The Art of Spinning Gold Out Of Straw / Or How Cornucopia [The Horn of Plenty] was revealed to me in a Flash of Lighting & The Practice of Zero Waste

guessmynameDear Reader, my apologies for my absence these last few weeks, my husband has been quite unwell and life just snowballed, so its only now that I’m catching my breath. Thanks to The Powers That Be, he is slowly improving.

It has been a strange often surreal exhausting time, a haze of disinfectant sprays, wipes, washes…In the face of serious illness in the house, I had to give up much of my zero waste lifestyle. 

There is just no way to reuse or recycle used surgical gloves, bandages, bin bags etc, where there is infection, so our landfill waste bin has to be emptied every single day, where it used to be once a week. It may not sound so awful but it weighed heavily on my mind.

Bottles and bottles of disinfectant laundry detergent, floor disinfectant, surface disinfectant everywhere…The danger of infection and illness was too serious to use anything but the prescribed methods, which to be fair, worked but were very harsh, both on one’s skin, lungs, clothes and the environment.

61DiY-gCCtL._SY550_On a side note, the one natural product I was pleasently surprised the hospital approved of, was Tea Tree Oil. So it went into everything, detergent, floor cleaner, shampoo, shower gel, soap…

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Tea Tree Oil is an awesome and powerful antiseptic, which I cannot recommend enough!

As my husband was bed bound and I became his full time, if temporary carer, money has been really, really tight.

This added stress and worry to the already tough situation and I felt overwhelmed, lost and without hope.

Thankfully I didn’t have to resort to calling on Rumpelstiltskin, as the unfortunate girl who had to spin gold out of straw needed to in the well known fairytale but I found my salvation in the practice of Zero Waste.

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Late one night, unable to sleep [the couch by necessity had become my bed], I was browsing on Youtube and suddenly, like a flash of Lighting, I found myself captivated by people, who changed completely how they looked at the world, the ‘waste’ they created and the exciting concept of The Three Rs!

 

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There are Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. A remarkably straight forward concept but one which I have taken to heart and which is revolutionising my life! 🙂

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With Christmas on the horizon, I have taken ordinary everyday items that are usually used once and then discarded, such as milk cartoons, cereal boxes, tissue boxes, margarine tubs, plastic bottles and with some help from Youtube and unwanted fabric, paper bags, glue and scissors, I am turning them into Gift Boxes, Gift Bags and storage containers.

I talked about my ventures into this a month ago but my endeavours are coming on considerably since.

I love turning something which is plain and ordinary into something beautiful and special, which will bring pleasure to someone I care about. It is tremendously satisfying and an excellent way to unwind and take your mind off your troubles.

hand-warmer-diy-1Out of necessity, Homemade gifts shall be the order of the day this Christmas, so I have been making Heat Pads, Neck Warmers, Hand Warmers for all, as well as cushions and homemade beauty products.

Yes, it is true, it takes a lot of time, a lot of patience, mumbled swearwords under one’s breath as you prick your finger yet AGAIN…but its so worth it.

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The most wonderful side effect of all my recent frugal endeavours is an unexpected feeling of ‘plenty‘.

fortune-built-table-not-walls-we-are-humanity-e1510180168838.jpgFrom being stressed out of my mind about how we would manage with all the necessary cut backs and economies, I’ve been delighfully surprised to feel excited about all the ways I have learnt to make a little into a lot.

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I feel as if someone has handed me the horn of Cornucopia [the mythical horn of plenty] and all it takes to unlock the door into this world of wonder and magic is some imagination, a bit of inspiration from the web and a willingness to experiment.

Next Time

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I have started sleeping on the floor, for a variety of reasons and after doing a little research and using my own experiences, I can’t talk enough about the amazing benefits.

People are shocked and worried, when I tell them I’m sleeping on the floor but I’m loving it! Each night is a new adventure, a new experience and I wake up feeling restored, relaxed and ready for a bright new day! 🙂

Sleep well xx

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Upcycling Juice Boxes, Milk Cartons, Tissue Boxes & Other Common HouseHold Items

upcycleRecently I have been thinking more and more about how I need to do more as regards recycling. Its not just enough anymore to wash my cartons out and sort them for the trash, I want to find ways to reduce the amount of waste I produce and one way of doing that is to find new ways to reuse stuff I would usually throw away.

