I listen to this cd everyday. It has become the theme music to my life!
It plays in the background as my family gets ready in the morning. My kids and I sing it in the car on the way home from school. When I’m having a bad hair day I play it. When I’m having the best day ever, I play it.
Everyday around lunch time, I listen to One Day In Heaven for a little me time love before I transform into Mom Goddess! My husband and I listen to the Mystic Chord of Memory during our evening meditation. I do my push ups and squats while listening to Who Loves You Baby (great workout song – and so are Energetic Shapeshifter and U R The Answer).
I feel better, more energized, ready to change the world (one hair recipe at a time:) after listening to even a few minutes of any song. Transcendance is not your average cd and book set. Each song and chapter is a how to guide for practicing happiness, feeling your own greatness, and Dancing your Socks off while raising your energetic vibration (and the roof-can I get a WHAT WHAT).
Michael’s powerful voice and presence helps guide you as you move beyond your own thoughts, opinions, or co-agulated moods (depression) so that you’re free to experience your life as it really is now. When reading or listening to these wisdom teachings, it’s as if Michael is speaking directly to you. It’s great to have the music and transcripts together because I like knowing the meaning behind the song. Smooth and powerful, each song is a musical affirmation you can feel.
I recommend this book and cd for anyone who loves great, uplifting music, and who is interested in starting or strengthening a daily happiness practice. This book has inspired me to give more and to offer more value to the people I love and serve.
I enjoyed this book so much I wanted to share my notes and affirmations from this book and cd set. While listening to it and making my weekly natural hair and skin care goodies, I made Homemade Transcendance – The Best Homemade Organic Conditioner You’ll Ever Make! Cleanse and purify your mind and heart through your hair! Play this cd during your next Hair Yoga session (aka Hair Wash Day:)
Check out this really brief video review I made with a free app (Magisto) I found for making videos with your phone…if you listen closely you can hear a little One Day In Heaven playing in the background…
This is my FAVORITE clay mix because it has wheatgrass (softens, detoxifies, grows, loves hair) which is excellent for mind, body, and hair! It’s also made with grapefruit juice instead of my apple cider vinegar (which I LOVE). I downloaded a calendar last month from Natural Hair Affair and Goddess Anita Grant had several alternatives to use for ACV lovers. I’ve noticed more shine and a juicier smell which is nice.
Let me know how this mix works for you. Also, enjoy a shot of wheatgrass today. The benefits of wheatgrass are endless but the Top 5 are:
Increases red blood-cell count and lowers blood pressure
Fights tumors and neutralizes toxins
Externally applied to the skin can help eliminate itching almost immediately
Is a beauty treatment that slows down the aging process when the juice is consumed
1 cup Flax water (or purified water, aloe vera juice, green tea)
1 teaspoon Vitamin E
6 to 8 drops Grapefruit essential oil
6 to 8 Rose essential oil (naturally softens and conditions hair )
This will last for about a month in a refrigerator (I use it all before then so it may last longer:)
I use a mixer for this recipe but you can easily make it in a bowl.
Add clay, linden leaf powder, horsetail powder, marshmallow root powder, and wheatgrass to mixing bowl. Gently stir dry ingredients with fork until blended. This will keep your mix from clumping up on you while mixing.
Add honey, grapefruit juice, safflower oil.
Mix in purified water. Blend for 2 to 4 minutes. I like my cleanser to be more like a shampoo consistency - not a paste. You can always increase or decrease the liquid amount based on what you like.
*optional: fresh rosemary, thyme or basil; you can also add flaxseed oil, coconut oil, lemon oil or grapefruit oil to your mix depending on what your hair wants and needs:)
Add flaxseeds to purified or distilled water. Bring to a boil. Allow flaxseeds to boil for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Don’t boil the flaxseeds too long (5 minutes) because it will make a gel. Nothing is wrong with the gel – excellent for hair and scalp health and growth – but if the mix is too thick, it won’t spray and may start to look a bit goopy a week into use.
You want the water to be slick on your fingers so that you feel something but not too much. I use this in place of water to spritz on our hair because water causes us all kinds of frizziness and hair blues. Lavish needs the hydration but plain water is too drying.
