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Benefits of Natural hair dyes: Henna and Annatto

Natural hair dyes such as Annatto,Henna,Tumeric and Beetroot are far more beneficial than artificial hair dyes. There not chemical based which minimizes the risk of damage to the hair, moreover they are purpose serves greater than that or hair colouring. They are usually packed with vitamins and minerals which are essential to the hair’s overall health.

Annatto

Annatto, and it is more than just a pretty seed. Annatto or Bixa orellana is a shrub native to South and Central America along with the Caribbean. Annatto has other names like lipstick plant and it is derived from the seeds of the achiote tree. Annatto is widely cultivated for its fruit seeds where a natural colorant is derived. The achiote tree grows branches and prickly, reddish-orange heart-shaped pods that contain around 50 seeds. The seeds are said to have a slightly peppery smell with a hint of nutmeg along with a peppery, nutty, and sweet taste.

The seeds of the annatto are covered in a thin layer of the reddish-orange pulp. Annatto is used as a colorant and dye for food, textiles, and body paint. Annatto has carotenoids or organic pigments naturally occurring in plants and photosynthetic organisms. It is used in Latin American and Caribbean cuisine as a coloring and flavoring agent while in Central and South America it is used as a body paint and lipstick. Although not an edible fruit, the pulp covering the seeds are using as a food coloring. Called Achiote dye, it is created by grinding the seeds or simmering them in water or oil.

Hair Benefits

Despite being used for food coloring annatto actually has been used for centuries to condition hair and skin. It is because of the vitamins A, D, and beta-carotene. It has been used for the skin as an emollient and with its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and astringent abilities. It can be a seed paste or seed oil and often added to shampoo and conditioners because it can give the hair a natural sunny glow. It can even be found in hair dye because of this feature as well. Interested in trying a quick hair color rinse for a funky and spunky color combination of orange-red? Here’s the simplest way to do it with Annatto powder.

Recipe

1. Mix three tablespoons annatto seed and 1 cup boiling water.

2. Allow the mixture to cool slightly before straining.

3. Applying to your head and massage into clean, dry strands until fully saturated and leave on for an hour.

4. Rinse and style as usual but do not shampoo, as this is just a temporary rinse. If you are more interested in trying a product that already has annatto in it?

Henna

Being a natural conditioner, henna adds shine and volume to your hair and also protects it from more damage by forming a protective shield over it. In addition, it also locks moisture and nutrients, resulting in healthy, lustrous hair.

Tip: Use henna pack twice a month to make your hair appear voluminous, shiny and healthy. You can make a pack by mixing two cups of henna powder with 1 cup of amla powder along with 2tbsp of hibiscus and fenugreek powder. Take a quantity needed in a bowl and make a paste by adding yogurt/curd to it. Let the mixture rest for at least 2-3 hours before applying it to your hair. Leave for 1-2 hours and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Save the leftover mixture in an air-tight container and use as required.

Repairs and restores

Henna restores the acid-alkaline balance of your scalp along with repairing the damaged hair strands. In addition, it can also be used to treat itching, scalp infections and dandruff.

Promotes Hair Growth

Apart from repairing and restoring, henna also helps to reduce hair fall and other scalp problems. Being absolutely natural, it does not affect your hair adversely, which means you can enjoy the colored hair with no side effects at all.

Prevents Greying and Thinning

Instead of buying heftily priced hair products, henna is an all-rounder remedy that ensures thick, shiny hair with less scalp issues and dandruff problems while giving your mane a deep reddish tinge.

Henna for Coloring

Henna is particularly used to color your hair naturally. The coloring done by henna is not only safe and prompt, but is also free of any side effects. Scroll down to know some of the henna-based packs that can help you color your mane all amazingly yet naturally.

Tip: Henna, beetroot and coffee pack is an ideal combination to give your hair a natural burgundy color. To make this pack, you require a cup of henna, tea liquor for diluting, 1tbsp coffee powder, half a cup of beetroot juice and a juice of one lemon. Mix all ingredients and form a paste. Leave for at least 2 hours before applying it to your hair. Spread the mixture all over your mane and let it rest for 1 hour. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Henna as a Conditioner

Henna is a popular natural conditioner that makes the rough, dull hair silky and lustrous. In addition it also prevents tangling and gives your hair an all straight and glossy look.

Tip: You can make natural conditioner at home by mixing 1 cup henna with half cup of freshly brewed tea, 1tbsp lemon juice and 1 tbsp of yogurt. Apply this mixture all over your hair evenly and leave for at least one hour. Rinse well with warm water.

