The news lately about COVID-19 has been disturbing. However, I want to take a “mindful time-out“ to put visual concepts of beauty in this post to remind us that our planet is still filled with beauty. And, once again to remind us that we must try to see more than our current troubles.
As some of you know from following HairBlues, I am a certified aromatherapist, grounded in the wellness remedies of plant therapy and essential oils. So, in this post I want to introduce you to the essential oil, ‘May Chang‘. In my own experience, one whiff of ‘May Chang‘ essential oil quickly reminds me of peace and calmness. I am aware that because I live on this planet, there are those who distill the plants and flowers. Their work and process bring this fine oil to me. I am further comforted by the accumulated knowledge of those who work with essential oils at a level that I have a newfound respect for. In the meantime I benefit from that knowledge source: one can find solace even when there is much at stake by taking a “mindful time-out“ to breathe. Continue reading Time Out for May Chang
Everywhere I turn lately, it appears Essential Oils are all the rage, and they are a huge money maker. In addition, whenever I sign-up for an aromatherapy webinar people from all over the world are in attendance, looking for solutions and remedies to support their mind, body and spirit well-being.
As a certified aromatherapist and trainer, this topic comes to me voiced as concerns from those who are purchasing ‘essential oils’ without having any knowledge of how to ascertain when a product is ‘authentic’.
The task of ascertaining “authenticity” in this product is formidable because, given the circumstances in today’s USA market, these oils are not regulated by the USDA unless they are ‘certified organic’. (https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic/labeling)
As starter conclusions in this formidable task about “authenticity” in essential oils is that these oils are not synthetically produced.
So what is the difference? Essential Oils are acquired from plants, by various distilling methods. In addition, essentials oils are known to have the added impact of therapeutic benefits, which can be useful in enhancing your mind, body, and spirit when used properly and safely. When you are purchasing essential oils look for the ‘botanical‘ name along with the common name. For example: Lavender (common name), has the botanical name Lavandula angustifolia
Continue reading Is Your Essential Oil Authentic?
HairBlues is always looking for newer and more innovative ways to aid you with finding methods to support your well-being. We want you beautiful on the inside, as well as on the outside. That’s why when it came to our attention that there is medical care, which you can tap into as a way to get answers to your questions about health issues online, we wanted to tell you about it right away. What a wonderful thing! You can have a support group, which knows what you are experiencing because they are trying to manage the same types of issues. And guess what? Just by logging online with your computer, or mobile device, you can become medical care savvy. Continue reading Crowdsource Your Medical Care
We’ve talked about being an exercising beauty before, and how yoga can be part of your routine. I found a very nice website, which will help you explore yoga. Click the link when you find an opportunity, and stay beautiful! The demo will start after a brief Ad 🙂
Yoga in 10: Basic Flow
You don\’t have to practice like a guru to benefit from yoga. Ten minutes a day can improve your balance, breathing and flexibility. Start stretching your way to better health with this fun introduction to the fundamentals of yoga from Steve Ross.via Yoga in 10: Basic Flow – Yoga in 10 | The Dr. Oz Show.
Some of you may remember our post last year, which gave us ideas for using natural products to enhance our beauty. As you may recall, those suggestions came from old beauty rituals used by Native Americans. Well, once again we have found some wonderful suggestions for taking care of yourself using ancient Native American Wisdom.
Native American Beauty Wisdom: Blueberry Honey? Honeysuckle Chamomile? Body Butters? These are just a few of the names used for the products made by the Native Wisdom company. Why don’t you check it out for yourself. I assure you, it will be a nice learning experience. ♦ Native Wisdom is a 100% Native American owned company. Products are made from the highest quality ingredients utilizing Native American Herbology passed down from family elders. The co-owners of the company are three sisters. The eldest sister, a former chemist for the FDA, did extensive research on herbal products. The middle sister has over 10 years experience in the skin care industry. The youngest sister, a dean’s list student pursuing her MBA, specializes in marketing research for the company. via: http://www.nativewisdombeauty.com/index.cfm/fa/pages.main/pageID/2
At Hairblues, we can never get enough information for helping us make our locks easier to manage. Check out what kind of remedies American Indians use for their hair.
