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by Julie Dees

Let’s face it. We spend a lot of time and money on our appearance. For most of us, our hair truly is our crowning glory. It is most often the first thing someone will notice about us. If your hair isn’t at its best, it can give them a less than stellar impression of you and even start your day off wrong. The old saying about bad hair days is a little too true at times.

Instead of hightailing it to the salon or pulling on a hat every time your hair has issues, turn to your own pantry. You can find the answer to many of your common hair problems already waiting in your kitchen.

Ingredients

Avocado
Apple Cider Vinegar
Banana
Eggs
Honey
Lemon Juice
Mayonnaise
Oatmeal
Olive Oil
Salt
Strawberries
Sweet Almond Oil
Sunflower Oil

Lavender Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
Tea Tree Oil (melaleuca)

Recipes for No More Bad Hair Days

Deep Conditioner

Combine 2 eggs, 3 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp sunflower or sweet almond oil. Beat until smooth. Add 5 drops each of lavender and rosemary essential oils, stir until mixed. Massage mixture into damp or wet hair. Pile your hair on top of your head and cover with a plastic shower cap or plastic wrap. Continue by wrapping a towel around your head.

Relax and set the timer for 30 minutes. Rinse mixture from hair and then shampoo and condition as usual. Treatment can be done weekly.

Dry Hair

Add one small avocado with 4 tbsp sweet almond oil, and 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar to a blender. Pulse all ingredients together. Stir in 10 drops each of rosemary and tea tree essential oils. Work mixture through hair and scalp.

If hair is long, clip it up before leaving the mixture to set for 15-20 minutes at least. Rinse mixture out and then wash and condition as usual. Good for a monthly treatment.

Oily Hair

Prepare one serving of oatmeal and let it cool. Add two tbsp salt, mix well. Stir in 5 drops each of peppermint and rosemary essential oils. Apply generously to your scalp and allow it to set for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and then shampoo as usual.

Itchy, Dry Scalp

In a small bowl, mix 3 tbsp each of lemon juice, olive oil, and water along with 10 drops of tea tree oil. Set aside while you wet your head. Massage mixture onto wet scalp and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes. Wash and condition hair as usual. Treatment can be reapplied every two weeks.

Sweet Treat for Your Head

Mash ½ banana with 8 strawberries and 1 tbsp mayonnaise. Mix well and massage into washed, wet hair. Cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap and then a towel. Allow to set for about 15-20 minutes before shampooing and conditioning as usual. Can be done weekly.

Do you have a favorite home remedy for your bad hair days? We’d love to hear about it.

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How To Care for Cut Flowers

Do you grow the most beautiful flowers as part of the landscape and think, “Wouldn’t these look beautiful on the breakfast table?” And from the time you bring them inside the clock starts ticking because you know this simple farmhouse aesthetic is very short-lived. So how do you keep the flowers fresh for as long as possible? Let’s start with the way you cut the flowers, it makes a big difference. Use a shear or sharp knife and avoid smashing or tearing the stems. This interferes with the water uptake and can reduce the longevity of the flowers. Cut at an angle so the ends don’t sit flat on the bottom of the vase.

Steps to Take After Cutting the Flowers

Once you have cut the stems of your flowers, place them immediately into a clean container. Don’t be tempted to use a vase you just used without properly washing it, it may still contain bacteria that can multiply quickly and block the flow of water from the stems. Next, remove any foliage that lies below the water line. Decaying foliage shortens the lifespan of the flowers by contributing to the build-up of bacteria. Fill the clean vase with lukewarm water before placing the flowers in it.

At this point you can add either a flower preservative or this homemade recipe: 3 parts water to 1 part 7-up soda, plus a few drops of bleach. The bleach really helps to inhibit the growth of bacteria. A bit of sugar from time to time will help keep flowers smelling wonderful too. (Source: Huffington Post.)

Now since we’re talking about longevity, and as fabulous as a vase full of cut flowers looks in a bright sunny window, you probably should keep the flowers in a cool spot in your house and not expose them to direct sunlight. Also avoid placing the vase near hot drafts and heat from electrical lights or appliances as well. You may even want to consider placing your fresh flowers in the refrigerator overnight to extend their lifespan. Warm air and direct sunlight dries them out and speeds up the process of decay.

Continue to Recut the Stems

Cutting the flowers an additional one-half to one inch allows for a greater intake of nutrients as well. Plan to recut the stems every three days so they can continue to take in fresh water. Additionally, make sure that you change the water and add more flower preservative or the bleach and 7-Up mixture at the same time.

You took the time to plant, grow and care for your favorite flowers. Go on, bring those lovelies inside if you want to. They will brighten up your home for sure.


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