Healing Effects of Lavender

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 12.50.25 PMLavender has been used for hundreds of years as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can be used to heal cuts, inflammation, dandruff, burns and bug bites.  It has become one of the most grown natural remedy for use of its oil.  The oil comes from the distillation of the flower spikes of certain lavender plants and is rich in phytonutrients.  Phytonutrients are beneficial to human health, they help to prevent certain types of diseases. Research has shown that lavender oil has been successful in treating depression, anxiety, insomnia and restlessness.  In fact, some studies have shown an improvement in gastrointestinal illness, headaches, toothaches, sores and sprains with the use of lavender oil.

Got Dandruff or Itchy Scalp?

Lavender oil can help scalp conditions.  Many dermatologists have been prescribing the use of lavender oil prior to suggesting medications for dry scalp.  The remedy:  Wet hair with warm water and towel dry.  Next, grab a mug and mix 15 drops of lavender essential oil in 2 Tablespoons olive or almond oil.  Microwave for about 10 seconds or until it feels warm.  Massage the oil into your scalp.  Using a shower cap, let the solution set on your scalp for an hour, then shampoo out.  It is perfectly safe to use multiple times.

Bloated?

Bloating can be caused by poor digestion from an overload of “bad bacteria” in your gut.  Sometimes when we take antibiotics this can happen as a side effect.  Antibiotics kill both the good and the bad bacteria in your body.  The remedy: Use dried edible lavender in your food.  Putting it into Greek Yogurt is especially helpful since the bacteria in this type of yogurt works super well to rebuild the good bacteria.

Stressed Out?

Ever have a stressful day?  Well Lavender can help with that too.  Research has shown that the smell of lavender can make you feel relaxed.  It has proven to slow down your heart rate as well as lower your blood pressure.  The remedy: If you’re feeling stressed out or just can’t go to bed, try putting some fresh lavender in a vase near your bed, or use a diffuser with some lavender oil in it to feel stress free.

Bug Bite Magnet?

Since lavender is a natural anti-inflammatory, it can help reduce itching, redness and swelling.  It won’t help you avoid the bites, but it will help afterwards.  The Remedy:  Dab a few drops of lavender oil on the affected area and wait about 10 minutes for it to seep in.  This remedy can be reapplied every 6-8 hours for the next 24 hours if need be.

So next time one of these issues arise for you, don’t reach for the medicine cabinet.  Go for the garden and try a natural approach to healing!
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Beautifying with Vinegar

Much has been said about the purported healthy components of vinegar, but did you know that for many years now many claim vinegar to have beautifying powers as well? Apple cider vinegar in particular is said to be great for both the skin and the hair because of the following:

1. It is rich in alpha-hydroxy acids that help dissolve scaly and fatty substances in the skin, making it smoother and softer.

2. It can reduce the swelling of varicose veins as it promotes blood circulation. If you want to reduce unsightly varicose veins with apple cider vinegar, there are a variety of treatments to choose from. You can put vinegar in a cotton ball and then gently apply it on the skin. You can also apply the vinegar directly with your hands, in manner of gentle massaging. At the same time you can drink a couple of tablespoons of the vinegar daily.

3. Vinegar can be used as a toner, facial, and age spot lightener. Just remember that if you plan to use it on your face, you have to dilute it in water because vinegar is still acid and can burn if applied pure. Raw, organic and unfiltered apple cider vinegar is said to work best. What it does is it clarifies the skin by being an effective cleanser and remover of excess oil and dirt buildup. It also helps your skin maintain an optimal pH balance. If you just want to use it to lighten age spots or darker spots, you can opt to dab the vinegar straight to these areas and leave them on overnight.

4. Vinegar as a toner can help strengthen the skin and enable it to combat bacteria and other infectious properties because of its antiseptic components combined with enzymes, minerals and amino acids.

5. Vinegar can make for a good hair rinse because the acid in it can wash away residue that may have clung to your hair. These residues often make your hair heavier and brittle. Washing with apple cider vinegar can help remove the buildup and make your hair naturally softer and shinier. Just remember to dilute it in water to make it gentler on your scalp.

6. It can also fight dandruff. If you’ve used all kinds of commercial shampoos without any results, then using vinegar to treat your dandruff problem might just be the solution you’re looking for.

7. If you’re balding or your hair is thinning, massaging your scalp with apple cider vinegar can stimulate hair growth and thicken your thinning hair.

Of all these purported benefits, so far I’ve tried using vinegar as a toner which worked really great because my face felt tight and smooth after. Care to share your own experiences with vinegar?

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Natural Hair Treatments

Want a hair treatment but too busy or too thrifty to go to the salon? Check out these classic natural hair treatments that may just transform your hair at no cost.

1. Vinegar

Vinegar is a great cure against dandruff and is an effective flake remover. Just put a moderate amount in your scalp, massage slowly, and then wash thoroughly. Vinegar is also a great rinse for too oily or greasy hair as it can close the hair cuticles and get rid of excessive oil to make the hair shiny and manageable.

2. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is another great dandruff rinse and treatment for oily hair because of its properties similar to the vinegar.

3. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is perfect for dry hair. To use it, massage from your scalp to your hair tips and then leave in for about an hour. After an hour or so rinse thoroughly.

4. Espresso Coffee

Getting premature or right on time but unwanted gray hair? Rinse with strong espresso coffee to cover any sign or aging.

5. Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is a good treatment if you want instant smooth and shiny hair. Just apply on the scalp, massage gently, and then rinse after a few minutes. Usually the coconut milk treatment is perfect for 2-3 times a month.

6. Egg and Milk

Mix a beaten egg with milk until the mixture becomes one bubbly foam. Rub into your scalp, leave on for five minutes, and then rinse intensively to make sure no mixture is left in your scalp. The egg and milk formula is an excellent treatment for dry hair.

7. Classic Hot Oil

Many salons offer expensive hot oil treatments but the truth is you can have your very own inexpensive hot oil treatment of the same quality at the comfort of your home. The usual method is to apply heated oil on your scalp and hair and then cover your head with a plastic bag, towel, or any head wrap. Leave on for 20-30 minutes then rinse. Just be careful of the temperature of your heated oil and make sure it’s not too cool or too hot.

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Hair Myths

MYTH #1

My hair got used to the products i have been using so they are now less effective.  If you like certain products and they work for your hair, stick with them.  Hair does not have a memory, the only way your products may not be working on your hair anymore is if something changed within your hair.  For example: If you chemically treat your hair now.  If the season changes.  Otherwise stick with the products you enjoy using.

MYTH #2

You can mend split ends using serums and product.  Nope, sorry to report serums are a quick fix.  They only work as long as they are on your hair.  Once your hair is washed, the serum is out and here come the split ends once again.  Serums temporarily seal the ends making your hair look less rough.  The only way to treat split ends are to cut them off.  Do so before the hair cuts all the way up the hair shaft and does more damage.

MYTH #3

Perming and coloring your hair at the same time at home does not hurt your hair.  The chemicals in these two processes will lead to damaged hair and a ton of breakage especially if you try it on your own.  Make sure you go to your hairstylist and tell them everything you have in your hair before undergoing either of these two treatments.  Something you may already be using in your hair may contribute to horrible hair days ahead.  Don’t forget to mention the henna. 😉

MYTH #4

Brushing your hair 100 times per day is great for your hair.  Nope, doing this can actually cause your hair to be brittle and broken.  As you brush you damage the hair shaft.  Just brushing 2-3 times to get tangles out is what you should do.  Start at the ends of the hair, holding the strands about halfway up to prevent tugging at the root and pulling out the hair.  This method also prevents those dreaded split ends.

MYTH #5

Losing 100 hairs a day is a sign of being unhealthy.  The average person loses 100 hairs a day….did you hear that word in there AVERAGE.  That means some people lose a little more and some a little less.  Many people tend to lose the most hair in the fall months of October and November as hair reaches maturity in its growth cycle.  You should really only be concerned about the amount of hair you are losing if you can see your scalp through your hair.  If this happens you should consult a trichologist (an expert in hair problems).  Poor nutrition causes hair loss, wearing ponytails tightly, can undergoing some cancer treatments will cause hair loss.

MYTH #6

Dandruff is a chronic issue that will never go away.  Dandruff occurs when bacteria cause skin cells to clump on the scalp.  Dandruff is not attributed to greasy hair.  If you have greasy hair along with the dandruff you have a different problem called seborrheic dermatitis which needs to be treated through the use of cortisone creams.  Dry scalp dandruff is caused by the shampoos you use that are too harsh on your hair and scalp.  Try using a more gentle milder shampoo and conditioner (if you use conditioner).  If the problem still persists try using a shampoo specially made for dandruff.


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Severe Dandruff

image Anyone suffering from severe to moderate dandruff can definitely understand my need to do this post. I had been having trouble with dandruff since I was a teen, so I was really suffering. No matter what I tried I couldn’t find anything that helped. I actually had psoriasis, a much worse form than just dandruff. But, of course, I didn’t know that. All I knew was that I had crazy dandruff all the time.

I had tried Vaseline, creams, lotions, just about anything that may work. Most things I tried just burned my scalp and then made it much worse and much more embarrassing. Finally, I decided to get professional help and so I went to a dermatologist. What I found out, totally surprised me! He gave me some prescriptions to help the bad flare up I was having at the moment. But the surprising part is what he told me to use.

image He stated that Head and Shoulders Intensive Solutions may be able to help me. But for me to make sure that the one I got was the one with 2% pyrithione zinc. I did as I was told and, believe it or not, no more dandruff or scalp problems. Almost immediately, no more problems. I can’t explain why it works, it must be the 2% zinc. I never would have thought something you buy right off the shelves would work, but it did. I hope this helps anyone else that may be suffering as I was.

