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Wellness Beets – Episode 7: Stress Management, Cooking Fats, and Henna

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Wellness Beets


Stress Management

Stress Management is incredibly important for overall health.  Not only does this change the physiology of the body (hormones, messaging signals, central nervous system), but it changes your perspective on the objective things going on in your life. Alex and Brittany share their personal experiences with incorporating mental health practices and how this affected their overall health.


  • Headspace app from App Store
  • Gratitude Diary app from App Store
  • check out: Tara Brach (has podcast as well), Louise Hay (Hay House Podcast), Oprah & Deepak Chopra program (21 day intro program)

Daily Options:

  • long walks
  • talking with friends and family
  • meditation
  • journaling
  • epsom salt soaks

Henna for Hair and Colorless Henna Alternatives

The most basic recipe is to place henna in a bowl, pour in warm water until it’s the consistency of mud, and add in a splash of lemon or lime juice (something acidic). Then let it sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour to let the dye release. Alex usually washes her hair first (soapnut shampoo and this protein packed strengthening shampoo are her favorite), applies the henna, and lets it sit on the hair for a while (kept in place by a shower cap and towel turban) before rinsing out with an apple cider vinegar rinse. Alex highly recommends starting with as little as 15 minutes on the hair, especially if you have a lighter hair, and working up to 1.5 hours (for dark hair and for a greater transformation in color).

Different additions to the henna treatment will give different results. For all the different goodies for all the different purposes (conditioning, better curls, repair), you can get this free Henna Hair Guide cheat sheet PDF.

For all the conditioning effects of henna but with less color deposition, you can mix the henna with coconut oil for a glossing effect.  In this case, a shampoo afterwards might be necessary. A great alternative to this is a henna and yogurt nurturing hair mask.

If you’re looking for the conditioning effect of henna but without any color change, there is this recipe.

If you’re looking for a brunette color, you can combine henna and indigo to get a pretty color.

Great information webiste:

Alex’s favorite place to buy henna:

Food Swap Tip: Replacing Cooking Fats

Cooking fats to toss: canola oil, spray oils, any vegetable oils (mis-labeled products – transfat) margarine, soybean, corn, and products labled “vegan butter” or “____ butter”.

Cooking fats to replace those with: coconut oil, butter, ghee (here’s Alex’s recipe), lard, bacon fat, duck fat, or olive oil.

For lots more information, look to Brittany’s Cooking Fat/Oil Guide.

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