pregnancy and postpartum have done some very interesting things to my hair over the last 2.5 years. First off, I now have several silver hairs! My hair has gone through growth, loss, thinning, shine, then becoming dull and full....Basically everything associated with the hormones of pregnancy and motherhood and nursing.
with the change of season, I decided it was time to give my hair some love. I had always used Apple cider vinegar to cleanse my scalp and give my hair extra shine and detangle, but now I am in love with a new recipe! A tea guru friend of mine let me know how beneficial different types of herbal tea can be for your hair. She explained to me that it really depends on individual hair color and type. I have dark brown, straight, thin hair, but a lot of it. In the summers I have natural blonde and many red highlights that come through. She recommended using a chamomile and green tea in the summers to strengthen and increase my natural highlights. For the winter, she recommended a black tea. I have to say, I have been using it for a week now and absolutely love it! So easy to do with great results. I did a little research online and found a lot more information on different types of tea. I really recommend checking out different teas for your hair type.
Here is how simple it is....
The One area I have found not much information on is the strength to which the tea should be brewed. Your average teabag makes 4 to 6 ounces of tea. So here is where you need to do a little math. I suggest making 1.5 cups for your hair.
What you need
1.5 cups water
16 oz. spray bottle
4 tea bags
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 tbs argon or avocado oil
Boil your water, allow the teabags to seep 4–6 minutes, have the tea cool slightly, add the Apple cider vinegar and your oil to a spray bottle and you're done!
in the shower, shampoo and condition your hair as normal and finish off by spraying this spritzer to your hair, allow it to sit a couple minutes and then rinse out. Brushing your hair while it is still damp really helps detangler. Trust me on this, my hair is almost to the bottom of my bum.
detox baths are a wonderful and a nice idea to do at least once a month. This detox bath is a little different because it uses ground dried spices instead of essential oils or floral herbs. I will explain why a little later.
The basic detox bath bass recipe is One cup Epson salt and half a cup baking soda. Epson salt is one of the best baths you can give yourself for pulling heavy metals and toxins out of your body. Definitely worth researching!
baking soda almost asked like a Mr. clean for your skin with exfoliation, pulling out of excess boils that can make acne prone. Another great area of research to check out! However, baking soda can really dry out the skin.
when looking at many DIY detox baths, suggesting to moisturize post an Epson/baking soda bath is not always talked about but so important.
this simple recipe focuses on using spices in stead of essential oils. There will be many essential oil baths to come and fresh raw herbal baths to come!
spice detox bath
1 cup Epson salt
1/2 c baking soda
1/2 tbs ground cinnamon
1/2 tbs ground ginger
1 tbs honey
1 bath melt or 1 tbs spoon coconut oil
bath tub strainer
since the baking soda can dry out the skin, the honey ask as a healing barrier to prevent any agitation the baking soda may give you.
begin by mixing your Epson salt, baking soda and spices in a bowl.
place your honey in a separate bowl.
begin your bath. Have the water as hot as possible. Please see your bowl of ingredients directly underneath your water stream. This will disperse it naturally into the tub while beginning to melt the Epson salt.
repeat this process with your honey.
use your hand to break up any spice or salt.
The bath is a beautiful dark amber color due to the spices. Place your bath melt or tablespoon of coconut oil on the side of your tub. Soak for 15 minutes and then add your moisturizer to your tub.
spice warning: The cinnamon can become slightly slimy. You will see the spices rest on your body during your bath. The cinnamon absorbs the water, giving it an interesting texture. Many people do not like this. However, for my sensitive skin and the cinnamon ad's protection against the baking soda at drying of my skin out too much. To see if you don't like the cinnamon, simply add a little to a glass of water before doing this bath so you can feel the texture.
if you do not moisturize in the tub, be sure to put on a body butter or lotion after the bath.
if you try it out, I would love to hear your thoughts and if you have a favorite detox bath please share to the Facebook page!
