Friday, November 30, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
Thank you for writing things that women need to hear, in a world where people only tell us what we want to hear it is a wonder that we are as unhappy as we profess to be.
I was recently diagnosed with a permanent quickly degenerative spinal cord and vertebrae disease. They have no treatments at the time because it is so rare and couldn't have prevented it.
I felt as though I went from Hero to zero. Slowly I kept shutting off things in my life as my pain increased. But in the confusion I seemed to have forgotten to open a window.
After reading your column for a few months I began to question the way I was dealing with my new life. Instead of letting it be an opportunity I let it feel like a sentence. Your no holds barred but gentle advice sparked something in me I thought was forgotten.
I feel hope and excitement again. As you are often telling us, in the grand world of all things fabulous the good will always outshine the bad.
Keep your torch flaming, and thank you you being a northern star to women looking for a way.
Sincerely, J. Ella
Batmusicreview.blogspot.com (BAM music review)
10/3/2005 From E. Jean Carroll, Elle magazine "Ask E.Jean"
Miss J. Ella!
You adorable kumquat!
You will prevail!I love your letter! Thanks so much! You are a striking combination of talent, charm, warmth, and pizzzzazaaazzzz!
You, my darling, have inspired ME.
Also some of them have GREAT recipe links for Sulfite free/Vegan/Vegetarian cooking too!
So Surf and enjoy and be healthy!
There are more and I invite you to send me names so I can keep updating the site!
Thanks and Be SAFE!!!
Perverted Red Lentil Corn Chili
1 small sweet onion, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup frozen corn/fresh
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Cumin
1 teaspoon red pepper powder
1 tablespoon Chili powder
1 teaspoon white/pink peppercorns grated
3 cups vegetable stock
1 cup dried red lentils
1 inch fresh ginger/1 teaspoon powdered (I used a nutmeg grater worked like a dream!)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, Finely chopped
I set the lentils and the veg stock to heat up. Add the chili,pepper (white/pink and red powders)cumin and salt.
Then I mince the onion, garlic, cilantro, and grated ginger and put in corn, pull to the side while the lentils and stock simmer up to a boil (about 10 minutes) then I add in the vegetables and bring to a boil once then turn to low and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Take off heat and let sit for about 2 minutes and serve! This is great with vegan cheeze and tortilla chips. Best servd with corn muffins on the side.
I made this recipe up after finding that I had a billion potatoes and onions and lentils.
Heat 4 cups Veg stock/bouillion in pot
Add 1 cup Lentils
1 potato cubed
1/2 onion minced
2 cloves garlic minced
1 carrot chopped
1 celery stock chopped
1 TBSP Paprika
1 inch Ginger grated
1 tsp cinnamon
dash salt and pepper
Add everything into the pot, heat until boiling and then turn down to med/low heat and cover loosely.
Wait about 30 minutes until beans are tender
Serve with warm bread or pita chips.
2 whole pitas divinded and cut into triangles
coat lightly with olive oil
combine the folowing:
1 tsp Rosemary
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Paprika
1 bulb garlic crushed
1 inch ginger minced (or 1/2 tsp ginger powder)
1 tsp Red pepper flakes
1 tsp crushed basil
Take dry herbs and mix together thoroughly. Lightly coat the pita chips and bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes flipping after 15.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Cucumber Bulgur Salad
1 cup bulgur
2 cups boiling water
2-3 tbsp lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
1 tbsp fresh mint
2-3 cloves garlic cloves chopped
Salt and pepper
1 large cucumber sliced
1 large carrot grated
1 bunch green onions chopped
¼ cup parsley
Place bulgur in bowl. Pour boiling water over bulgur. Let stand 20-30 minutes. Mix Olive oil, lemon juice, mint, garlic, salt and pepper; pour over bulgur. Let sit until cool, mix with vegetables Garnish with fresh mint sprig.
Makes 4 servings
Lentil Salad with Thyme Dressing
1 Cup Lentils
1-3/4 cup water
½ cup green pepper chopped
½ cup red pepper chopped
½ cup zucchini chopped
½ cup veganrella/Vegan Gourmet Vegan mozzarella shredded/cubed
½ cup fresh lemon juice
½ cup olive oil
1 clove garlic crushed
2 tablespoons fresh thyme chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine lentils with water in saucepan, bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Whisk all dressing ingredients together and cover lentils completely.
Add vegetables and chill 2-4 hours MINIMUM.
