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Chicken, Peppers & Onions English Muffin

This recipe is perfect for a quick, healthy lunch or snack. I love it because it’s super simple and doesn’t take long to make. The original recipe was found on hungryhappens.com: a great blog with tons of healthy and easy recipes. Since it was originally made with baked potatoes, and I’m not a huge baked potato fan (I know, weird), I decided to adapt it a tad and it was still delicious! I also added a little hot sauce on top, because that makes almost any dish better in my opinion. But if spice isn’t your thing don’t worry, it’s still great without it. The original recipe, which yields 4, can be found here.

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Ingredients:

-1 whole wheat English muffin

-1 chicken breast, sliced thin and long

-Olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper

-1/4 medium onion, sliced long

-1/4 green bell pepper, sliced long

-1/4 red bell pepper, sliced long

-2 slices pepper jack cheese

-Hot sauce (optional)

 

Yields 1 serving.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Season the chicken with garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. Heat 1 tsp. of olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add the chicken and cook for about four minutes on each side, or until chicken is cooked through. Set chicken strips aside in a bowl.

Next, in the skillet heat 1 tsp. olive oil and add the peppers and onions. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper and sauté for about four minutes, or until the vegetables begin to brown. Add the vegetables to the bowl along with the chicken.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the two halves of the English muffin on the sheet. Cover each half with chicken, peppers and onions. Drizzle with hot sauce and top with cheese. Place in oven until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

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MaiCurls: DIY Rosewater Spray Gel !

Written By Maicurls

So I have been experimenting again! And I am excited to share my…

Flaxseed Spray Gel

  Flaxseed Spray Gel

Yes you read that right, DIY Flaxseed Spray Gel!

Now let me clarify, it is basically Flaxseed Gel that I dilute down to make it thin enough to pass through a spray pump and spray out evenly… I LOVE it!

I have a video up explaining my process (below)

 

 

How I make it

To make my mix I use my DIY Rosewater infused Flaxseed Gel recipe and then add extra

  • Rosewater*
  • Plain bottled water*

to thin it out. I also throw the mix in my blender to pulse it and that is it!

*To water it down you can use any liquid of choice. I choose to use Rosewater and plain water because I actually use them in my Flaxseed Gel recipe and because I my hair loves them.

You watch the video  of how I make my DIY Rosewater infused Flaxseed Gel below:

 

Remember

When making the spray, there are two things you need to make sure of:

  1. You are using a spray bottle that will evenly mist out the spray instead of “spit out” the gel.
  2. You have the right consistency so that the pipe of the spray will actually pickup the gel.

*It might take a bit of trial and error till you find the right container and get the right consistency for your spray.

Flaxseed Spray and Regular Gel

Flaxseed Spray and Regular Gel

When do I use the spray?

  • I like to use this on dry hair since it is gives a light hold so using it on wet hair would just further dilute down the gel.
  • I use it to help tame flyaways
  • Lightly holdup an updo
  • When I do not want to dampen my hair with too much products (e.g. when my hair is stretched)
  • When I want to have gentle hold on a twist-out with out resorting to using a lot of gel (e.g. if I need to touch up a twist-out but do not want to waste products on hair that will be washed in a day).

Do you use a spray gel? If so what do you use? I you try Flaxseed Spray Gel I would love to hear about your experiences!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

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The World of Homemade Deep Conditioners

Coconut Oil Banana.Coconut Milk and Honey.homemade Deep conditioner for natural hair. crystal afro. recipe. IG. lbd4b

 

Welcome to the world of homemade deep conditioners, here are a few to get started….

The Classic: Egg Whites, Mayo, Honey

            1 cup mayonnaise

            2 tbsp honey

            1 egg (white)

Mayonnaise is stacked with oils and fats that help moisturize, soften and add sheen to dull dry hair; while honey adds sheen and acts as a natural way to prevent the loss of moisture.

To create, put all ingredients in a blender until smooth, then sit for 30-45 minutes under a shower cap and continue into a detangleone rinsed thoroughly.

And the variations: (Egg Whites, Mayonnaise and greek yogurt is a variation of this)

home-made-conditioner

Coconut Oil & Egg Whites

            4 tbsp of extra virgin coconut oil

            1 egg (white)

            2 tbsp of pure honey (optional)

This conditioner combines protein, moisture and strength that the hair needs to grow and thrive. Honey is always good to add in deep conditioners for your hair, as it is great for moisture retention.

To create, mix in a bowl, then sit for 30-45 minutes under a shower cap and continue into a detangle one rinsed thoroughly. You may need double the ingredients depending on the length or thickness of the hair.

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Avocado & Olive Oil

1 overripe avocado

            ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

            ½ cup of shea butter (optional)

2-3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar (optional)

This deep conditioner is great for detangling! This conditioner is made to lubricate thick curls and give weight to the hair for detangling. The apple cider vinegar works as a clarifier for your hair, as well, if you do choose to include it.

