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20-21 Coffee Tea Acv Ayur Onion Rice Chebe Challenge

Chaosbutterfly

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Yup. For some reason it's hard to strain the herbs out. I use a coffee filter and it doesn't work. The preservative that I use is Liquid Germall Plus. With cut herbs the tea stays translucent. Also in my tea, I use fenugreek leaves not the seeds. I didn't want to chance the fenugreek getting slimy (releasing muscilage) if I get lazy and steep it overnight.


You all got me scared with the neem oil. I just bought a snack bottle to try which I haven't opened yet. I've heard good things about neem. I guess I'll have to find the dried herb.

Thank you!
I tried to make the spray with powders since that's what I had on hand, and you were correct lmao. I will definitely be grabbing cut herbs when I get a chance. I had to strain it like 6 times to get all the sediment out. :spinning:
I added some rosemary and orange essential oils and 1.25% Optiphen Plus, so hopefully between the those two plus the Juices and Berries, it will hold.
I decanted a little bit into a small bottle so I can see how it does, but I'm keeping the bigger bottle in the fridge to be safe.

Girl, good luck.
Neem oil is...a beast. :nono:
I wanted to gut it out because it's supposed to be beneficial, but the suffering was just too much.
It smells like rotting garlic and rotten eggs had a baby, and then the baby ran a marathon a hot summer day with a peanut butter sandwich strapped to its back. :sad:
Just...layers of funk that don't let up.
I'm infusing some oil on the stove right now though, and it seems okay.
It has an earthy, cut grass, kind of smell, but that should be easy enough to cover up.
 

Chaosbutterfly

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I used my stuff yesterday, and everything seemed pretty good.
I put some mint and rosemary oil in my oil infusion, and it didn't stink at all! :lol:

The only thing that bothered me was the hydrating mist.
Even though I strained it, it definitely still had powdery...stuff in there. After I used it, I had to take a quick shower because I could feel the residue on my neck and shoulders.
I'll be taking down my faux locs in the next week or so, so it doesn't matter for now.
But for future installs, I wouldn't want that residue building up.
So I went ahead and grabbed the cut herbs and I'll remake my tea whenever that stuff shows up.

I also picked up the calendula and some fo-ti root for future experimentation lmao.

And I got some senna!
I remember my hair doing really well with senna during my relaxed days, so it'll be fun to revisit as a natural.
My plan is to just add it to my pre-poo, so I don't have to add steps to my routine.
Do ya'll know if that'll be okay?
Not sure if shampoo will negate the effects of the senna.
 

snoop

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I used my stuff yesterday, and everything seemed pretty good.
I put some mint and rosemary oil in my oil infusion, and it didn't stink at all! :lol:

The only thing that bothered me was the hydrating mist.
Even though I strained it, it definitely still had powdery...stuff in there. After I used it, I had to take a quick shower because I could feel the residue on my neck and shoulders.
I'll be taking down my faux locs in the next week or so, so it doesn't matter for now.
But for future installs, I wouldn't want that residue building up.
So I went ahead and grabbed the cut herbs and I'll remake my tea whenever that stuff shows up.

I also picked up the calendula and some fo-ti root for future experimentation lmao.

And I got some senna!
I remember my hair doing really well with senna during my relaxed days, so it'll be fun to revisit as a natural.
My plan is to just add it to my pre-poo, so I don't have to add steps to my routine.
Do ya'll know if that'll be okay?
Not sure if shampoo will negate the effects of the senna.

Is it possible to let the herbs settle to the bottom of the mist and then pour off the top?

I haven't tried senna before. I remember dad mentioning senna pods, but I forget what he said they used to use them for, but I think they made it into a tea. I'm not even sure that I've ever seen them. What are the benefits?
 

Ltown

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@Chaosbutterfly, i haven't used many of these oil in a long time neem stink and it stains. I would say any oil you used don't sleep in it unless you triple wrap your hair and not a rough sleeper, i've stain alot of pillow cases doing this. As far as teas i used them all of them have a softening affect. I can say use the tea and don't conditione immediately after so you can get the feel of what they do for you.
 

imaginary

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Yup. For some reason it's hard to strain the herbs out. I use a coffee filter and it doesn't work. The preservative that I use is Liquid Germall Plus. With cut herbs the tea stays translucent. Also in my tea, I use fenugreek leaves not the seeds. I didn't want to chance the fenugreek getting slimy (releasing muscilage) if I get lazy and steep it overnight.


