THE NATURAL WAY TO GET RID OF MOLD ON HOUSE PLANTS via @cinnamonvogue

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Mold occurs in houseplants because of too much heat and humidity in the house. Meaning you have either watered the plant too much or it is in a poorly ventilated area or both. Plants in the washroom/toilet are especially prone to this. All those hot steamy showers will do it.

Having moldy plants is also deadly for your health, especially if you have a central heating system that circulates the air in the house. This is a disaster that will get you sick. We are talking of sickly strains of disease that will affect your lungs that could have serious long term consequences. Mold spores can cause allergic reactions, especially for asthmatics,

If you love indoor plants, here is the best way to deal with it.

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DIY Natural Scrubs

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lemon sugar body scrub (via thesweetestoccasion)

3 cups of sugar
3/4 cup of olive oil
Juice from one lemon
Zest from two lemons
2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
Jar(s)
Twine
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Put your sugar in a large mixing bowl, then mix in the oil and vanilla extract.
Zest two lemons and add it to the mix. Juice one lemon and add that, too. Then just mix to combine!

lemon sugar facial scrub (via ohsoprettythediaries)

3 Cups White Sugar
1 Cup Olive Oil
1 Tbs. Lemon Extract (add more if the scent is too subtle)

Mix it all up in a bowl.

homemade sugar scrub (via happyhourprojects)

2 parts sugar : 1 part oil.

30-45 second in the microwave on low power should do the trick, or heat it in a saucepan for a few minutes.  You don’t want it boiling or anything – just warm enough to melt.

pumpkin spice latte body scrub (via craftinomicon)

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 heaping Tablespoons of your favorite ground coffee
1-2 Tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice (blend of nutmeg, ginger, cloves and cinnamon)
3/4-1 cup oil, depending on how “wet” you like your body scrub (you want light oils without much of their own flavor or scent in this one, so it doesn’t overpower your other ingredients)

Whisk your sugar into a bowl and breaking it up to get rid of any large chunks.
Next, add in your ground coffee and spices. Mix this all together evenly before adding your oil.
Finally add in your oils. Mix everything together well and then scoop into an air tight container of your choosing.

organic citrus sugar scrub (via sugarandcloth)

1 Small Lemon
1 Small Lime
1 Cup Pure Cane Sugar
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
1 Teaspoon Peppermint Essential Oil/Extract
Mint Leaves, lemon & lime peels (optional)

Combine the oil and all of the moist ingredients, then add the sugar and lemon and lime peels as a garnish, then stir.

lavender mint sugar scrub (via julieblanner)

1/4 cup carrier oil {Vitamin E, grapeseed oil, almond oil, olive oil}
1/2 c sugar
spearmint essential oil to your taste {I used 10 drops}
5 heads of lavender, pulled apart

Mix, add to your jar and enjoy! Keep in mind that lavender activates when rubbed/broken, so it will be more fragrant in the bath/shower.

orange sugar scrub (via julieblanner)

lemon, orange or 2 limes
oil – I chose vitamin E, but almond oil, grape seed oil or even olive oil will work!
sugar

Zest one orange, lemon or two limes into a bowl
Add 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup oil
Stir and add to your container.

coconut rose body scrub (via thebeautydepartment)

a mason jar
coconut oil
raw cane sugar
almond or jojoba oil
and one fragrant rose

Start by putting a large scoop of coconut oil in the bottom of the jar.
Next, pluck your rose petals and put them into the jar on top of the coconut oil.
Add your raw sugar.
Add your almond or jojoba oil on top of the sugar.
Wait a minute for your oil to seep down to the flower petals and then top it off with a little more almond or jojoba oil.
Last but not least, put your lid on and let it sit so the oils can soak into the flower petals.
When you are ready to use it, take a spoon and mash it all up. The coarse sugar will break up the rose petals and they’ll continue to break up as you rub the scrub on your skin.

diy coffee scrub (via findingcoffee)

1 cup ground coffee
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh ground cinnamon

Blend all of these ingredients together in an airtight container.
Use: Massage scrub over clean, damp skin; rinse and pat dry (you might want to use a little soap when rinsing if you don’t want too much oil left behind on your skin).
The scrub will keep for 2 months if kept in a cool, dry place.

salt lemon scrub (via thebeautydepartment)

5 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lemon

First mix the olive oil and sea salt together. Once the salt gets coated by the oil, the lemon won’t dissolve it! Next cut the lemon in half and squeeze over the salt + oil. Mix and mash.

Find these and many recipes for homemade scrubs here

Home Remedies for Dental Care (Homemade Toothpaste and Mouthwash) via @MyHealthList and @MotherEarthNews

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Clove

Clove is considered to be the best remedy for toothache. Clove is known for its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anesthetic and antioxidant properties. For toothache relief you will have to dab a small cotton ball in clove oil and apply directly to the infected tooth. You can also make clove oil rinse by adding a few drops of it in ½ glass water, mix well and gargle. If you do not have clove oil you can grind some cloves and add them to cooking oil (few drops) and apply this mixture to the aching tooth.

