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Pesky Flakes in my Hair...Help!

For several months now, I've been working on some hair care formulas...yes, for those "pesky" flakes and itchy scalp.  Would love to share some wonderful ingredients with you of my findings. 

First of all...how did I get this??? 

Dandruff is a scalp condition characterized by the excessive shedding of dead skin cells.  A small amount of flaking on the scalp is normal as old skin cells die off and fall away, but dandruff results when the amount becomes excessive and visible.  It can be caused by multiple factors; hormone imbalance, poor hygiene, allergies, excessive use of hair sprays and gels, overuse of curling irons, cold weather, infrequent shampooing are the reasons that I found through multiple sources to be quite common.  There are also specialists that believe dandruff is caused by tiny fungus called Pityrosporum ovale. 

I came up with (3) products that I formulated and amongst these (3) I've included these ingredients...

Jojoba oil helps remove the sebum at the scalp which will then promote hair growth.  Also, helps protect hair strands from breaking and drying up.

Castile Soap is used because it’s a natural, biodegradable product that is free of artificial or petroleum-based additives.  It is very gentle on the hair follicle and scalp.

Macadamia Nut Oil contains Omega-7 which is an essential fatty acid that helps to restore palmitoleic acid in the body for skin and hair hydration.

Apple Cider Vinegar that is Raw and Unfiltered can help balance hair and sebum pH.  This is important because when kept between 4.5 and 5.5 pH, the scalp is then safeguarded against fungal and bacterial growth.  Not only can it safeguard though, the apple cider vinegar alone can act as a potent antimicrobial which can kill bacteria and fungus, which are common underlying causes for dandruff and hair loss.  There are many other benefits for using apple cider vinegar for healthy hair and scalp but these are the main ones I chose for my formula.

Clary Sage is a wonderful essential oil to use for hormonal imbalances.

Cedarwood essential oil is germ-destroying and purifying but I also used this oil because it can clear up congestion of dead skin cells.

Lavender essential oil is incredibly healing to our skin.  When there is agitation from the itching and from feeling itchy, it can bring calm.  If the dandruff cause is from allergens or dryness from any toxic products which could include hair sprays and gels, then lavender can help bring healing to the scalp.

Rosemary essential oil can be an enhancer when used with other essential oils.  It also stimulates hair follicles for continued growth and is an antiseptic. 

Thyme essential oil is very good for fungal infections.  Therefore, if the dandruff was caused by Pityrosporum ovale, then this is a great essential oil to use.  However, thyme is also very germ-destroying and purifying.

Cypress essential oil is very stimulating and can bring blood flow to an area that is in need of healing.  This oil was used because of how well it helps with circulation overall.  It happens to also be purifying and decongesting for skin cells.

Comments...has anyone else used some of the above ingredients with success? 

If you are interested in the (3) products that I formulated...just comment below or email me at Jennifer@TheHerbalCabinet.com 

Mama Needs Some Taking Care Of!

Let’s face it, being a Mom is hard work!  BUT being a “New Mom” is even harder!  Our Emotions are going haywire between exhaustion, elation and just plain ‘ole feeling erratic.  This blog would be way too long to tackle all of this but how about we talk about a little immediate assistance for New Mom who had a vaginal birth. 

Plan ahead and stock these in your home.  There are many resources online but my favorites include…

1.      Maxi Pads for additional bleeding and “Big” underwear.

2.      Postpartum Herbal Bath Bags for tearing of perineum (check out this link from yours truly http://theherbalcabinet.com/cart/postpartum-herbal-bath-bag ).

3.      Peri Squirt Bottle – make your own.  Use an 8 oz. bottle with a squirt top.  Now…I want you to use excellent quality essential oils.  Add 3 drops of Frankincense essential oil, 3 drops of Helichrysum and fill the rest with witch hazel.  Use each time you empty your bladder or have a bowel movement.  You’ll want to make a much larger bottle so that you can refill this often.

(My Soapbox:  You get what you pay for with essential oils and you are worth the best right?!?!  Use an excellent quality brand.)

