If your scalp ever gets so dry that it starts itching like crazy, try massaging cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil into it. The coconut oil will condition your hair and scalp, and the massage will stimulate hair growth.
If the coconut oil is a little bit too heavy, you may want to wash and condition your hair afterwards (with some nice, natural products, of course! I love a good (diluted) apple cider vinegar rinse – which is another way to deal with scalp itch. )
Have you tried this trick? Let me know if it works for you in the comments section!
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I wanted to share my favorite way to clean makeup brushes (this can be used for skin brushes, too – more on skin brushing in a future post!)
*Make sure you do this when you don’t need to use your brushes, since they can take up to 24 hours to dry.
Making your own cleaner saves money + cuts down on extra packaging waste, and the ingredients are good to have on hand to be used in multiple ways (I use Dr. Bronners soap to wash clothes, and tea tree oil can be used as a spot treatment for acne and is great to have around during cold and flu season).
Many people use shampoo to clean their brushes, but Dr. Bronner’s soap is gentle, and made with all natural, organic oils. A lot of shampoos have harsh surfactants & alcohol which can dry out and break down bristles (and are just as damaging to your hair!)
Tea tree oil is perfect because it’s anti-bacterial & anti-fungal.
What you’ll need:
Tea tree oil (make sure it’s in amber glass – clear glass bottles cause essential oils to degrade from the light)
Liquid Castille Soap
A little bit of water
A cloth to dry your brushes on
What to do:
1. Add some water, a little bit of soap, and about 5-10 drops tea tree oil to your jar (you may need more for larger brushes).
The smaller the brush, the less water I use, since it’s best not to get the metal part of your brushes wet (water can loosen the glue that holds the bristles in place)
2. Swirl brushes around in jar or on your hand to get them clean
4. Repeat if necessary. You may have to start over with a fresh water / soap / tea tree oil solution and rinse multiple times to really get them clean
5. Blot dry on cloth, reshape, and dry lying flat on towel
What’s your favorite type of cleaner? Let me know in the comments if you give this one a try!
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There are many herbs that are fantastic for healing & soothing dry skin. Making an infused oil is a great way to extract an herbs medicinal properties. In this post I’m going to show you how to make an herbal infused oil using the solar method. Once finished – you can even use this oil to give your “oil cleansing method” routine a botanical boost.
Some wonderful herbs for dry skin are Chamomile ( avoid if you have chamomile or ragweed allergies) Calendula & Comfrey. All three soothe & soften dry + irritated skin, promote skin cell regeneration, and have anti-inflammatory properties. There are many more herbs you can use – be sure to do your research before working with any herb, especially if pregnant or nursing.
Start with a high quality carrier oil such as extra virgin olive oil, grapeseed, sweet almond or jojoba.. Just try to make sure it’s cold pressed / unrefined and/or extra virgin. When starting out, I recommend using dried herbs, since the moisture in fresh herbs can cause your oil to go rancid.
1. Start with a clean and dry glass jar – fill your jar about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way with your herb. (You can always start out with less herbs, if you just want to test a small amount.)
2. Fill your jar with the oil, making sure that the herbs are completely covered. (You generally want to use twice as much oil as the herb).
Cap your jar – label it with the date, and type of herb & oil.
3. Place jar in a sunny spot.
Shake every day for at least the first week. It’s a good idea to open the jar every once in a while, check for mold or to see if it smells rancid, and to check for any condensation inside of the lid (if you find any- wipe the lid with a clean, dry towel). Make sure herbs are under the oil.
4. In about 3-6 weeks, strain the herbs out of the oil with cheesecloth, muslin, or a nutmilk bag.
Squeeze any remaining oil out of the herbs (that’s the most potent part).
For an even stronger oil – start the process again by topping a new batch of dried herbs with the oil you just made.
5. Bottle the oil and label your jar with the date finished.
Most infused oils are best used within about 6 months (depending on type of carrier oil you use). Olive oil may last about a year (or longer).
Once it’s finished, keep away from heat and direct sunlight. (Store in amber glass and in the fridge for the longest shelf life).
Do not use if the oil starts to smell off, or if you see any mold growing.
You can use the finished product as a soothing massage oil, or you can turn it into a lip balm, salve, cream, or ointment.
Don’t have time to do it yourself? Look out for the ingredients I mentioned in lotions, salves and balms.
What do you use to deal with dry skin? Let me know in the comments below!
photos: © Liz Davison 2013
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