This article is from our TV appearance on Mass Appeal "Makeover Monday"
Do It Yourself Herbal Hair Oil Treatment
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - Is your hair losing it's luster? We showed you a way to get some of it back at home with Dorin Ben-Ami, the owner of the Bohemian Organic Salon in Northampton.
DIY Hair Oil Treatment
3-4 oz of organic Almond oil
10 drops of Lavender essential oil
5 drops of Rosemary essential oil
-Apply to scalp & hair
-Cover and leave for at least 1 hour
-Shampoo & condition hair
Tips to maintain beautiful healthy hair
~Avoid hot water rinses directly to your hair (hot water dulls the hair, causes the hair to fall out and can steal the shine from the hair.
~To stimulate circulation brush your hair gently everyday to different directions. If you have curly hair, brush before washing hair
~Eat foods that contribute to healthy hair and scalp. Beauty always starts from within; feed your body with whole foods and plenty of rich green vegetables such as organic kale and spinach and good healthy fats such as Avocado, olive oil, Ghee and coconut oil as well as a good protein such as beans, nuts and seeds. Also hydration is key to keep the cells happy and functioning well, and of course getting enough rest rejuvenate and renew our cells.
Treatment for oily hair & scalp
Oily hair is caused by over production of sebum by the sebaceous glands.
Therefore, we want to choose essential oils that restore the glands back to normal.
Rose geranium, lemon oil and tea tree essential oils are fantastic at controlling an oily scalp. Add a few drops to your natural shampoo to help balance oil production. Or add 3 drops of lemon oil in a cup of water and rinse hair as final rinse. You can also add Lavender, Peppermint or Cypress
Essential oils that treat dandruff
~Tea Tree (antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic)
~Chamomile (Calm and soothes scalp irritation)
~Rosemary (antibacterial and anti-fungal, stimulates)
~Lemon (balance oil production)
~Lavender (calming and help get rid dandruff)
~Peppermint (cool and get rid of irritation and red scalp)
~For oil treatment use jojoba, or borage oil (anti-inflammatory)
**Do not apply essential oils directly to skin, always add it either to your shampoo, water or oil.
Essential Oils for Normal Hair
These oils can be added to your choice of oil. I like to add these to either Almond, Jojoba oil or Coconut oil:
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I am so excited to finally share with you all, my favorite Sylvie Roy super delicious quick and easy coconut pecans bars recipe, I make every single week. These delicious bars are perfect with tea or coffee in the morning or as an afternoon snack when you are in the mood for something sweet. They are gluten, grain and dairy free, and with all natural and pure ingredients. So here we go! :)
You will need:
8" square baking dish
1 tsp of coconut oil to grease the dish
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 medium to large banana
1/4 cup of pure maple syrup (or honey)
1/3 cup of coconut flour
3 tbsp of full fat coconut milk (canned)
1/2 cup of full fat & unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Start by meshing the banana with a fork, then in a separate medium size bowl whisk the 2 eggs, add the vanilla and the maple syrup and then add the meshed banana, mix well. Then start by adding the coconut flour to the mix gradually as you're mixing it. Add the coconut milk and finally the coconut flakes. Set your oven to 350 degrees, grease the pan with coconut oil and then place the batter into the pan smoothing it with your hands until it is evenly distributed. Sprinkle the pecans covering the top. Bake for 20 minutes.
This delicious breakfast smoothie is dairy and sugar free and a great energy starter.
Here is how to make it:
I first boil water and steep in a cotton cloth tea bag two teaspoons of Teecino chicory organic herbal coffee, which comes in many flavors. I use the french roast flavor. Use half a cup of that and after you steeped it for a minute or two add room temperature or cool filtered water to make it a full one cup. (can be substitute with real coffee for the coffee drinking lovers.)
Pour the herbal coffee into the blender, add:
1 tablespoon of almond butter
1 tablespoon of freshly ground flaxseeds or ground chia seeds
1 teaspoon of cacao powder
1 teaspoon of cacao nibs
1-2 tablespoon of your favorite protein powder (I use hemp protein with maca powder)
2 tablespoon of organic coconut milk (from cane because its richer and tastier)
1 or 2 medjool dates or a teaspoon of maple syrup (optional)
1 tablespoon of shredded coconut flakes (optional)
There are lots of options here...
1- Breathe - upon rising in the morning before getting out of bed, sit up with your back straight and take a few deep cleansing breathes into your belly. Visual white light entering your body with each breath as you inhale and with each exhalation visualize all the stagnant energy and toxins leaving your body.
2- Cleanse with oil pulling – oil pulling is ancient Ayurvedic detoxification methods, which cleanses and kills bad breath, remove bacteria from your mouth, can heal and nourish the gums and can potentially prevent cavities. Take a tablespoonful of extra virgin organic cold pressed Coconut oil and swish it in your mouth for about 10-20 minutes, then spit it all out in a trash can, (DO NOT SWALLOW!) rinse your mouth with warm water and brush your teeth.
