Essential oils for healthy hair

Yep, I am not kidding you. You can use your essential oils for so many things, including the health of your hair.

Have you ever read the ingredient list of your shampoo/conditioner? Most of them contain lots of chemicals that we don’t even know how to pronounce. They are seemingly harmless, I mean, it can’t be dangerous if they are allowed in products that everybody uses everyday (or once per week depending on your habits). Right? But the thing with these “harmless” chemicals is, that we get them EVERYWHERE. So yeah, maybe your body can do its magic and get rid of them when it only has to be concerned with a few. But we bombard the body everyday with so many chemicals from our surroundings. And they build up in your fat tissue, they block the lymphatic system, disrupt your hormones etc.

And if you use products with fragrance. Oh don’t even get me started with that. Fragrance is a big mix of synthetic chemicals and there are no actual control because they are considered “trade secrets” so nobody is required to put them on the labels. And they have been found to be associated with several health and environmental concerns like contact dermatitis, hormone disruption, infertility, neurotoxic, water, soil and wildlife contaminant to name a few.

I cannot say that some of the ingredients in your shampoo will give you cancer, or is the reason why you get the flu several times per year or can’t get pregnant. All I can say is that when our body constantly has to deal with unnatural chemicals from our surroundings, it takes up energy and time for your body to do its real magic. Which is maintaining homeostasis (balance) and keeping you healthy and strong.

So, my point is: Why not take the control and avoid as many chemicals as you can? I know you can’t avoid it all, we also have to live in the society we have created. But you can for sure consciously avoid A LOT.

Which leads me to my next point: Why not actively choose to use beneficial, chemical-free, sustainable, clean, green, healthy, ethical, divine smelling and natural solutions instead?

Yeah, you got it. ESSENTIAL OILS! These small miracles in bottles. They will benefit you on so many levels. And your hair will love you for making them part of your rutine!!!

 

Before I will let you in on the secret of using essential oils for your hair, I’ll ask you one more thing: How many products do you use for your hair at the moment? Shampoo, conditioner, serums, hairsprays, curl-defining sprays, wax, dry shampoo, styling cream, frizz tamer and what else. On top of that comes the hair drier, the curling iron if you have straight hair and the hair straightener if you have curly hair. Not to mention hair dye.. It’s a never ending story. And the loser in the end? Your hair! It’s hard on the hair with all these products, with all this styling. Sorry to say so, but that’s just how it is.

Have you ever tried to cut down on the products and styling stuff? To just allow your hair to be as beautifully natural as it was created? My number one tip, and my challenge to you is this: Put ALL your hair products and “machines” on the floor, and take away as much as you possibly can. Leave the things you feel you would die without for now.. Sometimes, letting go comes in stages.. That’s okay. You can always come back and do it all over again until you are left with pretty much nothing..

 

Okay, enough with the talk. Let’s get on with the important theme of this post.

 

Essential oils in your hair care can be beneficial for:

  • Dandruff
  • A healthy scalp
  • Lies (YES!!!! no more toxic-over-the-counter treatment!!! Essential oils are effective, natural and chemical-free) Both for prevention AND for treatment
  • Hair growth
  • Shiny hair
  • Repair damaged hair
  • Prevent hair loss
  • Strengthens hair follicles
  • Moisturise dry hair
  • Fights ring worm and fungal infections on the scalp
  • Natural scenting a fragrance free shampoo

So you see, lot’s of good reasons to give your scalp and hair some essential oil love..

 

How to do it? It’s easy! You just open your shampoo and add them directly to the bottle 🙂 The best, however, is to pour your shampoo with the essential oils into a glass bottle/container since the essential oils can break down the plastic. Not that the plastic bottle suddenly just disappears, no no, just that the shampoo will get filled with microplastic and we don’t want that on our body nor in the water..

 

You can also make your own shampoo, I haven’t tried that so I won’t talk more about it. I buy a natural shampoo, certified without fragrance/parfume, parabene, phthalates and all the other nasty stuff. Then I add the oils I want for scent and for hair health.

 

The amount you have to add is a widely discussed topic. Some says 10 drops pr 10 ml shampoo. Some say 5 drops pr 10 ml. I have tried to add 10 drops, but I found it a lot and my shampoo got super liquid. I don’t believe there is a final answer, but I use 5 drops pr. ml. We are all different, so do what feels right for you.

 

Top essential oils to add to your shampoo

 

Lavender – to soothe scalp, for dry hair

Tea tree – oily hair, dandruff, lice

Peppermint – itchy scalp, super refreshing

Rosemary – stimulate growth, prevents hair loss, for thin hair, for oily hair

Clary sage – for fragile hair, for estrogen balance (helps hair grow faster and to stay on the head longer)

Geranium – for dry hair

 

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In a 125 ml shampoo I add 15 drops of each lavender, tea tree, peppermint and rosemary. For using clary sage and geranium I add a few drops of each in the palms of my hand and run my hands through my hair and massage it on my scalp. I love the scent and it’s good for the hair.

