A couple of days ago, I stumbled across some posts on the internet about using honey to lighten hair colour. I have never really cared much for changing my hair colour. I don’t like unnecessary chemicals and dyes. But this seemed really intriguing so I decided to give it a shot!
My hair is dark and medium brown, straight, fine and I really wish it had more volume and that there was more of it. I wasn’t able to take a ‘before’ photo but I will put up some old photos where my hair can be seen.
There are so many different recipes out there for this so you can google it to find one that suits your needs. Here’s the recipe I used:
- 2 tbsp 100% honey
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp water (more or less, depending on how thick the honey is)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
I chose to mix the first three ingredients together and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then I applied it to my hair one small section at a time. Cinnamon powder gives the hair a reddish tint, which I didn’t really want so I added it in right at the end and used it on the ends of my hair. It also tingles a bit, which I, again, did not want to feel so I only added a little. I then tied my hair in a bun and put on a shower cap. I washed my hair after 5 hours. Most people do this overnight but I didn’t want it on my hair that long. Most websites say that it should be on for at least an hour. After washing, do not apply heat. Do not use a hair dryer or straightener. Let your hair air dry.
My hair felt conditioned and really soft. Several strands have turned a shade lighter and it looks like I have highlights! It’s very subtle and will require a few more sessions to become more noticeable but it is still pretty cool! My hair has always looked light-medium brown in the sunlight but in normal light, it looks medium-dark brown. If you look at the photo, you’ll see that my hair has some medium brown/mahogany streaks. The non-mahogany coloured hair is my actual hair colour. Pretty cool, huh?
Wow, it’s been a LONG time since my last post! I’ve been so insanely busy these past couple of months!
I’ve been to a new doctor here, after hearing lots of recommendations. The doctor did this test called NLS-Oberon Screening and the test showed that I have a parasitic infection. *Eek*
Before all of these stomach troubles began, I had experienced food poisoning and caught a stomach virus. This happened 3 times, and after the third time, I started feeling unwell a lot. The doctor believed this may be what caused it. Further reading led me to believe that bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and intestinal parasites/worms can cause a lot of these symptoms that I experience, which the doctor referred to as IBS-like symptoms. She said that my stomach is inflamed and all of this is what has caused several food intolerances.
Right now, I am undergoing treatment – lots of herbal medicines coupled with homeopathic treatment. It’s hard to tell whether I am feeling better, because of the side effects of the herbal medicines, but the tests show improvement. I am no longer vegan. The doctor has advised introducing eggs and camel milk to my diet. My body has been having such a tough time digesting food. Apparently, camel milk works wonders and is suitable for lactose intolerant people as well. I am off sugar and starch (it feeds bacteria) and I really wish I could go grain-free but I don’t know what I’d eat :S I’m already terribly underweight! The good news is that since starting treatment and making these dietary changes, I’ve gained 2 kilos.
There is a hypo-allergenic digestive enzyme that the doctor recommended which has been really helpful. I take a pill after each meal three times a day. I used to have this heavy feeling in my upper stomach right after eating but after having started these pills, I don’t feel that anymore.
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I also learned that raw garlic is a natural cure for both SIBO and intestinal parasites. I’ve been consuming a lot of it. However, be warned, it is a diuretic. No fun if you have to be outdoors! It would be worth reading into this – it could help you feel better!
I have been eating this so often! It is so incredibly easy to whip up and doesn’t take any time at all! Perfect for kids as well and one of the greatest allergy friendly snack ideas I’ve ever had.
You just need 2 ingredients: Rice cakes and jam.