Makes 6 servings
1 & ½ cup Vegetable broth/Stock
1/3 cup currants/dried cranberries
¾ tsp Cumin
1 cup couscous
½ cup Olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and Pepper
1 bunch Green onions minced
4 tablespoons Pine Nuts/Sunflower seeds
Combine first three ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in couscous, cover and let sit until cool. Fluff with a fork. Whisk Olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Add Onions dried fruit and cumin to couscous and cover with dressing, refrigerate an hour before serving
Makes 6 servings
Posted by KeenJoy at 11:17 AM
Thursday, April 05, 2007
KJ’s Pasta al Pomodoro
4-8 ripe vines on tomatoes (chopped)
4-8 cloves chopped fresh garlic
¼- ½ cup fresh oregano
1-2 cups fresh parsley chopped
¼ - ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1-2 small sweet onion chopped
½ - 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1-2 tablespoon(s) sugar
½ package cooked pasta (double recipe for full box)
Heat olive oil and add garlic, onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Add herbs and stir, simmer for 10 more minutes. Finally add tomatoes and sugar and simmer for 15-20 more minutes. Add sugar for the last 5 minutes.
Serve over pasta and sprinkle with pepper and vegan parm if desired.
Serves 2-4 people
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Dune Series: By Frank Herbert
Dune: House Atreides
Dune: House Corrino
Dune: House Karkonnen
Dune: Chapter House
Children of Dune
Heretics of Dune
The Road to Dune
God Emporer of Dune
Dresden Files: Jim Butcher
Small Favor -To be released SOON!
To be continued. . .
Monday, June 11, 2007
Can I say again how freaking awesome these are?
They are my new wedding plugs custom made by Will from Frozenfire located on ETSY.com
I highly reccomend them and wil buy them again.
TOO FREAKIN AWESOME!
Some more of my favorite things?
Claire De Lune Cloth Pads
I actually don't mind my period anymore. Seriously, I am going to buy more as gifts.
And lastly my eczema LOVES this new soap. Its Vegan, its got charcoal and gets rid of eczema and acne in one daily washing.
Its the Charcoal Eczema and Acne soap. She is currently making new Batches but Natural Body Spa by Spoiled Rotten Soaps is the bomb diggity.
And last but not least. Hair sticks that are a unique as you are by Night Blooming. A fellow Minnesotan (though I am now a NY transplant) Makes your hairstick dreams come true.
Can't say it enough. Buy from individual crafters and buck the system.
Friday, June 08, 2007
I am going to look into knitted hair thingies too. But these come in Light Pink Stripe, Black Stripe and color shown.
I am trying to get my hands on Purple, blue and green.
These are metal free and wet knotted so as to last, no glue used, no place to snage delicate strands.
More to come...
First and Foremost we have literature now in conjunction with VERA House and Spay and Neuter Syracuse to hand out to families relocated by domestic violence, displaced by catastophy or just down on their luck.
Also we have Info packs to give to schools and educators on Humane education and are still plugging away at a curriculum.
We are in need of leashes, kennels, old carriers, portable water bowls, animal themed coloring books, reams of paper, cameras/film, Ace Bandages, Sterile gauze,Newspapers, and dog/cat food. We are getting into kitten season and also are looking for foster homes and "scholarships" for neuters and spays.
If you can help us, give us a ring.
We want to have a Recipe Book (Cook Book) gathered with vegan/vegetarian recipes to sell for a buck or two for KOHEP's first of hopefully annual fundraising effort to support Spay and Neuter Syracuse, Vera House, Humane Association, Wandering Paws , and others too numerous to mention. If they help kids in crisis and the animals they love, we will help with whatever we can.
We are also trying to formulate a Can drive and Change for Change drive. If you or your business would like to host a can/change drive give us a rin and we will drop off a container or pick up your cans.
We will be getting ready to do some outreach at Summer Events and will be recruiting for volunteers! There are ferals to trap at Toomey and there are going to be kittens soon that need to be trapped tested and dealt with.
To save paper we will NOT be doing a newsletter but info will be e-mailed and available on our blogger site http://kindoutreach.blogspot
Speaking of the web:
48 kittens! Plus the 6 Amy has! Pass it along to your friends. (le SIGH people really do suck...Amy, wandering paws, SANS, and other awesome kitty huggers RULE BTW Jeci hug Maggie and Talia for me)
And just to keep things interesting:
Won't YOU be our neighbor?
Short and Sweet, just like KOHEP
Heads up, paws forward,
"It is not enough to have compassion, one must act." -His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Joy (KJ) Manlove & Amber Coon
Kind Outreach and Humane Education Project
Syracuse, NY 13210
Thursday, June 07, 2007
1 Tablespoon Shea Butter REFINED! (Gets rid of the stink of unrefined)
1 Tablespoon Cone-Free Conditioner. I used Strawberries and Champagne by vo5,
and Kiwi Lime Squeeze By VO5.
1/2 Tablespoon Jojoba Oil
A few drops of essential oils (I used Rose with the strawberries and cream and Cypress with the Kiwi lime)
Mix together, heat for 10 seconds in the microwave, stir and use on damp ends or all over wherever hair needs moisture. Shampoo out.
Also...I have found these new conditioners that are great and no silly-cones (silicones)
They do have silk proteins and Honey though...
