One of the first things we learned in cosmetology school was how to do a scalp treatment, and for good reason. For all the benefits they provide, I think it’s crazy they aren’t a regular part of our “beauty” routines. We’ll scrub, rub, and moisturize every square inch of our body, but the scalp tends to be neglected. Diy All Natural Scalp Treatment I have a friend from childhood that was my ever faithful guinea pig during beauty school. Before we talk about the how, let’s talk about the why. Why Scalp Treatments Are Important Here are just a few reasons that a scalp treatment should be a part of your regular beauty routine: Removes product build up (even shampoo and conditioner build up)Relieves dry, flaky, tight skin from winter monthsTreats dandruffStimulates the scalp to speed up hair growth On a more serious note: many scalp related problems including hair loss and slow hair growth are caused by a hardened build-up of sebum that clogs the hair follicles. Convinced you yet? Supplies
Crock Pot Hot Process Soap Tutorial -- Photo Heavy!Here are a few pictures to show what happens when I make CPHP. Your results may vary, though! Please note that this tutorial is designed for those already familiar with cold process soap making. Melt oils and mix up lye solution as you would with CP. After you’ve reached a nice, thick trace, put the lid on, check the crock pot is set to low, and entertain yourself for about a half an hour. Check back in about ten minutes and the gel will have spread from the edges toward the centre. Five minutes later, raw soap island is gone: It is at this time I remove the pot from the heat source and give a quick stir just to be sure the gel is complete. Now you can zap test the soap by taking a little bit out and rubbing it between your fingers to help it cool. When making HP, I add my additives at the end of the cook to avoid having the kitchen smell like the monkey cage at the zoo. And now a lovely oakmoss fragrance goes in: And lightly stirred to make an in-the-pot swirl:
10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Perfume | BeautyThink you know everything about perfume? Think again! Here are 10 interesting facts about the fascinating world of fragrance. 1) The name Perfume comes from the Latin word “per fume” which means “through smoke”- this makes sense as the earliest perfumes were incense based, and were made from spices and herbs such as coriander and frankincense. 2) The earliest modern style of perfume (made by blending essential oils with an alcohol solution) was created in 1310 for Queen Elizabeth of Hungary. 3) There are many aromatic sources available in nature, and all parts of plants are used in the quest for new and exciting scents. 4) Perfumes can also contain animal ingredients, although nowadays many of these are created synthetically for ethical reasons. 5) Ambergris really is whale vomit! 6) Nowadays many modern perfumes are made from synthetic fragrance oils. 8) An “Eau de Cologne” is a milder, watered down perfume typically with concentrations of between 2- 5% essential oils to base.
DIY Egyptian MagicI can’t quite remember who first introduced me to the idea of duping Egyptian Magic. It may have been Meredith, it could have been a reader. It seems my memory isn’t that great on this one. There are only six ingredients in the original—olive oil, beeswax, honey, bee pollen, bee propolis, and royal jelly. The bulk of the balm is olive oil that’s been thickened with beeswax. The special bits of the balm are the raw honey, bee pollen, and the bee propolis. Bee pollen is flat out loaded with vitamins. Bee propolis is a complex resinous substance gathered by bees that basically resin and essential oils sourced from nearby plants and trees. The resulting balm is thick and creamy.
Tea tree oil: this is how I use itIt occurred to me this week that I am tea tree oil dependent. I guess it's a relatively harmless oil dependency; I seriously don't know what I would do without it. Its antifungal and antiseptic properties make it perfect for a surprisingly wide array of applications where toxic or less healthy alternatives are usually employed. I'm partial to Desert Essence's organic variety. Though it can be pricey at about $11 for 0.5 ounces, it's much less expensive than buying all of the potentially toxic or synthetic products it replaces. Sinus Infection I was one of millions who had my style cramped by a sinus infection last week. Farewell, Mustiness I just liberated a bunch of belongings from storage this week.They needed some help airing out. Heal, You Abrasion When I was unloading a box from the storage unit, I scraped my hand. Stay Fresh, MouthA drop of tea tree oil in a glass of water makes a good mouth wash. Don't Offend, Feet I like my shoes to last a long time, and I like to go sockless.
