Essential oils for healthy hair

Yep, I am not kidding you. You can use your essential oils for so many things, including the health of your hair.

Have you ever read the ingredient list of your shampoo/conditioner? Most of them contain lots of chemicals that we don’t even know how to pronounce. They are seemingly harmless, I mean, it can’t be dangerous if they are allowed in products that everybody uses everyday (or once per week depending on your habits). Right? But the thing with these “harmless” chemicals is, that we get them EVERYWHERE. So yeah, maybe your body can do its magic and get rid of them when it only has to be concerned with a few. But we bombard the body everyday with so many chemicals from our surroundings. And they build up in your fat tissue, they block the lymphatic system, disrupt your hormones etc.

And if you use products with fragrance. Oh don’t even get me started with that. Fragrance is a big mix of synthetic chemicals and there are no actual control because they are considered “trade secrets” so nobody is required to put them on the labels. And they have been found to be associated with several health and environmental concerns like contact dermatitis, hormone disruption, infertility, neurotoxic, water, soil and wildlife contaminant to name a few.

I cannot say that some of the ingredients in your shampoo will give you cancer, or is the reason why you get the flu several times per year or can’t get pregnant. All I can say is that when our body constantly has to deal with unnatural chemicals from our surroundings, it takes up energy and time for your body to do its real magic. Which is maintaining homeostasis (balance) and keeping you healthy and strong.

So, my point is: Why not take the control and avoid as many chemicals as you can? I know you can’t avoid it all, we also have to live in the society we have created. But you can for sure consciously avoid A LOT.

Which leads me to my next point: Why not actively choose to use beneficial, chemical-free, sustainable, clean, green, healthy, ethical, divine smelling and natural solutions instead?

Yeah, you got it. ESSENTIAL OILS! These small miracles in bottles. They will benefit you on so many levels. And your hair will love you for making them part of your rutine!!!

 

Before I will let you in on the secret of using essential oils for your hair, I’ll ask you one more thing: How many products do you use for your hair at the moment? Shampoo, conditioner, serums, hairsprays, curl-defining sprays, wax, dry shampoo, styling cream, frizz tamer and what else. On top of that comes the hair drier, the curling iron if you have straight hair and the hair straightener if you have curly hair. Not to mention hair dye.. It’s a never ending story. And the loser in the end? Your hair! It’s hard on the hair with all these products, with all this styling. Sorry to say so, but that’s just how it is.

Have you ever tried to cut down on the products and styling stuff? To just allow your hair to be as beautifully natural as it was created? My number one tip, and my challenge to you is this: Put ALL your hair products and “machines” on the floor, and take away as much as you possibly can. Leave the things you feel you would die without for now.. Sometimes, letting go comes in stages.. That’s okay. You can always come back and do it all over again until you are left with pretty much nothing..

 

Okay, enough with the talk. Let’s get on with the important theme of this post.

 

Essential oils in your hair care can be beneficial for:

  • Dandruff
  • A healthy scalp
  • Lies (YES!!!! no more toxic-over-the-counter treatment!!! Essential oils are effective, natural and chemical-free) Both for prevention AND for treatment
  • Hair growth
  • Shiny hair
  • Repair damaged hair
  • Prevent hair loss
  • Strengthens hair follicles
  • Moisturise dry hair
  • Fights ring worm and fungal infections on the scalp
  • Natural scenting a fragrance free shampoo

So you see, lot’s of good reasons to give your scalp and hair some essential oil love..

 

How to do it? It’s easy! You just open your shampoo and add them directly to the bottle 🙂 The best, however, is to pour your shampoo with the essential oils into a glass bottle/container since the essential oils can break down the plastic. Not that the plastic bottle suddenly just disappears, no no, just that the shampoo will get filled with microplastic and we don’t want that on our body nor in the water..

 

You can also make your own shampoo, I haven’t tried that so I won’t talk more about it. I buy a natural shampoo, certified without fragrance/parfume, parabene, phthalates and all the other nasty stuff. Then I add the oils I want for scent and for hair health.

