Acure Organics shampoo rocks! I really am falling in love with this company. They have so many positives, they are eco-conscious, organic, fair trade, they plant trees, use solar and wind power in their facilities, grant microloans, recycle, use green packaging, biodegradable product ingredients, support many worthy causes, their kindness goes on and on…and on! But, do you know what I really love about them? Their products rock! One more thing:
“GLUTEN FREE–Each of our products is free of wheat ingredients except for our facial cleansers.” (I copied that directly from their website)
When you buy their products, you are doing your skin, and scalp a favor, and you are doing the earth a favor. Doesn’t that feel good?
Today, I went to Tall Grass Spa, Evergreen, CO for a hair appointment with Jessie. Yes, it is a plug for Jessie, because, I happen to think that Jessie and Tall Grass Spa are pretty awesome. Tall Grass Spa is an Aveda Salon, and nothing against Aveda, but their products are full of gluten. With that said, Jessie does not mind a bit that I bring my gluten-free hair products along with me, she understands my need to have gluten-free hair products. If you live in the area, this Spa ranks very high, part of the Denver A list for Day Spa’s; number one, I believe, and for good reason.
I took my Acure conditioner and shampoo with me to the appointment, Jessie thought that it smelled great, and felt nice, quality and rich were words that she used. The end result: my hair is very shiny and soft. It was only my second use of the Acure shampoo, but I think that I love this shampoo! It did not weigh my hair down, and the shine is something else. You already know from an earlier post that I love the Acure Conditioner don’t you? Thanks Acure and thanks Jessie.
Are you looking for a way to moisturize your skin naturally? It is really easy to make a body scrub, and tailor the scrub to your needs and desires.
I take an empty container, add organic sugar (about 1/2 of the container), then I add a splash or two of Vanilla. (Vanilla will ‘sweeten’ and enhance the essential oils that you will add.) I use a combination of Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, and sometimes Sesame Oil. As far as essential oils are concerned, you may use a scent that you like, maybe lavender, or if you have eczema, you may chose something like German camomile to help with your condition. I like to use a mix of Clary Sage & Ylang Ylang which is supposed to help with balancing hormones. There is no way to ‘mess’ this up! You can scent it as strong as you like, or not at all.
Be creative, you can really help your body in numerous ways with this oil treatment. Essential Oils, can be added to support an emotional mood, or try to combat eczema, aromatherapy, or just because you like the smell! Young Living has a place on their website that suggest oils and oil blends for various purposes (calming, hormone balance, sleep enhancement etc.) Here is another place to read about the uses for essential oils: Aromatherapy Essential Oils Profile & Natures Gift. I purchase my oils from Young Living, Julia Rose or Vita Cost, they are gluten-free friendly places to shop.
Next, have you read about ayurvedic massage? I was tought by an ayurvedic doctor to do a massage daily if possible. The benefits are endless (improved circulation, radiant skin, toxin release, nourish joints), take a minute to check out this blog about AYURVEDIC Massage for the many reasons that you should add this oil/massage to your shower or daily routine! People have different dosha’s (different body make-up/conditions) and that is why different oils are used. Again, you really can’t mess up your oil recipe, but if it helps to use the ones that are best matched to your body type, then why not? Just take a few minutes to take a dosha quiz and you will have an idea of which oils are best for you! I take a few minutes at the end of my shower to do a quick massage, my skins is softer and maybe I have done myself a dozen other favors with the massage (i.e. circulation, exfoliation, detox, etc.); then, rinse off the sugar, the oil stays and your soft skin!
As you can see by my picture of the ingredients, I try to use pure, organic, gluten-free products. It is all edible…which is what your skin wants and needs! Remember, you skin is your largest organ, and it ‘eats’ what you put on it! So chose your ingredients wisely! Also, if you don’t want to add the sugar ingredient; that is, you do not want a scrub, then leave it out and you will have a nice oil (which is better for the massage). Keep in mind that if you live in a colder place, like I do, your coconut oil will be solid white (see picture below), no worries, I put my oil on the heat/register or run it under my shower water and it quickly melts.
If you have any ideas or favorite oil/scrub recipes, I would love to hear about them!
¿Cómo se dice GLUTEN-FREE en español?
I travel for a living, therefore, I eat in many restaurants, and I do it often in foreign countries.
First, In languages that I can get my tongue around, like French or Spanish, I learn how to say “I am allergic to gluten”. I like the website Google Translate. This is what Google Translate translated when I wrote: “I am allergic to gluten” to Spanish: Soy alérgico al gluten. But, after discussing this with a native speaker, they advised me to say that I am allergic to wheat and flour (Soy alérgico al trigo y la harina). The native Columbian-Spanish speaker advised this because in many rural parts, gluten is not a known word. I like this advice, what is the point of saying that I am allergic to something that does not translate?
Before leaving to a non-English speaking destination, I do research at home on google translate. I translate a few gluten-free phrases for eating out, and then print what I think represents what I am trying to say. (Things like: Do you have a gluten-free menu? Do you have gluten-free options? I am allergic to Gluten. etc,) Next, there is always someone in a hotel or tourism office that can help you to pronounce the phrase as well as advise you on your best approach as exactly what to say. Sometimes the person helping is willing to write my questions in their language, on a piece of paper. This person is usually familiar with the local customs and level of understanding celiac disease/gluten-free. Let me be clear here, the translator may not understand what gluten-free or celiac disease is, but, they will usually understand the comprehension level of the population that I am visiting, with regards to the population knowing what gluten is, or not.
