Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts

Sunday, August 13, 2017

DIY Health: Vagina Detox

The other day I decided to try what is referred to as a vagina detox. As my period concluded for the month, I wanted to try something new. What is a vagina detox? Well, it is basically vaginal steaming using an array of herbs or to put it accurately an herbal steam facial for your vagina.

This type of treatment for your vagina has been used in ancient medicine. Although the results vary, they have been known to heal an array of issues such as anxiety, depression, irregular periods, bladder infections, yeast infections, infertility, vaginal cysts, hemorrhoids, and even scarring from childbirth. You can read about it here.

What was my motivation for trying a vagina detox? Just curiosity. I don't suffer from any problematic health issues at the present. I just wanted to see what this latest craze was all about.

So, what do you do exactly? You choose your herbs that you want to include in your detox. It is critically key to choose wisely, as if you make a bad decision, the result will be a consequence of your poor choice. You want to make sure that you use herbs that are most suitable for your individual health needs.

Basil, as well as rosemary are very common when doing this type of detox because they possess antimicrobial properties. I didn't really do research before I tried this, so I decided to go with: cardamom, saffron, dandelion, ginger, and black tea along with rosehip oil.

After you choose the herbs you want to use, you want to prepare your water. I am well aware not every woman owns a facial sauna or facial spa, so in case you do not; just use a pan. The water must be filtered, as this is what works best. Never use tap water and refrain from using any "hard water" or any water infused with minerals.

Once you have added your water, it is important to add your herbs. I also decided to add (as I stated previously up above) an essential oil into the mix, simply because they work as a natural serum for sensitive areas. When you look at your steaming medium, the water should be boiling, depending on what kind of medium you are using to do a vagina detox. If you use a facial spa or sauna, you only have to wait 5 minutes and if you use a pan, you may wait 15 minutes.

You want to squat over what you are using, so that your vagina makes contact with the steam. You will want to do this for 15-20 minutes, depending on your tolerance. For your first time, I wouldn't recommend going over 30 minutes. If you don't feel like your vagina is receiving any treatment, you can maximize your experience by wrapping a towel around your waist, covering your entire bottom area. This will create what is referred to as a "tent" so that no moisture will get out and will prevent any air from getting in.
After the time has lapsed, you will notice some cramping. Cramping is simply normal after doing a vagina detox because it is basically the uterus getting rid of the toxins or any stagnant blood. Very interesting to know. After the cramping went away, I endured a rather soothing sensation which was quite stimulating.


I really believe a vagina detox is very crucial to our health. As women, it is key to never neglect our important parts of who we are. The benefits are astounding and I am looking forward to trying my next steaming treatment very soon.

Friday, December 12, 2014

DIY Gifts: Decorative Deep Fried Oreos

When it comes to the holidays the word creativity should always be in your forte. I am not saying that the holidays are necessarily the epitome of creativeness, but they do allow you to get inspired. I love everything about the holidays. Whether it be the music, the decorations, the love in the air, the entire ambiance, the food, etc. It is a well known fact that money doesn't grow on trees and not everyone can afford to spend an obscene amount on the latest item. Homemade gourmet gifts are not only incredibly affordable, but highly effective as everyone can and will appreciate them. Do you know anyone who doesn't love food?

Recently, I had the opportunity to discover one of the best homemade gourmet gifts. I was inspired at the local grocery store when shopping for cookies. I know there are many people that cannot stand Oreo cookies at all, however, once they try a decorative deep fried oreo they are hooked. Before you decide to make oreos, you can look at what type of oreos you want to buy. I like to buy all different types, however; I am fond of the original oreo cookie the most because it's the most common and it is what everyone expects when they bite into an oreo, especially a decorative deep fried oreo. Let's get started!

Ingredients:

Deep Fryer (If you don't own a deep fryer, a thick cast iron pan is helpful and will work.)

Paper Towels

Metal Tongs

Oreo Cookies

All Purpose Flour

Granulated Sugar

Brown Sugar

Powdered Sugar

Vanilla Extract

Coconut Oil

Almond Milk

Butter

Eggs

 

Decoration:

Icing
Edibles decors (Everything from sprinkles of sorts to actual images, whatever you intend to use to decorate your deep fried Oreos.)

Powdered Sugar (optional) 
 

Preparation:

Pour about 2 quarts of vegetable oil into your deep fryer. If you are using a thick cast iron pan, you want to pour about 1 quart of vegetable oil into it. You want to set the stove on high, but do not walk away from it. You want to only put it on high for about 5 minutes and then set it to a medium temperature.