 

The amount you have to add is a widely discussed topic. Some says 10 drops pr 10 ml shampoo. Some say 5 drops pr 10 ml. I have tried to add 10 drops, but I found it a lot and my shampoo got super liquid. I don’t believe there is a final answer, but I use 5 drops pr. ml. We are all different, so do what feels right for you.

 

Top essential oils to add to your shampoo

 

Lavender – to soothe scalp, for dry hair

Tea tree – oily hair, dandruff, lice

Peppermint – itchy scalp, super refreshing

Rosemary – stimulate growth, prevents hair loss, for thin hair, for oily hair

Clary sage – for fragile hair, for estrogen balance (helps hair grow faster and to stay on the head longer)

Geranium – for dry hair

 

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In a 125 ml shampoo I add 15 drops of each lavender, tea tree, peppermint and rosemary. For using clary sage and geranium I add a few drops of each in the palms of my hand and run my hands through my hair and massage it on my scalp. I love the scent and it’s good for the hair.

Yes, there are other oils you can use, but these are easy to go to and all of them have multiple other uses in your life.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE on the quality of oils

Not all essential oils are created equal. There are no official essential oil police, so the producers can put whatever in the bottles claiming them to be pure and natural. Be aware, there have been found synthetic fillers, pesticids, petroleum, heavy metals, other harmful chemicals, multipurpose oil (nobody really know what that is) and more. There are however good quality and 100% pure oils out there, so choose your oils wisely and do your research. If you want to know why I use and work with the oils from dōTERRA please send me a message and let’s have a chat.

 

Thats it for now. I hope you all have a wonderful day

 

 

All the love

Stine

Hair care products are filled with weird ingredients, synthetic fragrances

 

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Ratatouille with millet and roasted carrots

Danish recipe below.

You cannot say fall without saying beauty and comfort food in the same sentence. Somehow fall cought me by surprise this year, which one may argue is kind of funny since it is here every single year. At least up until now in my life nature has never missed out on one single fall. Still September was high blue sky and no jacket almost all month, and then suddenly from one day to the other the leaves were falling and I was looking for warmer clothes.

I already miss the sun, but fall has something so magical to it, and it absolutely spellbinds be with its dramatic change and beautiful colors.

With the change in season comes a change in diet – at least that makes sense to me. Eating more raw and cold during the hot months and more cooked and grounding food during fall and winter. So today I will bring you a nice nourishing warm dish – ratatouille.

This is without a doubt the best ratatouille I have had – and I can say that without bragging, since I didn’t come up with the recipe myself. Anyway, here it goes:

 

Ratatouille with millet and roasted carrots

2 persons

  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 zucchinis
  • 1 bell peber
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 330 g tomato paste or canned tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup millet
  • 3 medium sized carrots
  • 1 extra clove garlic
  • Coconut oil for frying (or any oil you prefere)
  • Sea salt and freshly grounded pepper
  • Apple cider vinegar

Cut the eggplant in bites, sprinkle with salt and leave them in a sieve to drain off.

Cut the onion, bell peber and zucchinis in bites. Chop the garlic finely.

Heat the oil in a pan, add garlic and onion and sauté a couple of minutes. Shake the salt off the eggplant and dry a little. Add eggplant, bell peber and zucchini to the pan and fry it until golden, 4-5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and leave it to simmer until it thickens and the vegetables are done.

Prepare the millet: 1 part millet and 2 part water. Add a little salt. Let it boil for around 10 minutes and let it set 5-10 minutes after.

Prepare the carrots: Cut them in thin slices. Chop 1 garlic finely. Heat a pan with some coconut oil, add the garlic and the carrots and roast undtil golden.

Now taste the ratatouille with salt, pepper and apple cider vinegar, you can also add a little olive oil, to deepen the taste. Add the cooked millet and serve in bowls with the roasted carrots on top.