So what are you waiting for? To give your hair an amazing makeover, try henna and look all amazing and stylish naturally.

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How to use henna dye

Henna is a dye prepared from the plant Lawsonia inermis, also known as hina, the henna tree, the mignonette tree, and the Egyptian privet.

Henna can also refer to the temporary body art (staining) based on those dyes. Henna has been used since antiquity to dye skin, hair and fingernails, as well as fabrics.

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Collagen uses and benefits

Collagen is the main structural protein in the extracellular space in the various connective tissues in animal bodies. As the main component of connective tissue, it is the most abundant protein in mammals,[1] making up from 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content. Collagen consists of amino acids wound together to form triple-helices to form of elongated fibrils.[2] It is mostly found in fibrous tissues such as tendons, ligaments and skin.

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Hydrogen Peroxide 35% Food Grade

THE Federal DOT LAW – 35% H2O2 is Extremely volatile and can swell and burst during transit, causing harm to people and packaging damage. Solutions over 8% MUST be Insured and pay a $25 to $35 Hazmat Chemical Transport Fee, have a Hazardous Liquid label on the bottle and box, be packed in absorbent material and requires an Adult Signature on delivery. If ALL of these precautions are not followed the product is illegally shipped.

Are you currently not paying the fee? You may Not have a legitimate product. If not a chemical safe bottle, toxins can release into the product.

H2O2 MUST be diluted from 35%. Pre-Diluting saves you possible bottle bursting, child endangerment, chemical burns, and affords a manageable strength.  We provide a Certified MSDS Sheet, an FDA required document, proving that we ONLY use 35% FOOD GRADE H2O2 and a purified Distilled Water diluted to a safe and manageable 8% Solution.

“Use Nothing but 35% Food Grade”.  This is true, but why?  FDA requires Food Grade H2O2 ONLY be produced in a 35% Solution to protect against misuse and/or misapplication. No other grade is produced in 35% and the original manufacturer is NOT allowed to dilute to ANY other concentration.  All others contain toxins, heavy metals and/or impurities. Therefore, only an approved re-packer is allowed to properly dilute the product to a concentration lower than 35%.

Bottom Line: It doesn’t matter what the concentration is, as long as you can be certain that it began with a Certified 35% Food Grade product and it was properly diluted by a reputable company with proper safety measures.

Be sure it’s Certified! Many “bootleggers” are diluting cheaper, impure industrial product and “pawning” it off as Food Grade. This is why we provide you with an MSDS Certification (Material Safety Data Sheet), assuring you that our product is pure 35% Food Grade and that we are able to dilute to a safe 8% for your convenience and savings.

We follow the Law, save you money and are concerned for your safety!

WHO NEEDS HYDROPROX™ 35-8%, FOOD GRADE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE?

Anyone who wants the assurance that the product that they are using is safe and free of contaminants.

WHAT IS THE ORIGIN AND REASONING BEHIND THE USE OF HYDROPROX 35-8%, FOOD GRADE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE?

Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) is naturally occurring in its highest concentration level, within rain water. Why did The Creator design rain water to contain this high level of H2O2? Consider the functions of H2O2. It kills harmful bacteria, sanitizes, provides oxygen, and is necessary for life to exist. The high levels of H2O2 in rain water does just that for all life on earth. Notice the clean, fresh fragrance of the air after a good rain shower? Watch the animals, they prefer to drink from a puddle of fresh rain water than any other source.

HydroProx35, when diluted to a safe strength, is a an excellent sanitizer for all household cleansing, MUCH SAFER then Chlorine Bleach. Let HydroProx 35-8% help!

ALWAYS USE 8% AND 35% FOOD GRADE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE IN A DILUTED SOLUTION.

MAKING AND USING A 3% AND A 1 1/2 % SOLUTION OF HYDROGEN PEROXIDE FROM HYDROPROX 35-8% :

