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Shea Butter: Superfood for the Skin
Shea butter is a highly sought after skin and hair care ingredient. No wonder, as Shea Butter is considered a Superfood for the skin. Loaded with vitamins A E and F, Shea Butter will help to protect the integrity of the skin as well as protect it from UV rays. Historically, women have used Shea Butter to stave off premature wrinkles and facial lines. Moreover, the amazing benefits of Shea Butter don't stop there.
However, all Shea Butter is not the same. What should you look for when purchasing Shea Butter? Purchase 100% raw, unfiltered, and unrefined Shea Butter. Unprocessed Shea Butter retains the vitamins and healing properties that feed the skin. Raw and unrefined Shea Butter is light beige to tan in color. Refined or processed Shea Butter is white, and Shea Butter with additives will be a yellow to golden color. The texture of Raw Shea Butter is coarse. It will require warming between your palms before applying it. Lastly, raw Shea Butter will have a slight nutty fragrance. GreenSistah™ Botanicals procures organic, raw, and unfiltered Shea Butter.
Willette, aka The OG
The Power of Gratitude!
Did you know that just by being grateful for anything or anyone in your life can enhance your beauty? It's true. When one expresses gratitude, it has a positive effect on body chemistry. An enhanced mood follows, which creates an inner glow. When you are in a good mood, you glow from the inside out. A good mood creates happiness, which enhances your immune system.
Saying the words "thank you" will make you smile. Give it a try. It' impossible not to smile when you say those words. Moreover, when you smile your body mind and spirit respond. Your beauty naturally shines through. Your smile permits others to smile and glow. When you are the recipient of a smile you glow even more. And that's a beautiful thing.
We have so much to be grateful for that we can even count it all. Starting with your next breath be grateful, and be beautiful.
Willette, aka The OG
Hair Conditioning is Essential for Summer Hair
Have you ever thought about why you use conditioner? Most women condition their hair without thinking twice about it. Hair conditioners replace moisture and provide a protective layer for your hair shaft. They also help to maintain the integrity of your hair.
Conditioning is one of the most important steps you can take for maintaining healthy hair, and that goes double for the toll summer heat can take on your crown.
So, how often should you condition your hair? As a rule, you should use a conditioner after each shampoo. Hair damaged from chemicals, dry, curly or thick hair, may need to conditioning between shampoos. If you have thinning hair that tends to get oily, you will only need to condition when you shampoo.
Next, let's discuss the proper way to use conditioners. After shampooing or wetting your hair, carefully squeeze the excess water off your hair. If you leave the hair too wet, it will dilute your conditioner, and allow it to run off your hair, rather than staying put and doing its job. Your hair, not your scalp, requires the conditioner. The conditioner should be smoothed unto the ends as the ends are the oldest and the most fragile parts of your hair. If your hair is fine or limp, use the conditioner on the tips as applying it to the length of the hair will weigh it down. Once you have the conditioner on, work it through your hair with your fingers or a wide-toothed comb. Work the conditioner through your hair to make sure there is no hair left behind. Be gentle as you work the conditioner as your hair is most fragile and prone to breakage when it's wet.
Finally, for a rinse out conditioner, let the conditioner sit on your hair for the recommended time according to the instructions on the label. After the conditioner has had ample time to soak into your hair, rinse thoroughly with cool water. If you have thick coarse hair, you can get away with leaving some product behind. If you are using a leave-in conditioner, style your hair as usual.
Check out GreenSistah™️ Botanicals Coconut Hair Conditioner with Shea Oil and Vitamin E. It can be used as a leave-in or rinse. It can also work as a hot oil treatment.
On tomorrow, June 19, we celebrate Juneteenth commemorating the day when the last enslaved Africans were informed that they were free. The news of emancipation reached the people in the deepest parts of the former Confederacy in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865.
One hundred fifty-five years later, and there are reasons for African-American women to celebrate and reasons to keep on pushing.
Amid a global pandemic, we are disproportionately dying. We are still fighting police brutality and blatant disrespect for the lives of our brothers and sisters. We weep, still for the injustices we face, merely because of the color of our skin. There is no doubt, we still have a long way to go.
On the other hand, I am hopeful. Amidst the darkness, I see light and I have never been more proud to be an African-American woman. We are making great strides. We support one another, we cry, laugh, and serve one another. African-American women now control half of all women-owned businesses. We are holding elected government positions in record numbers, and so much more. We fix each other's crown, and we are owning our power and our beauty. We are standing tall and demanding our rightful place in a country that our ancestors built.
Although the celebration this Juneteenth will be bittersweet, we should pause and take in how far we have come. Next, we take that momentum, to propel us to our limitless potential.
