Often referred to as ‘Liquid Gold’, Argan oil is one of nature’s treasures. First mentioned by the Phoenicians around 1500 BC, Argan oil is packed with healing antioxidants, fatty acids, minerals and the vitamins A and E. This light, non greasy oil is the perfect multi-purpose beauty elixir for hair, skin and nails. And taken internally it’s a powerful health tonic.
Varicose veins are difficult for conventional medicine to treat. Alternative therapies show some promise and can relieve and even reverse, some of the symptoms.
Varicose veins, are veins – usually in the legs – that have become enlarged and twisted. They don’t move blood as effectively as they should, allowing blood to pool. In addition to being unsightly and embarrassing, these bulging veins can be painful. Especially when you’ve been on your feet for a while. Due to a buildup of waste products, the area around your varicose veins can become red, itchy and sore.
Whoa! I was born with one chin now I have two. How did this happen and how do I get rid of it?
Millions upon millions of people are asking this very same question all over the world. They are surprised to one day look in the mirror and see they have two chins instead of one. This is known officially as “double chin.” There are ways to get rid of a double chin and shortly we will discuss those methods you can use to get rid of that double chin. For instance, if you drink lots of water it will help keep the double chin at bay. You must drink at least 8-10 cups of water everyday. More should be consumed when you exercise or if the weather calls for it.
Hair oils are a favorite of experts everywhere, and it’s easy to see why. These natural oils are chock full of essential fatty acids, and deeply moisturizing, making them fantastic for healing split ends, sealing in moisture, straightening out tangles and adding shine.
They also nourish the scalp and help to reduce dry flaky skin.
You can apply oils to wet or dry hair when styling. For a luxurious deep conditioning treatment, massage a small amount of room temperature or slightly warmed oil into your hair. Start at your roots and work it down to the tips, then put on a shower cap and let it soak in for about half an hour. Wash your hair as normal with shampoo.
The addition of certain essential oils brings additional benefits for a number of hair conditions as well as making the oils smell wonderful. When you use hair oils with added essential oils make sure that you don’t let your hair flop down into your eyes.
Take a look at the list below to help you choose the perfect oil for your hair.
Great Oils For General Use – Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil
Olive oil is inexpensive and easy to find. Rich in linoleic (omega-6) and linolenic acid (omega-3) essential fatty acids and vitamins E and K, olive oil gives a moisturizing protective coat to the hair shaft.
Used once a week as a deep conditioning treatment, olive oil will prevent a flaky, itchy scalp and give you soft, shiny, easy to manage hair.
It’s a great spot treatment for split ends too, just massage a small amount into the tips of your hair.
Jojoba oil is a liquid wax that penetrates and seals the hair shaft, locking in moisture. It also breaks down old sebum build up, which makes hair brittle and creates blockages at the roots. It’s composed of 98% monounsaturated fats and 2% saturated fats so it can penetrate the hair follicle and strengthen hair fibers from the inside
Jojoba is the only oil whose molecular structure is similar to sebum (the oil that the scalp naturally produces).
Grapeseed oil is odorless and non greasy. It locks in moisture and prevents frizz, split ends, and brittle hair. Grape seed oil contains Vitamin E, minerals, proteins and linoleic acid which all promote hair growth.
Use grapeseed oil as a deep conditioning, hot oil treatment.
Best Oils To Stimulate Hair Growth – Almond Oil, Rosemary Oil, Emu Oil, Castor Oil, Baobab Oil
Almond oil softens the skin on your scalp and reduces inflammation. It contains essential fatty acids that nourish hair and potassium, magnesium and vitamin E which are essential for healthy hair growth.
Rosemary essential oil boasts therapeutic properties. Thanks to its antimicrobial and antiseptic properties it fight infections, lice and harmful organisms that live on the hair and scalp. Rosemary is rich in antioxidants which help to dilate the blood vessels and stimulate cell division, both of which encourage the growth of hair. It smells great too.
Emu Oil has been used for centuries by the Aboriginal tribes of Australia. This oil is anti-inflammatory. When inflammation occurs, the hair follicles are squeezed closed and residues build up which inhibit hair growth.
Emu oil is extremely penetrating because it lacks phospholipids. Human skin which doesn’t have phosphorous in it won’t allow any phosphorous carrying substance to pass through. Since Emu oil doesn’t contain phosphorus, it is able to penetrate through more layers of skin and carry its rich fatty acids deep into the hair follicle.
Natural compounds in Emu oil, particularly a fatty acid called oleic acid have been shown to reactivate thinning hair follicles and flood the follicles with nutrients, stimulating hair regrowth.
Emu oil also prevents bacterial and fungal infections at the roots which slow down hair growth.
Castor Oil, stimulates the scalp, encouraging new and healthy hair growth while sealing the hair shaft and protecting against breaks and split ends. Castor oil contains Ricinoleic acid, one of the essential amino acids required by the human body. This fatty acid penetrates into the hair follicles, providing nourishment and enabling the hair follicles to restore growth to a normal level.