As you continue, you want to make your batter. Although you can use pre-made pancake batter, I do not recommend it because the deep fried oreos taste better when you use homemade. You want to add 2 cups of all purpose flour, 2 cups of milk, 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1 cup of brown sugar, 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon of melted butter, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar into a big round bowl.

Once you combine the ingredients, using a mixer (I love to use my Kitchen Aid for this, however; any mixer with do) you want to mix them together until you have a relatively thin consistency. It should not be watery, but it should not be thick either. For those of you that have made crepes, it should be on the same wavelength. If you are looking to create a flavored deep fried Oreo, you can add just about any type of spice or extract to the batter.

Sit aside your batter. You want to get the oreos together. It is important that you look at each Oreo to make sure they are not cracked. Although some people like to take melted butter and apply it onto the oreos before applying the actual batter, I usually leave that step out. I tried it once and the batter didn't turn out the way I wanted it to turn out.

Using a pair of tongs, take each Oreo and dip it into the batter. If you are skeptical about doing several oreos at one time, try one and see how it turns out. You want to fry 6 at the most. You want to fry the deep fried oreos until they have reached a golden brown color. Most of the time, they will rise to the top when they are done, however; if you are confused, just set the time for 5 minutes, as that is the maximum time they can cook.

Now this is where the paper towels come into play. You want to make sure you have several paper towels laid out. They must be laid on a hard, flat surface so any flat plate will do. Also, make sure they are not crowded together because you are going to decorate them later. Using the pair of tongs (and they are highly recommended) you want to remove them from the deep fryer and apply them on the pair towels to dry. Let them dry for at least 10 minutes minimum.

Once they have dried, you can start decorating them. Some people like to leave them the way they are and just sprinkle powdered sugar. I like to decorate them. I love to apply icing all over them and apply an array of different edible decors. During the holidays I love breaking out my crystal sprinkles, as well as, sprinkles of seasonal things such as Christmas trees, snowman, and Santa Claus. You can be simple or you can be like me, creative. I also like to decorate my deep fried oreos a little over the top because it's fun and exciting.

Congratulations! You just made your first decorative deep fried Oreos. Now, all you have to do is box or bag them up and give them to your mother, your father, your sister, your brother, your daughter, your son, your wife, your girlfriend, your husband, your fiance, your boyfriend, your BFF, your father-in-law, your mother-in-law, and everyone else you can think of. Trust me, in the end, people not only love, but appreciate homemade gourmet gifts and the Decorative Deep Fried Oreos are one of them. Enjoy!

Happy Holidays!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Morgan Ingram's Pure Skin Tasty Edition Face Mask

Morgan Ingram is a beautiful woman from Colorado who recently shared an incredible DIY mask. The mask is really simple, but proves to be effective. All you need is one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of cinnamon and one tablespoon of nutmeg. Just three ingredients.

Morgan recommends combining these ingredients together and applying them to your face for about 30 minutes before removing the mask. Morgan has a very interesting way of describing it hence why I am sharing her blog post.

To check out her full blog post and to see the recipe, simply click here now.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

DIY: Persian Gold Facial

Once you go Persian, there is no other version are wise words to live by. Especially if you are Persian. I have to admit, I am proud of my Persian culture and the richness it exudes. Looking back into history, there are so many great things Persians have accomplished. As one of the oldest cultures in the world, the eminent of Persia is extremely diverse.

Recently, I have been busy and finding myself picking out a project to do daily. I am starting to get older, as I am 28 and therefore, finding myself really appreciating my natural born roots in more ways than one. And speaking of one, one day I decided to take the initiative and create an actual gold facial inspired by my Persian culture.

For this particular facial, you are going to need a half of a cup of yogurt, one tablespoon of rose water, one tablespoon of pistachio oil, one tablespoon of pomegranate juice and the secret ingredient - one fourth of a cup of 24 karat gold flakes.

Just combine all ingredients in a small bowl and apply the mixture directly to your face. Let the mixture set into your skin for 30 minutes. Using a lukewarm cloth, just wipe the product off your face.

This facial is great for the skin for a variety of reasons. The ingredients are all heavily inspired by Persian culture, yes, but they also work to do great things to the skin. And when used together, they create magic on your face. Whether you suffer from acne, acne scars, depigmentation, age spots, dry skin and even fine lines this facial will work to correct your skin naturally without any risk.

I don't know about you, but I can't think of anything more amazing than that.

Monday, March 9, 2009

DIY: Persian Gold Paradise Facial

Lately, I have been really experimenting in the kitchen with a lot of  'do-it-yourself' (DIY) beauty items. After all, I find that so many products today are filled with an array of parabens, sulfates, and synthetic ingredients.

