Rice water toner for shrinking pores, moisturising and cleansing skin!

No rose water? No problem! We can now use rice water as a face toner/cleanser!

That’s right you heard me right! Rice water is a great substitute for your regular toner and helps in reducing the size of the pores on your skin. It made my skin so clean and super smooth, my skin glows after I use it; and it definitely helped my pores shrink too. I love eating rice and I guess my skin loves it too. Happy days 🙂

There are 3 different methods to make it:   boiling, fermenting and no-boil quick method. I use the no boil quick method and I sometimes use the boiling method as well when I want to add in extra flavours or things- in this case orange peel.

You’ll need:

A cup of any rice and 2 cups of water. I use brown rice and the beauty of it is that you get to choose the type of rice you want to use. *wink* *Wink*

Instructions:

No boil quick method: First rinse the rice with about a cup of water to remove any dirt or impurities. But don’t over clean it- just rinsing it once is enough. If you wash it out properly, you’re going to lose all the goodness we’re after. STOP IT! Once you rinse it, place the rice in a bowl and cover with a cup of water. Let the rice soak for about 45 minutes. Swirl it around every 5 minutes until the water turns cloudy. Done!

The boiling method: You can also boil the rice to extract rice water. All you need to do is boil the rice using more water than you would normally do. Once it starts boiling take out the excess water, let it cool and use. This rice water will be very concentrated, so make sure to dilute it with plain water until it is just slightly cloudy.

Fermenting method: this is where you get to leave the rice soaking overnight. I tried fermenting it and boy is it a long process or what. FORGET IT!

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Mine has that yellow-ish look as I put orange peel in it. I boiled the orange peel with the rice for 5 minutes and this is what gives it that orange color.

How to use it:

Dip in a cotton pad into the rice water and gently massage your skin with it for a minute. Use this every day- morning and evening after you wash your face. You can also use it to cleanse your skin after you use a mask. Don’t worry if you skip a day. I do it too.

Storage: you can store it in a fridge for up to a week and make sure you shake it well before using it. I keep mine for 7 days maximum. Please bin it after day 7, it starts to smell funky and I don’t trust it.

Benefits:

Rice water also has moisturising, antioxidant, and healing properties that help to improve circulation, prevents or fade age related spots, and ease inflammation to give you healthy, better moisturised and clear skin. As long as it’s left on the skin, rice water is even believed to offer mild protection from the sun.

Orange peel:

The abundant vitamin C and anti-oxidants in orange peels prevent your skin from getting too oily or dry. When applied to skin, they also work as a toner, removing dead cells and dirt and tightening pores.

Warning!

Although it’s generally okay to eat the skins of fruits, I advise only doing so with organically farmed fruit. Why? Most farms spray insecticides to keep pests away. These insecticides remain on the fruit skin and may even penetrate deep into the flesh of the fruit. When consumed, the effects can be ugly, especially for children. Organic fruits have a lower risk, though you should still make sure to thoroughly wash them before consuming.

After you’re done with the rice, you can still make a good dish out of it. Don’t throw it away.

Quote of the day!

Abundance is not the absence of scarcity; it is the presence of abundant mentality.”
Debasish Mridha

The ultimate hair mask for hair growth and damaged hair!

Hello dear readers

Well, I have an amazing recipe to share with you all. I’m calling it the ultimate hair smoothie!

For some odd reason I started losing hair- it was after my protective style so maybe it had something to do with it. This hair mask literally revived my hair and stopped losing hair since.

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The ingredients are what we have at home- well, most of them. If you’re like me naturalista then you’d have them all. If not then take notes honey! 😉 My theory is to work with what we have and make the best of what we have. We have what we need, we just need to open our eyes and look outside the box and voila! we’ve made something out of nothing. As you may or may not know my mission is also to work with less chemicals if not avoid them completely. Our body is full of toxins which is why we need to avoid using chemicals and detox regularly. But that’s another subject for another time.

Let’s get to work!

Why you should do it!