Garlic

The antibiotic properties of garlic are effective in inhibiting the growth of the bacteria in the mouth, which saves us from tooth decay. Take a clove of garlic and finely crush it with some salt and apply. In case you do not have fresh garlic you can use garlic powder in the same manner.

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Homemade hair treatments and Natural Oils

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Eggs, yogurt and honey are, at first glance, all components of a tasty breakfast—but they also happen to be hair treatment ingredients, and affordable, all-natural ones at that. And they’re not the only ones. Did you know, for instance, that the oils in avocados more closely resemble our own skin’s oils than any product in the beauty aisle does? Or that the mild acidity in lemon is an effective—and gentler—alternative to chemical-laden products? Next time your locks need a lift, save money by using one of these kitchen fixes.

For All Hair Types

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“The [raw] egg is really the best of all worlds,” says Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home. The yolk, rich in fats and proteins, is naturally moisturizing, while the white, which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removes unwanted oils, she explains.

To Use: For normal hair, use the entire egg to condition hair; use egg whites only to treat oily hair; use egg yolks only to moisturize dry, brittle hair, Cox says. Use 1/2 cup of whichever egg mixture is appropriate for you and apply to clean, damp hair. If there isn’t enough egg to coat scalp and hair, use more as needed. Leave on for 20 minutes, rinse with cool water (to prevent egg from “cooking”) and shampoo hair. Whole egg and yolks-only treatments can be applied once a month; whites-only treatment can be applied every two weeks.

For Dull Hair

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Styling products (as well as air pollution) can leave a film that both saps moisture and dulls shine—but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help reverse this damage. “Lactic acid gently strips away dirt while the milk fat moisturizes,” says Lisa Belkin, author of The Cosmetics Cookbook.

To Use: Massage 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt into damp hair and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, followed by cool water, then shampoo hair as you normally would. Treatment can be applied every other week.

For Itchy Scalp

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To fight flakes—brought on by poor diet, stress and climate, among other factors—try a lemon juice and olive oil mixture in your hair. “The acidity in lemon juice helps rid your scalp of any loose, dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturizes the [newly exposed] skin on your head,” says Cox.

To Use: Mix 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp water, and massage into damp scalp. Let mixture sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo hair. Treatment can be applied every other week.

For Limp or Fine Hair

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To add body to hair, reach for an unlikely beauty beverage: beer! The fermented drink contains generous supplies of yeast, which works to plump tired tresses, explains Cox.

To Use: Mix 1/2 cup flat beer (pour beer into a container and let it sit out for a couple of hours to deplete carbonation) with 1 tsp light oil (sunflower or canola) and a raw egg. Apply to clean, damp hair, let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Or add flat beer only to a spray bottle and spritz onto dry hair. “When the liquid evaporates, the remaining protein residue (from the wheat, malt or hops) continues to strengthen and structure hair,” says Belkin. Treatments can be applied every other week.

For Dry or Sun-Damaged Hair

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Whatever your hair-dehydrating demon—hard water, sun overexposure, your trusty flat iron—nature’s sweetener can help. “Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and locks in moisture,” says Cox.

To Use: Massage approximately 1/2 cup honey into clean, damp hair, let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. You can also add 1 to 2 Tbsp olive oil to loosen the honey for easier application. For extremely sun-damaged hair, trying mixing honey with 1 to 2 Tbsp of a protein-rich ingredient, like avocado or egg yolk, which will help replenish the keratin protein bonds that UV rays attack. Treatment can be applied once a month.

For Oily or Greasy Hair

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“Used properly, [cornmeal or cornstarch] is an inexpensive way to remove oil and grease,” says Belkin.

To Use: Pour 1 Tbsp cornmeal or cornstarch into an empty salt or pepper shaker and sprinkle onto dry hair and scalp until you’ve used it all. After 10 minutes, use a paddle hairbrush to completely brush it out. Treatment can be applied every other day.

For Frizzy Hair

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Home beauty experts swear by avocado—and not just to repair damaged hair. Its oils (which are light and moist like our own natural skin secretions) and proteins boast the best combination of nutrients for smoothing and weighing down unruly hair, explains Cox.

To Use: Mash up half an avocado and massage into clean, damp hair. Let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with water. Amp up moisturizing power by combining mashed avocado with 1 to 2 Tbsp of a hydrating ingredient, like sour cream, egg yolks or mayonnaise. Treatment can be applied every two weeks.

For Residue-Ridden Hair

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“Nothing eats through product buildup like baking soda,” Cox says. Sodium bicarbonate essentially breaks down anything acidic.

To Use: Mix 1 to 2 Tbsp baking soda with small amounts of water until a thick paste forms. Massage into damp hair and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with water, then shampoo hair. Treatment can be applied every two weeks.

