Dry Scalp? Try This Non-Toxic Shampoo

Winter can be a time of healthy hair just like summer! This homemade shampoo costs less than 2 dollars to make and takes less than 10 minutes to make. It’s made with Mountain Rose Herbs organic products. Say goodbye to dry hair and come learn how to make this easy recipe.

Hey there and happy Saturday. Today we get to talk all about how to avoid dry scalp with natural hair care. That’s what I am talking about, let’s beat the dry air hair without damaging it! I have partnered up with Mountain Rose Herbs to create a simple recipe for you to make your own shampoo at home for less than 2 dollars. Dang, I’ll take it. Let’s get started.

Winter doesn’t have to be for dead hair, split ends or dry scalp. With some TLC we can nourish your hair and scalp. Mountain Rose Herbs sponsored this post and I am stoked to have made this QUICK shampoo recipe. It has no fillers, artificial preservatives, SLS, phthalates or other junk that wreaks havoc on your health.

Mountain Rose Herbs dedicates time to creating a business of integrity and clean products that they’re proud of. They create products that compliment your health instead of robbing from it. Not only that, they source environmentally friendly products so we can love our little nature friends.

Additionally, they want you and me to have access to safe products that are also affordable.

Ain’t nobody got time fo’ debt. Anyways, Mr.Simplholstic was the subject of this experimental recipe and he thought it was perfect for his dry scalp. We even used it to get rid of dandruff and unwanted build up from oils in other shampoos.

No husbands were harmed in the making of this post. Of course, husbands did experience a cool scalp, diminished dandruff and random touches to his super sleek hair.  Warning: you may experience these same things 🙂

Non-toxic Dry Scalp Shampoo

1/2 cup canned organic coconut milk
1/2 cup filtered water
1/2 cup castille soap
1/2 t. olive oil
1 t. pomegranate seed oil
1 t. apple cider vinegar
1 t. baking soda
20 drops of rosemary essential oil
1 T. fenugreek powder
*mix all ingredients with an electric mixer & transfer into a bottle

*massage into your hair and rinse out

*if you have lots of hair (like me, you’ll want to do a s

dry scalp natural shampoo

This whole process took less than 10 minutes. That is including the time it took me to click a few buttons online to order it and making the cleansing shampoo in the comfort of my own home. I’d say we have a winner. What do you think? Comment below and share your favorite healthy DIY tricks!


Fast Eating & Weight Gain

Could shoving food down your throat lead to weight gain? Learn what the top scientists and researchers are saying about fast eating.

This post is also featured over at The Well Necessities at www.thewellnecessities.com

photograph by Katya Higgins Photography – http://katyahiggins.com

Today’s post is something I am super duper passionate about. Well, I am passionate about all things health and wellness but this one in particular has always been of much interest to me. People often ask why I eat so slow or why I am still on my first plate while they are on their third. At first I thought I was weird or sick or something but quickly realized I was actually doing the right thing. Now I get to tell you about the importance of slow eating and the effects it can have on your overall health and even weight management. Simplholistic is not the place for diet campaigners or quick fix pills and if that is why you are here, you will be highly disappointed. I work on whole mind, body and spirit approach to your health and recognize that we are all different. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all plan here. Alright, let’s get started with some crazy statistics.

The good ol’ stats.

Did you know that 63% of eating is done while we are doing something else like driving, watching TV, playing video games, working or walking?(1) That means that only 27% of eating is mindful eating which is not good. We need to be present to properly take in, breakdown and digest our food. Another crazy statistic is that 52% of Americans said they think learning how to file taxes is easier than learning to eat healthy!(2) Our American people would rather work with governmental agencies that take their money (haha) than learn to eat whole foods. I want this to end and I will do anything in my power to work with YOU to learn to eat healthy. 1/4 of American’s eat fast food every. single. day. American’s consume 31% more packaged foods than fresh food…. that is a heartbreaking statistic. 20% of our meals are eating in the car (which is now illegal in Washington by the way). I want you to sit on those for a moment and think about if you fall into those statistics. If you do, you can change it and make healthier choices for you and your family. If you don’t, you go girl (boy).

Another statistic that leaves room for huge improvement is that healthiness decreases by 1.7% every hour that passes. This means that we are prone to eat healthier at breakfast and as the day goes one, we will likely eat more junk and less fresh food. If you eat healthier in the morning you will feel better, have more energy and want to eat healthier throughout the day. Let’s beat this statistic! Now, my fav, the money talk. My clients and random people I meet throughout the day always talk to me about how expensive clean eating is and how they could never afford it. Well, did you know that 10% of American’s disposable income is used on fast food annually? That is $7,385 on fast food, this is “food” I question how it has even passed regulations to be sold for human consumption.

How long do you think it takes for your body to recognize that it’s full?