-Willette Monk, The Original GreenSistah™️
Summertime Fine Hair and Skin
Finally, summer is here, and I don't know about you, but I'm ready for some sun and fun. Most of us will be climbing out of our quarantine hideouts, returning to work, or just getting back into the rhythm of life. As awesome as those gorgeous summer days are, they can wreak havoc on your hair and skin.
During the summer, the body tends to get dehydrated due to excess water loss. As we perspire more in the summer, the skin and hair suffer. Staying hydrated is the only way to avoid drab skin and hair. The usual 6 to 8 glasses of water daily are not enough to keep your body flushed of toxins and wastes. Congestion in your circulation system can appear as puffy eyes, dry skin, acne, dandruff, and frizz.
To maintain your glow, consume half your body weight in water. If you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water daily during the summer months. Indulge in drinks like coconut water and lemonade sweetened with agave or a pinch of honey. Opt for iced herbal tea instead of hot tea. Fresh fruit and vegetables also add hydration to your body.
Drink up, have fun, and enjoy your well-deserved summer!
Five Reasons You Need Some Lavender in Your Life!!!
Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) is a shrub that is a member of the mint family, Lamiaceae. It's versatility and clean floral scent make lavender one of the most popular plants on the planet. The flowers and the essential oil is used in products for personal use like stress relief and relaxation, cleaning, and disinfecting, first aid, perfumes, hair, and skincare formulations.
The list below will familiarize you with a few of the benefits and uses of lavender.
1. Lavender can improve your mood.
For centuries, aromatherapists have suggested lavender scented products to help patients relax, sleep, feel better, and lift feelings of anxiety. Lavender based products for this purpose, include eye pillows, baby bath products, air fresheners, candles, and more.
2. Lavender is an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-bacterial.
My first introduction to lavender was due to a burn on my arm in the late eighties. I went to a small health food store in Virginia and asked for something natural, and the clerk suggested I use lavender essential oil and aloe vera gel. She gave me instructions on how to make a poultice and an article on lavender. Within a few days, the inflammation subsided, and after a couple of weeks of repeated applications, there was barely a scar. The anti-bacterial properties helped to prevent infection. You can buy lavender poultices, creams, salves, and tinctures to use for this purpose.
3. Lavender works as a natural bug repellant.
Mosquitoes and moths stay far away from the scent of lavender. Sachets of dried lavender placed in your drawers and closet will not only keep the moths away but will keep your clothes fresh. You can freshen the sachets by adding a few drops of the essential oil occasionally. Moreover, the scent of lavender essential oil on your clothes will keep mosquitoes away. I use Seventh Generation plant-based fabric softener in my laundry. You can also add a few drops of essential oil to your wash water. Adding a few drops to your lotion or using GreenSistah™ Botanicals Lavender infused Shea Butter before sitting out on summer nights, will naturally cool you and keep the bugs away. Additionally, lavender soaked cotton balls placed in areas infested with ants or cockroaches can be very effective at keeping unwanted home invaders at bay.
4. Lavender is a great ingredient for use in cleaning products.
The anti-bacterial properties of lavender, make it the perfect ingredient for home-made cleaning products. I recommend using Lavender EO for cleaning countertops and disinfecting children's toys. Other uses include surfaces in your bathrooms and kitchens. With just a few ingredients, you can make your own environmentally friendly lavender surface spray. I found a 2-minute video at the women's voices of the earth website that is worth a view.
5. Lavender improves hair health.
Lavender EO has many beneficial properties that help to improve the appearance and the health of your hair. A 2016 study found that when the oil can work itself into the scalp or skin, it helps with pattern baldness and alopecia. The antimicrobial properties of lavender inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi. A clean scalp decreases the accumulation of dandruff and calms an itchy scalp. Further, lavender exhibits a cooling effect on an inflamed scalp, which can stimulate hair growth.
Never apply lavender oil directly to your skin or scalp. Use a carrier like Jojoba or coconut to dilute the essential oil first. There are many natural products available that include lavender. Always check the ingredients on the label. Be sure to choose products that list pure essential oil of lavender and not lavender fragrance. At GreenSistah™ Botanicals, we include organic lavender essential oil in our Amla-Rosemary blend, formulated for thinning hair, and our Sheajoba® Hair Food.
Always use caution when using new ingredients, especially essential oils. Do a patch test with lavender to be sure you don't have an allergic reaction. Essential oils are the essence of the plant. They have the highest concentration of the plant's properties, so you should never use too much. Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations. Never ingest essential oils. If you get them into your eyes, rinse immediately with cold water. Seek medical attention if irritation persists.
Other than those considerations, enjoy lavender flowers and essential oils. Go forth and experience the healing and magical powers of Lavender. I'm sure you will love it as much as I do.
Author: Willette Monk