Recipes

July 2017

How to Do a Hot Oil Treatment
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Prepackaged hot oil treatments can be purchased from beauty supply stores or you can make your own as a home remedy for dry hair. Use any hot oil treatment on freshly washed hair. To use a treatment that has been purchased from a store, simply heat the product according to the directions on the package.

  1. Be careful not to allow the product to get too hot. The hot oil may burn your scalp. Let the product sit and cool off if it gets too hot.
  2. Apply the oil to the hair. Put a plastic cap on the hair and get under the dryer for a few minutes to help it retain heat as it penetrates the hair.
  3. Next, gently rinse the hot oil treatment out of the hair and style it as usual. Remember, for the best results, do not shampoo the hot oil treatment out of the hair. You are simply rinsing it so that the benefits of the oil will remain in your hair. If your hair is too oily after rinsing the treatment out of your hair, wash your hair with a mild natural shampoo.

Making a Homemade Hot Oil Treatment

Instead of a commercial product, it is possible to make your own hot oil.

  1. Choose an oil or a combination of oils of your choice. Try using a mixture of olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, and almond oil. You can use all of the oils or pick one or two to use for your hot oil treatment. All of the oils above will moisturize your hair and hydrate the scalp. Coconut oil hardens when it is cool.
  2. Keep your hair warm or at least at room temperature while coconut oil is in your hair. Make about a cup of your own hot oil mix. You need enough of the oil to cover your hair, from root to tip, so it may be necessary to use less than a cup or make a little more depending on the length and thickness of your hair.
  3. Heat the oils in a small saucepan until the mixture is warm to the touch. The oil is going on your hair and scalp, so make sure that it is lukewarm. Although microwaving is faster, it is not recommended because the oil may get too hot. Microwaving may also negatively impact some of the nutrients in the oils. Again, if the oil is over heated, let it sit for a few minutes to cool.

Applying the Hot Oil Treatment

  1. Apply the oil to the hair. It is best to use a small squeeze bottle, the kind that is used to color hair.
  2. Massage the product throughout your hair, making sure that all of your hair is covered with the oil. The hair does not have to be overly greasy, just slightly oily. Do not rub the hair too harshly, as this can cause tangles and breakage.
  3. Once the hair is covered, put on a shower cap. If you have a bonnet-style hair dryer at home, you can sit under the dryer. If you don’t have that type of dryer, you can wrap a towel around your head to keep the heat in.
  4. Let the oil penetrate through your hair for about 15 minutes. For a relaxing hot oil treatment, take a warm bath while the oil penetrates in hair.
  5. Next, rinse the oil. Dry your hair and style it as normal.

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Steph’s Super Shea Organic Body Butter

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  • 10 oz Yellow or White Shea Butter (or 2/3rds of a 16 oz tub)
  • 1 tablespoon Vitamin E oil
  • 3 ½ tablespoon Glycerine
  • 3 tablespoons distilled or natural spring water
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 6 drops of your favourite essential oil

Pre-fluff Shea Butter in a mixer on medium with a flat paddle. I use my electric mixer on a medium setting to accomplish this.

Melt coconut oil in a small bowl. Place small bowl in a shallow dish with hot water. Using a microwave will minimize the quality of the end product.

Strain melted coconut oil and mix into a small bowl. Add Vitamin E and stir gently.

Turn mixer on medium with pre-fluffed Shea Butter and pour coconut oil and Vitamin E mixture over top. Add Glycerine.

Pause your mixing at least once to scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure a good consistent mix.

Once well mixed, turn mixer on high to whip the butter. Add 3 table spoons of water. Speed must be high to “emulsify” the water into the oily mixture, or else it won’t combine and will just sit on top.

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Add in your essential oils to add your custom luxury scent!

 

Best stored in a jar with a screw-top lid.

 

 

 

 

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Easy and Affordable Deep Conditioner Treatment for Natural Black Hair

  • ½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil [EVOO]
  • ½ cup Coconut Oil
  • 5 tablespoons Shea butter
  • 1 cup of Store bought conditioner- ensure it has a “slippy quality” for a good mixture
  • 1 tablespoon of Honey
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba Oil

Heat the following over a low heat in a saucepan:

  • EVOO, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter

Stir slowly over heat until it reaches an even liquid consistency. Turn off the heat. Add in the following:

  • Honey, Jojoba Oil

Pour mixture into a bowl (or your mixer bowl). Add in conditioner and mix until fluffy.

 

 

 

  1. Apply to damp clean hair.
  2. Cover with 2 clear shower caps and ensure all parts of your hair is covered.
  3. Steam with cap under a Dryer Hood for 20 min maximum on the medium setting.
  4. Remove cap and rinse with water. Rinse well (like for 3-5 minutes- your hair will be soaked in moisture!)

After about 3 weekly treatments you will notice a great improvement of the bounciness in your hair curl, as well as reduced frizz.

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Stephanie’s Polenta recipe

During the winter months, it can be hard to stay warm as we all know. One of my difficulties is in the kitchen and trying to figure out what to eat!

I devised this polenta recipe on my own, and it turned out delicious, hearty, and the perfect snack/ side dish for a cold winter day.

You will need the following:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of Yellow Ferma corn meal
  • 1/2 cup parmesean cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp  turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 Bay leaf (for decoration)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup water
  • (Optional) one handful of finely chopped romaine lettuce
  • 6 x 8 inch loaf pan

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a 6×8 inch loaf pan with vegetable shortening. You can use butter or oil, but I prefer to use shortening. Be sure to get all corners, because you will want the loaf to “pop” out easily after baking.

In your mixer deposit all dry ingredients and mix with a paddle attachment on a low speed.

While mixing dry ingredients add in wet ingredients starting with the eggs, oil, and water. I like to pre-measure all of my ingredients to ensure a quick process, and so that the mixer does not get too “gummed up” when adding wet ingredients. Add in finely chopped romaine lettuce at this point if you desire. I like adding leafy greens to this recipe because it adds a beautiful green colour that makes the recipe look even more delicious!

Once fully mixed, scrape the sides of the mixing bowl to ensure that everything has been thoroughly combined and no clumps of dry ingredients are sitting at the bottom.

Deposit your batter into the greased loaf pan, and tap the pan afterwards to eliminate any bubbles and to make it sit evenly. If you want to add to a full Bay leaf on top, do so now, and place your pan in the oven to bake for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, check on your loaf. As always, place a thin knife or toothpick into the top of the loaf to check that it has been cooked thoroughly.  If it comes out clean, it is cooked.

Enjoy, and thanks for reading.

-S

 

 

 

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