Easy Hibiscus Rinse for Enhancing Light and Dark Hair

Dried Hibiscus

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I’ve recently transitioned to washing my hair with baking soda and rinsing with Apple Cider Vinegar thanks to my friend Megan over at FamilyNaturally. She gave me the tip of rinsing with something so that your hair doesn’t smell like salad dressing!

Here’s what you need:

Sauce pan

4 cups water

3-4 tablespoons dried hibiscus leaves

strainer and cheesecloth (or just papertowel)

storage container (mason jars always work)

Here’s what I did and it was so simple it’s almost ridiculous.

1. I went to the co-op and bought about 3-4 tablespoons of dried hibiscus leaves. Your natural foods store should have these or you can order from Mountain Rose Herbs.

2. I boiled about 4 cups of water in a sauce pan, turned off the heat, and added the hibiscus.

3. I let it steep for 30 minutes in there with the top on.

4. I strained the liquid from the hibiscus through cheesecloth and a metal strainer.

5. I put the liquid in a mason jar.

That’s it!

Now you have a hibiscus rinse that accentuates the golden and red tones in in hair. It can be used for either dark or light hair. Either way it will work.

When you use it just allow the hibiscus rinse to sit on your hair for about a minute. Then rinse.

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My New Favorite Thing

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coconut oil in your bathwater. like bathing at a tropical beach.

Coconut Oil in the bathtub.

I just returned from the most luscious bath experience ever.My skin is so soft and supple.

Try putting 1 1/2- 2 T of coconut oil in your bathwater as its running.

I also added several drops of Juniper essential oil (a woodland scented oil great for detoxification)so I smell lightly of Juniper which is lovely as well.

Juniper Berries

Juniper Berries

If you missed my post on why coconut oil is miraculous for your skin read it here.

If you missed my post on why baths are better for you than showers read it here.

Don’t forget, running water is full of chlorine which is really irritating to your gut health and skin. It is easily remedied with one of the dechlorination bath balls.

I hope you try it and like it!

Ring in Summer with a Rhubarb-Lime Martini!

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Summer is almost here and Spring is coming to a close. It’s time to get creative with those glorious branches of ruby goodness AKA RHUBARB!

I was inspired by how bright red the rhubarb has been the past couple weeks….and also by Mad Men. Maybe we’ve been watching too much Mad Men…all I want to do is drink martinis.

Rhubarb may seem a bit challenging but in reality, the possibilities are endless. First on the menu: My Rhubarb-Lime Martini!

Here’s what you’ll need:

For the Rhubarb Compote:

1 pound of rhubarb, cleaned and sliced

3/4 cup rapadura or sucanat (much more nutritious than regular granulated cane sugar. you can find this at whole foods or your local health food store)

2 or 3 tablespoons of unsalted organic butter

pinch of sea salt

lime zest from 1 lime

For the rest of the ‘tini:

[makes 2 Martinis]

1 oz lime juice

3 oz. chilled vodka (use a good quality one!)

3 tablespoons of rhubarb compote (from recipe above)

2 ice cubes

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a little organic evaporated cane juice to rim the glasses

Recipe Notes:

*You can play around with measurements to your liking.*

*For an added ruby hue, add a splash of pure cranberry juice if you have it on hand!*

*Remember to use organic ingredients!*

First, make the compote:

1. Melt butter in large sauce pan

2. Add sugar and cook on very low heat until well combined

3. add the sliced rhubarb, lime zest, and pinch of sea salt

4. cook on low heat until rhubarb becomes slightly soft.

5. turn off heat. let cool. (it’s not good to put steaming hot food in the processor)

6. using a food processor, process the compote until creamy and smooth.

7. Place martini ingredients into martini shaker (ice cubes, lime juice, rhubarb compote, and vodka) *if you are redneck like me and don’t have a martini shaker–use a mason jar…they work great and they even have oz. measurements on the side*

8. Garnish with Lime slice and sugar the rim.

9. Cheers!
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