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4 Reasons Why You Should Use Lemon Essential Oil

cold_picI’m wondering if the allergy season is coming later this year. Usually I suffer sneezing, itchy throat, and coughing during the month of September. However, the past two days I am surprised to¬†find these symptoms of allergies are in full force. I reached for my newly purchased The Essential Life book to find a remedy right away. The remedy: Take 2 drops of lavender, 2 drops lemon, 2 drops peppermint one of three ways. You can learn more about essential oil reference materials, history, and research on the upper right corner links of this blog. Mobile devices can click Menu to find information about Essential Oils.

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In the meanwhile, here are some great tips of the best uses of lemon essential oil. We can always use information on how to be healthwise.

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(1) Detox ‚Äď Putting a couple drops of lemon essential oil in your water¬†helps to keep the bile in your liver flowing, thus self-cleansing of this most important organ.¬† Warm lemon water also promotes peristalsis (contraction and movement) in your bowels, so you feel less backed up.

(2) RelieveUpset Stomach ‚Äď When you have an upset stomach, sip warm water with a couple drops of lemon oil.¬† Lemon alkalizes the body, and changes ‚Äúsour stomach‚ÄĚ back to normal.

(3) Mood Enhancer ‚Äď Many¬†of us¬†have a slump in the afternoon, where¬†we have had lunch and just want to take a power nap.¬† When I feel like that, I put a few drops of lemon essential oil in my diffuser and enjoy the mood lifting feeling.

(4) Cleanser ‚Äst Lemon oil is antibacterial, and is commonly used in household cleaners.¬† I made my own* and keep a bottle in the kitchen.¬†‚Ķ

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Can Black (Kinky) Hair Be Beautiful?

Sometimes at HairBlues¬†I like to take a “time-out” to focus on a particular topic: today’s pause is to consider (again) “what is considered Beauty”?¬† In other posts¬†I have discussed “Bald” as a beauty statement, and “how to deal with making your hair loss beautiful”.¬† We’ve focused on weaves and wigs as beauty statements. In this post the focus¬†is ¬†on¬†African-American (Kinky Hair), and where we are as women who wear this hairstyle as a fashion and beauty statement.

Everywhere¬†I go these days I see beautiful¬†¬†natural (kinky)¬†hairstyles worn by both ¬†young and mature black women.¬† As a baby boomer, I am only a little jealous that many of those styles had not been thought of when¬†I first strutted my Afro hairstyle :).¬† But, after more than 40 years since black women freed themselves from the stigma of having “bad” hair, and James Brown (the Godfather of soul) made it clear that being Black was something to be proud of (which included natural, unprocessed or straightened¬†hair worn by black women) this discussion is still going on – that is to say – black hair not traditionally combed is not necessarily considered a thing of beauty on black women.

What a wonderful thing that black women have progressed even further to feeling comfortable with “wash & wearing” their hair without combing it out.¬† I remember when¬†I first did that over 30 years ago how mortified my Mom (rest her soul) was that I was going outside without “picking” my hair out.

Nowadays it warms my heart every time¬†I see a young woman who has the freedom and courage to wear her “natural” hair.¬† But, is there a¬†price she is going to pay for doing that? Apparently, the answer is YES – for some black women. However, an article by Demetria L. Lucas, “Why Does My Natural Hair Get No Love”, published on The Root (http://www.theroot.com),¬† suggests that oftentimes our conclusions about “not getting any love for natural hair” may need¬†self-reflection, as well as self-reliance.

At Hairblues we agree:¬† Beauty after all is not only¬†in the eye of the beholder, but in the heart and mind of the “Beheld”.

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Chemotherapy Hair: Caring for & Repairing

This post is in¬†response to an inquiry about how to care for “natural (kinky) ¬†hair” after chemotherapy treatment…¬†After searching for “chemo hair remedies’ on the Internet,¬†there did not seem¬†to be a¬†website, which had ‘distinguished‘ natural (kinky)¬†hair from any other types of hair after chemotherapy.¬† As I thought about Chemotherapy, and why people must go through this formidable health challenge, I concluded that Cancer does not ¬†‘distinguish‘ whose body it chooses to visit.¬† It is an unexpected, intense, and distressing experience that has a sudden and powerful effect on somebody’s emotions and physical well-being. Having said that,¬†¬†I want to share with¬†you “natural” remedies for your new growth.¬†¬†I urge those of you out there who have had chemotherapy to share your ideas by¬†making comments at the end of this post.

Getting your hair ready for Chemotherapy is probably one of the most difficult challenges a person can be¬†confronted with.¬†¬†I¬†have heard¬†that spiritual guidance and sheer will are some of the options those who have to deal with this test choose to help them.¬† Of course, ¬†family and friends are some of the other support systems one relies on.¬†But how do you get your hair ready¬†for this ordeal?¬†¬†The Mayo Clinic¬†website had suggestings¬†for¬†pre/after-treatments, which are¬†listed¬†below. Don’t forget to click the link provided at the end¬†for more details.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical practice and medical research group based in Rochester, Minnesota, specializing in treating difficult cases (tertiary care). Patients are referred to Mayo Clinic from across the U.S. and the world, and it is known for innovative and effective treatments.via Mayo Clinic РWikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Before (Chemotherapy) treatment
Be gentle to your hair. Get in the habit of being kind to your hair. Don’t bleach, color or perm your hair ‚ÄĒ this can weaken it. Air-dry your hair as much as possible and avoid heating devices such as curling irons and hot rollers. Strengthening your hair now might make it more likely to stay in your head a little longer during treatment.

During treatment
Baby your remaining hair. Continue your gentle hair strategies throughout your chemotherapy treatment. Use a soft brush. Wash your hair only as often as necessary. Consider using a gentle shampoo.

After treatment
Continue gentle hair care. Your new hair growth will be especially fragile and vulnerable to the damage caused by styling products and heating devices. Hold off on coloring or bleaching your new hair until it grows stronger. Processing could damage your new hair and irritate your sensitive scalp.
Be patient. It’s likely that your hair will come back slowly and that it might not look normal right away. But growth takes time, and it also takes time to repair the damage caused by your cancer treatment. ¬†via Chemotherapy and hair loss: What to expect during treatment

Maintaining a routine for your hair after chemotherapy:

Step 1Wash hair gently. The AHLC advises restricting shampooing to twice a week. Use a shampoo formulated for damaged or dry hair, followed up with a conditioner formulated for thin or fine hair. Massage your scalp gently while you’re in the shower to loosen up dead skin cells.

Step 2 – Avoid towel drying your hair. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, vigorous rubbing can damage healthy hair, as the hair is more vulnerable when it’s wet. Simply wrap a towel around your hair and let it absorb the water.

Step 3¬†– Let your hair air dry. The heat from a blow dryer can damage new hair growth, says the AHLC–and it can damage healthy hair as well. The AAD advises limiting use of blow dyers and other heated styling tools in general. If you eventually start to use a blow dryer again, wait until your hair is barely damp to use it. via How To Grow Hair Back After Chemotherapy | LIVESTRONG.COM.

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Gentle Products РThe two websites listed below have natural products that might be gentle for your scalp and hair type after chemotherapy. Just click the link provided.



AHLC – American Hair Loss Council
AAD – American Academy of Dermatology

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