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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 September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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