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June 14, 2014
Last week I had the pleasure of talking to a new essential oil user, who told me she was floored by how easily her lifelong battle with dandruff was won by this simple, simple, SIMPLE step. Can I tell you how that made my day? Well it did because sweet as she was, I knew she was skeptical about this "crazy" EO movement. Sometimes I forget that the simplest of protocols have yet to be shared on the blog until I have an experience that reminds me I need to share it! This protocol is quick, clean and easy and, it involves only one key essential oil although others can be added as I'll share with you later in the post. If you have an unbeliever in your midst that struggles with unsightly flakes, please by all means remember to share this tip with them, it's a hair and scalp changer!
It's my experience that anti-microbial essential oils like pure Melaleuca have an astounding success rate for treating fungal and or bacterial infections. Dandruff is thought to be a yeast (Malassezia strain) which is considered a fungal infection and this is where it gets easy believe it or not! "Essentially, antifungal therapy reduces the number of yeasts on the skin, leading to an improvement in seborrheic dermatitis. With a wide availability of preparations, including creams, shampoos, and oral formulations, antifungal agents are safe and effective in the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15663338
If you have a dry, flaking scalp it could be a combination of old hair product sloughing off or, harmful chemicals in hair products you use on a regular basis reacting with your scalp. Be sure to switch to sulfate free products, they're safer and much improved over what they used to be. Ok, you've switched up your hair products but you're still finding the white stuff on your shoulders? Well, grab your bottle of pure Melaleuca and head for the shower!
Easy huh? Now, if I were you, I'd take things one step further and make a batch of Rosemary Lavender & Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse. Rosemary to help promote hair follicle health, Lavender to nourish the scalp and ACV to clarify and cut through product build up! I now add this to an 8 oz spray bottle and spray my hair after rinsing out my conditioner. Yes, I color my hair and NO, the rinse with ACV doesn't strip my color. What I love about this rinse besides what I just mentioned is how it encourages faster growth! I really, REALLY love this rinse. Keep your products pure and conscious clean ~ use nature as nature intended!
May 10, 2017
Do you rinse off the ACV or leave it in?
I use mix of Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soaps with tea tree and lavender as my shampoo. Do I add the E.O.’s extra to that since both have that in them already?
How about a mixture of the Melaleuca and shampoo to keep in the shower rather than a single use application? If this is possible, the ratios please would be much appreciated.
I love the Lavender Rosemary ACV rinse, keep it in the frig. It makes my wild gray hair soft as feathers!
Keep these recipes coming Camp Wander!! My notebook of recipes is getting full so another volume may be in order soon!! (I keep a copy on my computer too).
How much ACV do you put in. Fill it? Thanks
You’ll want to leave it in!
I have used Melaleuca essential oil along with my shampoo and like it, seems to reduce dandruff. The only thing I have found that almost elimates psoriasis and itching on the scalp is pouring milk kefir and/or milk kefir whey on my scalp (at an appropriate temperature) and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing. I found the info on a Kefir blog by an Australian man. He said it only takes one treatment, but I have done it about once a month when the itching starts again, this will be my third month….the psoriasis spot is no longer there though. I will take a look at Rebecca’s post also, thanks for the info.
Check out Rebecca’s post about Psoriasis on the first page. She gives info about it there. :o)
Does anyone know of a combination of essential oils that will work for psoriasis on the scalp..?
Thanks in advance,
Follow the included link for instructions!
If you’re still experiencing dandruff flakes, I would add the EOs along with your DB soaps :)
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