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The Ultimate Guide to Tea Tree Oil for Your Hair

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Everybody is talking about Tea tree oil and how it treats all sorts of hair issues these days. It is said to cure dandruff, lice, dryness, and even baldness and a lot more. However, lots of these claims may not be scientifically proven, so I am going to give a balanced opinion about its effectiveness so that you can properly decide if all the claims are true or not.

What is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil also known as melaleuca oil is an essential oil taken from the leaves of the Tea tree which is native to Australia.

It has a fresh camphor smell and its colour ranges from pale yellow to nearly colourless and clear. It is a versatile oil commonly used for a variety of medicinal purposes, such as acne, fungal infections, athlete’s foot, and many other uses including hair due to its antiseptic properties, in that it essentially, kills bacteria and fungi (this is its most basic function).

Despite its many uses it is very toxic if taken internally so it’s important to be careful when using it. It can also cause allergic reactions with some people. So if you have any problems with it, then stop using it.

How does Tea tree oil help your hair?
There are really a few ways in which it can help your hair.

  • It helps moisturize your scalp which is great for your hair.
  • It helps clean the follicles because of its antiseptic properties.

Ways of using it on hair
There are three main ways you can use it on hair

  • Put it directly on your scalp (with another oil, preferably a carrier oil): Don’t put it directly on your scalp without another oil because it will dry out your hair. Dilute it with another oil making sure that it is actually only a small part of the larger mixture, usually a few drops of it with an entire table spoon of another oil.
  • Get a shampoo that has it: The shampoos usually have about a 5% dose as you do not need much of it to get the benefits. This is because too much of it can be a problem.
  • You can also fortify your shampoo/conditioner by adding few drops of pure tea tree oil to it.

Combating Dandruff and Lice:
The antifungal and antibacterial properties of Tea tree oil makes it useful in cleansing and maintaining the health of hair follicles. Researches have shown that applying a 5% Tea tree oil shampoo three minutes daily for four weeks reduces scalp lesions, scalp itchiness, and greasiness in people with dandruff. So if you have dandruff problems, a 5% tea tree oil shampoo is definitely an effective way to make your scalp more healthy. You can fortify your shampoo with a few drops of this essential oil. Applying a combination of lavender and Tea tree oil kills lice eggs and reduces the number of live lice.

Tea Tree Oil for Hair Growth:
Does it stimulate hair growth? I can’t decisively say that it does because the evidence for that is insufficient. However, it creates the optimal conditions for hair growth. That therefore, means that it may not help everyone. If you’re experience hair problems relating to unhealthy hair follicles, then it would be promising since it cleanses out hair follicles and support the hair. But if there is another reason for the hair loss (like some medical conditions), I can’t conclusively say that it would reverse hair loss. But for some people in that situation, it could still help with the health of your existing hairs. Take few drops of it, mix it with any carrier oil and simply massage it onto your scalp.

Moisturizing your Scalp:
It moisturizes by nourishing your scalp and your hair eliminating dryness and itching really well. Mix it with any carrier oil like jojoba oil and massage gently onto your scalp for 10-15 minutes. Leave it on for some time and wash thoroughly. Tea tree oil shampoo can also be effective for moisturizing your scalp. It is definitely worth trying it if you find your scalp and hair to be dry and damaged.

How to Repair Damaged Hair

So it’s done, for whatever reason your shining tresses, those locks you once prided upon, have lost their allure, dulled out, drying faster than a pond in a desert and splitting faster than a newly divorced couple, the question is now raised to you, do I give up? Let time take its devastating toll on one what was once an imperative part of your personality?

If you answered no on both of those questions, read on.

For as long as humankind has valued beauty, hair care has played a vital role in it, society has very well ingrained in our minds that once a person’s hair starts thinning out, they’re past their prime, a relic of the past, ready to be discarded, replaced. The truth couldn’t be harsher than this, and although men might suffer from this dilemma on an equal footing to women, one cannot deny that the social effect felt to the latter is far worse than the former, tenfold in some situations.

Below are some ways I’ve compiled for you to fight back and arm yourself against this enemy:

• The Trim:

I know this is the last thing you want to hear right now, this might be the very thing you’re trying to avoid by reading this, but hear me out, the toughest of decisions might be the ones that produce the best results, if any at all, so give those split ends a trim, you don’t have to go for a full super cut, just the ends, and if you do decide to go full commando, well, you might want to try out these other remedies before doing anything drastic.

• Avoid the hot fix:

The blow dryer and curling irons are often referred as a woman’s dual swords, but they’re a double edged sword, for every time your favorite blow dryer and curling iron have raced against time to get you ready for that fabulous party with your friends. For every second they’ve shaved off your preparation time, they’ve done so at a hefty cost, and for some, it might be too much to gamble now, so consider retiring these weapons of mass preparations, or lessen them to a considerable amount.

• Say NO to color… for now:

Genetics are unfair, we’ve all been there, we all wanted that perfect looking hair and somehow it’s just not possible without our favorite colored dye, we didn’t choose our hair color to be this way, it’s just how it is, so when someone tends to advise you against your own perfection goals, you tend to ignore them, especially if it’s just a seemingly harmless bottle away, but these devils have done an equal amount of harm to your locks as they’ve helped them. If not more. So hold off for now.

