Beat Dandruff with Natural Rx


The cause of your dandruff could be from one or several factors. Experts have not discovered the cause of dandruff, but a likely suspect is yeast fungus. Use these three natural remedies to fight the flakes.

 Tea Tree Oil is a tough astringent which is also antibacterial and antifungal. It has been shown (published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology) to effectively treat dandruff when added to your shampoo in a 5% ratio. You can easily make your own mixture by adding 15 drops of tea tree oil to 1/2 ounce of mild shampoo. After massaging into your scalp be sure to let it sit for 5 minutes, then rinse.

Apple Cider Vinegar is a naturally occurring acetic acid used in home remedies to fight dandruff for decades. ACV alters that pH of the scalp which may halt the growth of the (suspected) yeast that causes flaking. Combine equal parts ACV and water then apply to your scalp. Let sit for up to 10 minutes (at least 5 if your scalp is sensitive), rinse, and shampoo/condition as usual with mild products. Avoid drenching your hair strands with the ACV to avoid drying out your locks.

Sulfur is an antifungal and exfoliating agent. Studies (published in Cutis) have shown that shampoos with 2% sulfur and 2% salicylic acid relieved dandruff symptoms. You can wash your hair twice a week with such a shampoo, leaving it on for five minutes before rinsing. Jason Dandruff Relief Treatment Shampoo is reasonably priced ($11) and does the trick.



Glam Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Close-up of fruit salad

Close-up of fruit salad (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 I found this healthy recipe in a copy of Heart Insight Magazine. Enjoy!
      Salad Dressing Ingredients:
      3/4 cup 100% cranberry juice
      1 teaspoon cornstarch
      1 tablespoon sugar
      1 teaspoon grated peeled gingerroot
      1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest (optional)
      1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
      Salad Ingredients:
      2 cups cubed watermelon
      1 cup whole strawberries, quartered
      1/2 cup green grapes, halved
      1/2 cup blueberries

DIRECTIONS: In a small saucepan, stir together the juice and cornstarch until the cornstarch dissolves.

Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 1 minute. Pour into a shallow bowl and refrigerate until completely cooled, about 10 minutes. Stir in the remaining dressing ingredients. Meanwhile, arrange the salad ingredients on salad plates. Spoon the dressing on top.

Serves 6; heaping 3/4 cup fruit and 2 tablespoons dressing per serving

Minutes to Prepare: 15 – Minutes to Cook: 10


Pasta and Tennessee

My SweetHusband is having problems digesting meat. He has noticed a big change in stomach pains since he had his gallbladder removed. As much as he is a middle Tennessee ridge-runner-meat-and-potatoes guy, he came up with the idea of cutting out all meat for a month and then slowly adding it back in to see what the culprit really is.

So, we’ve been doing plant-based meals with seafood thrown in here and there and sure enough, he hasn’t had any problems. Except, of course, on “cheat days” when he has steak, or a burger. Ahem.

I wanted to post the bestpastaever that I whipped up last night and this is exactly the right post to do so.

There were no measurements, just adding the ingredients and tasting until it was right. SweetHubby loved it. I figure the more interesting the meals are, the less he’ll even want to have a “cheat day” and suffer the consequences. The saga continues.

Pasta, sundried tomatoes, fresh organic vine-ripened tomatoes, greek EV olive oil, feta cheese, basil, sea salt, freshly cracked pepper. Delish!

Pasta, sundried tomatoes, fresh organic vine-ripened tomatoes, greek EV olive oil, feta cheese, basil, sea salt, freshly cracked pepper. Delish!

Workout and Running Music Listed by BPM

56/365 morning run

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or the gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” – African Proverb

Workout/Running Music Listed By Beats Per Minute

Full List of over 100 songs at Fleurty Naturelle’s Tumblr Page.

