Naturopath #2

So the second visit was much less dramatic. No crying, no talking about feelings. Just acupuncture.
This time I made a comment about how it hurts when he pricks me with the needles and the Dr explained to me that the more tense I am the more it can hurt. Hmm interesting. So the needles were in, the Dr shut off the lights and left the room. Instant. Relaxation. I’m sure a lot of it has to do with the fact that I’m lying down in a dark quiet room for the sole purpose of relaxing but seriously I almost fell asleep.
The drops for my acne and excema haven’t really made any noticeable difference, my Dr said it can take up to 21 days to notice a difference and maybe even a second bottle (ahem $$). We’ll see about that. After my appointment I felt super relaxed and enjoyed the rest of my day. I go back in 2 weeks, I kind of wish it was sooner though. I kind of like it!

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No ‘poo

There’s this movement, no ‘poo, yes it is a movement. No shampoo. When I first dipped my toes in this secret, wonderful underground world of natural living I started with OCM (Oil cleansing method) which my sister told me about. I’m the adventurer in our family so I tried it out (must write post about OCM…) and through links and tags and google and waaaay too much time on my hands I discovered a whole lot more. My weekly science experiments were entertaining to say the least, most of them so harmless and subtle no one needed to know I wasn’t using soap anymore or that I made my own deodorant. Shampoo used to be my addiction, my friend and I have spent years doing this routine: Starbucks for coffee, sit, talk, laugh, Shoppers drug mart, wander up and down each and every isle, coo over the new products read the ingredient labels to each other comparing brands and finally always purchasing SOMETHING. About a month into my “change” we walked in like usual and when we got to the hair isle I stood there frozen, staring at the entire isle full of shampoo, conditioner, and other hair products. I felt like I was seeing the world with new eyes. I said “all of this just to wash your hair…” my friend knew immediately she had lost me forever.

Why on Gods green earth do we have SO MANY choices to wash our hair! Do people realize their hair is dead waste growing out of their scalps? With all of the technology we have today can you seriously tell me no one has found an effective way to wash and condition your hair at the *gasp* SAME TIME?!

So in an effort to reduce my offensive collection of hair products I went poo free. I figured I may as well just go for it and wash with water only. I survived 3 entire weeks!!! With the help of a boar bristle brush (I bought it before I was a veggie hippie) and an incredible loving husband I rinsed my hair around every other day with water. The first week was gross, I’m the type that gets oily after one day. Then for the second week I brushed and brushed and rubbed it with a cloth and scrubbed my scalp with my fingers and I have to say I actually got 2 compliments on my hair that week which is suprising considering I told NO ONE other than my hubby about my experiment (to prevent judgers from sticking their noses in my hair and analyzing my grease content). I pretty much immediately had a weird waxy build up and dry ends, my scalp was in good shape not greasy at all. On the third week it got gross again. Maybe this was the breaking point , maybe if I had waited one more day my hair would have healed itself to beautiful shiny heaven, but I caved. I had become so paranoid that everyone could tell my hair was disgusting it was consuming me. A co worker actually TOUCHED my hair at work one day and of course I screamed “DON’T TOUCH IT IT’S OILY!” After much googling I discovered that the problem may be hard water and thats why it was so waxy and gross, I didn’t care, I just wanted my angel hair back.

I tried the Baking Soda/Vinegar wash-hated it, I’m not patient enough to find the perfect amount of baking soda to use

I enjoyed Dr. Bronners castille soap mixed with coconut milk “sorta ‘poo” (probably because it actually felt like shampoo) but too much of this gave my hair the waxy buildup again

I foolishly attempted to “wash” with coconut oil, that was a sloppy mess

So finally I said F this I’m washing my damn hair. I felt guilty, like I had failed. So I bought a 2in1 to at least stick it to the man! I’ll be damned if I’m going to spend money and time on two stinking bottles of chemicals!

Right now I’m washing when I’m desperate or want to be seen as a clean human being with either 2in1 or the magical egg yolk/vinegar mask. The egg is a goodie but if I feel a buildup after about a week so I will shampoo then.

I’m hoping Henna in my hair will help, it seems to be buying me more time between washes anyhow since its darker in colour, my blonde hair would go brown when oily so it was always super obvi I hadn’t washed.

I’m happy I’m not spending a zillion hours on my hair anymore especially since I wear it in a ponytail EVERY day so this is saving me a lot of time and money! I’ve also noticed that the pimples I would get along my hair line by my neck completely disappeared the moment I stopped using shampoo every day and I always get at least one every time I use the 2in1 without fail. I’m still looking for an alternative to shampoo if anyone has any new ideas for me please share!

My first trip to the Naturopath

SCARY!  Really I had no reason to be scared but something new is always a little intimidating.  Whats also intimidating is knowing your Naturopath is also a psychologist (EEK!)  You know how you’re never really aware of something until you’re in front of someone whose profession it is to analyze your every word, glance at you every time you fidget and write down everything you say?  Ya, scary.  It was going quite nicely until 5 whole minutes into my consultation he asks about my infertility (I marked it on my questionnaire as something I wanted help with) so obviously being the sound reasonable woman I am I burst into tears.  As if that’s not bad enough I started making jokes about my crying and emotional instability “hi, nice to meet you, I’m crying” or “OMG you think I’m CrAzY!”.  He was very calm and nice about the whole outburst (part of me wondered if he would run away panicking about the crying girl he just met in his office).  After my breakdown we discussed everything from skin issues to my relationship with my family.  It became apparent to me that I am a stressed out ball of frazzled CrAzY by listening to myself as I told him every thought that entered my brain and speaking without thinking, which I do constantly.  I’m not going to get into the dirty deets but I definitely had some interesting thoughts come up and maybe some ‘I see the light’ moments too.

