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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 

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

What is Gout?

The common gout attack is severe pain in the big toe accompanied by redness and intense pain...sounds fun right?!?!  


Note:  As I mention Essential Oils (EO's) below, be sure you are using Pure Essential Oils.  For more information on Pure Essential Oils, contact me at Jennifer@TheHerbalCabinet.com


Immediate Support:

It's important to rid the build-up of uric acid out of the body...which means it needs to pass through the kidneys.  Drinking a lot of good, clean water with Pure Lemon EO has helped many to break down the uric acid.  I recommend drinking (16) 8 oz. glasses of water per day at minimum.

Consider cutting down on the portion sizes of animal protein you might be eating to assist through this acute situation. 

If you have a Juicer, then drinking celery and apple juice multiple times a day has helped many break the uric acid up and move out through the kidneys. 

Highly recommended to stay away from beer completely...beer can be a major trigger for gout.  Also recommended to limit or eliminate dairy, sweets, pasta, bread, starchy foods, processed foods - no junk!

Applying 1 drop each of Frankincense Pure Essential Oil and Basil Pure Essential Oil to the foot and other areas with pain may assist as well.  After applying cover with a hot, moist towel compress.  Repeating 2-3 times daily.

Many find relief in taking 2 drops of Frankincense Pure Essential Oil under the tongue twice daily.

 

Long-Term Prevention:

Cleanse, Detox & Repair - once the acute situation is under control, I highly recommend doing a cleanse and detox with Herbal Capsules or Extracts. Something that not only cleanses the Bowel, but detoxing the Kidney , Liver, Gall Bladder and Bloodstream.  A cleanse & detox like this will take a minimum of 6 weeks.  Doing a Heavy Mineral Cleanse might also be recommended with Herbal Capsules or Extracts.  Of course, proper nutrition is key in allowing these herbs to work properly in your body.

Sarsaparilla is just one of the many herbs which may help reduce the frequency of these attacks once you are finished with the cleanse and detox.  Also, check your supplements.  If you are taking anything with Glycine (an amino acid), it is suggested to stop taking this because Glycine can be converted into uric acid quickly for those that suffer with gout.

Lastly, water, water and more water every day.  Good, clean water is important to our daily health!

Please let me know if you have found other natural herbal remedies that work for you?  Would love to hear from you in the comments section.

 

 

Herbal Help for Sore Throat

    Sore Throat?  Strep Throat? 

It is that time of year when many of us are prone to getting a cold, the flu, sore throat, body aches, fevers and the list goes on.  If only your ancestors left you with their "Book of Herbal Remedies"...hmm, what a great idea?  Grab an empty Journal book or just a plain notebook and begin with this recipe that has been used for many years to assist with sore throats and strep throat.  I use this for myself and my family when the beginnings of a sore throat won't go away with my typical "go-to's" like Echinacea Throat Spray, Elderberry Syrup or Garlic Lemonade.  Another words, this is my Plan B and I never had to find a Plan C because it has worked so well.

I mix together 2 Tablespoons of Raw Honey, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne powder and 3-5 cloves of minced garlic.  Take 1 teaspoon every 3 hours until better.  Yield:  This should be enough to clear up the sore throat within 48 hours...if it's almost gone but still lingering, then make up another batch and keep taking until you are well.  For children 3 to 8 years old, I suggest taking 1/4 teaspoon every 3 hours.  For children 8 to 12 years old, I suggest taking 1/2 teaspoon every 3 hours.  12 years through adult age, I suggest the full dosage of 1 teaspoon every 3 hours. 

Note:  Not suitable for children under 3 years of age or anyone with an auto-immune condition since nightshade plants like cayenne can be problematic.

I'd love to hear from you on how this may have helped you and your family?

What's all the Hype about Elderberry Syrup?

           How Powerful is this Little Berry?

 

Elderberries have been used for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia and North Africa for it's antioxidant benefits, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsilitis.   Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice have shown to destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not.

Elderberries contain organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, sugar, rutin, viburnic acid, vitaman A and B and a large amount of vitamin C. They are also mildly laxative, a diuretic, and diaphoretic. Flavonoids, including quercetin, are believed to account for the therapeutic actions of the elderberry flowers and berries.

This is one of my "go-to" syrups when anyone in my family starts to feel a cold coming on.  Often, we take 1 teaspoon and feel better in the morning.  Kids love the taste too so it's great for the entire family.

Have you used Elderberry Syrup in your family?  Tell us about it.