Hair Smoothies

 

Everyone loves a good smoothie — they are quick, healthy and refreshing!  They also a way to get a healthy dose of fruits, veggies and protein.  Smoothies can also be a treat for your hair that your locks will love to drink!  These four recipes will help tame, highlight, hydrate and cleanse your tresses leaving you with naturally beautiful hair.

Use these “Hair Smoothies” on clean just washed hair as you would any conditioning hair product.

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Calming Avocado Conditioner 

Tame flyaway and frizzy hair with this moisturizing and calming combination.  Avocados hydrate while bananas condition your hair.

Half a ripe avocado, peeled

Half a mashed banana

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons honey

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until creamy. Apply to clean, damp hair. Cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse well and style as usual.

Yield: 4 ounces

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Lemon Highlighting Mix 

Brighten your hairs natural color with fresh lemons.   Lemons highlight and milk conditions your hair.

1 banana mashed

1 cup whole milk or almond milk

Juice of  a whole lemon

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until creamy apply to clean, damp hair.  Cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap and let sit for 30 minutes.  If it is a nice day you may want to sit outside in the sunshine. Rinse well and style as usual.

Yield: 8 ounces

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Hydrating Mango Hair Smoothie 

Fresh mango and yogurt are cleansing and hydrating for dry hair.  If you don’t want to use fresh eggs you may substitute half an avocado in this smoothie recipe.

1 /2 cup fresh mango chopped

1 /4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream

1 egg yolk

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until creamy. Apply to clean, damp hair. Cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse well and style as usual.

Yield: 4 ounces

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Cleansing Green Tea Rinse 

Use this mixture as a detoxing and cleansing rinse for your hair after shampooing to remove styling product residues and get your hair super clean.

1 cup strong green tea (made with 2-3 tea bags), cooled

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

2 teaspoons baking soda

Place all ingredients in a bender and process on high until well mixed. Massage into damp hair and let sit for 15 minutes. Shampoo and condition as usual.

Yield: 8 ounces

 

You are beautiful!

xoxo Janice

 

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Going back to Kauai this week and will have to visit these salt ponds and also load up on locally harvested sea salt — Aloha!

Janice Cox

On my recent trip to the island of Kauai,  I was lucky enough to visit a salt company – they sell a variety of culinary salts featuring the Hawaiian red salt produced on the islands. This mineral rich salt gets it’s rosy hue from the natural volcanic clay on the islands. A short drive from their shop, is an actual salt pond where sea salt is made as it has been for centruries.

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Fresh ocean water is allowed to evaporate in small man made ponds leaving behind the pure sea salt. Salt is one of the oldest beauty ingredients and in fact was once used as currency in many parts of the world because of it’s value.

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I like to use sea salt in the bath a spoonful of coconut oil and a cup of sea salt thrown into warm bathwater leaves my skin clean, fresh and silky smooth.

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I am back from Texas and my talk at  the Mother Earth News Fair event in Belton, Texas.  I thought I would share a few of the recipes I presented there.  Garden plants have been used for centuries to cleanse, nourish, and treat our bodies.  Using the plants in your yard or from a local source is a great way to treat yourself!

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Menthe Hair Rinse

This minty rinse will rid your hair of soap residues and restore your natural acid balance, often stripped by modern shampoos, leaving your hair cleaner and healthier.

Ingredients:

1 /4 cup fresh mint leaves, gently crushed

1 cup mineral water

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Directions:

Place the mint leaves in a glass bowl. Heat the water and pour over the fresh leaves letting them steep for several hours. Strain out the leaves, and stir in the vinegar. Pour into a clean container. To use: Pour over your hair after shampooing. Let sit for a few minutes then rinse with the coldest water you can stand.

Yield: 8 ounces, enough for one rinse

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Fresh Parsley Facial Mask

Finely chopped, parsley is soothing to blotchy or troubled complexions. To deep-cleanse and freshen normal-to-dry skin add some parsley to a few tablespoons of sour cream, or for oily skin to a well-beaten egg white or aloe vera gel. Spread the mixture onto your face and leave on for 15 -20 mines. Rinse well with warm water.

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Calendula Foot Powder

Calendula or “pot marigolds,” have bright orange-yellow flowers that bloom profusely from spring to fall. Sometimes, given the right growing conditions, even year round. The dried flower petals have antibacterial properties and combined with baking soda make a soothing, deodorizing foot powder.

Ingredients:

1 /4 cup cornstarch or rice flour

2 tablespoons baking soda

1 tablespoon finely ground, dried calendula petals

1-2 drops essential oil of geranium

Directions:

Place all the ingredients in a dry jar or resealable plastic bag and shake well to mix. Pour the powder into a clean, dry container. To use: Sprinkle the powder on clean, dry feet and gently massage into your feet, especially between your toes.