I was in Brugge, and absolutely stood no chance of pronouncing anything correctly in Flemish. So, I went to the tourism office, explained what I needed and the representative was kind enough to write my allergies on a piece of paper which I presented at restaurants. People have been very kind in helping me with this eating out, gluten-free issue in a foreign country. It is really very simple, just make sure that the person helping you understands that they must convey (on your behalf) that you have zero tolerance for your ‘allergen’. And if you are in Brugge, go to that delicious french fry stand (there are two, and both are awesome) in the main square, french fries ONLY in their fryer. And by the way, this is where fries originated. Yum! (And, another by-the-way, gluten-free Belgium Beer, gluten-free moules and gluten-free fries, why aren’t you planning your trip right now???) Or dine in a restaurant there with ease, satisfactorily eating gluten-free fries and of course moules!
If you feel uncomfortable, as usual, there is always fruit and a salad, but do not forget about the grocery stores, many stores in Europe and some of the big cities in South America have gluten-free options. And, don’t forget to look up the translation for “gluten-free” so that you can look for it in a foreign language on the label! Often the store will have gluten-free items in one area, thank you nice store people!
I would like to emphasize that the google translator is not always exactly what you need, but it is a good starting point. Print the translation and then ask a person that is educated in both languages if it makes sense.
Here are two gluten-free guide books:
I have only poked around on these sites a limited amount due to the fact, that I do pretty well on my own. But, I thought that I would include them if you are newer to achieving gluten-free in a foreign tongue. Good luck!
I like to change my shampoo and conditioner somewhat frequently. Lucky for me, there are more and more quality products becoming available to us gluten-free people. I would definitely buy this product again, it is by Acure and I tried the Pure Mint. Mint would not be my first fragrance choice for hair care, but I chose it because it seemed to be the perfect match for my needs. (My hair is fine, but I have lots of it, it tends to be oily while at the same time having dry ends, and it is color treated.) The conditioner felt nice and rich going in, I thought that it might weigh my hair down…but it did not! My results were: it was as if I used a heavy conditioner that corrected my dryness, but it rinsed out and left my hair light and manageable. It left no weight/film behind.
It is Gluten-free, fair trade certified, vegan, sulfate, paraben, phthalate and cruelty free! (They use Quinoa Protein to keep in a quality conditioning agent and still keeping it gluten-free) It is also filled with many organic ingredients. Try it, enjoy nice hair and no itchy scalp….because it is gluten-free!
One more thing, the price is nice. I got it at VitaCost for under $10.00. I used their gluten-free search to find it.
I just bought “Kiss My Face” brand soap, I tried the following: Olive & Aloe, Pure Olive Oil, and Olive & Green Tea. I like everything about the soap, the price is much lower than other soaps of this high quality, the ingredients are gluten-free, no phthalates, no artificial color, biodegradable, no animal ingredients, and not animal testing! It is a nice, clean, healthy, earth friendly soap! …and it is very nice to my skin. (Other “flavors” are available.)
These soaps are all based on the ingredient: Olive Oil; which is a very nice quality gluten-free ingredient. For more beauty and body care ideas; check out this blog The Olive Oil Source to learn of the awesomeness of Olive Oil for your skin!
You will not be surprised to learn that I purchased this gluten-free natural soap at The Vitamin Cottage . I shop there quite a bit because they are a gluten-free friendly shopping destination.
Look at the gluten-free ingredients! And all the other nice features of this soap!
In the past, I have experienced problems with my shoulder involving soft tissue. Meanwhile, I have tarsal tunnel, a tendon problem in my ankle. Now, I am experiencing tennis elbow. What gives?
The physical therapist suggested a link between Celiac’s and my soft tissue issues. She recommended that I check out this book: “Performance Without Pain” by: Kathryn Pirtle (who also has a blog), and I will!
Many people write in to blogs complaining of joint pain that they believe corresponds to celiac’s disease. Here is a blog that helps in general with cooling inflammation: http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.com/2009/05/cure-acne-back-pain-tendonitis.html . There is also a plethora of information of the correlation between eating a gluten-free diet and reducing inflammation.
After some quick research, I have found that there is not a lot of published information documenting the correlation between Celiac’s and tendonitis coming from the medical community. There is information about rheumatoid arthritis, but not this exact subject, to my knowledge.
I am just letting you know what two different physical therapists have suggested to me, in case you are having a similar experience. If you have any more information, please share it with me!
For now, I am going to check out the book, do a spring cleanse and see how I feel!
Finally, I have found a gluten-free Baguette that is pretty dang good. It does not exactly taste like I just walked out of a hotel in Paris and grabbed a Baguette from the local boulangerie, tucked it under my arm and headed to the Tour Eiffel, but, broil it and throw some garlic and olive oil on it, and you are going to be happy, I swear. It is crunchy, and crusty and yummy! What about making some gluten-free bruschetta? Mmmmm.
Check it out, the brand is Against The Grain . I bought mine at the Vitamin Cottage and I paid about $6.75 for two gluten-free baguette’s. I cut them in half, then into thirds and throw them back into the freezer; then at dinner time, they are easy to pull out and make a sandwich or some garlic bread. Enjoy!