Eggs are rich in protein and since hair is composed of 70 percent keratin protein it helps rebuild damaged hair by filling in weakened spots along the hair strand and prevents hair loss.

Spirulina is being widely used for promoting hair growth and to combat hair problems like thinning hair and baldness. Henna helps prevent dandruff, nourishes your scalp and cleanses dirt. It’s a great conditioner for your hair and adds shine and volume to it.

Yoghurt reduces hair fall and treats your scalp. You need yoghurt as it’s the main liquid ingredient holding all of your other ingredients together- the glue! Castor oil is good for hair growth as it helps increase circulation to the scalp. It works well against dandruff and scalp infections.

For this special hair smoothie we need:

1 egg- if you have a lot of hair 2 eggs

2 tablespoons of spirulina powder

4-5 tablespoons of yoghurt

1 and half tablespoon of henna

1 tablespoon of castor oil ( it’s very thick so don’t use more than this)

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Instructions

First mix the yoghurt with your eggs and add your henna. Then slowly add castor oil and then mix well your spirulina powder into it and finally add your olive oil- preferably extra virgin oil and marry all your ingredients well.

Apply on your scalp and hair strands too- keep it on for 3 hours. Make sure you put a plastic bag on to lock heat. Wash it off and the result is AAhhmazing!!!! You’ll notice the results immediately. My hair was so clean it actually made that sound your teeth make when they’re squeaky-clean. The hair was well moisturised and soft but still has volume. This mask can be used as natural shampoo, so no need to wash it with a shampoo afterwards. No chemicals and we’re winning.

After your wash you can rinse it with rice water, apple cider vinegar and water rinse, camomile tea rinse or green tea rinse. Will talk about this in the near future. Till then stay tuned!

Quote of the day

For every disciplined effort there’s a multiple reward- Jim Rohn

 

Epsom salt!

Dear readers, as promised here’s some facts and my personal experiences on Epsom salt and why we should always have it at home and use it. Epsom salt is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.

Epsom salt is a miracle I’ve discovered by accident. I was just looking to get any type of dead sea salt as I’ve read it’s good for our health and skin too, but instead I found Epsom salt and boy do I love it!!! So far, no regrets and money well spent.  It has so many uses and benefits but we’re going to focus on health today.

 Here are some health benefits of the miracle salt:

·         Relaxes the nervous system

·         Cures skin problems

·         Soothes back pain and aching limbs

·         Eases muscle strain

·         Draws toxins from the body

·         It boosts magnesium levels- will talk about magnesium next time

·         Reduces pain and inflammation

How I use it?

There’s different ways of using Epsom salt:

1: On a damp skin you can start rubbing a handful of Epsom salt gently ( don’t be too harsh on the skin). Leave it until it dries which takes about 2 minutes. Your skin will look ashy so don’t be alarmed by it. Then was it off. This process easily removes dead cells helping your skin look healthier and feel softer. You will feel a little itchy until it dries, but it will go away as soon as you wash it- so be patient, it’s not burning your skin.

2:  You can make a body scrub as shown below. All you need is about 4 tablespoons of epsom salt, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a lemon/lime zest with or without the juice. Massage it on your skin gently and rinse after 2min. Your skin is going to thank you for this.

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3: You can have a bath with it or even add a bit of baking soda for extra muscle relief after a workout. Trust me, this is one of the best things I’ve ever discovered. I soak for about 30minutes and the skin does not get wrinkly at all. I take a glass of water with me to drink when I have my bath. Make sure you finish your water, you might feel dizzy if you don’t hydrate yourself when you come out. You’ll need about 2 cups of the salt for your bath. If you want to add the baking soda to it, first you need to transfer your 2 cups in a large plastic container then add boiling water and gently put about 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Be careful of the reaction as it gets fizzy. After it’s nicely mixed pour it on your bath water. You can add essential oils if you want to make your bathing experience extra special and relaxing. Lavender oil is perfect for this purpose and also if you’re having trouble sleeping at night.

