Best natural beauty beverages

Sure you slather on the face creams, but what if you can do something internally to help feed your skin and hair? Here are some of our favorite natural approaches to help you drink your way to a more beautiful you!

Get Gorgeous Tea Blend
This delicious tea blend from the Republic of Tea helps to nourish your skin from the inside out. It’s an organic, rooibos-based blend that is naturally caffeine-free and brimming with antioxidants, your skin’s best friend. Try sipping some before you go to bed. Talk about a great way to get your beauty rest! www.republicoftea.com

Collagen Replenish Powder
Just add this flavorless powder to your morning juice to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and promote skin elasticity. This product is part of the Reserveage Nutrition “Beauty-From-Within” formulas. It features a beauty powerhouse of clinically studied Verisol Bioactive Collagen peptides with Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acide to help replenish natural Collagen to protect cells and maintain skin’s elasticity and firmness. www.reserveage.com

Suja Juices
Suja juices are different because they use Cold Pressure, also known as High Pressure Processing (HPP), instead of high heat, to extend shelf life and to help maintain essential vitamins, minerals & enzymes. To revitalize your skin and hair check out their Core Fresh Start packages that give you all the juices you need to cleanse your body for a fresh start! www.sujajuice.com

Make sure to consult your doctor before making changes to your diet. 

Choose unique recycled gifts

Looking for a gift that spreads good will to more than the gift recipient? Choose recycled gifts made with sustainable materials! Not only will these gifts promote holiday cheer, but they will also help protect the planet for years to come. Check out our segment featuring these products on Daybreak next Weds, December 10.

Black Poodle Jewelry by Madeleine O’Connell
Madeleine O’Connell is a Colorado artist who repurposes vintage pieces and forgotten sparkles into new and standout jewelry that your loved one will treasure. You’ll find unique pieces that are thoughtfully put together to reflect someone’s individuality. Make sure to check out the statement necklaces that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. www.mwoconnell.com

Sjotime Industries
Sjotime Industries (pronounced “Show-time”) based in Denver, Colorado crafts modern furniture products that delight and inspire. The creative spark behind the name is Dan Sjogren, who merges traditional woodworking techniques with high-end digital production. His amazingly cool vases are made from Birch wood scraps and test tubes and reflect a modern flare that will liven up any environment. https://sjotime.com/

Xob Upcycled
Xob gloves, hats, scarves and purses are made using a process called upcycling, which utilizes existing items as raw materials to create something new of higher quality or environmental value. Making Xob products requires virtually no new materials and gives new life to fabric and outdated clothing. Last year alone, Xob products diverted over 30,000 pounds of material from the waste stream. www.iceboxknitting.com/

Green Toys
Green Toys Inc. makes an awesome line of classic children’s toys constructed from recycled plastic and other environmentally friendly materials. This helps reduce fossil fuel use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improving the overall health and happiness of the planet. www.greentoys.com

Natural holiday glamour

Looking to revive your look for the holiday season? Here are some festive natural beauty products that will add some glamour to help you get ready for all those seasonal parties. Also, make sure to tune into Colorado’s Best next Monday, December 8, to see us chat about them!

Objects with Purpose Wearable Candles
Objects with Purpose offers an array of great smelling candles made with organic coconut wax that you can both wear and burn! Their candles are a solid perfume that works as both a personal scent and a delightful candle. For the holidays, try the Twas the Scent Before X-Mas featuring pumpkin & snowy pine. This limited edition holiday scent features organic coconut shea & apricot butter blends with essential oil fragrance. www. objectswithpurpose.com

Rejuva Minerals
Rejuva Minerals offers a natural and safer alternative to traditional makeup that has celebrities, makeup artists and those with allergies raving. The products are made from gluten-free, vegan friendly mineral powders that contain organic ingredients. Make sure to check out the Makeup Set that is offered at a reduced price for the holidays and the NEW Mega Lash Mascara. www.rejuvaminerals.com

Osmia Organics
Osmia is a Colorado company dedicated to offering a new approach to skincare. Their popular body oils offer a new way to nourish your skin for the holidays. In fact, they believe that body oils are better than lotions because they work with the natural compositions of your skin. For instance, oil makes your skin incredibly soft and tends to have a much higher concentration of potent ingredients like antioxidants and vitamins. For the holidays, make sure to check out the Osmia Forest Body Oil which consists of ambrette seed oil and invigorating evergreen oils to provide a clean, green scent.  www.osmiaorganics.com

Treat Collection Nail Polish
Did you know that conventional nail polish can be chalk full of questionable chemicals? Treat Collection offers an array of glamorous nail polishes that are free of the toxic five often found in other polishes – Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluoene,  DBP and Camphor.  For the holidays, make sure to check out Date Night, which is a sexy, dark red that will work well for all your celebrations. Check out Treat Nail Polish.

