October 10, 2014 0
PalletFest is coming! My Hair Trip Salon Denver is doing all of the hair and makeup for the upcycled fashion show on Saturday. (10/11/14)
Upcycle Events was born through the process of creating Palletfest. Our mission is to spread the word and knowledge of upcycling through fun interactive experiences. Our goal is to provide our communities with a chance to explore the world of upcycling. Upcycling promotes creativity and gives old objects new life. Not only can we make items that are beautiful, fun and functional but we’re also able to keep tons of waste out of our landfills in the process. From the simple to the sensational, the practical to the impossible, from waste to grace, and from trash to treasure, Opportunities are truly endless through upcycling. A whole new world of art and décor are upon us and Upcycle Events wants to be a the forefront of this movement. And that’s how palletfest came about. You can make practically anything out of pallets from a garden planter to a wine rack to a table to a house and in this case a Festival.
The Upcycled Fashion show takes place Saturday Oct 11th from 5:15-5:45 pm
See fashion models hit the catwalk in a live upcycled runway fashion show. Wearing incredible, sophisticated, beautiful, one-of-a-kind clothing and décor, the models will change your impression of upcycled materials. The show will take place on Saturday night, alongside our headlining band.Leave a reply
September 15, 2014 0
Organic vegetables, fruit and cereals – and the food made from them – are between 19 and 69 per cent higher in key antioxidants, which are linked to health benefits. They also contain significantly lower levels of toxic heavy metals and pesticides, according to new research. International experts, led by Professor Carlo Leifert at Newcastle University, carried out the analysis of 343 studies on the nutritional differences between organic and conventionally grown crops. The increased antioxidants could be equivalent to eating one to two more portions of veg or fruit daily, say the experts.
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Beauty the natural way
May I draw your attention to Organic Beauty Week, which starts tomorrow? Many of the organic cosmetic brands that Jo Fairley and I highlight in The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible (Kyle Books, £19.99*) are offering special shopping events and offers (online and in store), demos, workshops and talks.
So, why consider organic cosmetics? For some, it makes sense to put environment- and animal-friendly, ethical and sustainably sourced products on your body as well as in it. But for many, the compelling factor is skin irritation. In the experience of Dr Rabia Malik (drrabiamalik.com), who specialises in natural solutions to skin problems, ‘Synthetic chemicals in skincare, combined with the pollution our skin faces daily, can trigger or exacerbate sensitivity.’
When doctors told high-flying PR Sarah Brown that the only treatment for her chronic urticaria (a serious skin allergy) was a daily high dose of antihistamines, she started investigating her beauty products to identify any ingredients that might be triggering the attacks. What she found shocked her: ‘Synthetic ingredients very commonly used in cosmetics can cause skin sensitisation and allergies, either immediately or through prolonged use.’
Sarah’s solution was to launch Pai (paiskincare.com), an organically certified, plant-based skincare range, in 2007.
‘It was important to have organic certification because I discovered that some so-called natural skincare companies were using the same synthetic chemicals, while making misleading “organic” claims,’ she says.
Skincare can be therapeutic in its own right. Suffolk-based herbalist and aromatherapist Margaret Weeds, co-founder of Essential Care (now rebranded as Odylique, odylique.co.uk), began creating products by hand in the 1980s to soothe her own and her family’s highly sensitive, eczema-prone skin. Her concoctions, made from pure plant oils with herbs from her garden, were so effective that friends and clients queued up for remedies. A request for shampoo to treat scalp psoriasis led to Gentle Herb Shampoo, the world’s first organically certified shampoo. A decade later, these multi-award-winning products are still formulated by Margaret and handmade in Suffolk.
For more information about events nationwide in Organic Beauty Week, visit soilassociation.org/organicbeautyweek
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FIVE OF THE BEST Ayurvedic herbal remedies for autumn
Sebastian Pole, co-founder of Pukka Herbs (pukkaherbs.com), shares his favourites
Brahmi may improve memory and concentration and strengthen the nervous system. Perfect for
anyone studying, under stress or suffering autumn blues. Take long term to support neurotransmitter communications and reinvigorate the brain. For age 18-plus. Try Pukka Illuminate, £14.95 for 30 capsules.
Elderberry deactivates the cold virus and strengthens cells so that our bodies can better resist a virus multiplying; also effective for removing congestion from the respiratory tract. Take daily through the winter. For age two-plus. Try Pukka Elderberry Syrup, £12.46 for 100ml.
