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We’re continuing with the discussion of cedarwood essential oil and hair loss. We talked about the medications that are out there that for hair loss. They are often expensive and may or may not work. If you want to go natural, try cedarwood essential oil. You can put a drop or two into your current shampoo and conditioner or try something even more natural and use an unscented shampoo. Below are two cedarwood recipes you can try.

To relieve dandruff:

  • Blend 6 drops cedarwood, 6 drops rosemary essential oil and 4 drops cypress oil with 1 ounce sweet almond oil. Massage into the scalp and leave to soak overnight. Shampoo thoroughly the next day.

To combat oily hair:

  • Another useful recipe is to blend 4 teaspoons grape seed oil with 5 drops each of cedarwood oil, cyprus oil and peppermint oil. Add to 1/4  cup of fresh lemon juice. Massage into the scalp and leave for at least 2 hours before washing out.

Bonus: Cedarwood Essential Oil is very calming and relaxing making it great for stress and anxiety! It also has a sweet, light, and woodsy scent so while giving yourself a scalp massage, imagine yourself being in a spa as you rid yourself of the tension.

Shared by Amanda Robertson


hair lossDo you have baldness, thinning hair or certain types of alopecia? Many people use expensive prescription or over the counter medications to treat these problems but you may do just as well using a natural solution like cedarwood essential oil. There are many benefits to using cedarwood besides hair loss. The most common benefits include:

  • improves focus and wisdom
  • promotes hair growth
  • has anti-inflammatory agents
  • cures toothaches
  • strengthens gums
  • reduces skin irritations
  • relives spasms
  • cures fungal infections
  • repels bugs
  • cures acne
  • reduces cough
  • stimulates metabolism
  • regulates menstruation
  • tightens muscles
  • cleans out toxins

Cedarwood can be used to stimulate the scalp which can do so much for your hair. Your hair can weaken due to poor blood circulation in the scalp. By using a stimulant and massaging it into your scalp, you can get the blood flowing and wake up the follicles to promote hair growth. Use cedarwood to treat the following:

  • Stimulate blood circulation in scalp
  • Relieve fungal infections in scalp
  • Promote hair growth
  • Combat oily hair
  • Relieve dandruff
  • Make hair look and feel healthier

Shared by Amanda Robertson


Help for Natural Hair

Author: Dr. Larita
June 17, 2016

WIN_20150722_233650Mammals are the only animals that have hair and we humans really love ours. Hair is mostly composed of a protein called keratin. Wikipedia says that this keratin assembles itself into rope-like filaments and these filaments determine the strength of the hair shaft. While the hair shafts that we see on each others’ heads is “dead” because it has no biochemical activity, it comes from hair follicles located under the skin. These follicles  include the oil producing sebaceous gland which lubricates the hair and the erector pili muscles, which are responsible for causing hairs to stand-up when you have “goose bumps.”

Particular care should be taken for African-American hair in natural styles to keep the hair soft and supple. Many hair preparations contain petroleum based products which can cause poor blood circulation, clogged pores leading to dandruff and dry scalp and hair breakage. Why have a natural hairstyle and then groom it with an unnatural product? Instead, use an easy to apply oil for natural styles that contains tea tree oil, shea butter and other natural fruit oils that will soothe your hair and scalp, moisturize it and prevent itchiness.


Essential Hair Care

Author: Dr. Larita
July 29, 2015

If you have a bad case of dandruff and would like to get rid of it for good, stop using dandruff shampoos. Dandruff shampoos are not going to clear up your dandruff because then they wouldn’t have anyone to purchase their products! Essential oils will get to the root of your dandruff problem and make it go away once and for all. There are about a dozen essential oils you can use to treat dandruff, but rosemary, lemon, thyme, sage, lavender, and eucalyptus are easily obtainable and don’t cost a mint. You will also need a good carrier oil like jojoba to treat the little white flakes.

First you will need to make a batch of natural soap by stirring 4 ounces of pure soap flakes (shave the bar using a kitchen grater)  into one quart of simmering distilled or spring water. When the flakes are melted let the mixture cool and store this soap solution in a jar or can. If it gets lumpy beat it in a blender when you make your shampoo.

