So I know it’s been a while since I published a new blog post but no worries because I’m back!!! For today’s topic, I felt like we should speak about elderberries because it has worked wonders on my dry brittle hair. You may have heard about it while we were at the height of the pandemic as an ingredient added within home remedies to boost the immune system. However, I’ve been using elderberries within my DIY spritz, adding it to my hair and body butters, and using it within this Deep Protein Mask that we are working to release soon called the Fenugreek Shea Mask.
If you haven’t tried it yet then here are some reasons why you should:
- Helps to seal split ends
- Repairs dry and brittle hair
- Moisturizes dry scalp
- Helps to soften and hydrate the hair from the inside and out.
- It also helps to repair damaged hair and stop excessive breakage in addition to shedding
- Helps to promote elasticity within the skin
- Works as a natural remedy for acne and blackheads
- Has Anti-wrinkle properties. Meaning it helps to smooth out frown lines.
- Remove excess dirt from your pores and helps to give your skin a natural glow
Now How Is This Possible
- It contains Vitamin A, C, D, E, B-1, B-2, and B-3
- It has anti-inflammatory properties
- It contains Flavonoids and antioxidants
- Has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties
Vitamin A encourages your scalp to produce oils that will keep the scalp moisturized. When it comes to your skin, it helps to reduce acne by removing excess bacteria and damaging cells such as free radicals from the skin. It has anti-aging properties and is the reason why elderberries are able to smooth out frown lines.
Vitamin C helps to protect the skin from harsh environments and protects against UV rays similar to Vitamin E. These vitamins not only help the skin but they also help to strengthen the overall hair structure by releasing free radicals from that scalp that work to damage and break down the hair’s strength. Furthermore, these vitamins help to add shine, produce collagen and reduce frizziness within the hair.
Now when it comes to Vitamin D, I’m sure I don’t have to break down the importance of this for our skin and hair, because what’s usually the first thing you hear when your skin is looking pale or when your hair is falling out. Most of the time, it’s usually because your body is low in Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential to our body because it’s what gives our skin luster. It also has ant-microbial properties which are what help to rid the skin of unwanted acne and blackheads. In addition to that it helps to repair dry skin, hair thinning, and reduce baldness.
Last but not least, Flavonoids help to promote hair growth and helps to improve the your skin’s overall look and glow.
How Can You Use Elderberries
- I usually take 2 tablespoons of the berries, soak it in a cup of aloe, and 2 cups of lemongrass juice for about a day. Once the mix infuses, I then remove the berries through a strainer and use the infused liquid as an herbal spray for my hair.
- After making the spritz, I would use the softened elderberries and blend it with a natural butter like Kokum, or Mango butter to then be able to apply it to my skin as a body butter. When blending make sure the elderberries are blended soft enough that they automatically break down onto the skin without leaving a residue. [Please note: in order to soften Kokum or Mango butter for blending, you must melt it down into its oil form then pour water while simultaneously whipping it in order to have the butter become soft enough to apply & use as a lotion. ] Prior to whipping the butter, make sure to add the blended berries into the mix in order to make your butter. With this base, you can add any essential oil you like such as Tea tree oil, Eucalyptus, and Tangerine OIl, or even use carrier oils like Watermelon seed, Hazelnut, or Palm oil.
Be advised these are not full recipes and are just suggestive ways for you to use elderberries. If you would like to see a full recipe of how I use elderberries then be sure to dm me on Instagram or leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to make a step-by-step video.
Alright, guys, that’s it for today. Let me know if you found this post to be helpful. Also, we’re going to change it up this week and talk about filters, makeup, and cat-fishing. Are they related or different? Are there levels to cat-fishing? Who knows but be on the lookout for my next post which will introduce this topic prior to Episode 2 of Honestly Naturale being released via Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Youtube, RSS Stream, and Facebook. If you already have a thought on this topic then dm me @livelynaturale or leave a comment. Bye!! All links to podcasts or social media are at the top & bottom of the page.
Be sure to check out Episode One which speaks to cultural appropriation, pop culture and hair discrimination. The link to episode 1 is here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/honestly-naturale/id1572340198