75      Katy Perry feat. Kanye West – ET
87       Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
90      Bad Meets Evil feat. Bruno Mars – Lighters
90       Jason DeRulo – Ridin’ Solo
91       Annie Lennox – Train in Vain
91       Rihanna – Hard
93       Madonna – Revolver
96       Miley Cyrus – Party in the USA
97       Blink 182 – The Rock Show
101    Selena Gomez and The Scene – Who Says
102    Jordin Sparks – One Step at a Time
103    Iggy Pop – Lust for Life
105    Adele – Rolling in the Deep
106    Taylor Swift – Picture to Burn
108    The Black Keys – Tighten Up
109    Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are
110    All-American Rejects – Move Along
110    Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancing
111    Bruno Mars – Grenade
111    Jason DeRulo – In My Head
112    Black Eyed Peas – Let’s Get It Started
113    Alien Ant Farm – Movies
113    C+C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat
113    Madonna feat. Timbaland and Justin Timberlake – 4 Minutes
114    Black Eyed Peas – Disco Club
114    Maroon 5 – Makes Me Wonder
115    Britney Spears – Circus
115    Sean Kingston – Take You There
115    Shannon – Let The Music Play
115    Taylor Swift – Sparks Fly
116    Maroon 5 – Never Gonna Leave This Bed
118    Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
118    Taylor Dayne – Tell It to My Heart
119    Michael Jackson – Thriller
120    Chris Brown – Forever
120    Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
120    Ke$ha – Blow
120    Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
120    Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
121    Ellie Goulding – Lights
121    MC Hammer – Pray
125    Kylie Minogue – Love at First Sight
125    Rammstein – Du Hast
125    Rihanna – Breakin’ Dishes
125    Technotronic – Pump Up the Jam
126    Amber – This is Your Night
126    Annie Lennox – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
126    Cascada – Evacuate the Dance Floor (Radio Edit)
126    Flo Rida – In the Ayer
126    Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Outta My Head
126    Panic! At The Disco – Lying is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have…
126    Pink – So What
126    Rihanna feat. Sean Paul – Break It Off
126    The Offspring – You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid
127    Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal
127    CeCe Penniston – Finally
128    Adele – Rumor Has It (Rascal Remix)
128    Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne – Hit The Lights
128    Kylie Minogue – In My Arms
128    LMFAO – Shots
128    Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera – Move Like Jagger
128    Muse – Neuron Star Collision
135    Ace of Base – Beautiful Life
135    Jordan Knight – Give It To You
135    Pink – Trouble
135    The Killers – A Dustland Fairytale
135    Theory of a Deadman – Bad Girlfriend
135    U2 – Beautiful Day
135    Weezer – This is Such a Pity


Fruity Immunity Boosting Smoothie

This rosy pink smoothie is deceptively yummy, from the taste alone you might underestimate the powerful dose of vitamins and antioxidants contained within. The vitamin A from the carrots and vitamin C from the oranges and strawberries support your immune system, boost eye health, increases your body’s ability to absorb iron, and helps resist infection.

Ingredients: 2 cups raw spinach, 3/4 cup orange juice, 3/4 cup water, 1 banana, 1/4 cup carrots, 2 cups strawberries, 1/2 cup blueberries

Method: Blend spinach, orange juice, and water together first. After that is blended and creamy, add the rest of the ingredients and blend for 1 minute.


 (via Simple Green Smoothies)

Brown Girl Success Against the Odds

The part of her (@adriarichards) article that touched me deeply because I completely identified with it was this:

“I was diagnosed with ADHD and PTSD.  Part of the assessment was an intelligence test.  I had an IQ of 130.  I’m smart enough to join MENSA!  I began to see a psychologist who practiced EMDR, a type of therapy to help people process traumatic experiences.  This made a huge difference in my life.  I began to take long strides vs timid steps on my path to healing.

Because of my experiences growing up, I have triggers.  This means that I’m always scanning for danger; for situations that seem like something from the past that could hurt me.  When I recognize something that matches, I can overreact and feel intense fear, anger or anxiety.  This is something I’ve worked on a lot.  It’s much better now than 10 years ago but there are some things that send me over the edge.

Like the other day when someone asked me if I had a baby photo.  The answer is no — I don’t have any photos of myself before the age of 11…and it hurts.  So I started crying.  They hadn’t hurt me or threatened me but the overwhelming feeling of my childhood overcame me.  Mourning for the child version of me who never had the chance to enjoy being a child.”

Our diagnoses are the same, for similar reasons. Our (genes, and) escape into books at an early age (IMO) also gifted us with high IQs. EMDR made a difference to us both. Triggers, yep, still. Overwhelming feelings at the oddest times, exactly. I’ve had success with treatment, but when I become lax I can relapse into a very manic/anxious/depressed state. The key is maintenance.