  • Purchase Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide, for extra safety and purity.
  • How to make a 3% Solution – Mix 3/4 Cup (6oz) of HydroProx 35-8% with 1 1/4 Cup (10oz) of Distilled Water
  • Three tablespoons of 3% mixed with a quart of purified water makes a good enema or douche formula.
  • 3% can be used as a mouthwash or mixed with baking soda for toothpaste which, freshens breath, whitens teeth, fights tooth decay and oral disease conditions.
  • 3% can be used as a foot bath for athlete’s foot. (Diabetics have found relief from circulation problems by soaking their feet in 1 pint of 3% mixed with 1 gallon of warm, water for 30 minutes nightly.)
  • A tablespoon of 3%, added to 1 cup of purified water can be used as a nasal spray. Depending on the degree of sinus involvement, one will have to adjust the amount of peroxide used. I have seen some who can use it at the full 3% strength and others who had difficulty with using a few drops mixed with a cup of water.
  • 3% can be added to pet’s drinking water at the rate of 1 ounce per quart of purified water. Sick cattle reportedly benefit from 1 pint of 3% to each 5 gallons of water. (Chickens and cows have remained healthy by using 8 ounces of HydroProx 35 per 1,000 gallons of drinking water.)
  • How to make a 1 1/2 % Solution – Mix 3/4 Cup (6oz) of HydroProx35-8% with 2 1/2 Cups (20oz) of Distilled Water
  • 1 1/2% can be used as a household cleaning / sanitizer.  Much safer than harmful chemical cleaners
  • 1 1/2% can be used as a Vegetable Wash, to kill bacteria, remove unwanted pests and helps the vegetables stay fresher longer.

Conversion Equivalent of 35% Concentration to an 8% Concentration

Number of Drops of 35% Equivalent Measurement or Number of Drops of 8%
3 Drops 1/8 tsp (13 drops)
4 Drops 1/8 tsp + 3 drops (18 drops)
5 Drops 1/8 tsp + 7 drops (22 drops)
6 Drops 1/8 tsp + 11 drops (26 drops)
7 Drops 1/4 tsp (31 drops)
8 Drops 1/4 tsp + 5 drops (35 drops)
9 Drops 1/4 tsp + 10 drops (40 drops)
10 Drops ¼ tsp + 1/8 tsp (44 drops)
12 Drops 3/8 tsp + 7 drops (53 drops)
14 Drops 1/2 tsp (62 drops)
16 Drops 1/2 tsp + 10 drops (70 drops)
18 Drops ½ tsp + 1/8 tsp (79 drops)
20 Drops 3/4 tsp (88 drops)
22 Drops 3/4 tsp + 7 drops (97 drops)
24 Drops ¾ tsp + 1/8 tsp (106 drops)
25 Drops 7/8 tsp + 5 drops (110 drops)

HYDROPROX 35™ IS OFFERED IN A CONVENIENT 4 OUNCE OR 16 OUNCE DROPPER TIPPED BOTTLE, INSURING AN ACCURATE MEASURE EVERY TIME.

Before either condemning or endorsing hydrogen peroxide, let’s take a real close look at what we’re dealing with. If any substance is interesting, it’s hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide should really be called hydrogen dioxide. Its chemical formula is H2O2. It contains one more atom of oxygen than does water (H2O). By now everyone’s aware of the ozone layer that surrounds the earth. Ozone consists of three atoms of oxygen (03). This protective layer of ozone is created when ultraviolet light from the sun splits an atmospheric oxygen molecule (02) into two single, unstable oxygen atoms. These single molecules combine with others to form ozone (03). Ozone isn’t very stable. In fact, it will quickly give up that extra atom of oxygen to falling rainwater to form hydrogen peroxide (H2O2).

(Bear with me: all this chemistry mumbo jumbo I’m going through actually will help you understand the importance of hydrogen peroxide.)

HELPS PLANTS

It is this hydrogen peroxide in rainwater that makes it so much more effective than tap water when given to plants. With the increased levels of atmospheric pollution, however, greater amounts of H2O2 react with air-borne toxins and never reach the ground. To compensate for this, many farmers have been increasing crop yields by spraying them with diluted hydrogen peroxide (5 to 16 ounces of HydroProx 35 mixed with 20 gallons of water per acre). You can achieve the same beneficial effect with your house plants by adding 1 ounce of 3% hydrogen peroxide (or 16 drops of HydroProx 35) to every quart of water you give your plants. (It can also be made into an excellent safe insecticide. Simply spray your plants with 8 ounces of HydroProx 35 mixed with 8 ounces of white sugar and one gallon of water.)

