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Now that we got that out of the way, I've waited all year for Peppermint products to be available! Peppermint has so many medicinal uses as tea and as aroma therapy. I prefer aromas because, as long as they aren't migraine inducing, it's a passive way to get relief.
Today 3 wick candles are $10 off! If you are reading this after the date of posting, never fear! Bath and Body Works will do several more sales on candles, soaps and lotions before the end of December. I can't say that peppermint candles will las until the end of December, though. Last year, they sold out on me before the end of the year.
The two fragrances that help relieve my migraines and other pain are Twisted Peppermint and Crushed Candy Cane. The latter works a little better for me than the former. If you are used to having scent sensitivity, you know that just because something works for me doesn't mean it will work for you but it's worth a try (especially if you don't pay full price).
With natural hair, I never quite feel that breezy feeling when the air hits my scalp. Also, scalp scrubbing is purported to help hair growth. I use scalp scrubs and I love them because they make me feel like my scalp is clean.
When discussing hair care, it’s important to acknowledge that all hair types are not the same. I have thick, curly, African American hair. The scrubs with olive oil in them are not advisable for thin hair. The mixture with cornmeal is great for drying an oily scalp.
In a bowl, mix:
The Tingly Scalp
Sweet Olive Oil
Sticky And Sweet Olive Oil
Stir until it is thoroughly mixed. I part my hair and apply the mixture to my scalp with a toothbrush.
There is not a one size fits all solution for itchy scalp. Most people think scalp problems are as simple as oil balance, however, when one has chronic illness, there could be so many reasons for itchy scalp. In my experience, my scalp becomes really itchy right before it falls out in that spot so I try to be very proactive in resolving the skin flare and hopefully saving my hair.
I'll start with the simple solution and suggest some remedies you may not have considered.
Maybe your scalp is oily- Try a different shampoo. Many people have had shampoo suggested because the ingredients or the development process is supposed to be better for hair health, the environment, animals, or even your specific illness. What good are any of those things if you are experiencing scalp discomfort or even hair loss? One of the not-so-pretty truths about chronic illness is that sometimes, we have to use products that are socially unpopular if that's all we can afford of if that's all that works for us. Avoiding products could mean avoiding a solution to a serious problem.
Oily scalp continued- Do you have mystery bumps similar to pimples or severely oily hair? Try your astringent/freshener that you use on your face. Part your hair in fourths and hold the sections with bands or clips then part the sections into smaller sections and use a cotton ball to dab the skin with the oil balancer.
Maybe your scalp is dry- Use a scalp moisturizer. Most ethnicities do not moisturize their hair even less believe in moisturizing their scalp. If you know your scalp is dry, it's time to try creme moisturizers or natural oil combinations and applying them directly your scalp. (I have different natural oil mixture suggestions on this Bath & Body page.) Part your hair in fourths and hold the sections with bands or clips then part the sections into smaller sections and use your fingers or a spray bottle to apply the oils. Massage your scalp with your finger tips. If you have oily hair but a dry scalp, be careful to only use a small amount of oil because whatever doesn't absorb into your skin will get in your hair.
Maybe your scalp is affected by your illness in an unexpected way- Here are some unconventional suggestions to try if you think your scalp discomfort is more than just oiliness or dryness:
Vitamin A&D Ointment- Many people are familiar with Vitamin A&D Ointment because it is used for diaper rash. It can heal skin that is irritated for any number of reasons. As with other scalp treatments, part your hair in fourths and hold the sections with bands or clips then part the sections into smaller sections and use your fingers to rub the ointment into your scalp. Massage all over your scalp with your finger tips. My only word of caution is that this will obviously make your scalp oily, and perhaps your hair too oily depending on how much you use.
Antifungal Cream- Some people have higher about of fungus in their bodies. If you have frequent yeast infections, MRSA or other fungal infections, this is worth a try. Part your hair in fourths and hold the sections with bands or clips then part the sections into smaller sections and use your fingers to rub the ointment into your scalp. Massage your scalp with your finger tips.
Hydrocortisone- Maybe the itch is eczema or some other skin irritation that causes itch and the only thing that will work is hydrocortisone; so try it. Like all of the other suggestions, part your hair in fourths and hold the sections with bands or clips then part the sections into smaller sections and use your fingers to rub the ointment into your scalp. Massage your scalp with your finger tips to make sure you get it all over.
*I'm not a health care professional or a esthetician. My suggestions are based off of my experience with chronic illness and skin flares and thing I have tried that have worked.
I mentioned I have had hair loss due to autoimmune disease for years.
Until a couple years ago, I straightened my hair because it was just easier to manage with my chronic pain and arm weakness. About a year ago, I decided to cut all my hair off and try wearing it natural. I also started making hair masks from food several years ago.
I use several different hair masks recipes that I love. When discussing hair care, it’s important to acknowledge that all hair types are not the same. This mask is generally one that can be used for all hair types. I have thick, curly, African American hair.
In a bowl, mix:
½ can of coconut milk
1 tablespoon of honey
5-10 drops of tea tree oil
Stir until it is thoroughly mixed. I part my hair and apply the mixture from the roots to the ends of my hair. I leave the hair mask in for 30 minutes to an hour. You may want to wrap your hair in plastic wrap or with a disposable shower cap. For added effectiveness, I put a heating pad on my head. I rarely use shampoo but this mask requires mild shampoo to wash it out.
*I buy a couple cans of coconut milk and after using half the can I pour the other half into a freezer bag and freeze it.
See my avocado egg hair mask here...
I have battled with intermittent hair loss due to autoimmune disease for years. I’ve dealt with people insisting using chemical straighteners were making my hair fall out and not illness and I only realized that there was probably nothing I could do to prevent my hair loss after meeting more people with illness. I do appreciate, though, that many chemicals aren’t beneficial and that many natural products are more nourishing. So I began making hair masks from food several years ago.
I use several different hair masks recipes that I love. When discussing hair care, it’s important to acknowledge that all hair types are not the same. The mask I used today is generally one that can be used for all hair types. I have thick, curly, African American hair; it’s prone to dryness and frizz so I add natural oils to my masks that people with thin, naturally straight hair should omit.
In a bowl, mix:
½ an avocado
5-10 drops of tea tree oil
5-10 drops of lavender
½ tablespoon of castor oil (you may choose to omit the castor oil if you have thin, naturally straight hair)
Stir until it is thoroughly mixed. I part my hair and apply the mixture from the roots to the ends of my hair. I leave the hair mask in for at least 30 minutes; depending on what I’m doing, I may leave it in for an hour or more. I rarely use shampoo but this mask requires mild shampoo to wash it out.
*I buy avocados when they are on sale and I freeze them. The difference between my avocados I freeze for eating and the ones I freeze for my hair treatments is that I do not bother to mix in anything to preserve color. I cut them in half (because I only use one half for each treatment) and I toss them into a freezer bag.
See my milk and honey hair mask here...
Everyone who knows me knows that I have Chronic Daily Migraines. I am very sensitive to lights, sounds, smells and various chemicals. I also have Mast Cell Disease so as a rule I use as few chemicals as possible; most chemicals I use are odorless. I make many cleaners and moisturizers myself. I do, however, love trusted scents. I believe in the therapeutic power of a great smell. Unfortunately, my reaction to even my safe scents is sometimes unpredictable, My love for scents can be like the One Republic song, Counting Stars. Having 3 people with chronic migraines and 4 people with Mast Cell in our house, I know there is no one size fits all solution avoiding migraines, not having a Mast Cell reaction or soothing oneself. Here are some ways I use essential oils.
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