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October 25, 2013

Nettle Tea for Healthy Hair Growth and Thickening


Hola Chicas!

In an attempt to resolve my post nasal drip, I've been dairy, wheat and alcohol free for 3 months. THREE MONTHS!  The bad news is that the drip is still here, the good news is that it's clearly not the wine... so... *cheers*  #WhereMyDrank

At any rate, on this journey to restore health I've seen several doctors and allergies, sinus issues, reflux and undiagnosed dietary tolerances are all off the table.  I'm healthy as shit with no other symptoms.  It all started in August of 2011, which just so happens to be precisely the same time we moved to Pennsylvania... so maybe I'm just allergic to this Happy Valley situation.

After the traditional medical route failed to produce results, I went the alternative route- did the human pin-cushion thing (a story for another day), thought positive thoughts, recited affirmations, meditated on it, prayed about it, downed herbal remedies and tinctures and ish... you name it.  In fact, as I sit here typing this article, I have a mouthful of cold pressed, unrefined coconut oil. 

Yep, I've officially lost my damn mind.  

If you haven't heard of it, it's an Ayurvedic ritual called oil pulling and other than fatigued cheek muscles, I'm not sure what else I'm getting.  I'll give it a few weeks. It's also touted as a healthy hair remedy since it detoxifies your body and streamlines other bodily processes to free up energy to grow hurr. 

Another experiment (and the reason for this article), hasn't stopped the drip, but made me think of you gals.  NETTLE TEA! It's championed as the fountain of youth as it's high in vitamins A, C, K, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron and chlorophyll. It's good for anemic folk (that's me!), people dealing with respiratory, digestive and urinary tract situations and excessive mucus (that's me too!).  It's a natural anti-histamine so it may help in alleviating allergy symptoms.  The kicker is that it encourages hair growth by improving circulation and reducing shedding and detoxifies your body and skin to help you get your glow on.  It's actually a common ingredient in many natural hair care products.  So yeah. 

I can't say definitively if it's helping my hair or skin (it's only been a couple of weeks), BUT, that rude pimple situation that pops up every 28 days resolved rather quickly yesterday.  It never even came to a head, which is bizarre.  Although I'm drinking it (with a little manuka honey) several times a day, white folks rinse with it (final rinse before applying styling products), and they find it helps to stimulate their scalps for some pretty awesome thickening results!  Don't let the deep green color fool you either, it has a grassy taste, but it's light, almost floral and totally palatable.  I buy it loose from my local natural market and brew my own. As I'm #HairLazy right now, I'll continue consuming it on a regular basis and keep y'all posted!

Drink to your health ladies! 

Happy Friday,
Nik

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