 

Enjoy 🙂

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Ratatouille med hirse og ristede gulerødder

2 personer:

  • 1 aubergine
  • 2 squash
  • 1 rød peberfrugt
  • 1 løg
  • 2 fed hvidløg
  • 330 g tomatsauce/dåsetomater
  • 1½ dl hirse
  • 3 medium gulerødder
  • 1 ekstra fed hvidløg
  • Kokosolie til stegning
  • Havsalt, friskkværnet peber og æblecidereddike

Skær auberginen i tern, drys med havsalt og kom den i en sigte til afdrypning.

Pil løget, hak det samt hvidløget fint. Skær squash og peberfrugt i tern.

Opvarm olie i en gryde, sautér løg og hvidløg et par minutter. Ryst saltet af auberginen og dub stykkerne tørre. Tilsæt squash, peberfrugt og aubergine til gryden og steg det let gyldent 4-5 minutter. Tilsæt tomatsaucen/dåsetomaterne og lad det småsimre over lav varme til det tykner og grøntsagerne er møre.

Tilbered hirsen: 1 del hirse til 2 dele vand. Tilsæt lidt salt og bring i kog. Kog 10 minutter under låg, lad det herefter trække 5-10 minutter.

Tilbered gulerødderne: Skær dem i tynde skiver og hak hvidløget fint. Opvarm lidt kokosolie på en pande og steg dem gyldne heri.

Tilsmag nu retten med salt, friskkværnet peber og æblecidereddike. Du kan også tilsætte lidt olivenolie, dette giver en lidt mere fyldig smag. Tilsæt hirsen, og server i dybe tallerkener toppet med de ristede gulerødder.

 

Hav en dejlig dag 🙂

Brownie with sweet potatos

Danish recipe below.

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This brownie will bring you pure happiness in every bite – it is rich in flavor, the texture is soooo delicious and it is completely without gluten, refined sugar and bad oils.. And NO, it does not taste like potatos – you can’t taste them. They just contribute to sweetness in a natural way. I have never baked with sweet potatos before, but it is definitely not the last time.

The brownie is not too sweet (this is how I prefere it), but if you want it sweeter you can always just add a little more sirup or dates before you bake it. Taste the dough and add whatever you need until you are satisfied..

I tested it on some normal – brownie – full of sugar – lover – friends, and it was approved 🙂

The recipe is inspired by deliciously Ella. Here it goes

 

Brownie with sweet potatos

  • 2 medium to large sweet potatos (600 g)
  • 2/3 cup ground almonds (80 g)
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • ½ cup buckwheat or brown rice flour (100 g)
  • 16 juicy fresh dates (without stones)
  • 4 tbsp cacao
  • 3 tsp agavesirup / maple sirup
  • pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 180C. Peel the sveet potatos, cut them in chunks and steam them in a pot for about 20 minutes – or until they are really soft.

Blend them with the pitted dates – now taste it! This is the sweetest and creamiest mix, and I literally had to stop myself from eating it all with a spoon.

Mix the remaining ingredients, before you put in the sweet potato date combination. Stir well.

Put it into a baking tray and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until you can pierce the cake with a fork bringing it out dry. Remove the tray and leave it to sit and cool for 10-20 minutes – trust me, it needs a little time to stick together!

Cut them into sizes of your choice, and enjoy 🙂

I have a big batch in my freezer right now – makes it an even easier little treat for you or if you have unexpected guests..

 

 

Brownie med søde kartofler

  • 1-2 mellem til store søde kartofler (600 g)
  • 2/3 cup blendede mandler / mandelmel (80 g)
  • ½ cup boghvedemel / fuldkornsrismel (100 g)
  • 1/3 cup groft hakkede mandler
  • 16 små friske dadler uden sten
  • 4 spsk kakao
  • 3 spsk agavesirup / ahornssirup
  • En smule salt

Opvarm ovnen til 180 grader. Skræl de søde kartofler og skær dem i grove stykker. Damp dem i en gryde i ca. 20 minutter, eller til de er helt bløde.

Blend dem herefter med de udstenede dadler – og nu det vigtigste: SMAG på denne blanding. Jeg lover dig den sødeste, mest cremede kombination, jeg måtte stoppe mig selv inden jeg bare fortsatte med en ske. Det ville der ikke være kommet meget kage ud af i sidste ende..