He wanted to do a quick acupuncture sesh so I know how it feels and to try to relax me with our remaining time.  I lay on the bed gripping the edge, eyes as wide as saucers frozen in terror (sort of like a trip to the dentist for me) and poke poke poke poke done.  It hurt, for like half a second so it was totally bearable then he shut off the lights and told me to relax.

Relaxing went like this:

Ohhh it’s kind of itchy now

I’m not going to relax if it’s that itchy

Oh ok the itching is going away

What’s that smell?

Is something burning?

It keeps coming in wafts

Does acupuncture smell?

OMG I bet it’s toxins being released from my skin

That doesn’t make sense, maybe I should ask him

I shouldn’t ask him he already thinks I’m crazy

(Dr walks in “Everything ok? Are you relaxed?” “Uhhhm yep!”)

He for sure knows I’m not relaxed

I’ll google ‘does acupuncture smell’ when I get home

This for sure smells just sniff your damn hand

(10 mins of debating smelling my hand and actually seeing the needle in my skin)

Ok, smelled it, it’s not my skin

Maybe it’s my feet!  I bet it’s my feet

This carries on for another few minutes until the Dr comes back in and asks how it was.  Obviously I lie and say “good, I’m very relaxed now”.

So he gives (sells) me 2 bottles of drops one for acne the other for excema and we make an appointment for next week for a full acupuncture sesh.  I’m not going to say what the drops are since I have no idea if they will actually work and want to do a full review after a week on them.

Btw I googled acupuncture smell some say you can smell the patient and a burning smell is usually a diseased heart or liver.  I’m wondering now if there was something in the garbage can beside the bed…

 

 

I’m a ginger now!

Me to my Mum “you should dye your hair with Henna it’s totally natural and actually good for your hair!” My Mum to me “why dont you try it and let me know how it works”. Luckily I did ALOT of research so I knew ahead of time that my naturally blonde hair would turn orange. It’s always a good thing when you know these things and interesting when you still go ahead with it anyway because ‘it seems like fun’. So here I am, a raging red head and I can honestly say I like it. Sure sometimes I miss my angelic sun kissed highlights but red hair is FUNKY!

Messy it is, dont think like me and assume that you must be smarter/tidier than all of the other people that have ever dyed their hair with henna, its chunky and crumbly and gets EVERYWHERE. Lucky for me our bathroom may very well be as old as our house is so I dont really have any sentimental attachment to our already stained beige sink or hideous linoleum floors. Everything I read says it stains but oddly it wiped up clean both times I did it.

My first Henna was sloppy and since I didn’t have any gloves I stuck my hands in plastic bags to protect my skin from staining. As you might imagine this created more work than it was worth as I spent most of my time trying to wipe the chunks out of the creases. I used a box of the powder from our local Goodness Me store and my shoulder length hair seemed to suck it all up pretty quick. It’s hard to spread and I ended up missing a whole bunch of hair leaving creepy blonde patches everywhere. 4 days later I bought another box and had at it again, this time I skipped the gloves because seriously I’m not a hand model and I dont think the dogs I walk care if my hands looks orange (btw they barely stained at all). I covered my creepy blonde spots and now have an even orange through my hair, I was hoping it would darken to more of a red than orange but from what I read this will happen with time as you reapply and do touch ups.

My hair is silky, soft, bouncy and shiny! But yes, it’s orange.

If you’re thinking of dyeing your hair with henna this site is a must, it seems everyone has a different way of doing it so just use the advice as a guideline, I soaked my henna for different times both times I also left it on for different amounts of time and the results were the same.

http://www.hennaforhair.com

20121121-192422.jpg Pre Henna.  Dont mind the face that was the day I spent $40 on a crooked haircut.  (I really should get that fixed…)

20121121-192453.jpgHenna #1 with a clementine

20121121-192502.jpgHenna #2 not much different

20121121-192514.jpgIt’s a lot darker when I pull it back, my blonde was mostly on top

Hello world!

Welcome to my attempt to document my adventures and experiments in natural healthy hippiedom.  I’ve tried a whole lotta fun stuff in the last 6 months or so, some great and some terrible (hello, no poo).  This blog is to be a personal, positive space to share my experiences with like minded modern hippie types.  In an effort to stay true to my new simple ways, I wont be reading, re-reading, analyzing, editing, deleting and rewriting my posts.  So if I’m grammatically incorrect, a terrible speller or just plain lazy it’s a good thing I’m not a writer!

During my months of creeping a zillion other blogs I’ve noticed a lot of miserable know it alls wasting “comment” space with their negativity and piss poor attitudes.  I love peoples different opinions and I’m totally open to them but I’m not open to people picking fights or discrediting others thoughts so ya, I’ll totally delete that shit!

Anyhoo if no one reads my blog that’s cool, but I hope I can help someone bring it down to simple!