Good Friday Morning! Welcome to another week of Simplified Friday’s.
Can I be honest and say that I am so glad we are finally at the end of March. This was one of those strange winters where we had plenty of cold but no snow until the beginning of March, at which point we got hammered by two back to back storms. Of course, nothing like what the Northern states experienced this year, but it has felt like this winter will never end.
I don’t know about you but the winters are always a bit rough on my skin and my hair. I have fairly dry hair anyway, and the blast of winter makes it that much worse. Over the years I have spent money on lotions and hair products that I hoped would help add back in the moisture my hair and skin craved. Sometimes they worked, but a lot of times they didn’t. Sometimes they only served to dry my skin and hair out even more.
I knew enough to drink a lot of water, but that alone was not enough to remedy the problem for me.
It wasn’t until I started exploring other natural options that I found a very simple recipe that has brought relief to my dry scalp.
1/2 cup Olive Oil
7-8 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3-4 drops Melaleuca Essential Oil
1 Towel or Hair Wrap Towel
Take your 1/2 cup of olive oil and add the Lavender and Melaleuca Oil – stirring well.
Over a sink slowly pour the oil mixture onto your scalp, working it in gently. Make sure to work down into the scalp and not just into your hair. Once you have worked the oil mixture through your hair and scalp wrap your head in a towel and let the oil mixture sit on your scalp for at least 20 minutes. (I usually let mine sit for 30-45 minutes.)
Wash the oil out with a gentle shampoo and rinse well. Repeat oil treatment once a week or until dryness improves.
I personally repeat this oil treatment at least every two weeks. As a result, the dryness has improved and my hair feels soft and has a natural shine. In fact, it was so noticeable that my hairdresser commented on how great my hair felt and looked.
You can purchase the Olive Oil at your local grocery store or organic market. I usually purchase “extra virgin” olive oil. Make sure to check the date on the bottle, insuring that the oil has been on the shelf less then 2 years. Here is a great resource to determine a good olive oil before you head to the store.
When it comes to Essential Oils, make sure that the oils you use are approved for topical use. Some essential oils are marked for aromatherapy only and not for topical use.
I diffuse Lavender Oil regularly in our home, add it to our homemade beauty products, as well as household cleaners. Lavender has an amazing number of benefits for your health and home, including antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, making it great for many kinds of recipes.
Melaleuca Oil also has some great qualities and benefits, including (but not limited to) being Analgesic, Antibacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-infectious and Anti-inflammatory.
As always, learn what works for you. Every person responds differently to essential oils and it’s important to know what and why you are using a particular oil. It also matters what quality of oil you are purchasing. Do your research and know what your getting before purchasing something over the counter or an online company. Cheaper is not always better.
Well, that about wraps it up for this recipe. If you give it a try be sure and stop by and let me know what you think. I always love to hear about other people’s experiences.
Keeping It Simple,