Besides being a vital ingredient in a Bloody Mary cocktail, tomato juice is a pretty impressive health drink. Tomato juice is loaded with nutrients and a serving of this tasty beverage contributes towards your daily recommended consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Don’t you just hate it when zits and pimples start cropping out of your face? They are not only annoying but they’re also quite embarrassing. A study reveals psychosocial effects of skin or dermatologic problems, including acne, psoriasis and dermatitis, to name a few. In fact, people with skin problems on the face, hands and scalp are believed to be more prone to distress and depression, and have a higher risk of suicide.
We wear makeup for a lot of different reasons. For a lot of women (and increasingly men), wearing makeup or not is a very personal choice. Some of us see makeup as our ‘suit of armour’ and a confidence booster. Some of us wear it to make us feel more ‘put together’ and polished. Some of us just prefer to go natural.
Rice bran oil is an overlooked oil that deserves a little more recognition for its fantastic moisturizing and rejuvenating properties. While rice bran oil isn’t a well known cosmetic oil in the western world, it has been used for centuries in Japan where it is a widely used natural anti aging ingredient, and where the use of this oil is credited with the flawless complexions of Japanese women. In Japan rice bran oil, or komenuka, is traditionally added to soaps and creams, and is prized for its skin soothing and antioxidant properties. It’s considered a compliment to a Japanese woman to tell her that she is a ‘rice bran beauty’.
Sagging skin is something that we will all have to face sooner or later. And we have our old friend gravity to thank for those droopy cheeks and jiggly jowls. It’s often said that we can’t fight gravity, and while that is unfortunately true, we can mitigate some of its effects and improve the appearance of sagging cheeks without going under the surgeon’s knife.
Home remedies can’t turn the clock back and give you the skin that you had as a youthful 20-year-old but they can certainly bring about some big changes.
What Causes Sagging Cheeks?
Some people age well, retaining firm skin well into their 60’s. Others don’t even make it to their 40’s before sagging skin becomes apparent.
A good predictor of your own future skin health is to look at your parents, especially your mother. If they retained firm skin well into middle age, then you probably will too. If they looked old before their time, then you need to take care to avoid as much skin damage as possible.
Our weight fluctuates all of the time. For some women that fluctuation can occur every month, with as much as 4 or 5 pounds of additional water weight stretching skin over and over again for 40 years. While most of the monthly bloat settles around the abdomen, some of it is apparent in a little facial puffiness. That stretching takes its toll on skin condition. Over time, the elasticity of the skin is compromised by this relentless stretching.
These effects are made worse by bigger weight changes. While the skin has more resilience during our younger years and can snap back after weight loss, skin loses that ability as we age, and while healthy weight loss is a worthy goal, it can leave older skin loose and saggy.
Pregnancy later in life can also lead to loose skin, especially if there was weight gain over and above normal amounts.
Older people also tend to eventually lose the fat padding in their faces which leaves loose skin behind.
And the ultimate insult is that loose skin can make your face look fat even when you’ve lost weight. Sometimes you just can’t win.
Too Much Sun Exposure
You already know that too much sun exposure can cause lines and wrinkles, but did you know that it can also contribute to sagging skin?
UV rays from natural sun, or tanning beds, break down the collagen in skin and result in loss of firmness.
Smoking takes a terrible toll on your body. From heart and lung diseases, to cancer, to tooth discoloration and loss, wrinkles and yellowed skin. It also causes cheeks to droop as smoking speeds up the aging process of the skin and leads to reduced collagen and elastin production.
Stress And Depression
Stress is another problem which takes a heavy toll on your skin. People under heavy and prolonged stress can easily look 20 years older than they really are. Aside from the gray hair and deep lines, one of the biggest changes that stress brings to your face is slack skin and loss of condition. We know why this happens. Chronic stress and depression directly affect the length of your telomeres are telomeres are responsible for the rate at which you age. More on telomeres later!
What Doesn’t Cause Sagging Skin?
It’s a common myth that running causes skin to sag. People think that as skin bounces up and down while you run, the continual impacts cause the skins fibers to stretch. There is no truth to that whatsoever.
Michael Edwards, MD, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says that you can’t jostle around enough to damage the collagen in your skin.
But you should protect your skin from the sun while you’re out running, as that will cause skin sagging.
Sleeping On Your Front
While your sleeping position can contribute to the formation of skin creases and wrinkles, sleeping on your stomach has no connection with sagging cheeks.
