Essential Oils for Your Hair

Lavender

Lavender is the most versatile and useful of all the essential oils for hair care, skin care, and much more. It works with all hair types, encourages hair growth, and is very helpful for treating dandruff and/or psoriasis of the scalp.

Lavender essential oil works well in combination with other essential oils, and it’s one of a very few essentials considered safe enough to apply full-strength. In addition, lavender oil is very helpful in reducing stress. High stress levels can lead to many common hair and scalp issues, especially hair loss and alopecia arreata.

Use lavender at a concentration of 4 to 24 drops per 1 oz. of carrier oil.

Rosemary

Perhaps the best essential oil for hair care, rosemary essential oil encourages hair growth and has been successfully used in the treatment of alopecia arreata when blended with lavender, cedarwood, and thyme in a 50/50 base of jojoba and grapeseed oils. It’s excellent oil for dry hair and is helpful for treating both dandruff and psoriasis.

Use rosemary at a concentration of 4 to 16 drops per 1 oz. of carrier oil.

Cedarwood

Cedarwood essential oil supports hair growth and can help reduce hair loss due to infections or immune system issues. It is also helpful in treating psoriasis and dandruff and helps to relieve anxiety.

Use cedarwood at a concentration of 4 to 8 drops per 1 oz. of carrier oil.

Tea Tree

Tea Tree is perhaps the best essential oil for treating dandruff and psoriasis. It cleanses and purifies the scalp, and has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Use tea tree essential oil at a concentration of 4 to 24 drops per 1 oz. of carrier oil.

Sage

Sage essential oil encourages hair growth, cleanses and purifies the scalp, balances scalp oils, and helps to normalize hormone levels. You don’t want to use sage oil on children, or if you’re pregnant. In either case, substitute clary sage in its place.

Use sage oil at a concentration of 4 to 8 drops per 1 oz. of carrier oil.

Carrier Oils

Sweet almond
Avocado
Coconut
Olive
Hempseed
Grapeseed
Castor
Cocoa butter
Argan
Jojoba
Sesame
Sunflower
Shea butter

 

About April M. Monterrosa 

 April M. Monterrosa is Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Marine Corps wife, Mama of a Dachshund, licensed Cosmetologist of 17 years,  The Lil Spa Room Owner Founder of the Wonderfully Wise Women Group, Blog, & Online Magazine, a Writer for SAXtreme Magazine, PCA Skin Chemical Peel certified, & a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor.

Baking Soda Beauty Tips

Baking soda is useful far beyond the kitchen. You probably know that you can clean your house with baking soda, but did you know it can also come in handy as part of your beauty regimen? Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, which helps to regulate pH, and that makes it great for beauty recipes.

How does it work? Baking Soda helps items maintain the perfect acidity level and can also buffer substances from further pH changes. These dual capabilities allow it to neutralize odors, such as in your refrigerator, and maintain a pH level, such as in laundry water..

Facial Scrub: You can give yourself an inexpensive and invigorating body scrub and facial. Start by creating a paste with baking soda and water. Exfoliate your skin by rubbing it in a circular motion. It is gentle enough to use every day.

Toothpaste: Paste made with a three percent hydrogen peroxide solution and baking soda is a great replacement for commercially-sold non-fluoride paste. Simply dipping your brush with toothpaste already on it in baking soda is another way to get a sodium bicarbonate boost.

Mouthwash: Take four ounces of water and add a teaspoon of baking soda. You instantly have an odor-neutralizing rinse.

Conditioner: We all know the benefits of vinegar to your hair, but baking soda has a place as well. Sprinkle a little baking soda into your hand along with your favorite organic shampoo and wash and rinse as you normally would. Baking soda helps to remove any residue that would normally be left behind by your styling products.

Deodorant: Avoid harsh deodorants. You can neutralize body odors by dusting baking soda directly on your underarms.

Hand Cleanser: Avoid harsh soaps by using a paste made of one part water to three parts baking soda. You could also substitute the water for gentle hand soap.

Clean Combs and Brushes: Want luxurious and shiny hair? Keep your combs and brushes clean. You can remove the residue from hair products and natural oils that have built up by using a solution of warm water and a teaspoon of baking soda.