Rice Cakes and Jam
I usually have 4 small sized rice cakes with 1 tablespoon of jam. It is DELICIOUS! Even my gluten eating friend has now fallen in love with rice cakes and cannot wait to try it with jam! Perfect alternative to crackers-and-cream or crackers-and-jam! I have these for breakfast sometimes as well. Needless to say, I’m never disappointed with it! Great to pack for kids’ school lunches as a little treat. If you can have dairy, slather on some cheese and butter and jam. If you eat meat, put some slices of turkey or chicken on it. Use it instead of bread! Make a sandwich using rice cakes! Did you know that McDonald’s offers burgers that replace the bread buns with rice cakes in Asia to cater to the market? Pretty interesting, huh? 🙂
Buying allergy friendly food is so much easier than it was a few years ago. Here’s where you can find gluten free and lactose free products in Dubai:
- SPINNEYS: You will find a range of dairy free milks here. They stock soy milk, rice milk and almond milk. They also have a jam that is labelled gluten free, by a company called Duerr’s. They stock quinoa, gluten free rice cakes, gluten free flours, and other gluten free snacks like cookies, macaroons and tomato-cheese sticks by Mrs Crimble’s. They also have some gluten free pastas and rice noodles as well as rice paper wrappers. I use those for samosas! I’ve also seen some small crisp sized packets containing flavoured gluten free rice cakes. These were in the section for food for infants. They even stock products by Waitrose. The most amazing think I saw was gluten free vegetable stock by Kallo! I can’t have these due to other allergies, but if you can, then hooray!
- CHOITHRAM: The Choithram that I’ve been to in Dubai Silicon Oasis has an aisle for health conscious people. They have rice cakes, quinoa, and dairy free milk.
- CARREFOUR: I always buy my gluten free spaghetti from here. They stock this brand called Peacock’s and have a variety of gluten free spaghetti noodles which are white rice noodles, brown rice noodles and vermicelli noodles. This is the cheapest (7-8 AED) brand of gluten free spaghetti I have found in Dubai. Most cost over 20 AED and contain corn which is something I cannot have. Carrefour also stocks lactose free milk by Al Marai. Look for it in the UHT section. They also sell soy milk but I have never seen any almond milk there.
- LULU HYPERMARKET: I have heard about Lulu’s stocking lots of gluten free food but I don’t usually go there so I don’t know what they have. I recently found out that they stock almond milk by a brand that I’ve heard about repeatedly, especially from consumers in the US: Almond Breeze. I don’t drink this because apparently there is some amount of soy in it, but everyone gives it great reviews!
- HYPERPANDA: They have a tiny little section dedicated to gluten free food, which makes me so pleased. There, I have seen rice crackers, Peacock’s gluten free spaghetti, and quinoa.
- HOLLAND & BARRETT: This is a small, nifty little store just outside Hyperpanda in Dubai Festival City. They’ve got quinoa and lots of gluten free grains and flours.
You can always also go to ORGANIC FOODS AND CAFE in Dubai Mall but I don’t usually go to Dubai Mall. (Can you blame me? It’s always so crowded and takes ages to get from one end of the mall to the other!) There is also a Waitrose store there. In both stores, you will find a range of allergy friendly products. I haven’t listed any here because I’ve never been there.
For quick reference, use the lists below when you go shopping. The first list is sorted by product type, and the second is by store.
- Gluten free/lactose free rice cakes in Spinneys and Choithram
- Dairy free milk in Spinneys, Choithram, Lulu Hypermarket and Carrefour
- Lactose free milk in Carrefour
- Gluten free spaghetti (Peacock’s) in Carrefour and Hyperpanda
- Gluten free flours in Spinneys and Holland & Barrett
- Gluten free jam (Duerr’s) in Spinneys
- Quinoa in Spinneys, Choithram, Holland & Barrett and Hyperpanda
- Gluten free snacks and treats in Spinneys
- Rice paper in Spinneys
- Rice noodles in Spinneys
- Gluten free vegetable stock in Spinneys
- SPINNEYS: Gluten free/lactose free rice cakes, dairy free milk, gluten free flours, gluten free jam, quinoa, gluten free snacks, rice paper, rice noodles, gluten free vegetable stock
- CHOITHRAM: Gluten free/lactose free rice cakes, dairy free milk, quinoa
- CARREFOUR: Dairy free milk, lactose free milk, gluten free spaghetti
- LULU HYPERMARKET: Dairy free milk
- HYPERPANDA: Quinoa, gluten free spaghetti
- HOLLAND & BARRETT: Gluten free flours, quinoa