The issue: Oily scalp
Description: Oil glands work overtime due to shifts in hormonal levels
Symptoms: Hair is greasy close to the roots and drier at the ends
Nutrition tip: Take 160 milligrams of saw palmetto extract twice a day; this has been shown to inhibit an enzyme that stimulates sebum secretion..
The issue: Thinning hair
Description: Hair loses strength and thickness. This can be caused by crash diets, pulling hair back too tightly, or endocrine disorders
Symptoms: Hair becomes finer, shorter, and takes up less space, exposing more of the scalp
Healthy recommendation: To strengthen brittle hair, massage a small amount of coconut oil (it strengthens the roots of the hair and conditions the shaft, promoting healthy growth) into your scalp for five minutes, working through from roots to ends. Wrap your head with plastic wrap and a warm, damp towel. Wait 5–15 minutes, depending on the length of your hair, and rinse out thoroughly. Repeat twice a week.
Nutrition tips: Feed your scalp! What you eat affects the health of your hair and scalp. Nutrients from food provide the energy that fuels hair growth.
- Protein strengthens hair: Iron-rich protein builds strong keratin, the outer layer of the hair and scalp. Without it, hair grows more slowly and becomes weak and brittle. Eat lean meat, fish, low-fat cheese, egg whites, spinach, and soy.
- Vitamin C builds collagen: Collagen supports hair follicles and keeps blood vessels in the scalp healthy. Vitamin C also helps you absorb iron from plant proteins. Try soy yogurt with an orange, a cup of strawberries, or a cup of steamed spinach with chopped tomatoes.
- Silica promotes growth: Silica—a nutrient found in oats, rice, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage, and sunflower seeds—supports growth of hair and nails.
- Biotin improves texture: The essential B vitamin—found in salmon, carrots, egg yolks, and sardines—helps form keratin, the protein that strengthens hair, improves texture, and stimulates growth.
- Regular meals fortify follicles: Food energizes the body and boosts hair-follicle activity. Snack on grains, fruits, and veggies between meals to get the most hair boost for your bite.
Try this mask: In addition to your normal routine, try this treatment once a month:
- Make a tea with hibiscus leaves. When tea is tepid, strain and mix in enough seaweed powder to form a paste. Seaweed is rich in calcium and magnesium, minerals essential to healthy hair.
- Blend a few drops each of rose, bergamot, geranium, orange, and sandalwood essential oils, then add 1 ounce of jojoba oil.
- Scrub your scalp with the oil for five minutes to improve blood supply to the area.
- Cover hair with a warm towel and plastic wrap for 20–30minutes.
- Rinse well, then shampoo and condition. Allow hair to dry naturally.
If you found a recipe here that works for you, or if you have other natural solutions you’ve tried successfully, please share in the comments sections! Keep in mind that the essential oils in our hair-care products retain their therapeutic-grade benefits, so you are enhancing your essential oil experience just by washing your hair! That’s definitely a beauty solution you can feel good about!
Product Manager, Essential Care
Juicing is one of my favorite routines that I do for my family. When I first began juicing, I was consumed with wanting to use every part of the produce. It was painful to throw away all of the leftover pulp. To help reduce waste, I made vegetable flours, pates, and stuffings. This is one of the recipes that incorporates juice pulp well. The texture and extra fiber is a nice addition. It is important to find a juicer that keeps the life force in the juice alive, juices a variety of produce well (i.e., fruits, vegetables, and greens), is simple to use, and is affordable.
Although using every bit of the produce has been an important part of my practice, it is not something that I am able to accomplish on a regular basis. Mostly, I compost the pulp or give it to my students for their use. But no matter how you do it, incorporating the juicing lifestyle and adding more raw foods into your diet—especially with the arrival of spring and the hotter months to follow—is a fresh, energizing habit. More recipes using Young Living essential oils can be found in my new recipe book: The Raw Food Feast!
Until next post: Key Lime Mousse and Raspberry-Mint Compote
Beet Oregano Detox
4 medium beets, peeled and chopped
4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1/2 bunch parsley
1 lemon, peeled and quartered
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 medium green or red apples, chopped
1 drop Young Living black pepper essential oil per serving
Extract the juice from the produce using a high-quality juicer. Set aside the pulp. If desired, strain the juice for a smoother consistency. Add oregano essential oil to the whole batch and stir to mix. Before serving, add one drop black pepper essential oil to each 8-ounce serving.
