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7 Ways Essential Oils Can Tackle Common Skin and Hair Problems

7 Ways Essential Oils Can Tackle Common Skin and Hair Problems

You really don’t need to drop hundreds of dollars on exotic hair and skin products that claim to give you the perfect fix overnight. In fact, apart from drilling a hole in your wallet, these so-called designer products often contain harmful additives and chemicals which can further ruin the natural look of your hair and skin. The DIY solution is the best route you can take. Even some of the most beautiful women out there accept using their own tricks. Here are seven ways essential oils can work their magic to effectively counter skin and hair problems.

1. Get the “Dull” Out of Your Skin

Fret not; dull skin can get us all down from time to time. We all have to look our best for that ever-important social event. You can make your face shine like a star by adding jasmine and rose hip oil to your essential oils lineup. Rose hip oil is great for the skin as it has Lycopene and Vitamin C which rejuvenates the skin. Jasmine oil improves your skin’s elasticity and gets rid of stretch marks.

How to use: You can apply 2–3 drops of high-quality rose hip oil to the affected area and massage for a few minutes (twice a day). Results take around three weeks to show.

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2. Combat Hair Loss

Cedarwood oil stimulates hair follicles by improving blood circulation in the scalp. This not only slows down hair loss, but it also promotes the growth of new hair follicles. Herbalists have been recommending essential oils for years as an effective treatment for hair loss. Evidence indicates that combining cedarwood with essential oils from thyme, lavender, and rosemary leads to a 44 percent increase in hair growth within seven months of treatment.

How to use: Mix 3–4 drops of cedarwood oil with your regular shampoo or conditioner and apply it properly. Now let it sit for 30 minutes and then wash your hair like you normally would.

3. Say No to Free Radicals

Carrot Seed oil contains Vitamin A and Beta-carotene, which not only detoxifies skin but also promotes new cell growth. This also helps the body block those pesky free radicals in the environment that break skin down as you age. Some have even claimed that it acts as a good natural sunscreen, though those claims have yet to be cited by concrete evidence.

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How to use: Apply 4–5 drops of carrot seed oil on your skin to get results. The oil is very effective and will show results within 3–4 weeks.

4. Do Away With Dandruff

Cedarwood essential oil is also a great remedy for treating a dry or flaky scalp. It works well to stimulate circulation; for best results, mix a few drops of cedarwood oil with coconut oil to create a cocktail of moisturizing, antifungal properties.

How to use: Mix 3–4 drops of cedarwood oil to coconut or jojoba oil and apply the mixture just like you apply shampoo. Let it sit for half an hour and then wash your head.

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5. Look Younger

If the sight of acid peels makes you groan in the morning, geranium oil’s astringent properties can save the day. This essential oil helps tighten loose skin and boosts new cell development. Patchouli also has the same anti-aging effects, in addition to helping you deal with oily skin, dermatitis and psoriasis.

How to use: Mix 4–5 drops of Patchouli with your facewash or face lotion, and wash your face like you normally would.

6. All-In-One (Almost)

Tea tree oil has gained widespread popularity when it comes to treating practically any hair or skin problem. For one, it is considered a top cure for dandruff as it effectively moisturizes your scalp, thereby relieving dryness and itchiness. Tea tree oil reaches the depth of your hair follicles to unclog them and encourage regular flow of the skin’s own natural oils. Its microbial action gets rid of fungal infections, including scalp acne that’s gotten worse as a result of secondary bacterial infections.

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How to use: TTO can be applied directly to your skin, but always diluted one. It is best for acne and acne marks, and shows results within 2–3 weeks.

7. Wave Goodbye to Acne

Acne can be an embarrassing condition to deal with, particularly in your adult years. If there weren’t enough reasons already to use tea tree oil, know that it is also an effective remedy for fighting dandruff, nail fungus, and the sting you experience after bug bites. And while we’re on the subject, calendula oil, and thyme are also highly effective at getting rid of acne for good.

How to use: Mix TTO with a carrier oil and apply it to the area (skin or hair).

These simple yet effective tips will help you tackle common skin and hair problems without any side effects. Plus, they are also more affordable than most products available out there

Featured photo credit: Marciaaa/Flickr via flickr.com

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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