When you’re younger your skin has enough elasticity to bounce back from lines caused by your pillow. This doesn’t happen as easily when you age. So even though front sleeping won’t make your skin sag, you might want to alter your sleeping position to prevent any more visible aging to your face.
The best sleep position for younger looking skin, according to Dr Edwards, is sleeping on your back.
To help you prevent sleep induced lines and wrinkles you can buy specially designed ‘sleep wrinkle pillows’, which have a cradle for your head to stop you from easily rolling over, as well as ‘steps’ which prevent your face coming into contact with the pillow.
Collagen And Elastin
The firmness and suppleness of our skin is determined by collagen and elastin. Elastin is a protein and its fibers act like rubber bands or coils within the skin’s connective tissue and allow it to ping back to its original shape after stretching or contracting. Elastin also helps to keep skin smooth.
Collagen is another protein, and it gives skin its underlying structure and strength. The word collagen derives from a Greek word which means glue – kolla.
Both collagen and elastin production decline with age.
Facial Exercises To Firm Up Sagging Skin
There are exercises that you can do to firm up sagging cheeks. And they work well. Just like you can tone up other muscles in your body, you can tone up your cheek muscles. But there is a catch. All of the extra flexing of the muscles in your face, can cause more lines, or deeper wrinkles, so you need to use the right wrinkle busting treatments on your face to protect your skin from the effects of these exercises. Let’s look at the exercises first and then we’ll find out which natural products you can use to fight wrinkle formation.
Exercise one – Stand in front of a mirror and make a very exaggerated smile. Only move your mouth, don’t involve your forehead muscles. Hold the smile for about ten seconds, then rest. Repeat the movement 5 times.
Exercise two – Fill your cheeks full of air. Really puff the skin out as far as you can without it feeling painful. Then move the air from one side of your mouth to the other. Do this three times then relax. Repeat the movement five more times.
Exercise three – Form your open mouth into an ‘O’ shape. Then make a wide smile, but keep your lips over your teeth. Hold for 5 seconds, then repeat 6 times.
Exercise four – Form the open mouth ‘O’ again. Tilt your head back very slightly, then move your jaw up and down to open and close your mouth. You’ll feel this exercise in your upper jaw if you’re doing it properly. Repeat 4 more times.
To protect your skin from new or deeper wrinkles apply jojoba oil, castor oil and frankincense oil before you do the exercises.
Use 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil mixed with 1 teaspoon of castor oil and 4 drops of frankincense essential oil.
Facial Massage To Boost Oxygen To The Facial Muscles
Massaging your cheeks will boost blood flow to your cheeks and encourage the removal of toxins from your skin. Both of these are important for good muscle tone and for rejuvenating sagging skin.
The best way to massage your cheeks is with a hand held rechargeable vibrating massager. Prices vary, but as long as the massager doesn’t pull at your skin, even lower priced one will work well. Amazon sell a good selection of massagers.
To massage manually, lubricate your skin with a few drops of a light oil, like sunflower oil. Then spread your fingers slightly and place them along the undersides of your cheek bones. Use firm circular motions to massage clockwise, then reverse and massage anti clockwise. Next place three fingers onto your cheek area, between your nose and your cheekbones. Massage clockwise and anti clockwise. Keep moving between the two areas for about 5 minutes.
Eat A Diet With A Rich Source Of Easily Utilized Protein
Collagen and Elastin are both proteins. Your body produces over 100,000 different proteins and it makes all of those different molecules from various combinations of 20 amino acids. Your body is able to synthesize some of these amino acids, but the rest must be obtained from the protein in your diet. And there is a big difference in the quality of different sources of dietary protein.
Some food sources – notably vegetable sources of protein – are incomplete proteins, meaning that they don’t contain all of the essential amino acids that your body can’t produce for itself. Animal products are complete sources of protein and contain all of the essential amino acids necessary for protein production in your body.
The very highest quality protein that you can obtain from natural food sources comes from eggs. By eating high quality protein, with a complete complement of amino acids you will give your body the building blocks that it needs to produce as much elastin and collagen as it can.
Use A Retinol Cream To Increase Collagen Production
Over-the-counter retinol serums and creams can increase collagen production in your skin and help to firm up sagging cheeks. Retinol treatments come in varying strengths. Lower retinol products contain 0.01% retinol, while professional grade products contain 1% retinol. To address sagging skin the 1% strength is the better option, but you can choose a lower concentration and see how it performs.