To create, put all ingredients into a blender, and add extra virgin olive oil to reach the consistency you would prefer. Sit for 30-45 minutes under a shower cap and continue into a detangle one rinsed thoroughly.

 Banana, Olive oil & honey (with optional glycerin)

            1 large banana (or banana baby food)

            4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

            2 tbsp pure veggie glycerin (optional)

            2 tbsp honey

Here, the banana, when mixed with other ingredients, minimizes shrinkage and softens the hair. Olive oil thoroughly contributes to the over all moisture of the hair (see last post about oils). This deep conditioner specifically helps with manageability.

To create, put all of the ingredients into the blender in order to avoid having banana bits. Sit for 30-45 minutes under a shower cap and continue into a detangle one rinsed thoroughly.

Small tip:

All of these ingredients, egg whites/yogurt/honey/banana/mayonnaise/etc., can all work alone as deep conditioners as well! Happy experimenting!

 

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DIY Scalp Scrub By: Maicurls

Via MaiCurls

 

I wanted to share another DIY mix with you. I am sure you are wondering when does she stop mixing?! NEVER 😀

In all serenity I LOVE mixing my products. I have had both the bad and good store bought products and I can not lie not ALL of my DIY mixes have been a success however at least I can blame myself for that. I prefer tailoring products and adding ingredients I know are good for me, work for me and will not harm me or my body.

Anyways back to the topic which is a scalp scrub.

photo credit: lovelihood via photopin cc

photo credit: lovelihood via photopin cc

There are a number of different reasons why you might want to use a scrub and different ways in which you can make one. The skin on our scalp is no different to the skin on the rest of our body. It can become dry, flaky, overloaded with product, irritated, itchy and so on. Scrubs can help to:

  • Remove dead cells
  • Relieve an itchy or irritated scalp
  • Relieve flaking/dandruff
  • Help to remove build up on the scalp
  • Clear up clogged pores
  • Relieve scalp acne, scalp pimples and white heads
  • Provide moisture and oils to a dry scalp

My particular scalp includes ingredients that helps to exfoliate, remove buildup, moisturize, conditions my roots and scalp as well as relax and increase blood flow to my scalp. I have a video on YouTube of my DIY Scalp Scrub.

Scalp Scrub

My DIY Scalp Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 8 Teaspoons of Raw Sugarcane (brown) Sugar*
  • 10 Tablespoons of Pure Honey
  • 2 teaspoons of Amla Powder (optional)
  • 2.5 teaspoons of Almond Oil
  • 4 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil (optional)

*I blend the brown sugar before making the scrub just for a few pulses because I have a sensitive scalp and do not want to scratch it with rough sugar granules. Even if you do not have a sensitive scalp I suggest first lightly blending the sugar because the scrub will not only be gentler on your scalp but also on your roots!

Ingredient Explanation:

– Sugarcane (brown) Sugar – Acts as the exfoliant to help remove dead skin and buildup (you can use regular white sugar if you can not find brown sugar).

– Honey – Used to moisturize the scalp and roots due to its humectant properties. It also has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties to help heal up scalp irritations a little quicker. (You can use molasses if you are allergic to honey.)

– Amla – Helps to condition dry scalps and roots, restores the p.H balance and also works as a good anti-fungal and antibacterial agent. (This is an optional ingredient.)

– Almond Oil – Helps to restore any lost natural oils produced by the scalp. (You can use any oil – I  suggest using any light oil of choice)

– Peppermint Essential Oil (EO) – Helps to simulate blood flow to the scalp which helps to promote hair growth due to the increase in oxygen from the blood flow. It also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and is an excellent soothing EO. (You can use any EO of choice)
NOTE: Essential oils are potent therefor need to be diluted and if you are pregnant I would refrain from using any EO

Mixing

I first blend the 8 teaspoons of sugar just a few pulses and put it in a bowl. I add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix everything really well and then transfer it into a container.

I would recommend using a scrub no more than once every 2 weeks. The longer you leave the scrub standing the more the sugar will dissolve so you might need to remake this recipe before you use it up (depending on how much you use when you scrub).

TIP: This scrub can of course also be used for your body.  If you feel like you will not be able to use all of it for your scalp before the sugars dissolves use it for your body! 

Do you use a scrub for your scalp if so what do you use? If you try my recipe please let me know if you enjoyed it or not I would love to hear from you.

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls


 

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Recipe For Hair Growth Oils

 

 

Via NaturallyCurly

Hair Growth Oils

NaturallyCurly user kwillsmom uses this lovely blend of oils to seal moisture, promote growth, oil and cool the scalp. I love it! The tea tree and especially the peppermint oils leave her scalp with a cool tingle.

