Aromatherapy Infusions for Healthy Hair!

 

1. AROMATHERAPY INFUSION FOR HAIR GROWTH

Ingredients: 4 essential oils (Thyme, Cedar wood, Lavender, Rosemary), 20ml carrier oils (Jojoba oil and Grape seed oil), small glass bottle.

This extremely beneficial mixture will keep your scalp and roots healthy making sure your long locks grow even longer. Mix 2 drops of each Thyme and Cedar wood oil, 3 drops of each Lavender and Rosemary oil, add about a teaspoon of Jojoba oil and 20 milliliters of Grape seed carrier oil and you’ll get an infusion that needs to be kept in a small glass bottle and applied every evening. The application is quite simple and it won’t take a lot of your time – simply use a few drops of this mixture to give your scalp a soothing, invigorating 2-minute massage.

 

2. NATURAL CURE FOR HEAD LICE

Ingredients: 5 essential oils (Peppermint, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Tea tree), carrier oil of choice (Jojoba, Almond, Olive oil), bottle.

Speaking about healthy hair – here’s something every mom and even teacher will find extremely helpful! And guess what – the mixture I’ll talk about here won’t only kill the existing head lice but provide protection against any future infestations! Take an empty 50-60 milliliter bottle and fill it with 10 drops of each of these 5 essential oils then top up with the carrier oil of choice. Shake well and keep this infusion handy as you’ll have to add a few drops of it to a cup of water to get a nice-smelling, lice-killing final rinse that won’t only keep these pests away but nurture your scalp and hair as well!

 

3. MULTIPURPOSE NURTURING HERBAL INFUSION

Ingredients: Fresh Rosemary, Sage and Horsetail herb (1/4 of a cup each), 250mls of Jojoba oil, 2 glass jars, strainer.

Interested in making your own herbal infusions from scratch? Well, you definitely must give this one a shot then! All you have to do is combine your fresh herbs into the first jar, pour Jojoba oil over them and leave them to sit in your windowsill over the next 2-3 weeks. Carefully strain your mixture into a second jar and use your own infusion as a healthy hair mask, hot oil or invigorating, nurturing scalp treatment!

 

4. SPRAY-ON HAIR DETANGLER

Ingredients: 3 essential oils (Chamomile, Lavender, Rose), distilled water, ½ cup conditioner, spray bottle.

Buy a regular, plastic spray bottle, fill it up adding half a teaspoon of each of these three oils, ½ cup of your favorite conditioner and distilled water (to fill it up) to make your very own, super nurturing detangler! Use it after every wash and you’ll have great-smelling, shiny, tangle-free, healthy hair everyone will envy you on!

 

5. ANTI- DANDRUFF TREATMENT

Ingredients: 5 essential oils ( Ylang-Ylang, Cedarwood, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Patchouli), Carrier oil (Jojoba), glass bottle.

There are many interesting natural hair care recipes that involve essential oils and some of them can even prove to be very helpful in treating dandruff! So, in case you don’t really trust the modern medicine, or you simply want to use natural stuff to deal with your problem, make this simple yet effective mixture of essential oils which are known for their anti-dandruff properties! And, to do that, simply mix 4 drops of each of these essential oils with 60 milliliters of Jojoba carrier oil and use a few drops of this mixture to massage into your scalp 2-3 times a week!

 

6. AROMATHERAPY INFUSION FOR DRY HAIR

Ingredients: 3 essential oils (Geranium, Patchouli, Sandalwood), Carrier oil (Jojoba).

Your dry, lackluster, over-processed hair can become soft, luscious and full of life! All you need are these three essential oils, two tablespoons of carrier oil and some patience! So let’s get started! Mix a drop of each of these essential oils with two tablespoons of jojoba oil and massage half of this mixture into your scalp and the other half into your dry tresses. Wrap your head in a warm towel and give this super nurturing mask 20 minutes to work its magic before you shampoo it off. Use this treatment every week and it won’t be long before you get to enjoy your full, shiny locks!

 

7. ALOE VERA AND ESSENTIAL OIL CONDITIONER

Ingredients: Aloe Vera gel, 3 essential oils of choice, lemon.

If you already have gorgeous, healthy hair but love the idea of using homemade natural stuff, you can get creative and make your own conditioner! Simply mix ¼ of a cup of Aloe Vera gel, freshly squeezed lemon juice (half a lemon) and 3 drops of each essential oil you choose. You can use Patchouli, Rosemary, Peppermint or Ylang-Ylang if your hair is oily and prone to dandruff, Rose or Lavender oil if you have fine hair and easily irritable scalp or Sage and Chamomile in case you’re blessed with a normal hair type.