With its ability to protect existing hair follicles, castor oil prevents hair from being shed too quickly. Castor oil aids in maintaining optimum scalp pH which helps control fungal growth and bacteria. Massage into hair and scalp daily for best results.
Castor oil treatment oil
- 3 tablespoons castor oil
- 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
- 3 drops of essential oil choose from peppermint, rosemary or tea tree.
Mix all three ingredients together, then take a small amount and begin to work it into your scalp. Massage well, then draw the castor oil all the way to the tips of your hair. Leave for 20 minutes, then shampoo as normal.
Baobab oil has a high vitamin content, boasting vitamins A, D, E and F which improve hair elasticity and encourage cell regeneration. Its essential fatty acids, penetrate and hydrate the scalp and hair shaft, smoothing the cuticle and calming inflammation at the root.
Best Oils To Get Thicker Hair – Coconut Oil, Rosemary Oil, Peppermint Oil, Cedarwood Oil. Pomegranate Oil
Peppermint oil – A study reported in the December 2014 issue of “Toxicological Research” found that rats given a topical application of 3 percent peppermint oil showed more hair growth than those given minoxidil, placebo or jojoba oil. The authors noted the peppermint oil induced very thick and long hair in the mice after 4 weeks.
Rosemary oil is believed to increase the cellular metabolism that stimulates hair growth, it also contains loads of vitamin B, iron and calcium. It has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for thinning and brittle hair
Cedarwood essential oil can help stimulate the hair follicles by increasing circulation to the scalp.
Try this hair thickening recipe
- 1½ ounces jojoba oil
- 1½ ounces grapeseed oil
- 30 drops pure cedarwood essential oil
- 30 drops pure rosemary essential oil
Place all of the ingredients in a jar and shake well. Apply generously to you hair and leave for at least 20 minutes. Overnight is ideal – wear a shower cap. Shampoo as usual.
Coconut oil is high in Vitamin E, capric and lauric acid – which have antimicrobial powers, and medium-chain fatty acids that fortify hair, moisturize the scalp, and help to regrow hair.
The result will be thicker, shinier hair and a calm, itch free, flake free scalp. Coconut oil’s saturated fats work really well to smooth and moisturize the scalp and a moisturized scalp promotes hair growth because there are no dead skin cells clogging the hair follicles.
Pomegranate seed oil with its high levels of punicic acid, revitalizes hair leaving it looking thick and shiny. Pomegranate seed oil is quite thick, so you can mix it with another carrier oil to make it last longer.
Best Oils To Repair Damaged Hair – Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil
Avocado oil is rich in proteins, healthy fats and amino acids. It also contains vitamins A, D, E and B6. The proteins will help repair your hair’s cuticles, minimizing the damage that’s already been done and preventing future breakage and splits.
Jojoba oil is a liquefied wax, extracted from a shrub native to the southwestern US. It’s high in vitamins A, E and D and helps repair damage to your hair and promotes new hair growth.
Grapeseed oil makes a fantastic hair repair and strengthening treatment thanks to vitamin E and linoleic acids. Odorless and non greasy, this oil is widely known as a natural sunscreen for hair. Grapeseed oil helps restore the scalp’s natural balance and is an ideal anti-dandruff treatment.
Best Oil For Dry, Rough Hair – Argan Oil
Argan oil, Often referred to as the Miracle Oil or Liquid Gold, revitalizes hair and treats split ends. Pure Argan oil isn’t cheap but the results are worth every penny.
It’s rich in vitamin E and contains omega-3 and omega-9 essential fatty acids to nourish hair. With its high levels of linoleic and oleic acid, Argan oil hydrates and moisturizes, as it penetrates the hair shaft to repair damage, while its zinc component adds shine.
Argan oil is non-greasy and easily absorbed so it won’t weigh your hair down or contribute to build up.
Best Oil For Fine Light Hair – Almond Oil, Abyssinian Oil
Almond oil is a lightweight oil which makes it ideal for fine hair. It’s easily absorbed and will lock in moisture without adding weight or greasy residue to your hair. High in essential fats, proteins and magnesium, use almond oil as a hot oil treatment to nourish your hair and give incredible shine.
Abyssinian oil is an intensely moisturizing, but very lightweight and finely textured oil, making it perfect for fine hair that gets overloaded easily. It’s also one of the most heat resistant oils so it’s ideal to use before styling.
Best Oil For Chemically Treated Hair – Avocado Oil, Marula Oil
Avocado oil is an effective moisturizer for dyed, permed, relaxed and straightened hair. It’s packed with vitamins and proteins that help to prevent further damage to your hair. Avocado oil is also rich in essential fatty acids which keep hair soft and shiny.
Use on dry hair as a deep conditioning treatment.
Marula oil comes from the fruit of the Marula tree, which is native to southern and western Africa. Its composition is very similar to the natural oils that your body produces, and it’s rich in vitamins C and E. Marula oil absorbs quickly, and seals your hair’s cuticles giving you frizz free locks.
Best Oil For Curly Hair – Babassu Oil
Babassu oil is a clear, light yellow vegetable oil extracted from the seeds of the Babassu palm nut, which grows in Brazil.
