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Natural Hair Care: These Essential Oils Are Everything You Need

Natural Hair Care: These Essential Oils Are Everything You Need

When you go to the store there are hundreds of products designed for hair care. Treatments against dandruff, thinning and breakage wait for you to try them. Yet, they are full of dangerous chemicals, which actually harm your hair. Instead of using these often expensive products, why not turn to nature, which has all the solutions you might want when it comes to hair care.

Essential oils are the best products you can use for hair care. There are multiple oils for multiple hair problems and they are cheaper and more effective than commercial products. The only thing you have to be careful about is to test the essential oil on your scalp, to make sure you are not allergic to them.

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Because essential oils are strong, you need to dilute them with water or a base oil. And now comes the fun: let’s see which essential oil is best for your own hair problem.

Ginger oil for hair loss

Hair loss is probably the most common hair problem, affecting two thirds of men under age 35 and 80% of men over 50 years old. Women also struggle with hair loss and they make 40% of all the people who experience this condition. By the age of 50, about half of all women had experienced hair loss.

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Before you do anything else, when you suffer from hair loss you should be checking with your doctor, to find the cause of it, as genetics, hormones and stress play a big part in this condition.

Ginger oil is an effective treatment because it promotes blood flow when applied on the scalp. As hair follicles often lack the nutrition they need, this is a great way to stop hair loss. Stimulating the circulation in the scalp also promotes hair growth, which is a second way to reduce hair loss. As ginger oil contains fatty acids it also prevents hair thinning, so you will have your beautiful hair back, this time stronger. Jojoba oil is another effective treatment for hair loss, as well as dryness, as you will see.

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Jojoba oil for moisturizing

The second most common hair problem is dryness. When your hair is dry, it also becomes brittle. Again, there are many causes of hair dryness, the most prominent ones being the weather and excessive styling. However, stress and your diet also play an important part.

Luckily, jojoba oil is a natural treatment for this condition. Despite its name, jojoba oil is actually a wax rich in fatty acids, which hydrates the hair and prevents thinning.

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Rosemary oil for oily hair

If your hair is always greasy, your scalp is producing too many natural oils. While it might sound counterproductive to treat this problem with another oil, rosemary oil helps balance the natural oil production. This means it will regulate the secretion of natural hair oils produced by the scalp, leaving your hair shinning again.

Tea tree oil against dandruff

Dandruff can appear due to dryness, a certain dermatological condition or a fungus. Dandruff is often accompanied by irritations and itching. For treating this condition you can use tea tree oil, which is an anti-bacterial and antifungal agent. Tea tree oil also moisturizes the scalp and soothes irritations, just what you need to get rid of dandruff.

Geranium oil for split ends

Split ends and frizz are common issues for girls with curly hair, but not only. Styling frizzy hair is a nightmare, so you will definitely want to try geranium oil for mending this problem. This oil is rich in antioxidants and strengthens the follicles, preventing the damage and repairing the hair. It also provides a nice shine as an added bonus.

You can benefit from two of these essential oils by diluting the above mentioned ones in carrier oils, such as argan oil, which provides other set of benefits for your hair.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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