The point is that there IS hope. Read her full article and suggestions here:

 Little brown girl with mandolin, sitting ...


11 Surprising Causes of Anxiety

“Awful situations aren’t the only things that make us walking balls of nerves. What we eat and drink can affect our moods and irritability levels as well. Here are a few causes of anxiety that you may not have thought were triggers. Once you’ve identified all the things that get you stressed out, you may finally be able to relax!” ~ by Ian Landau 


1. Food additives: Aspartame, food coloring, dyes
Many people report mood swings and anxiety after ingesting man-made sweeteners, like aspartame and high fructose corn syrup, food dyes (including Red #40 and Yellow #5) and flavorings like MSG. Direct links between artificial food additives and mood are still under investigation though they’ve been implicated as a cause of ADHD and autism in children. The fact is that dyes and artificial sweeteners are neurotoxins that can disrupt normal nervous system function, leading to increased symptoms of anxiety.

2. Over the counter drugs and supplements
Medicines that contain caffeine, including several headache and migraine relievers, some cough medicines, decongestants, asthma medications and weight-loss supplements that includes stimulants, can lead to increased heart rates and a spike in feelings of anxiety. Popular herbal remedies and supplements like St. John’s Wort, ginseng and kava kava may also cause or increase unease.

Food sensitivities
Symptoms of food sensitivity can range from digestive issues like stomach pain to difficulty breathing. While both of these problems can cause anxiety, there’s also increasing evidence that food sensitivities affect mood directly as well. Gluten, soy, dairy — even chocolate — can impact hormones levels and other key chemicals in the brain, upsetting the delicate balance needed to keep the body and mind in control of anxiousness.

4. Skipping meals
In our harried, stressful world, skipping a meal here and there is all too common. What’s more, many people who are anxious and stressed may feel they have no appetite or simply lack the desire to eat. But for most people used to regular meals, skipping meals causes a drop in the body’s blood sugar levels. If prolonged, this drop may lead to increased feelings of anxiety and irritability. Other anxiety-provoking effects of low blood sugar are dizziness, light-headedness, confusion and weakness.

 A 2009 study at Tufts University found a clear link between hydration and mood. The study found that student athletes who were just mildly dehydrated reported feeling angry, confused, tense and fatigued. Staying hydrated is essential to keeping the body’s physiological functions running smoothly, including speeding the healing process and removing toxins. Drinking enough water daily may be one of the easiest ways to help the body control its nerves.

5. Caffeine
Millions of people rely on a regular caffeine fix to jump start their day or to perk up when their energy nosedives. But too much is no good. “Caffeine-induced anxiety disorder” is actually a recognized condition found in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the “bible” used by mental health experts throughout the United States. As most people are aware, too much caffeine can cause a racing heartbeat, which can trigger a panic attack. And while a little caffeine can improve one’s ability to focus, too much may increase nervousness and a host of anxiety symptoms, like sweating palms, ringing in the ears, even feelings of impending doom.

6/7/8. Cigarettes, drugs and alcohol
Relying on smoking, drinking or using drugs to feel calmer can backfire. Nicotine is a stimulant that studies have shown can raise blood pressure and heart rate. In addition, the carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke also may cause breathing problems that the body responds to as if it’s suffocating, increasing the likelihood of panic attacks. As for alcohol and drugs, people suffering from an anxiety disorder are two to three times more likely to abuse these than the general population, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Both alcohol and drugs can lead to panic attacks and their disruptive effect on the central nervous system limits the brain’s ability to calm the mind and body.

9. Nutrient deficiencies
Make sure you eat your vitamins! B complex, C and E vitamins play important roles in nervous system function, and B vitamins particularly affect mood and metabolism. Magnesium is known to help relieve stress, thus a deficiency in this mineral may lead to irritability and apathy. Selenium, an antioxidant essential to the efficient function of neurotransmitters in the brain, helps control mood. And according to a 2006 study, people with lower levels of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids were also at increased risk of anxiety.

