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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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