4: You can soak your feet in it- the easiest way to absorb magnesium and keep your feet and body healthy. You will need about half a cup for this.

I’ve noticed that my skin gets softer and much more smoother after I use it. I’ve learned that we can absorb magnesium through our skin which most of us have deficiency of and I get so relaxed and feel very light after my bath. All the above 4 methods are effective but my favorite one is number 3. Some people also drink it but I’m not there yet.

Every time we work out, our muscles hurt; especially if we haven’t exercised in a while. But recently as soon I finish my work out I’ve been taking Epsom salt baths with baking soda and the next morning the pain is almost non- existent. No limping anymore, which means you can get back to your gym the next day if you wish to depending on how you feel. But remember not to abuse your muscles. 

 Where do I get  mine?

I bought my first bag from a health store. I paid £4.50 for one kg but I went on amazon and bought 10Kg for £15- it don’t get any cheaper than that. Enjoy!!

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Note: You should not take Epsom salt baths if you are pregnant, have exposed cuts or burns on your skin, or are severely dehydrated. People who suffer from cardiovascular disease should first consult a doctor before taking an Epsom salt bath. 

Till next time, love and peace 🙂

Quote of the day:

 Don’t underestimate your health, because without it you can’t accomplish much- Bersi

Spirulina

What is spirulina?

A superfood algae packed with a lot of nutrients that are good for the body.

I’ve come across this golden dust (well, really the colour is strong lime green, but I’m still going to call it golden) almost two years ago. I have decided to buy it a year later and have been taking it since then- not every day though. I usually take it half an hour before a work out if I remember and it gives me a lot of energy. I’ve also noticed my dark circles getting lighter when I take it regularly. The taste is not pleasant but my argument is if you drink alcohol and you can knock back a shot- you sure can do this too. It’s really a superfood for the strong hearted. If you decide to buy it and you can’t drink it, don’t throw it away- it makes a perfect face mask.

The best way to take it is to mix it with lemon juice, apple juice or pineapple juice and take it as a shot. I normally take it with apple juice or pineapple juice- whichever I have at home. The reason I do this is because I tried taking it with water and it leaves an after taste which I don’t like. The recommended dose is one teaspoon and make sure you drink at least a glass of water after you take it.

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Health benefits of Spirulina:

  • It promotes cell generation, it helps wounds heal quicker, and makes recovery from illnesses occur faster
  • It’s rich in vitamin A and this vitamin is exceptionally important for healthy eyes.
  • Helps Improve the Digestive System
  • Spirulina Helps the Body Detox Naturally
  • It’s very high in iron, making it beneficial to those with anemia with reduced risk of constipation
  • It’s a good source of protein: gram per gram more than beef, poultry, fish, and soybeans
  • It has four times the antioxidant ability of blueberries
  • 2800% more beta-carotene than carrots.
  • 3900% more iron than spinach.
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • reduces Cholesterol

Where did I get mine?

You can get it from a health store like Holland and Barrett, but I got mine from Amazon about a year ago and still have it. I paid about £9 for 500g which I think is reasonable. A little goes a long way, trust me. Enjoy!

Cheers to a better health!

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Hippocrates

That traditional wear!

Hello folks, I know I have been away, but I got good news for you. I am back and back for good- *wink wink*

Here’s one of my favourite traditional wears and you know green is my colour, something about it that makes me feel closer to nature.

May the new year be our year- the year we come closer, the year of love and joy, the year of unlimited power and hope, the year our dreams come true, the year full of laughter, health and success.

 

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“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
Walk beside me… just be my friend”
Albert Camus

That avocado mask!

Well, hello lovelies! It’s been a while since our last chat. I’m back with a quick homemade avocado mask. Hope you like it 🙂

I have seen many beauticians make an avocado mask and so far, most of them waste a whole avocado to make it. Only to bin it later as it changes colour.  I see people commenting and saying things like, “I’d rather eat it”, oh what a waste that was…etc..