3773430-origI have been paying more attention to what goes in our recycling bin lately and the biggest culprits are:

  • Juice Boxes
  • Milk Cartons
  • Postal Packaging
  • Newspapers
  • The odd magazine
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Crisp Bags
  • Recipes
  • Packaging from store bought products
  • Chocolate Wrappers
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Tins
  • Tissue Boxes

reuse-milk-cartons-5So I have started finding ways to upcycle these things. The first I looked at was Juice Boxes

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You can make Juice Boxes into Storage containers, wallets, bags, gift boxes, toy boats…

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Cereal Boxes make great Filing containers for envelopes, papers, study notes…

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Tissue boxes are great as gift boxes, for flower displays, for seasonal decorations and childrens toys.

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Milk Cartons are useful for so many things. you truly are limited only by your imagination.

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Plastic Bottles can be made into pencil cases, bird feeders…

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Some Gift Boxes I’ve made so far using recycled materials: [not very exciting or professional looking but practice makes perfect!]

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Next Time

I will be looking at ways to reuse Tin Cans, making DIY Autumn and Halloween Decorations and talking about autumn wildlife.

Until then, sweet dreams.

Xxx

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How To DIY Heat Neck Pillows, Hand Warmers & Other Heat Packs To Keep You Warm & Cosy!

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So Autumn is most definitely here and in a ideal world, it should be something like this:

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Instead its usually more like this:

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So if your autumn is more like mine with long damp days and dark chilly nights, we could all do with a little warmth and cheer. Solution, make your own fabulous heat packs to stay toasty all the year long! 🙂

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There are a number of choices for what to use as filler for the heat packs, from rice to wheat to cherry stones to flaxseed.

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After much research, Flaxseed seems to be the most popular choice for stuffing your heat pack.

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WHY FLAX INSTEAD OF OTHER GRAINS?

Flaxseed provides a gentle, moist heat which promotes healing.

  • Flaxseeds are flower seeds, rather than grains, so they contain 30-40% oil which remains inside the seed to be warmed again and again. Other products lose their ability to retain heat as the water cooks out of them over time.
  • When heated, flaxseed pillows retain half their heat after an hour. Under covers (think about those toes…) the pillow will still be warm hours later.
  • Flax never has that “cooked grain” smell other grain based products have when heated over and over again.
  • The weight of flaxseed is gentle and comforting.
  • Flaxseed pillows can also be chilled in the freezer to sooth fevers or slight inflammations, though they don’t get cold enough to provide the numbness needed for things like sprains and back injuries.

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  • Choose your fabric. Something heavy but not too stiff, like brushed canvas or cotton ticking, works well.
  • Its best to use 100% cotton if possible as artificial materials are more likely to burn in a microwave.
  • Decide what size you’d like your finished pillow to be. Customize it to suit your needs, but a rectangle about 6 inches by 18 inches is a good place to start. (This is long enough to drape around your neck.)
  • Cut your fabric. You can cut two pieces of cloth, adding about half an inch for a seam allowance all around. Or you can cut one piece of cloth that’s twice the width you want the finished pillow to be plus half an inch seam allowance on each side. (In this case you’ll fold the fabric in half lengthwise and sew three rather than four ends closed.)
  • Place right sides of the fabric together and sew, using a half-inch seam allowance on each side. Leave one short side open for filling.
  • Turn your pillow right side out.

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Fill your pillow about two-thirds to three-fourths full of flax seed.

Add about 1/4 cup of dried lavender flowers. Don’t overdo the flowers, because the scent will become stronger when heated. And don’t overfill the pillow or the seeds won’t be able to move around and the pillow won’t drape comfortably.

acbfa49b74dd818ae2763313e414a016Sew the last end closed. (You can fold the ends in and sew by hand or by machine.)

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Use

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To use your pillow, warm it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Shake and warm for another 30 to 60 seconds, until the desired warmth.

To warm it in the oven, place in cold oven and turn heat to 200 degrees. Shake pillow after five minutes, then replace for another two to five minutes, testing often.

Note: Be careful not to overheat the pillow! It can get hot enough to burn you or even start a fire!

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Other Options

  • Design your pillow in the shape of a “U” to fit around your neck. Or make a muff to put your cold hands in.
  • Make a no-sew version using tube socks. Just fill with flax and lavender and knot the end
  • Sew a liner to fill with flax and lavender and a removable cover for washing. Simply make the cover just a bit larger than the liner, for easy removal. And be sure to prewash and preshrink your outer fabric. (You don’t want it to shrink so that it no longer fits over your liner.)
  • cd51fedb53d5b39e5163a4870408aaec--diy-heating-pad-heating-padsChoose a liner fabric that’s lightweight and a bit open weaved but tight enough to hold the contents.
  • Use dried rose petals, mint, or other dried herbs that you enjoy for scent in place of the lavender flowers.
  • Use your pillow over your forehead, or under or over your feet, too.
  • Try chilling your pillow in the freezer when you need to cool rather than warm an area.

