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Guess who is a new Graduate?!!!!

20 Apr

On thursday April 18th, 2013  I received my diploma in Professional Skin Esthetics and I am so happy! This week has been non stop action and a well deserved rest is in order. I tried to keep up with this blog while in school but it was pretty difficult. I am hoping to slowly get back to this blog because I really love this type of outlet and love interacting with SPB’s followers. I am also considering doing a skin care blog as well so this could be pretty exciting. Coming up next are my theory and practical state board exams in order to get my Esthetics License and then I will be set. Thanks to all who follow this blog that I love so much, lets welcome spring and summer together—-Love Christina

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Naturally Healthy Hair: Herb Tea and Essential Oil Treatment Recipes

31 Aug

         It’s no new discovery that women love their hair. Even in this day and age men are beginning to form a close relationship with their tresses.  However in the quest for beautiful and luxurious hair we foolishly bombard our delicate follicles with toxic sprays, serums, and dyes.  Our hair as a result becomes lifeless dull, and the opposite of everything that we wanted. So why do we continue slathering on harmful hair products when we can look to nature to heal our hair? Beats me. So now finding a healthy natural way to tame my hair has been my quest since the beginning of the year. In high school I completely damaged my hair. I flat iron straightened it, smeared on serums that I knew would be bad, and I dyed my hair a different color every two months. Needless to say my hair was dull and straw like. I did all of this without thinking that there would be any consequences; so I set out to try and reclaim my hair and change the way I care for it.  I hope to help you all do the same with these hair rinses and treatments.  Enjoy your lovely tresses—-CMY

Herbs and Oils (Original Photograhy by Salt Pepper Brilliant CMY)

Ingredient Breakdown

  • Lavender Flowers- Really great for oily hair and controls acne.
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil- Excellent antibacterial (I know from experience, story below) treats dandruff, clears and prevents acne.
  • Pink Rose Petals- Excellent for dry and aging hair.
  • Rosemary
    Essential Oil- Also contains antibacterial properties (Not as strong as Tea Tree) but most importantly for me it promotes hair growth in those with hair loss and thin hair. It also has a darkening effect on dark hair making it richer in color.
  • Nettle Leaf- Great scalp itch reliever and is great for increasing the shine factor in your hair.

(All ingredients used for these recipes are organic and all recipes are original)

Lavender Tea Tree Rinse

2 cups water

1 heaping tablespoon of Lavender Flowers

5-8 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

           Put your two cups of water in a pot and bring to a gentle simmer. Turn off heat and remove pot from burner and add your lavender flowers. Stir your flowers gently so they all get wet because they will want to float. Let your lavender flowers steep for 5-10 minutes. Now only when your lavender tea has cooled down to a temperature that is warm but comfortable on your skin add your tea tree oil and stir. Brush your hair to remove any loose hairs and then begin to pour your lavender tea tree rinse over your hair. Have a bowl to catch the rinse that falls off of your hair so you can use it again. I suggest you run this rinse through your hair a few times and then let it sit for a few minutes so your hair can soak up its benefits. Then shampoo it out. (You can follow your rinse with the same oil treatment for the dry and aging hair then shampoo)

(I have now transitioned to using baby shampoo only with any essential oils I desire added into it. I find it very gentle and it doesn’t dry out my hair. I also do not use conditioner anymore.)

Rose Petal and Rosehip Seed Oil Rinse and Treatment

2 cups water

1 heaping tablespoon of Pink Rose Petals

1-2 teaspoons Rosehip Seed Oil (Moisturizing and rejuvenating for skin and hair, carrier oil)

3-5 drops Rosemary Essential Oil (To aid in hair growth and color)

Warm Dry Towel

          Bring the two cups of water to a gently simmer and add the rose petals. Let the rose petals steep for 5-10 minutes. Now only when your rose tea has cooled down to a temperature that is warm but comfortable on your skin can you begin your rinse. Brush your hair to remove any loose hairs and then begin to pour your rose petal rinse over your hair. Have a bowl to catch the rinse that falls off of your hair so you can use it again. I suggest you run this rinse through your hair a few times and then let it sit for a few minutes so your hair can soak up its benefits. Wring out any excess rinse and now you can move on to your oil treatment. Place the Rosehip Seed Oil in a small bowl and add your rosemary essential oil. Blend them well. Place the oil mixture in the palm of your hands and warm them up by rubbing your hands together. Now gently and evenly distribute the oil from tips to roots so you do not have an excess of oil on the top of your head. Now take a dry warm towel and wrap your hair in it and let the oil soak in for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Shampoo the oils out and style consciously.

