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Piñon Pine Salve

Piñon Pine Salve
Plant-based Piñon Pine Salve

I made a plant-based Piñon Pine salve after my recent trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon. I was so inspired by the Piñon Pine Tree from my visit. I am fascinated and love traditional medicines by indigenous people. I learned about Native American medicinal herbs and how they have been and are still being used for healing.

Indigenous people and traditional medicine both have so much wisdom and healing and something we need to keep learning, practicing, teaching and passing down. To integrate this wisdom into current times and remember nature provides us everything.  

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End of Summer Hair Tips | Hibiscus & Herbal Hair Rinse Recipe

hair rinseEnd of Summer Hair Tips | Hibiscus & Herbal Hair Rinse

Summer can wreak havoc on our hair between swimming in chlorinated water to more exposure to the sun’s rays. Luckily there are some easy ways we can take extra care of our hair to keep our locks healthy and vibrant and repair any damage that may have already been done. Read on for some end of summer hair tips and a recipe for a hair rinse.

Reduce Heat Styling

Heat styling can really dry out and fry your locks. With warmer weather it is much easier to go heat styling free by letting your hair dry naturally. Naturally wavy hair can be created by using a sea-salt spray, scrunching hair when wet and then (most important) keep your hands off to prevent frizz. For more resources on taking care of natural hair check out our ebook: Naturally Textured Hair: Straight, Wavy, Kinky, Coily, Curly and our blog on Curly Hair Types.

Protect Your Hair

The sun’s rays can not only burn our skin, but can also cause damage to our hair. The best way to protect your hair from the sun is to wear hats, scarves, or bandanas. Applying a deep conditioner and/or hair mask is another great way to add moisture and nourishment.

Beat the Frizz

Warm weather and high humidity are a recipe for major frizz. Hair oils are a great option to not only tame frizz but to promote soft and shiny hair. Read more about hair oils here. Also switching to a wide tooth comb instead of a brush can help minimize frizz and promote natural curl. Many people also swear by this brush as it easily gets out tangles and does not cause split ends or breakage.

Hair Rinse

A hair rinse is a great way to add shine and revitalize your hair from summer.

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Hibiscus & Herbal Hair Rinse Recipe

For this hair rinse, choose herbs that are excellent for hair such as rosemary, thyme, and mint, etc. Fresh herbs from the garden are great to use, otherwise dried can also be used.

Ingredients:

  • small handful of herbs
  • hibiscus or other flowers (such as calendula, lavender, rose, etc.)
  • 8 ounces of hot water

Directions:

Steep herbs and flowers in hot water and cool to room temperature. Strain out herbs and flowers.

Pour the rinse onto the hair. Allow the rinse to set on the hair for few minutes then rinse off (optional).
Tip: Wash and condition hair first and then apply the rinse. Leave rinse on and allow to dry on hair. Place the rinse in the refrigerator and do a cool rinse. It is very soothing to the scalp.
Note: most fresh hibiscus flowers doesn’t add color to the water but dried hibiscus immediately colors the water. Add some dried hibiscus for a beautiful pink to red color.

Natural Hair Care Products

Finding natural hair care products specific to your hair needs can be difficult. Our Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course provides over 30 formulations on shampoos, conditioners, hair oils, masks, mists, serums, co-wash, pomade, styling gel, etc.

rosemary essential oil

Rosemary Essential Oil | Types | Uses | Benefits

rosemary essential oilAll About Rosemary Essential Oils

Rosemary, rosmarinus officinalis, is a woodsy herb with fragrant needle-like leaves and small white, purple, pink, or blue flowers. It produces a strong, fresh and woodsy-like scent. Rosemary the plant is often used in a variety of culinary dishesRosemary essential oil can also be used for a variety of health, skin, body and hair care benefits. Read on to learn more about the uses and benefits of Rosemary essential oil.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Overall, Rosemary essential oil is stimulating, invigorating and refreshing. Rosemary is also great for staying focused and alert and for memory retention. It can be used for most skin care, especially those with acne, combination, oily and mature skin. Rosemary essential oil is also great for oily hair and hair loss.

Rosemary Essential Oil Types

There are many different types of rosemary plants, therefore producing many different types of rosemary essential oils. Here are two different rosemary essential oil types.

Rosmarinus officinalis var Cineole,

This particular rosemary essential oil type is great for use in respiratory conditions such as opening up nasal passages, reducing coughing and breaking down mucus. For skin and hair care it is great for acne, oily skin and scalp, and can stimulate hair growth.

Rosmarinus officinalis var Verbenon

This rosemary has a more gentle scent and is less stimulating than Rosemary Cineole. It is the type used most frequently in skin care products. Due to it’s regenerative properties, it is often used for mature and aging skin, scarring, burns and sun damage. Rosemary Verbenon is also great for oily scalp and dandruff.

Precautions

Rosemary essential should be avoided during pregnancy and should not be used if you experience seizures or have hypertension. As with all essential oils, always use caution when applying directly on your skin and dilute with a proper carrier oil. Precautions should always be taken when using around children, elderly and pets.