Bland de andre ingredienser grundigt, og mix det nu sammen med kartoffel-dadel blandingen. Rør godt rundt. Kom dejen i en bageform og bag den i ovnen ca. 20 minutter. Tjek med en gaffel om du kan stikke i den uden at der kommer dej med op – så er den færdig. Tag kagen ud af formen og lad den hvile og køle af 10-20 minutter, det er vigtigt at give den lidt tid til at sætte sig. Værs’go 🙂

Tip: Smag på dejen inden du bager den, hvis den ikke er sød nok kan tilsættes lidt flere dadler eller lidt mere sirup. Som den er nu er den rig og sød i smagen uden at være alt for sød, men det er sådan jeg selv foretrækker det. Måske er du anderledes 🙂

 

Den kan sagtens fryses, hvilket blot er endnu et plus..

 

Håber I alle nyder denne blæsende efterårs-lørdag

 

 

Green soup with coconut, sweet peas and fresh mint

Danish recipe below

 

Do you know these lazy days, where you don’t want to cook and you don’t want to go grocery shop and you still want something healthy to eat? I had one of those days the other day, I literally just took what I had in my kitchen, and it turned out to be a filling, green soup rich in taste. Really – like REALLY – delicious! I was surprised! And I am definitely making this again some day..

It could also be a perfect starter if you are having guests for dinner!

 

Here it goes:

 

Green soup with coconut, sweet peas and fresh mint

Plenty for 2

  • 350 g frozen sweet peas
  • 200 g frozen broccoli (or fresh)
  • 1 can drained butter beans
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 10 g fresh ginger (or more to taste)
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves (optional)
  • 1 spsk apple cider vinegar
  • Sea salt and freshly grounded pepper
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • A little olive oil

Heat  peas, broccoli, butter beans, ginger, mint and coconut milk. Then blend it – I used my soup machine, but a pot and a blender will do it just fine. Taste with lemon juice, salt and pepper. Top with a little olive oil.

I had it one day with colorful veggie-spaghettie, the next day with rice, and the 3. day I used the rest as a cold dip for my sweet potato fries.. I am a big fan of multi-purpose food 🙂

 

 

 

Grøn suppe med kokos, søde ærter og frisk mynte

Rigeligt til 2

  • 350 g frosne ærter
  • 200 g frossen broccoli (eller frisk)
  • 1 dåse butter beans
  • 1 dåse kokosmælk
  • 10 g frisk ingefær (eller mere hvis du foretrækker det)
  • 1 håndful friske mynteblade
  • Saften fra ½ citron
  • 1 spsk æblecidereddike
  • Havsalt og friskkværnet peber
  • En smule olivenolie

Opvarm ærter, bønner, broccoli, mynte, ingefær og kokosmælk. Blend det hele når grøntsagerne er møre (ca 5-10 min) (jeg brugte min geniale suppe-maskine, men en gryde og en stavblender vil virke akkurat lige så fint).

Smag til med citronsaft, salt og peber. Top portionerne med en smule olivenolie.

Jeg spiste det med farverige grøntsagsspaghetti den ene dag, ris den næste og som kold dip til søde-kartoffel-fritter den 3. Det var en hit!

 

Hav en skøn dag 🙂

 

 

Tumeric chai-latte

Danish recipe below

 

Tumeric – one of the most powerful immune booster and anti-inflammatory things you naturally can put into your body.

So many ways to bring more tumeric into your diet, but here comes a recipe for a delicious and simple tumeric chai-latte.

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Tumeric chai-latte

1 person

  • 10 g fresh tumeric root IMG_6031
  • 10 g fresh ginger root
  • 1 tbsp whole cardamom
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves
  • 1-2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 tsp sweetener (raw honey, agave, coconutsugar or whatever you prefer)
  • a little bit of freshly grounded pepper (increases the absorption of the tumeric)
  • 1 cup plantmylk

First blend the plantmylk with the fresh tumeric and ginger. Put everything in a pot, except the sweetener.

