Natural Beauty, Plant Wonder Collective

Oregano & Tea Tree Vinegar Hair Rinse

It can be intimidating to make the switch from conventional shampoos to an all-natural hair care routine. Truthfully, it took me a long time to figure out what really worked for my hair. I tried out various DIY shampoo recipes, but nothing left my hair feeling as clean and soft as store-bought shampoo.

These days I have a super simple hair care regimen that I’m really happy with. First, I give my hair a light wash (not using much soap) with my friend, Ali’s, gorgeous goat milk soap or one of my own botanical infused soaps. Then I pour a bit of herbal hair vinegar over my scalp and rinse with cool water. This simple method leaves my hair feeling great.

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Natural Beauty

Happy Hippie Body Spray

The use of aromatic plant oils and extracts dates back to ancient times. People have long utilized perfumes as a part of rituals & religious ceremonies, to mask body odors, and to help boost mood.

Today, most perfumes contain synthetic fragrances, which can have a number of negative health effects — including allergies, damage to the immune system, endocrine disruption, and more.

Making your own body sprays with natural ingredients is an lovely way to enjoy fragrances, without all the toxic additives. One of my favorite blends combines three uplifting aromatic plants to help boost mood. I like to keep a bottle in my purse or backpack and spritz on for an instant pick-me-up whenever I need it.

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Natural Beauty, Plant Wonder Collective

Rosemary Dry Shampoo

Rosemary is a common culinary herb that is also a lovely addition to a variety of cosmetics. It is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants.

When used on the scalp, rosemary essential oil improves circulation and nerve growth to help boost the overall health of hair. It is said to reduce hair loss, promote hair growth, and prevent premature graying. It may also ease dry, itchy scalp and dandruff.

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Natural Beauty

Nourishing Hair Mask

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), “We each use about 10 personal care products each day, repeatedly exposing ourselves to tons of unique ingredients. Some may be benign, but others may be harmful. Some chemicals, like those that affect our hormones, can have an effect even at low doses.”

They state, “Research shows certain chemicals may cause long-term, gradual changes – changes that you may not notice for years, if not decades. For example, some common ingredients are ‘sensitizers.’ Repeated exposure may cause you to develop an allergy. Many chemicals associated with health hazards accumulate in the body. Some are passed through to the fetus. Some cosmetics ingredients have been linked to cancer or developmental problems.”

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Natural Beauty

Citrus & Sea Salt Texturizing Hair Spray

There must be something strangely sacred about salt. It is in our tears and in the sea. — Kahlil Gibran

I recently spent some time on the coast of Ecuador and one of my favorite things about living near the beach was daily swims in the ocean. These dips were not only refreshing, but I loved how the salt water gave my hair extra body and natural waves.

I crafted this sea salt spritz with beachy hair in mind. This spray adds texture and body, and the addition of refreshing & uplifting citrusy essential oils, boosts hair health & mood.

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Kitchen Basics, Natural Beauty

How to Make & Use Ghee

Ghee is clarified butter — a fragrant, flavorful oil that is well suited for cooking, as it doesn’t burn easily. It’s more shelf stable than butter and can be stored outside of the fridge for up to 6 months.

In the process of turning butter into ghee, the milk solids are removed. So, even folks who have a milk protein intolerance can consume ghee without issue.

Ghee is made by gently heating butter until the water evaporates and skimming & straining out the milk solids so that only the liquid fat is left. Slowly heating the butter on low heat is important as it helps retain vitamins and minerals.

Ghee is rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, and vitamin A. Cooking with fat-rich ghee may help improve bioavailability and absorption of certain nutrients in your food.

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Natural Beauty

DIY Coffee & Orange Exfoliating Scrub

Updated February 27, 2022

Commercially made body scrubs often contain synthetic preservatives and fragrances. These chemicals increase shelf life and make products “smell nice,” but can have some seriously detrimental health effects.

Synthetic preservatives, like parabens and formaldehyde, can cause skin irritation, allergies, and more serious health problems, like hormone disruption, infertility, and cancer.

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