Andrographis is a potent antiviral and antibacterial with immune-stimulating effects which may reduce the length and intensity of a respiratory infection or flu. Use at the first symptoms of cold/flu until they disappear. For age 18-plus. Try Pukka Organic Andrographis whole leaf, £14.95 for 60 capsules.
Ginger improves circulation thus warming hands and feet and also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds, as well as quelling nausea. Try Pukka Three Ginger tea, £2.29 for 20 sachets.
Liquorice helps remove congestion and mucus from the body (so good for catarrh), is deeply nourishing for people who are tired and/or stressed, good for the digestive system (for acidity and ulcers in particular), among many other properties. Try Pukka’s Peppermint & Licorice tea, £2.29 for 20 sachets.
Most of the above products are also available from victoriahealth.com
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September 15, 2014 0
Have you heard of Kombucha, the beverage the ancient Chinese called the “Immortal Health Elixir?” It’s been around for more than 2,000 years and has a rich anecdotal history of health benefits like preventing and fighting cancer, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases.
Made from sweetened tea that’s been fermented by a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (a SCOBY, a.k.a. “mother” because of its ability to reproduce, or “mushroom” because of its appearance), Kombucha didn’t gain prominence in the West until recently.
In the first half of the 20th century, extensive scientific research was done on Kombucha’s health benefits in Russia and Germany, mostly because of a push to find a cure for rising cancer rates. Russian scientists discovered that entire regions of their vast country were seemingly immune to cancer and hypothesized that the kombucha, called “tea kvass” there, was the cause. So, they began a series of experiments which not only verified the hypothesis, but began to pinpoint exactly what it is within kombucha which was so beneficial.
German scientists picked up on this research and continued it in their own direction. Then, with the onset of the Cold War, research and development started being diverted into other fields. It was only in the 1990s, when Kombucha first came to the U.S., that the West has done any studies on the effects of Kombucha, and those are quite few in number. As is typically the case in the U.S., no major medical studies are being done on Kombucha because no one in the drug industry stands to profit from researching a beverage that the average consumer can make for as little as 50 cents a gallon.
Thanks to it’s rising commercial popularity in the last decade, the older Russian and German research has been made available in English to Westerners, and a few wide-spread anecdotal surveys have been sponsored by Kombucha manufacturers, but that’s about it. While there are limited amounts of research done on the beverage, there has been lots of research done on many of the nutrients and acids it contains in large quantities (such as B-vitamins, antioxidants, and glucaric acids).
Regardless of the “lack” of scientific evidence, the fact remains that this beverage has 2,000 plus years of tradition behind it and an ardent and addicted following.
What are the health benefits of Kombucha Tea?
Kombucha Health Benefit #1 — Detoxification
Detoxification produces healthy livers and aides cancer prevention. One of kombucha’s greatest health benefits is its ability to detox the body. It is rich in many of the enzymes and bacterial acids your body produces and/or uses to detox your system, thus reducing your pancreatic load and easing the burden on your liver. Kombucha is very high in Glucaric acid, and recent studies have shown that glucaric acid helps prevent cancer. I know 2 people in my immediate circle of friends who have had cancer (pancreatic and breast) and fought it into remission without any chemo or radiation therapy. Instead, they warded it off by detoxing their lives (going 100% organic, removing chemical cleaners and agents in their home, changing their diet to be at least 80% raw or fermented, etc.) Central to the detoxification process was drinking Kombucha regularly. Even Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the recently deceased Russian author and nobel-prize winner, in his autobiography, claimed that kombucha tea cured his stomach cancer during his internment in soviet labor camps. (And because of this testimony, President Reagan used Kombucha to halt the spread of his cancer in 1987. You’ll note he didn’t die until 2004, and that was from old age, NOT cancer.)
Kombucha Health Benefit #2 — Joint Care
Kombucha contains glucosamines, a strong preventive and treatment all forms of arthritis. Glucosamines increase synovial hyaluronic acid production. Hyaluronic acid functions physiologically to aid preservation of cartilage structure and prevent arthritic pain, with relief comparable to NSAIDs and advantage over glucocorticoids. Hyaluronic acid enables connective tissue to bind moisture thousands of times its weight and maintains tissue structure, moisture, lubrication and flexibility and lessens free radical damage, while associated collagen retards and reduces wrinkles.
Kombucha Health Benefit #3 — Aids Digestion and Gut Health
Because it’s naturally fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast, Kombucha is a probiotic beverage. This has a myriad of benefits such as improved digestion, fighting candida (harmful yeast) overgrowth, mental clarity, and mood stability. As such, it’s noted for reducing or eliminating the symptoms of fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, etc.