To get rid of the dandruff, blend 4 ounces of the soap solution with 18 drops of rosemary, 10 drops thyme, and 8 drops sage. Use this shampoo to loosen the dandruff flakes and begin the healing process to prevent more dandruff buildup. Do not go back to harsh shampoos you purchase. This next shampoo will stimulate a healthy scalp and encourage thick shining hair growth. Mix 4 ounces of soap solution with 10 drops of sage, 10 drops lemon, 5 drops basil, and 15 drops of eucalyptus/peppermint. Blend well and shampoo for beautiful hair.

After washing your hair, you can use a vinegar rinse which also works well to treat dandruff. Mix 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, 5 drops thyme, 5 drops eucalyptus/peppermint, 3 drops sage and 5 drops carrot essential oils into one ounce of spring water. Using 1 teaspoon at a time, massage this into your scalp (not your hair) each night before going to bed. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar you can make another scalp conditioner (don’t put this on your hair, only the scalp) by adding 5 drops carrot oil, 15 drops jojoba oil, 15 drops evening primrose oil and 3 drops of cypress. Blend these ingredients together, dip your fingers into the mix and massage your scalp with your fingertips.


Healthy Hair Naturally

Author: Dr. Larita
February 25, 2015

hairIf your sebaceous glands are not producing enough oil to keep it healthy, your hair probably looks dry and flyaway. The protective oils produced by your hair are essential for protecting it from the elements but exposure to sun, wind, heat, and chemicals can damage hair, leaving it frizzy.  Split ends, broken shafts and a rough texture are all signs that your hair is lacking a sufficient sebum coating.

Ways to repair dry hair include:

  • Using a very gentle natural shampoo followed by a cream conditioner that you leave on your hair (not your scalp) for several minutes
  • Avoiding the use of chemical products such as hair dye and styling products because they can be very harsh on hair and wearing a hat if you’re going to be out in the sun, and a swimming cap if you’re going to be in chlorinated water
  • Adding a few drops of oil (coconut, jojoba, olive oil, etc) will give protective moisture to hair if you simply place a few drops  in your hands, rub your hands together and then work through your hair to give it a light sheen
  • Drying hair on the low or coolest setting if you must blow it dry
  • Combing your hair in the shower with conditioner in it because this is the time your hair is at its smoothest and strongest; otherwise, use a boar bristle brush, which will be more gentle and less likely to tear hair, as well as helping to distribute oil through the hair
  • Washing your hair less often and using a weekly deep conditioner
  • Having your hair trimmed if you are experiencing split ends- at least 1/2 inch above the splits


Repair Dry Hair Naturally

Author: Dr. Larita
August 14, 2014

If your hair is dry, it is probably because your sebaceous glands are not producing enough oil to keep it  healthy. The protective oils produced by your hair are essential for protecting it from the elements but exposure to sun, wind, heat, and chemicals can damage hair, leaving it frizzy.  Split ends, broken shafts and a rough texture are all signs that your hair is lacking a sufficient sebum coating.

Dry hair fixes include:

  • Using a gentle shampoo with added essential oils followed by a cream conditioner that you leave on for several minutes (on your hair, not your scalp)
  • Avoiding the use of chemical products such as hair dye and styling products because they can be very harsh on hair and wearing a hat if you’re going to be out in the sun, and a swimming cap if you’re going to be in chlorinated water
  • Adding a few drops of oil (coconut, jojoba, olive oil, etc) will give protective moisture to hair if you simply place a few drops  in your hands, rub your hands together and then work through your hair to give it a light sheen
  • Drying hair on the low or coolest setting if you must blow it dry
  • Combing your hair in the shower with conditioner in it because this is the time your hair is at its smoothest and strongest; otherwise, use a boar bristle brush, which will be more gentle and less likely to tear hair, as well as helping to distribute oil through the hair
  • Washing your hair less often and using a weekly deep conditioner
  • Having your hair trimmed if you are experiencing split ends- at least 1/2 inch above the splits


Fix Dry Hair Natural

Author: Dr. Larita
April 16, 2014

If your hair is dry, it is probably because your sebaceous glands are not producing enough oil to keep it  healthy. The protective oils produced by your hair are essential for protecting it from the elements but exposure to sun, wind, heat, and chemicals can damage hair, leaving it frizzy.  Split ends, broken shafts and a rough texture are all signs that your hair is lacking a sufficient sebum coating.

