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Are All Henna Products 100% Pure & Chemical Free?

Are All Henna Products 100% Pure & Chemical Free?

The answer would be no, not all henna products are 100% pure and chemical free. Even if they advertise it as “natural” there may be PPD etc. in it. Before you buy henna from a vendor – whether it’s from a brick and mortar store or online, make sure you’re buying it from someone who knows their products well including exactly where they’re sourcing their products from. A vendor that cares enough will get their products tested for quality by an independent lab. A lot of the henna store owners out there will buy their products just based on price and not on quality because their motivation is making money and not to bring you a quality product, to change the world or free it of harmful and synthetic chemicals.

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Here’s a recent incident from March of this year, which was reported by Fox News Health, to illustrate that not all henna products available on the market are 100% pure and chemical free. Chemese Armstrong, from Austin, Texas, discovered she had an allergy to PPD (paraphenylenediamine), a harmful chemical used in most permanent hair dyes, and her dermatologist recommended she use henna to color her hair. So, she went to have her hair dyed with henna, which if pure does not have PPD. Before coloring her hair, the stylist even did an allergy test, which did not result in any reaction. They went ahead and colored her hair with the “pure PPD-free henna” and a couple of hours later Armstrong ended up with a really bad allergic reaction to the henna, which obviously contained PPD, to where she ended up in the Emergency Room. Consequently, Armstrong reached out to question the salon about the henna but they did not respond.

This type of behavior is sheer carelessness on the part of the salon owner. If the salon owner in Austin did not know that the henna contained PPD, that’s not ok. They better know what exactly it is they’re selling. They did not care enough to make sure that their products were 100% free of chemicals or they would’ve gotten the product tested by an independent lab to hold their vendor accountable.

Plus, it also shows that they don’t care enough for their customers to make sure they’re selling them a product they say they are selling. If it’s 100% pure, it better be 100% pure. And if they knew that the product contained PPD and used it on Armstrong knowing that she has an allergy to PPD, then it’s negligence on their part. You can read the complete article here – Texas Woman’s Allergic Reaction To Henna Hair Dye

We at Natural Nirvaan would like everyone out there to be aware that 100% pure and natural henna and indigo hair colors do not and should not contain any chemicals. Henna, indigo and cassia are single-ingredient products. It’s unfortunate that henna, indigo and cassia hair colors get a bad name because of the unscrupulous practices of henna manufacturers fed by the demand of sellers that buy these products and pass them off of as 100% pure and natural.

We care about your wellbeing and want you to have a safe and lovely henna journey, please educate yourself about what pure and natural henna, indigo and cassia hair colors are, how they work and what you should look for. If you take the right path to henna hair color – purchase the right product, color your hair the right away, we assure you, this will be the most beautiful and healthiest your hair has ever been.

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Do You Want To Live To Be A Healthy 100?

In the book, The Blue Zones, Dan Buettner reveals how to transform your health based on his research on the dietary habits and lifestyle practices of the communities that live in areas he’s identified as “Blue Zones”— places where the world’s healthiest people live based on their longevity. If you’d like to live to be a healthy 100, keep reading.

The 5 blue zones identified by Dan Buettner are:

  • Ikaria, Greece
  • Okinawa, Japan
  • Ogliastra Region, Sardinia
  • Loma Linda, California
  • Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

Buttoner also  identifies the “top longevity foods” from each Blue Zone, take a look at the list below. Seems wholesome! Many of you reading this may turn your nose up as there’s no steak on the list:).

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Ikaria, Greece: goat’s milk, honey, potatoes, legumes (garbanzo beans, black-eyed peas, and lentils), wild greens, lemons, feta cheese, fruit, and some fish.

Okinawa, Japan: tofu, bitter melons, garlic, brown rice, green tea, and shitake mushrooms

Sardinia, Italy: flatbread, goat’s milk, sheep’s cheese, sourdough bread, barley, fennel, fava beans, chickpeas, wine, tomatoes, almonds, milk thistle tea.

Loma Linda, California: tofu, avocados, whole-wheat bread, salmon, nuts, beans, oatmeal and soy milk.

Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica: peach palms, eggs, rice, beans, corn, squash, papayas, yams, bananas, and peach palms.

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What do you notice that’s common to the dietary habits of all the 5 Blue Zones? There are no processed foods, no sugary foods and no meats (other than fish in one of the zones). The book also recommends eating in moderation, having a small meal in the evenings, eating mostly plants and consuming minimal amount of meat products, restricted to once a week, and drinking in moderation. And of course you need to exercise too! So, here’s to a new healthier tomorrow and taking a proactive step towards being healthy senior citizens, even if we don’t all live to be 100.

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Get Shiny Hair & Smooth Skin With Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been used for cooking and in beauty care for thousands of years in places where its abundant like the South of India. It lends a delicious flavor to food and makes your hair shiny and skin smooth. The health benefits will be saved for a future food blog. Today I’d like to focus on coconut oil’s benefits to hair and skin.

Coconut Oil for Hair

Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer. Long-term use of coconut oil on your hair and scalp promotes hair growth and restores health to your hair! It is found in a lot of shampoos and conditioners because of this very reason. But to take advantage of the benefits of coconut oil use it as a deep conditioner and moisturizer once a week. It can penetrate hair better than any other oil.

Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so warm it up lightly before you massage it onto your scalp in circular motions, rub it gently into your hair too. You can leave it on overnight (if so, make sure to cover your pillow with a towel) or for a few hours while you do your chores at home. Then wash it off with a gentle shampoo free of harsh chemicals.

Special Tip: Use a couple of drops of coconut oil on your eyebrows and eyelashes too to promote growth and keep them moisturized.

Coconut Oil For Skin

Moisturize and nourish skin to leave it soft and beautiful with coconut oil. The same properties that benefit the hair make coconut oil great for skin as well. It is a wonderful natural moisturizer. It also has natural antioxidant properties, anti fungal and anti bacterial properties.

So what’s stopping you? Embrace the benefits of coconut oil for your skin and hair today. Do share with us how coconut oil helped your hair and skin.

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Adopt Lifestyle Habits That Increase Health & Longevity

In 2004, Dan Buettner, founder of Blue Zones LLC,  teamed up with National Geographic and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify regions, which were called “Blue Zones,” around the world where people live much longer and have a better quality of life. In these “Blue Zones” they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in USA.

Buettner and the National Geographic team found 9 lifestyle characteristics that are responsible for their longevity.

  • Move Naturally – garden, walk, bike…do something you love that involves movement:)
  • Know Your Purpose In Life
  • Kick Back & De-stress
  • Eat Less
  • Eat Less Meat & More Legumes For Protein
  • Drink In Moderation
  • Have Faith – A Sense Of Belonging Matters
  • Put Families First – Keep Aging Elders Nearby
  • Stay Social

Buettner’s subsequent book The Blue Zones was on the New York Times best-seller list. In 2009 Blue Zones partnered with AARP and the United Health Foundation test the 9 principles in Albert Lea, Minnesotta. After a year, participants added an estimated 2.9 years to their average lifespan! And now they are on a mission to build Blue Zones across the US.

Buttoner said that studies show that only 10% of  how long the average person lives is dictated by our genes the other 90% is determined by our lifestyle. So there’s hope for everyone to live long, healthy lives.

Watch Buttoner’s TED Talk below about the Blue Zone story.