Today I did the best thing I have done to my hair yet.

I have long tangly dry hair and every time the weather changes my head gets so itchy I can’t stand it! This year has been the worst so far. 
So, today I made this awesome leave in treatment and its so easy I wanted to share! 

In this bottle is one part coconut oil and two parts aloe. Seriously.

First, over very low heat and in a simple metal measuring cup I melted my coconut oil. Let it melt slowly, and stir occasionally. 
(Though it may seem neat to put it in the microwave, I don’t recommend it. I prefer to keep it as pure as I can. It’s a habit I picked up from my mother, apparently.)

While my coconut oil was heating up, I added the aloe to the bottle. Next time I make this I’m going to use the plant we have in our living room, but I had a little bit of ‘pure aloe’ left in a bottle from our beach vacation this year.  Don’t use a funnel with your aloe, just put it in the bottle. I learned that it clogs up the hole and your oil will have a hard time getting through, later. (facepalm)  

You can take your oil off of the heat when you see only a little bit of the solid white of the coconut oil left. When its ready to pour it will be clear. 

Shake to mix up all together, and apply to your scalp and let sit for 30 minutes. After that you can hop in shower and use a natural shampoo and conditioner, or one that doesn’t have a lot of fake perfume in it. 

The cool thing about this is while you are massaging your scalp, your hands are also getting a massage and will be extra soft when you’re all done!

Food and medicine, disguised as houseplants.

Coffee, various citrus trees, malabar spinach, aloe vera, pineapple, moringa, banana, avocado, mango, tea tree, bay leaf, olive, and more…

biodiverseed​’s Indoor edible/medicinal tropical garden on myfolia

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This is the top of an old Aloe Vera plant, which had gotten lanky and uneven as I have clipped away a number of leaves to use for burns and skin ailments.

Unlike many succulents, Aloe vera does not propagate readily from leaf cuttings: your only hope of cloning your plant is either from separating a “pup” or offset (a young plant with a full set of roots, attached the mother plant under the soil), or, by rooting a stem cutting (like mine, above).

An Aloe pup [Image: Our Green Haven]

A stem cutting of Aloe africana [Image: T. Knight]

My plant had two pups, so if I am unsuccessful in getting this cutting to root, it’s not the end of the world: I’ll just freeze the leaves for medicinal use.

In order to prevent rot, I am leaving the plant as-is, air-drying for 7-10 days, which allows the cut section to form a callus. This callus prevents the transmission of fungal diseases from the soil to the plant’s tissues.

After a callus is formed, the bottom section of the stem will be placed in soil in a windowsill that receives moderate sunlight.

Hopefully, within 4-6 weeks, this cutting will form roots, becoming a much more attractive plant than the scarred and leggy victim of frequent harvest it once was.