Ingrid S. Greene
Communications Professional for the Wellness Industry

Ingrid@yogatohavefun.com

homemade products

Adding Coconut Oil to Your Conditioner for Extra Moisturizing

I just heard of a hair trick via Livestrong.com that I think is very useful! By adding coconut oil to your regular conditioner, you can create an extra moisturizing treatment for your locks.  Who knew!

I just got a new conditioner that I love and that smells so yummy.  In this article by Livestrong, they recommend keeping the mixture on your head for a longer period of time.  With this conditioner smelling of peppermint, it is like a trip to the spa!

Here is the core steps of the article that I use:

Step 1

Choose a deep conditioner with a cream consistency over a thick or gel like formula. This will be less heavy on the hair and serve as a good base for the oils. This is what I used: http://www.amazon.com/regenepure-intense-volumizing-biotin-conditioner/dp/b00nevo4k4/ref=sr_1_3?m=a1n5ucbwqidvq5&s=merchant-items&ie=utf8&qid=1430250965&sr=1-3

Step 2

Remove 1/2 cup of deep #conditioner from the packaging and place it in a bowl.

Step 3

Measure out 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Rub them between your palms until they dissolve into a cream like consistency, and add it to the deep conditioner. Add any small chunks that remain to the conditioner as well.

Step 4

Apply the deep conditioner to your hair after shampooing, and place a shower cap over top. Allow it to sink in to the hair overnight if possible for optimal results.

Step 5

Thoroughly rinse the conditioner from the hair. Coconut oil is thicker than regular conditioning agents, and will leave build up if excess is left behind. Shampoo again to remove the bulk of the conditioner if necessary.

Step 6

Rinse the hair with cold water to seal in nutrients and shine provided by the oils.

Loving My Vitamin D3 Drops

This week I got some vitamin D3 supplements in drop form.  They are really meant for babies, but I figure I would just increase the dosage.  My doctor says I need to increase my intake to 6000 IU per day so I’m going to try any way I can.  I also walk the dog a lot more than before too and get some sun.

This week, I added them to my tea and I wondered why I had never thought of this before.  The drops are tasteless and they easily dissolve in my liquid.  I gulp down 6000 IU in a few minutes and with the drops, I am more certain that they are going into my system.  Pills and creams are less effective so this way I know I’m doing it right.

My acupuncturist takes 7000 IU per day.  He also surfs, runs outside, swims, and walks his dog.  For some reason, our generation is lacking in this vitamin and it’s affecting our energy, fertility, and who knows what else.  I’ve decided to step up to the plate and make sure I get my dosage. I’m not going to be a baby about it.

No Diffuser Required – Recipe for Room Spritzer

I love the smell of lavender or eucalyptus in the air, but I am not interested in getting an expensive diffuser. I have a wonderful#EESPRAYBOTTLE glass bottle that I recently got and I am so super excited to use that.

I also read that spritzer do other wonderful things besides making the air smell nice.  They are antibacterial and can help clear congestion.

Here is a simple recipe that I am looking forward to using in the yoga studio where I teach.  It contains a bit of vanilla which also helps keep the tube in the spray bottle clean with the alcohol.

Combine 8 drops Lavender essential oil + 1 Tablespoon real vanilla extract in 8 oz of water.

The smell reminds me of a lovely spring day, just like the lily of the valley flowers that just bloomed at my house. Enjoy!

Celebrities and Natural Remedies

I recently was discussing the benefits of rosehip oil for the skin with a friend and then I ran into this article on Glamour.com.  It says that “Kate Middleton and Gwyneth Paltrow‘s facialist reportedly also uses it”.

I love when celebrities speak to natural remedies for the skin.  It makes me happy because they bring the spotlight onto ways to look after ourselves without the chemicals and plastic surgery.

The article goes on to say:

“Rose-hip oil is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids which may correct dark spots and hydrate dry skin. It may also be helpful for reducing scars and fine lines,” says Ostad. “It has skin rejuvenating properties like vitamin C and lycopene and is also good for sensitive skin types because it’s non-greasy and light on the skin.”

I use it this one when my skin is feeling dry, and I recommend it!

How Stuff Works: Carbon

Last week, I got a carbon filter in the mail for my car to help purify the air.  My car rarely ever smells, but sometimes when Maggie jumps in after it rains, it can create a strange, old odor.  This air filter came in a very naturalist-looking bag and turquoise trim.  It certainly didn’t look like a high-tech gadget.  When reading the instructions, they say that you can open it up after a year of use and pour the charcoal on your garden as a fertilizer.

This made me look up more information about how charcoal and carbon works.  This is what I found on the How Stuff Works website:

Charcoal is carbonActivated charcoal is charcoal that has been treated with oxygen to open up millions of tiny pores between the carbon atoms. According to Encylopedia Britannica:

The use of special manufacturing techniques results in highly porous charcoals that have surface areas of 300-2,000 square metres per gram. These so-called active, or activated, charcoals are widely used to adsorb odorous or coloured substances from gases or liquids. ­

The word adsorb is important here. When a material adsorbs something, it attaches to it by chemical attraction. The huge surface area of activated charcoal gives it countless bonding sites. When certain chemicals pass next to the carbon surface, they attach to the surface and are trapped.

Activated charcoal is good at trapping other carbon-based impurities (“organic” chemicals), as well as things like chlorine. Many other chemicals are not attracted to carbon at all — sodium, nitrates, etc. — so they pass right through. This means that an activated charcoal filter will remove certain impurities while ignoring others. It also means that, once all of the bonding sites are filled, an activated charcoal filter stops working. At that point you must replace the filter.