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Flax pillows make wonderful gifts. Choose fabrics that are appropriate for the recipient, and tie with a pretty ribbon or raffia. Include a little card with directions.

You can even make them into stuffed animals or incorporate them into slippers but I will be talking about that again in the future.

il_340x270.1056921972_s3rtIf you have Sore wrists and spend a lot of time in a chilly office, you can make simple Keyboard and Wrist Support Heat pads.

Or if you you have a old flannel shirt, it would be perfect for making some seasonal hand warmers…diy-flannel-foot-warmer-gift-idea-05

In Conclusion

I have made one neck pillow, one heavy pillow for sore tummies and one comforting hand warmer and have tested them all in the microwave with success! Hurrah!

These were made from material I had on hand, heavy denim from a old pair of jeans and a lighter cotton from too long summer trousers.img_20171006_225137.jpg

I plan to make a lot of them in the coming weeks, as I hope to have a stall at a local Christmas market for the first time, so lot of work to get ready for that!

In the meantime, if you try making a heat pack yourself, curl up in bed and enjoy the many days and nights of warmth and comfort you will have from your very own fabulous DIY Heat Pad 🙂

Xxx

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Flaxseed: Benefits, Uses & Recipes

82679114-56a5c2505f9b58b7d0de5963I have recently discovered the wonders of Flaxseed, otherwise known as Linseed and cannot praise it enough.

Flaxseed is high in minerals and vitamins, good for your immune system, good for your digestive system and for losing weight.

They’re an super easy way to give your body an omega-3 boost without going through the trouble of eating salmon or sardines.Omega 3’s are excellent for reducing inflammation and are known for promoting heart and brain health.

The healthy fats in flaxseeds also help to hydrate your skin, and a daily dose will leave your skin soft and supple.

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How To Make Flaxseed Hair Gel

 

Ingredients

  • Strainer or clean tights
  • Wooden spoon/Bowl or air tight container
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/4 or 1/2 cup of flax seed (linseed) depending on how thick you want it
  • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel (optional)
  • 3 drops of Rosemary essential oil
  • You can also add a teaspoon of Vitamin E oil which will help make it last longer

Method

Pour 2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of flax seed into a pot on low/medium heat

Bring it to a boil stirring flax seed often with preferably a wood spoon.

Turn off heat when a white frothy gel like liquid forms (it will have a raw egg white consistency).

Continue stirring while it simmers.

Place strainer or clean tights on top of your bowl or container and pour mixture into it.

Let it cool down, add aloe gel and essential oil

Place the rest of the gel in an air tight container. The shelf life is 12-14 days in the refrigerator

Place used flax seeds in a container and place in fridge to use them again :).

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Benefits of Flaxseed Hair Gel

  • Leaves hair soft, shiny, and moisturised
  • Promotes hair growth
  • You can reuse the flax seeds
  • Cost effective (more for your money)
  • Nourishing for the hair rich in omega 3
  • Gives great curl definition
  • Gives hold with no crunch/non flaking/not drying to the hair/doesn’t cause breakage/or shedding
  • Fast drying
  • Great for wash n go’s/sleek styles/twists and twist outs and sets the twists once dry for a lovely twist out
  • Mixes well with oils/conditioners/ many products
  • All natural..organic.
  • Great for all hair types

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How To Make Natural Personal Lubricant from Flaxseed

Ingredients

  • Strainer
  • Wooden spoon and bowl
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/4 or 1/2 cup of flax seed (linseed) depending on how thick you want it
  • 1 tblsp pf aloe vera gel
  • 3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil or
  • Geranium Essential Oil
  • Jasmine Essential Oil
  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
  • You can also add a teaspoon of Vitamin E oil which will help make it last longer

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Method

Pour 2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of flax seed into a pot on low/medium heat

bring it to a boil stirring flax seed often with preferably a wood spoon.

Turn off heat when a white frothy gel like liquid forms (it will have a raw egg white consistency).

Continue stirring while it simmers.

Place strainer or stocking sock on top of your bowl or container and pour mixture in.

