DIY Honey Shampoo Recipe

• Use only raw honey. Regular honey is processed with damaging levels of heat and is actually cut with corn syrup.  I recommend making it on a “single serving” basis, so just mix up a little bowl of the shampoo before you plan to use it. Here’s the basic ratio, but you can adjust it as desired: 1 Tbs.  raw honey and 3 Tbs. filtered water. If necessary, slightly heat the mixture over very low heat to help dissolve the honey. Yes, this is really watery… that is how it is supposed to be. 

• If desired, add a few drops of essential oil. To the mixture above, I add about 2 drops of lavender essential oil, 2 drops of rosemary oil, and 2 drops of carrot seed oil. The essential oils add a light fragrance and also help with any flaky scalp issues. The carrot seed oil, especially, is very nourishing to the hair.

• Wet hair, then massage a few tablespoons of the honey shampoo on the scalp. Massage well to distribute over the scalp. Don’t worry about getting the mixture on the ends of the hair, just the scalp area. Rinse well. No need to follow with any conditioner.

• If desired, you can follow with a DIY apple cider vinegar rise.

Why Wash Hair with Honey Shampoo?

• The pH of the scalp is between 4 and 7, and the pH of honey is about 4. The slightly acidic nature of the honey balances the scalp and fights dandruff.

• Raw honey is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, so honey washing can help treat a bacterial/fungal issues on the scalp.

• Honey won’t strip the scalp and hair of the protective oils. As a result, hair will be less oily over time because the scalp will stop over-comensating with oil production (which happens when shampoos strip the scalp of all oils).

• Honey moisturizes the hair, and, since it doesn’t strip the hair of natural oils, hair will be softer with less frizz.

• You will be able to go longer and longer between washings as your scalps oil production normalizes. 

• Honey washing is easy and fast!

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The 85 richest people in the world are worth as much combined as the poorest 3.5 billion people.

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23 Hot Health Tips

1.  Drink 6 – 10 cups of warming liquids such as hot water and herbal teas to prevent dehydration.

2. Eat freshly prepared warm food to enhance circulation and increase warmth in your body.

3. Keep warm by wearing warm, natural fiber clothes.

4. Increase your fiber intake to keep bowels clean.

5. Add these strengthening warming vegetables to your meals: avocados, beets, brussels sprouts, carrots, pumpkins, winter squash, sweet potatoes, cabbage, onions and mung beans.

6. Get enough sleep. We need 7-8 hours of sleep per night. When we are not getting enough sleep, our bodies become vulnerable to illness. Sleep is fuel!

7. Eat bitter greens like radicchio, arugula, endive, and cabbage for balancing in this season.

8. Avoid tomatoes, cucumbers and leafy lettuce (these are cooling summer foods).

9. Give yourself a daily sesame oil massage to moisten the skin in this dry season and to calm the nervous system. It is rich in fatty acids to help repair dry skin making it soft and smooth.

10. Every day go for a 20 to 60 minute walk out in the fresh air. Even when it’s cold, this helps connect you with the earth and air.

11. Drink warming herbal teas with spices like ginger, cinnamon and cardamom tea.

12. Avoid refined sugar which weakens the immune system.

13. Use healthy sweeteners (in limited quantities) like Manuka Honey which will strengthen the immune system, Molasses full of iron and other minerals and coconut sugar with its low glycemic index.

14. Read books, listen to music, meditate or whatever is restful for you. Good rest is vital to balance.

15. Eat nuts and seeds (in limited quantities) like Almonds, Cashews, Brazil nuts, Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Flax seeds and Sesame seeds. These will provide necessary vitamins and natural oils and provide required nutrients to keep the body warm.

16. Use spices like Fennel, Cumin, Coriander, Ginger, Anise, Cinnamon, Black pepper, Turmeric, Mustard seeds and Cardamom to help the digestion and help eliminate gas.

17. Avoid cold foods and iced drinks; that means no ice cream too.

18. Get some direct sunlight as much as possible. There is less sun in winter but your body craves it.

19. Cut out mucous forming foods like dairy, eggs and wheat especially if you are prone to colds and flues.

20. Eat gluten free grains like quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice and millet; they are full of nutrients and not clogging to a sensitive winter digestive system.

21. Eliminate refined oils and include healthy fats that are cold pressed (Almond oil, Coconut oil, Olive oil, Sesame oil, and Ghee).

22. Eat fruits rich in vitamin C like oranges, lemons and tangerines which will help flush out toxins from the body.

23. Have a warm bath or foot bath with Epsom salts daily (not too hot or too long as this can deplete energy).

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7 Ways to Use Jojoba Oil

1. As a nightly facial moisturizer. Using jojoba oil during the day may make your face extra-shiny while the jojoba oil works its magic. Many users like to use the jojoba oil overnight by applying a few drops to their night-time moisturizer or using it on its down by spreading a few drops over face and neck.

2. As an after-shower body moisturizer. Spread a few drops of jojoba oil on your hands, feet and other skin areas so your body doesn’t get dry after stepping out of the shower.

3. As makeup remover. Jojoba oil can be used to take off facial make-up, and is gentle enough for removing eye makeup as well. Apply a few drops of jojoba oil to a cotton pad and gently wipe make-up and mascara off your eye area and face.

4. As a lip balm. Apply to lips as you would with regular lip balm to treat your dried, chapped lips.

5. As dried cuticle treatment. Treat your dried cuticles around your fingernails with some jojoba oil.

6. As hair treatment. Apply jojoba oil to the ends of your hair cuticles, or add a few drops to your regular conditioner after shampooing.

7. As a shaving prepper. Whether you are shaving your face or legs, applying jojoba oil on your skin before applying shaving cream will prep your skin for a smoother shave and leave super-soft skin when you are done.

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Imagine if whales roamed the land — if when we walked through our neighborhood forest, we saw them — majestic 40 foot long beings swimming among the trees, ruffling the leaves.

The short yet powerful video below by Gentleman Scholar brings this dream to life. Created for Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), the video quietly conveys a message to us all – that if whales and other marine animals called land their home, then maybe they’d receive the attention and protection they deserve.

But because marine animals remain mostly unseen like the atrocities that affect them, such as pollution, overfishing, overhunting, and climate change, their widespread protection is nearly nonexistent.

Text vie One Green Planet


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