Unique Recycled Gifts

Looking for the perfect gift that will make a lasting impression? Why not opt for a gift that is good for you and good for the Earth?! Gifts made with recycled materials make the right statement and help to conserve nature’s resources for years to come! Make sure to check out our segment this Monday, November 17 on Everyday to see us talk about unique recycled gifts!

Gypsy and Loic
Gypsy and Loic is a husband and wife team who are inspired by the spirit of art, love, and nature. This unique company makes fashion forward scarfs, hats and gloves made in the USA from up-cycled and recycled fabrics. We are especially fond of their hats featuring a soft brim and little shell buttons and made from plush, brushed 100% recycled fabrics. www.gypsyandloic.com

CANNED GOODS
CANNED GOODS is a Colorado company that repurposes tin cans into amazing jewelry for men and women. Customers cannot believe that their beautiful, modern and classic creations were once a simple tin can. They also give one can of food for every item purchased through their CAN DO GOOD program. www.cannedgoods.net

Green Toys Inc.
Green Toys Inc. makes an awesome line of classic children’s toys constructed from recycled plastic and other environmentally friendly materials. This helps reduce fossil fuel use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improving the overall health and happiness of the planet. www.greentoys.com

Paperblanks Journals
Paperblanks are beautiful writing journals that celebrate human artistry and craft. Each of their beautiful and romantic journals is made with 100% recycled binder boards and paper from sustainable pulp.  Paperblanks is also committed to supporting initiatives and policies that improve environmental conditions around the globe. www.paperblanks.com

Natural holiday stress relief

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family, but it can also be a stressful time of year for some. Check out some easy, natural ways to help take the edge off so that you can get the most out of your celebrations. Watch the segment on this Weds, November 12, on Daybreak!

Relaxus
Relaxus is focused on providing simple, and successful tools to help you feel stress free. Their Harmony Roller offers a new way to instantly relieve stress and muscle aches by using an easy-grip rolling ball you can hold in the palm of your hand. Great to keep near your desk or use in the kitchen after cooking to give yourself a quick neck massage! Also, makes a perfect stocking stuffer! www.relaxus.com

Soothing Touch Narayan Balm
Narayan Oil is an ancient formula that features a powerful combination of essential oils to provide soothing relief to sore muscles and common aches and pains. This formula has been used for centuries to help people find an easy way to unwind. Again, also works as a great gift idea…especially for a stressed out boss! www.soothingtouch.com

Tropical Shiatsu
Tropical Shiatsu uses the principles of reflexology to help relax muscle tension and improve blood circulation. Simply trim according to foot size,  then place in the insoles of your shoes to soothe your feet and body. They are also wonderful for lower back pain and offer amazing arch support. Great for people who are on their feet all day!

Bach Flower Essences
You may have heard of Bach’s popular Rescue Remedy for overall stress, but did you know that they make 38 additional specific remedies for various emotional concerns? For instance, their Emotional Eating Support Kit contains three different remedies to help people who turn to food during the holiday season.

 

Natural Halloween Candy

Do you know what can be scarier than ghosts, goblins and ghouls? The ingredients in some Halloween candy! Make this year healthier by handing out goodies made with more wholesome ingredients. Check out some of our favorites and then check us out on Everyday to see us talk about them!

Justin’s
Justin’s is one of Colorado’s most beloved brands. Their delicious, single wrapped Peanut Butter Cups are certified organic, gluten free and vegan. Besides being delicious, their chocolate is Fair Trade, which means that the hardworking people who harvest the cocoa beans are paid a fair price for their labor. This positively impacts families and gives them the resources they need to thrive. www.justins.com

YumEarth
YumEarth was born out of a commitment to feed families a diet rich in delicious, healthful foods that are free of chemicals. YumEarth candies and lollipops taste great because they use real fruit extracts to sweeten products. Plus products are certified organic, contain no artificial colors and flavors and are fat and nut free. www.yummyearth.com

Glee Gum
Glee Gum is natural chewing gum made with sustainably harvested rainforest chicle. Their limited release, special edition pack of ten pops offers a great alternative to conventional Halloween treats. Each pack contains a mix of three delicious flavors: Sweet Strawberry, Crisp Green Apple, and Juicy Orange. Gluten-free and allergy-friendly, these pops are made without artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. www.gleegum.com

 

Easy natural one-step meals

Between work deadlines and after school activities, it can be a challenge to prepare healthy meals for you and your family. Thankfully, there are new natural products on the market today that provide easy and delicious one-step meals. Check out our favorites and check us out on Daybreak to see us chat about them!