Let it cool down, add aloe gel and essential oil

Place the rest of the gel in an air tight container. The shelf life is 12-14 days in the refrigerator

Place used flax seeds in a container and place in fridge to use them again 🙂

**Warning** Do not use this lubricant with condoms as the essential oils are not compatible with latex and will cause the condoms to break***

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Did you know that Linen, that essential summer staple in your wardrobe is made from flax?

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Flaxseed is also used to create those wonderful warming neck pillows… I will be making one of these in the near future and will let you know how it goes.

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Flaxseed is great in smoothies, on yoghurt, in baking…

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Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon (7 gram) flaxseed meal (ground raw flaxseed)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp (37 ml) water

  • Add flaxseed meal and water to a dish and stir.
  • Let rest for 5 minutes to thicken.
  • Add to recipes in place of 1 egg

It’s not an exact substitution in every recipe because it doesn’t bind and stiffen during baking quite like an egg does but it is still good if you run out of eggs.

*This is not my original recipe, but one I discovered on many vegan baking blogs and have since adapted for my own use.

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How To Make Flaxseed Crackers

Ingredients

  • 1 medium overripe banana
  • 1 cup flax seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons of raisins (or other dried fruit)

Method

Preheat oven to 160c

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease a cookie sheet.

In a bowl, mash the banana until it gets to a sticky texture.

Add in flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, and raisins into the bowl and mix thoroughly.

Drop about 1/2 tablespoon drops of the batter onto the baking sheet. Flatten the batter into a round cookie shape.

Place the cookies into the oven and bake for about 20-22 minutes or until the edges turn into a nice brown colour.

Remove from the oven and let cool. Enjoy! 🙂

Xx

 

 

How to Make Eco Friendly Wool Dryer Balls & Horse Chestnut Detergent

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There are so many reasons why its a good idea to use Wool Dryer balls rather then commercial dryer sheets, which are full of toxins.

You can easily buy them online but if you are feeling a little bit crafty, then its super easy to make your own!

Wool Dryer Balls:

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How to Make Eco Friendly Wool Dryer Balls

Materials Needed

  • Wool Roving – rough loose wool
  • Felt scraps
  • Old yarn, wool
  • Old tights [sometimes called hose or nylons]

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Method

  • Twist your old yarn wool into a very tight ball
  • Cover the ball with wool roving
  • Tie the balls tightly, and separately, in your tights
  • Wash your dryer balls, in the tights, with a ordinary wash on Hot – and Then dry them
  • Simply add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to add gorgeous scents to your laundry
  • For a nice twist, use a felting needle to create floral, swirling or little creature designs on your dryer ball or experiment with different colours and yarns

 

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I recently discovered that fresh horse chestnuts make for a great natural detergent.

I recommend the video pasted below but the process is so easy.

Method

  • Collect your horse chestnut seeds, wash and then chop finely.
  • Place 4-8 chestnuts in a jar with 300 ml of water.
  • Leave overnight, filter and use as you would normally and voila you have 100% natural detergent and it doesn’t cost a dime! 🙂

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Next Time

I will be talking about my experiments in making Felted Soap, the many wonders of flaxseed Gel and how my autumn foraging is going.

Until then, take care Xx

 

 

13 Ways to Grow Your Hair Long Faster Naturally

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So I don’t know about you but in the last four years, I’ve being having a lot of bad hair days, not just every other day or once in a while but like everyday, all the time.

Unfortunately, I’m not Rapunzel, no matter how hard I wish, quite the opposite alas.

Four years ago this September, I had a near fatal anaphylactic shock to kiwis in a smoothie [ah, the irony, trying to eat more healthy almost killed me!], which caused both physical and psychological trauma, which had a dramatic effect on my hair. To cut a long story short, on that day, my hair stopped growing.

Not just growing quickly or healthily but point blank, stopped growing at all.

In the last four years, I have tried diet, vitamins, fancy expensive hair treatments and even more expensive trips to hairdressers for professional advice.

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I changed my supermarket hair colours to health shop natural more gentle plant based hair colours.

I have tried alternatives such as energy healing, reflexology, aromatherapy, meditation and even affirmations and listening to metaphysical healing videos at night.

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I have soaked my hair in oils, creams, mud masks..practically half the contents of my fridge!

In the last year, I have been trying DIY methods to grow my hair, here are 13 of the things I’ve tried and how they worked out.

1) Rice Water

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I heard that in Japan, Rice water is all the rage and is in everything from skin creams to hair tonics, so I decided to try it for myself.