4.      An Ice Pack.  Helps relieve pain around the perineum.

5.      Cold and warm compresses, combined with gentle massage, might help with breast and nipple pain.  I love recommending Myrrh essential oil topically on the breast and nipple to help with cracking and soreness, particularly right before a cold or warm compress.

6.      Comfy Clothes!

7.      Healthy snacks that include protein, healthy fats, veggies and whole fruit!  Portion out as much as you can ahead of time and store in your pantry, refrigerator or freezer to easily grab when needed.  Idea:  At your baby shower, ask for things like this to be made for you!

8.      Help with Meals…ask friends and family ahead of time to help with meals for a couple weeks.  This gives you more time to spend with your baby and helps you get your much needed rest.

9.      Clean House?  Do NOT worry about this!  It’ll get cleaned eventually.

10.   Lastly, get that essential oil diffuser going every day…day and night!  Some favorites are Myrrh with Wild Orange.  Myrrh is the “Oil of Mother Earth” and Wild Orange is very uplifting to our mood.

I’d love to hear your comments???

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www.TheHerbalCabinet.com  Phone:  813-263-3919  Email:  Jennifer@TheHerbalCabinet.com

 

 

Raising Vibrations Radio...Interview with Jennifer Gilman, Master Herbalist

 

Reverend Raven interviews Jennifer Gilman, Master Herbalist in Saint Petersburg, Florida on Essential Oils for Natural Health Solutions

Copy and paste this link below into your web browser, sit back and enjoy!  (90-minute interview)

http://broadcaster.intuitalks.com/playback/presentation/0.9.0/playback.html?meetingId=2817ec155c3b4f107b127c999f86ad6d87aa518a-1469492556407

Roots, Flowers, Leaves…Essential Oils with Similar Tendencies

When essential oils get distilled or cold pressed from the plant material, did you ever wonder what part of the plant is used?  Is it possible that plants from different species could have similar tendencies when using the same parts of these plants?  I think this is fascinating and just had to share with all of you. 

Roots:  Essential oils produced in the roots such as vetiver tend to have a very grounding energy. 

Leaves:  A plant’s leaf system corresponds to its vital body.  Essential oils produced in the leaves such as eucalyptus and peppermint have a strong affinity with the respiratory system. 

Flowers:  The flower is a plant’s ultimate achievement!  Only the most spiritually evolved plants such as the rose can fully create at this level.  Although the essential oils are found in extremely small amounts in the flowers, their fragrances are typically very intense.  These fragrances have a tendency to be exhilarating or even intoxicating. 

Seeds:  Oils produced in the seed bring us fully into the physical world, more humble and straightforward such as citrus fruits, fennel and coriander.  They are invigorating and show a strong affinity with the digestive system.  Particularly those seeds that are food or spices. 

Wood:  Trees and bushes also have the ability to create oils in their wood such as sandalwood and cedarwood.  These oils are centering and balancing.  Here the creative process is drawn into the heart of the wood.  These oils support the power to open our consciousness to high spheres without making us lose control.  They are particularly suited to meditation and yoga. 

Resins and Gums:  Many trees and bushes such as myrrh, frankincense and conifers produce odorous resins and gums.  These essential oils have a strong affinity for the glandular system.  They are helpful in balancing hormonal secretions and demonstrate cosmetic properties for skin care, wounds and ulcers.  (M. Lavabre 68-69)

What are you drawn to today?  I think I’m going to reach for some Myrrh…I’m going to breath it in because emotionally this is “The Oil of Mother Earth” (Emotions & Essential Oils 50) but I’ll also put this on the skin below my eyes since this has helped the puffiness under my eyes when I wake up each morning.  Enjoy the exploration of your essential oils!

Works Cited:

Lavabre, Marcel.  Aromatherapy Workbook.  Healing Arts Press 1996.

Emotions & Essential Oils:  A Modern Resource for Healing.  Fourth Edition Updated Fall 2015.  Enlighten Alternative Healing, LLC 2015.