VO5 Silky Lavender Luster
Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Stearalkonium Chloride, Stearyl Alcohol, Steareth 21, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrolyzed Silk, Tocopheryl Acetate, Biotin, Niacinamide, Polysorbate 20, Ascorbic Acid, Panthenol, DMDM Hydantoin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Red 33 (CI 17200), Blue 1 (CI 42090)
VO5 Silky Champagne Kisses
Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Stearalkonium Chloride, Stearyl Alcohol, Steareth 21, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrolyzed Silk, Tocopheryl Acetate, Biotin, Niacinamide, Polysorbate 20, Ascorbic Acid, Panthenol, DMDM Hydantoin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Red 33 (CI 17200), Yellow 10 (CI 47005)
Good Stuff. If you are an Anti-honey vegan. Well Make yer OWN!
Burts Bees Shea and Grapfruit Deep Conditioner
Water, Cetrimonium bromide & Cetearyl alcohol (coconut oil emulsifier), Sucrose ester (natural sugar ester), Sucrose ester (natural sugar ester), Vegetable glycerin, Honey, Shea butter, Glucose (sugar), Betaine (sugar beet), Grapefruit oil, Orange Oil, Lemon Oil, Tangerine Oil, Lime Oil, Ginger Oil, Petitgrain Oil, Arabic gum (natural thickener), Polysorbate 60 (sugar emulsifier), Glucose Oxidase & Lactoperoxidase (natural perservative)
Burts Bees Sugarbeet and Grapefruit Conditioner
Water, cetrimonium bromide & cetearyl alcohol (coconut oil emulsifier), sucrose ester (natural sugar ester), vegetable glycerin, honey, betaine (sugar beet), hydroxypropyltrimonium oligosaccharide (sugar moisturizer), marula oil, glucose (sugar), grapefruit oil, orange oil, lemon oil, tangerine oil, lime oil, ginger oil, petitgrain oil, polysorbate 60 (sugar emulsifier), glucose oxidase & lactoperoxidase (natural preservative).
Burts Bees More Moisture Rasberry and Brazil Nut Conditioner
Water, centrimonium bromide & cetearyl alcohol (coconut oil emulsifier), sucrose ester (natural sugar ester), vegetable protein, wheat protein, betaine (sugar beet), vegetable glycerin, honey, marula oil, glucose (sugar), brazil nut oil, raspberry extract, bergamont oil, orange oil, eucalyptus oil, fennel seed oil, strawberry extract, mandarin petitgrain oil, litsea cubeba oil, vanillin oil, davana oil, polysorbate 60 (sugar emulsifier), fragrance glucose oxidase & lactoperoxidase (natural preservative).
Green Tea and Fennel Conditioner
Water, centrimonium bromide & cetearyl alcohol (coconut oil emulsifier), sucrose ester (natural sugar ester), betaine (sugar beet), vegetable glycerin, honey, marula oil, glucose (sugar), fennel seed extract, jewelweed extract, green tea, lemon oil, bergamont oil, nutmeg oil, lime oil, tea tree oil, rose oil, thyme oil, black current oil, polysorbate 60 (sugar emulsifier), fragrance, glucose oxidase & lactoperoxidase.
Monday, June 04, 2007
So here is something I did and I finally have a face that has no acne or eczema and a much happier scalp.
First of: Never use anything drying on the face. I use Pears Glycerin soap or Charcoal & Clay soap from Etsy.com and a cool washcloth.
Second: Always moisturize DIRECTLY after rinsing the suds of your face. I use Shea Butter, Almond oil, or Aveeno Naturals.
Third: Always use a gentle 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide lotion on existing and in acne prone places. ONLY once a day!!! I cannot stress this enough. Too many applications can exacerbate acne AND eczema.
Final: Drink lots of water. and Watch what you use on your HEAD. Shampoo, Hair color, Sprays,gels,mousses, can all cause your scalp and face to flare up. I have found Chagrin Valley Shampoo bars or Hesh Ayumix Shikakai Shampoo bars to be the best for me.
Good luck and don't scratch it!
So I came up with a recipe last night that seems to work really well.
You will need:
Amla oil OR 3 tablespoons AMLA powder with 1 tablespoon coconut oil/3 tablespoons coconut milk
2 cups hot liquid:
RED: Use Sandalwood, Paprika, or Cranberry Juice
BROWN: Use Tea, Coffee, or Black Walnut powder
1 heaping cup henna powder
1 drop patchouli, lavendar, cedar,or tea tree essential oil
mix in a glass or ceramic bowl
Use whatever is easiest to clean to stir it.
Cover with plastic wrap and let sit 6-8 hours.
Consistancy should be about "pudding" apply to dampened hair, leave on 3-8 hours.
Rinse out using conditioner, then shampoo and condition again.
Wait 3 days and before washing hair again.
Monday, May 07, 2007
I highly recommend trying it!
1a: I've heard of Rajathani, Jamila, Prabda, and Kimia henna. Are these the four most cultivated and easily available henna powders?
