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Healthy Hair Starts at the Scalp: Part I

Posted on March 22nd, 2011 | 12 comments

There’s been a lot of talk about hair recently, especially with the launch of our new Signature Hair Care line. We’re very proud of our new lavender-mint and copaiba-vanilla blends, and love sharing their benefits with you! But when you really get down to it, if your scalp isn’t healthy, no shampoo or conditioner can get your hair where you want it to be. So here are a few natural recipes we’ve found for tackling the most common hair-care complaints where they start: at your scalp. If your scalp is in great condition, your hair can be too!

The Issue—Dry Scalp

  • Description: Dry, moisture-sapped skin surrounding hair follicles
  • Symptoms: Tight-feeling or itchy scalp; small flakes of dry skin that land on the shoulders
  • Healthy recommendation: Mix 10 drops of moisturizing, pure essential oil such as lavender or sandalwood with 1 ounce of sweet almond or jojoba oil. For sensitive scalps, use straight jojoba oil. Massage in for five minutes before showering.

Nutrition tip: To help nourish a dry scalp, take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement like Young Living’s Omega Blue™.

Other blends to try:

For fine hair:

  1. Heat a half cup of apple-cider vinegar.
  2. While vinegar is warm, gently massage it into your scalp. The acid in the apple-cider vinegar helps restore the scalp’s pH balance.
  3. Cover your head with a towel or shower cap.
  4. Rinse with water after 30–40 minutes.

For normal to coarse hair:

  1. After shampooing, massage 1 tablespoon of olive oil into your scalp and onto your hair from roots to ends.
  2. Wrap head with plastic wrap or a damp towel heated in the microwave. This will trap the oil and let it soak in. Wait at least five minutes.
  3. Rinse out thoroughly and follow with conditioner.
  4. Repeat once a week if hair is coarse; once a month for normal hair.

The Issue—Dandruff

  • Description: An overgrowth of bacteria that causes dead skin cells to accumulate; dandruff can flair up on both oily and dry scalps
  • Symptoms: Flakes on your shoulders
  • Healthy recommendation: Blend 10 drops of tea tree, eucalyptus, or bergamot essential oil with 1 ounce of jojoba or sweet-almond oil. Massage for 5–10 minutes before showering. For a leave-in anti-flaking treatment, mix a small amount of witch hazel with a little mouthwash and rub your scalp after shampooing, conditioning, and towel drying. Then dry and style as usual.

Nutrition tip: To combat dandruff, it’s also recommended to consume 8 milligrams of zinc (found in clams, crab meat, lean meats, lobster, peanut butter, pumpkin seeds, and salmon) per day.

Extra exfoliating recipes to try:

For oily scalp:

  1. Dip a clean, natural-bristle brush into a bowl filled with cornstarch, a natural oil absorber. Brush through dry hair from roots to ends.
  2. Part hair into sections. With clean fingertips, rub cornstarch into your scalp and use a brush to work through your hair for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove coating of cornstarch with a clean brush or comb and rinse.

For dry scalp:

  1. Add 4–5 tablespoons of dried thyme to 2 cups of water and boil for 10 minutes.
  2. Allow mixture to cool and strain thyme leaves.
  3. Massage the liquid into your scalp for 10 minutes, wait 30 minutes, rinse, and apply conditioner.

Look for Part II of this blog post in the coming weeks!

—Rebecca
Product Manager, Essential Care

Omega Blue: Fatty Acids the Way Nature Intended

Posted on December 13th, 2010 | one comment

If you’ve taken a trip to the grocery store lately, you may have noticed that your bread, milk, even your peanut butter is touting a new phrase: “Now with added omega-3!” Omega-3 fats, most typically found in fish oils, are more popular now than ever thanks to recent findings about their support of heart, circulatory, skin, respiratory, eye, and brain health.

The American Heart Association and the FDA have both given omega-3 fatty acids their endorsement. In fact, the American Heart Association has been recommending fish oil supplementation to heart patients since as early as 2002.

Young Living Omega BlueThough the benefits of omega-3 fish oils are wide-reaching, consumers should note that not all omega-3 supplements are created equal. When choosing a fish oil supplement, you must consider the freshness of the fish oil as one of the most important factors. In fact, fish oil can be so fragile that some cultures prefer to buy live fish to avoid dangerous rancidity. This rancidity can invite millions of harmful free radicals into your system. To avoid this potentially harmful side effect, a fish oil supplement is best when it is strengthened with natural antioxidants to preserve and protect freshness. In addition, consumers should stay away from supplements with concentrated fish oils that have been overly processed.

Enter Young Living’s best-selling Omega Blue™ with pure fish oil and Omega Enhance™. Omega Blue provides clinically proven omega-3 fatty acids that are harvested from fish raised in environments free of pollutants, dioxins, PCBs, pesticides, and heavy metals. Young Living’s Omega Enhance preservation system—a blend of pure blue chamomile, lemongrass, clove, and myrrh essential oils—increases the shelf life by up to ten times, ensuring freshness not only throughout preparation but also during metabolism in the body. Precision Delivery softgels then release in the intestines for three times the absorption with no fishy aftertaste.

So the next time you see a cereal box or concentrated supplement bottle asserting its omega-3 health properties, you’ll be able to sit back and relax, knowing that you’re already getting the pure, clean essential fatty acids your body needs.

Jennifer Vance
Associate Product Manager, Nutrition

Experience the Benefits of Omega-3 with Young Living’s Omega Blue

Posted on April 17th, 2009 | 4 comments

I have always been interested in nutrition and how food affects my body; I can’t say that I eat perfectly all the time, but I do try to stay up-to-date on the latest information about nutrition. I recently read the YOU book series by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen, which focuses on changing your lifestyle to live longer. Their latest book, YOU Being Beautiful, puts a huge emphasis on omega-3 fish oil.

I have heard that you should eat fish two to three times a week for better health, but I didn’t understand all the benefits that omega-3 offers. In Dr. Oz’s book there are more than 12 pages about the benefits of omega-3 fish oil, including better skin, shiny hair, and reducing pain during a woman’s menstrual cycle!

I have looked into other fish oil products on the market and asked a member of Young Living’s Research and Development Department to explain the benefits of our omega-3 supplement, Omega Blue™. He explained that fish oil goes rancid without a preservative system and vitamin E is a common ingredient that other companies use to preserve their fish oil. The problem is that this preservative system is also synthetic and can be harmful to the body. Young Living, however, goes back to the basics to preserve fish oil by using our Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ (YLTG) essential oils. Just take a look at the Omega Blue label! To ensure the integrity this omega-3 product, Young Living uses lemongrass essential oil, which has antiseptic properties; clove essential oil, which is high in eugenol and has the highest known rating for this naturally occurring antioxidant; and German chamomile, which is known to help soothe the stomach and improve digestion.

The YOU book series helped me further understand the importance of taking an omega-3 fish oil. And since Young Living’s Omega Blue uses a natural preservative system, I know that I am taking a supplement that is going to help my body instead of putting harmful chemicals into it. I take Omega Blue three times a day to enjoy all the benefits that omega-3 offers and know that I am taking the best fish oil supplement available on the market. Try Omega Blue and discover the benefits of omega-3 for yourself!

—Liz Debry

Associate Product Manager