Monthly Archives: April 2014
I’ve been infusing Vanilla Beans and also cloves in sunflower oil for over 6 weeks now.
I scooped out the vanilla bean seeds and added them to the oil then chopped the beans into tiny bits and sealed the jar and put it on a bookshelf out of the way, occasionally I would shake it. For the cloves I just filled the jar three quarters full and then added sunflower oil to the top. Wait at least 6 weeks before opening, do not open unless you are using it. Spoilage can happen occasionally. I generally keep mine in a dark place.
Vanilla Bean and Clove Body Butter
1 oz coconut oil
1 oz shea butter
1 oz mango butter
1 oz vanilla infused sunflower oil
1 oz clove infused sunflower oil
Add all ingredients into a double boiler until melted, stir gently then pour into a mixing bowl.
Chill until liquid begins to turn opaque then alternate between mixing and chilling(2-4 minutes at a time) until it has the consistency of whipped egg whites. This part could take up to 20 minutes.
Scoop into a clean container and tap gently on the counter to settle the product and remove any large air bubbles. Seal tightly and label.
I guess the type of oil you use for infusion will change the scent slightly, as could the duration and other minor things like the type of vanilla bean you use, in this case I was using Bourbon Vanilla. Anyways to me it smells dark woodsy and mysterious… and a little bit like a french vanilla root beer float.
I tend to get oily buildup in my hair, and seriously dry skin. The same with the skin on my face. This lead me to one day throw out my face wash and I started using natural kitchen ingredients like banana and honey and the oil cleaning method and my problem went away so I thought… is shampoo any different than face wash so I decided to stop using it and see where that would take me. I learned that shampoo as we know it is a fairly modern thing, less than 100 years old so what did people do before that? Whatever it was obviously worked for people I am sure. So I started investigating and reading here and there when I would find articles. I gave up face wash for something better, before that I gave up deodorant with little to no problem(aside from adjusting to the 12 hour thing) so I have some determination to see this through but with hair it is a lot more difficult, modern shampoo strips all of the oil from your scalp, it makes your body over produce oil. Once you stop using it your scalp still over produces oil for some time because it’s probably been doing so your whole life until it realizes it doesn’t have to anymore, once you get past that phase and your scalp stops freaking out and adjusts to a normal amount of oil production things are much easier but that transition phase is no fun at all, especially if you have near waist long hair like me.
I Knew I wanted to use kitchen ingredients instead of spending money on different products and I decided early on I honestly don’t want to deal with baking soda in my hair, it’s the most common alternative but it is harsh and it’s just not an experiment I want to try so I’ve been using other methods and I was successfully shampoo free for about a month, I was getting really frustrated from time to time and had been relying on dry shampoo that I made with cornstarch and a little bit of cocoa powder and only using a drop of shampoo about every 5 days.
About two weeks in I used henna which I left in for about 4 hours and the lemon juice and the henna cleaned away all the oil and build up. After that I gave up shampoo entirely and have been using conditioner only, an herbal vinegar rinse and dry shampoo and a boar bristle brush. I am still struggling to find out what works and fighting past the transition. I noticed the ends of my hair getting very dry and was becoming static charged when brushed. It was also still very oily on the top and I made the terrible decision to moisturize with coconut oil. This resulted in having to wash my hair, twice! With shampoo(my bf’s harsh dandruff shampoo) to remove all of the oil.
That was yesterday. I am wondering if I need to adjust how I use my dry shampoo and just use corn starch only, I also have arrowrroot powder which I haven’t used yet, I probably need to adjust when and how I use it… which was quite often to deal with the transition. It was drying the length and loosing the battle with the transition.
I will certainly be using oil free hair masks from now on!
I mixed up some coconut milk, aloe vera juice and eucalyptus essential oil and I am going to go back to this method, you freeze it into cubes in an ice tray and dethaw what is needed, I like this because I can further adapt the recipe for the day by adding ingredients just before washing. I get the idea that I will need to change my method depending on how my hair is feeling that day, much like I do with washing my face.
I have quite a road of trial and error ahead of me. I also have some herbal tea sea salt washes in mind as well as honey and clarifying lemon and clay recipes.
I have two Genovese Basil plants growing in my Aerogarden and they are starting to take over so I made some Basil hummus.
I kinda just threw things in the blender and it turned out yummy.
I also made an attempt at pita bread.
It was good but it will be better next time 🙂
Then three days later my basil had grown back up into the lights and nothing else was getting any light.
So I made Pasta sauce! I have some Oregano growing in the aerogarden as well.. and some chives if the poor things could get some light..
Used the same throw it in the pan and it turned out yummy method.
I’m still eating the leftovers.
It seems that the more I chop my basil the more it insists on growing, I cut it back heavily this time, maybe I’ll have a few days to make some recipes with my other herbs. I have a savory chicken waiting to be roasted.