It’s perfecting for defining curls because it’s a light, non greasy oil, that you don’t need to wash off.
After a couple of weeks of using the oil on your hair, you will notice a big difference, including less breakage and smoother ends.
Babassu oil is similar in composition to coconut oil, they are both primarily comprised of lauric acid – a medium (12 carbon) chain fatty acid. Medium chain fatty acids are able to penetrate the hair shaft. However the additional benefit of babassu oil is that it is comprised of smaller fatty chains than coconut oil and can penetrate the hair shaft more easily. Babassu oil is 50% lauric acid compared to coconut oil’s 48%, and 20% myristic acid (14 carbon), whereas coconut has 16% myristic acids.
Best Oils For Hair Loss (Alopecia) – Olive Lavender, Rosemary, Cedarwood and Thyme Essential Oils
In a study published in the November 1998 “JAMA Dermatology,” researchers combined rosemary, lavender, cedarwood and thyme essential oils with grapeseed and jojoba oils and asked adults with alopecia to apply the mixture to their scalp daily for 7 months. A control group were asked to apply only the grapeseed and jojoba oils.
By the end of the study, 44% of the treatment group showed hair growth, while only 14% of the control group showed improvement.
Another study found that Rosemary Essential Oil was an effective treatment for Alopecia, with the study participants showing an increased hair count at the end of the 6 month trial.
When people lose hair, it is due to a hormone, called DHT (dihydrotestosterone). DHT is responsible for the shrinkage of the hair follicle shaft, however, the production of that hormone is hampered when olive oil is applied to the scalp.
How to make your own restorative hair treatment
- Take ⅜ cup olive oil (or jojoba and grapeseed blend)
- Add 6 drops Rosemary, 6 drops lavender, 6 drops cedarwood and 6 drops thyme essential oils.
Massage a small amount into your hair and leave overnight. Shampoo as normal.
Best Oil For Graying Hair – Amla Oil
Also known as Indian Gooseberry oil, Amla oil has been an integral part of haircare in India for centuries. Amla is an ingredient in most natural hair dyes.
Amla is known to have high levels of tannin and the antioxidant vitamin C. It also contains kaempferol, flavonoids, and gallic acid that help enhance the hair texture
You can buy amla oil, or better yet make you own, that way you know exactly what ingredients are in it.
This is the traditional Ayurvedic method of preparing amla oil.
- 120g amla powder or dried whole amla
- 1 liter of water
- 250g coconut oil
- Mix the water and 100 grams of the amla powder with 1 liter of water in a pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until roughly half of the liquid has evaporated. This is your amla concentrate.
- Next, place the coconut oil, remaining 20 grams of amla powder, and the amla concentrate into a pan and bring to a boil. Turn to a low heat and simmer until all the water has evaporated.
- The amla oil is ready when the oil appears yellow and transparent, with a darker bottom of amla ash.
- Strain immediately and store in a glass jar or bottle away from direct sunlight.
To use amla oil, take 1-2 tablespoons of the oil and massage it into your hair. Leave for at least one hour or overnight if you can. Then shampoo as usual. You shouldn’t need to use a conditioner after amla oil has deeply moisturized your hair.
Best Oil For Frizzy Hair – Canola Oil
With its high concentration of unsaturated fats, canola oil, is the perfect treatment to fight frizz and fortify your hair strands so that they are less likely to break and split.
Take a spray bottle and add warm water with just a drop of shampoo or liquid soap. The shampoo is necessary to allow the oil and water to mix. Then add a teaspoon of canola oil and give the bottle a good shake. Then, simply spray the mixture through your hair.
Canola is cheap and available in supermarkets everywhere, so adding it to your hair care routine is easy.
And finally there’s one more oil that always overlooked when people are looking for a great hair oil. It’s not for everyone, but it’s 100% free and 100% compatible with your hair.
Drum roll……. It’s the natural sebum produced by your scalp, and you get to benefit from it by going the NoPoo route.
NoPoo means you stop using shampoo; you know that stuff that strips the oils from your hair leaving your tresses in bad shape. Now, this doesn’t mean that you stop washing your hair, you still have to get the dirt out after all. You simply wash with plain water, or plain water with added vinegar or lemon juice. You hair will take a few weeks to adjust, but once it does, WOW!
Balance is restored to your hairs universe. Dry hair benefits from increased oil production and becomes slick and glossy, and greasy hair stops over-producing oil and those dull, lank-locks are history. Soft, shiny, tangle free, manageable hair is yours for the taking, if you dare.
Now, why would anyone in their right mind pour coconut oil in their hair? You wouldn’t be the first one to ask this question. Apparently, coconut oil is one of the best home remedies available you can use to maintain a beautiful head of locks. I conjure up images of tropical island survivors planted on a small tropical island with a tall tree of coconuts towering over their heads. This is my perception of coconut oil. But this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Body Butter is great for giving tired, dry skin an extra helping of moisture. Since it’s made with nourishing oils and nut butters, body butter is able to penetrate deeply into your skin – unlike lotions, which mostly lie on the surface and quickly evaporate due to their high water content.
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