Being a mom is so wonderful, but can be really challenging too. One aspect I struggle with is wanting alone time to pamper myself. This is something that is actually really important to me because if I do something pampering, I feel more attractive and warm and fuzzy....which makes my relationship with my husband easier On the days baby has been very challenging so I have not even gotten to brush my teeth yet and he just walked in expecting dinner which of course is not done yet. The length of that Santander alone highlights the mood dtay at home moms can be in after those long days. Because of that, I decided to start momma Monday's. The gift to myself of 30 minutes: 10-15 to make something and 15 minutes to enjoy that something. Currently, I am focusing on my skin and moisturizing it with simple, nourishing, organic balms and body butters I can easily whip up myself.
here was my first one, and I have to say I enjoyed it immensely! Something about roses, cocoa butter, and a bath just make everything better. As always, very simple to make!
here is what you will need –
silicone candy mold
3 oz Shea butter
3 oz cocoa butter
measuring spoon and cup
syringe – this is optional but makes the process easier
36 drops of essential oils of your choice I did a uplifting and comforting blend of 16 bergamot 16 palmasora and 4 geranium.
let's talk about that dilution ratio – the amount equals 6 oz. and approx. 3/4 cups and being a nursing momma I stick to a 1 percent dilution ratio.
add your butters to you sauce pan and melt over low heat. Turn your oven off as soon as the butters are almost melted. We do not want the butters to get too hot.
transfer the melted butter's to your measuring cup, to be sure your quantity is right for the oils being used.
using your measuring cup, crush up the rosebuds gently. Remove some of the remaining solid buds and the bud ends that are now loose from the crushed up flowers.
once your butters have cooled, you can add to your essential oils. After that, add your rose buds and stir well.
pour into your silicone candy mold. It helps to stir between pouring's so not all the rose petals remain on the bottom. You can also garnish with the solid rosebuds you pulled out or sprinkle some of the petals on top. A Service – comes in handy for equaling out the candy sections if you have some that are more full or less full than others.
transfer to your refrigerator and let's set up.
these very easily pop out. Once set up transfer them to a glass jar and store in the refrigerator.
I have always been a lover of applesauce, and have carried on the tradition of making my own from my mother. Now that I have a little one, my son also enjoys helping me make applesauce.
Applesauce is one of the very common squeeze food packets for infants and toddlers nowadays. The combinations are wonderful, but the price is not always so great! If you have not made your own applesauce, please let me convince you to start! The cost is much lower, the process is fun and easy, and you can make all the special different flavors there are in the supermarket. I really suggest playing around with the different Apple types to see what type of Apple you prefer for your applesauce. As you know, some apples are harder or more crisp and sour. The type of Apple you use, greatly affects your applesauce texture and taste. I personally love blending a few types of apples in my applesauce but I normally have a base of Fuji or pink lady with one or two Granny Smith thrown into the mix.
Here is what you needle...
stove pot with steamer basket
Apple peeler - optional but makes life so much easier!
15 medium sized apples
10 ripe strawberries
pumpkin – cinnamon sugar see recipe bellow
large glass storage jar
2 mixing howls
Pumpkin – cinnamon sugar recipe
3 tbs pumpkin pie spice
1 tbs cinnamon
1 tsp all spice
4 tbs cane sugar
mix all ingredients and store and glass jar.
start off by coring your strawberries and preparing your apples. To core a strawberry, simply pull off the leaves and use a paring knife to cut a cone shape out where the stem was. To prepare your apples, I really suggest a apple peeler machine or you can do this with a hand peeler and cutting with a knife. If cutting with a knife, do large chunks and simply steam for a longer period of time to cook the Apple thoroughly.
steam your apples approximately 15 minutes, or until they are cooked through. Pull your steam basket from your pot and transfer apples into a bowl. Do not discard the steam water from the pot as you will use that in your applesauce and it contains many vitamins and nutrients
use your immersion blender to mash up the apples. Now separate your apples into two equal parts.
To the first part add your pumpkin cinnamon spice mix to taste. I suggest starting with 1 tablespoon, tasting, and adding more if you would like. Once the spices mixed in, slowly begin adding water from your steam pot to reach the consistency of applesauce desired. I typically end up adding about a half to 2/3 cup of steam water. transfer this to your large glass storage jar.
now place your strawberries into your mixing bowl and use the immersion blender to liquefy. This is messy! A larger bowl works best.
add the second half of your applesauce to your strawberries and mix well. No steam water is needed to thin the applesauce as the strawberries are very juicy. Now add your strawberry applesauce to your storage container and you are all done!
you can also make applesauce with carrots, beets, plums, sweet potatoes, and many other delicious additives.
I adore being a mom. Each day is filled with small moments of joy...and some challenging ones too! All of it is just too precious.