Original article: Woman’s Day

Hormemade Hair Treatment for Hard Water

Hardness indicates the concentration of calcium, magnesium and manganese in water. Hard water exceeds three grains per gallon, or 51.3 parts per million. Though hard water is not a hazard, it can be an inconvenience.

Follow these steps for a simple, homemade hair treatment to remove hard water buildup.

  1. Measure 2 cups warm distilled water and add 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar. For longer hair, you can double the quantities.
  2. Pour the mixture into a squeeze bottle or an old shampoo bottle.
  3. Shampoo your hair as you normally do and then rinse hair with the vinegar solution. You can rinse your hair in plain water after using the vinegar rinse, but you don’t need to, according to Chagrin Valley Soap and Craft Company.
  4. As your hair dries, the vinegar smell will dissipate. Use this vinegar rinse once or twice a week.

Original article: LiveStrong

Avocado oil

is particularly great for natural hair. It’s loaded with nutrients, amino acids, essential fatty acids, as well as vitamins A, B, D, and E. And it’s excellent for moisturizing, deep conditioning, improving hair strength, strengthening hair, and boosting shine.

Castor oil

thickens hair, promotes hair growth, prevents thinning, moisturizes, helps reduce split ends, helps to tame frizz, and prevents scalp infections.

Coconut oil

is great for preventing dandruff, promoting hair growth, moisturizing, strengthening hair, thickening hair, and preventing damage.

Not only does the sweet smell of coconut oil instantly transport you to a tropical island beach, it also has incredible benefits for transforming your hair.

  • Coconut oil is a natural emollient meaning it locks moisture in to each individual hair strand to restore body and shine.
  • It’s also a rich source of vitamin E, one of the most important vitamins for healthy hair growth.
  • Microbial action on the scalp and roots is one of the biggest causes of hair loss. Lauric acid and capric acid are both compounds found in coconut oil that act as antimicrobial agents making coconut oil an effective hair loss treatment.
  • Coconut oil is packed full of saturated fats which penetrate deep into the scalp to prevent flaky skin and reduce dandruff.

The most effective way to apply coconut oil is to massage it into the roots and scalp and then run your fingers all the way through to the tips of your hair approximately 30 minutes before you shower. Rinse out with warm water and a natural shampoo.

Olive oil

which is also referred to as the “godmother of hair oil,” is great for moisturizing, deep conditioning, improving hair strength, eliminating dandruff, and also has powerful antioxidants that can help fight hair loss.

We’ve all used olive oil for cooking and dressing salads, but did you know that extra virgin olive oil can also transform your hair?

Much like coconut oil, olive oil nourishes, moisturizes, conditions and strengthens your hair while also minimizing hair loss and dandruff.

Try this simple olive oil treatment for achieving beautiful hair at home.

  1. Half fill a cup with extra virgin olive oil and a few drops of an essential oil of your choice, such as lavender or rosemary oil. Shake or mix well and allow to stand in a cool dark place for 24 hours.
  2. Pour one tablespoon of the olive oil mixture into the palm of your hands and rub your hands together to warm it up.
  3. Starting with your scalp, massage the oil into your hair in a circular motion using your fingertips. Finish by massaging the tips of your hair.
  4. Secure a plastic bag around your hair and leave for 30 minutes.
  5. Finally, rinse your hair as usual and shampoo.

Rosemary oil

is great for stimulating hair follicles for hair growth, preventing hair loss and greying, preventing dandruff, strengthening hair, and boosting shine.

Safflower oil 

protects hair, nourishes hair follicles, moisturizes, and stimulates blood circulation to promote hair growth and thickness. And it is extremely beneficial for natural as well as dry chemically treated hair.

Sweet almond oil

works great as a “sealant.” This means that it “locks-in” moisture. Sweet almond oil also nourishes hair, smoothes hair cuticles to control shedding, promotes hair growth and thickness, prevents hair loss, and boosts shine.

Argan oil

Argan oil is one of the most expensive oils for our hair, but it’s certainly worth every penny. It is extracted from the kernels of the argan tree – an endangered tree native to Morocco.

Application is similar to that of most other oils. Place a tablespoon of the oil into your hands, rub together and apply to hair starting at the scalp working through to the tips of the hair. Use a brush or comb for even distribution if necessary. Wrap your hair in a towel for an hour, rinse thoroughly and shampoo.

The essential fatty acids present will strengthen your hair proteins resulting in stronger hair with fewer split ends. In addition, the rich sources of vitamin E will repair hair damaged by destructive agents and the non-greasy argan oil will add shine and moisture without the horrible greasy feeling.

So the next time you want to repair or improve the appearance of your hair, try one of these natural oils or a hair oil blend instead of spending a fortune on over-the-counter chemical-laden hair products.

Sources: Black Girl Long Hair and Naturally Curly