What You’ll Need:

  • EVOO
  • White grape seed
  • sweet almond
  • peppermint
  • tea tree oils

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients
  2. After you rinse out your conditioner, finger part your hair
  3. Spritz oil over your entire head in sections
  4. Massage your scalp

This is how kwillsmom uses the oil after every wash, her hair has shown healthy growth since using her concoction!

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Natura’s Flavor Friday’s: Check Out This Tasty & Easy Salmon Fillets With Spinach Recipe!!

 

Via (Ali in The Valley)

Summertime is all about tasty and easy recipes like my Salmon Fillets with Spinach. We love salmon here at the Kilmer household and I cook wild caught salmon (when I can find it in the stores) at least every other week. Last night’s salmon dinner was especially special because our family friend Heather Brooke brought wild caught salmon filets that she and her dad caught in Alaska. What an amazing trip to go wild salmon fishing in Alaska! That’s going on my personal bucket list! This Salmon Fillets with Spinach dish is so simple that it’s often my first choice when friends are coming over for a dinner party. The trick to keeping the salmon moist is to not over cook the fish. I always cook the salmon on the stove top, not the oven and the simple step of layering the onions on the bottom followed by the salmon with lemons on top allows all the flavors to cook perfectly together. This is by far the best and easiest way to cook perfect Salmon Fillets.

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DIY Olive Oil Deep Conditioner | Video

 

Via NaturallyCurly.com

A weekly deep conditioning treatment (or a “DC”) is an essential step in a curly’s regimen. DCs can play a very important role in treating damage, preventing frizz, and moisturizing your curly hair. There’s no need to buy an extra product, simply mix your own DC with just two ingredients you already have!

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Natura New Recipe: Curly Castor Oil Protein Treatment

I was searching on NaturallyCurly.com when I came across a really cool at home

protein treatment that promotes stronger, thicker, and healthier hair.

Try it out and let me know what you think !!

Recipe

  • 5 big chunks of shea butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 5 tbsp castor oil
  • greek yogurt
  • raw honey
  • 1 egg
Xoxo
Naturalia
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Natura Recipe Alert: Coconut Oil or Coconut Milk( Strengthens Elasticity and Restores Protein In The Hair)

Via IndianBeautySpot

So.. I was feeding my daily Pinterest obsession ( follow us @naturamagazine)… when I

stumbled upon  a cool recipe for hair fall/ hair loss using Coconut Oil or Coconut Milk.

You will soon find out that I love trying out new natural recipes, and this is no different. I

will be trying this recipe out very soon, and I will  do a review for you all to check out.

Here is the recipe.. I would love to hear if any of you have tried it, or know of any other

recipes that help strengthen the elasticity of the hair, and restore protein in the hair follicle.

Here’s the recipe..

Coconut milk strengthens your hair and helps to restore the right amount of protein to your hair.
* Coat your hair entirely with coconut milk, massage your head for approximately 15 minutes, twice a week.
* You can also warm the coconut milk, with a cotton ball apply to the roots of the hair and keep it overnight.

Xoxo

Naturalia

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Homemade Aloe Vera Leave- In Conditioner

 

 

For some reason my hair is always dry!!! I’m not sure if its because I have a permanent color,

or because I’m not producing enough sebum to moisturize my hair?!?.. Whatever it may be

I need to find a solution and I mean real quick !!!! , because moisture is a key factor in the growth and

health of the hair.  After reading the section in The Science of Black Hair on

” Healthy Hair Management”, I discovered that leave- in conditioners are good for providing

extra moisture to dry hair.  I’ve noticed that Aloe- Vera is the new wave in the natural

community,so I decided to look into its benefits, and I discovered a homemade leave-in

conditioner that may be the answer to my problem.

Via BlackGirlLongHair

With a pH range of around 4.5, the acidity of aloe vera is what works to our advantage. It aids in closing the hair cuticle. This causes your hair to be smoother, minimizes frizz, and gives your strands more definition and shine. Some find that aloe vera is a humectant, or something that draws in any humidity from the air that surrounds it. However, by sealing my hair with aloe vera after I style it, I’ve noticed less frizz and swelling. Pure aloe vera is light enough to keep my hair moisturized without feeling greasy or weighed down. It also gives great control without making it stiff or crunchy.

Aloe Vera Gel Leave-in Conditioner

4oz water
4oz aloe vera gel
10 drops of essential oil (pick your favorite!)
Directions: Add water and aloe vera gel to a small bowl and stir lightly with a spoon. Pour the contents into a spray bottle and shake. Add an essential oil of your choice and shake lightly again. Use daily or as often as needed to restore softness.

Benefits
  • Gives hair moisture
  • Detangles
  • Defines curly hair
  • Reduces itchy, scaly scalp
  • Tames oily Hair
  • Balances PH Level of hair

I will be trying this recipe this weekend when I do my daily  wash-and-twist.. so I’ll do a

review on it then. If you ladies have tried this recipe I would love to hear your feedback.

 

Xoxo

Naturalia