American Indian Remedies for Hair
- Jojoba oil is an extract of the Jojoba plant found in California, Arizona and parts of Mexico. Jojoba oil has been used for hundreds of years by American Indians to moisturize and grow hair. The molecular makeup of jojoba has similar characteristics to the natural oil the glands of the scalp produce. Jojoba oil can be purchased at herb shops and can be applied directly to your hair or you can add a few drops to your favorite conditioner to promote hair growth. Jojoba is hypoallergenic and will not harm your hair or scalp. Aloe vera is another product used by Native American Indians to promote hair growth and is also an excellent moisturizer for your hair.
- Mix 1/4 cup of wheat germ, 1/4 cup of aloe vera and 1/4 cup of coconut milk and use this product as a natural shampoo. Aloe vera can be purchased at drugstores and herb shops and can also be applied directly to the scalp as it will open pores on the scalp that may have previously been blocked and will allow the hair follicles to grow. The American Indians also used and continue to use several kinds of oils to promote hair growth such as emu oil, rosemary oil, and mustard oil.
Read more: http://www.ehow.com/way_5729694_american-indian-hair-grow-remedies.html#ixzz2lj32MFjJ
Do you think about whether your beauty is ‘Natural’? How does one become a ‘natural beauty’ ? What about all the signs fashion and cosmetic experts tell us define beauty? Does beauty get defined from within?
Well, it turns out that there are ways to enhance your beauty, as well as other ways to define it. According to an article I read, natural beauty can be had without facials, makeup, hair extensions, or the latest fashion item. Yes, you can have beauty just by doing some, or all, of the following things:
- Stop Smoking!
- Cut down on sun exposure.
- Stress and depression contribute to aging.
- Overweight adds to making us look older.
Did you know that people who smile, and laugh are perceived to be younger? They usually have a more cheerful and younger outlook. Have you ever seen older people who look annoyed, and are, or seem to be, frowning? Chances are they appear older to you. So keep that positive outlook, it will not only make you feel better, it will make you look better.
- Pursue activities you enjoy. Remember my post about Yoga and “downward facing dog”?
- Exercise. Lift weights. Keep active.
- Travel keeps you active and gives you a younger outlook when you learn and see new things.
Read more at: http://www.well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/30/a-youthful-glow-radiating-from-within/?_r=0
Remember you’re as young as you feel and if you feel young, you will look younger!
I hope this is helpful 🙂
HairBlues has added a new Category, ‘Conversations’. What I’ve discovered is various hair and health focused topics reviewed, researched, and written about on this blog, often have updated, or more information, which enrich the available choices that help you to find the best solutions for your wellbeing.
Looking forward to more ‘Conversations’ with you 🙂
As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the beauty contributions of the First Nations people. As I explored the web to learn about what Native American women used to secure their beauty throughout their lives, I was interested and astounded by the many remedies, which were ‘natural’ products. Aloe Vera, which I have used to soothe my skin after experiencing a terrible sunburn, is but one example. After spreading this gel-like solution from a plant, which looks like a cactus, but in fact is a member of the Lily family, my skin was instantly relieved from the irritation. You can grow this plant in your home as long as you don’t expose it to frost.
What are some of the other ‘natural’ beauty remedies used by Native Americans? The list is extensive.
Bearberry for itchy scalp, Juniper for shiny hair, Blue Corn to purify skin, Fireweek to protect skin from the cold.
The First Nations people had myriad ways to help them remain beautiful. Get a detailed description at this link: http://multiculturalbeauty.about.com/od/Natural/tp/Native-American-Beauty-Secrets.htm
For an added treat, click this link to see the Native American Beauty Pinterest collection.
See you at the next post! 🙂