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Work With Me Wednesday: Whipped Body Butter

Welcome back to another day in the lab. I'm glad you can tag along to Work With Me Wednesday. In October, I began experimenting with Mafura butter. Mafura butter is found in Mozambique and Southern Africa. In rural Southern Africa, it's used as a skin and hair moisturizer. Mafura butter is traditionally used for healing, moisturizing, treating acne blemishes, and skin problems. Mafura butter: absorbs quickly into the skin, spreads easily, is non-drying, strengthens and softens natural hair, and alleviates dry itchy scalp. Last week I made a lavender-infused organic Mongongo oil. Mongongo trees are found in Zambia. It's also known as manketti in other African countries. The locals use it in personal care products for its healing and nurturing...

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Work With Me Wednesday: Lavender Infused Oil, Part 2

Welcome back! Thank you for tagging along with me to work in the lab. Last Wednesday, I worked on a lavender infused oil. You can check it out here. The last step I completed was hydrating the lavender with the grain alcohol. Did you think I was planning a party in the lab? Unfortunately, the only party was in the jar with the lavender and the alcohol. Before and after (on left) of oil. Once the lavender/grain alcohol party is over, I add organic Mongongo oil. Mongongo oil is a cleanser, moisturizer, and emollient all rolled into one. It's a thin oil with a light texture that easily absorbs into skin. Mongongo oil contains fatty acids like linoleic, oleic, palmitic, linolenic,...

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Work With Me Wednesday: Lavender Infused Oil, Part 1

Welcome to Work With Me Wednesday where you tag along with me at work. You'll get sneak peeks inside the lab via my 'lab cam'. This week, I'm making lavender infused herbal oil. Herbal ingredients. The use of herbs dates back over three million years. In the African tradition, herbs are used for health and healing. Using herbs for cooking adds healthy compounds that benefit your body. They have protective polyphenols that have antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, vitamins, and minerals. Herbs are also widely used for their healing properties to treat skin conditions like infections, wounds, eczema, psoriasis, and burns. Converting dried lavender to powder form. The World Health Organization (WHO) refers to herbs, herbal materials, herbal preparations, and finished herbal...

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8 Tips To Avoid Dry Winter Skin

  Did you know that your skin loses 25% of its ability to hold moisture in the winter? That’s why during winter, our cheeks are drier due to decreased natural moisturizing factor. Below are 8 tips to avoid dry winter skin. Before we get to the tips, let’s talk more about other factors affected by dry skin. Eczema Dry skin can result in chronic eczema and/or bacterial infections. When skin is too dry, it becomes brittle, scaly, rough or tight, which can trigger an eczema flareup. Mature Skin As we mature, dryness becomes more common due to a lifetime of sun exposure and thinning skin that doesn’t hold moisture well. We also produce less natural oils. This is why you...

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6 Self-Care Tips for the Holidays

Photo credit: Sweta Meininger on Unsplash The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year for some. For others, it triggers stress and depression due to financial strain, too much pressure, unrealistic expectations, and loneliness.The “Holiday Blues” are real. 24% of people with mental health illness found the holidays made their symptoms “a lot worse.” 40% of people with mental health illness found the holidays made their symptoms “somewhat worse”. As you’re in the midst of the holiday season, don’t forget to stop and take a moment for yourself. In the hustle and bustle of shopping, baking, spreading cheer with family and friends, you still need to maintain your self-care. You, too, need to nurture yourself for your...

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