There we have it.  My natural looking “gadget” works!

Correct UV Damage With Roses?

This week I got sent some rosehip oil and I was at a loss initially with what to do with it.  My dad drinks rosehip tea to help alleviate swelling in his ankles, but you can’t drink the oil.  I did some online research and was pleased to find similar reactions to the essential oil:

-corrects UV damage from the sun

-reduces appearance of scars

-burns and stretch marks

-improves elasticity of skin

-treats fine lines and wrinkles

-hydrates dry skin

-great for eczema and psoriasis

-evens skin tone

I came across this recipe for a body butter and am going to give it a shot this week.  I am going to add rosehip oil to my sunscreen as well in order to help keep my skin looking young.

  1. 1/2 cup cocoa butter (melted)
  2. 1/2 cup shea butter (melted)
  3. 5mls 100% Argan oil
  4. 10mls Rosehip oil
  5. 10 drops Frankincense (optional)
  6. 20 Drops Vanilla Extract

Mix all ingredients together and put in a jar for daily use.

Food In The Car

Often, my husband and I will eat meals in the car.  We live in LA so perhaps this is par for the course.  We spend a good amount of time in the car.

This week, I received some reusable pouches for smoothies and I’m excited to use them (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QRGZQWI).  Eating these smoothies in these pouches will be much easier than putting the smoothie in a to-go bottle.  My husband is also often skeptical to eat vegetables so I’m hoping to sneak a few in without him noticing as well.

Here’s a recipe that I am looking forward to using from www.littlegreenpouch.com:

Ingredients:
2 cups fresh spinach
2 cups milk
2 cups red grapes
2 bananas
4 tablespoons almond butter
Directions:

Blend spinach and almond milk until smooth. Next add the remaining fruits and blend again.

*Freeze your grapes overnight to chill this green smoothie.

Fills 6-8 Pouches

Do you use pouches for yourselves or your kids? Let me know if you like them!

Homemade Self-Tanner?

My sister-in-law lives in Boston and this year they are certainly are in need of some self-tanner. With the record amount of snow, they have barely seen the light of day. They have for certain not seen any sun in weeks.

She asked if I knew a recipe for self-tanner and after some quick research, I found one that I liked for the ingredients. I sent it to her, but I was curious how it turned out. I popped into my kitchen and very quickly I was looking bronze. Here it is:

– 4 black tea bags

– 3/4 cup water for steeping your tea

– 1/2 cup coconut oil

– 1/2 cup cocoa butter

– 1/3 cup raw cocoa powder

I got the recipe from http://thebeautybean.com/skin-2/diy-faux-glow-3-steps-to-streak-free-all-natural-self-tanner where they give further details, but in essence, you steep your tea and then combine all the ingredients in a blender.

I’ve been wearing it for the past few days and I really like it. It’s nourishing and hydrating for my skin and gives it a nice warm glow. I used fractionated coconut oil as I always do in these recipes and it works out great. My only piece of advice is that the recipe creates a lot. I have enough now for my sister-in-law and I both for two winters!

Working With The Human Ecosystem

When it comes to moisturizers, I am very skeptical. First, I feel that skin has the natural ability to moisturize itself and that within a few hours, we can typically create enough oil. At least my skin has been able to for the last 15 years.

Then again, I live in Los Angeles. The weather here is typically 70 degrees all year round. I don’t have to wrestle with the cold winters which of course will make skin dry on everyone.

This year, I felt my skin begin to feel dry after a shower and I attribute it to the fact that I now wear sunscreen 99% of the time. I have a dog and I am very often out with her around town so I’ll usually put on sunscreen in the morning and wear it all day. Now, my natural ecosystem is upset because the skin is not used to having to create oil because of the sunscreen.

When I think of wearing moisturizer, I cringe because so many of them have awful chemicals and/or feel heavy on my face.

This year, I was opened up to the idea of argan oil and I can’t believe how great it is. It’s light, natural, and feels good on my face. I don’t feel like I am playing with the ecosystem of my face while still making it feel better when it feels slightly dry.

Argan oil doesn’t have any SPF so you’ll need to apply sunscreen later if you are going out in the sun, but at night or on a cloudy day, I am sold!

Making Homemade Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant

Ever since I was a child, I have steered away from aluminum in products.  Antiperspirant is one of the products that heavily uses it and additionally uses it to block pores from perspiration, which makes me think it even more easily can get into the blood stream.  Both of my grandmothers suffered from Alzheimers’ disease and although it has not been proven, there are many theories that aluminum can contribute to the failing of nerves that communicate brainwaves and thoughts.  Thus, for most of my adult life I have been on the lookout for an antiperspirant that didn’t contain this ingredient.

As many of you know, there is a popular white crystal that is a natural solution and can be found in many health food stores.  In my experience, this stick is a nuisance due to having to wet it under the sink each time you want to use it.  This not only is often inconvenient, but I found it dripped water on my clothing in the path from the sink to my arm.  Thus, I didn’t love it.

Then, last year, I heard about a recipe to make homemade version of deodorant and I have finally found a solution.  This recipe uses natural products found in your kitchen cabinet and works like a charm.  Since I started using it, I have made 2-3 batches, and it never fails.

I adapted this recipe from WellnessMama:

I hope you like it as much as I do!