Leave it some hours for the spices to give taste to the mylk. Sometimes I prepare it in the morning and leave it until evening for a nice warming evening tea-treat.

When ready, heat it slowly over low heat. Strain it and pour in the sweetener.

 

If you don’t have whole spices, or just realised that you want to try this beautiful goddess drink ASAP, just use grounded spices. But I would still strain it before I put in sweetener and drink it..

 

Enjoy

 

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Gurkemeje chai-latte

1 kop

  • 10 g frisk gurkemejerod
  • 10 g frisk ingefærrod
  • 1 tsk hele kardemommekapsler
  • 1 tsk hele nelliker
  • 1-2 hele kanelstænger
  • 1 vaniljestang
  • 2,5 dl plantemælk
  • 1 tsk sødning (rå honning, agavesirup, kokospalmesukker eller hvad du nu bruger)
  • En smule frisk kværnet peber (øger optagelsen af gurkemeje)

Først blend plantemælken med gurkemejerod og ingefærrod. Kom det i en gryde sammen med alle krydderierne, på nær sødning. Lad det stå og trække nogle timer så krydderierne kan afgive smag til mælken. Jeg sætter det nogle gange over allerede om morgenen, så er det klar og fyldt med smag senere på dagen.

Opvarmes over svag varme, si krydderierne fra og rør sødning i.

 

Hvis du ikke har hele krydderier, eller hvis du bare finder ud af at du må og skal afprøve denne gudedrik ASAP, kan du selvfølgelig bare bruge stødte krydderier. Men jeg ville stadig si det inden jeg kommer sødning i..

 

God fornøjelse 🙂

Homemade granola

Danish recipe below

 

I almost always have a batch of homemade granola in my kitchen – I use it on top of nicecream, smoothie bowls, oats or fruit salad. Oh or on these banana babies 🙂

I know you can buy them cheap and delicious in the shops, but if you look at the ingredient list they are almost aways full of added refined sugar and vegetable oils of bad quality. But if you make it yourself you know exactly what is in there.

It is really easy, and if you make a big batch, you have for a long time. This recipe contains a lot of nuts and seeds, and it might seem both expensive and high in calories. But the flavour is good and rich, and you don’t need much, so it lasts for a looooong time.

I don’t use specific amounts when I make it, and really you can use whatever you have in your kitchen. Choose your favorite mix of nuts and seeds and try to experiement with different spices.

But here comes my favorite version of homemade granola. The amounts are only approximates.

 

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Homemade granola

  • 1 cup nuts (a mix of almonds and walnuts)
  • 1 cup seeds (a mix of sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)
  • 4 cups oats (or buckwheat or rye or whatever you like)
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconutflakes (or coconut flour)
  • 1-2 cups dried fruits (I prefer raisins, mulberries and dried apple, but you can use a apricot, cranberries, figs etc.)
  • 3 tbsp sweetener (I use agave, but use whatever you prefere)
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil (or whater if you want it oil free)
  • 3 tsp spices (cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, ginger)

 

Turn the oven on 200 degrees. Chop the nuts coarsely. Combine coconut oil and sweetener in a sauce pan and heat until the oil is melted. Stir in the spices.

Put nuts, seeds and oats (everything exept the dried fruits) in a big bowl. Pour the coconut oil and sweetener over and combine well. Spread everything out on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven until golden and crispy (20-25 minutes), stir around a couple of times so it doesn’t get burned.

Let it cool before you add the dried fruits. Store the granola in an airtight container

 

Enjoy 🙂

 

 

Hjemmelavet mysli

  • 1 cup nødder (min favoritkombination er mandler og valnødder)
  • 1 cup kerner/frø (jeg bruger solsikkefrø, græskarkerner og sesamfrø)
  • 4 cups grovvalsede havregryn (eller boghvedeflakes eller ruggryn eller hvad du nu har)
  • ½ cup usødede kokosflager
  • 3 spsk sødning (jeg bruger agavesirup, men du kan bruge din favorit)
  • 3 spsk kokosolie (eller vand hvis du ønsker den oliefri)
  • 3 tsk krydderier (kanel, kardemomme, vanilje, ingefær)
  • 1-2 cups tørret frugt (mine yndlings er rosiner, multebær og tørret æble. Men abrikoser, figner, dadler og tranebær fungerer også)

Tænd ovnen på 200 grader.

