils are used as a protective conditioner and for treating problems of hair growth and both hair and scalp condition. They can be used daily to protect hair from the elements. Herbal oils are applied to the scalp daily or pre-wash to treat scalp conditions. More thorough scalp and length oiling is done pre-wash as a conditioner to protect the hair from the drying effects of the cleansing herbs and water.

Herbal oils are chosen depending on condition of the scalp and used either together or separately. They are applied on non wash days in the evening or at least 30 minutes before washing to let the herb act on the scalp.

Pre-wash oiling is done on dry hair at least 30 minutes before washing. Non- wash day oiling can be done on dry or damp (misted) hair depending on how hair reacts to oiling. Amount used depends on hair length and how much oil the hair absorbs. Start with small amounts and increase as needed.

Post wash oiling is done on dry or damp hair depending on the hair reaction to oils. Only a small amount is used. It helps in detangling and shine, similar to a leave-in conditioner.

Which oils might be right for you?

Coconut - cooling oil
Used for scalp and length of hair, the body, and for cooking. Herbs can be infused in it, flavoring/scenting the infusion by immersing oils in it and letting it sit in the sun without high heat as heat from cooking a long time will alter the properties of unrefined coconut oil slightly. Prevents protein loss from hair during washing.
Applied both pre-wash and on the days between washing.

For dry or damaged ends: Wet/ mist the ends of the hair and liberally apply coconut oil, then braid. Let the oil soak in for at least a day.

Sesame-Warming/ neutral oilCommonly used for hair and cooking. The best oil to use when infusing other herbs by cooking. Can be applied between washing but, referred as a pre-wash oil as it has a stronger scent than coconut.

Mustard - warming oilIt is used more in Northern India, for the scalp and for medicinal body massages. It brings circulation to the scalp due to its mild irritating properties, similar to cayenne pepper. It has anti-bacterial properties. Do not try to infuse herbs in this by heating as it produces noxious fumes. Applied pre-wash to scalp only. Has a strong scent.

Amla Oil -- cooling oilConditioning astringent. A cooling, pitta soothing oil. Used for hair loss, premature graying, strengthens the roots, reduces dandruff. Prevents split ends. A small amount is applied to hair and scalp after washing or massaged in pre-wash. Promotes sound sleep when massaged into the scalp.

Brahmi Gatu Kola (Bacopa monnieri)Herb infused in oil. A cooling, pitta soothing oil.
Used to combat dandruff and dry scalp.

Bringraj (Eclipta alba)
Oil of the herbs called the king of herbs for hair infused into oil such as sesame. Aids in hair growth. Used for prevention of premature balding, and helps with sun damaged and color treated hair. Massage into the scalp pre-wash.
Ayurvedi Herbs and Uses
compiled by mira-chan and Shell

Albizia amara- usilai, vaagai, sirisa
For dandruff.

Amla (Emblica officinalis)The herb is an astringent, helps dye uptake, a conditioner and is mildly acidic (high in Vitamin C).

Aritha/Reetha soapnut (Sapindus trifoliatus)Cleansing, can leave hair a bit stiff. Aritha - can be used whole, fresh or dried, boiled then let stand of a night, as a shampoo on their own. It can also be used as a gentle fabric detergent. Some recommend it for use with shikakai and amla.

Brahmi Gatu Kola (Bacopa monnieri)Used for skin diseases. When used as a paste promotes growth and is anti dandruff. Similar to the oil.

Bringraj (Eclipta alba)Aids in hair growth. Used for prevention of premature balding, and helps with sun damaged and color treated hair. Bringraj herb and oil have similar properties.

Hibiscus (Rosa sinensis)Mild cleansing agent, promotes hair growth, softens and conditions. Hibiscus - possibility of it staining light porous hair a slight red.

Henna (Lawsonia inermis): BAQ Henna is a natural red dye that gives different results depending on current hair color and can be combined with Indigo for darker colors(browns/black).  It is a great conditioning and strentghmimg agent.