Dry hair fixes include:

  • Using a very gentle shampoo followed by a cream conditioner that you leave on for several minutes (on your hair, not your scalp)
  • Avoiding the use of chemical products such as hair dye and styling products because they can be very harsh on hair and wearing a hat if you’re going to be out in the sun, and a swimming cap if you’re going to be in chlorinated water
  • Adding a few drops of oil (coconut, jojoba, olive oil, etc) will give protective moisture to hair if you simply place a few drops  in your hands, rub your hands together and then work through your hair to give it a light sheen
  • Drying hair on the low or coolest setting if you must blow it dry
  • Combing your hair in the shower with conditioner in it because this is the time your hair is at its smoothest and strongest; otherwise, use a boar bristle brush, which will be more gentle and less likely to tear hair, as well as helping to distribute oil through the hair
  • Washing your hair less often and using a weekly deep conditioner
  • Having your hair trimmed if you are experiencing split ends- at least 1/2 inch above the splits


Grow Your Hair

Author: Dr. Larita
March 6, 2014

male baldnessI recently received another question about hair loss that I can answer in a general way to all readers. A blog reader asked if there are any aromatherapy essential oils that will treat baldness. Well, my initial response is to try not to become bald in the first place by using essential oils that prevent this condition so let’s talk about stimulating hair growth. Long hair is always fashionable and essential oils can help you have longer hair too. Hereditary factors can contribute to hair loss, as can your overall age and health as well as stress and prescription drugs.

A simple way to strengthen your hair is to use rosemary essential oil. Simply add 1 drop of this amazing essential oil to a cold water rinse when you finish washing your hair. There is no need to rinse the rosemary out because it will give your hair a lustrous shine and it smells refreshing. The cold water rinse will cause your blood capillaries to contract and that will cause the movement of nutrients into the bulb of the hair or the follicle that feeds the hair. Many of the best selling hair products contain rosemary essential oil.


Help For Your Natural Hair

Author: Dr. Larita
December 5, 2013

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Mammals are the only animals that have hair and we humans really love ours. Hair is mostly composed of a protein called keratin. Wikipedia says that this keratin assembles itself into rope-like filaments and these filaments determine the strength of the hair shaft. While the hair shafts that we see on each others’ heads is “dead” because it has no biochemical activity, it comes from hair follicles located under the skin. These follicles  include the oil producing sebaceous gland which lubricates the hair and the erector pili muscles, which are responsible for causing hairs to stand-up when you have “goose bumps.”

Particular care should be taken for African-American hair in natural styles to keep the hair soft and supple. Many hair preparations contain petroleum based products which can cause poor blood circulation, clogged pores leading to dandruff and dry scalp and hair breadage. Why have a natural hairstyle and then groom it with an unnatural product? Instead, use an easy to apply oil for natural styles that contains tea tree oil, shea butter and other natural fruit oils that will soothe your hair and scalp, moisturize it and prevent itchiness.


Hair Growth with Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
October 29, 2013

baldnessI recently received a question that I can answer in a general way to all readers. A blog reader asked if there are any aromatherapy essential oils that will treat baldness. Well, my initial response is to try not to become bald in the first place by using essential oils that prevent this condition so let’s talk about stimulating hair growth. Long hair is always fashionable and essential oils can help you have longer hair too. Hereditary factors can contribute to hair loss, as can your overall age and health as well as stress and prescription drugs.

A simple way to strengthen your hair is to use rosemary essential oil. Simply add 1 drop of this amazing essential oil to a cold water rinse when you finish washing your hair. There is no need to rinse the rosemary out because it will give your hair a lustrous shine. The cold water rinse will cause your blood capillaries to contract and that will cause the movement of nutrients into the bulb of the hair or the follicle that feeds the hair. Many of the best selling hair products contain rosemary essential oil.


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