• Spare no expense:

If you’re willing to go that extra mile and bring out the big guns, some hair repair products are no short of miracles, but where to start, these companies are more interested in making profits, then actually helping the customer, and they’re so many of them, that choosing the right one is no short of a nightmare, not to worry, I’ve got your back, try starting with Macadamia, it comes with a personal recommendation.

Remember to stay vigilant! It might seem like the end of the world right now. but I promise it almost always gets better.

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50 Reasons You Need Coconut Oil

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Whats all the fuss about Coconut Oil? Well Coconut Oil is literally the most diverse product on the market. Not only can you replace all your oil products in the kitchen, but you can also use it as a moisturizer, tooth paste, hair grease, disinfectant for cuts and scrapes, healthy fat substitute and so much more. For now I’m just going to list a few of the health benefits.

1. Easier to digest
2. Doesn’t store as regular fat
3. Anti-microbial and anti-fungal
4. Liver actually processes this oil to instantly turn it into energy
5. Cells can use it as energy
6. Natural Treatment for Alzheimer’s
7. Prevents heart disease and high blood pressure
8. Cures UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)
9. Cures Kidney Infection
10. Protects the Liver
11. Reduces Inflammation in the body
12. Reduces Arthritis
13. Prevents Cancer from developing
14. Anti-bacterial and anti-viral
15. Improves memory and overall brain function
16. Produced longer sustained energy and natural endurance
17. Improves digestion
18. Reduces stomach Ulcers and Ulcerative Colitis
19. Lessens symptoms of pancreatitis and gall Bladder disease
20. Improves skin ailments (burns, dandruff, eczema and psoriasis
21. Oil pull to prevent gum disease and tooth decay
22. Leading natural treatment for Osteoporosis
23. Improves Type 2 Diabetes
24. Excellent for Weight loss (especially belly fat)
25. Helps to build Muscle
26. Hair conditioner for dry hair
27. Helps in reducing Candida and Yeast Infections
28. Reduces stress on liver to give it Anti-Aging properties
29. Helps reduce estrogen in women
30. Helps balance Hormone levels
31. Curbs appetite
32. Acts as sunscreen
33. Reduces Seizures
34. Helps improve Type 1 diabetes
35. Eliminates Free Radicals damage
36. Promotes stress relief
37. Treatment for Kidney Stones
38. Treatment for Gall Bladder Stones
39. Lauric acid (45-55% of Coconut Oil) Increases the bodies Immune System
40. Has an abundance of Vitamin E
41. Greatly stimulates Pancreas to produce Insulin
42. Reduces Protein loss in hair
43. Protects every form of hair from combing damage
44. Improve skin hydration
45. Protects the Kidneys
46. Helps prevent wrinkles
47. Helps prevent Sun damage
48. Supports the Thyroid Gland
49. Helps to improve sleep
50. Remineralize your teeth

Geez, no wonder Coconut oil has taken the Western states by storm. The Pacific Islanders call Coconut Trees the Trees of Life. As you can see with this list above anyone can find a use for Coconut Oil in their home. Be careful when buying it though, people assume that virgin is unrefined and that is very inaccurate. It has to be Refined at some point or else they would just sell you a Coconut. My experience tells me this, the stronger the smell of Coconut the less refined it is. The unrefined that I’ve found actually have small Coconut chunks in it. I like the unrefined for toothpaste and skin care, and the cold pressed kind for cooking and overall eating.

Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is considered to be one of the best products for our bodies and especially our skin. It’s often used as a main ingredient in today’s beauty products but it’s also great in its purest most natural form. Many products from lotions and creams to soaps and body washes are infused with the oil because there are so many wonderful overall benefits.

All natural coconut oil may be the perfect skin care product for you! Whether you want a great moisturizer or a superb anti-aging product. I’ve put together below a few of the benefits you can get from using coconut oil in your day to day skin regimen.

Reduce scars and shine.
The oil contains an important antioxidant: vitamin E. It is great for skin because it controls shine, helps to even out complexions, and reduces the appearance of scars from acne and other conditions. It attacks free radicals that harm our outer layers.

Prevent irritation and infection.
The oil is full of antiseptic fatty acids that fight bad fungi and bacteria in the skin. When used daily, it can help stave off infections like athlete’s foot, warts, and more.

Penetrate lower layers of skin.
Coconut oil gets to the root of the problem by being able to penetrate deeply into the skin’s layers. It’s naturally small molecular structure makes it easy for skin to absorb. The oil doesn’t just sit on the surface but goes in deep.

Slows down the aging process.
There are many, many anti-aging products on the market today. One of coconut oil’s greatest benefits is its anti-aging properties. It is a rich source of antioxidants. As briefly mentioned above antioxidants combat the free radicals that attack our skin. This helps to slow down the aging process because it means that coconut oil protects the connective tissue that keeps skin supple.

Moisturizes
The oil is also incredibly well-known for being one of the best moisturizers for skin. It penetrates deep and gives us a healthy glow. It helps get rid of dead skin cells and makes it feel smoother. Coconut oil is such a great moisturizer that it is even known for helping to soothe eczema and psoriasis. Also it’s often used as a treatment for dry scalp conditions like dandruff.

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