Nettle Tea with Peppermint Essential Oil

2 cups of water

1 heaping tablespoon of Nettle Leaf

1-2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (Some antibacterial properties, tingle and scent)

          Put your two cups of water in a pot and bring to a gentle simmer. Turn off heat and remove pot from burner and add your Nettle Leaf. Let the nettle leaf steep for 5-10 minutes. Now only when your nettle tea has cooled down to a temperature that is warm but comfortable on your skin add your peppermint oil, stir, and begin your rinse. Brush your hair to remove any loose hairs and then begin to pour your nettle mint rinse over your hair. Have a bowl to catch the rinse that falls off of your hair so you can use it again. I suggest you run this rinse through your hair a few times and then let it sit for a few minutes so your hair can soak up its benefits. Shampoo out. (You can follow your rinse with the same oil treatment for the dry and aging hair then shampoo)

 

          I hope you all like these hair rinses and treatments. They are natural and organic and they really work. I have religiously stuck to using only the healthiest ingredients for my hair and I have seen a considerable improvement in growth, color, strength, and shine. I hope they work for you too. Much love—-Christina

 

My Painful and Miraculous Tea Tree Oil Story

          One day about two weeks ago I found myself home alone and hungry. I decided to go to my cupboard and grab a can of red kidney beans so I can make my Grandma’s famous adobo beans and rice. I somehow fumbled this jumbo can of beans and it fell straight onto my left thumb forcefully breaking a piece of my nail off. Needless to say I was swearing up a storm and bleeding so I rushed to the sink to rinse my wound. My old self would have normally run to the bottle of peroxide but I remembered my small bottle of Tea Tree Essential Oil.

              Up until then I had only considered using it for acne treatments even though I was aware of its powerful antibacterial properties. What the heck I said I’m in pain and I need to clean this now disfigured nail out. So I took a clean bowl filled it with warm water and added a hefty dose of tea tree oil. I soaked my thumb for several minutes then simply dried it off gently with a tissue. I only soaked my thumb twice using this method and only on the day of the injury. My thumb was pink and healthy looking and the bleeding had stopped immediately. I had no infection and no discomfort after the horrible event. Now as I am writing this I look at my nail and the missing piece has pretty much completely grown in. There is no pain and not even a sign of an injury. I used nature as my medicine and it healed me. All I can say is get yourself a bottle today. (Oh and I cooked and ate those beans to stick it to them…evil laugh)

Essential Oils:

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/aroma/ess.html

Herbs and Flowers:

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/bulkherb/bulkherb.html

 Carrier Oils:

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/bulkoil/bulkoil.html

 

         

 

 

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Happy Birthday to my Mom!!!

23 Aug

Happy Birthday to my Mom!!!

Today is my mom Debra’s 54th birthday…I know, she looks great for her age and she is a pretty remarkable woman. She was born and raised in the Bronx and is 100% Puerto Rican (Making me and my sisters 1/2 PR and 1/2 Greek) and is a little spit fire. Strong emphasis on the little she is only 4′ 11″ ( I’m 5′ 3″ thanks mom, haha). She came from a life of poverty and physical abuse thanks to a horrible stepfather and she was able to overcome it all. She was one of the few of her six siblings to attend and graduate college and become a business manager. She managed a very successful bakery in Brooklyn where I pretty much grew up. I have very fond memories of those years in the bakery. My mother is currently a first degree black belt in the Korean Martial Art of Tang Soo Do. She now is also an instructor at the martial arts school she earned her belts in. This year she even attended the World Tournament of the Tang Soo Do Association in North Carolina and walked away with a bronze medal in weapons. She is truly an inspiration to me and keeps me looking forward to all that I can accomplish in the coming years. I LOVE YOU MOM AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

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Pictures from a Beautiful Week: Beautiful Weather

30 Jun

Pictures from a Beautiful Week: Beautiful Weather

It was a gorgeous summer day. Perfect for work, play and everything in between. This summer we have a few summer projects to get done but there is also plenty of time for fun. We love to go swimming, have cookouts, play volleyball, and much more. There will be more pictures to come, so stay tuned 🙂 —-CMY