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Another Take on Dandruff

As I promised before on another post, here I’m writing again about that not so “embarrassing” illness, dandruff. I want to help you identify a few different risk factors as well as some tips to help you reduce those risks.There are many different conditions that can cause skin scaling that may be a yeast like fungus, like dry skin, seborreheic dermatitis, psoriasis, cradle cap (seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp) and contact dermatitis. Among the risk factors for dandruff, you can find:

  1. Age: Dandruff it’s more common among young adults and it can continue through middle age, being less frequent on children and older people.
  2. Sex: Dandruff it’s more of a male illness, some doctors affirm that male hormones play a very important role in dandruff. The larger sebaceous glands produce an oil called sebum.
  3. Oily Hair and Scalp: People with oily hair are more likely to have dandruff.
  4. Certain Illness: There are certain diseases that are more likely to develop seborrheic, such as Parkinson’s disease. So Parkinson’s disease’s patience are more likely to have dandruff.
  5. Dermatitis.
  6. Stress: People recovering from stressful conditions, like heart attack and stroke, and also people with compromised immune systems are more prone to dandruff.

According to these risk factors, it’s practically impossible to prevent dandruff, but there are many ways to reduce all these risk factors and together with the right treatments you can cure the illness.Here are a few tips that will help you reduce your risks of dandruff:

  1. Learn to manage stress: As said before stressful situations help trigger dandruff and many other conditions and diseases as well, so you should try by all means to avoid stressful situations. If you are suffering from severe stress, you should consult a professional.
  2. Shampoo often: If you have oily hair and scalp, you should shampoo daily to remove the excess oil that will help you prevent dandruff. You should try some natural and safe shampoo like the ones offered by my favorite company (ask me what it is) that adjust to the needs of all kind of hair.This companies shampoo contains tee tree oil that is a known anti-fungal and helps eliminate dandruff.
  3. Avoid overuse of hair products: Most hair products tend to make your hair and scalp oily, so you should try to cut back on hair sprays, styling gels, mousses and hair waxes.
  4. Eat healthy: This piece of advice is useful for your life in general. To prevent dandruff you should try a diet with enough zinc and B vitamins an essential fatty acid. Here is a partial list of foods that contain zinc and Vitamin B in them: Beef, Crabmeat, Oysters, Lamb, Pork, Turkey, Salmon and Brown Rice just to name a few.
  5. Get a little sun: Sunlight can be as beneficial as damaging so you should wear sunscreen on you face and body to protect your skin from burning, to avoid the risk of skin cancer but at the same time it’s very important to spend some little time outdoors every day to prevent dandruff.  Why not try a sunscreen that is pure, safe and beneficial for your body made from botanicals and herbs and still give you awesome coverage?

I hope this advice is useful.What other risk factors do you know for dandruff? What other tips can you give us to reduce them?  Be a contributor to this blog and have your voice heard 🙂


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One Great Asset….. Hair

Shag Hair StyleOur hair is probably one of our most precious assets. Every culture, religion, and/or country, has a different way to appreciate the human hair, but what’s common is that they all think of the hair as a precious gift, that should be taken care of and protected just as much as any other part of our body.Muslim traditions suggest women to cover their hair as well as other body parts, Allah’s words are that women should be modest and cover their beauties from non-family members.For Jewish traditions covering the head in temple is a tradition as a sign of respect to god.In Christian traditions it was also very common to think not to wear hats or head scarves when attending church was very vain, which is a sin. In some Chinese ethnic minorities, hair is sacred, some traditions forbid women to cut their hair because hair is a part of our body, and cutting their hair would mean they are cutting an important part of their body.Now it’s obvious how important human hair is for people all over the world. Many of us have at some point experienced some hair related illness like dandruff probably the most common one. Yes, I said illness. For some of us this can be one of the most embarrassing conditions, but the good new is that doctors already identified what causes it, as well as all the different natural and chemical treatments to prevent it and cure it when you already have this condition.Here are a few facts about dandruff that you should know:FACT 1: Dandruff is a chronic condition that can almost always be controlled.FACT 2: Dandruff treatment might take a little patience and persistence.FACT 3: Probably the best way to get rid of this condition is to try one of several over-the-counter specialty shampoos. However if the condition persists you should consult a doctor.FACT 4: This uncomfortable condition is often caused by stress, oily skin, infrequent shampooing, fatigue, skin cleansing and alcohol-based lotions. And some times apart from those factors, this dermatitis condition can be inherited.FACT 5: Some good ways to prevent this illness is by avoiding overuse of hair sprays, gels and coloring products, as well as tight hats and head scarves.FACT 6: The most common signs and symptoms of dandruff are: white flakes of dead skin that dot your hair and shoulders as well as an itchy, scaling or oily scalp.I hope this few facts can help you identify if you have this condition. As I said before, the good news is that with all the new products going out at the market every day, it’s getting easier to prevent and cure the symptoms of dandruff. And even if you might think this is a very embarrassing condition, you should know that dandruff is an illness, a medical condition that can be cured and it cant be a motive of embarrassment. In a next post I’ll give a detailed list of dandruff risk factors and prevention methods. Please share some of your ideas with us.

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