Talk science to me.

This right here is the good stuff that I have been dying to share with you. That question above about knowing when you’re full is the topic of the portion of the blog. There are countless numbers of studies done on slow eating and whether or not it is beneficial to your overall health. Spoiler alert, it is. Precision Nutrition, NCBI, Mayo Clinic and many of my very favorite doctors agree the it takes about 20 minutes for the gut to tell the brain it is full. If it takes less than 20 minutes for us to scarf down a huge plate a food we are likely overstuffing ourself and disrupting the hormones associated with appetite and satiation. This means if we eat less a full meal in less than 20 minutes we are potentially stuffing ourselves beyond what we actually need aka over calorie consumption aka weight gain.

Slow paced eating is associated with satiation (satisfaction) and gut hormone response (Ghrelin).(3) When we eat slowly we are choosing a preventative option that guards us from weight gain caused by over calorie consumption. This slow eating also helps to curb food intake for those, like many of clients, that are suffering from obesity and/or diabetes. The research on quick eating is pretty unanimous:

“Eating quickly promotes weight gain and makes you feel out of control of your eating habits.” & “Fast eaters gain more weight than slow eaters.” – Precision Nutrition

Eating is a beautiful thing and something we should enjoy with friends, family and even by ourselves. Let’s talk about the steps to eating so you can get an idea of what is actually going on.
Step 1 – We smell, see or think about food – this is when the brain gets excited and we start subconsciously preparing for digestion. Pretty cool, huh?
Step 2 – We salivate to prepare for putting food into our mouth – this serves as a lubrication
Step 3 to however many steps there are – these are the digestive steps that are crucial in food breakdown and getting the nutrients we need for overall health. Our stomach starts to excrete more acid and our small intestine prepares for peristalsis (an involuntary muscle contraction for swallowing). If we eat too quickly, we never get to fully experience this (brilliantly designed) digestion process. There is a reason we should get off of the screens, video games, stress train and actually sit down and eat our meals, s l o w l y.

Research after research shows that we eat fewer calories when we eat slower. I keep nailing this on the head because I want you to remember it. Eat slowly creates actual biochemical changes that make us less inclined to overeat. This isn’t some new-age mumbo jumbo or whatever you are thinking; this is science. Prolonged chewing also prevents diabetes and decreases your chances of unnecessary snacking. When we eat until we are full and do it fast, we are tripling our chances of becoming overweight. There are hormones that are released and feedback between the gut and the brain when we eat slowly. You guessed it, when we eat fast, this doesn’t happen. We are robbing ourself of optimal health by something that could easily be fixed! Inadequate chewing shortchanges nutrition because digestion begins in the mouth. Carb and fat digestion begin in the mouth and when we chew, it signals the rest of our body for the incoming food.

PHEW. I will end this post here but I do have a couple little fun things for you. When I first became health conscious I set a timer during a meal and then ate at normal speed. I was amazed at how fast I ate, 3 minutes for a whole meal!! Do the same and let me know what your times are and what you would like them to be. I hope this helps you to be the healthiest you that you can be. Be sure to follow me in instagram and subscribe to my email list for a FREE gift.


(1) https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2011/11/22/how-much-time-do-americans-spend-eating
(2) https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-american-eating-habits
(3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4212566/


Urbanity Hair Salon in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Looking for a organic hair salon in or around Northern Idaho? Urbanity hair salon is the best place for you to get a clean cut with clean ingredients.

Ladies (and gents) are you sick of your hair running awry and feeling like you can’t do anything about it?

I have good new for you.

While I was at a wellness fair earlier this year, I got to meet the owner of a holistically based salon in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Tia, the owner of Urbanity, has been working with hair for several years and believes it is more than just cutting off hair. She wanted to create a safe space for you to come, with confidence, for all your hair needs and that is just what she did.

If you don’t know, I have some insanely wild curly hair that requires a lot of love and skill to work with. I never let people touch my hair because they either butcher it with layers of curly despair or hack it all off which makes me look like a frazzled poodle. Tia has curly hair herself which means she has year of experience working with it.

No butchering, hacking off or fear of scissors anymore!

She started with a brief overview of what to expect and then put m zin the chair for an amazing hair wish. Something about other people washing your hair is so magical, do you agree? She uses a product called Hair Story that is made from essential oils and other clean ingredients. While the product isn’t 100% clean and to my liking, I will settle for it a few times a year when I get my hair done. It sloughs off waxes and other junk from your hair and scalp which leaves you feeling amazing. Say goodbye to that greased down hair look. + it smells delicious!

Next, she took me to the chair and began the cut. With her expertise in curly hair, she shaped and textured my hair to perfection. Her unique curved cutting technique left my hair feeling light and healthy. I definitely recommend her to my curly and non-curly haired friends alike.

