Is Your Hairspray Toxic?

I love looking good. Who doesn’t? We all loving stepping out of the salon or barber shop with our perfectly fresh haircut, our hair styled just the way we like it. Do you know the hidden dangers in that seemingly harmless hairspray can that your stylist is so casually spraying all over your hair and face, as you breathe in the toxic fumes?

Hair sprays can contain nasty chemical products such as like parabens, phthalates, DEA, petrolatum, sulfates, propylene glycol (aka anti-freeze), phenol, fragrance, formaldehyde and heavy metals. If you want to check the safety of your products, you can do so at www.ewg.org by using their skin deep database.

I found a great homemade hair spray recipe on www.wellnessmama.com. It’s a better alternative to the store bought brands that are chock full of chemicals, and hey, it will certainly save you some money in the process. I am posting the recipe below. Enjoy!

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Natural Hair Spray Recipe by www.wellnessmama.com
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups filtered water (boil if you can’t filter)
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar (darker ones don’t really work here)
  • 1 tablespoon of high proof alcohol like vodka (I actually like spiced rum for the scent)
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil of choice (I like lavender)
Instructions
  1. Boil water and dissolve sugar in it.
  2. Allow to cool to room temp and add alcohol and essential oils.
  3. Store in spray bottle and use as regular hair spray.
Notes
This recipe lasts indefinitely if kept in an air tight container. Adjust the sugar up or down for more or less stiffness/hold (more sugar=stronger hold) but don’t add too much or hair will feel sticky.
 DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Bone Broth: Strengthen Bones, Build Immunity, Repair The Gut & More…

One of my all time favorite things to sip on as the weather gets cooler is bone broth. It’s also great to add to soups, or even when cooking quinoa, because it gets absorbed into the grain and also adds great flavor. It has so many amazing health benefits, and it also helps me to avoid snacking when I know I’m not really hungry but just need a little “something.”

So how is bone broth different from your everyday chicken or beef broth? It’s different than regular broth because of the way it is prepared. When you are making bone broth, you are slow simmering roasted bones and veggies/seasonings for a LONG time with apple cider vinegar to draw the nutrients and minerals out of the bones. We’re talking DAYS here. I usually use the crock pot because that way I can throw everything in and just reset the timer each time it runs out. Beware – your house will totally smell like bone broth – which I actually LOVE! My husband, on the other hand does not. So if I am planning to have company while my broth is brewing I always put the crock pot on the front porch to avoid “broth smell” as my hubby calls it.

So what are some of the health benefits of bone broth you ask?

  • Improved/stronger hair, skin and nails (the collage from the bones works wonders)
  • Reduce joint pain
  • Easy source of vital amino acids
  • Gut/Immune system support/repair
  • Improves nutrient absorption
  • Curbs cravings

So how do you make bone broth? Here’s my fave recipe:

  • 2 pounds of bones, roasted (chicken or beef work best)
  • 1 onion, sliced into quarters (omit if onions make you gassy)
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced in half
  • 2 stalks of celery, leaves removed
  • 2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother
  1. If bones are not already roasted, roast them at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes
  2. Place the cooled bones in the crock pot and add water until all the bones are covered. Then add apple cider vinegar. Let sit for 30 minutes at room temp so the ACV can draw the minerals out of the bones.
  3. Add vegetables and any other seasonings you may wish to add.
  4. Cook on high until bubbling hot/boiling in crock pot, then reduce to low and simmer for 48 hours.
  5. The broth will cook down quite a bit over the 48 hours, but what you end up with is so flavorful and rich with nutrients it will blow your mind!
  6. Let the broth cool and then store in mason jars (I like to make a big batch and freeze it in mason jars so I can use as needed).
  7. Enjoy!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

 

Homemade Hair Mask For Dry Hair

Summer can be tough on our hair! Sun, salt water, chlorine…it can all contribute to dry, brittle hair that needs some TLC. Most of the hair masks you purchase in a store are filled with toxic ingredients that you just don’t need in your life. Why not make a mask for your hair using ingredients you already have at home? Save yourself time, toxins AND money!

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. Organic Coconut Oil
1 tbsp. Organic Raw Honey
Small Sauce Pan
Mixing Bowl & Spoon
Towel & Shower Cap

*If you have very long or dry hair, feel free to add a bit more of each ingredient to make yourself more.

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together, and slightly warm on the stove, as applying the mask warm will intensify the effect. I recommend wetting your hair before applying, as it will make it easier to apply. Apply to hair from top to bottom, being sure to apply extra mask to the ends of the hair where most damage occurs. Wrap hair up in a bun, put on a shower cap and let it sit for 30-45 minutes. Wash your hair with regular shampoo and conditioner to remove the mask – and you’re done!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Foods For Thicker, Fuller Hair

I was not blessed with thick, luscious locks. I have always had fine, straight hair and spent much of my life wishing I could have beautiful, full wavy/curly hair. After having 2 children, I found that my hair became even thinner! Horrifying! I started doing some research on natural supplements and/or foods to help boost my hair, and came up with some great options.

