Flaxseed gel

Can someone please tell me why I am only using flaxseed gel now?!?
All I can say is WOW!
I am so over the moon right now I can’t sleep lol. I have just given my hair a dose of flaxseed gel and I am in LOVE!  For the last 2 weeks I have been experimenting with my hair in its natural state (wash and gos), as in straight from washing it (with conditioner) and no manipulation through twisting, braiding etc. And I have been trying to find the best products to use to:
1. Define my curls
2. Not leave me with a whole load of white residue (which takes hours to dissappear due to my hairs low porosity)
and 3. Leave my hair feeling hard and crunchy.
Before 10 minutes ago i had not been successful as I tried the conditioner only method which is leaving the same conditioner I put in my hair to co wash with, in my hair as my styler.  This just left me with white hair (residue from the conditioner) which took the best part of the day to dry to about 90% and even then the residue became flaky,  was still visible and had a slight crunch. This method did nothing for my hair and it was left looking dry by the end of the day.
I had also tried using eco styler gel on top of the conditioner but this time I squeezed out most of the conditioner, leaving less residue and applied the gel on top. Again my hair was left with flakes and even more crunch by the end of the day, also my hair dried even slower! My hair was about 80% dry by the end of the day and bear in mind, my hair is short as it is growing out from a tapered cut.
The last method I tried is using ‘paul mitchell the conditioner’ (which I have read works well with eco styler gel to avoid flakes and is very conditioning) and on top of that I used eco styler gel to define my curls further.  Now firstly, the conditioner by Paul mitchell is very moisturising and does leave the hair feeling well conditioned, but unfortunately the gel leaves a very hard and crunchy cast on top which does not leave my hair touchable at all! But never the less, this method did seem to look the best and gave my hair nice shine. I still wanted something more though,  I wanted the whole package, nice defined curls, well moisturised, shiny and soft to the touch so I kept on researching.
I have come across flaxseed gel in the past but never gave it much thought, however now I found myself in a desperate situation.  So I decided to give it a try. All it took was for me to mix 1/4 cup linseeds (flaxseeds) to 2 cups of water and stir on a medium heat until the water began to boil and become thick.  I then strained it through some stockings into a container and voila I have myself a home made gel. I did add a few drops of essential oils (peppermint,  rosemary and T tree) just for added benefits and to extend the shelf life, as unfortunately it only lasts for about 2 weeks in the fridge (hopefully an extra week with the added oils).
So the fun began,  I tested several areas of my hair with my new 100% natural gel. Firstly I wet my hair to get rid of the existing product,  I then added the flaxseed gel and was and am still AMAZED! My hair instantly felt soft, moisturised and looks defined and shiny!  What more can I ask for? It’s everything I want for my hair. I am so happy I actually made this as it has not only saved me money, as I was planning to go out and try to find the right products to use to give me what I wanted, instead of settling for less, but this is 100% natural, I know what is in it, I can reuse the same flaxseeds I first boiled again for my next batch and it took all of 5 minutes to make! Wow I am sooooo happy. Please please please give it a try if you haven’t already! It can be used as a replacement product to those drying gels that only put a hard crunchy cast over your once moisturised hair!  You can also use it for a twist out, braid out or for edge control.
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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle

Healthy-FoodsIt is so hard for many of us to keep up with living a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy, drinking water to stay hydrated and keeping fit may seem like tasks or another thing to add to your already busy lifestyle! I go through these stages a lot! I begin to be rebellious at stages because of it and I feel as though I don’t want to get up and pour that glass of water as it’s just another thing to do or I don’t want to jump in my car and drive all the way to the gym and spend an hour and a half of my busy day to workout. It gets hard! It becomes another pressure of life and I feel as though it’s just another thing to add on my to do list. But why? Why does it have to be that way. I stop and think, is it because the society that we live in today has made it seem more like pressure? I know I sit their counting the amount of glasses I’m drinking and the amount of times I go to the gym during the week and even the amount of fruits and vegetables I am supposed to be eating in a day and I just can’t keep up with the Governments standards!

So obviously if you are not getting your “5 a day” or managing to drink your “8 glasses of water” or going to the gym at least “3 times a week”, anyone will begin to feel inadequate and give up! As I am writing this, it is actually occurring to me that this is the case! I am not able to keep up with all of the recommendations so sometimes, I just give up. Maybe this is what is happening to the rest of the nation who are Obese or overweight or undernourished – they can’t keep up with society’s pressure, so they give up!

5 a day 1 5aday 5adaylogo Pouring water into glassIt’s also so funny how easy it is to fall back on the junk. It’s almost like reverse psychology, coming to think of it. Persuasion to eat healthy by giving unrealistic targets and when you can’t meet those targets, you give up and fall back on the junk. Hmmm, i never thought of it this way until now.

Healthy foods are more expensive than unhealthy foods, less easy to get a hold of when you are out and about and do not get up to half the amount of advertisement unhealthy foods get. On the other hand, unhealthy foods are advertised everywhere, even in the aeroplane – what types of healthy foods can you buy from the plane?  (if it is not cooked of course), much easier to access when you are on the go, there are so many offers available in supermarkets – buy one get one free, £1 off etc. You’d think the government wants people to fall sick and die early, maybe because the world is too overpopulated…who knows? Anyway that is a different topic.