I am not trying to sway you not to use those, as I am guilty of using them, but to be honest, I want to kind of distance myself from using them daily and look at healthier alternatives to use on my skin. Recently, I discovered ways to utilize gold in homemade, DIY facials at home.

For this particular facial, you are going to need a half of a cup of yogurt, one tablespoon of manuka honey, one tablespoon of saffron oil, one tablespoon of lime oil and a half of a cup of 24 karat gold flakes.

Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and apply directly to your face. I want to also add that you are going to want to make sure your skin is well cleansed before applying this. Let the facial product set into your skin for 30 minutes before taking a lukewarm cloth and generously wiping it off.

I am 28 and want to look 28, when I am 38 without having to go to the plastic surgery for help. You know what I mean?

I am definitely looking forward to trying a new facial very soon.

BTW, this is bliss.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

DIY: Sarah's Dry Shampoo

Dry Shampoo isn't something I see on a daily basis. In fact, I am unsure it exists. I am sure the concept has been looked at and examined thoroughly. Imagine not having to use water and using a product that will soak up the oils in your hair without stripping away anything. Recently, I decided to create my very own dry shampoo using only a few ingredients.

For my dry shampoo, you will need a half of cup of cornstarch. Preferably something organic. You will also need a quarter cup of baking soda. You will also need a tablespoon of clay (preferably bentonite clay), a tablespoon of flour (rice flour works fine) and a tablespoon of collagen powder.

In addition to these ingredients, you are going to want to add five teaspoons of your favorite fragrance oil to the shampoo. Why? To make it smell amazing, of course.

Combine all ingredients. Make sure all ingredients are blended accordingly and complete diluted into the container of choice. Then, apply the dry shampoo lightly to your hair, starting the top where your hair tends to be the oiliest.

This is literally the perfect, pick me up for your hair and a great refresher for those days you simply don't want to wash your hair.

Friday, February 23, 2007

DIY: Sarah's Beer Shampoo

I am a 26 year old beauty junkie currently from California currently residing in Athens, Georgia. I recently moved here and I find myself wanting to explore the entire realm of DIY (or Do It Yourself) beauty. To be quite honest, I think life is an adventure and I am always looking for multiple ways to use something. In this case, beer.

Beer is often consumed by those who are looking for a temporary buzz. I like to drink beer sometimes, but it is very rare that I drink. In fact, I would rather read, write or ride amusement park rides than drink anything, but having a glass of beer, wine or spirit isn't always a bad thing, if you use good judgment. I prefer to drink at home if I do have a glass rather than going out.

So instead of drinking beer, I discovered a very unique way to utilize it to my advantage. Or my hair's advantage, at least. I have made my very own beer shampoo. Crazy right? And guess what? It works!

All you need is one beer, a half a cup of apple cider vinegar, one tablespoon of baking soda, and one tablespoon of cold-pressed organic coconut oil. I also like to add one tablespoon of manuka honey simply because it adds an incredible scent to my hair and shine too.

First and foremost, you want to boil the beer in a small pan. Once you boil the beer, switch the heat to low and add the apple cider vinegar followed by the baking soda and coconut oil. And if you decide to use manuka honey, add that also. Let it cook on slow heat for 5 minutes.

Add the mixture into a container. Preferably one that makes just one hair shampoo/rinse. Let it set for a few minutes until it is at room temperature before applying it to your hair. Let it set on your hair for 5 minutes before rinsing.

DIY: Sarah's Facial Toner

Currently, I have dipped into the realm of organic beauty by creating my very own unique renditions of some of my favorite beauty products. Recently, I have find myself really embracing the "DIY" concept in more ways than one. I am 26 years old and always find myself examining what works best for me and what does not.
My skin is combination and tends to lean towards dry during the colder months (Fall and Winter) and oily during the hotter climates (Spring and Summer). If I use a product during the Winter, I don't like to use it during the Summer because my skin changes depending on my environment.

I have spent so much money on toning products, as my skin tends to suffer from sporadic breakouts. I don't want to destroy my skin's natural acid mantle, so I wanted to create my very own face toner.

For this particular product, you will need a half of a cup of filtered water, one tablespoon of alcohol (preferably benzyl alcohol), one tablespoon of witch hazel, one tablespoon of organic rosehip oil and one teaspoon of Himalayan salt.

Combine all of the ingredients together until the salt is completely diluted. Then, using a container of choice, add the ingredients to it. Then, take a cotton ball or sterile applicator and apply the product generously on the skin.