Basil Pecan Beetballs
1 cup leftover pulp from Beet Oregano Detox
1 cup raw pecans, soaked for two hours
4 sun-dried tomatoes, soaked for 10 to 20 minutes to soften
1/4 cup red onion, minced
1/4 cup cold-pressed olive oil
1 clove fresh garlic, pressed
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
2 drops Young Living basil essential oil
Drain and rinse pecans and tomatoes. Process all ingredients and in a food processor until a paste forms. Remove to a mixing bowl. Roll 1 tablespoon of the pate to form balls and place onto the solid dehydrator sheets. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 2 to 4 hours. Flip onto mesh sheets and continue for 2 to 4 hours. Serve as an appetizer or atop spiralized squash with raw marinara. See Chef Mandy’s raw book for these recipes.
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:
- Heat a half cup of apple-cider vinegar.
- While vinegar is warm, gently massage it into your scalp. The acid in the apple-cider vinegar helps restore the scalp’s pH balance.
- Cover your head with a towel or shower cap.
- Rinse with water after 30–40 minutes.
For normal to coarse hair:
- After shampooing, massage 1 tablespoon of olive oil into your scalp and onto your hair from roots to ends.
- 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.
- Rinse out thoroughly and follow with conditioner.
- Repeat once a week if hair is coarse; once a month for normal hair.
- 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:
- Dip a clean, natural-bristle brush into a bowl filled with cornstarch, a natural oil absorber. Brush through dry hair from roots to ends.
- Part hair into sections. With clean fingertips, rub cornstarch into your scalp and use a brush to work through your hair for 10 minutes.
- Remove coating of cornstarch with a clean brush or comb and rinse.
For dry scalp:
- Add 4–5 tablespoons of dried thyme to 2 cups of water and boil for 10 minutes.
- Allow mixture to cool and strain thyme leaves.
- 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!
Product Manager, Essential Care
If you haven’t registered yet for the 2011 Health Symposium, take a minute and register now at www.healthsymposium.com! This is a unique opportunity to learn from some of the country’s top health experts, who will focus on natural, effective solutions to everyday health issues. Below is the approved list of Health Symposium speakers, which includes Young Living’s own D. Gary Young:
- Dan C. Purser, MD—Headaches, Stress, Insomnia: Hormones and Women’s Health
- D. Gary Young, ND—The Science of Living Naturally
- HK Lin, PhD—Breakthroughs in Cancer Research
- Ed Dailey, RN—PANIC: Pain, Anxiety, Nausea, Insomnia, Constipation
- Tom Reed, DPM—Weight Loss & Restored Vitality
Please join us on April 30th at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City for this educational event. Visit the Health Symposium website for more information, and “like” the Health Symposium on Facebook to get exclusive content, updates, and giveaways!
If you’re familiar with Young Living, you know the painstaking efforts that go into the development of each of our products. Our newest essential oil supplement, Prostate Health™, is no different! Each ingredient included in these nutrient-rich veggie softgels has been included for a specific reason, and I want to tell you about a few of them.
Perhaps the most important element in Prostate Health is a proprietary blend of five essential oils—ingredients that set our prostate formulation apart from other products on the market. Take a look below to learn how these health-promoting oils can positively affect the prostate, an area that often becomes victim to cell overgrowth as men age.
Geranium—Studied at Japan’s Teikyo University, geranium oil was determined to suppress both acute and chronic inflammatory responses. Geranium is also high in citral. A recent study at the University of Mississippi found that citral modulated and reduced uncontrolled cell growth.
Fennel—This essential oil contains anethole, a powerful anti-inflammatory that may help reduce cell overgrowth in the prostate. Fennel essential oil is also known for stimulating the circulatory, glandular, and digestive systems.
Lavender—Lavender essential oil affects the sympathetic nervous system, which can promote urinary tract relaxation and improve prostate function. Known for its keen balancing properties, lavender also contains linalool, a monoterpene alcohol with anti-inflammatory properties.
Myrtle—Researched for its effects on glandular and thyroid imbalances, myrtle ranks high on the ORAC scale at an approximate level of 253,512 TE/L. (TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.)
Peppermint—Traditionally used as an aid for normal digestion, peppermint is also known for helping to combat mental and physical fatigue. This oil is rich in menthol, which can modulate inflammatory processes according to numerous scientific studies.
Scientists have found that saw palmetto’s fatty acid content helps support a healthy prostate gland by inhibiting the hormones thought to be responsible for the enlargement of the prostate. Young Living’s saw palmetto fatty acids make up at least 80 percent of its content, which is dramatically higher than other saw palmetto products.
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Pumpkin seeds are a rich, natural source of phytosterols, and are one of the highest-known carriers of squalene, a substance that has been studied for its disease-preventative qualities. Because Young Living uses an organic pumpkin seed oil, the color can actually change dramatically from batch to batch, varying from green to a red-orange color. This is just one more sign that you’re receiving natural, organic ingredients in this Young Living product.