Modern Table Meals
Modern Table Meals are a new line of healthy and delicious meal kits. They understand that life can get a little crazy at times, and when it does, you shouldn’t have to compromise nutrition for convenience. Each shelf-stable kit contains everything you need to make a complete meal: bean-based pasta, sauce, vegetables, and seasonings. Because the pasta is made from beans, it’s jam packed with protein, fiber, and other nutrients. Ready in just 15 minutes or less, Modern Table Meals are the healthy solution for today’s modern (and busy!) families. www.moderntable.com

Lotus Foods
Lotus Foods brings you Rice Ramen, traditional Japanese-style noodles made from our heirloom rice instead of wheat! In addition to being gluten free, these savory rice soups feature nutritious ancient grains and are a natural source of antioxidants. You can have a convenient bowl of flavorful and nourishing noodle soup in just 4 minutes. www.lotusfoods.com

Love Grown Foods
Fuel your morning with the new craze in natural—superfood cereals! Love Grown Foods® Super Oats Nuts and Seeds is not your traditional oatmeal. Made with grains oats, chia seeds, quinoa flakes, amaranth flakes, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and flaxseed, this hot cereal blends pack a SUPER nutritional punch and cook in 3 minutes. lovegrownfoods.com

Innovative Anti-Aging Natural Products

Getting older is inevitable, but looking and feeling older is not. Beyond the typical anti-aging beauty products, there are additional natural things you can do to look younger. Check out some of our favorite innovative anti-aging natural products!

Ojas Facial Serum Oils
Ojas is a Sanskrit word which literally means “vigor”. According to the principles of Ayurveda, it is the essential energy of the body which can be equated with the “fluid of life”. The Ojas Facial Serums work on a deep level to offer a new approach to beautiful, youthful skin. For instance, their Carrot Seed Oil is a great oil for rejuvenating already aged skin. It can be used to reverse wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. Also, the Black Cumin Oil is chalk full of nutrients like B Vitamins, Magnesium and Zinc to feed and nourish skin for a younger complexion.

PRID
For over 50 years, PRID has been a must-have in both the family medicine chest and the tool box. PRID is an all natural approach to healing boils, blisters, and for helping raise splinters, thorns, and ingrown hairs out from under the skin. It a traditional drawing salve, that both soothes and protect wounds of the skin. On the anti-aging front, it can work wonders to help to clear up redness and ruddiness that comes with aging complexions. Some also report that it works great at fighting black heads and pesky adult acne. www.hylands.com/products/prid-drawing-salve

NEW Mineral Fusion Primers
Even though most well-known celebrities wouldn’t get ready without it, a lot of women have no idea that using a good primer can instantly make them look years younger. Mineral Fusion Primers contain naturally camouflaging mineral pigments to help conceal unwanted rednes and hyperpigmentation unveling even, flawless-looking skin. The soothing formula fills in lines, evens tone, and smoothes texture creating a balanced canvas for makeup application. Aloe and chamomile calm sensitive skin and natural antioxidants and wrinkle fighting, collagen-boosting peptide help minimize the appearance of fine lines. www.mineralfusion.com/index.php/shop/skin-care/prime/new-primers

Natural products for dry hair and skin

When the seasons change it can be particularly hard on our hair and skin. Thankfully, there are natural products that deliver much needed moisture to help produce luxurious, silky hair and soft, glowing skin. Make sure to tune into Daybreak September 30 to see us talk about them!