Urbanity Salon is located in downtown Coeur d’Alene. If you are a local, it’s right next to one of my favorite juice bars: The Wellness Bar. They are a close walk from all of CDAs sweet offerings. Next time you are dining out, at the lake or free from the kids for a day, be sure to stop by Urbanity. Be sure to mention me (Ashlee from Simplholistic) for $9 off your next appointment!

Gift guide for that health nut in your life.

Here is a healthy gift guide for all you health nuts out there. Planners, food, home tests & more! Give the gift of health.

’tis the season for the good ol’ gift guides. This one is for any health nut in your life that you thank for that puzzled look as you stare down the candy aisle for stocking stuffers. Here is a question-proof guide to health for you and anyone else you find running into the same problem this Christmas. These are all items I LOVE and have very carefully chosen for you.

  1. Moxie Nosh – You have heard me rave about this one quite often and it’s for a good reason! They make nut butters for everyone (unless of course you’re allergic to nuts). Peanut, peanut-free, cashew, trail mix and other seasonal nut butters like gingerbread and pumpkin spice. YUM. Go to their website & use the code {SIMPLHOLISTIC} gets you $1 off and they make for a perfect stocking stuffer.
  2. Defiant CoffeeThis is another great local brand and they have a few different kinds of coffee for your coffee-loving family member, friend or spouse. You can get their collagen blend or their mushroom blend. Don’t let the mushrooms freak you out because you can’t taste them at all. They work as a perfect pre-workout or simply to start your day off. Give your loved ones the gift of health this Christmas. Code {simplholistic} gets you 10% off your entire purchase! Want to know more about them? Read this post that I wrote.
  3. Everly Well – If ever there were a perfect stocking stuffer to get someone you love, it would be this at home test kit. Whether they are suffering from unknown food allergies, bloating, indigestion, fertility issues, hormone imbalance or other things, this is THE gift for them. Better yet, get this one for yourself because you deserve the best health you can get. Code {simplholistic} for 10% off your next kit.
  4. Thrive Membership – Talk about the gift of giving. When you get a Thrive membership today, you will be giving one to a family in need so they can have healthy options too! Thrive saves me about $600 a year and even more if I wouldn’t forget to use them more than I do! Some of my favorite items on thrive are Eating Evolved Chocolates, canned coconut milk & collagen powder. You can’t find these cheaper anywhere else. PLUS, right now they are giving you an extra 20% off your first THREE orders. Holy crap.
  5. Flhair Accessories – Are you or someone you love a gym-loving pony tail-wearing cutie? These hair ties are absolutely adorable and affordable. Please, for your benefit, go check out Emma’s stuff because it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. You can customize your own hair ties or buy the ones she has ready to go! Someone you know getting married? Even better. She specializes in bridal party goodies and I would definitely want to get these in my stocking if I were your friend 😉
  6. My Favorite Blender – My all time favorite blender, hands down, is the Vitamix Blender. Is it spendy, yes. Is it worth it, yes. I have had mine for over 4 years now and it literally works as good as new. It has traveled with me to Hawaii, Colorado, Alaska, California and now Washington… I make dressings, soups, smoothies, sauces, desserts and much more in this bad girl. I included an amazon link that saves you $100 dollars because I like you. A little too much for you? Here is my second favorite blender: the Bullet. Easy to use & easy to clean. What could be better?
  7. Kitlife Planner – If you haven’t heard me talk about this planner, head over to my post that is dedicated to them. This planner is 1) adorable, 2) functional, 3)the real deal. I used this planner when I was starting Simplholistic and it saved my life. If you know any planners, business owners, parents or college students, this is the gift for them! Be sure to customize it to match their personality 😉
  8. Vital Proteins – By far, this is my favorite protein that there is. I am not a fan of super flavory protein powders so, this is perfect. It doesn’t have that nasty after taste and it actually leaves you feeling full. I linked their new Vanilla Collagen Creamer which is perfect for coffee, hot chocolate, smoothies or oatmeal. Oh yeah & it has 10 g of protein per serving yes doggggy. Shove this in someones stocking and you’ll be the real MVP.
  9. Ultimate Health Bundle – This is a bundle that I created for your mom, cousin, brother, uncle, grandpa and second aunt suzi. Do you get the point? It’s for everyone and you will never find another bundle with this much in it for $18. It’s worth $200 but I made it $18 because I want everyone to have access to healthy meal plans, supplements, grocery guides and more. Do yourself and the ones you love a favor. Get. This. Now. 
  10. Study Bible – My spiritual life is a huge part of my healthy lifestyle and the very reason I do it! Serving our God by eating clean, relaxing and working out is the best way to treat our bodies like the temple they are. Here is one of my favorite study Bibles and I hope you gift it to someone in need! Here is a cute one from Amazon (with prime).