Jatamansi--Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)An essential oil usually mixed with sesame oil. It helps in growth and darkening of hair, prevents hair loss and premature graying. It is good for dry hair and scalp. It is used as a nerve sedative by massaging it into the scalp.

Kapoor Kachiiused for fragrance.

Methi fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum)Very conditioning, can be used as a gelling agent in mixes for the slime factor. Gives shine to hair. Also good for dandruff and hair loss.

Neem (Azadirachta indica)Anti fungal, anti bacterial herb. Can have an unpleasant smell if infused in oil. The herb itself has a neutral smell. It works in killing of and protection against lice, fungal caused dandruff, and any infection caused skin conditions. Helps treat eczema. Natural insecticide and fungicide.

Orange Peel (Citrus aurantium)A mild astringent used for skin. Makes hair soft, manageable, shiny, and supple.

Phaseolus Mungo -- black gram, green gram, mung beanCooling agent.

Rose Powder (Rosa alba)
Cooling, soothing, and cures skin irritations. Fragrant.

Sandalwood--red (Pterocarpus santalinus)Cooling and soothing herb. do not confuse with yellow sandalwood, which is prized for its lovely scent.

Sandalwood--yellowPurifying and soothing. Good for normal to oily hair in a hair mix (not a lot, has a simialr consistence to clay cleaners). Good as a face mask

Shikakai/Sheekakai (Acacia concinna)Cleansing agent. Can be drying. Use with oils or a conditioning herb.

Triphala/Trifalatriphala - mix of Amla, Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) - promotes hair growth

Tulsi--holy basil (Ocimum sanctum)
Treats ringworm and other skin diseases, protects skin from environmental damage

Vetiver (Vetivera zizanioides)
A cooling herb, anti-inflammatory and antipyretic

Ayurvedic 101 No. 1

Ayurvedic Hair Care compiled by Shell

Indians believe that the health of the hair, skin, and nails indicates the health of the person, and that someone with unhealthy hair needs to manage their diet better. Specifically they lack protein (Indians generally recommend milk protein to remedy this--especially yogurt), and fruits and vegetables. The ideal exercise according to Ayurvedic practitioners is walking.

Traditional Indian health theory involves balancing the various body types (dosha), of which there are three general types. This involves diet, exercise, lifestyle, and in some cases herbal treatments. For more information on Ayurvedic theory you may want to read ''Essential Ayurveda'' by Shubhra Krishan or ''The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies'' by Vasant Lad. Both of these books explain the theory of the doshas and recommend lifestyle choices to maximize health.

Most herbs used in Indian hair and skin care (yes many of the herbs below are also good for your skin!) are good for everyone, regardless of dosha. If you have particular problems or concerns, you may want to contact an Ayurvedic practitioner for a professional consultation.

Generally using herbs for healthy hair maintenance involves some kind of oiling (see below) and an herbal wash. You may also add an herbal rinse. The wash and rinse can be one mixture, or used separately, but together they should contain at least one cleansing agent (such as shikakai or aritha/reetha and one conditioning agent such as amla). Some Indians also use rice starch as a type of natural emulsifier to bind the herb powders together and make them easier to apply and rinse out.

Indian women tend to oil their hair daily or every other day, and to wear their hair in a single braid or a bun. Very rarely do they wear their hair down.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

"How do I get rid of the bits of herbs in my hair?"
There are a few standard methods to remove excess herb debris that is left after rinsing:
1) Strain the herbs so there isn't much left to remove
2) Use lots of conditioner
3) Soak hair in a bucket, filled sink or mermaid soak in a bath tub
4) After hair dries, brush out or shake out the excess herb bits. You can hold your ends and shake your hair to get out the bits. It works pretty well.

"Will Indian herbs darken my hair?"
In general, most people do not experience darkening when using Indian herbs. Factors that can increase the possibility of herbs darkening include leaving on the herbs for a long period of time and cooking herbs for extended amounts of time before application. People with light-colored hair are more likely to notice a color change, so strand testing is advised. You many find that oiling makes your hair darker, or redder. Oiling may also increase drying time.