I added dried organic roses and apple mint ($2.49 at Home Depot) to this conditioner for more softening power!
If it looks too much like water to you it’s ok, the mix will thicken just a touch as it cools but not too much. You can reuse the flaxseeds again to make a full flaxseed gel or to make more flaxseed conditioner. Use this liquid in place of water for your homemade conditioners and see what you think! This spritz will last for a few weeks if you keep it in the fridge. If not, you can expect it to last about a week.
For added lavish-ness you can add oils (safflower or sunflower are my favorite because they’re light and add great shine), extracts, and other essentials. Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, Cedarwood, and Lavender – when used together – have been found to grow hair back in individuals with alopecia. When added to jojoba or grapseed oil and massaged into the scalp daily, 44% of participants with aloepeica areta experienced hair growth. For my fellow science nerds you can view the abstract here. The results found:
The results show aromatherapy to be a safe and effective treatment for alopecia areata. Treatment with these essential oils was significantly more effective than treatment with the carrier oil alone. We also successfully applied an evidence-based method to an alternative therapy.
I became a Clay Evangelist exactly one year ago this month. It all started with a video by Naptural85 about the one product she’d found that eliminated her need for detangling — Yes, ELIMINATED! Doing 3 natural heads a week, the less time I can spend detangling, the better. She has an EXCELLENT post (videos, photos and other goodness) all about Terresentials. Watch my video review of this awesome earth clay here.
I didn’t know they were headquartered in Maryland-wish I would have known that when I lived there!
Honestly, she had me with her natural hair shine. A lot of the “natural research” I was doing – suggested that hair of a “certain” texture would never shine. We could only hope for sheen. My own hair was shiny in all states, relaxed, natural, transitioning, but not during damage…which is where I was a year ago. How does all of this relate to the recipe below?
If you love the clays or have been interested in trying them, THIS is the recipe! It is absolutely amazing with or without the pumpkin. You all know how I feel about my bentonite clay, but when I need some extra moisture and chocolate goodness, I love using Rhassoul clay as a deep conditioner at least once a month.
Benefits of Rhassoul Clay include:
reduces dryness and flakiness
removes toxins and impurities from hair, skin, and body
balances hair and scalp sebum
improves skin texture
thickens and softens hair
Try the recipe below and tell me what you think. Share your thoughts in the comments! Mix Lavishly:)
Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice Deep Conditioning Hair Masque
3 Tablespoons rhassoul clay 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree 1/4 cup organic cocoa butter 1 teaspoon coconut oil 2 tablespoon raw or organic honey A dash of cinnamon (or 1/8 tsp) Optional: 1 teaspoon cacao powder 1 cup purified water oryour hair’s beverage of choice (BOC) which includes:
coconut milk flaxseed liquid (my favorite and what i use in this mix, click here for the recipe) green tea aloe vera juice rose water - be creative!
Add pumpkin and rhassoul clay to mixing bowl. Melt cocoa butter in the microwave for about 20 seconds or until all pieces are dissolved. Add to clay and pumpkin and mix. Add coconut oil and honey. For an added bit of chocolate conditioning, add 1 teaspoon of organic cacao powder.
Heat the liquid until warm (not scalding – leads to unhappy scalp:( and add it to the mix. Try to keep from eating it as it smells WONDERFUL!
I like my mix to be less of a paste and more of a thick conditioning liquid. The clay will thicken as you mix it, literally sucking in the oil. This is ok but you may find you need more or less liquid. You cannot mess up this recipe…only your floor for a minute. Thank goodness this isn’t henna so no fear of anything turning red!
I find a more liquid mix is easier to wash out (Lavish is thick & voluptuous:) See what works best for you but put some extra towels down if you like it like mine!
Place a plastic bag on your hair and let “marinate” on your hair for 30 to 45 minutes. Rinse and style as usual.
I add A LOT of oil to my mix, almost 1/2 cup sometimes. Lavish loves it but you can decrease or increase the amount depending on your lavish hair needs!
