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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

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.

Head Lice...Natural "Non-Caustic" Option

 

Lice?  Louse? What is it anyway?

This is what Wikipedia says, "The head louse is an obligate ectoparasite of humans. Head lice are wingless insects spending their entire life on the human scalp and feeding exclusively on human blood".  Sounds a little Vampirish!

You get the call from the school nurse, "come pick up your child immediately, they have head lice".  Many people call their pediatrician or go directly to the nearest drug store for the harsh, chemical products.  There is another way...a natural option without the harsh chemicals.  Many have followed this Natural Protocol with great success!

Mix the following together and apply to the entire scalp by separating the pieces of hair and rubbing the oil into each section.  This will take about 30 minutes or so for longer hair.  Take your time to ensure full coverage.  Once the oil is applied, comb oil through rest of hair, cover hair with shower cap or some saran wrap and have child sit for 2 hours. 

Note:  When using Essential Oils, make sure they are Pure Essential Oils.  Email me if you are interested in these Pure Essential Oils.  Jennifer@TheHerbalCabinet.com

25 drops Rosemary Essential Oil

12 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

13 drops Geranium Essential Oil

25 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Place these oils in a 2 oz. dropper bottle and fill the rest of the bottle with a good extra virgin olive oil or fractionated coconut oil.

After sitting for 2 hours, wash the hair with shampoo but put 2 drops of Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil in the shampoo.  For a final hair rinse, mix 1 oz. apple cider vinegar, 4 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil, 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil, 4 drops Melaleuca and 8 oz. distilled water.  Pour the hair rinse over the head and massage scalp for 1 minute.  Rinse off with room temperature water, not hot.

Then have your child sit and play games on their phone while you begin the process of "nit-picking".  You must get a good lice comb and comb through the hair pulling out the nits in small sections at a time.  They are "gummy" and stick very well to the hair.  Take your time so that you won't have so much to do when you repeat this process.

The next day, repeat this entire procedure, particularly if the child has medium to long hair.  It is suggested you repeat for 7 days to ensure the lice is gone. 

During this time, you'll need to strip their entire bedroom of any "cloth/bedding" material and wash in your washing machine using hot water, 1 cup apple cider vinegar and a few drops of Lemon Essential Oil (Eucalyptus and Melaleuca are also good).  Pack up all stuffed animals and pillows and put in a large garbage bag, tie tightly and store in your garage or attic for 2-3 weeks to suffocate the lice.  After this time, you can then bring them back into their bedroom.  Make up a spray bottle with 2 cups of distilled water, 20 drops of Eucalyptus and 10 drops of Melaleuca to be able to spray counter-tops, couches, chairs, etc. a couple times a day until you know the lice are gone.

This is hard work, but many have used this Natural Option with success.  Persistency pays off!

 

 

 

What is Psoriasis?

      Are you dealing with Psoriasis?

Since Psoriasis has often been related to an impaired liver function, immune system glitch or toxins trapped in the body, I would recommend aids for the bowel, kidney, liver, gall bladder and bloodstream with herbs AND suggest a very "clean" diet.  For external use on elbows, scalp and other affected areas, I would recommend an herbal salve to be applied daily to aid these areas.  As a Master Herbalist, you’ll find that I incorporate not just herbs but nutrition, exercise and water into my education to natural healing. 

An Extended Herbal Cleanse is what I would use to aid the bowel, kidney, liver, gall bladder and bloodstream.  I like to use the Extended Herbal Cleanse listed on my website.  Dr. Christopher's Complete Tissue & Bone Formula Salve is something I like to apply externally.  Other equally important suggestions are listed below:

*Nutrition – eat 1-2 servings of cold-water fish weekly, make sure you are eating protein at every meal (preferably grass-fed, no antibiotics, free-range, humanely raised, etc.), cut down or eliminate refined carbohydrates, processed foods and sugars.  Eat LOTS of vegetables (carrots, chile peppers and beets are particularly good for you) and try to make 50% of your vegetables RAW.  Avoid alcohol, smoking, eat leaner cuts of beef or if you eat grass-fed beef you don’t have to worry about lean cuts then.  Flax seed, honey, olive oil and turmeric are all good for psoriasis.  Other things to avoid include fried and fatty foods, grapefruit juice and tomatoes including tomato-based dishes.  You may want to keep a food log to determine which foods bother you the most.

*Sun – expose affected skin to sunlight daily for about 15-20 minutes of morning or evening sun.  Never during prime times.

*Water – try to drink 10-12 glasses of good, clean water daily.

*Teas – chamomile tea and green tea have shown benefits to psoriasis.  

*Exercise – do whatever exercise you can enjoy to work up a sweat…toxins come out through the skin as well and sweating is good for you.

Have you used any other natural methods successfully?  Please comment.