Interested in using aromatherapy in your skin, body and hair care products? Check out the following:

Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course

Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course

St. John’s Wort Oil | Make Your Own St. John’s Wort Oil

St. John's Wort - Joan Morais Naturals

St. John’s Wort Oil | Make Your Own St. John’s Wort Oil

Have you heard about St. John’s Wort? It is often taken as a supplement and some studies have shown it may benefit those with mild depression (make sure you check with your doctor prior to taking, as St. John’s Wort does have interactions with other medications and supplements). St. John’s Wort is a flowering plant also called Hypericum perforatum. St. John’s Wort oil, made from the plant, is an excellent oil to use in skin care products.

St. John’s Wort Flower

St. John's Wort

The St. John’s Wort plant is wild grown and is often looked at as a weed due to its pervasive growth. The plant grows one to three feet tall with bright yellow flowers. St. John’s Wort is easy to grow and it blooms June through August. After it’s done flowering, it’s important to trim back, otherwise it will take over.

St. John’s Wort Oil Uses

St. John’s Wort oil is regenerative and soothing which makes it great to heal injuries, especially for nerve pain. It can be used for wounds, bruises, burns, inflamed skin, chapped skin, psoriases, eczema, sunburns, herpes, carpal tunnel, sciatica, and shingles.

St. John’s Wort oil can be added into creams, lotions, balms, salves and body butters.

Making St. John’s Wort Oil

Making St. John’s Wort Oil is not as hard as you may think and it’s cost efficient. A high quality oil comes out to be $6- $11 per ounce whereas one pound of St. John’s Wort flowers cost around $10- $20 and can yield about 12 cups of oil!

If you are interested in making your own St. John’s Wort oil, it is important to check with your local nurseries or online flower resources for ordering your flowers ahead of time, as the harvest period is a short one and only once a year. With the harvest time coming up (June through August), now is a good time to start planning.

Our ebook, How to Make St. John’s Wort Oil, provides a step by step guide with pictures along with resources on where to purchase St. John’s Wort flowers.

Essential oils for hair

All About Hair: Essential Oils and Herbs for Hair

Essential oils for hairAll About Hair: Essential Oils and Herbs for Hair

Did you know you can use essential oils for hair? Adding essential oils and herbs to your hair care is a great way to enhance the natural beauty and health of your hair and scalp. In this blog post we will be highlighting some of the best essential oils and herbs for your hair type and scalp condition.  Not sure about your hair type? Check out our previous blog post here for more information on hair type and scalp conditions.

Essential Oils for Hair

Essential oils help to balance natural skin oils, cleanse and refresh hair and scalp. They work like a tonic and promote shiny hair.

For Most Hair Types:

  • Bergamot
  • Calendula
  • Lavender
  • Sweet Orange
  • Tea Tree

For Dry Hair Types:

  • Clary Sage
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Patchouli
  • Rose Geranium

For Oily Hair Types:

  • Bergamot
  • Clary Sage
  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Rose Geranium
  • Tea Tree

For Dandruff:

  • Basil
  • Patchouli
  • Rose Geranium
  • Tea Tree
  • Ylang Ylang

For Hair Loss:

  • Bergamot
  • Calendula
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Ylang Ylang

Irritated & Itchy Scalp:

  • Calendula
  • Chamomile (Cape, German, Morrocan, & Roman Types)

An easy way to use essential oils on your hair is to add 1-2 drops of the oil on your hair brush prior to brushing your hair. Your hair will smell nice and the essential oil will promote smooth and shiny hair.

Herbs for Hair

Herbs are another great way to enhance the health and beauty of your hair and scalp. You can use fresh or dry herbs. An easy way is to make a hair rinse by first making an herbal water/tea or infusion with your herb of choice. Here are some great herbs and their properties:

Calendula: Highly nourishing, soothing and softening. Adds shine and highlight to hair and soothes irritated scalp.Use fresh or dried flowers.

Chamomile: Anti-inflammatory and promotes regeneration of skin cells and softening of the scalp. Lightens hair and soothes irritated scalp. Use fresh or dried flowers.

Lavender: Cleansing and astringent properties. Helps with dandruff and to strengthen the hair. Use dried or fresh flowers.

Lemon Balm: Soothes the scalp. Use dried or fresh herb.

Peppermint: Refreshing and revitalizing properties. Use dried or fresh leaf.

Rosemary: Purifies, cleanses and stimulates. Darkens the hair, stimulates circulation and revitalizes- promotes hair growth. Use dried or fresh leaf and flower.

Thyme: Great antiseptic. Good for dandruff. Use dried or fresh leaf and flower.

To make an herbal water/tea simply add fresh or dried herbs to boiling water. Cover and steep for 2-15 minutes depending on the herb. Strain out herbs and once cooled can use as a hair rinse. For an infusion the herbs will be steeped for a longer period of time for 2-8 hours prior to straining out the herbs.

Are you interested in learning more about essential oils and herbs for hair care? Check out our ebooks below:

Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Body, Hair, and Skin

How to Make 47 Herbal Extracts with Herbs, Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables

For those interested in more serious hair care product making, check out our Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course. Enrollment for our spring mentored course is happening now!