Storage Tip: Once you’ve mixed all the ingredients you can store this clay in your refrigerator or freezer for months. Simply put it in the refrigerator if you’ll be using it in the next few weeks, or freeze it for use a few months from now! When ready to use, take it out of the freezer, let it “warm up” in the refrigerator for a day or so, and that’s it.
I feel better, my skin is clearing up, my mind is clearer, and slowly I’m getting my energy back–all from a week of eating only crazy sexy foods! It’s had such a positively profound change on my family’s health that I bought extra copies!
Even my pickiest eaters (7, 5, and 2) fell in love with all of the bright green and orange juices, and banana pancakes! What I love most about Crazy Sexy Kitchen is that Kris teaches you how to use your kitchen as a pharmacy. The eczema on my daughter’s skin has cleared up completely in a few days without me having to use those funky smelly steroid creams. Usually it takes about 2 weeks.
If you are interested in easy to make, gourmet vegan foods, and want to be plant-empowered, this book is for you! Learn how to grow sprouts, make nut milk, and get really intimate with the Big K – Kale! Kris and Chef Chad don’t take an eat like us or we’ll send the vegan mafia – kind of approach (you know the ones…) Once you taste the goodness and freshness of each meal you’ll be inspired to make more. No book has ever made me want to wake up and drink a green smoothie!
This was my first introduction to Kris Carr (I live under a rock:) and her energy and passion can be felt on every page. Plus she has lavishly cool pink hair and sparkly pink headphones – a true goddess! It felt like I had a friend in the kitchen who brought some fabulous recipes to make while we chatted about what’s good in the world! Yes, i talk to my books:)
If you love flax seed oil as I do (great for memory, overall hair growth and health, and excellent source of omegas 3, 6, and 9), you’ll also have many options to cook with it with this book. Look for the easy Kale Salad in the video below – Lavish and I enjoyed this crunchy salad like it was veggie chips! You can also download a sneak peak of Crazy Sexy Kitchen and start cooking crazy sexy dishes now by clicking here.
To see those pink sparkly headphones and GREAT food porn, here’s Kris in her own words!
Rose Sandalwood Replenishing Leave-In Herbal Spritz
1 cup Distilled Water
1/4 cup dried organic red or pink roses
1 tablespoon dried organic hibiscus flowers
1 1/2 cups flaxseed water (2 tablespoons of flaxseeds in 1 1/2 cup of distilled water)
4 to 6 drops Rose essential oil
4 to 6 drops Sandalwood essential oil
*fresh rosemary and fresh mint
*Lavish Option (add 1 sprig of fresh rosemary and 1 sprig of fresh mint to the flaxseed liquid before boiling for a natural infusion of botanical goodness!)
Organic red or pink roses softens and conditions the hair, promotes hair growth. Helps hair maintain it’s proper balance of moisture (click here for more rose benefits)
Organic hibiscus flowers - great for scalp stimulation and hair conditioning; adds fullness and thickens the hair
Flaxseed water - adds natural slip and shine to thirsty tresses; gives you all of the benefits and moisturizing effects of an oil without being an oil…
Rose essential oil – adds a light natural fragrance and transformative mood lifter: boosts self-esteem and confidence
Sandalwood essential oil - grounds the senses, activates a calm, clear mind. Natural fragrance
In a small pot bring distilled water and organic roses/hibiscus to a boil and immediately reduce heat. Let simmer on low to low-medium heat for 15 minutes.
In a separate pot, bring flaxseeds and water to a boil for 4 to 5 minutes.
(Note: I ran out of my regular flaxseeds and used golden as well. They both work the same but look pretty cool boiling together)
Immediately pour flaxseed water through a strainer to remove all flaxseeds. Allow to cool before adding to your containers or bottles.
This mix is enough for 2 (8) ounce bottles or one mega bottle for a concentrated dose of softening, conditioning power!
Once the rose water has cooled, add half to your bottle or container.
I use rose water and flaxseeds for just about everything including conditioners, rinses skincare treatments. Pure rose water has many healing benefits, smells wonderful, and can be easily mixed with other flowers and extracts to deepen any at home spa or hair care treatment. However you use this one, play around with your favorite essentials substitute green tea or aloe vera juice instead of flaxseed gel. See what your hair loves!
