[Product Review] La Magie Hair Organic Fast Growth Serum

I had gray hairs since the age of 4. Not 40. Its 4 years old when I started noticing my roots starting to lighten up. And at that age I never knew what was going on, except that, my father had the same condition as me. I was only growing gray hairs at the center of my scalp and it was spreading along the line where my hair parts.

I started dying my hair at the age of 6, and have been doing that almost every 3 weeks to 1 month since then. Needless to say, my hair & scalp is pretty damaged, yet there was nothing I could do unless I was willing to face the fact that my hair will resemble that of a skunk if I left it for 4 months. My scalp is very sensitive and sometimes hurts and feels raw to touch.

About 2 years ago, I have started researching more on natural products and have since change all my skin & body care products to the chemical free and natural versions. Except for hair dyes, which I can only get ammonia free. I’ve tried numerous products to nourish my sculpt because I know through all the years of bleaching and coloring, plenty of damage has been done. I know for sure that essential oils play a big role in hair repair as well.

I was provided a bottle of La Magie Hair Organic Fast Growth Serum for review purposes.

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Here’s the product description from the company:

  • DRAMATICALLY EXPERIENCE HAIR BEAUTY! Comes in a silk bag with bookmark for directions. An organic farm in the USA created this amazing healing blend with earth-friendly, aromatherapy. Luxurious beauty secrets from Mother Nature blended with modern laboratory precision at La Magie®. Organic Argan oil from artisan farmers in Morocco nourishes and makes the shaft supple
  • STOP HAIR LOSS: EXPERIENCE INCREDIBLE HAIR – Organic Pumpkin seed oil offers broad-Spectrum DHT Blockers which inhibit DHT formation (which causes hair loss) through its effect on 5-alpha-reductase activity.
  • EXPERIENCE HAIR REGROWTH: DRAMATICALLY SEE HAIR THICKEN AND GROW! Rosemary herbal extract deeply cleanses the hair from buildup of shampoo, conditioner residues and any dyes (does not GROW hair, other EOs do that)
  • WATCH THE SOLUTION WORK AS THE PHOTOS TO THE RIGHT SENT BY HAPPY CLIENTS PROVE. Lavender Absolute has a higher concentration of esters than lavender essential oil providing a healing environment.
  • WATCH AS YOUR HAIR GROWS! Secret essential oil blend of 15 oils (less than two percent very safe and gentle) which are part of La Magie’s solution which actually assist hair and create thicker hair. There are absolutely no artificial fragrance, color, additives, or impurities.
What the oils look like in the bottle. (Excuse my wrinkled palm.)
What the oils look like in the bottle. (Excuse my wrinkled palm.)

What do I think of it?
I was very excited to try this product because it uses essential oils to help repair the hair and scalp. It aligns with my skin & body care beliefs and it smells really good!
I agree with the other reviewers that it can get a wee bit too oily sometimes. But it is something within your control. A little goes a long way, so spray a little bit at a time and rub it in well before spraying again. After awhile it does get heavy on the hair, which is why instructions recommend that you apply it, wait 30 mins, then shampoo it off. Like all other natural products, it does take some time to see the effects of this, but I already love that my hair looks better visually and smells good! I’m sure its something the husband wouldn’t mind!

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[Product Review] Thyroid Edge

Recently I’ve read quite a bit into thyroid and the balancing of the female hormones because I’ve been feeling tired and really cold. It might have been due to winter, but I’ve always been feel much colder than the people around me. I suspect I have hormonal issues because of pills that I have taken before. I have not been prescribed by a doctor, but since this is a supplement that supports healthy thyroid function, I don’t think there is any harm with me trying it out as long as I take it in small quantities and note any changes in my body.

To learn more about thyroid issues you may read HERE.

I tried this Thyroid Edge  recently to see if it would help improve anything. It is mainly a supplement that helps us balance our thyroid to allow them to function optimally.

Thyroid Edge Review

Here’s the company’s description of the product:

  • EASIER AND FASTER than taking hard to swallow pills, capsules or tablets. Large 2 oz bottle allows you to get more bang for your buck
  • SUPERCHARGE your energy, GET YOUR Weight issues in check and MAINTAIN strong hair and nails
  • ALL NATURAL Liquid Herbal extract made with Stinging Nettle, Kelp and Bladderwrack, etc
  • ALCOHOL-FREE drops can be taken straight, eliminating the need to mix with water or juice
  • 100% SAFE w/no side effects. Plus, you are covered by Amazon’s guarantee and worry free return policy

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What do I think of it?