BRÖÖ
Did you know that beer is great for dry hair? It’s true! BRÖÖ is an unique product line that utilizes the nutrients from beer to heal and nourish your hair. BRÖÖ  is the super drink for hair because it is filled with B vitamins, proteins and minerals to make your hair strong, healthy and shiny. Special beer blends like the volumizing pale ale help to strengthen hair and give a weightless gloss that you’ll love. Plus products are color-friendly and 100 percent vegan.
www.broo.com

SheaMoisture
Since 1912, SheaMositure has been creating products to help nourish the skin and hair. Every one of their eco-friendly and organic formulas harness the healing power of Shea Butter and additional healing nutrients straight from Mother Nature. Their Olive Oil and Green Tea products contain the healing power of vitamin E and Fatty acids to hydrate, repair and heal skin. www.sheamoisture.com

Beetroot Supplements
Beetroot supplements (simply the roots of beets) contain powerful nutrients specifically for the skin and hair including  carotenoids, manganese, proteins and vitamins  to help maintain skin elasticity and  glossy hair texture. It can also help with dry scalp due to it’s anti-pruritic properties. Simply mix it with a little apple cider vinegar and soothe into the scalp to help with dryness and itchiness.

Healthy after school snack ideas

Now that the school year is in full swing, the kids are coming home from school ready for an amazing after school snack (no pressure!). Fuel their growing bodies and minds with delicious, healthy natural products that they will love

Mother Raw Ranch with Veggies
Did you know that classic ranch can be full of artificial flavors and preservatives? No so with Mother Raw. This stand-out ranch is hand crafted and made with the freshest natural ingredients.  Try serving it alongside an array of raw vegetables as a delicious and healthful snack. Not only is the ranch great, but your kids are also getting valuable enzymes from the raw veggies that are lost in the the cooking process. www.motherraw.com/collections/dressings

Bare Snacks
With Bare Snacks, you get a whole lot more when you add a whole lot less. Just like the philosophy of too many chefs in the kitchen, Bare Snacks believes that too many ingredients can take away from what they like to call bare bliss. That’s why in their amazing baked fruit products you’ll find 7 ingredients or less, ingredients you can pronounce and nothing artificial EVER. Best of all, their special baking process enables the natural sugars on the fruit to crystalize for the best tasting dried fruit out there! www.baresnacks.com

Healthy back-to-school essentials

Can you believe that it’s already time to prep to send the kiddies back-to-school? Get this year off to a healthy start with natural and eco-friendly essentials that your kids will love!

Applegate
Applegate believes kid food should be great food: highest quality, totally natural, and decidedly delicious. Applegate Half Times combine different products from Applegate, Annie’s and Stonyfield  that parents can feel good about packing for their kid’s lunch. Half Times offer an all-bases-covered meal with delicious meat, cheese and crackers without antibiotics, preservatives, or artificial ingredients.  Dig in! www.applegate.com/

Honest Kids
Honest Kids offers an easy-to-take lunchtime drink that is refreshing and not two sweet. They have about half the sugar of leading kids’ juice drinks and 100 percent daily value of Vitamin C. In fact, each Honest Kid beverage contains 9g of sugar per 6.75 fl oz pouch. The leading kids’ juice drinks in single-serve packaging contain approximately 20g of sugar per 6.75 fl oz serving. (Note: many leading kids’ juice drinks come in 6 fl oz pouches). www.honesttea.com

U Konserve
U Konserve was started six years ago by two moms who were shocked by the amount of lunchtime trash generated each day in their children’s school.  Here’s a scary fact: one child produces 67 pounds of lunch time trash each year!! Their very first product and one that is still very popular today, the Waste-Free Lunch Kit, features a cotton sack, cloth napkin, 13 oz stainless steel beverage bottle, two leak proof 8 oz containers for snacks and sides and a Food Kozy Wrap for a sandwich or crackers. Perfect for lunch all year round!  www.ukonserve.com

Green Apple Supply
Green Apple Supply believes that eco products should be affordable for everyone. They feel that without a universal shift in consumption, our physical ability to inhabit the planet is limited, so it needs to be easy to do something to make a difference. To this end, they offer a variety of everyday back-to-school supplies including colored pencils, paper, construction paper and backpacks that are made with the Earth in mind. www.greenapplesupply.org

Natural sun protection

Did you know that you can choose a variety of natural products to protect yourself from the suns rays? You’ll find everything from natural and organic sunblock and lip care to products to shield your body from the inside out. Take a look at some of our favorites and tune into Everyday July 29 to see us chat about them!

Natural Skin Protection
Coola Organic Suncare Collection offers a variety of organic-focused suncare products including classic and mineral based lines. Patented Oleosome Technology, derived from eco-certified organic Safflower and rich in moisturizing Vitamin E, enhances sun protection and helps time-release actives, resulting in 75% less actives!