"Where can I buy Indian herbs?"
Indian groceries are typically the least expensive place to buy Indian herbs, although the age of the stock widely varies from store to store. You can locate the Indian grocery closest to you by checking phone listings under ethnic groceries. Bulk herb and organic/natural food groceries sometimes carry herbs like hibiscus and fenugreek in their tea sections. Indian herbs are also available via the Internet.

"How much oil should I apply to my hair before washing with Indian herbs?"
It is usually helpful to start off with small amounts of oil and work toward an optimal amount. A light oiling can consist of a thumbnail-sized amount or less of coconut oil or 1/2 tsp. or less of a liquid oil. Giving the oil time to soak in before washing can help ensure a thorough removal by the herbs.

"Can I rotate Indian herbs with other methods?"
Yes, of course you can. If you like, you can use Indian herbs as your only method, along with other products, or just as an occasional deep treatment.

Certain herbs and oils in Indian culture are given the "absolute power" status: Oils: Coconut oil, mustard oil, castor oil, Amla oil,Neem oil and Sesame oil.
Herbs: Amla, Hibiscus, Tulsi, Neem, Bhringaraj, Brahmi, Fenugreek.

I just want to *stress* on three, over and above what you have mentioned:

Castor oil: Not very popular due to its massive stickiness and viscosity outside India (because I have seen only Indians (in India) being comfortable with having their hair as oil slicks. They just bun their massively oily hair, put some flower strands in it and are as happy as can be), but it is a very powerful carrier oil. Said to promote hair growth, fight dryness and dandruff and prevent greying.

Neem: Truly a tree to be revered. I cannot profess enough about the goodness of this tree. It is a medicinal oil and helps fight hair loss, dandruff, premature greying and a little goes a long way.

Hibiscus: Again, a plant that is high on my list and most Indians list. I want to worship this plant! The leaves can be crushed/blended with a li'l hot water and applied as a hair mask to condition. The flowers too. Dried flowers, leaves can also be used and also powders are available. The least Indians do is put the leaves, flowers in their "buckets" of water which they use to bathe with , and believe that even that helps!

Again - I just thought that the above 3 deserved a bit more stress - is all. Doesn't mean I want to take away from the "king" of oils - coconut (in Indian parlance) or amla, Bhringaraj etc.

One word of caution (may be an old wives tale): Sandalwood is used sparingly because it is believed to cause "lightness" of strands. Just like Cassia(right?). If you are going for darkening you may want to read up more on this.
In India Sandalwood is used as a face-mask to lighten skin too! It is mostly used in hair to perfume it - much like Kapoor Kachhli.


Ayurvedic Regimen Challenge

One of the main reason I became natural was to achieve the big curly look.  I LOVE big healthy curly hair.  In my natural hair journey I have experienced my set-backs( split ends, heat damage) and I have been reseraching every way to reach my goal.  In my reaserch I have come across two bloggers, Curly Nikki and Moptop Maven, who's hair looks beautiful and who use ayurvedic herbs ( henna, amla, brahmi, etc).

I have decided to give this Ayurvedic regime a  try and stop coveting others results and doing nothing about it. (TAKING ACTION!!). 

Starting November, I am will begin builind my ayurvedic regime for six monthes and see if I get the desired results.  Join me in my journey and/or share your ayurvedic recipes and stories!

I found a great article about Ayurvedic regime and recipes, but because it is VERY long I am breaking it into three different posts.


DIY Powdered Herbs

Herbs can be used fresh, dried or powdered.  

Fresh/Dried herbs (leaves, barks, roots)  can be used for infusions, decoctions, and teas(powdered herbs are virtually impossible to strain).

Powdered herbs are used for lotions, mask, cream, lotions, soap, etc.

While shopping for different herbs online, I couldn't help but wonder if I could purchase them locally.  So I tried a local fresh market and found rosemary, lavender, peppermint, spearmint.  I also visited a Chinatown and found bulk burdock root, orange peel, nettle, and hibiscus.  But what I found interesting was none of these herbs came in powdered form. So, of course being Ms. DIY, I had to figure out how to use all these herbs I had just purchased and their usage depending on the recipe, i.e. beet roots for tinting lip balm.