Hydrogen peroxide is odorless and colorless, but not tasteless. When stored under the proper conditions, it is a very stable compound. When kept in the absence of light and contaminants, it dismutates (breaks down) very slowly at the rate of about 10% a year. (This can be slowed even further by storing the liquid in the freezer.) It boils at 152 degrees C and freezes at minus 2 degrees C. When exposed to other compounds hydrogen peroxide dismutates readily. The extra oxygen atom is released leaving H2O (water). In nature, oxygen (02) consists of two atoms–a very stable combination. A single atom of oxygen, however, is very reactive and is referred to as a free radical. Over the past several years, we’ve continually read that these free radicals are responsible for all types of ailments and even premature aging. What many writers seem to forget, however, is that our bodies create and use free radicals to destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi. In fact, the cells responsible for fighting infection and foreign invaders in the body (your white blood cells) make hydrogen peroxide and use it to oxidize any offending culprits. The intense bubbling you see when hydrogen peroxide comes in contact with a bacteria-laden cut or wound is the oxygen being released and bacteria being destroyed. The ability of our cells to produce hydrogen peroxide is essential for life. H2O2 is not some undesirable by-product or toxin, but instead a basic requirement for good health.

Newer research indicates we need hydrogen peroxide for a multitude of other chemical reactions that take place throughout the body. For example, we now know that vitamin C helps fight infections by producing hydrogen peroxide, which in turn stimulates the production of prostaglandins. Also lactobacillus found in the colon and vagina produce hydrogen peroxide. This destroys harmful bacteria and viruses, preventing colon disease, vaginitis, bladder infections and a host of other common ailments. (Infect Dis News Aug.8,91:5). When lactobacillus in the colon or vaginal tract have been overrun with harmful viruses, yeast, or bacteria, an effective douche or enema solution can be made using 3 to 6 tablespoons of 3% H2O2 in 1 quart of distilled water. Keep in mind, however, that a good bacterial flora must always be re-established in these areas to achieve lasting results.

AEROBIC VS. ANAEROBIC

While we are discussing enemas and douches, there is another misconception about H2O2 I need to address. The friendly bacteria in the colon and vagina are aerobic. In other words, they flourish in high oxygen environments and thrive in the presence of oxygen rich H2O2. On the other hand, most strains of harmful bacteria (and cancer cells) are anaerobic and cannot survive in the presence of oxygen or H2O2. We can agree that hydrogen peroxide produced within individual body cells is essential for life. And no one doubts its effectiveness when it comes to treating infections topically. The controversy deals with ingesting the substance orally or introducing it into the body intravenously. The dispute has been going on for decades, and considering the attitude of our medical community, it will continue for many more decades to come.

Hydrogen peroxide is safe, readily available and dirt cheap. And best of all, it works! No one yet fully understands the complete workings of hydrogen peroxide. We do know that it is loaded with oxygen. (A pint of the HydroProx 35 solution contains the equivalent of 130 pints of oxygen. A pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide found at the local drugstore contains 10 pints of oxygen. And a pint of the 6% solution used to bleach hair contains 20 pints of oxygen.)

GRADES OF HYDROGEN PEROXIDE

Hydrogen peroxide is available in various strengths and grades.

    1. 3% Pharmaceutical Grade: This is the grade sold at your local drugstore or supermarket. This product is “NOT recommended for internal use”. It contains an assortment of stabilizers which shouldn’t be ingested. Various stabilizers include: acetanilide, phenol, sodium stanate and tertrasodium phosphate.
    2. 6% Beautician Grade: This is used in beauty shops to color hair and is not recommended for internal use.
    3. 30% Reagent Grade: This is used for various scientific experimentation and also contains stabilizers. It is also not for internal use.
    4. 30% to 32% Electronic Grade: This is used to clean electronic parts and not for internal use.
    5. 35% Technical Grade: This is more concentrated than the Reagent Grade and differs slightly in that phosphorus is added to help neutralize any chlorine from the water used to dilute it.
    6. 35% Ingestible Food Grade – HydroProx 35: This is used in the production of foods like cheese, eggs, and whey-containing products. It is also sprayed on the foil lining of aseptic packages containing fruit juices and milk products. THIS IS THE ONLY GRADE RECOMMENDED FOR INTERNAL USE.
    7. 90%: This is used as an oxygen source for rocket fuel.

Hydrogen peroxide is a very strong oxidizer and if not diluted, it can be extremely dangerous. Only work with diluted solutions.

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Benefits of Essential Oils

Are you wondering what makes essential oils a preferred alternative to regular skin and hair care products?

Obtained from the stem, bark, seeds and flower of plants, essential oils are naturally occurring volatile aromatic compounds. They have been used since time immemorial and are renowned for their multitudinous benefits. Essential oils are widely used in cosmetics, aromatherapy, and personal care products and also in household applications. From effective blends to basic products, the possibilities with essential oils are endless. You can use them in homemade soaps, hair conditioner, massage blends and even in diffusers.