I liked that this did not have alcohol in it, which means I can take it without diluting. It smells woody and herbal. The taste of it is sweet and syrupy. There’s a slight herbal taste to it, but it comes off as a good taste. I followed the directions and took 1/4 tsp once a day and started monitoring my body of any changes. One thing I noticed is that before I took this supplement, I’ve been nodding of at my laptop and sleeping at 11pm. But today, its 1am as I am writing this review and I’m still up.

It is too short a period for me to see any major improvements, but I will continue to take this and update if I feel any changes in my body. Especially now that its winter and my limbs will mostly be feeling very cold, this will be a huge help if it works.

*I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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[Product Review] Sprouts Cold Remedy

As luck would have it, winter is here, and so is the cold and cough season. Almost everyone around me seems to be feeling under the weather. As for me, I’ve caught the sneezes, that have not extended into a flu yet, but I’m trying everything I can to prevent that.
I love herbal remedies because instead of suppressing your symptoms, they help to heal your body inside out. I’ve been trying to build a natural medicine cabinet and this is a great addition to it. Over the last 5 to 6 years, I have been researching and building up on creating a natural home environment. Most of the products in my home are eco-friendly and I go organic whenever I can. For coughs, flu and cold, I usually rely on Elderberry syrups and Chinese herbal drinks as well as Vitamin C to help relieve the symptoms and enhance recovery.

Sprouts Cold Remedy Review

I’m so happy with this recent addition to my medicine cabinet. This is something new to me, so big thanks to Sprouts for providing me this Sprouts Cold Remedy  for review purposes.

Here’s a quick description from the company:

  • Sprouts Cold remedy is a unique blend of natural herbs to relieve cold symptoms
  • Relieves heavy Congestion, cough. Extremely effective for a Sore Throat
  • It stimulates healing in a safe and speedy manner.
  • Made in a GMP Certified facility Kof k Kosher Certified
  • 2 oz liquid bottle with dropper 59 servings per bottle amount per serving 1ml (25 drops) in 2 oz of water

Sprouts Cold Remedy listed the following as ingredients:
– Echinacea purpurea Herb, Red Root, Green Tea Leaf, Elderberry fruit, Thyme herb, Red Clover Herb, Myrrh Gum, Mullein Leaf, Ginger Root.
It also contains vegetable glycerin and deionized water.

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What I think of it?

It smelled herbal but just a slight tinge. The smell reminds me of chinese herbal medicine, but not as strong. The instructions were simple, to dilute 25 drops into a cup of water. I used filtered water. I could barely taste the herbal supplement! I tried taking a drop of it directly on my tongue, and it tasted sort of sweet. It actually tasted very good, reminded me of herbal lozenges. I really liked that it was so simple to use, and the taste was easy to take. I usually have to boil chinese herbal infusions to get over my colds and cough, so this is a nice change, that tastes good, and so easy to use since they have infused and concentrated the herbs into a bottle, all you have to do is dilute it and drink up.

This bottle is good for 59 servings, which is plenty. I take this in combination with Vit C, lots of water, and sleep to help my body recover when feeling under the weather. It worked for me this week. :)

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kombucha tonic

This is the 24th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

The tonic is like the modern day antibiotic. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, but being allergic to spicy foods, I kept hesitating. Most master tonics require the use of horseradish and chillies or canyenne peppers, which I can’t take. I suspect the eczema on my finger is due to skin contact with a chilli pepper a couple of months ago, which triggered the swelling and the itch. Contact Dermatitis, so they say.

I have a goal to convert my home to a natural home as much as possible. Its not completely done, I still have some chemical products which I want to replace when its finished. The goal is to live frugal and natural. Making your own cleaning products and using foods to build your own immunity is as frugal and natural as it can get.

As Hippocrates say: “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”.

Every year when the winter creeps in, everywhere we see ideas, and posts about how to keep warm. The Master Tonic is one of the most popular posts in winter. Everyone is making it keep warm and build resistance through the cold season.

kombucha tonic
kombucha tonic

I decided to make my own version of a tonic. Apple Cider Vinegar is quite costly to buy raw & organic. I wanted to replace it with Kombucha Vinegar as I brew my own and have a continuous supply of it. As for the ingredients, I kept it simple, and removed the horseradish and chillis which I may be allergic to.

I made a small jar as a trial for myself. I’ve seen others using kombucha, so I know it works. As quoted from Sam Biser:

This tonic is extremely powerful, because all the ingredients are fresh. Its power should not be underestimated. This formula is a modern day plague tonic. It is said that when added to an incurable routine it could cure the most chronic conditions and stubborn diseases. It stimulates maximum blood circulation, while putting the best detoxifying herbs into the blood. This formula is not just for the sniffles, it has helped to turn around the deadliest diseases.

Its one of the best natural remedies around and it hardly goes bad, since vinegar is already fermented with lively bacteria.