Creating your powdered herbs:

  • Dry/Dehydrate your herbs if fresh
  • Take your dried/dehydrated herbs and place in blender/food processor/grinder
  • Grind herbs until they become a fine powder
  • Store powders in clean and dry jars with lid


Save money and shipping!!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Make Your Own Shealoe Butter

While reading a fellow bloggers page of Ayurvedic recipes, I came across Shealoe.  Shealoe is simply a combination of Shea Butter and Aloe Vera.  Shealoe provides all the benefits of Shea Butter, plus a refreshing cooling effect to the skin.  This mixture is also lighter than Shea Butter alone and can our hair be used for both your skin and hair.

I have used Aloe Vera Gel in my Whipped Shea Butter, but no more than a tablespoon.  I have not done a lot of research on Shealoe yet, but I would assume that it would still have the same sealing affects of Shea Butter.

As I mentioned in my post about Shea Butter, there are are many benefits of using it for both skin and hair.  If you have never used Shea Butter it is very thick and quit heavy.  For these reasons I do not necessarily like Shea butter, but I love the results and the protection it offers my ends ( Split ends are my enemy).  In other words, I deal with it.

100% Aloe Vera also provides many benefits to both hair and skin ( Should be Clear)
  • healing and soothing to skin
  • provides hold to hair for styling
  • moisturizing to Hair and Skin
  • Used to sooth sunburned skin
  • treats acne, dandruff, athletes foot, burns, eczema, insect bites, herpes, poison ivy, poison oak, boils, ringworm, scars, wrinkles, etc
Being Ms. DIY, of course I wanted to make my own shealoe instead of ordering it from some online vendor! 


  1. 1/4 cup Shea Butter and 1/4  cup Aloe Vera Gel; Mix in blender
  2. You can add herbal/vegetablw/essential oils as desired
  3. Blend

Whatever the amount you use, make sure the Aloe Vera Gel and Shea Butter are 50-50.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Willow Smith vs. Sesame Street - Whip My Hair (Fraggle Roc Nation Remix)

I posted the original Sesame Street video and I liked it's message, but I REALLY like this remix. LOL!!!!!


Willow - Whip My Hair

This video is so, cute and I love the song. I look forward to seeing what else she does!!\


Monday, October 18, 2010

How to Make Your Own Infused Oils

Infused Oils

Infused oils are, simply put, carrier oils infused with herbs therapeutic properties.  These oils can be used for skin, hair and cooking depending on the herb used.

What you will need:
  • Dried herb(s) of choice
  • Clean glass jar with lid
  • Carrier Oil ( it's best to use oils that are beneficial to your skin type [dry, oily, allergies])
    • Some Carrier Oils
      • Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Apricot Oil, Avocado Oil, Almond, Oil, Jojoba Oil
Quick Method:
  • Using a crockpot or stainless steel pot heat desired carrier oil over low heat
  • Add 8 ounces of desired oil (s)
  • Add a handful of dried herbs or 2x the amount of fresh herbs
  • Let oil simmer for two hours, stirring every 10-15 minutes
  • Remove herbs from oil by straining them into a clean glass jar with lid.
Slower Method (Solar Method):
  • Take a clean glass jar and pour in desired carrier oil (s)
  • Add a handful of dried herbs.
  • Place lid on jar tightly
  • Let jar sit for two week in light, Occasionally shaking the jar
  • Remove herbs from oil by straining with cheesecloth
Store finshed oils in amber glass botttles and place in cool, dry place and away from light ( this will keep your oils from losing their therapeutic properties)

Use within 6 monthes - 1 year and know that some oils need to be refrigerated and have shorter shelf life.  Avoid getting water in your oils to avoid bacteria.


Sunday, October 17, 2010


Everyone has experienced dandruff at some point in their life and knows how much it sucks to have a bunch of snowflakes all over your black turtleneck.  This post is about getting rid of dandruff.  But to get rid of it, you need to understand what it is.

