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How to Restore Your Hair in Under Five Minutes

How to Restore Your Hair in Under Five Minutes

It’s been a long holiday season and your hair might be feeling a little bit tired by now. For party after party, it had to be styled and treated. Come January it just wants to wave a white flag and give up, leaving you looking rather dowdy just as a sparkly new year stretches out before you. Obviously, this isn’t ideal, as we all want to look our best on the first week back at work. Shiny, full hair can really brighten your day and bring out your confidence.

If you are experiencing this problem the first thing you’ll likely do is rummage through the stores to try and find a product that will give your hair some pep. But what you need to know is, usually shop bought products that contain chemicals won’t do the trick. If you really want something from the store, always go for a natural product.

The best thing, by far, is to go for plain old homemade. It’s natural, safe, and totally lacking in any nasty chemicals. The only snag, we are always led to believe that anything homemade is messy to make and time-consuming.

It doesn’t have to be that way. A lot of hair care recipes are very easy to make and can last for up to two weeks. Here is a sure fire treatment to ‘pep up’ and revive your style back to its full, shiny self. It only takes five minutes to make as well!

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The most important thing you need is a kitchen and a well-stocked spice rack.

Ingredients

  • Amla
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Castor Oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Ginger
  • You’ll also need some Tea!

Don’t just use any old tea. Getting the right tea to match your hair tint is crucial. This is about enhancing your natural hair color. For red heads add a red colored tea, for darker hairstyles use black tea, and blondes should use chamomile tea.

Here is how each of the herbs can benefit your hair:

Amla: Strengthens the hair and brings out its natural waviness. It also helps to speed up hair growth.

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Rosemary: Makes hair healthier and adds shine.

Thyme: Helps bring out the hair’s natural color and is another health booster.

Cayenne pepper: Accelerates growth, and improves the fullness of damaged or thinning hair.

Castor oil: This is pure magic. It carries ricinoleic acid and also omega- 6 essential fatty acids. It accelerates blood circulation to the scalp and helps create length, thickness, and vitality.

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Apple cider vinegar: relaxes and cleanses hair and scalp while also bringing strengthening properties.

Ginger: Another growth booster that helps to make hair glossy and soft while also working on reducing hair loss.

The tea is there to bring out your natural hair color a little more, as stated earlier. They also help to bond and strengthen the entire mixture.

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So how do we create a hair mask out of these ingredients? Well, it’s simple, really.

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Start by boiling some water. Then get out a reasonable sized bowl and pour in a small layer of the apple cider vinegar. Add a few pinches of all the other ingredients. When the water boils, pour it over the other ingredients and stir for a few minutes. Put a lid on the steaming mixture, or cover the bowl somehow. Leave it to brew for at least a few hours, preferably 24, then pour the mixture through a sieve into a sprayer or bottle. Apply it to your hair and scalp every night before bedtime, and before you wash it. Make a new mixture every two weeks to avoid it going sour.

It really is that simple!

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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