Natural Lip Protection
There are various natural lip products that provide great protection for your lips while you are playing outside. Alba Bontanica makes a very emollient natural lip care stick with SPF 25 that glides on easy and stays on. Also, make sure to check out Badger Lip Tint and Shimmer that feature natural ingredients like organic sunflower olive oil,  beeswax, castor oil and mineral sun protection complete with a natural looking shimmer. Finally, for super dry summer lips, check out Bodyceuticals Calendula Lip Balm. Calendula flowers have been used since ancient times to heal and nourish the body and help protect against burns.

Natural Sun Protection Options for Hair
While it’s great to wear a hat to protect your hair from the sun, sometimes that’s not always feasible. Also, long hair can extend outside your hat and go unprotected. Thankfully, it’s easy to make your own natural sun protection leave-in conditioner by utilizing oils that contain natural SPF. Products like Shea Butter, Jojoba OilCoconut Oil and Sesame Oil help seal in moisture and protect hair from the rays. You can make your own special blend and a little goes a long way. If you have colored hair, check with your colorist about the best products for you. We have done some experimenting and found these oils work good with our colored hair, however, there are many different types of color so double-checking is always a good idea.

Internal Ways to Protect Against the Sun
Dark Chocolate
Studies have shown that dark chocolate contains antioxidants and flavonoids that help protect skin from sunburn and skin cancer. The key is to get a very dark chocolate—at least 70% cocoa content—to get the most benefit.

Vitamin E, A and C
Many people don’t realize they can help protect themselves from the sun by taking vitamin supplements. However, combining vitamins C and E helps prevent sunburn and makes the negative effects of the sun less severe. Also, vitamin A is great tool to help heal skin from sun damage. The important part is to purchase high-quality vitamins that feature targeted nutrients that your body can easily absorb and utilize.

Teas
Green and black teas also offer sun protection benefits. In fact, as far back as 1991 researchers have demonstrated that feeding green tea extract to mice helps protect them from ultraviolet light-induced skin cancers. Also, a study at the University of Arizona found that drinking iced black tea with citrus peel provided a 42 percent reduction in skin cancer risk.

Best hypoallergenic natural makeup

Looking to brighten up your summer look without buying makeup with questionable chemicals that can cause a reaction? Check out some natural products that work in tandem with nature to give you the fresh appearance you desire. Also, make sure to tune into Daybreak this Tuesday, July 8 to hear us talk about them!

For the Face – Vapour Organic Beauty
Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation instantly transforms skin, evening tone and diminishing the appearance of fine lines with a synergistic blend of antioxidants, moisture infusing botanicals and rich mineral pigments. Atmosphere Luminous Foundation offers the ideal balance of opacity and luminosity to perfect the complexion while protecting skin with Vapour‘s therapeutic treatment base of light, dry plant oils and face-specific nourishing botanical blend of anti-inflammatory Frankincense, antioxidant Tulsi and moisturizing Lotus flowers.  And best of all, Atmosphere Luminous Foundation is 100% natural and chemical free with a minimum of 70% certified organic ingredients (the other 30% consists of natural mineral pigments and vitamins).

For the Lips – ILIA
ILIA offers a prestige line of natural and organic lipsticks that combine superior color performance and nourishing organics. All ILIA products are made with up to 85% certified organic ingredients that nourish and help aid in repair. The ethical-sustainable approach embodied in each piece make ILIA a pioneer in natural beauty. You’ll find beautiful colors for day and evening featuring certified organic bio-active botanicals that nourish and rejuvenate.  A combination of safer trend pigments and super hydrating elements sets ILIA apart and has made it a cult beauty favorite.

For the Eyes – Mineral Fusion
All Mineral Fusion products deliver the wide-ranging benefits of minerals.  The hypoallergenic Eye Color Trios feature a color coordinated trio of richly pigmented, crease-resistant shades that apply effortlessly, individually or together, to enhance eyes. They feature Pomegranate, White Tea, Red Tea and Sea Kelp to soothe skin and defend against free radical damage. Plus, they are free of gluten, parabens, artificial colors, fragrances and talc and never-tested on animals.

Natural products to repair sun damage

Going out in the sun is unavoidable and even if we do our best with the sunscreen, we still could be damaging our skin. Here are some natural ways to repair the sun damage you might already have. Also, make sure to tune into Daybreak tomorrow, July 1, to see us chat about them.