10. Age
As we age, we face multiple stresses that can bring on bouts of anxiety. Life events such as health changes, memory problems, the death of a spouse or even a seemingly happy change like retirement, can all be stress-provoking. The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation estimates that 10-to-20 percent of older adults suffer from anxiety, although many go untreated because they may not recognize the symptoms.

11. Negative thinking
Many therapists stress that persistent negative thinking really does have a harmful effect on our emotional well-being. Ever hear of automatic negative thoughts (or ANT’s)? These are quick, unconscious, off-the-cuff criticisms that the mind churns out when faced with stressful situations. “Why did I do that?” “Why am I so dumb?” and other negative self-criticisms wreak havoc on your emotional state. The good news is that a therapist can help you identify these ANT’s and reduce the power they have on your psyche.



English: An anxious person

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20 Pain Killers In Your Kitchen, No Foolin’!

20 Pain Killers in your Kitchen 

  • Cure a toothache with cloves.
  • Ease muscle and joint pain with ginger.
  • Apple cider vinegar and water can shut down heartburn.
  • Warm garlic oil can clear up ear infections faster than Rx meds.
  • A bowl of cherries has enough anti-inflammatory properties to help arthritis, gout or chronic headaches.


Got a toothache and can’t get to the dentist? Gently chewing on a clove can ease tooth pain and gum inflammation for two hours straight, say UCLA researchers. Experts point to a natural compound in cloves called eugenol, a powerful, natural anesthetic. Bonus: Sprinkling a ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves on meals daily may also protect your ticker.

When Danish researchers asked achy people to jazz up their diets with ginger, it eased muscle and joint pain, swelling and stiffness for up to 63 percent of them within two months. Experts credit ginger’s potent compounds called gingerols, which prevent the production of pain-triggering hormones. The study-recommended dose: Add at least 1 teaspoon of dried ginger or 2 teaspoons of chopped ginger to meals daily.

Sip 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of water before every meal, and experts say you could shut down painful bouts of heartburn in as little as 24 hours. “Cider vinegar is rich in malic and tartaric acids, powerful digestive aids that speed the breakdown of fats and proteins so your stomach can empty quickly, before food washes up into the esophagus, triggering heartburn pain,” explains Joseph Brasco, M.D., a gastroenterologist at the Center for Colon and Digestive Diseases in Huntsville, AL.

Painful ear infections drive millions of Americans to doctors’ offices every year. To cure one fast, just place two drops of warm garlic oil into your aching ear twice daily for five days. This simple treatment can clear up ear infections faster than prescription meds, say experts at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Scientists say garlic’s active ingredients (germanium, selenium, and sulfur compounds) are naturally toxic to dozens of different pain-causing bacteria. To whip up your own garlic oil gently simmer three cloves of crushed garlic in a half a cup of extra virgin olive oil for two minutes, strain, then refrigerate for up to two weeks, suggests Teresa Graedon, Ph.D., co-author of the book, Best Choices From The People’s Pharmacy. For an optimal experience, warm this mix slightly before using so the liquid will feel soothing in your ear canal.


Latest studies show that at least one in four women is struggling with arthritis, gout or chronic headaches. If you’re one of them, a daily bowl of cherries could ease your ache, without the stomach upset so often triggered by today’s painkillers, say researchers at East Lansing ’s Michigan State University . Their research reveals that anthocyanins, the compounds that give cherries their brilliant red color, are anti-inflammatories 10 times stronger than ibuprofen and aspirin. “Anthocyanins help shut down the powerful enzymes that kick-start tissue inflammation, so they can prevent, as well as treat, many different kinds of pain,” explains Muraleedharan Nair, Ph.D., professor of food science at Michigan State University . His advice: Enjoy 20 cherries (fresh, frozen or dried) daily, then continue until your pain disappears.

Studies show turmeric, a popular East Indian spice, is actually three times more effective at easing pain than aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen, plus it can help relieve chronic pain for 50 percent of people struggling with arthritis and even fibromyalgia, according to Cornell researchers. That’s because turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, naturally shuts down cyclooxygenase 2, an enzyme that churns out a stream of pain-producing hormones, explains nutrition researcher Julian Whitaker, M.D. and author of the book, Reversing Diabetes. The study-recommended dose: Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of this spice daily onto any rice, poultry, meat or vegetable dish.

Read about a dozen more pantry remedies at