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Oct 13 2011 According to MediLexicon’s medical dictionary, dandruff is: The presence, in varying amounts, of white or gray scales in the hair of the scalp, due to excessive or normal branny exfoliation of the epidermis.  

 

  No one likes it when flakes of their scalp’s dead skin cells are on their shoulders. A couple of months ago my son was not happy, a dandruff problem was making a mess of his appearance and teenage life. The itching was so bad and he scratched so much that it was leaving scabs.

 What to do?!

You guessed it, I researched in my many books for a good dandruff recipe and put it to work. The itching became less and less until there was no more itching or scabs and his shoulders are now clean and free of all those nasty flakes. Not only that, his hair smells great!

What produces dandruff?

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are many causes of dandruff such as a yeast-like fungus, too much oil on the scalp, changes in your hormones; stress; illness; not shampooing often enough; and more. My knowledge and intuition of aromatherapy lead me to use a combination of essential oils that:
  • Stimulate the healing mechanism of the skin to prevent a further buildup of dandruff scales
  • Activate the skin metabolism
  • Have anti-fungal properties
  • Balance the sebum production of the hair glands
  • Relieve scalp itching
All of that can be achieved with my very famous Immune Support Essential Oil. I just combined it with some Peppermint essential oil and voilá! The healing process began almost immediately. I’m going to share with you how to make an anti-dandruff shampoo and hair tonic:

1)      Dandruff  Shampoo with Essential Oils

At your local health food store look for a Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) free shampoo, unscented is preferable. Add 40 drops of Immune Support Essential Oil and 20 drops of Peppermint essential oil  to an 8 oz bottle of natural, unscented shampoo. Shake well and use it as often as you wash your hair.

2)      Anti-Dandruff Hair Tonic with Essential Oils

12 oz boiled or distilled water 4 oz raw apple cider vinegar 20 drops Immune Support Essential Oil 10 drops Peppermint essential oil 20 drops Cedarwood Atlas essential Oil Combine and shake well. Using 1 teaspoon of this preparation massage scalp and leave it on the hair for at least 30 minutes. For better results leave this tonic on all night. This should be done the night before hair will be washed. You will notice the first symptoms, like itchiness and irritation, will go away after a couple of days, but I do recommend to use these preparations for a couple of months for a more lasting result. © 2011, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
Jun 21 2011

Aromatherapy and the Immune System

Given its rich source of nutrients, moisture, and heat, the human body is an ideal environment for many other organisms – primarily microbes – to thrive in. However, nature has provided our bodies with a natural arrangement of cells, organs, and sub-systems whose job is to protect you. These are collectively called the immune system.

Where is the Immune System Located?

The Immune System is located throughout your body, particularly your blood, your lymphatic system, and your colon. In your blood, cells generated by the bone marrow wrap themselves around microbes to kill them, and lymph circulates to kill foreign agents as it goes along. Additionally, your colon contains millions of “good” bacteria that combat other microorganisms that are harmful to your body.

Can Stress Impair My Immune System?

Definitely!  Whether physical or psychological, stress adversely affects your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness. When you are stressed, your adrenal glands work overtime, which have a detrimental effect on other systems that keep destructive microorganisms at bay.

How Do I Strengthen My Immune System?

Strategies that help improve your immune system are effective when they take into account factors such as stress reduction, supporting good intestinal bacteria, and promoting better blood and lymph quality. A particularly effective strategy is the use of aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils through various mediums towards bettering your overall health.
Make your immune cells “sing and dance” every day that God gives you to live.” Dr. Daniel Pénoël

How Does Aromatherapy Work for My Immune System?

Aromatherapy works in three ways: (1)  By virtue of their antibacterial and antiviral properties, essential oils can directly attack and destroy harmful microorganisms in your body. (2)  By directly stimulating the organs of your immune system in a twofold manner: improving the production of their various immunity-boosting cells and encouraging lymph to flush out toxins. (3)  By alleviating stress and controlling the hormones secreted by the adrenal system. Which Essential Oils Help Strengthen My Immune System?

How Do I Use Essential Oils for Immune Support?

You can use these oils in a variety of ways: As a massage oil: Try this to rebalance your immune system: to 4 fl.oz. of  Carrier oil, add 20 drops each of Lemon (Citrus limonum), Frankincense, and Palo Santo (bursera graveolens) essential oils, and give it a good shake. Rub an amount between your palms to warm the oil, and spread it over your arms, legs, and abdomen.  Best to do it after the shower. In the bath or shower: You can keep a cloth soaked in essential oil under your faucet or shower head, and breathe in the vapor while you bathe.  Stimulate your lymphatic system by rubbing your skin with a washcloth to which you have added 4 drops of  Ravensara or Black Spruce.  If you prefer baths, mix 5 drops of Lavender essential oil and 5 drops of Lemon essential oil and add it to the bath water.  Relax, and feel the restoring properties of these essential oils work all over your body. Using an aromatherapy diffuser: Apart from being good for your immune system, it can lend a lovely fragrance to the entire room.  For mood enhancement and upliftment. It disinfects the air and can boost immunity through inhalation. Fill bowl with water, add 5-15 drops of essential oil, light candle and enjoy.     Reference: Natural Home Health Care Using Essential Oils by Dr. Daniel Pénoël
© 2011, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC – aromatherapy blog
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.

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