Yes, there are other oils you can use, but these are easy to go to and all of them have multiple other uses in your life.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE on the quality of oils

Not all essential oils are created equal. There are no official essential oil police, so the producers can put whatever in the bottles claiming them to be pure and natural. Be aware, there have been found synthetic fillers, pesticids, petroleum, heavy metals, other harmful chemicals, multipurpose oil (nobody really know what that is) and more. There are however good quality and 100% pure oils out there, so choose your oils wisely and do your research. If you want to know why I use and work with the oils from dōTERRA please send me a message and let’s have a chat.

 

Thats it for now. I hope you all have a wonderful day

 

 

All the love

Stine

Hair care products are filled with weird ingredients, synthetic fragrances

 

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Homemade 2-ingredient sunscreen

For many years I have tried to bring down the chemicals I bring into my life. For the most part it means buyng organic, as little processed food as possible, and not putting too many weird things on my skin.

I don’t use many products in my daily life, never have, it’s mostly shampoo, bodyoil, deodorant, few things for my hair (rarely though, but I do have them). Sometimes mascara if things get wild.  And I always try to buy them organic. So I thought I was doing a good thing.

But the other day I came across a really interesting danish blog, www.neohippie.dk. The girl behind is all into green and sustainable living, both regarding her and her family’s health and regarding the health of our planet. I am a huge fan, go check it out. It’s in Danish though..

But she had me rethink the use of products in my daily life. And I almost ran to my bathroom to look at the ingredients on my organic and well-chosen products. I was surprised. They are still full of ingredients impossible to pronounce. Which basically means chemicals. I mean what the f*** is Bisamino PEG/PPG-41/3 Aminoethyl PG-Propyl Dimethicone? I why am I putting it on my skin? Many of the chemicals are added to products to make them more user-friendly. Which is kind of nice. But is it worht it?

The good thing about this blog, neohippie.dk, is that she also brings solutions when you want to live a more clean life. Like, what you can use as soap, shampoo, cleaning agents and so on. It is all very simple, easy to go to for everybody, even cheap. You don’t even have to be a full-time-hippie to apply just some of these things in your life – it is for everybody..

So I started a chemical revolution in my home. Putting out all my products, reevaluating every one of them, to see which I really honestly felt I could not live without. I ended up with around 4. The rest I actually never use, and those I do I can completely excange with a natural replacement. How awesome is that????

And today I will bring you the recipe for sunscreen. I tested it! I sat 2 hours directly in the strong spring sun here in Denmark, from 12pm-2pm (very stupid, I know – it was all for the test of this product!!!!!). And YES you can very easily get a sunburn from the Danish sun. And I didn’t 🙂 not at all red anywhere on my body. Just delightfully coconutty-sweaty (yes, maybe you guessed it: The sunscreen contains coconut oil, which is actually a natural spf of 10)

It also contains tiosol, which is another natural sun filter. Buying tiosol as a product still leaves you with 5 chemicals in it, but come on – it is a lot less than the 20 I found in my usual organic sunscreen without parabens and perfume!!! Tiosol however, is not organic. But  still think it is the better option.

You can buy tiosol many places online, it comes in big and small bottles. The combination of tiosol and coconut oil give a comlete protection of both UVA and UVB rays.

 

But remember: Even though you wear sunscreen the sun still exposes you to damaging rays – so my best advice will still be: stay out of the sun between 12pm and 3 pm (when in Denmark at least, other places maybe more hours). Or cover your self up with a thin layer of clothes. At the end of the road, sun bathing at these burning hours is just not healthy. No matter how natural your sunscreen is.

Yes, you need the sun in order to get your vitamin D – but you can also get this in the morning or evening hours.

 

Here it comes. All credits to neohippie.com

 

Natural coconut sunscreen

Spf 15:

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  • 100 ml of organic coldpressed coconut oil

 

Spf 30:

  • 50 ml of tiosol
  • 100 ml of organic coldpressed coconut oil

 

If you do not like the smell of coconut, you can use another organic oil instead (almond oil for exampel), but I would think that the protection would be a little less then.

Melt the coconut oil over very low heat and then mix together. Be aware that coconut oil gets hard when cold, but leave the sunscreen in the sun for 2 minutes and it is all fluid again. I put it on a clean glas spray container. Just use whatever you have.

Shake well before use to combine the two ingredients well.

 

It’s even cheap, it costed me 65 dkr (around 9,5 dollars) to make 100 ml of sunscreen. And it took me 5 minutes. Maximum. I am a fan!

 

Thats is. Enjoy the smell and the sun 🙂 and eat the greens!

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