Herbs for Healthy Hair

Many herbs are notably beneficial for promoting healthy hair, and Fo-ti root (Polygonum multiflorum) from the Orient is one of the most renowned. According to legend, its common name, He Shou Wu (“black-haired Mr. He”), is derived from the name of a Tang dynasty ruler whose long life and ample fertility was attributed to this herb. In traditional Chinese medicine, Fo-ti root is most often used as a longevity tonic. It is considered to strengthen our ‘Kidney qi,’ a specific type… Continue reading

Nature – Natural Stress Reliever

The healing power of nature – vis medicatrix naturae – is an ancient medical principle that recognizes the innate ability of the body to heal itself. Immersing ourselves in nature is a powerful and effective way to soothe the nervous system and allay stress, fear, and anxiety immediately, and for a period of time afterwards. ‘Bathing your vision’ via photographic images—of streams, valleys, river terraces, orchids, forests, farms, bodies of water—is also measurably effective. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3353853/

Coffee Cherry – Antioxidant Power!

Coffee cherry tea, anyone? Coffee cherries are the red fruit surrounding each coffee bean, and though at one time these were simply discarded in the processing of coffee, they have really come into their own of late. The sun-dried coffee cherry has powerful antioxidant properties, reportedly higher than acai, without the caffeine kick of the bean. Perhaps coffee in the morning and coffee cherry tisane in the afternoon?

Eat Locally & Seasonally

With spring and summer coming upon us, eating locally and seasonally makes sense: it’s good for you, your community, and for reducing stress on the environment. Do you eat locally and seasonally? 1. In-season foods taste better. 2. Fresh = higher nutritional content, including powerhouse antioxidants. 3. Supports your local growers and local economy. 4. Lower environmental impact vs goods transported from afar. 5. Less expensive – seasonal foods, because they are usually abundant for a short period of time, are… Continue reading

Walk Away Depression

Tip: A short walk a day, helps keep depression at bay. Even 10 minutes a day is enough to improve outlook and wellbeing!  

Hair Essentials Partners with HelpMe2Stop to Raise Awareness about Trichotillomania

Hair Essentials from Natural Wellbeing has partnered with HelpMe2Stop (www.helpme2stop.org), a non-profit dedicated to providing recovery assistance to those suffering from trichotillomania. Known simply as ‘trich’, this is a hair pulling disorder that affects 1 out of 50 people. Oftentimes, trich can be overcome by building self-confidence and seeing improvement in one’s appearance. “Trich can affect people at any age, gender and ethnicity,” said Charlene Blacer, founder of HelpMe2Stop. “Millions of people are affected by trich; nearly 90 percent of reported… Continue reading

Natural Tips for Asthma

1. Dust mites – these little microscopic critters live in your bedding, and their feces are a major contributor to asthma episodes. Use dust mite covers on pillows, mattress, duvet covers. 2. Dietary – the most common dietary allergens are dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. If you have asthma, try eliminating these from your diet for a few weeks to see if you notice any improvement. Then, introduce one ingredient at a time back into… Continue reading

Grow Your Own “Shampoo Ginger”

The slightly viscous sap of the “Shampoo Ginger” (Zingiber zerumbet) has long been used by Polynesians as a natural shampoo. After the flowering heads turn red, they can be squeezed to release a gingery-fragrant, sudsy fluid. Natural shampoo that smells great, too! To learn how to grow your own, check out: http://www.localharvest.org/zingiber-zerumbet-rhizome-C24788

Locks to Talk About

Locks to Talk About offers current trends, ideas, insights, and inspiration on how to grow and maintain the hair you always wished for, naturally! Join us!  http://www.hairessentials.com/blog/    

Natural Dyes for Easter Egg Coloring

Ditch the Dyes! Eggs have long-been associated with spring and a symbol of fertility and new life for many traditions. If you celebrate Easter, instead of artificial dyes, try coloring your eggs with natural dyes from food. Bring each ingredient (separately) to a boil with 2 cups of water, then strain the colored water into a cup and let it cool. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to each cup of dye to ‘fix’ the color, and then dip the egg… Continue reading

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