Yield: 3 ounces

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Thanks again Texas for a great time! next fair is in Asheville, North Carolina April 28-29.  I can’t wait –

xoxo Have a beautiful day,

Janice

Hoppy New Year!

Janice Cox

This is the year to celebrate all things Hops as it was chosen as the 2018 International Herb of the year.  Hops may best be known for giving your favorite IPA a bitter taste they are also valuable health and beauty ingredients.

I will be teaching a workshop in February at Mother Earth News Fair in Belton, TX.  I hope if you are in the area you will sign up and join me in making dream pillows and hop infused bath bombs.   Here is the workshop sign up link: Hops for Health Workshop.

The following is one of my favorite recipes  for a a rich body butter to try at home this winter.  Hoppy New Year!!

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Calming Hops Body Butter

This is a rich skin soothing body butter.  It can be used to soothe classic dry skin spots such as elbows, knees, feet and hands.  Coconut oil is…

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I love to make my own gifts and these “Bath Bombs” are perfect for everyone on your list who loves a good bubbly soak! Bath bombs are everywhere lately and some can be a bit pricey but they are super simple to make at home with a few standard kitchen ingredients and natural beauty items.  They do contain citric acid which is what give them their bubbly effect.  This is used in canning and food prep and can be found in some grocery stores or ordered online.

Here is my basic recipe:

Holiday Bath Bombs

Ingredients:

1 cup baking soda

1 cup citric acid powder

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup Epsom salt

1/2 cup coconut oil melted

Optional : dried herbs, essential oils, matcha tea, food color

Directions:

In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients.  If you want a color you can add to the dry ingredients and stir slowly.  You may also add a tablespoon of matcha tea, dried herbs or more colored epsom salt.   Melt the coconut oil in the microwave or on the stovetop.  Slowly add to the dry ingredients and mix well you will have a mixture that looks like wet sand.  I use my hands but a small spoon or fork works.  Then pack the mixture tightly in a mold — I used plastic christmas ornament balls but you can use anything muffin tins, silicon molds, cookie cutters.   I un-mold after a few minutes and place my bombs on a cotton dish cloth on a tray and let them dry overnight.  You could also leave in the mold.  To use:  Drop in a tub full of warm water and enjoy!

Tips:

  •  Grease molds with coconut oil
  • Do not use any water and make sure all our equipment is dry
  • You can spray the mixture with alcohol  or witch hazel if it starts to dry out or add more oil.

 

Yield 6 bombs

Merry Christmas !

xoxo Janice

 

 

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I know all you modern farm girls  love corn – it is one of the most versatile of the natural grains and can be used from head to toe to keep your skin clean, soft and comfortable.

Corn often gets a bad rap because so many food products are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup.  But there are other corn base ingredients that are naturally good for your skin and hair.  Ground Corn Meal is an amazing skin scrubber.  Cornstarch is a soothing natural powder and also used to make gel lotions and corn oil is a soothing and moisturizing oil that works wonders on dry skin.  Here are a few of my favorite recipes using this farm favorite.  Enjoy!

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Corn Flour or Cornstarch – Easily found in your kitchen cupboard or at the grocery store

Corn Flour Lotion

Corn Flour or Cornstarch makes a light, non greasy lotion that is perfect for soothing dry, chapped hands.  This is an old fashioned recipe that some of you may remember your grandmothers using.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons vegetable glycerine

2 tablespoons corn flour (cornstarch)

/2 cup distilled water

2 tablespoons rose water

Directions:

Mix together all ingredients in an ovenproof glass container.  Heat until just boiling and thick  a few minutes in the microwave or on the stove top.  The lotions will be clear and jelly like: stir thoroughly and let cool completely.  To use: Massage into your skin.

Yield: 6 ounces

Note: If your lotion is too thick you may thin it with more water or rose water.

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Fresh ground yellow corn meal — For fun try blue or white cornmeal in recipes

Corn Meal Dry Shampoo

Using a dry shampoo can be an effective way to remove grease and dirt from your hair without getting it wet.  It can be a bit messy so make sure you stand on a towel or lean over a sink while “shampooing.”

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon cornmeal

Directions:

Massage the cornmeal into your scalp and let sit for a few minutes.  Leaning over a sink or tub gently brush your hair with a natural bristle brush to remove the cornmeal.

Yield: .5 ounces (one shampoo)

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Pure Natural Corn Oil perfect for soothing dry skin

Corn oil and sugar body scrub

Pure corn oil makes a nice all over natural body oil it also can be used as the base for a moisturizing and cleansing body scrub.  This is the perfect treatment to even out a fading tan and get your skin super clean.

Ingredients:

1 /4 cup corn oil

1 Tablespoon corn meal

1 /4 cup raw sugar

2-3 drops essential oil of sweet orange

Directions:

Mix together all ingredients and spoon into a clean container with a  tight fitting lid.  To use:  In the bath or shower massage sugar scrub into damp skin then rinse well.  You may follow up with more natural corn oil to lock in moisture.