To hear even more information about the amazing benefits of Prostate Health, visit the Prostate Health product page on youngliving.com and listen to Doug Corrigan’s latest audio recording.
Best of luck to you as you encourage and experience good health!
Associate Product Manager, Nutrition
Over the past three months I’ve been testing Young Living’s TheraPro® diffuser for use in conjunction with our protocol for eliminating toxic mold. The tests were conducted in three different environments: a hospital; a closed, mold-infested 9,000-square-foot health club; and a private residence.
I am pleased to report that our tests of the TheraPro diffuser compared favorably with the 6-watt cold-air diffusers we’ve previously been using.
Features that make the TheraPro Diffuser easier to use:
- Eliminates the tubing and glass nebulizer of the other diffusers tested
- Has built-in on-and-off timers
- Holds a full 15 ml bottle of oil
- Has to be filled less often
NOTICE: In order to get the best results using the TheraPro Diffuser for eliminating mold, you need to know the following:
Because the TheraPro utilizes a different mechanism for atomizing essential oils, there are differences in the way the oils are delivered over time. The TheraPro starts off at a higher rate of delivery, which decreases as the oil level in the bottle drops. Because of this the bottle has to be refilled every 10 to 12 hours in order to be effective. This is important because at the declining rate—after 10 to 12 hours—the amount of oil being diffused is insufficient to maintain the concentration needed to kill mold. So to use the TheraPro Diffuser for mold, you will need to have at least two 15 ml bottles of Thieves® essential oil blend on hand to ensure that you can diffuse at the necessary rate for at least 24 hours.
When used in this manner, in conjunction with the Close Protocol*, laboratory analyses showed results comparable to the results we’re used to getting using the 6-watt direct-pressure cold-air diffusers. I can, therefore, whole-heartedly recommend the TheraPro Diffuser for use in eliminating mold problems, provided it is used as described above.
A more detailed report of the tests will be made available in the near future.
Dr. Ed Close
*The Close Protocol is outlined in the book “Nature’s Mold Rx: The Non-Toxic Solution to Toxic Mold.”
With the recent launch of Young Living’s new Signature Hair Care line, I’ve been thinking a lot about hair care. Finding the right hair-care regimen can be a challenge, especially with so many theories, rumors, and misinformation out there! So we took a look at some of the most common hair-care tips and separated the facts from the fiction. Take a look at our top picks:
1. Fiction: Washing your hair every day will make it fall out faster.
No matter what you do, you are going to shed about 100 strands of hair each day. When you rinse off less often, it may seem like you’re losing more hair because the water isn’t helping to wash away those loose threads.
2. Fiction: The right product can mend split ends.
Sorry to say, our strands are like Brad and Jen: once they’ve split, there is no reunion. The ends of your hair—the oldest part—have endured the most heat exposure, dye jobs, and brushing. All of these wear away the cuticle, leaving behind frayed edges that spread up your hair shaft. The only thing that will truly cure split ends is the snip of the scissors. Get into the habit of visiting your stylist once every six to eight weeks. Between visits, use both a rinse-out and a leave-in conditioner. Keeping your hair moisturized is one of the best ways to prevent split ends.
3. Fact: A blast of cold water at the end of your shower is better than warm for taming frizz and adding shine to your tresses.
A cold burst is the perfect way to rinse your hair. The cold water will help close the cuticle, the outermost coating of your hair strands. The cuticle is built like slats on a roof—one piece layered on top of the other all the way down to the shaft. Heat lifts those layers, which allows the moisture in your hair to escape and frizz to go wild. Cold water or even a cold blast from your blow dryer can seal the cuticle, helping your hair maintain moisture. Plus, smooth cuticles reflect light easily off their surface, so your hair has a healthy sheen. But this is only a temporary fix; if you are dealing with a super-damaged mane, your cuticle will rise once you start abusing it with appliances.
4. Fact: Stress can make your hair fall out.
Yes, it’s a fact! And this would be in addition to any pulling you do out of frustration. Extreme tension doesn’t just harm your heart and widen your waistline—it also wreaks havoc on your hair. Stress throws a wrench in your strands’ growing cycle, which can make it shed prematurely, and also tweaks the hormone levels that can trigger hair loss. Not to mention that anxiety sets up a roadblock between fuel and your follicles, so your hair doesn’t get the nutrients needed to keep growing.
5. Fiction: If I am using the right products, the way I dry my hair doesn’t matter.
An extremely hot blow dryer actually boils the water in your hair, causing little bubbles to form along the hair shaft and weaken each strand. Get used to taking your appliance’s temperature: Point the dryer at your hand first. If it is too hot on your hand, it is going to be too hot for your hair. Figure out how far the dryer has to be from your skin to avoid pain before you turn it toward your tresses.