About April M. Monterrosa 

 April M. Monterrosa is Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Marine Corps wife, Mama of a Dachshund, licensed Cosmetologist of 17 years,  The Lil Spa Room Owner Founder of the Wonderfully Wise Women Group, Blog, & Online Magazine, a Writer for SAXtreme Magazine, PCA Skin Chemical Peel certified, & a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor.

Hair Masque Recipes

Hair Strengthening Treatment

This homemade hair mask recipe is great for nourishing weak and brittle hair that’s prone to breakage.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup plant oil
  • 1 teaspoon chamomile
  • Nettle leaves
  • Birch leaves
  • Yolk
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2-3 drops rosemary oil
PREPARATION

Heat plant oil slightly and then add chamomile, nettle leaves and birch leaves. Leave to brew for approximately 30 minutes. Strain mixture. Add one egg yolk, honey, lemon, and rosemary oil. Mix well.

APPLICATION

Apply mixture to damp hair and massage gently until hair is completely coated. Cover hair with a towel, shower cap or cling wrap. This will retain heat and enhance the nourishing effects of the treatment. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse out with cool water.

Hair Mask for Dry or Color Treated Hair

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa
  • Hot milk
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 vitamin E capsules (pierced)
  • 2-3 drops geranium essential oil
  • 2-3 drops cedar wood essential oil
  • 2-3 drops ylang ylang essential oil
  • 2-3 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2-3 drops lavender essential oil

PREPARATION

Mix together cocoa and a little hot milk until you achieve a creamy consistency. Add all essential oils into the cocoa and milk mixture. Mix thoroughly until ingredients are completely combined and smooth.

APPLICATION

Apply mixture to hair, covering completely from roots to tips. Leave treatment in for approximately one hour. Rinse hair mask completely, then shampoo and condition as normal.

Green Tea Hair Mask

This homemade hair mask is very effective for stimulating healthy hair growth if you suffer from thinning hair and hair loss. Use this treatment three to four times per week to create long, thick and luxurious hair.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons fresh green tea (strong)
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 egg yolk

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients together until you reach a creamy consistency.  If it becomes too thick, add more green tea.

APPLICATION

Part hair down the center and apply mixture. Cover hair with a shower cap or cling wrap. Leave in for approximately 15 to 25 minutes. Your head will feel slightly warm, as the mustard helps to increase the blood circulation to the scalp. Rinse thoroughly, then shampoo and condition as normal.


OLIVE OIL MASK (for coarse to medium hair) : Whisk up 5 tablespoons of olive oil (it doesn’t matter which sort) with 2 eggs. Massage thoroughly into your hair and then cover it with plastic wrap or a shower hat. Your body heat will help the oil to penetrate. Leave for a minimum of 30 minutes and then shampoo out. Rinse well.

 

COCONUT CREAM MASK (for medium to coarse hair) : Soften a large chunk of coconut oil cream in your hands and massage into hair. Wrap your head in a warm towel and leave it on for an hour. Wash out with a gentle shampoo.

 

MILK & HONEY MASK (for fine hair) : Mix a tablespoon of honey in half a cup of full fat milk. Apply to your hair and leave for 15 minutes. Wash out with a mild shampoo.

 

Honey & Cinnamon

Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. What it will do is what some call ‘turning to sugar’. In reality, honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will “crystallize”. When this happens loosen the lid, boil some water and sit the honey container in the hot water, but turn off the heat and let it liquefy naturally. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. This will kill the enzymes in the honey.

Cinnamon and Honey

Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world.  Honey can be used without side effects for any kind of diseases. Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients.

Researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply it on bread instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, when they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients may take daily (morning and night) one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses.

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.

SPA RECIPE:OVERNIGHT FOOT MASQUE

1/4 cup Almonds
1/4 cup Dry Oatmeal
3 TB food grade Cocoa Butter
2 tablespoons Honey

Process almonds in a blender or coffee grinder until finely ground. Set aside. In the same blender, pulse your oatmeal until of the same consistency.  In a bowl, combine ground oatmeal, cocoa butter, honey & ground almonds. Rub into your clean feet, step into cotton socks, & leave on overnight. The next morning, remove the socks & rinse feet in cool water. Pat dry. I recommend you not remove the socks until you’re standing in the tub!