Hak nødderne groft. Kom kokosolie og sødning i en lille gryde og opvarm det til olien er smeltet. Kom krydderierne i her.

Bland nødder, frø, gryn og kokos i en stor skål (alt på nær det tørrede frugt). Hæld kokosolie-blandingen over og rør godt rundt. Fordel blandingen på en bageplade og bag den i ovnen til det er gyldent og sprødt (20-25 minutter). Rør rundt et par gange undervejs så det ikke brænder på.

Lad det køle af inden du blander de tørre frugter i. Opbevares i lufttæt beholder.

4 ingredient date truffles

Danish recipe below..

 

I know I wrote 4 ingredients. But these actually have an extra secret ingredient – optional though.. These truffles leave you speachless. And I have nothing left to say. So I will just jump right to the recipe.

 

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4 ingredient date truffles

Approx 20

  • 300 g fresh pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp cacao
  • 1½ tbsp coconut oil
  • 1½ tbsp coconut flour
  • Secret ingredient: 1 tsp spirulina powder (OPTIONAL)

If you use the small juicy fresh dates, you can mash them with a fork. This way you don’t have to worry about killing your blender. It’s super easy, takes no longer than a minute.

Add cacao, coconut oil and coconut flour (and spirulina) and mash until it’s mixed. If the texture is too sticky you can add more cacao or coconut flour.

Cool in fridge for 10 min. Roll into bite size balls. After you can roll them in coconut, cacaco, chopped almonds or whatever you prefer.

Keep in fridge, can easily stay good for a week (if you can keep your fingers away for so long). I imagine that you can freeze them too, but I have not tried it. If you try it please let me know how that goes 🙂

About spirulina powder: I promise you don’t taste it in the truffles! It just adds an extra darkness to the colour. And it is such a healthy superfood, e.g. rich in calcium, magnesium, zink, iodine, essential amino acids (you can read more about proteins and amino acids in this post) and more. So why not just add them whenever you get the chance

 

Enjoy 🙂 and don’t forget the greens

 

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Daddeltrøfler med 4 ingredienser (+ en hemmelig valgfri)

Ca 20 stk

  • 300 g udstenede dadler
  • 2 spsk kakao
  • 1½ spsk kokosmel
  • 1½ spsk kokosolie
  • Hemmelig ingrediens: 1 tsk spirulinapulver (VALGFRI)

Hvis du bruger de små friske, saftige dadler kan du faktisk bare mose dem med en gaffel, så er du fri for at frygte for din blenders liv. Det er super nemt, og tager ikke længere end et minuts tid.

Tilsæt herefter kakao, kokosolie og kokosmel (og spirulina) og bland det godt sammen, stadig bare med gaflen. Hvis konsistensen er for klistret kan du blot tilsætte mere kakao eller kokosmel.

Sæt på køl ca. 10 minutter. Kan herefter trilles til mundrette kugler. Vendes i f.eks. mere kokosmel, kakao, hakkede mandler eller hvad du nu foretrækker.

Opbevares på køl til de skal serveres. Stadig lækre efter en uge på køl.. Jeg forestiller mig at man også kan fryse dem, men det har jeg ikke afprøvet, så hvis du giver det et forsøg er du velkommen til at skrive til mig hvordan de bliver 🙂

Et par ord om spirulinapulver: Jeg lover dig at man ikke kan smage pulveret i trøflerne. Det tilføjer blot et ekstra mørkt pift til farven. Og så er spirulina så smæk fyldt med kalcium, magnesium, zink, jod, essentielle aminosyrer (du kan læse mere om proteiner og aminosyrer i dette indlæg) og meget andet. Så hvorfor ikke bare tilføje det så snart du har muligheden for det..

 

God fornøjelse 🙂