Biotin

Biotin is naturally manufactured in our intestines by good bacteria (make sure you are taking a daily probiotic) and can also be found in certain foods. Consuming foods high in biotin like swiss chard, carrots, almonds/nuts, whole eggs, goat and cow’s milk, halibut, strawberries, raspberries, and vegetables such as onions and cucumbers. There are also lots of biotin supplements available on the market.

Selenium

Selenium is essential for healthy thyroid function. It’s required in the transport of thyroid hormones into our cells and has been shown to lower thyroid antibodies, which can cause thinning hair.

Foods high in selenium include crimini mushrooms, cod, shrimp, tuna, halibut, salmon, turkey, scallops, chicken, brazil nuts, eggs, shiitake mushrooms and lamb.

Iron

An iron deficiency is a very common cause of hair loss. Low iron can be easily diagnosed with a blood test and often has other symptoms such as fatigue, weakness and general poor health. It can lead to a condition called anemia, possible hair loss or hair shedding.

Incorporating iron-rich foods such as lean red meat, turkey, egg yolks, dried beans, dried fruit, and whole grains into your diet can help. You can also incorporate 500-1000 mg of lysine daily as it improves the absorption of iron levels.

Proper nutrients can really help to support the body and give you stronger, healthier hair. In my case, pregnancy and breastfeeding left my body lacking in essential nutrients and had my hormones all over the map, so my already naturally thin hair took a hit!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Stop Unwanted Hair Growth Naturally

No one likes to have hair in unsightly places. Unfortunately, hair removal can be time consuming, painful and sometimes expensive. Recently, I started doing some research to find natural alternatives to help slow or stop hair growth. I came across several resources that suggested that essential oils may be the answer, specifically tea tree oil and lavender oil, combined.

So I set out to do a test on myself. On one leg, I used my normal lotion, on the other leg, I used my regular lotion after applying a mix of these oils. I placed several drops of the oils in my hands and rubbed them all over. Once absorbed, I applied my lotion as I normally would.

After about one week, I actually did notice a difference! It seemed the leg I had been using the oils on had slower hair growth than the other. I confess, at this point I caved in and shaved because it is summer and I don’t want to walk around wit hairy legs! However, I may revisit this experiment again in the colder months to see if the process continues over time.

In my research, it did seem that this oil combination can be helpful for women with hirsutism as well. This is a condition of male pattern hair growth that affects women, with thicker, darker hair growing in places like the face, back or neck. So if you have this condition, which is typically treated with medication, this could be a natural alternative you may want to consider.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

 

Geranium Essential Oil Benefits

Geranium Essential Oil has a sweet, floral fragrance that relaxes the body and mind. It has been used dating back to the times of the Egyptians for supporting beautiful, healthy and glowing skin and hair.

Geranium oil was also used traditionally to support the circulatory and nervous systems because of its ability to revitalize body tissues. Because of these properties, it’s great for restoring and maintaining soft, tender skin.

Popular Uses of Geranium Essential Oil (from http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com)

  • Use in an aromatherapy steam facial to beautify skin.
  • Add a drop to your moisturizer to help balance oil production.
  • The balancing properties of Geranium make it great for both dry and oily hair. Apply a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner bottle, or make your own deep hair conditioner.
  • Diffuse aromatically to help relieve occasional stress and tension.
  • Place one drop in the palm of your hands, rub hands together, and cup over nose and mouth to breathe slowly, or diffuse as desired to release emotions.
  • Diffuse geranium oil throughout the room, apply over the heart or solar plexus, or breathe from the palm of your hand for connection.

Sugaring…What’s it About?

I recently heard of something called sugaring, so naturally I was intrigued. It sounds like something you would do as part of a baking project. Being that I am not a fan of consuming processed sugar, I felt obligated to learn more about it and figure out why I kept hearing about it.

It turns out sugaring has absolutely NOTHING to do with eating sugar. However, it is a supposedly very effective and less painful method of hair removal. As a matter of fact, I like this method better than many others which use harsh chemicals that get absorbed through the skin. I was so happy to discover that sugaring does NOT encourage people to eat large amounts of sugar, but in fact use it to remove unwanted hair that I felt it was my duty to share these findings with all of you. As you know, I am a big fan of natural alternatives.

Sugaring is an ancient middle-eastern practice that uses an all natural paste or gel made from food-derived ingredients like sugar, water, and lemon juice to remove the hair follicle from the root. The results can last up to 6 weeks!

The two types of sugaring, using the paste and gel are performed differently. Here’s how:

  • Paste: Considered the traditional technique, a warmed thick mixture is applied in the opposite direction of hair growth using the hands. It’s then flicked off in the in the direction of hair growth.
  • Gel: As in waxing, the gel is applied in the direction of hair growth and removed in the opposite direction with a cloth or muslin strip.

A few reasons why I really like sugaring are:

  • Natural ingredients – you avoid absorbing dangerous chemicals through your skin
  • Quick & easy clean up: sugar is water soluble so it cleans right up with water
  • It can be done by a professional or at home. You can easily buy a kit online so you can sugar yourself!
  • Over time, with continued sugaring, you may even see a permanent loss of hair as the hair follicles become damaged from repetitive treatments

If you have been unhappy with your current hair removal routine, or just interested in trying something new, consider finding a salon near you that offers sugaring. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean we can’t have silky smooth legs!