Resources for Chinese Medicine

Diagnosis and treatment in Chinese medicine are based on the theory of yin and yang as well as the five element theory. It practitioners then use a combination of acupuncture, herbs, and qigong exercises to restore health. Learn about each of these aspects of Chinese medicine with the following resources:

1. Acupuncture.com. This website offers everything from acupuncture point locater to Chinese medicine basics.

2. Acupuncture News. Get the latest in news and information from the world of acupuncture. This blog is written by a practicing acupuncturist.

3. Leung’s Chinese Herb News. This expert in Chinese herbs shares his knowledge through this blog.

4. The Qi Life Force & Herbal Medicine. Learn how Chinese medicine uses herbology differently than other holistic approaches to herbal remedies.

5. Qigong Therapy. This overview explains clearly the concepts and methods of qigong therapy as used in Chinese medicine.

6. Yin and Yang in Chinese Medicine. Find out about the balance of yin and yang and how it relates to health.

7. The Five Elements. Learn the five elements and how they relate to the human body as well as to yin and yang.

Are Organic Beauty Products worth it?

A] They are better for your skin!  What you put on your skin eventually ends up in your body. Certified organic products are made with ingredients that are grown free of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified organisms. They also don’t include harmful additives such as petroleum waxes, fillers and artificial chemicals. Simply put, certified organic products are completely healthy and natural, synthetic alternatives are not.

B] They work better! Think of beauty products like food. In today’s world, there are a lot of synthetic, or “fake” ingredients used in food processing. But if you go to a high-end restaurant, you generally won’t find “fake” ingredients on the menu. Top chefs know that creating a top-quality meal requires top-quality ingredients. They don’t use artificial flavors in their cooking, because real spices and fresh herbs create a finer, more exquisite taste. Producing a beauty product is not much different. Certified organic beauty products work better simply because they are made with superior ingredients.

C] They are better for the environment! Therefore you reduce your carbon foot print 🙂  Organic farming eliminates the use of synthetic chemicals and fertilizers, all of which have a destructive effect on our water, soil and health. Organic plants are also grown without the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as they may pose a significant threat to both human and environmental health. Therefore, through looking out for your own health, you’re also helping to protect our fragile ecosystem. That is what they call a “win-win” situation.

Nail Filing Tips!

Like the products you use on your fingertips, the nail file you choose can have direct impact on the health and look of your next manicure. We tracked down Manhattan-based nail goddess Jin Soon Choi for even more filing know-how.

ROCK VS. PAPER

With glass and ceramic materials gaining in popularity, what’s really the distinction between these delicate files and the sandpapered norm? “The biggest difference is that emery nail files can’t be sterilized, while ceramic and glass files can be washed and soaked in a liquid solution,” explains Jin, who works backstage with Revlon at Fashion Week. Emery files work faster—conversely, you can’t work with ceramic files as quickly, and they can break easily. “I’m used to using emery nail files because they’re so diverse: size, thickness, degree of grain—so I can select the best one for the nail I’m working with, which ranges from real to fake,” admits Jin. “But because glass and ceramic nail files are the least abrasive, I use them on very thin and weak nails.”

THE GRITTY TRUTH

Emery boards are not all created equal, as grit sizes range from ultra-fine to coarse. “Stick with a grit size of 180 to 280 [the higher, the finer]—it’s best for basic filing and shaping on natural nails,” suggests Jin. Whenever possible, use a long nail file for extra dexterity—mini files are handy for purse touch-ups, but a long nail file is much easier to use. And what about buffing? Sometimes it’s hard to resist the urge to erase obvious ridges and an uneven surface texture using the first filer you find, but is it doing more harm than good? “If you buff, use the finest grain [900 to 12000 grit size] and rub gently—a hard, coarse-grained buffer will destroy your nails,” advises Jin.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS

“Filing nails one direction to the other used to be the nail school standard, but it’s okay to gently rock back and forth from corner to corner using a very fine-grain nail file,” says Jin. It’s a pressure balance, however, and with too much force you risk splitting the nail at the tip.

“For a square shape, I like to file the tip of the nail first; this establishes the final length of the nail,” explains Jin. “Then I continue on to the edges of the nail to balance out the square.”  For a round shape, Jin starts at the sides, gradually segueing to the tip because a round shape nail is more of a gradual taper. “The key is not to rush,” she adds.  “If you try to work too fast, you risk removing too much nail material on one side which forces you to remove a matching amount on the other side. Filing nails is not much different from cutting hair.”

Wash your Hair often?

How often does the average woman wash her hair? Twice a week. In fact, 54% of women report washing their hair twice a week. For years dermatologists and hair stylists have recommended this practice, as more frequent washes remove too much of the natural sebum that conditions hair, reducing shine, stripping the color and leaving hair unmanageable.

– Black 15in1