Kombucha Health Benefit #4 — Immune Boosting
Kombucha is extraordinarily anti-oxidant rich, and you all know the benefits of anti-oxidants for boosting your immune system and energy levels.
Where can you learn more about kombucha health benefits?
Here are a few articles on the health benefits of kombucha:
Are the health benefits of kombucha for real?
When I first read about the panacea of benefits, I was skeptical. How could one beverage do so many things? But then I realized that it’s not so much that the beverage does something to our bodies, like a medicine targeted at curing specific symptoms. It’s more that this beverage promotes health. It gives your body what it needs to heal itself by 1)aiding your liver in removing harmful substances, 2)promoting balance in your digestive system, and 3)being rich in health-promoting vitamins, enzymes, and acids.
The general consensus seems to be that with regular, daily consumption, you’ll notice improvement in immune system functioning and energy levels within about a week, the healing of more minor ailments within a month or so, and the healing of more radical illnesses within a year or so.
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August 21, 2014 0
Certifiably Green Salon
My Hair Trip Salon Denver is Colorado’s only “Green” salon, barbershop, art gallery and jewelry and apparel boutique.
We have wanted to work in phases from our first day of building, throughout the buildout process, into opening, into our everyday practices as a business and a team, towards the goal of being a certified, green business.
When My Hair Trip Salon Denver teamed up with the City of Denver and the Department of Environmental Health this year, the vision of how to actually become a sustainable, green business started to become a reality.
Working with a Sustainability Advisor in the Certifiably Green Denver program, we were able to analyze, and update, sustainable practices in energy, waste, water, and transportation.
We did it! Today our dream of being a certified green business is a reality! We are officially recognized as certified green salon, and we are proud to be.
My Hair Trip Salon Denver is Colorado’s only organic hair salon, barbershop, art gallery, and jewelry and apparel boutique. Located in the heart of the Denver Art District on Santa Fe, This Denver salon is at 773 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO, 80204. The salon’s focus in on customer service and customer satisfaction, specializing in chemical free products and services.Leave a reply
August 12, 2014 0
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – NCIS actress Pauley Perrette is warning fans about the dangers of hair dye after suffering a severe allergic reaction to her trademark ink-black color.
CBSLA’s Kristine Lazar spoke with Perrette, whose character, Abby Sciuto, is known for her raven locks.
A natural blonde, the actress has been dying her hair for 20 years.
But her beauty routine landed her in the hospital when she broke out in a rash and began to experience severe swelling.
“The other half of my face had become twice the size of my head,” she said.
Perrette posted a photo of her swollen face on social media, warning her half-million Twitter followers about the dangers of hair-dye allergies.
This was me at hospital today and it got worse #Allergy #AllergicReaction PLEASE read my next tweet http://t.co/AYf4GfM3sm
— Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) July 19, 2014
“The most important thing to me is that anyone out there that dyes their hair, particularly black, you need to be aware of the symptoms,” she said.
There are warning signs, according to Jacob Offenberger, an allergist at Northridge Medical Center.
“If you have hair dye, and the next day or the day after you start to have itchiness and you start to see redness or [an] eczema-type of lesion, it is telling that you that you are having an allergic reaction to that dying,” Offenberger said, warning, “If you would do nothing, the next time you do the hair dye, it’s going to get worse.”
That is exactly what happened to Perrette.
Six months ago, the actress broke out into a rash all over her neck and scalp but ignored the symptoms, she said.
Perrette says she’s now looking into natural hair dye and also into wearing a wig.
April 8, 2014 0
1 beet – diced
1 apple – thin sliced
1 large shallot – 1/2 chopped and 1/2 thin sliced
3 garlic cloves
4 tablespoons of pesto
4 tablespoons of coconut oil
Braggs liquid aminos
– Begin sautéing garlic cloves and 1/2 shallot (chopped) on medium heat.
– Add the pesto and coconut oil.
– After a minute, add diced beet and sliced apple.
– Cover over medium to low heat for 10 – 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
– Halfway through cooking, add the other half of the shallot (thin sliced).
While you are waiting for your beets, make however much rice you want.
To get the plate ready, put spinach and avocado on one side of the plate and drizzle a little Bragg’s liquid aminos (a little bit goes a long way!). On the other side of the plate, place your rice portion.
When the beets & apple mixture is cooked until they are to the softness that you prefer, (we like ours a little al dente, but not crunchy), add this to the center of your plate between the spinach and rice. Over the top of the beets & apple mixture, add your feta cheese.
Beets are good for your mental health, cleanses your liver, purifies your blood, acts as a natural aphrodisiac, and is high in MANY vitamins and minerals!Leave a reply