By Guest Blogger Anita Grant of anitagrant.com.
When we were kids, my elder brother would take the thick slime from overcooked Okra and flick it at me – the sting, when it landed on my skin, left an everlasting tingle that I still remember to this day.
If I knew then that it had topical hair loving benefits I would have asked him to flick the slime in my hair and then massage it into my scalp.
Okra (inci: Abelmoschus esculentus *or* Hibiscus esculentus)
History in the mixing:
Okra has the X-Factor but it doesn’t need to sing and dance about it!
- A great source of vitamin C.
- Low in calories (20 calories per one-half cup cooked, sliced okra)
- A good source of vitamin a, calcium, fiber and vitamin c
Okra Nutrition (roughly half a cup of cooked Okra contains)
* Calories = 15
* Dietary Fiber = 2 grams
* Protein = 1.5 grams
* Carbohydrates = 5.8 grams
* Vitamin A = 460 IU
* Vitamin C = 13 mg
* Folic acid = 36.5 micrograms
* Calcium = 50 mg
* Iron = 0.4 mg
* Potassium = 256 mg
* Magnesium = 46 mg
If only I could get my hands on some more Okra Oil:
Did you know that you can use Okra effectively as a setting lotion, final hair rinse, natural hair gel and to rid lice. (I was once utterly incensed by a BBC breakfast program on lice where they said that for naturally curly & Afro hair the lice should be hot pressed out of the hair – since then I worked with my chemist/toxicologist and we discovered that Okra can in fact rid your hair & scalp of lice)
- Slice 2 to 4 Okra
- Add the Okra to 150ml of boiling water.
- Add 1 teaspoon of Organic Blue Malva or Organic Marshmallow herbs
- Let the mixture boil up really good
- Turn off the heat once boiled
- Leave it to cool until it forms a slimy and gelatinous liquid.
- Remove the boiled Okra & herbs from the liquid
- Smooth the nutrient rich slimy gel into a clean and sterilized jar
- Store in the fridge when you’re not using it
- Use within 2 to 3 days or add a synthetic preservative to increase it’s shelf life.
Add a little freshly squeezed lemon juice or your favourite essential oil to the mix