What causes Dandruff?
  • occurs from excessive dry or oily scalp conditions
  • sensitivity reactions hair care products
  • fungal overgrowth
  • results of stress, thus causing oil glands to over produce
  • diet too high in sugar, dairy, fried food, fat
Ways to Avoid:
  • Keep scalp moisturized
  • Do not suffocate scalp with heavy greases and pore clogging oils
  • Keep Scalp clean
  • Minimize stress
  • Watch diet ( add tablespoon of hempseed oil to diet)
Ways to Treat:
  • Herbs for dandruff
    • artichoke leaves, burdock root, celery seed, Clary sage, horsetail, lavender, nettle, peppermint, quasi chips, rosemary, sage, southernwood, tea tree thyme, and willow bark
  • Essential Oils for dandruff
    • cedarwood, Clary, sage, cypress, eucalyptus, juniper, lavender, lemons, myrrh, patchouli, peppermint, pine, rosemary, sage, tea tree oil and ylang-ylang
  • Herbal Hair Rinses
    • ACV rinses for dry hair
    • Fresh Lemon Juice for Oily Hair
      • Use this rinse after your shampoo
      • These rinses can be left in or let sit in your hair for minimum of 15 minutes and then rinse with cool water
      • Mixed 1 quart water infusions with 2 tablespoons ACV/Lemon
  • Infused Oils
    • This is an oil that has all the nutrients and benefits of desired herb
  • Coconut Oil with tea tree oil or any of the essential oils listed above
    • use this as a conditioner and then rinse
    • Tea Tree Oil is a great antiseptic

Baking Soda

Here are some ways baking soda can be used and the benefits.

Skin benefits:
Great cleaner and exfoliant.
  •  Add milk for great exfoliating
  • Cleans pores and draws out sebum clogging the pores

  • Used as a deodorant
  • Used in body powders
  • Use as toothpaste
    • add peppermint essential oil and tea tree oil
  • serves a a great feminine refresher by neutralizing acids and restoring PH levels
  • Use this method instead of feminine douches, which are bad because they strip the vagina of all bacteria, good and bad
    • Make sure you use wam water.  Do not use in HOT water, will reduce effectiveness

I aslo found this cool list of other ways to use Baking Soda
61 Ways To Use Baking Soda

Friday, October 15, 2010

Sesame Street:Song: I Love My Hair

This is cool, I like that this is geared towards teaching young black children to love and appreciate their own hair and not feel pressured to fit a certain ideal, etc.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

You Gotta Work it Out!!!

Did you know weight loss is 80% diet and 20% workout?  So, if you eat crap, and workout you will NOT lose weight.  Or if you eat crap and DO NOT workout, you will gain weight.

I am a big supporter of losing weight the right way.  That means no pills, craze dieting, etc.  I once lost 40 lbs just by changing my eating habits and I've been avoiding the reality that it takes time and persistence.

Weight loss always feels like a conundrum, that is TOO big to tackle.  It's like a boulder that you look at a and can't decide which side to start pushing.

Well here's the answer, start with your diet, then get ACTIVE!!!!  Weight loss occurs when there is a deficit in the number of calories eaten versus the calories burned throughout the day!!

Cut down on the sweets
Trade out your white bread for whole grain low calorie bread.
Eat more vegetable
Eat lean protein
EAT BREAKFAST!!!  ( This should be your biggest meal)
Don't eat and go to sleep
Eat dinner no later than 7pm
Drink at least 64 ounces of water
Cut down on the salt and use Ms. Dash and/or light salt
Eat a balanced diet ( starches, vegetables, protein, fat and dairy)
Workout more days than not!!

These are some beginning motivating guidelines!!  Figure out what works for you!!

Also, do it for the right reason, health first and superficial later!!!

Wisdom Work's Handmade Earrings

 ( I cant figure out how to flip the picture, LOL!!, But this is the adorable package the earrings came in)

I came home to a pleasant surprise!!!!  My earring order from Wisdom'sWorks!!!'

I loved the earrings, and they are so cute!!  These are clip-ons, but she makes both kind.  As a blog committed to DIY projects, I feel I must support other doing their thang!!

Share your DIY projects and might try it myself!!!