A mixture of natural anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitical, this is the best addition to a natural home’s medicine cabinet. Not forgetting that its also filled with probiotics, which help your body absorb the benefits better.

The best times to knock a shot of this tonic is when you feel a congestion in the nasal passages, or an itchy throat coming up. This tonic is safe for kids over the age of 2, but may require diluting it as the heat can be quite strong. Great for people with sinus issues, or when you feel the cold weather, in your bones.

I started out coarsely chopping the ingredients, but as tears started to swell in my eyes, and by the time I got through some garlic and the first onion, I could not keep my eyes open. I continued the remaining ingredients by pulsing them in my blender. I’m sure a food processor will be perfect for bulk brewing of this tonic.

You’ll want to lightly pulse them so they have wider surface area to help with the fermenting process.

To enjoy the maximum benefits of this tonic, use only fresh produce. I added everything recommended in the recipe to improve the potency of the tonic, but I personally left out horseradish and the peppers as I am allergic to spicy foods.

What are you waiting for?? Get shakin’!


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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

Day 16: Kombucha Drain cleaner

Day 17: Kombucha as Antiseptic 

Day 18: Kombucha Cotton Pads

Day 19: Kombucha smoothie

Day 22: Kombucha Fly Trap

Day 23: Cleaning the coffee machine

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Day 17: Using kombucha as an antiseptic

This is the 17th post to the 30 ways with kombucha in 30 days that I have decided to take up for the month of September. You may read more about the ‘challenge’ I gave myself here. 

So much focus has been on the benefits of drinking kombucha, but not much on the application of kombucha on our skin. Do you know that kombucha is an antiseptic? Kombucha produces two organic acids. Lactic acid and acetic acid. Acetic acid is commonly used as an antiseptic for wounds and to eliminate the chances of an infection.

kombucha as antiseptic
kombucha as antiseptic

I have a small glass jar in the corner of my kitchen where I keep those extra little bits of scoby that I trim from my Mama scoby.

It contains all these dangling bits that I pull away from the Mama, to keep it looking nice and smooth. I keep all these extras in the little jar at the corner of my kitchen. I store them with 1 to 2 tbsp of kombucha or jun.

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finger wrapped with kombucha bits

These little bits are great for cuts, wounds, or if you have eczema/psoriasis, you can use some of the bits and wrap it around the affected area, and proceed to wrap with a gauze, or a plastic wrap. I used a plastic wrap to keep all the bits and liquid in so that I could proceed to do my stuff without it dripping everywhere.

I’ve been using it on my fingers for some time. The first few applications hurt! My fingers are pretty raw from the cracks and bleeding due to atopic eczema on my index finger. This helped me relief the itch. I used it mainly to help my skin heal and to prevent infection by applying it on the affected areas. The first few times, it will sting. But subsequently, the wounds will dry up and start to form scabs as the skin begins to heal.

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I am very curious about the bits that I have stored in the jar for some time, i.e. those at the bottom of the jar. They seem to start regrow and recombine to stick to each other again. I’ve checked it twice in the last 2  months, and each time I have to lightly pull them apart again.

I keep wondering what affects the growth of the scoby, and how does it heal itself to recombine into a bigger piece again. What is the reaction that causes it to form a scoby? And if that reaction will help heal our skin as it does for their formation?

Geez, I’m such a curious brewer. Anyone has the answers?


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Previous articles in the challenge: 

Day 1: All Purpose Spray

Day 2: Soak Produce to Remove Dirt & Bugs

Day 3: Kombucha Coleslaw

Day 4: Hair Rinse

Day 5: Facial Toner 

Day 6: Fermenter’s Overnight Oats

Day 7: All Natural Shower Cleaner

Day 8: Kombucha Vinaigrette

Day 9: Remove the smell our of food jars

Day 10: Using Kombucha to Marinate meats

Day 11: Clean your shower head

Day 12: Make the fluffiest cake

Day 13: Laundry refresher

Day 14 & 15: Kombucha Soap & Carpet Cleaner

Day 16: Kombucha Drain cleaner

natural remedies for eczema

Natural remedies for Eczema

*Disclaimer: The following is not to be used in replacement of a doctor’s advice. If the condition is serious, please visit a doctor to receive proper diagnosis. Do note that this are my personal experience which each remedy. We will not be responsible if you try it and get a different result.

natural remedies for eczema

 

I can never understand why issues hit me one after the other. I’m not sure if this is due to what I ate or was it a skin contact issue. A possibility is that I had a tiny scratch on my index finger, which got further infected when I was chopping chilli to cook the Pork basil rice for my husband. I woke up the next morning to an annoying itch on my index finger, and now 6 weeks later, developed into something like a contact dermatitis. Do note that I already have an allergy to chilli which is why the reaction is more extreme.

