Monday, April 29, 2013

coconut oil hair treatment

i have to admit that i am not taking very good care of my hair. i never did. i was at a hair salon maybe twice in my life (i let friends and family cut it) and hate brushing it because it keeps tangling and knotting itself.
this is uncombed around christmas 2012, just as an impression
so i am probably the worst hair person out there and my hair almost reaches my but now!
i tried several store bought conditioners and treatments, untangling prays and all those things but never found anything i was really happy with.

as i got into homemade and DIY recipes for around the house i found this hair treatment and i was very happy with it. (of course i forgot to take any photos, but i will next time.) it made my hair shiny and it felt a lot stronger. i also think it was easier to comb but that is hard to measure ;)

give it a try:
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 large egg
  1. heat the coconut oil until it is completely liquid and take it from the heat.
  2. mix in the honey (it might take some minutes until they are well combined).
  3. now gently mix the egg yolk and white together and add it to the honey coconut oil mix.
  4. when everything is combined apply it to your dry hair (try to cover everything including your scalp).
  5. cover your hair with a shower cap or old towel and let it soak for as long as possible. it might start itching a bit when it drys, so massage your scalp and hair gently through the towel/shower cap. i left it in for several hours and then washed it out with some warm water. your hair will be a bit oily (i left it like that over night and shampooed in the morning), amazing =)

Friday, April 26, 2013

38 free introduction to permaculture classes with will hooker from NC state

i told you already that we started being interested in permaculture and alternative agriculture etc. and we found a lot of great videos and lessons on the way. one of them are the free introduction to permaculture lessons by will hooker from NC state. they recorded the classes for a distance education course in 2010 and now you can "sit in the classroom" with them, learning about food forests, water systems, alternative building and so on.

i sometimes get the feeling it is an americanised version of permaculture what will is teaching. he is doing permaculture for a long time and i guess everyone develops their own "style" =)

never the less this is a great resource for everyone looking to learn a bit more about permaculture and gardening systems. the videos might take some time to load, so don't give up!
click here to give it a try!

Monday, April 22, 2013

home remedy for styes

do you ever have swollen or infected eyes? do they get red and itchy? well here is something that worked for me and could help you as well.

when i first started having swollen eyes and small infections (styes) i went to the doctor to get help. she explained that this is nothing serious, just an infection of some small channels running through my eyelids and she can give me some cream that will lower inflammation and make it go away. she also said that what really helps is making hot compresses several times a day if possible. just boil water, soak a small towel and lay it over the closed eyes.

these compresses worked with the cream, but these infections kept coming back. so i started looking for home remedies that would not make me run to the doctor every time to get a prescription.
and here you go: coriander seeds!
coriander seeds have antioxidant properties and help reduce inflammations. the will help unclog these small channels and stop the itching and redness of your eyes.

on they recommend cooking one teaspoon of coriander seeds in one glass of water, then straining it and letting it cool down. now you wash your eyes with this tincture several times a day. 

i took it a bit further and combined it with what had helped me before: hot compresses.
  1. i crushed some coriander seeds and boiled then in water until the colour clearly changed. 
  2. then i soaked a small towel in this tincture and lay it over my eyes. it should be hot but it should not hurt. just so you can bare it. 
  3. when the towel cooles down, soak it again. it is relaxing and for me the next day my eyes felt a lot better.

this might not work for everyone but it did for me and i will keep using it.
please note that if you have a serious problem go and see a doctor, i have no medical training whatsoever.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

... a rainy day

something odd is going on in tel aviv... 
it is raining. it is raining in the end of april! we are supposed to be on the beach and come home sunburned, live with the AC and sweat all day. well it does not look like that is going to happen soon. the last days it was raining and thundering; it was rather chilly and we ate soup =) 

i like that kind of weather and i am not too eager for the blazing heat to come. 
findus agrees that this is going to be a lazy day.
he keeps falling asleep with his head up and wakes up from it sliding down.
the climate is changing. it is supposed to stop raining here at around easter. there is supposed to be snow in germany for christmas and not for easter. are the seasons moving? 
something is changing, that is for sure.

Monday, April 8, 2013

...and everything stops

yesterday evening and today until the sun goes down it is Yom HaShoah, the jewish/ israeli remembrance day for the holocaust. every year at 10:00 in the morning the sirens can be heard for 2 min. during that time everything stops - cars, buses, people, trains... everything stops for 2 min. to remember the horrors of the holocaust. 
then life continues almost as if nothing happened.

before i came to israel i had never seen something like that. everyone stops. the traffic stops and people get out of their cars and stand. i find it very touching and a nice gesture. there is a similar day for the fallen soldiers next week (Yom HaZikaron) where the same thing happens twice. then it is Independence day and literally everyone in israel has a bbq in the weirdest places.
we will see if i will be able to capture some of those with my camera =)

Sunday, April 7, 2013

no more rain...

our "garden" in the middle of tel aviv. not that much going on right now as we know we are leaving this place in august. some chilies and strawberries that survived from last year, some radishes, carrots, herbs, flowers and some new tomatoes.

our strawberries are producing fruit again, as are the chillies. they stopped doing that over the last weeks, to cold maybe. the last days it was unbelievably warm and i think we had our last rain this year. today we had 31°C. and yesterday we even went to the beach and got ourselves some sunburns!
my small tomato plants are doing good. we grew them from seeds we saved from r.s favorite tomatoes that we usually bought in the store. i find those old tomato cans very practical. but remember to make some holes for drainage!
findus is happy that it is not raining anymore. i don't think he likes rain very much. it is still somehow suspicious to him, water that is falling from the sky...
this evening and tomorrow is holocaust remembrance day in israel. also it is the day that anonymous chose to attack all israeli websites... weird choice i think... not appropriate.

Monday, April 1, 2013

dye easter eggs naturally

check here how to make these mustache eggs =)
and it is easter again =) we don't really get any easter feeling, chocolate bunnies or anything similar here in israel and last year i kind of missed it completely. this year i promised  myself to at least colour some eggs. as i don't like to add artificial colours to my food, i turned to pinterest for natural ways of colouring eggs. 
i was surprised to see such vibrant colour. you can use beets or onion skins for red, turmeric for yellow, spinach for green and even red cabbage or blueberries for blue. check here for excact amouts and ideas. we had some onion skins (red and white ones) and some curry. as it turns out it does not matter if the onion skins are red or white, they both turn out red. at least ours did.. here is how we made the dyes.
add some of your ingredients to a pot, add 3 sups of water and 2 tablespoons for white wine vinegar. i also added some salt as it is supposed to help extracting the colour. let that cook for abot 30 min.
strain out the ingredients and add the eggs. boil that until you reched your desired colour.
we decorated the eggs with duct tape, rubber bands and other stickers.  
here is how ours turned out. 
the colours are more vibrant in reality, the photo does not do justice.
give it a try! happy easter!

ps: for more ideas check out my pinterest easter board.