Sunday, October 17, 2010

Dandruff

Everyone has experienced dandruff at some point in their life and knows how much it sucks to have a bunch of snowflakes all over your black turtleneck.  This post is about getting rid of dandruff.  But to get rid of it, you need to understand what it is.

What causes Dandruff?
  • occurs from excessive dry or oily scalp conditions
  • sensitivity reactions hair care products
  • fungal overgrowth
  • results of stress, thus causing oil glands to over produce
  • diet too high in sugar, dairy, fried food, fat
Ways to Avoid:
  • Keep scalp moisturized
  • Do not suffocate scalp with heavy greases and pore clogging oils
  • Keep Scalp clean
  • Minimize stress
  • Watch diet ( add tablespoon of hempseed oil to diet)
Ways to Treat:
  • Herbs for dandruff
    • artichoke leaves, burdock root, celery seed, Clary sage, horsetail, lavender, nettle, peppermint, quasi chips, rosemary, sage, southernwood, tea tree thyme, and willow bark
  • Essential Oils for dandruff
    • cedarwood, Clary, sage, cypress, eucalyptus, juniper, lavender, lemons, myrrh, patchouli, peppermint, pine, rosemary, sage, tea tree oil and ylang-ylang
  • Herbal Hair Rinses
    • ACV rinses for dry hair
    • Fresh Lemon Juice for Oily Hair
      • Use this rinse after your shampoo
      • These rinses can be left in or let sit in your hair for minimum of 15 minutes and then rinse with cool water
      • Mixed 1 quart water infusions with 2 tablespoons ACV/Lemon
  • Infused Oils
    • This is an oil that has all the nutrients and benefits of desired herb
  • Coconut Oil with tea tree oil or any of the essential oils listed above
    • use this as a conditioner and then rinse
    • Tea Tree Oil is a great antiseptic

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