Weight Loss Moral Booster

Starting my new weight loss plan, I found that I really needed a moral booster to help me stick to good eating habits in the beginning.  So I looked for a quick cleanse that was not about starving yourself and cutting out all food groups.  For me, that just a setup for disaster.  I can't just cut out some of my favorite foods all at once.  I will just over eat the first chance I get or just go completely off the wagon. 

I found this cleanse from LA to Your Door, that allows you to eat, while cleansing out your system, decreasing bloating and sometimes a flatter stomach( not instant, just a reduction).  This feeling gave em a boost to keep on going.

It's a little bit pricey, but after trying some of the cheaper versions, I feel it was worth it. 

Follow-up this cleanse with a balanced diet and exercise regime that will promote weight loss!!

Coffee Protein Shake

Today's protein recipe was interesting.  I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first, but I really enjoyed it this morning on the  way to work.  Protein, plus the taste of my morning addiction, COFFEE was tremendous!!

1 scoop vanilla Whey Protein
1 tablespoon ground coffee beans
1 cup 2% milk
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground Flax Seeds

Enjoy!!  And Remember share your recipes!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Protein Shake

I have recently decided that I need to make some changes, so I've joined a gym and started to get my workout on.  Ha!   But I'm not really eating right, which is counter-productive to my current 4-5 day week workout regime for at least 2 hours.  So, I've decided to try protein shakes in the morning for breakfast , because it is the most important meal of the day, which usually consists of coffee or tea for me as I run out the door to catch my train. 

I don't know about you, but I'm staying in the bed until the last minute, and I do not prepare stuff the night before. 


  • Starts your day of right
  • Assists with muscle building and restoration after workouts
  • Increases metabolism
  • Helps you burn more calories throughout the day and after your workouts
  • Curbs cravings and hunger  ( so when you walk past that muffin or vending machine you can keep going)  WILL POWER!!!!!  LOL!!!

This was my first try/recipe.  Please share your recipes or ideas, because I think I will need to mix things up in order to stick to it.

1/2 banana
1/2 cup blueberries
1 scoop vanilla whey protein( 20 grams)
2 teaspoons Ground Flax Seeds (fiber)
1 cup skim milk

Place all ingredient into your bullet/blender and mix!!

Follow shake up with an apple.  Remember, you should eat something every two hours in order to keep your metabolism going and avoid cravings that usually result in bad decisions. 

I felt full and satisfied and not as hungry as I usually feel by the time I get to work, which is helping me make better decisions.

Cleansing Grains II

This recipe is good for all skin types.

This recipe is similar to my previous post,Cleansing Grains .  But as I was attempting to make the recipe last night, I realized I didn't have all the ingredients.  I thought I had plain oatmeal or the flavor was separate, but I had fiber oatmeal with maple syrup pre-packaged.  Now that I think about it, I should have tried it, Maybe next time. 

This recipe, worked just fine and I loved the results.  It made my face feel like all the pore clogging dirt and oil was sucked right out, without feeling dry and tight.  I then followed this up with Thayers Witch Hazel toner and Coconut Oil for a moisturizer.

Note:  I have oily skin, so I would not recommend using the Coconut oil, it made my face feel oily and covered.  Trial and error right!

Enjoy and share your recipes!

Cleansing Grains Recipe

2 tablespoons bentonite clay
1/4 cup ground almonds
1-2 drops of lavender essential Oil

Place almonds into blender and mix until fine.

Combine almonds with bentonite clay in a bowl and mix.  Store mixture in a glass jar.

How to use:

Scoop out a portion of mix and moisten with honey and water/yogurt/apple cider vinegar  ( depending on skin type).  Be sure to use enough water/yogurt/ACV mix or the paste will be very thick and hard to spread.
Gently apply paste and scrub face.
Rinse and apply toner and moisturizer.

Use these mix at two times a week.  It serves as a great exfoliater, as well as cleanser for pores( draws out sebum that causes enlarged pores). 

Be sure not to use too often, to avoid tears on your skin or other damage.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Cleansing Grains

This recipe is good for all skin types.