You all got me scared with the neem oil. I just bought a snack bottle to try which I haven't opened yet. I've heard good things about neem. I guess I'll have to find the dried herb.

I love the tea (both to drink and for my scalp). Drinking it is very bitter, I like that. But the smell? Trauma lmao. I think it's because I didnt really have much warning, it might not be so bad if you smell it on your own, just use it right before you shampoo.
 

Chaosbutterfly

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Is it possible to let the herbs settle to the bottom of the mist and then pour off the top?

I haven't tried senna before. I remember dad mentioning senna pods, but I forget what he said they used to use them for, but I think they made it into a tea. I'm not even sure that I've ever seen them. What are the benefits?

That's a good suggestion!
I can try that and see how it goes.
If it doesn't work, that's okay.
I can finish it up by putting it on before my DC or using it to mix up my senna. :yep:

Senna has the same benefits as henna (strengthening, conditioning, texture defining, etc.) but without the red dye.
It's usually sold as neutral or blonde henna because if you let it dye release, it makes a yellow color.
It can also be made into tea, which acts as a gentle digestive stimulant/laxative.
When I was relaxed, I used it monthly. So this time, I'll probably do it every two months instead.
I will not be drinking it as tea. :giggle:
 

GGsKin

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That's a good suggestion!
I can try that and see how it goes.
If it doesn't work, that's okay.
I can finish it up by putting it on before my DC or using it to mix up my senna. :yep:

Senna has the same benefits as henna (strengthening, conditioning, texture defining, etc.) but without the red dye.
It's usually sold as neutral or blonde henna because if you let it dye release, it makes a yellow color.
It can also be made into tea, which acts as a gentle digestive stimulant/laxative.
When I was relaxed, I used it monthly. So this time, I'll probably do it every two months instead.
I will not be drinking it as tea. :giggle:
Oh, is senna also know as cassia (obovata)? I've only known of senna used as a laxative. I never knew it was also beneficial for hair. But I have used cassia, which has also been described as 'neutral henna'. After reading your post, I went to look it up and apparently the traditional use for cassia obovata was also as a laxative.
 
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Chaosbutterfly

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Oh, is senna also know as cassia (obovata)? I've only known of senna used as a laxative. I never knew it was also beneficial for hair. But I have used cassia, which has also been described as 'neutral henna'. After reading your post, I went to look it up and apparently the traditional use for cassia obovata was also as a laxative.

Yep!
I remember doing alot of googling to make sure lol, but it turns out they are the same.
I think people can sell it at a markup if they label it as henna, so they do that, but I'm like let me save myself a little coin and just get a good quality senna powder lmao.
 

Chaosbutterfly

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My calendula flowers are here!
I'm so excited lol.
They smell so nice.
I put them on the stove to infuse in some grapeseed and sunflower oil now.

Besides using it for my scalp, I'm also planning to make a nice facial oil by mixing the infusion with argan and marula oil. :yep:
I wanted to see if I could add some saffron, but I don't have enough on hand.
I'll have to get more the next time I go spice shopping.
 

NaturalEnigma

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My homemade fenugreek pre poo conditioner-
Fenugreek seeds boiled/grounded,Babassu butter,black seed oil,honey,Aloe Vera & glycerin..
This mixture is extremely super creamy,slippery & smooth..



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Happy Hair Growing!
I never thought about grinding my fenugreek seeds, hmmmm. Do bit and pieces get stuck in the hair? Do you grind it to a powder?
 

GGsKin

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I never thought about grinding my fenugreek seeds, hmmmm. Do bit and pieces get stuck in the hair? Do you grind it to a powder?
I'm not sure if different places process their seeds the same. I'm in the UK and I've used a coffee/ spice grinder to grind up my seeds. After I hydrated the fenugreek, I noticed there was a husk that wouldn't dissolve so I strained it through some cheesecloth type fabric and went on to use fenugreek problem-free. In my hair texture, those pieces would've been trapped for days.
 
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