1. I have heard there are henna powders for hair and for skin, which are best for someone who wants to dye their hair?
2. Our mutual friend Nightshade from LHC and I have done strand testing on some combinations of henna and other herbs. Of the herbs for red hair which do you consider the best?
2b. Continuing on that vein, which are the best for more brown shades?
2c. Can you explain briefly the difference between Cassia Obovata and Henna?
3. As a vegan (and having many vegan/vegetarian readers) the absence of animal testing and animal ingredients are important. Its true that the best Henna Mixtures are simple and contain no animal ingredients?
3a. I've read about Black Henna (PPD) being dangerous what is it?
5. You say on your website about Henna kits for pregnancy and henna for weddings, why do you make kits for those events?
6. You warn against black henna or PPD. What do you reccomend if people want to dye their hair black or brown naturally?
7. Besides Hair and Skin dye, how else have you heard henna being used?
8. Other than being an artist who personally uses henna, what other reason did you have to open up Hena Sooq and start selling henna?
9. Besides Henna I see you sell AMLA oil (Indian gooseberry oil) and Ghassoul Clay. What are these and how are they used?
10. Why do some store bought rajathani henna powders say to mix them in a metal bowl, and others to use plastic? Does it change the henna color?
11. Anything else henna related to say?
To buy henna people can shop www.hennasooq.com !
Friday, April 20, 2007
Henna History from the vegan bunny hugger
So first off I met Khadija of Henna Sooq online at the Long Hair Community.
It was in this forum that I began seeing many mentions about henna. As a vegan, environmentalist and Buddhist I was attracted to the cultural, historical and medicinal aspects of henna.
Its uses have included being a dye for hair, skin and fingernails, a dye and preservative for leather and cloth, and medicinally as an anti-fungal.
The two most predominant uses of henna are skin and hair dye. Traditionally Henna is most commonly used to adorn the body with artistic designs for special events such as a wedding or other significant occasion. However with the popularization of “temporary tattoos, and body art” many people are beginning to utilize henna for adornment for any occasion.
Medicinally henna has a few more uses. The henna flowers can be crushed in oil for their scent; a combination of dark chocolate, roses and tobacco. This oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties similar to melaleuca (tea tree) oil. Further it was said that henna oil or powder and vinegar or other acidic liquid (lime or lemon juice) applied to the forehead was an effective headache reliever. Henna is also used as an ornamental shrub in North America and the
Henna is cultivated in the tropical savannah and tropical arid zone from
Henna powders produced in temperatures between 35°C and 45°C have the highest dye content. Thus geographically speaking Rajathani and Jamila Henna are the two henna powders associated with the highest dye rate.
Henna does not thrive where minimum temperatures are below 11°C and temperatures below 5°C will kill the henna plant. So it is usually imported to places such as the
Henna is cultivated as a commercial crop in
Some unreputable companies, that are usually not mandated by the FDA sell things called “neutral and black henna” these are false powders that have no relation to henna at all. There are no such plants as black henna or neutral henna.
There are products sold as such may be indigo or cassia obovata which are used to produce a Blue/Black or Cassia Obovata can be used to condition the hair but will not color the hair and is not related to the henna plant.
Others may contain unlisted dyes and chemicals such as Para-phenylenediamine (PPD). PPD is a black dye which is illegal and can cause severe skin eruptions, lesions, and burns.
Henna is usually labeled by where it is grown. There are major types of henna such as Jamila, Yemeni, Moroccan and Rajasthani. Most popular for hair use seem to be Jamila, Yemeni, Morroccan and Rajathani. The difference according to Henna Sooq is Dye Release time and redness/brownish tint of stain. Jamila has a longer dye release (sometimes taking 8-10 hours to release) and shows a more brown stain. Where as Rajathani henna has a quicker dye release and produces more of a black cherry stain.
In tropical savannah and tropical arid zones where henna is grown , the henna plant flowers during August and September as the monsoons subside. The highest dye releases come from these summer crops. The high heat and sudden rainfall make for a very potent Henna dye.
Once dry Henna appears to have a short shelf life as do many dried herbs or spices. Henna powder becomes stale and loses dye content in about three months unless it is packaged in airtight packaging such as a foil/vacuum sealed wrapper. It is recommended that prepackaged henna be stored in an air tight foil container in the freezer.
When dried henna leaves are powdered, the dye potency decreases in contact with air or light. This is why henna bought in bulk that comes in clear jars (such as the health food stores) or Henna kept in loose, porous packaging for more than three months makes pale orange stains, sometimes little or no stain at all.
One can test henna for dye release by making a small batch and watching for red tinge to appear on the edge of the sample. Once henna has lost its potency it is not useless, it still has conditioning effects and can be used to strengthen and cause a slight straightening of hair shaft.
Henna can be used in conjunction with other herbs and plants to provide different “effects” to the hair.
