DIY Flax Seed Gel
So this weekend my little sister helped me make my first batch of flax seed gel! I’ve been meaning to try it, and I’m so glad I was able to go home to do so. This can be made in 5-10 minutes (depending on how thick you want the gel to be).
Some of the benefits of flax seed gel:
- Great for all hair types
- Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids - which help to nourish the hair while also giving it shine
- Provides a light hold while still defining curls and coils
- Leaves hair feeling non-crunching and not hard
- Pour 1/4 or 1/2 cup of flax seeds into a pot with 2 cups of hot water and bring it to a boil over medium heat—stirring occasionally. Less flax seeds = thinner gel. More flax seeds = thicker gel. Up to you!
- When a white frothy film begins to appear (the gel), turn off heat. Continue stirring as it simmers (Note: It’s actually preferred to use a wooden spoon if possible)
- Place nylon sock over container and pour mixture in, and then strain the gel into the storage container.
- Store the used flax seeds in another container and freeze them for later re-use.
That’s it! It’s so simple to make. You can also add essential oils for scent if you’d like. The gel can last up to 3 weeks if refrigerated and much longer if freezed. Hope this helps!
Roberto Cavalli Spring 2015 RTW
15 Natural Beauty Recipes Using Everyday Foods1.) Brown Sugar and Honey Facial Scrub
This is probably my favorite one. Brown sugar exfoliates the skin ridding the pores of all dirt, oil and dead skin cells causing blemishes. Honey is naturally antibacterial, so as the brown sugar scrubs away the things clogging pores, the honey cleans out the sources of the buildup to prevent future breakouts.
2.) Coffee Grounds in Conditioner
This one is really simple. Instead of throwing old coffee grounds away, toss them into your conditioner to make your hair extra shiny. That’s all it takes!3.) Replace Conditioner with Vinegar
To get rid of the usual problems with hair: build up, dullness and just lackluster, replace your conditioner with vinegar 1-4 times a month, depending on your hair type. Just use it as you need it. And, don’t worry about buying the best stuff for the best results, common white vinegar will do the trick as well as any other vinegar.
4.) Olive Oil as Hair Moisturizer
It’s easy to see how oil can moisturize your hair. It’s simple to use as well. Simply cover your hair in olive oil and leave it in for 30-45 minutes. You can also wrap it in plastic wrap to keep it from dripping. Some also believe it enhances the effect.
5.) Lemon and Egg Facial
Have red splotchiness on your face? Soothe both symptoms away easily by mixing together one egg yolk and the juice of one lemon into a paste. Cover your face with it and leave it on overnight. If this seems like too much work, leave it on your face for an hour. You might not get the optimal results with this amount of time, but you will see a difference.
6.) Replace Conditioner with Baking Soda
Want to be more like a guy and only use one thing to clean your hair? Then just add baking soda to your shampoo. It will remove build up and make hair shinier. And to make it even better, you can use it everyday (if you have normal hair).
7.) Degrease Oily Hair With Lemons and Aloe
Mix together 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon aloe vera. Mix the mixture in with a normal serving of shampoo. It will get rid of your oiliness in your hair with one shower.
8.) Smooth Fizzy Hair With Honey
Add a tablespoon of honey to a liter of water. After shampooing, rinse your hair with this concoction to tame your frizz.
9.) Replace Face Wash With Skim Milk Powder
Switching face wash out with skim milk powder can make your face much softer and give you a smoother complexion. It’s also very gentle, so even the most sensitive can use it.
10.) Moisturize Skin With Honey and Olive Oil
Honey holds moisture extremely well and olive oil hydrates well, too. Mix equal parts of olive oil and honey (and add a dash of lemon juice if you’d like) to create a pasty lotion. Rub it onto the dry skin and let it sit for 10-20 minutes. Your skin will be hydrated for plenty of time to come afterwards.
11.) Soften Skin With Oatmeal
There are many concoctions and mask recipes that involve oatmeal, but you can use oatmeal by itself to help your skin. Ground up about 1 cup of oatmeal using a blender or coffee grinder, and add it to bath water to soften skin to baby-like quality.
12.) Treat Chlorine-Damaged Hair
Mix together 1 egg, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1/4 cup of a peeled cucumber. Cover you hair with the mixture and leave it on for 10-20 minutes. You’ll see your hair return to normal almost immediately.
13.) Tone and Rebuild Skin With Avocados and Carrots
This recipe can work wonders. Combine 1 avocado, 1 cooked carrot, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1 egg and 3 tablespoons of honey. Leave on for 10-20 minutes and then rinse. These ingredients add a multitude of vitamins, antioxidants and calcium to rebuild natural collagen, tone skin and remove age spots. There is plenty to read about the benefits of each of these ingredients, but all you need to know is that each natural element does more than any store-bought item can.
14.) Lemons or Oranges for Fine Hair Hairspray
Use Lemons for dry hair and oranges for a stronger hold. Chop up the entire piece of fruit in a bowl as to not lose any juice. Boil the fruit with 2 cups of water until soupy or to when the liquid has been significantly reduced. Strain through a cloth and pour into a spray bottle for use. The citrus will hold the hair and not damage it due to the fact that there is no alcohol.
15.) Apple Cider Vinegar for Cleanser and Toner
This eliminates dead skin cells easily, so you can use in lieu of expensive toner. That’s all there is to it!
Being beautiful can get expensive and damaging if you’re using products often. Try using these natural tips before spending money and see if you even want to try products after. Check out our post on how to treat acne naturally, too!
ZAC Zac Posen S/S 2015 New York
The Ultimate 3-Ingredient DIY Detox Bath
Mind Body Green writes:
Everyone wants to glow. Glow is our personal electricity turned up to high. Amazing skin care and makeup can amplify a glow … but real glowing energy is something you feel bouncing off someone, not just something you see.
To glow more, you need more flowing, bright energy around you, and less heaviness.
Eliminating stress is the first step to creating more glow. Stress, in a feng shui sense, is energy that is either overstimulated or stagnant.
Clearing negativity and clutter from your life will also help you to glow. There’s nothing like dark, dreary pessimism, a lack of gratitude or a pile of trash to dim your days.
I love the ritual of a bath to help promote a major glow! Today I want to share a detox bath that I have so many people hooked on now, largely because it is amazing. It can help you to soak away stress, infuse your body with the rejuvenating feng shui element of water and calming minerals like magnesium, and some say it can even clear your aura (the actual radiant halos of energy that some see around us, and most of us feel) in the process!
The bonus: When you turn your bathroom into a spa, even in the small ways, you make your home and life more prosperous.
Find the detox bath recipe here.