Yield: 3 ounces

 

Happy Fall !! You are beautiful

xoxo Janice

 

 

 

 

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This has always been the time of year for fresh pumpkins and pumpkin products but it seems like we have all gone even more pumpkin crazy lately — pumpkin is not only for pies and jack-o-laterns anymore — Pumpkin is Beautiful!

I appreciate pumpkin as a beneficial beauty ingredient.  Pumpkin contains fruit acid enzymes that work like alpha hydroxy acid.  The real plus is that these enzymes remove dead skin cells with less irritation than commercial products.  The lovely orange pulp also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it naturally soothing.  this treatment is well suited for all skin types, especially sensitive one.

Fresh Pumpkin Body Mask 

Ingredients: 

3-4 cups fresh pumpkin flesh with seeds

In a food processor, process the  pumpkin flesh for 1-2 minutes until you have a smooth, grainy puree.  To use: Standing in the tub or on an old bath towel, massage the pumpkin mixture into your skin starting at your feet and working your way up.  this mask is mild enough to be used on your face.  Let the mask rest on your skin for 5 minutes.  Then rinse your skin in a warm bath or shower and pat dry.  You may keep any leftover mask in the refrigerator or frozen for future use.

Yield: 16 ounces

Happy Fall and I will share a few more of my favorite “pumpkin” DIY beauty recipes this month.  I would also love to hear any recipes that you use, leave me a comment and I will share.

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Happy Day,

Janice

This is the year to celebrate all things Hops, as it was chosen as the 2018 International Herb of the year.  Hops may best be known for giving your favorite IPA a bitter taste, they are also a valuable health and beauty ingredients.

I will be teaching a workshop in February at Mother Earth News Fair in Belton, TX.  I hope if you are in the area you will sign up and join me in making dream pillows and hop infused bath bombs.   Here is the workshop sign up link: Hops for Health Workshop.

The following is one of my favorite recipes  for a a rich body butter to try at home this winter.  Hoppy New Year!!

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Calming Hops Body Butter

This is a rich skin soothing body butter.  It can be used to soothe classic dry skin spots such as elbows, knees, feet and hands.  Coconut oil is easily absorbed into your skin.  Both Calendula and Hops help reduce inflammation.

Ingredients: 

1 tablespoon dried hops flowers

1 Tablespoon dried calendula petals

1 /2 cup coconut oil

1 Tablespoon cocoa butter

Directions: 

Mix together all ingredients and gently heat until the coconut oil and cocoa butter is melted.  Let the mixture cool completely and sit for a few days for the oil to become infused with the herbs.  Gently reheat the mixture and strain out all solids and pour into a clean container.  To use:  Massage a small amount of the oil into your skin.

Yield: 4 ounces

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“Don’t worry be Hoppy — You are beautiful!”

xoxo Janice

 

 

 

 

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I am getting ready today for Oregon Honey Festival this weekend in Ashland, Oregon and just finished making some Lip Balms and thought I would share the recipe.  I am a fairly new beekeeper but I do love my bees and what they have done for my garden.  They are also some of the best “natural cosmetologist.”  Their raw honey and beeswax is amazing and I love using it in my DIY beauty recipes.

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“Honey You’re the Balm” 

This is a simple to make lip balm that is perfect for keeping your lips soft, smooth and protected.  Feel free to experiment with the basic recipe using your own favorite oils.  If you don’t have access to beeswax you can easily purchase some at your local natural food store or from beekeepers.

Ingredients: 

1 tsp. beeswax

1 tsp. coconut oil

1 tsp. Cocoa Butter

1/8 tsp. raw honey

Directions:

Gently melt all ingredients and stir well.  Pour into clean lip balm containers or small jars.  Let cool completely until solid.  To use:  Spread onto your lips.

Note:  This balm can also be used on other parts of your body where you need a bit of extra conditioning such as elbows, knees or heels.

Yield: .5 ounces

Have a sweet day and remember to “Just BEE You”  that is the best beauty tip!

xoxo Janice

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It is Lavender Harvest time again! Happy July

Janice Cox

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I love July for a variety of reasons: Summer is here, The fourth of July and my lavender is blooming and ready for harvest!  I like to think of myself as a “Lavender Farmer”  I don’t have a huge farm but the plants in my garden provide myself and my friends with a years supply of lavender.  I use my lavender in creating bath and body products, sachets for my home and in cooking.  Lavender is perfect for scones and added to coffee and lemonade.

How I “harvest” my lavender flowers is simple –I know a lot of people tie them up into cute bunches and hang them from racks and I love this idea but I don’t always have that kind of time.  Here is what I do:

I lay a cotton tablecloth on the grass next to my plants and cut off all of the flowers after they…

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