Some additives include:
Chamomile: for golden highlights
Cassia Obovata: For Golden highlights and extra conditioning, also known as neutral henna)
Hibiscus Petals: To impart Red/Purple tones
Red Zinger Tea: To impart Red tones
Red Sandalwood: To promote red tones
Blueberry Tea/Juice: To promote Burgundy/Purple Tones
Blackberry Tea/Juice: Promote deep burgundy/red tones
Cranberry Tea/Juice: Promote Red/Burgundy Tones
Black Tea: To promote Brown tones
Coffee: To promote brown tones
Black Walnut: To Impart Brown tones
Powdered Cloves: To impart brown tones
Indigo Powder: To promote Dark Brown or Black Tones (Note: this is recommended as a separate process)
My personal favorite henna recipe is as follows and causes my henna to be bright red almost purple in direct light: 150 grams Henna (I prefer Rajasthani because of super quick dye release) Mix together and let sit in warm oven for 1 hour or until you see dye release. Apply to towel dried hair and wrap in saran wrap. Cover it with a hat and sit for at least 2 hour.
50 grams Powdered AMLA (Indian Gooseberry Fruit, Embelica Officinalis )
2 Tablespoon Coconut Milk
1.5 cups boiled water with 1/2 cup Hibiscus petals
2 tablespoons red sandalwood
150 grams Henna (I prefer Rajasthani because of super quick dye release)
Mix together and let sit in warm oven for 1 hour or until you see dye release.
Apply to towel dried hair and wrap in saran wrap. Cover it with a hat and sit for at least 2 hour.
Name: Indian Gooseberry
Biological Name: Emblica officinalis
Indian Gooseberry, Emblic myrobalan, Amla, Amalaki;
Parts Used: Fresh Fruit, Dried fruit, the nut or seed, leaves, root, bark and flowers. Ripe fruits used generally fresh, dry also used.
The bark of Amla is gray in color and peals in irregular patches. Its feathery leaves, which smell like lemon, are of linear oblong shape and size 10 to 12 mm length and 3 to 6 mm width. Its flowers are monoecioius having greenish yellow color. They grow in auxiliary clusters and start appearing in the beginning of spring season.
Amla fruit, depressed globose with six vertical furrows, start developing by the middle of spring and the fruit ripen towards beginning of autumn. The color of the fruit is pale yellow.
Amla has been regarded as a sacred tree in India. The tree was worshipped as Mother Earth and is believed to nurture humankind because the fruits are very nourishing. The leaves, fruit and flowers are used in worship in India. In Himachal Pradesh the tree is worshipped in Kartik as propitious and chaste.
The active ingredient that has significant pharma-cological action in amla is designated by Indian scientists as 'phyllemblin'. The other ingredients present are gallic acid, tannins, pectin, and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).
It is a tonic, has a haematinic and lipalytic function. It is one of the strongest rejuvenatives in Indian pharmacopoeia. It contains 30 times the amount of Vitamin C found in oranges.
Fresh fruit is refrigerant, diuretic and laxative. Green fruit is exceedingly acid. Fruit is also carminative and stomachic. Dried fruit is sour and astringent. Flowers are cooling and aperient. Bark is astringent. It is one of the highest natural source of Vitamin C (3,000 mg per fruit)
Dosage and Uses:
Amla is used in the following forms: Decoction and Infusion of leaves and seeds; liquor, essential oil; confection; powder; paste and pickles. An astringent extract equal to catechu is prepared from the root by decoction and evaporation.
As a vermifuge: AKA Gross Gunk on the skin and scalp Juice of the fruit with honey is used.
For scabies or itch Apply the seed burnt, powdered and mixed in oil for scabies or itch.
Caution: May cause acute diarrhea. No other information is available.
Benefits of Emblica officinalis
Enhances production of Red Blood Cells. Strengthens teeth, hair and nails.
Very Powerful anti-inflammatory herb. Useful on hemorrhoids mixed with honey or witch hazel.
Prevents premature greying of hair and makes them strong and free from dandruff.
Conditions for which Indian Gooseberry is Useful For:
hair (premature gray/balding) hemorrhoids
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
The dried fruit is a detergent and is used as a shampoo.
Amla oil is prepared from dried Amla berries which have been soaked in coconut oil for several days in order to extract the oil soluble vitamins from the fruit.
The filtered and purified oil is commonly called Amla oil. Because the oil blend is coconut and AMLA berries it is a very good conditioner and consequently one of the worlds oldest!
Amla oil has a long history of use as an aid for improving the health of hair and scalp. In fact, it is one of the world's oldest, natural hair conditioners.
Medicinal Amla Fruit is rich in Vitamin C and Pectin (Which means when used with Henna to make a gel you can omit pectin!) The fruit, because of its high acidity helps to exfoliate and clarify the scalp.
