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Monday, June 15, 2015

3 Easy DIY Hair Rinse Recipes

You can enhance the condition of your hair and scalp by using easy, all-natural, homemade herbal rinses, which are as simple to create as making your favorite cup of tea. In fact, several of the ingredients, such as dried herbs and essential oils, can be found in your local health food store. You can also purchase organic herbs from our shop at Beazer's Garden

Natural hair rinses can boost circulation, cleanse your scalp and condition your hair.  Use them after shampooing and for added shine, rinse hair with the coldest water you can stand. This will leave your hair amazingly clean and allow the hair cuticle to lie flat.  They can also be used to subtly add natural highlights or darken your hair. 

Here are some simple hair rinse recipes for you to create at home. 

Natural Hair Rinse Recipes:

Simple Rinse 
Choose one of the herbs listed below for a quick rinse.

Chamomile or Calendula: These herbs are good for lightening fair hair. These rinses soothes and heals the scalp and gives hair a silky sheen. 

Sage: Sage leaves can darken hair and cover gray hairs. Removes oil buildup and promotes healthier hair. 

Linden: Relieve over-stressed, dried out and brittle hair from processing. Promotes circulation in the scalp and make hair grow in healthier. 

Makes 12 ounces 
• 2 cups water
• ¼ cup fresh or dried herbs

1. Boil water and pour over dried herbs. Let mixture cool and then strain out all solids before using. 
2. To use: Pour over clean hair as a final rinse. Do not rinse.

Fresh Lavender-Mint Rinse
Add shine to dull, limp locks with this rinse. Energizing mint will tingle your scalp with a fresh feeling. Lavender is cleansing and softly fragrant. The vinegar cleanses leftover residue from styling gels or soap-based shampoos from your hair and scalp. 

Use this rinse monthly.   Great for all skin and hair types.
• 1⁄2 cup apple cider vinegar
• 1⁄2 cup fresh or 1 tablespoon dried mint leaves
• 1 tablespoon fresh or 1⁄2 tablespoon dried lavender leaves
• 1 cup boiling water
1. Place vinegar and herbs in a bowl and pour boiling water over them. Let mixture cool completely and then strain.

2. To use: Apply the solution to the scalp as a final rinse after shampooing. Rinse well with cool water. 

Cleansing Rosemary Thyme Hair Rinse
Rosemary and thyme have been used for centuries to darken hair and keep it soft and silky. They also have natural antiseptic properties, which give this rinse the added bonus of keeping your scalp healthy and clean. After several uses, you will notice the results. Herbal rinses need to build up over time, but the advantage is that your hair will darken quite subtly and naturally.  

• 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves or 1⁄2 tablespoon dried
• 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1⁄2 tablespoon dried
• 2 cups boiling water

1. Place herbs in a glass bowl and pour boiling water over them. Allow leaves to steep until cool. Strain liquid and pour into a clean container.

2. To use: After shampooing, pour the rinse over your hair. Do not rinse.


Extra DIY Info:

Catnip: For a quick dandruff cure, brew a strong tea of dried catnip leaves and boiling water and massage into your scalp after shampooing. Rinse well with cool water.
Lemon juice: The juice of 1 lemon and 1 cup water mixed together brings back life and shine to dull hair. Use as a final rinse after shampooing, following with a cold-water rinse to remove all of the lemon water.
Baking soda: 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 cup water mixed together gets your hair really clean and removes all traces of styling gels and hair spray. Massage well into hair and scalp and rinse with warm followed by cool water.
Apple cider vinegar: 2 tablespoons of vinegar to 1 cup of water gives your hair shine and bounce. Use as a final rinse after shampooing and then rinse well with cool water.
Flat beer: 1 cup of flat beet will give your hair body. The beer scent will not remain once your hair is dry. For extra body, use beer as your final rinse (do not rinse out).
Tomato juice: 1 cup of tomato juice will remove any odor, such as smoke, from your hair. Massage into hair and rinse with warm, then cool water.

To help prevent split ends, rub olive oil into the ends of your hair 2-3 times a week. You can either leave it in or rinse out.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I'm Thankful.....

Though my family and friends drive me crazy, they are also what keep me sane. I'm thankful for them.

Though I'm at an impasse with trying to find a stable balance (and make a living) between my job in the eco field and the creative freedom of making my products, I'm thankful I have opportunities and resources available to explore.

Though I may struggle with the daily grind sometimes, the juggling of tasks, trying to maintain health and spirit, looking at our relationships in society, the world, I'm thankful for the  lessons I've learned throughout.

                                                                         Thank you

Monday, November 24, 2014

Enter To Win a Bath & Body Giftset!

Just in time for the Holidays!
A skincare treat to warm up cold Winter days.

4pc set includes a 5ml bottle of scented herbal essential oil, a 2oz jar of whipped body butter,
a 20gram container of Berry Sugar scrub, and a 2oz handmade herbal soap!

Natural, handmade goodness!

Enter to win! Good Luck!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Treasury Thursday ~ Based on Love...

Here are two treasuries with themes of love, 
showing that we don't need to save it for just one day of the year. 

The first is by Llona from Nonoluna, a shop specializing in beautiful art photography and wearables. 
Comprised of items from crafters in the Made in Love Team on Etsy, "The Garden Made in Love" features lovely items like a vintage slip set, a colorful digital paper pack and my herbal foot salts.

Next up is one from Beth of bprdesigns, "Will You Be Mine?" a collection of HEART felt items, from Craftoriteam that will leave any giftee weak with love, like a sterling silver ring and my Pamper Yourself Bath & Body Giftset

Visit these shops and show your love!