I cooked my rice as usual, then took the cloudy water left behind in the saucepan, put it in a jug and let it cool. After washing my hair as usual, I poured the rice water over my hair and wrapped a towel around it and left it on for a hour as recommended.

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I went to rinse it out and my hair was a matted mess. It took two rounds of shampoo and conditioner to finally detangle it. So, not one I shall be trying again.

2) Coconut Milk & Coconut Oil

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I love the scent of coconuts and have became a BIG fan of Coconut oil and use it all the time. I have tried several variations of the above hair mask using coconut as the key ingredient and have had very mixed reactions.

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My hair looks all glossy and satiny soft for a few hours after but by the next day, it looks like I haven’t washed it in weeks.

My hair does feel better but so far, using coconut milk or oil once a week hasn’t made any difference to my total lack of hair growth.

3) Bread Soda

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I have grown to love Bread soda and use it for cleaning the house, stains on clothes and brushing my teeth, so it sounded like a good idea to use it for my hair.

If you use a lot of products, its good to detox or clarify your hair every few weeks and bread soda is supposed to be super for that. Some people love it so much, they have stopped using shampoo and only use bread soda day in, day out.

So, I found the simple recipe above and gave it a go. After rinsing out, my hair is bizarrely frizz central and I resemble someone who has stuck their hand into a live socket! Epic Disaster!

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4) Henna

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I have used Henna for years off and on but decided to go back to it, in the hopes it might help.

I applied the henna paste as usual and washed out and then conditioned as usual.

Result? Thick matted hair that took several washes to detangle, many hours of painful combing out and brittle ends the full length of my hair 😦

Totally bizzare as in the past, Henna used to make my hair look and feel awesome but not anymore I guess…

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5) Red Onion

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I keep coming across articles from fellow bloggers raving about using onion juice to stimulate hair growth and how amazing it, so although I don’t like onions in general, I decided to give it a go.

I peeled the top layer of my two red onions and then washed and roughly chopped them. I put them in the blender with some water and blended until it was a smooth texture.

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The first thing I noticed putting it on my hair was that it reeked to the point of making my eyes water.

After only 15 minutes, my scalp started burning and I had to wash it off.

It took several washes to get the smell out of my hair and any benefit from the onion must have been well washed off!

I tried mixing it with coconut oil, I put essential oils in it…but it still reeked and still burned so that was that.

6) Eggs

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I have only two words for this – Epic Fail!

I whisked up the 2 eggs and rubbed it into my scalp. Left it on for twenty minutes and then tried washing it out and washed and washed…and washed!

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***Rookie DIY Tip: Only use very cool water to rinse your hair after using a egg mask, or else you will literally end up with cooked egg on your head!***

 7) Apple Cider Vinegar

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Using my own scrap apple cider vinegar recipe, after shampooing my hair as normal, I rinsed my hair with the vinegar and towel dried.

It was quite refreshing and my hair felt cleaner and softer, while my scalp felt pleasantly cool.

I didn’t like the scent but some essential oils helped with that and I have to say, I use this rinse once or twice a week and quite like it. My hair isn’t growing but it feels better.

Hopefully one day, my hair will be like this:

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8) Yoghurt

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I know yogurt is packed full of protein and other good things so I tried the above as masks for my hair but again, really didn’t like the smell and found it very drying, so not for me alas.

9) Banana

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Bananas always sound like a good idea, yummy to eat and packed full of nutrients but oh my word, they are a total nightmare to wash out of your hair!

They smell fabulous and they are easy to make it onto a diy hair mask but after many washes to get it out of my hair, I ended up looking like this:

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10) Honey

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So honey, seemed a good idea but apart from turning my hair into something resembling a birds nest, it didn’t help at all, which was very disappointing as I had high hopes for it.

11) Rosemary Oil

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One essential oil I have been using a lot for my hair is Rosemary. It smells nice and is super easy to use, I simply put a few drops into my usual shampoo, conditioner and hair masks or for extra benefit, occasionally, mix coconut oil and rosemary oil and rub it into my scalp, leave on overnight and then rinse in the morning.

Hopefully with time, my hair will look like this girl’s mane:

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12) Aloe Vera Gel

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Aloe vera is supposed to be really moisturising for your hair so since I usually have some in the fridge, I tried it one evening. It felt very sticky but washed out easily enough. I didn’t see any difference, good or bad, so will maybe try this one again and see how it works out.

