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Foods High in Antioxidants

 

(posted 9/8)

Many of us have heard the word Orac before but may not understand what it means. ORAC is an abbreviation for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. Foods that score high on the ORAC Value Chart are high in antioxidants. Antioxidant foods, herbs, spices, and teas reduce the effects of free radicals within our body. The human body naturally produces free radicals and antioxidants to help counteract their damaging effects. My Maryland friends might also be interested to know that ORAC was developed by the National Institutes of Health in Baltimore!

Clove Oil- Cloves contain 30x more anti-oxidants than blueberries and ranks second only to raw sumac bran for ORAC value. Ground clove has the astounding ORAC value of 290,283 units.
-adding clove oil to your health regime could be good to naturally boost your antioxidant level
-2 drops under the tongue each day (some may find this to be too intense so dropping 2 drops in an empty veggie would be a good option too)
-ONLY use oils that are clearly marked for internal use – my favorite is doTERRA 

High ORAC Foods:

Green vegetables (which contain lutein, zeaxanthin, and carotenoid antioxidants that can protect aging eyes from developing cataracts and macular degeneration):
-spinach
-collards
-kale

Cruciferous vegetables (contain antioxidants and other phytonutrients that reduce cancer risk):
-broccoli
-cabbage
-russels sprouts
-cauliflower
-turnips

Orange/yellow fruits and vegetables (rich in carotenoids that protect the immune system):
-sweet potatoes
-carrots
-mangoes
-apricots

Red pigmented fruits (contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps fight heart disease and some types of cancer, particularly prostate cancer):
-tomatoes
-watermelon
-papaya
-pink grapefruit

Blue/purple fruits and vegetables (these hues come from anthocyanin and phytochemicals that protect against carcinogens and may help prevent heart disease):
-blueberries
-purple grapes
-red cabbage
-beets
-plums

Don’t forget about green and white tea, dark chocolate and red wine, which all very high in antioxidant activity.

 


How to make Lavender Oil:

 

(posted 8/30)

You can apply this oil infusing technique with any dry flowers or herbs you'd like!

First off, let’s clarify that Lavender Oil is not the same as Lavender Essential Oil. This recipe is about infusing a carrier oil with lavender flowers in order to transfer many of the lavender benefits to the oil. You can then use the infused oil as a stand-alone body oil, or as an ingredient in a variety of DIY skin care products. 

Lavender plants produce small purple flowers that have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Here are a few examples of lavender at work for your skin:

•Wash your hands with lavender scented soap to help eliminate bacteria 
•Use a lotion with lavender on dry or sunburn skin to reduce inflammation
•Diffuse lavender essential oil to help with decongestion or to relieve a headache

Basic Steps Of Infusing Lavender In Oil Are:
1.Use dry Lavender flowers. If you only have fresh flower, you need to dry them out so there is no water present in the flower/herb. Why? Because water + oil = mold
2.Put the flowers in a medium or large glass jar
3.Cover the lavender flowers with oil, leaving about 1 inch from the top of the oil to the lid
4.Put your jar on a window sill and let everything steep for 4 weeks - you can shake the jars gently every few days but don't sweat it if you forget
5.Using a mesh strainer, coffee filter or other appropriate cloth, filter out the lavender flowers dry flowers infusing in carrier oils

Your final infused oil will have picked up the natural scent from the Lavender flowers and will smell and feel amazing on your skin. The color of the oil will vary depending on which carrier oil you chose. We used our Almond Oil for this specific experiment, but I can pick up a light scent of almond when I smell the oil and while I love it, if you want to only detect the lavender scent, I suggest you use a completely odorless oil.

****We carry a full line of Better Shea Butter Dried Flowers and Carrier oils at Green Valley! Recipe borrowed by Better Shea Butter.****

 


I have tried many recipes over the years looking for natural ways to wash & nourish my hair. I think I finally found the answer – FLOWERS & HERBS with some other great ingredients! Here are my 2 new favorite recipes. All ingredients found at both our Green Valley locations!

