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Fry Bread

If you drive through Arizona in the American Southwest all of the Indian Reservations sell these along the side of the road and occasionally I get cravings for them.

Ingredients

Honey

4 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 Tbs baking powder

1 1/2 cup warm water

oil for frying

 

Instruction

Combine dry ingredients, stir in water, kneed until soft but not sticky, shape into Tenis ball sized portions. Cover them with a warm damp cloth.

In a frying pan heat an inch of Avocado oil to med-high. Flatten out a dough ball to cover an area the size of your outstretched hand, poke a hole in the center.

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Place (one at a time) gently into the oil and cook for 1-2 minutes per side until golden brown. They will shrink and puff up a bit while cooking.

Remove from oil and place on paper towels to drain the excess oil. Once slightly cooled the traditional topping is to add a generous amount of honey and to eat them while they are still warm.

 

 

Coconut Milk Rye Hair Wash Recipe

This is a great recipe for greasy, oily hair or if you have long, straight, fine hair that gets stringy with the slightest bit of oil. I use this wash or a variation of it every 7-10 days.

1/2 tsp Yucca Root

1/2 tsp Rosemary

1/8 C Distilled Water

1/8 C Coconut Milk

2 tbs Aloe Vera Juice

1 tbs Honey

1 tbs Dark Rye Flour

1 ml Nettle Extract

8 drops Lavender Essential Oil

The yucca root I am using is finely shredded; powdered yucca root should work the same. I got mine from an herbal tea shop or it can be found in shops that sell herbs in glass jars.

In a very small sauce pan or tea pot heat the distilled water until boiling. (I usually start with about a 1/4 cup to make up for evaporation and then measure an exact 1/8 cup when I’m done and adding it to the recipe.)

To the boiling water add the yucca root and rosemary. Yucca root contains natural saponins it will produce bubbles and has soap like qualities… so be careful or you will have a bubbly mess. Continue to boil gently for a few minutes then remove from heat, stir gently, then let it steep for about 20 minutes. Stir well and then strain out the yucca root and rosemary bits and discard. (I mixed mine with a whisk before straining it, if you use a spoon or something you probably wouldn’t get bubbles)

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Add the coconut milk, aloe vera and dark rye flour to the yucca root rosemary water and mix until all of the lumps have dissolved.

Then add the honey, nettle extract and essential oil. I used lavender but rosemary ,eucalyptus or tea tree would also work well. If you leave it unscented it smells like dusty(yucca root) coconut.

What you should end up with is a thin slightly lumpy batter like substance that doesn’t lather, this is exactly what you want. (It’s so uninteresting I have never actually taken a picture of it, my apologies.) Mix it really well and then slop it on your head generously and massage it through your hair and massage your scalp. Now relax for about 10 minutes before washing it out. You have to work the rye flower out of your hair, it can be stubborn. Make sure you have time to let it dry and then brush thoroughly with a boars hair brush and the rye flour bits will be gone if you didn’t get it all in the rinse. Once you’ve had to rinse flour out of your hair a few times you get the hang of how to wash it and brush it out.  Here is my hair about 24 hours later when I had a chance to take a picture of it.

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Lavender Lotion for Sensitive Skin

Everything in this recipe was measured by weight… by volume it will fill two 4 oz or one 8 oz containers and you will have a few tablespoons left over, I usually make a sampler with the leftover bit.

I like to infuse oils for recipes because I like the scents I get from them much more than using Essential Oils or Fragrance Oils. For this recipe I used a combination of Infused Oils, Brewed Tea and Essential Oils, overall the result was still a very mild scent, which is exactly what I was going for. If you do not want to trouble yourself with tea and infusion just using Essential Oils will also work.

First you want to make your tea. You will need 1 heaping tablespoon of both Lavender Flowers and Chamomile Flowers. You can get them in specialty shops that sell herbs or tea or you can all of the ingredients I am using here from places like MountainRoseHerbs or Brambleberry. If you don’t have Chamomile flowers for this recipe you could also use Calendula Flowers.

In a sauce pan with lid add the herbs and about 1 1/2 cups of Distilled Water (do not use regular tap water or bottled water). Bring this to a gentle boil and then remove from heat. Leave the pan covered and set aside to cool for a few moments. You could also use a teapot that strains out loose leaf tea that might be a better easier option.

In a double boiler melt the following:

.45 oz Shea Butter

.4 oz Emulsifying Wax

.15 oz Stearic Acid

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While those ingredients are melting strain the lavender/chamomile tea through a coffee filter or cheese cloth to remove the flowers. Measure out 6.5 oz of the liquid and add it into a mixing bowl, you will want to use this tea while it is still fairly hot  so that it is easier to mix into the oils.

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Once the contents of the double boiler is melted to a clear liquid remove from heat and wisk while adding:

.2 oz Lavender Infused Oil

.2 oz Chamomile Infused Oil

Strain the oil though a coffee filter if it still has the flowers in it like mine.

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(or substitute with a .4 oz of a light sensitive skin friendly oil I would recommend Jojoba Oil, I used Sunflower Oil because that’s what I used for my infusions.)

This will cool the oils so you want to mix it until it is completely liquid again. Once it is clear slowly pour in the tea while mixing constantly. It will turn from clear to creamy white. I guess I’ll never get a good picture if this part of the process because I am too busy whisking. Continue to mix for a moment before adding:

1 oz Aloe Vera Juice

.1 oz Honey

.2 oz Meadowfoam Oil

.2 Oz Tamanu Oil

.1 oz Oat Extract

.1 oz Vitamin E

Wisk for another minute and let sit for 3-5 minutes, then whisk for a minute and let sit again. Do this 2-4 times until all ingredients are well combined. You do not want any green foam on top from the Tamanu and to ensure the Honey doesn’t try to clump at the bottom. Then Add:

3-4 drops Lavender Essential Oil (optional)

Preservative (preferably not optional)of your choice. No, Rosemary or Vitamin E will not suffice, I used Optiphen ND for this one. Be sure to follow all instructions indicated by the manufacturer about their products. You can carefully keep track of the accuracy of the weight of this recipe or you can reweigh the recipe at the end for an exact total but be sure your numbers haven’t changed when calculating the amount of preservative to use.

Before the mixture cools enough to thicken, pour it into the container(s) you have prepared, this also prevents air pockets that you get from transferring a thickened lotion, additionally it’s just a heck of a lot easier. Leave the lids off of the containers until the lotion has cooled to room temperature. This will ensure you do not end up with a bit of condensation on top of your lotion.

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Enjoy!

Blueberry? Carrot? Bran muffins.

I experimented

 

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees

1 1/2 cups wheat bran

1 cup buttermilk

1/8 teaspoon orange zest

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 egg

1/2 cup of honey

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup of flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 Carrot (shredded)

about 20-30 fresh blueberries

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

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Im a bowl mix the wheat bran and the buttermilk, let it stand for a few minutes to absorb.

Meanawhile…

In another bowl, mix orange zest, coconut oil, egg, honey and vanilla extract.

Add the bran mixture to this bowl.

In the emptied bran bowl blend the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, then add to bran mixture.

Mix in shredded carrot, blueberries and cinnamon.

Bake for 15-20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

 

I’ve also made this with 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips.

 

 

Battling through the transition.

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.