Make sure to store your flaxseeds in an air tight container. They will last about 3 weeks in the refrigerator and you can reuse them at least one to two more times for fresh flaxseed water and gel! (that’s roses, rosemary and apple mint from my backyard in there with the flaxseeds…they smell wonderful!)
Excellent spritz for protective styles…especially Lavish Easy Braids! I’ll be using this spritz while I take out my braids this weekend. Looking forward to putting my fingers back in my hair and getting at my scalp. Plus I have a funky fresh Pumpkin Spice Rhassoul Clay Masque that I can’t wait to use. That recipe’s up next in time for the holidays! Go ahead and get your can of pumpkin pure now. You can find them at any whole foods, health food place and local grocery store. Because of Thanksgiving and these cool fall days, pumpkins are everywhere and easy to find. Hair loves that natural conditioning, emulsifying, moisturizing, decadent happiness treatment your hair will thank you for with frizz-less-ness and an added benefit of elongated curls (for my 4 a to z goddesses out there:)
Where To Find The Ingredients
I used dried organic roses from Organic Creations and the organic hibiscus flowers I ordered from Mountain Fresh Herbs. They last forever if you store them well (even a ziplock bag will work:). Flaxseeds I bought from the grocery store and the essentials I also bought from local health food store. They are plentiful on Amazon.com and theherbarie.com as well.
OMG, I just saw this video on the Thank God I’m Natural Blog (tginblog.com) and fell out of my chair—Almost all of my natural hair guru goddesses in one video talking about their favorite, secret product to growing long natural hair–WHAT?!?. Check it out:
Meals That Heal Inflammation (MTHI) is both a mega guidebook and cookbook in one written by Julie Daniluk, Nutritionist Extraordinaire! Julie’s experience as a nutritionist comes through in how clearly she describes how each food (and an excess or deficiency of it, affects our health). She includes simple steps to start adding anti-inflammatory foods to your diet now and which foods to toss out. One of the things I can’t stop eating is actually a honey mustard dressing she has with raw honey–DELICIOUS!
Three Highlights from the Book…
1. Don’t underestimate your emotional health.
You can’t heal inflammation in your body without healing your mind as well. Three mind balancing activities: meditate, get moving, and don’t take yourself so seriously:)
2. Stop turning off your pain response (in other words – put the aspirin down and listen to your body!)
The author explains that you need to know when you have an ache or a pain since this is your body’s way of letting you know something is wrong. Pushing through the pain because it’s dulled by aspirin or over-the-counter pain meds could be decreasing your opportunity to identify inflammation and permanently heal a nagging condition.
3. Meals are easy and good (they’re even for picky little eaters – ages 3, 5, 7)
I love the freshness of each meal and that I’m getting a powerful vitamin, mineral, anti-inflammatory burst of goodness with each bite! My kids on the other hand loved the smells and taste of each crispy kale chip and sesame green bean! This is different from the shrieks and shrills I usually hear when anything green appears on their plate.
I found MTHI to be very enlightening and answered a lot of questions about my own gut, childhood and adult food poisonings, gut linings and how to live without stomach discomfort. My family and I eat a gluten free wheat free diet (sometimes casein free as well) so I’m always looking for new meals and new meal ideas we’ll all enjoy that are also good for us.
It is important to note that you don’t have to have a stomach issue (or be wildly obsessed with anti-inflammatory foods) to enjoy this book. The meals themselves are worth cooking up for mind, body and inner health!
**I received this book for free for review purposes from Hay House Book Nook.
Honey Mustard Dressing with Warm Spinach & Chicken Salad
1/2 cup chia, flax, hemp seed or walnut oil* 1 tbsp raw honey** 1/4 cup natural mustard pinch gray sea salt or pink rock salt
Makes 3/4 cup
Add grilled chicken (or meat/vegan choice you love) and warm the spinach for about 10 seconds in the microwave).
*Olive and hemp seed oils boost the immune system.
**Use raw honey and natural mustard to avoid white vinegar and sugar (a biggie in most store bought dressings)
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