 

13) Horsetail

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I have become a passionate forager for horsetail and out of everything I’ve tried, it is the best. It grows near water or marshy areas and is instantly recognisable.

Its so easy to use, wash under the tap, twist the stems and place in a glass bowl. Pour boiling water over it and then use as a simple rinse when cool. Don’t throw your horsetail away, as you can usually get a second bowl from it.

I’m not sure if it has helped my hair grow at all but it’s gorgeous verdant green colour and fresh clean scent make using it a delight.

Conclusion

I still have many things to try yet for my hair, herbs like Amla, Beer, Fenugreek seeds, Castor Oil, Garlic juice…maybe I need to take a page out of John and Yoko’s book and have a ‘Bed In’ for Peace and maybe just maybe, if I get enough sleep, my hair might start to grow again…

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And one day, my hair will be like this:

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How to make Lush Inspired Shower Jellies & The Many Remarkable Uses of Egg Shells!

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So having a shower is just about getting clean as fast as possible? Nope! These days, its a way to wake up, soothe the senses, nourish your skin and more recently to awaken your childhood sense of wonder and play!!:)

One awesome way to bring more joy and fun into your shower routine is to make your own DIY Lush inspired Shower Jellies! Super easy to make and they look, smell and feel great 🙂

Ingredients

  • Gelatin Powder [I used two Sachets 12mg each] There are vegetarian options available also.
  • Water
  • Hand Soap or Shower Gel
  • Food Colouring [Optional]
  • A Mold
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Essential Oils (Optional)
  • Glitter Or Eyeshadow Pigment (Optional)

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Method

  • In a mixing bowl, first add the gelatin powder and then the water. …
  • Add the shower gel to the gelatine mixture. …I used Original Source Shower Gel which is not tested on animals but you can use any favourite shower gel
  • Add an essential oil of your choice and/or a drop or two of food coloring, if desired. .
  • Mix in the salt.
  • Pour the mixture into the silicon mould, then put the mould in the refrigerator.
  • Enjoy! 🙂

I recently learnt a mind-blowing fact, did you know that eggshells are a great, inexpensive, natural source of calcium & have many awesome uses?

An egg shell is made of calcium carbonate. Each medium sized egg shell has about 750-800 mgs of calcium.

***Important, buy only Free Range Organic Eggs, farm fresh if possible***

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Eggshells can be used in:

  • Homemade Toothpaste to remineralise your teeth and heal cavities
  • Face Masks
  • As a totally natural calcuim supplement
  • To start off Seedlings
  • To deter slugs and snails
  • In Art
  • To enrich your compost

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    How to Make Eggshell Calcium and Why You’d Want To

    Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our body.

    While most of our calcium resides in our bones and teeth, it’s also important for muscle contraction, nerve health, enzyme activity and cell formation.

    In fact, our bodies need ample, daily amounts of calcium… and if we don’t get what we need, our bodies have no problem pulling excess stores from our teeth and bones, which is obviously not a good thing!

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    Method

  • Use up your eggs as you usually would, keeping the shell in the carton to make your supplement
  • When you have your dozen shells, rinse them well in water. Remove any whites that might be stuck but don’t remove membrane as these have extra nutrients.
  • Fill a stock pot with approximately 6 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  • Carefully put your eggshells into the water. (This will kill any harmful pathogens)
  • Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Drain shells.
  • Spread the shells on a baking tray and let dry overnight. In the morning, put in a warm oven for about 10 minutes to completely dry out.
  • Once they are dry, put a few shells into a coffee grinder and run until they are pulverized into a fine powder. Continue until all of your shells are powder.
  • Store in a tightly sealed glass jar in the cupboard away from heat or moisture.
  • How to Consume Eggshell Calcium

    1 tsp. contains approximately 800-1,000 mg. of calcium. Consume by mixing in a small amount of water with a meal or with a smoothie or yoghurt.

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There are so many ways to use eggshells, I will keep you up to date on all the ways I test out myself.

On a interesting note, I came across a a belief in folk lore, that eggshells were buried or burned in healing spells (often after having been carried by the patient so the eggshells “absorbed” the illness). Eggshell powder can be used for protection spells too.

Eggshells also make a good womb symbol in which energy can be nurtured to maturity. Be sure to consider the colour of the eggshell. For instance, use blue eggshells to nurture peace and joy.

Next Time

21et20nI will be talking about the role and significance of Magic in our lives, my endeavours to convince my hair to grow and the importance of enjoying your food! 🙂

Xx

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