I refused to see the doctor because I do not believe the solution is to apply steroid creams on it. In the same way that I believe an antibiotic does more harm than good to your body, I would never want myself or my kids to get on antibiotics, that would really be the last resort.

For the last 6 weeks, I have been experimenting with all sorts of natural therapies for eczema. I wanted to share it here so people knew what to expect if they had it, and wanted to try a natural remedy. During my research, I read many possible eczema remedies to make at home, but no one shared why, or what to expect when you tried each one.

Coconut oil + lavender essential oil. 

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I use this coconut oil. 

Why:

Coconut oil helps to retain moisture in the skin, while protecting it from microbial infections.

Lavender essential oil, also known for its antiseptic and antifungal properties, is commonly used to speed up the healing process for inflammatory skin conditions because it improves the formation of scar tissues.

How: I mixed 3 tbsps of coconut oil and 10 drops of lavender oil together and applied on my finger all day. Every time I washed my hands, I made sure to reapply it.

Results: I tried this for about 2 weeks. It made me very tired and I decided not to continue with it. Its not the first time I tried coconut oil and it made me feel sleepy. I have tried eating coconut oil and adding it to my coffee before. Some suggested it may be a die off symptom or it may be due to an allergy. Either way, it was not functional to me. The good thing about this though, I had a mosquito bite, and applied a drop of this. It disappeared in 5 mins. No more redness, no more swelling.

Applying garlic on the skin. 

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Why: Garlic contains allicin, which is known to be anti-fungal and anti-aging. It is also known to increase anti-oxidant levels for the skin.

Another component in garlic, sulphur, is good for preventing infections and reducing inflammation.

How: I chopped the garlic into little bits like how you would use for stir frying. Applied them direct to skin where eczema occurs. Wrapped in plastic wrap to keep garlic in tight contact with skin.

Results: You can feel the heat and the sting from the garlic on the skin. And after about 5 mins my entire finger was red and slightly inflamed. This is normal and part of how garlic draws out toxins. I left it on for 15 mins because thats about how much longer I could tolerate the burn of the garlic. The good thing is, it provided relief from the insane itch. I did not see any visible improvement on my skin though. But I’ve read people who cured eczema from that.

Calendula Salve

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Why: Calendula has a high amount of flavonoids, which acts as antioxidants in the body. Calendula is great for reducing inflammation and promotes healing of the wounds. It is antiseptic and antifungal. It helps the affected skin by increasing blood flow to the area and boosting the production of collagen protein.

How: You can buy ready made salve like this one from iHerb and apply it on your skin. Or you can make at home.

Results: I think this is really good for moisturizing. It really provides relief for the itch. And I apply this every night before sleep. When I did not apply it, I wake up to cracked and bleeding skin. With eczema or not, this is a good cream to keep on handy for cuts and bites.

Baking Soda

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Why:

Baking soda helps eczema in a few ways…

  •         Naturally antiseptic
  •          Helps reduce rashes and inflammation
  •          Helps balance pH
  •          Helps detoxify the skin
  •          Helps cleanse and clear any bacteria or germs from the flare up zone
  •          Helps strengthen the skin to prevent further flare ups

Source here.

How: For best results, make sure you are using all natural baking soda. You may want to try this one from Bob’s Mill.  Mix baking soda with water to form a thick paste. Apply directly to affected area and wrap up with plastic wrap or gauze. Leave for about 3 to 5 mins and rinse off. Apply moisturizer or calendula salve or coconut oil after.

Results: Immediately after applying and putting on the plastic wrap, I could feel the bubbly action on my fingers. Somehow it felt ticklish and started getting inflamed (similar to garlic reaction), and the itch to scratch it spread all the way from my index finger to the wrist. I waited exactly 5 mins and tore the thing open to rinse off. It was extremely itchy after that. Not sure was it due to the bubbly baking soda action or was it because of skin sensitivity. I was already experiencing cracks in the skin with dry scabs that were bleeding.

Salcura Zeoderm

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You can read more about the product on the website. 

I’m not here to sell it, but it did help me greatly. I don’t get any benefits from the company. I paid for my own product at Watsons. I bought it on a whim of frustration that my finger was hurting too much and I was unable to do any housework. Was about to give into visiting a doctor to get steroid creams and decided to buy this instead. Its supposed to be natural and it helps the skin detox. One thing for sure, it really calmed my skin down and stopped the itch. I’ve been using this for 3 days now, and my skin is slowly healing. There’s no more cracks and peels. I apply it after I bath or wash my hands.

Note that I also take the following supplements to help my skin heal more efficiently.

1000mg Vitamin C.

Milk Thistle. 

Omega 3. 

This wraps up my experience with eczema so far. Have you tried any other natural remedies for eczema? Did it work for you?

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