So, I though why not make an avocado mask without wasting it.

without further ado this is how I make it:

Eat you avocado and leave a little bit at the bottom of it, just like this:

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You will also need:

A teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of olive oil and about 3 drops of lemon juice.

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after you mixed everything, it’d look like the above!

Steps:

Mix all the ingredients together and apply on your skin. Keep it on for about 20min and then rinse. Use a small towel to wash it off. Make sure your towel is wet and please use warm water. Be kind to your skin.

Quote of the day:

“For every disciplined effort there’s a multiple reward”- Jim Rohn

Natural homemade hair growth oil!

Natural Homemade hair growth oil

After months and months of searching, I finally found natural ingredients that can help grow hair quite significantly- if used consistently of course. I knew there was something out there worth finding; hence I didn’t give up on it. I really wanted to help people especially my sister who told me that her hair is falling out. Then, one day when I was just sitting and minding my own business, a very good friend of mine started talking about curry leaves and how they could help with hair growth ( of course she didn’t know about my search). That same day I went home and read up on it; and found out that this was in fact true. I went on and continued my search and found more natural products. You see I truly believe in what Rumi the poet had said; “what you seek is seeking you”.  And because I knew what I was looking for, it was only a matter of time that I found it.

Funny thing is I was also looking for someone who could trust me enough to use this oil to see if it actually works as it says on paper. Someone who would take it seriously and apply the oil consistently without being sceptical. I hear you say-did I find that someone then? Well, even better! That someone found me. This is a pure example of what Paulo Coelho said in his famous book the Alchemist- and when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it”

For obvious reasons I’m not going to mention her name here, but girl if you’re reading this; thank you so much from the bottom of my heart! I’m so ever grateful I met you.

Without further ado- here are the things you need to make the oil:

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  • 3 tablespoons of raw organic coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons of Jamaican Black castor oil
  • 3 tablespoons of sweet almond oil
  • Small pot to mix things in
  • 1 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds; and
  • About 10 dry curry leaves. I use dry leaves and if you can find fresh ones that’s even better.

Method

  • Add the coconut oil, the castor oil and the almond oil to the pot. Then warm it up at a low heat for about 7 minutes. Make sure you don’t burn your oil.
  • Then add to it the fenugreek seeds and the curry leaves.
  • Mix everything up whilst slowly stirring your mix. Do this for about 7minutes.
  • Then switch off the heat and let it cool down.
  • Sieve out the leaves and the seeds before using it.

How to apply it:

  • Before applying make sure your oil is warm- but not hot
  • Then massage your scalp with it for bout 5-10 minutes. Put a plastic bag to retain the heat
  • Keep it on for as long as you can, then wash it out with organic shampoo. I wash mine with a 100% organic black soap. But I will make my own shampoo soon, so stay tuned.

Where do I get my ingredients from: Amazon is the best place to purchase your products. I bought my fenugreek seeds and curry leaves from Amazon. They were really cheap. But if you’re lucky enough and have a local Indian shop- you can get it from there too. If not you can always go to India! I joke! I get my almond oil and the black castor oil from my local African hair shop. They have it on Amazon too.

 Tips:

1: when washing hair, don’t apply the shampoo all over your hair. We’re meant to only apply it on the scalp and not the hair strands. * sigh* you didn’t know that did ya?!

2: Make sure your ends are always moisturized. For this always apply coconut oil. For the rest of your hair all you need is water to keep it moisturized and a bit of oil. You don’t need a lot of it. Don’t wet your hair though- all you need is a spray bottle and spray your hair with water.

My experiences:

I have a lot of baby hair and very weak too! I shaved my edges 10 years ago hopping that they will grow stronger. But they were a no show.  Since I started using the oil I noticed that my edges are actually getting stronger and fuller. I know right?! I don’t have a picture to show you now because I’m lazy, but I will put up a picture soon. My dear friend used it for almost 6 months; 2-3 times a week.

Here’s my dear friend’s before and after picture:

BEFORE

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AFTER:

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