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Well, with the wide array of benefits, essential oils are indeed a must-have product in your home.

Benefits of essential oils for your home:

Essential oils are highly versatile and can be conveniently combined with other products to enhance their effectiveness. You can add a few drops of lemon or orange essential oil to your laundry soap for better results. The oils can also be used to add a fresh fragrance to your household cleaners, trash bins or bathrooms. Peppermint, Citronella, Rosemary and Lavender essential oils are widely used in the home to keep insects at bay. Lemon essential oil can be used to clean surfaces and remove stubborn stains. Besides, essential oil blends are also popularly used in diffusers to elevate the mood of a space with a refreshing aroma.

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Are You Having A Baby : Do’s and Dont’s of Pregnancy

Having a baby is a life-changing experience, transforming from womanhood to motherhood for most women can be a nerve wrecking experience, especially if you are a first-time mother. Apart from the huge rush of emotions inside of your body from all the hormones, your body is going through physical changes, however, as time goes along a mother’s natural maternal instincts starts to kick in. You will need support from your spouse, family, friends and the entire community at large to raise a child. Before we reach there though, pregnancy needs to be broken down my different trimester. When you are pregnant, there is a lot of things to take into consideration as you are not only thinking about yourself but the life that you now carry inside of you.

From confirming your pregnancy to taking belly photos and learning which foods to avoid, what activities to do, I will share with you all that I have learned during my pregnancies.

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Pregnancy Tips: To-do’s for every trimester

There are things that pregnant women will be required to do that are specific for each trimester, some are common for all trimesters such as :

Drink water
During pregnancy it is important to stay hydrated, you need about 10 8-ounce glasses of fluid per day (80 fluid ounces) plus an additional 8 ounces for each hour of light activity. Every woman is different, so don’t worry if you end up needing a little more or less. Keep an eye on the color of your urine – if it’s dark yellow or cloudy, you need to drink more. Clear or pale yellow urine means you’re well-hydrated.

Why is it important to to drink water during pregnancy?

Do some stretching
Stretching enhances your flexibility, prevents your muscles from tightening, and makes you feel looser and more relaxed.

Sneak in a pregnancy power nap
When fatigue makes it hard to get through the day, revive yourself with a 15-minute snooze. If you’re at work, find a place you can escape (close your office door, use a conference room, even sit in your car) and set the alarm on your cell phone.

Pack healthy snacks
When hunger attacks, it helps to have snacks that pack a nutritional punch ready in your desk, purse, or car. And if you’re nauseous munching on a simple snack like crackers throughout the day or before you get out of bed can ease nausea.

Try these healthy snacks for pregnancy

Try a relaxation technique
Deep breathing, guided imagery, prenatal yoga, and progressive muscle relaxation can help you stay on an even keel – and sleep better.

Take a quick walk
A 15- to 20-minute walk can help boost your energy levels when you’re exhausted.

Find out the benefits of walking during pregnancy

Eat a pregnancy superfood
To give your pregnancy a nutritional boost, try colorful fruits and veggies, eggs, salmon, sweet potatoes, yogurt, walnuts and beans.

Try these other pregnancy superfoods.

Write down your pregnancy memories
Whether you keep a formal journal or just jot down a few notes when you feel like, you’ll love sharing these pregnancy stories with your child someday.

Track your weight gain
Your provider will monitor your pregnancy weight to make sure you’re in a healthy range and gaining at an appropriate pace. You can also use our pregnancy weight gain tool to stay on track.

Do something nice for yourself or go on a babymoon
If you’re feeling up to it, go to a movie, have dinner out, get a pedicure, facial or massage, or do something else you enjoy. If you can afford to take a vacation. Do a maternity photo shoot, this will not only enhance your mood but you will have wonderful pictures to show you family and friends. Treat yourself, Its well deserved– pregnancy is hard work!

Check in with a friend
Pregnancy is an emotional rollercoaster. Ease your mind by sharing your fears, hopes, and excitement with a friend or a fellow mom-to-be.

Know the signs of a pregnancy problem
If you have any of these complaints call your doctor or midwife immediately.

See danger signs of pregnancy

Take belly photos
It’s a great way to document your growing bump. You will like to see your progress from month to month.

Have sex if you feel like it
If you’re feeling amorous (and you don’t have any complications that would prevent you from having sex) go ahead – you won’t hurt the baby.