Customarily, a small amount of Amla oil is applied to the hair after washing. This not only bring forth a rich, natural shine and soft texture, but also helps rejuvenate hair that is dull and damaged. It has an herbal almost Piney smell that is green, refreshing and fades to be barely noticable. It it easily absorbed into the scalp and is an excellent product to use for rejuvinating scalp massages or to tame fly-aways.
I've been using this oil on my fiance and mines hair for they last few weeks and my SO has noticed his hair seems to be getting thicker. Also it appears that the act of massage and time we spend together during this activity has made us closer.
Prices run between 2.99-9.99 a bottle depending on supplier. You can purchase it online at www.hennasooq.com or visit a local Indian Market and ask for AMLA oil.
The powder is also inexspensive and can be mixed with warm water, applied to the scalp and hair and rinsed out. This will leave the scalp exfoliated and the hair shaft clarified. A box of powder can run from 1.99 to upwards of 9.99 a pound.
This product has been used for centuries and has the added benefit of being vegan and biodegradible. Also the plant itself is known for its ability to treat wastewater zones and clarify the soil.
The powder can also be applied to the face for an gentle exfoliating mask.
The AMLA plant is truly one of the power houses on the Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
I used Caron Simply Soft Tweed in Black and used a double strand. It used one ball/skein of yarn.
Cast on even number of stitches (I did 96 for my small head)
knit row one
purl one entire row to last 2 stitches, place marker
Turn the piece (leaving the 2 stitches on the other needle unknitted)
knit until you reach the last two stitches on the other side, STOP, placce marker, turn work
purl until you reach your marker, remove marker slip one stitch, KNIT three, place marker
Knit until you reach marker on the other side,remove marker, slip ONE stitch, PURL three stitches, place marker
PURL to other side.
Repeat this pattern until you have 22 stitches outside each marker
(it was like 13 rows for me, but it may vary for you, just make sure there are an even amount of stitches on the outside of both markers)
Depending if you finished on a knit or a purl you continue to the marker, remove it, knit/purl 4 stitches, replace marker, knit/purl to other marker, remove it, knit/purl 4 stitches, replace marker
Keep doing this until you have 2 stitches left on either side of each marker.
Slip oe stitch (so one remains) and work to other marker, slip stitch again and work to final marker, then work last two stitches.
work one last row by binding off the stitches.
Sounds complicated but it really isn't. Once you master this try making one with ribbing!
Monday, January 22, 2007
I applied the goop to my hair and took a three hour nap. Woke up, rinsed it out using kiwi lime squeeze conditioner and then let it air dry.
I have been having a terribly itchy scalp lately and so yesterday I made a brown sugar and conditioner scrub and applied it liberally to my scalp.
Then rinsed my hair well and braided it damp and fell asleep.
Woke this morning with soft (even a little greasy) hair. Not sure as to why but I may have to do a vinegar rinse tonight. I don't usually wash my hair for 5 days after henna but this time I may have added more AMLA than neccesary and thus dried my scalp.
I made sure that I had not washed my hair for 5 days previous to applying the henna so that should have given me enough scalp protecting oils.
Maybe I will perform a coconut/lime soak...
I'll have to ask my friend Kiya for the recipe. I am way bummed LHC is offline along with the Beauty Bottle! I hope the hackers didn't get to it again.
Well. Peace and good hair days!
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Most mainstream and many “natural” conditioners rely on quaternary compounds to produce thicker, tangle-free silky hair. These compounds - benzalkonium chloride, cetrimonium bromide, quaternium 15, quaternium 18 - can be irritating to eyes and skin. Other ingredients to avoid: carcinogenic coal tar colours (FC&C), propylene glycol, cinnamate sunscreens, and polysorbate 80 that may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a carcinogen.
Anointment - Herbal Hair Rinses (a Halifax company. Sold at P’Lovers.)
Botanical Therapeutic - Conditioner
Aubrey Organics - Island Naturals Conditioner; Blue Green Algae Cream Rinse; Blue Green Algae Hair Rescue Conditioning Mask; GPB Hair Conditioner; Green Tea Herbal Cream Rinse; Rosemary and Sage Hair and Scalp Rinse.
Curelle- Treslite Conditioner, Riche Conditioner (both unscented)
Curelle - Build-up Remover
Druide- Ecological Conditioner
Nature’s Blends - organic conditioner
Nature Clean - Organic Conditioner
Weleda - Aloe Phyto Conditioner; Calendula Phyto Conditioner; Chamomile Phyto Conditioner; Chestnut Phyto Conditioner; Henna Phyto Conditioner; Lemon Balm Phyto Conditioner; Rosemary Phyto Conditioner
Best Commercial Conditioners:
Hesh Herbal AMLA Powder
Atlantic Healing Hemp Delicious Apple Conditioner, Seawinds Conditioner
Beauty Without Cruelty
Desert Essence - Jojoba Conditioner
Earth Science - Pure Essentials
Earth Science Fragrance Free Conditioner
Infinity - Rosemary or Chamomile Conditioning Rinse
Magick Botanicals - Oil Free Conditioner, Conditioner for Thinning Hair (both fragrance free)
But I was speechless when I read this it was like they were describing her:
"If you want a large cat which is non-aggressive, loves to be with people, and is very placid, and often becomes enamoured with inanimate objects, then the rag doll is the cat for you.