(posted 8/2)

- Calendula is great for curing scalp conditions
- Rosemary is used to prevent thinning hair
- Lavender may help dry, itchy scalp
- Nettle is great for hair growth and regrowth

Herbal Shampoo:
- 4-5oz water, infused with herbs of your choice (Better Shea Butter & Mountain Rose Herbs Dried herbs & flowers are good choices)
- Heat Resistant jar/glass
- 2 oz Dr Bronner Baby Mild Pure Castle Soap
- ¼ tsp carrier oil of choice

First, make your herbal infusion by placing a teaspoon or pinch of the herb you wish in a heat resistant jar. Pour 1 cup of simmering hot water over herbs, cover for a few hours. Strain and add the other ingredients. Stir gently not to make too many bubbles. Add to a bottle with lid (I reused my empty MD LOCAL HEX kombucha bottle).

Vinegar Rinse:
- Fresh/dried flowers & herbs
- Apple cider vinegar
- Heat Resistant jar

Vinegar rebalances the pH of your hair, leaving it smoother and shiner. A rinse will also help remove any soap residue.

First, pour warm apple cider vinegar in pan. Add flowers and/or herbs to bottom of heat resistant jar. Pour simmering vinegar into jar to fill (again I reused my empty MD LOCAL Hex Kombucha bottle). Cap and just let it sit in sunlight for a few weeks. Stain and store in cool place. I use a 1:1 ratio with distilled water. Simply use after shampooing. Massage into scalp, let it sit for a minute or two and rinse.

- Hibiscus is a natural hair and scalp conditioner
- Rose helps repair damaged hair
- Calendula keeps dandruff away

 


Marshmallow Root Detangler

(posted 8/11)

You can personalize this recipe with herbs that are right for your hair type and color: 

- Marshmallow root has properties that soften hair naturally  
- Chamomile is great for blonds
- Sage is great for darker hair
- Horsetail and oatstraw are both high in silica and other beneficial minerals

This what you will need:
- 3 cups distilled/purified water
- 2 TB marshmallow root
- 1 TB horsetail
- 1 TB oatstraw
- Cheesecloth
- Spray bottle 1 cup of aloe vera juice or gel

To Make:
First we need to simmer the roots. To do this, boil water, add marshmallow root, and then simmer for 15-20 mins. Remove from heat and add horsetail and oatstraw (basically making an herbal tea). Let it rest for 15 more mins and strain with cheesecloth into an extra jar. Add ½ aloe vera and ½ mixture into a spray bottle. Spritz and enjoy!

***All ingredients can be found in both our Green Valley locations!***

 


Use Fenugreek powder!

(posted 7/20)

The Indian spice, fenugreek, has proved its worth in treating a variety of hair problems such as hair fall, baldness, dry hair, and more!

Fenugreek contains:
• Protein: High amounts amplify the herb’s curative properties for baldness
• Vitamin C: Helps boost immunity
• Iron: Good for blood vessels
• Potassium: Ensures no premature grey hairs
• Nicotinic Acid: Promotes hair growth
• Lecithin: Nourishes and strengthens hair follicles; treats sensitive scalp conditions.

To treat hair loss:
• Take 2 tbsp of fenugreek powder. Now take the powder in a bowl and add 1 tbsp of coconut oil or olive oil to it. Mix both ingredients well and apply this paste on the hair loss and hair damaged area. Let it dry for 10 minutes. Finally, wash it off with the mild shampoo.

Dandruff-soak:
• Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice to 2 tbsp of fenugreek powder. Mix well and apply this mix all over hair scalp. Leave on for 10 mins and wash well. 

Voluminous, glossy and nutritious hair:
• Make paste of finely powdered fenugreek powder and coconut milk. Rub the mixture on your scalp. Wait for half an hour. Wash the hair with some mild shampoo and condition it!