Cleansing Grains Recipe

2 cups white clay
1 cup of ground oats
1/4 cup ground almonds
1-2 drops of lavender essential Oil

Place oats and almonds into blender and mix until fine.

Combine oats and almonds with white clay in a bowl and mix.  Store mixture in a glass jar.

How to use:

Scoop out a portion of mix and moisten with honey and water/yogurt/apple cider vinegar  ( depending on skin type).
Gently apply paste and scrub face.
Rinse and apply toner and moisturizer.

Use these mix at two times a week.  It serves as a great exfoliater, as well as cleanser for pores( draws out sebum that causes enlarged pores). 

Be sure not to use too often, to avoid tears in your skin or damage.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Hair Mud

I  have been debating using bentonite clay as a treatment for my hair.  I am dragging my feet on trying this treatment as well as a Henna treatment. 

Has anyone used these treatment?  Share your experience!!

These treatments are supposed to be very good for the hair by adding strength and conditioning.  Henna also works as natural hair dye.

MopTop Maven posted her Clay hair mask.
Follow Link:
Clay Hair Mask by MopTop Maven

I would add honey and rosemary oil to this mix!!


Leave In Conditioner

Make your own Leave-in Conditioner!!

This is a very simple recipe that takes about 5 seconds to make and works as a great moisturizer, hair refresher and use for wet setting and/or detangling when you don't want to do a full- co-wash.

  • Distilled Water
  • Vegetable Glycerin (warm months only)
  • Herbal Essence Hydration Conditioner ( Or whatever moisturizing conditioner you like)
  • Coconut Oil
  • 16-ounce bottle
  1. Put  2 tablespoons of conditioner, 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin and 1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil into spritz bottle
  2. Pour Distilled Water into bottle and Shake Mix
  3. Style as you like
Refrigerate in between uses!

Honey Moisturizer

This is a good recipe for dry skin.  (courtesy Return to Beauty)

  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon almond oil
  • 1/2 egg yolk
  • Mix ingredients in bowl
Apply two times daily after cleansing

Keep refrigerated!

Pumpkin Cleanser & Mask

Happy October!!

For those that have dry skin, Fall and Winter months can be very tough on the skin.  Here is a recipe that will cleanse the skin without drying you out and moisturizer.

Since it's October,, I thought it would be nice to use Pumpkin recipes.

Pumpkin Cleanser
  • 1 Pumpkin Wedge
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Peel and shred pumpkin wedge
  • Bring 1 cup of water, pumpkin and salt to a boil
  • Reduce heat and let simmer until pumpkin is soft
  • Drain
  • Puree mix in blender until creamy
  • Allow to Cool
Keep Refrigerated

Pumpkin Mask

  • Pumpkin Wedge
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • Chop pumpkin into 10 cubes
  • Boil pumpkin cubes for 10 minutes
  • Drain and mash cubes and then allow to cool
  • Add two tablespoons of mashed pumpkin and tablespoon of Olive Oil and Mix
  • Apply to face an neck and let sit for 20 minutes.  Rinse with warm water and apply moisturizer.
Refrigerate Leftovers!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Blemish Spot Treatment

Here are some natural ingredients that have lightening effects on the skin when applied on a regular basis.  Look for ingredients that are naturally acidic and/or assist with exfoliating dead skin cells. 

  • Lemon Juice
  • Fresh Pineapple
  • chamomile tea
  • Dandelion Leaf
  • Vitamin Oil
  • Yogurt
  • Castor Oil
  • Shea Butter
  • Buttermilk
  • Elder Flower Water
Daily exfoliation is also very important for shedding dead skin cells and/or use special facial scrubs/masks once or twice a week. 

As with any natural product, give the treatment time to work, since it is natural, results take a little longer than those other chemical laden options out there.

Option 1
Follow this Link:
Blemish Spot Treatment

I was asked about spot treatment options and I found this recipe online.  Enjoy!!  and let me know how it works for you.

Option 2
You can also try Vitamin E Oil mixed with lemon essential oil.   (Vitamin E Oil is very good at lightening scars over time)