6. Fiction: My hair isn’t really affected by my diet.
Just like stress wears on your follicles, so does what you take into your body. If you took all the hair you grew in one month and lined it up, your strands would add up to about three-quarters of a mile of hair—and it takes a lot of energy to produce strong, shiny strands. The best way to ensure your locks are maxing out their potential is to eat five to six ounces of lean protein every day, focusing on smaller meals to keep your energy up..
7. Fact: Your hair needs sun protection.
Your skin isn’t the only area that you need to protect from sun exposure. The sun can dry out your hair too, especially if it begins to oxidize any chemicals or color on your strands. Using a natural and restorative shampoo and conditioner will help. At the very least, grab an old-fashioned stand-by: a straw hat.
8. Fiction: You’re scoring a deal when you buy high-end shampoos, conditioners, and styling products on sale at the drugstore.
As good as the deal may seem, the product’s authenticity isn’t guaranteed unless they are bought from the distributor. Many products can be watered down. The only way to be certain of the best quality is to buy direct from your stylist or an authorized distributor of the product.
So was any of this surprising? Do you have tips you’ve tried or other hair-care myths or rumors you’ve debunked? Please share in the comments below! I’d also love hear your thoughts and experiences with our new hair care line.
And if you haven’t tried our new hair care products yet—you should! Not only are they made from plant-based ingredients, they also contain the therapeutic-grade benefits of the essential oils. It’s a pure aromatherapy experience for your strands and your senses!
I look forward to your comments,
Product Manager, Essential Care
Young Living pre-released its new Prostate Health supplement at regional seminars during the month of February and the reaction was overwhelming. Finally, a product that helps support the male glandular system and overall male life activity.
The men in your life will thank you later.
Associate Product Manager, Nutrition
When it comes to functional natural hair care products, not only is it about how they perform and what’s in them, it’s important to know what’s not in them. In formulating our new Signature Hair Care line we wanted to bring you a natural solution that’s the safest, most effective option available. So we’ve made it a point not to include some of the common ingredients found in most hair care products (listed below) or feature any questionable naming tactics others companies may use to disguise the truth.
Here’s what you won’t find in our new Signature Hair Care line and what we mean when we say full disclosure about our products:
- No Phthalates: Phthalates are a class of chemicals often used in consumer products like shampoos as softening agents. They are commonly listed as DBP or di-n-butyl phthalate and DEP or diethyl phthalate. Phthalates can cause a wide range of adverse health problems including liver, kidney, and lung damage as well as reproductive system and sexual developmental abnormalities. Phthalates are classified as “probable human carcinogens.”
- No Parabens: These chemicals act as preservatives, extending a product’s shelf life by inhibiting bacterial growth. You can find them listed in many cosmetic products as butylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, or propylparaben. What causes parabens to be potentially harmful? Their chemical structure is strikingly similar to the hormone estrogen. When paraben-laced products are applied to your skin, they’re absorbed into your body and may be mistaken for estrogen, disrupting the hormonal system. Too much estrogen can cause big problems, including weight gain, fluid retention, and depression. Parabens have been linked to several hormone-related diseases, including breast cancer, abnormal fetal development in pregnant women, and abnormal development of male reproductive systems.
- No Sulfates: Many of the shampoos, hand soaps, shower gels, bath bubbles, and facial cleansers on the market today are made with surfactants. Surfactants are chemicals known as sulfates, along with the bad-for-you trio of related chemicals diethanolamine (DEA), monoethanolamine (MEA), and triethanolamine (TEA). Sulfates are commonly used in shampoos because they help create a thick foamy lather that can feel so good but is not necessarily good for you. The most common sulfates are sodium lauryl ethyl sulfate (SLES), which is a milder, chemically altered version of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). Keep an eye out for this ingredient in shampoo and liquid soaps so you can avoid it. In addition, avoid other sulfates such as sodium myreth sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate. These ingredients may cause soapy lather but they also cause dry skin, scalp irritation, and hair loss! Even worse, the process of converting SLS into SLES can contaminate the shampoo with dioxane, a human carcinogen.
I realize I’m sharing this with many label savvy consumers, and there are many more potentially harmful ingredients out there than what I’ve touched on here. But there’s more to come, and I’m excited to share how beautifully effective these products are without any of those harmful ingredients.
Our Signature Hair Care line is now available! You’ll want to try both new blends; for an especially soothing home spa experience, try the new Lavender Mint Shampoo in conjunction with the Lavender Bath & Shower Gel and Lavender Hand & Body Lotion. You’ll have a head to toe treat for your senses, and your hair and skin will love it!
I can’t wait to hear what you think—leave me a comment below!
Product Manager, Essential Care