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I do know for sure though that I will like to be as healthy as can be so that I am more youthful for longer, my organs function to their full ability, my body looks good, my skin looks good, my hair looks good, I have enough energy in my day to deal with my daily tasks, I am able to be more positive in what can be a very stressful life (once you reach a certain age) and the list goes on. So in order to reach my goal, I am going to TRY to stop using the information the government gives as my guidelines i.e. drink 8 glasses of water a day etc. and I am going to do the best that I can to set my own ideals. There is sooo much pressure with family, friends and adverts etc. which tell you how to live your life. Just remember it is YOUR life. People may frown upon the things you do, people may wonder why you are doing things a certain way, people may talk about you negatively and try to make you feel really bad about yourself. And yes, sometimes they succeed. But try to remember, they are not taking the same path as you in life, they are not with you 24/7, they don’t know or understand some of your thought processes and that is OK! They don’t need to, they are not meant to. As they have their life and you have yours. Live your life the way YOU see fit! Not by the ideals of others! There are times people will actively go out of their way to stop you from achieving a goal that you set for yourself personally, and before you know it, your goal is far beyond reach. You have managed to stop yourself from being happy to please someone else! Your life is worth way more than that! Please yourself. Do things to make YOU happy. If you want to give your body a cleanse and only drink juices for a week then DO IT! don’t let your friend of family member tell you it’s wrong, it’s up to you. If you want to try and cut out meat for health reasons then DO IT! don’t let even your partner tell you “your changing” because at the end of the day, it’s YOUR LIFE and God gave us the freedom to live it, the way that we see fit.

Now hopefully after reading this, you can stop worrying about doing things the way others have told you to and you begin to do things in a way because YOU WANT TO. You want to feel good, you want to look good, you want to have that extra energy, you want to be proud of yourself for reaching the goals that you have set. Hopefully I can do this too, it’s a working progress for everyone in this day and age. Even for those you may see on the internet that look like they have got their lives together, they still have to face the pressures of life and constantly remind themselves why they are on their journey. If not, they wouldn’t be blogging or making videos! So lets try and help ourselves and do the things that we would like to do, without feeling that extra pressure.

I hope I helped xx

My hair goal

hair golas chartMy ultimate goal: Waist length hair (stretched) = 22 inches of hair.

Time to achieve my goal: 6 years so by November 2020 (wow seems like a long way away! AAAHHH!)

How will I achieve my goal:

1. Showing my hair some TLC

2. Moisturising my hair at least 3 x a week (or when needed)

3. Putting my hair in protective styles (every now and again whilst not forgetting to keep it moisturised!)

4. Keeping my ends damage free by trimming them about once every 3 months (professionally)

5. Not too much manipulation (hands should be kept out of hair as much as possible)

6. Loving each growth stage of my hair journey (yes, even the awkward growing out stage from the tapered natural hair cut style I did!)

7. Drinking lots of water!

8. Eating as healthy as possible – green smoothies, juicing, hearty healthy meals 🙂

9. Exercising regularly

10. Washing and conditioning my hair (using huetiful hair steamer when my hair is out) at least 1x per week

And finally…11. Not worrying about the stage that another natural has got to and their regimen, but focusing on mine!! 🙂

But first my short-term goals:

In order to achieve my goal, I want to work in shorter term goals and hopefully I will reach them, which will keep me motivated to carry on. So I believe my hair grows at the slower rate of 1/4″ a month, which is annoying but it doesn’t mean I can’t achieve my goal, it’s just that it will take just that bit longer. No problem, this is why I have set myself 6 years instead of 4. So…

Goal 1: Neck length by November 2015

Goal 2: Collar bone length by November 2016

Goal 3: Full shoulder length by November 2017

Goal 4: Armpit length by November 2018

Goal 5: Bra strap length by November 2019 (hopefully before, but let me not get ahead of myself lol)

Goal 6: Waist length by November 2020!!!!! (Oh my goodness, if I get here, or should I say when I get here *trying to be more positive* I will be soooooooooooooooooo overjoyed!


How to cure bad skin – Homemade Body smoothie


This homemade body smoothie is made at home by me with the highest quality, all natural ingredients.  I started using it after I had my baby earlier this year. My body was filled with eczema and it was so sore, it bled! I didn’t know what to do, i tried everything but nothing worked. I then decided to do my research and found out some information about curing eczema with homemade remedies and decided to make my own concoction. After several weeks I began seeing noticeable results.
Remember, if you have eczema, it’s not just what you put on your skin, but also what you put in your body!  Therefore it is very important to eat clean (fruits, veg, wholegrains, nuts and seeds) as much as possible.  However, what you put on your skin makes a very big difference. Alot of store brought products contain very harsh ingredients which very dry skin does not benefit from, it may sit on the skin and not be absorbed,  which just makes the dry skin cycle continue. It also can contain ingredients, which may make dry skin or irritated skin conditions such as eczema, actually worse!
With this homemade concoction it transformed my skin from this…



To this…


(Don’t mind the whole in my sock! 😯😁)

As you can see, there is a very big transformation from the first 2 pictures to the last 2 pictures! I will never go back to store brought body moisturisers for my body again!

If you would like for me to send you one or many, leave a message or email me petra@naturalinspiration.co.uk. It costs just £7.50 for one tub and a little goes a long way so it will last a while.

Take care of yourself inside and out!

Natural inspiration x

They’ve arrived


A massive thank you to faith in nature for sending me their coconut range shampoo and conditioner to review! They were delivered today! Yaay! Excited to do my first official review this Friday! Stay tuned to watch me use these two natural hair products on my hair. The video will be posted on my youtube chanel – Naturalinspiration. Be sure to check it out!

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