Herb of the week: Sweet Basil

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Sweet basil is commonly known as a culinary spice used to season Italian dishes like spaghetti; it is also a main ingredient in pesto. Did you know, however, that sweet basil can heal insect bites or stings? This common kitchen spice packs a powerful punch when it comes to healing skin and nourishing hair.

Herb of the Week: Rosehip

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Rosehips are the seedpods that remain once a rose has shed its petals. A highly nutrient oil can be extracted from rosehip seeds called rosehip seed oil. This red orange oil has a high concentration of vitamin C and A and is a light-weight oil that absorbs easily, making it ideal for moisturizing and nourishing hair and skin. Rosehip seed oil can also be helpful in regulating oil secretion in facial skin.

Female black hair entrepreneur: Annie Turnbo Malone

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Continuing our African American Hair Then & Now series for Black History Month, I will be talking about Annie Turnbo Malone, a major mover and shaker in the Black hair industry during the 20th century. “By 1900, Annie Turnbo Malone, had developed successful straighteners, hair growers, special oils, and pomades. Malone also manufactured and sold Wonderful Hair Grower and, with her assistants, sold products door-to-door. She opened Poro College in St. Louis in 1902, where she trained women as agents for the Poro system.”

Herbs, Oils, Spices Series: Rose Oil

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Roses are more than just beautiful flowers, their petals contain skin-toning properties that can be helpful for those with mature, dry, sensitive, or inflamed skin. Rose oil is often viewed as a luxurious oil that can improve the health of skin all over the body, especially on the face. Although it can be very costly to purchase commercially prepared rose oil or rose essential oil, you can prepare your own rose oil in three simple steps.

Herb of the week: Red Clover

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Red clover is a flower that blossoms into a pink bloom and can be used dried or fresh for medicinal treatments. Due to its high nutrient contents, Red clover can be taken internally as a tea or used for skin aliments like eczema.

Inventor of Black Hair Straightening Comb: Marjorie Stewart Joyner

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Many of us have heard of Madame C.J. Walker’s contribution to the African American hair industry, but have you heard of Marjorie Stewart Joyner? Read on to find out how this woman was behind the invention of Walker’s famous “hot comb.”