DIY Warming Rub For Sore MusclesHave You Been Lifting Cars . . . To save trapped kittens again? Bench pressing two year-olds who keep flinging themselves onto you while you read a book? Well then, I have just the thing for you. This homemade rub is a relaxing treat that soothes tired, achy muscles, menstrual cramps, psoriasis, arthritis pain, shingles, nerve pain and more. The best part? Cayenne Powder – Contains capsaicin, which reduces the amount of Substance P – a chemical pain transmitter in the body. Now, are you ready to get started? How To Make A DIY Warming Rub For Sore Muscles Ingredients about 1/2 cup coconut oil 1 1/4 cups finely grated, packed cocoa butter (I used a cheese grater)* 2 tablespoons cayenne powder2 teaspoons ginger powder15 drops peppermint oil**15 drops eucalyptus oil8 drops clove oil***1 teaspoon arrowroot powder or non-GMO cornstarch (optional – reduces oily finish) * If you prefer to skip grating and use weight to measure the total should be about 2 oz ** Omit if using on children under five 1.
Homemade Tea Tree Oil Facial Cleanser - The Messy Baker BlogFollow my blog with Bloglovin’. No, this is not food. It feels wrong, I know. A few weeks ago, I decided to gradually go chemical free. It all started when I made Homemaker Chic’s recipe for Citrus Body Sugar Scrub. I recently made Amber’s homemade deodorant recipe from Mama’s Blissful Bites. The question “Does your homemade deodorant work?” I struggle with acne. Enter the oil cleansing method. I started using the oil cleansing method (OCM) almost a week ago. Oh yes! How does OCM work? Castor Oil- It’s known for its powerful anti-inflammatory, cleansing, and healing properties. All of these products can be found conveniently on Amazon. Will OCM work for everyone? If you would like to read more about the oil cleansing method, visit The Oil Cleansing Method website. Onto some boring blog chores. If you follow me on Facebook and you want to receive all of my status updates, then you’re going to need to refer to this tutorial by the ever so lovely Stephanie over at Eat.
How to Make Homemade Muscle Rub to Relieve HeadachesI experience chronic headaches on a daily basis. 30% of the time I would say they are migraines, with the other 70% being tension-type headaches. Oh how I loathe them. I can’t, nor do I want, to take NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like Advil or Aspirin) every day. I’ve been there and the long and short term side-effects and rebound headaches were just as bad as what I was dealing with in the first place. This led me to exploring different natural headache remedies that I could use as much as I needed to without suffering more for it. This particular muscle rub is geared towards those nasty tension headaches that come from tight shoulders and tense necks. Ingredients: Peppermint essential oil, Clove essential oil, Ginger essential oil, Wintergreen essential oil, coconut/jojoba/shea nut /grapeseed oil. Why Wintergreen essential oil: Wintergreen essential oil is incredible powerful when it comes to relieving pain. Protect Your Family from Toxic Products & Medications P.S.
Homemade DIY Pain Relief Lotion BarsLotion bars are one of my favorite natural beauty recipes to make. They are a simple way to moisturize and nourish the skin and they can be easily customized for a variety of uses. This variation is one of my favorites, especially for after athletic training or on sore muscles. I don’t use it during pregnancy, but it is great at other times. I also make a diluted version by using half as much Menthol and Essential Oil and omitting the Arnica oil for use on the kids when they get growing pains. These natural pain relief lotion bars smell excellent and work wonders on sore or tired muscles! Pain Relief Lotion Bars Pain relief lotion bars help soothe the pain of achy muscles naturally with herbs and natural remedies. Author: Wellness Mama Recipe type: Remedy Ingredients Instructions Combine all ingredients in a quart size glass mason jar and carefully place this jar in a small saucepan of water on the stove.Turn the burner on and bring water to a low simmer. How to Use: Don’t Want To Make Them?