Ragdolls are large, heavy cats, with broad chests and large hindquarters. They are slow-maturing, and do not reach full maturity until approximately three years of age. Females are smaller than males, weighing about 10-15 pounds on average. Males weigh an average of 12-20 pounds as adults, although some may grow to be larger.
Their medium-long coats and bushy tails have a soft texture that feels like rabbit fur. In general, Ragdolls have longer fur around the neck (a "ruff") and on the back of the hindquarters (sometimes referred to as "britches"). The fur does not tend to mat, and is easily combed. It does, however, require occasional grooming.
Ragdolls (as their name implies) are extremely "laid-back," docile, non-aggressive cats. They tend to relax when held. They are said to possess a non-fighting instinct, which means that if attacked, they do not defend themselves. They are very "people" oriented and love to be around others, which often finds them greeting guests and/or following their owners around in a fashion similar to a puppy. They are often quite an attraction in a show ring because of their docile dispositions and acceptance of the judge placing them on their backs, holding them like a baby, etc.
In general, Ragdolls are not extremely vocal, but they do voice their opinions concerning certain things (such as at mealtime!). Ragdolls are generally placid cats, but they do love to play with all types of toys and like to be involved in whatever "action" is going on."
Ragdolls are pointed cats. Like other pointed breeds such as the Himalayan and Siamese, Ragdoll kittens are born all white and slowly develop color. The color continues to deepen as the cat ages."
Monday, January 08, 2007
1 cup White Rain Citrus Energizing Conditioner (cone/quat free)
1/2 cup AMLA powder (available at from nature with love or any Indian grocery)
3 TBSP aloe gel
Tropical Island Deep Conditioning mask:
Coconut milk (enough to make a paste)
Peel and pit avocado. Mash avocado and slowly add coconut milk until smooth and the consistency of hair conditioner. Work through ends of hair towards the roots.
Rinse after 15 minutes and shampoo.
Combine ingredients then warm gently on low heat. Test temperature on inside of forearm. Massage mixture into hair.Wrap hair in a hot towel or cover with shower cap or plastic wrap for 15 minutes. Shampoo & rinse out. Reciped may be doubled for very long hair.
Keen's FAVORITE Dry scalp remedy!:
Squeeze ginger root through press to obtain one tablespoon of juice. Mix all ingredients. Apply to scalp and let dry before shampooing. Repeat three times a week. This not only smells divine but helps dry hair in the winter not to become itchy!
|I can't believe that I actually put this stuff in my conditioner! THis is gross gross gross. |
This stuff can cause contact dermatitis in persons who have sensitive skin. I found out the hard way that my conditioner has quaternium-15. These are quaternium-15, hydantoin, AND Diazolidinyl urea. All which would explain WHY my scalp is an itchy mess! Today when I go to the Grocery store I am going to get some natural conditiner without "quats", "cones" or other "urea" or formeldahyde substances!
Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives to avoid:
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Friday, January 05, 2007
Female dogs and cats are spayed by removing their reproductive organs, and male dogs and cats are neutered by removing their testicles. In both cases the operation is performed while the pet is under anesthesia. Depending on your pet's age, size, and health, he or she will stay at your veterinarian's office for a few hours or a few days. Depending upon the procedure, your pet may need stitches removed after a few days. Your veterinarian can fully explain spay and neuter procedures to you and discuss with you the best age at which to sterilize your pet.
Spaying or Neutering Is Good for Your Pet
- Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.
- Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.
- Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed before her first estrous cycle.
- Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.
Spaying or Neutering Is Good for You
- Spaying and neutering makes pets better, more affectionate companions.
- Neutering cats makes them less likely to spray and mark territory.
- Spaying a dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle. Estrus lasts an average of six to 12 days, often twice a year, in dogs and an average of six to seven days, three or more times a year, in cats. Females in heat can cry incessantly, show nervous behavior, and attract unwanted male animals.
- Unsterilized animals often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems than do those who have been spayed or neutered.
- Spaying and neutering can make pets less likely to bite.
- Neutering makes pets less likely to roam the neighborhood, run away, or get into fights.
Spaying and Neutering Are Good for the Community
- Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals.
- Irresponsible breeding contributes to the problem of dog bites and attacks.
- Animal shelters are overburdened with surplus animals.
- Stray pets and homeless animals get into trash containers, defecate in public areas or on private lawns, and frighten or anger people who have no understanding of their misery or needs.
- Some stray animals also scare away or kill birds and wildlife.