3- Scrape your tongue – after brushing your teeth gently scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper (made of copper or stainless steel) for about 7-14 strokes from back to front to remove toxins that accumulated on the tongue overnight. This method also improves taste and freshen breath.
4- Drink warm or hot lemon water – boil water, squeeze half a lemon let cool a bit to warm temperature and drink this first thing in the morning about 30 minutes before breakfast to flush out toxins from the digestive tract.
5- Sip Spice Tea - Prepare spice detox water from three Ayurvedic spices that are known to cleanse and ignite the digestive fire. Boil 2 cups of water with half teaspoon of cumin seeds, half teaspoon of coriander seeds and half teaspoon of fennel seeds, reduce to one cup by boiling and sip this decoction throughout the day with and in-between meals.
6- Exfoliate - exfoliate your skin with dry brushing before taking your morning shower to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and stimulate the lymphatic system. Gently brush your skin using a natural bristle brush starting from the feet and work your way up towards the heart.
7- Oil massage – after brushing your skin, massage oil to your skin (I prefer almond oil because of its nourishing and neutral qualities), wait about 10 minutes and then take a warm shower or if you have more time soak in a nice hot bath.
8- Exercise – exercise assist the body in getting rid of toxins through sweating and movement.
9- Meditation – meditate daily to calm and detox your mind from toxic thoughts.
10- Eat plenty of fiber - make sure you add lots of fiber to your diet as it aids in cleansing the body by keeping your bowel clean.
Spring is finally here! Don’t you love spring?! It’s my favorite season of all. Its like we’ve reached that light at the end of the tunnel. Woo-hoo!
Beside the fact that spring brings long days, more light and warmer weather it also brings beautiful vibrant colors and intoxicating smell of beautiful fresh blossoming flowers everywhere. Spring brings people together as we are finally coming out of hibernation and able to enjoy the outdoor. It brings the feeling of renewal and lightness as we put away our heavy winter coats and boots and dig the grown to plant our seeds.
So in the spirit of renewal and getting out of winter heavy and dense energy its not just vital to do a spring body cleanse but also cleansing our living and office space according to Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese system that teaches us how to live and create harmony in our living environment.
A great way to start the spring-cleaning project is by getting rid of clutter. Clutter blocks energy, collect dust and makes us feel stuck. Clearing space creates good flow of energy, which also allow more room for new things and people to come into our life.
Some people have a hard time letting go of stuff particularly those with Kapha constitution and imbalances. Kapha’s qualities are heavy, dense, sticky and cool, which makes them slower and more attached in general, hence they have the tendencies to hoarder. In such case I would highly recommend working with a Feng Shui practitioner to help support you with this process so that you can feel more empowered.
If you tend to get overwhelmed with organizing and de-cluttering, I suggest starting with the smaller tasks first. After clearing and reorganizing each space, light an incense, candle or sage in that space to bring good energy. You could also create a small ritual to help you set your intentions of letting go and inviting new energy into your space and into your life.
Here is a list of what to include in your spring-cleaning:
~ Kitchen – kitchen represent nourishment for health and wellbeing. You can start with the refrigerator, get rid of old foods that you haven’t been using in the past month and clean each shelf. Get rid of old dishes, pots and pans you don’t use anymore, particularly if you are still using Teflon pans, this may be the perfect time to replace them with stainless steel. Always keep your stove clean. In Feng Shui the stove holds the energy of prosperity and abundance. Its also a good idea to get rid of dishes that have cracks in them.
~ Bathroom – Go through all your beauty products and get rid of the ones you haven't used in the past 6 months and make space for new.
~ Bedroom – I like starting with my closet so I can make room for new outfits and donate the ones I don’t use anymore. Put away your winter cloths and bring back your spring/summer cloths and shoes. Do the same with your winter blankets and sheets.
~ Basement – If you have a basement or an attic I highly recommend going through all the stuff you have there and reorganizing, keeping what you need and letting go of what you don’t use anymore.
~ Computer – Clean your desktop, delete old emails and documents and do the same with your phone.
~ Clear your medicine and vitamins cabinet
~ Wash windows and wipe all mirrors and doorknobs
~ Clean bookshelves and donate to your local library the books you aren’t using anymore.
~ Clean and organize your car and don't forget to do the same at your work space.
Happy Spring!!! :)
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One of the unique and powerful ayurvedic methods for caring for the hair is a warm oil massage of the scalp. The massage motion helps increase circulation, cleanse the pores and purify dead skin cells - all of which promotes healthier hair growth and have the ability to nurture the hair externally and internally. The oil is selected based on your hair and skin type.