Exfolimate
Effectively remove dead skin after sun exposure with one simple tool instead of harsh chemicals. Exfolimate is your own personal exfoliating mate, designed with innovative micro grooves and smooth edge technology to instantly glide along the skin with gentle fingertip control and pressure. By using your Exfloimate daily, you will naturally cleanse your pores and remove dulling surface debris to achieve clearer and healthier skin after being in the sun. 
www.exfolimate.com

Honey Girl Organics
Honey contains high levels of healing antioxidants to help fight free-radical damage due to sun over-exposure. Honey is also a natural humectant, which means that it naturally draws moisture to the skin. In turn, this improves texture, tone and moisture.  Honey Girl Organics utilizes the healing power of honey to promote skin health. Their products help to stimulate collagen production, moisturize and provide nutrition without causing irritation. www.honeygirlorganics.com

Sibu Beauty
Sibu offers both internal and external products featuring Sea Buckthorn to help repair skin from the damaging effects of the sun and boost overall health. The Sibu Sea Buckthorn Liquid Supplement is a powerful free radical scavenger that helps to improve skin tone and texture. It is loaded with omega fatty acids 3, 6, 9 and the elusive omegas 7s which provide key building blocks for skin, hair and nails. Sibu Age Defying Eye Cream revitalizes and treats the delicate area around the eyes that is often affected by squinting into the sun. www.sibubeauty.com

Green Tea
You can also find both internal and external green tea solutions to fight skin damage. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, found that drinking green tea can help make you more resistant to ultraviolet radiation and therefore premature skin aging. You can also find powerful skin care products that feature green tea to apply direction to the skin.  

Natural products for dry summer hair

The dry summer weather compounded by everyday blowdrying, styling and coloring can really take it’s toll on our hair. Thankfully, there are natural solutions that can help you achieve the silky, shiny hair that you crave.  Here are some of our favorite natural hair products, supplements and do-it-yourself ideas to get luxurious and healthy hair. Make sure to check us out on Everyday this Thursday, June 26 to see us chat about them!

BRÖÖ
Did you know that beer is great for dry hair? It’s true! BRÖÖ is an unique product line that utilizes the nutrients from beer to heal and nourish your hair. BRÖÖ  is the super drink for hair because it is filled with  B vitamins, proteins and minerals to make your hair strong, healthy and shiny. Special beer blends like the volumizing pale ale help to strengthen hair and give a weightless gloss that you’ll love. Plus products are color-friendly and 100 percent vegan.
www.broo.com

John Masters Organics
A celebrity favorite, John Masters Organics grew out of a desire to create a luxury beauty line that respects the Earth. The result is an exceptional line that represents the culmination of hard work and dedication to utilizing organic and wild-crafted ingredients. The Hair Line includes a variety of wonderful products to get your hair looking exactly how you want. For instance, the extra-strength Bourbon Vanilla and Tangerine Hair Texturizer is perfect for shaping hair into any desired style, from the “bed-head” look to smooth and silky, without drying. Plus the Shine On leave-in hair treatment uses organic kelp in place of synthetic silicone to smooth the hair shaft, leaving hair shiny and soft all day long. A great natural-shine alternative to petroleum-based products. Both are safe for color-tre
ated hair. www.johnmasters.com

 Rosemary Hair Oil
You can also utilize rosemary oil to help improve the health of your hair. Rosemary has been used since Roman times for improving health and beautifying hair. It is believed that rosemary helps to stimulate hair follicles, which helps hair grow thicker and stronger. This in turn can help slow down hair loss and premature graying. You can buy rosemary oil, or you can make your own. Simply take some fresh rosemary and remove from the stem (about four stems worth). Next, beat the rosemary with the end of a rolling pin to unleash and activate the herbal benefits. Finally, put the rosemary in a mason jar and cover with about a half cup of Almond oil. Leave the mason jar in a sunny window for about four weeks and you have a great natural hair treatment. To use it, drain it and then heat a little by warming in your hands and working through your scalp. Even though we have not experienced this firsthand, some say that rosemary can darken the hair, so keep this in mind. In fact, some suggest utilizing rosemary and sage together as a natural way to cover gray.

Silica
Silica is an important mineral found in all of us that contributes to healthy joints, nails, muscles and hair. The overall health of your hair can be compromised if you are low on this vital mineral. The degradation of our soil and prevalence of junk food diets can put us at risk. Thus, regardless of what you are putting on your hair, it can still still be weak and limp and grow slowly if you do not have enough silica in your body. There are many ways to get more silica including  purchasing a Colloidal mineral supplement featuring silica, getting a supplement like Hair Nutrients or checking out a bamboo or horsetail supplement, like Irwin Naturals, or eating more brown rice and oats.