I am an awesome fake. I take on challenges, am lucky and then quit.
I learned to bike, entered a mountain bike challenge, one 2nd place and retired.
I learned Karate, entered a weapons tournament, won 1st place and retired.
I painted for a class, was chosen as a 1st place winner nationally, gave the painting to my mother and didn't paint anymore.
I learned to fence, beat my instructor at a dual one day, gave my foil away and never fenced again...
Honestly it isn't bragging because it is really quite depressing. It seems every craft I tried, every game I played it was one extreme or another. I either sucked horribly at it or was terribly good at it and became disenchanted.
Thus far I have done everything from:
Working with wolves
Sleeping in a monestary
Traveling to Korea over a long weekend
Bonding with elephants
Touched thousand year old art objects
Met world famous writers
Had lunch with Nobel Peace reciepients
Learned to throw axes
Fenced against Kings
Ate dinner with Opera Prima Donas
Met famous poets
Taught myself to hook rugs
Walked with presidents
Shared Jokes with governers
Saved Feral Kittens who would come to no one else
Saved Dogs and sat with them when they died
Was Sponsored by Mountain Bike Company to race
Taught myself to knit
Was sponsered by a hair care team to perform in Karate Tournament
Was the only female in an all male volunteer fire department
Was the first female in a small professional fire dept
Performed a 20 second keg stand unassisted
Was the youngest female in a yet another fire dept
Am one of the oldest persons sufferinfg from Syringomyelia to still be walking without assistance and not taking Opiates for pain.
Was the first Bi-Racial person adopted by three Native American Tribes
Learned to shop lift
Taught myself to write a grant
Learned German, Swahili, and Afrikaans by myself after struggling to learn Spanish
Taught myself to crochet
Became a all star rugby player
Had an article published in the newspaper
Hand another published in a few magazines
Had pictures published in both periodicals
Was in the news on hundreds of occasions
Spoke at lectures, conferences, and rallies accross the world.
Met a kitten who could give a rats ass about any of the above shit. . .
Thats right. Spam didn't give a shit. She could care less about the above and yet to be discovered talents. She cared about Food, warmth, water and her place in a pack. She didn't trust anyone, she was mean, aggressive and stubborn. Instead of giving her away or putting her to sleep she became my newest friend.
Spam taught me that above all else that I tried and enjoyed the one thing that filled me and gave me a sense of purpose was my ability to "get through" to animals. Somehow their actions made complete sense to me and I could understand even the strangest of behaviours.
So now Spam is my friend. I am not her owner and she is not my cat. She shares space with me and each morning we commune so that I can scratch her ears and look into her golden eyes and she can learn to accept affection.
I am working on enhancing my photographic memory, because I keep seeing things when I pet Spam and other animals. don't know why but I want to be able to remember them. I am trying think of ways to emphasize to people the importance of being vegan and taking care of the earth and its creatures. I think that the reason I was good at all these things was to prepare me for this.
It is the hardest thing I have even done. Being Vegan and Working to Save animals. It doesn't come naturally because too many other people don't care, or are offensive just because of my diet choices. It helps that I can relate to them on other levels. But the point of this article is this. I am a rogue because I never know what I am going to have to do. I have to be able to be at least passable at things in order to help those without voices. The work involved including meditation, reading, time, patience, and kindness are skilled that cannot be stolen through luck or touch.
This is why I am called the Rogue. And I write so that if my photographic memory fails me, I have something else to jog my mind.
Half an hour before washing your hair, rub coconut milk onto your scalp. This will also make your hair shinier.
Natural Hair Shine Booster:
At night before going to sleep, give your hair a hundred strokes with a brush. This increases the blood circulation in the scalp and promotes hair growth. However brush your hair GENTLY!
Olive Oil the natural Hot Oil Treatment:
Heat olive oil and massage into hair and then take steam. By doing this regularly you will get rid of split-ends.
Coconut the magic fruit:
Using coconut oil in sauteed veggies, stirred into rice, or even to pop popcorn only 2 tablespoons a week helps the scalp and the skin to glow and be clear of blemishes and grime.
This is a recipe I happened to find by accident. I saw lemon peel powder when buying my henna and amla and bought some. I found out adding it to my conditioner only washes helped to clarify my scalp. I then used it with glycerin and rosewater on my face which was breaking out as a mask and it cleared up a nasty blemish in a few days! This stuff is amazing but fair warning do NOT get this in your eyes, holy sting.
Oh FYI Key Lime Juice works really well and smells divine but be sure to be aware that it can be pricey for the authentic thing.
Potatoes: Who knew they were so versatile?
To remove dark circles around your eyes, apply the juice of potatoe everyday. Also for hemerhiods that are painful a potato poutice or rounded sliver applied to the affected area helps to stop bleeding and heal the tear. In fact potatos are natural vasoconstrictors, and its a lot less embarressing to buy a pound of potatoes vs. "hemorhoid ointment"