Use Vitamin C Serum To Increase Elastin Production
Vitamin C serum is superb for wrinkles and overall skin condition, and it can also boost collagen production and tighten skin You can make a DIY Vitamin C serum at home, which is just as effective as high priced retail products.
Vitamin C is actually ascorbic acid. You’ll find plenty of people online telling you that vitamin C must come from rosehips and other nice sounding sources, but this isn’t necessary. Nobel prize winning chemist Linus Pauling, who spent a lifetime investigating vitamin C, was emphatic in his opinion that there was no chemical difference between natural ascorbic acid (orange juice, rose hips etc.) and the synthetic ascorbic acid derived from corn.
Clinical trials have proved that this is the case. So you can be confident in ignoring exaggerated claims about the superiority of very expensive sources of vitamin C and opt for sensibly priced ascorbic acid instead.
To make a serum you can use ascorbic acid and water, or you can add a little glycerin to make it last longer, it’s entirely up to you.
- 1/2 teaspoon ascorbic acid
- 1 tablespoon distilled water
- 1 teaspoon of distilled water and 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin
- A dark colored container to prevent oxidation of the serum
Dissolve the ascorbic acid powder in 1 tablespoon of the water. That’s it. This serum will last up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
If using glycerine, dissolve the Vitamin C in 1 teaspoon of water, then stir in the glycerin and store. This one will last a month or more.
Apply the serum twice a day to clean, moisturized skin.
You can also take ascorbic acid as a supplement to help from the inside. People’s tolerance for vitamin C varies, with large does having a laxative effect if you aren’t used to them. Most people are fine with 500mg to begin with and you can increase this amount over time.
Doses should be divided over the day because vitamin C that isn’t used right away by the body is excreted.
Boost Your Telomeres With Good Nutrition
A telomere is the sequence of DNA at the end of each chromosome. Every time that a cell replicates and divides, the telomere loses some of its length. Over time the telomere is completely used up and the cell can no longer divide and replicate. This contributes to disease within the body, cell death and the aging process.
If we could hang onto our telomeres, we would have a real fountain of youth.
As you age, your telomeres shorten but the rate at which this happens isn’t fixed!
Simple nutritional supplements can slow down the rate at which your telomeres shorten and even reverse the shortening process. The longer your telomeres remain, the ‘younger’ your body and your skin will be.
Research has shown that women who took a good quality multivitamin supplement on a regular basis had 5% longer telomeres than those who didn’t supplement. A study on folic acid levels found that those with higher levels of folate had longer telomeres than those with lower levels of folate.
Magnesium and vitamin E are both required in healthy amounts for telomere health, as well as for good general well being. The best forms of supplemental magnesium are magnesium chloride, magnesium citrate and magnesium glycinate.
Vitamin E is a tricky thing to supplement and the tocotrienol form of vitamin E is considered to be vastly superior to the alpha tocopherol form. Tocotrienol vitamin E is therefore a more expensive form of the supplement. The research that has been carried out on vitamin E and telomere length used the tocotrienol form and found that this form did indeed lengthen telomeres in human fibroblast cells. Fibroblast cells are responsible for collagen and elastin production.
Vitamin C has been shown to slow the loss of telomeres in endothelial cells, and to boost the activity of the telomerase enzyme which lengthens telomeres.
A good vitamin supplement, combined with quality protein and plenty of antioxidants from fruits and vegetables, along with a good intake of vitamin C and magnesium and vitamin E will support the health of your telomeres and help you to remain youthful for longer.
Apply A Cool Firming Face Mask
Use aloe vera gel and peppermint essential oil to firm skin and improve circulation.
Use the very best gel which is fresh aloe vera gel straight from the plant.
Cut off a section of leaf and remove the gel. To do this, first trim of the sides off the leaf, then carefully slice off the top and bottom of the leaf material.
Place the block of gel into a bowl and use a spoon to break it up. Place the gel in the fridge for one hour. Then add 4 drops of peppermint essential oil and massage the gel into your cheeks. Leave for 20 minutes and then rinse off with cool water. Pat skin dry and moisturize.
Use A Cinnamon Deep Conditioning Skin Treatment
Research has shown that cinnamon is able to promote higher collagen levels within the skin.
Using cinnamon topically as well as a supplement, helps your skin to produce collagen from the outside and the inside at the same time, giving your skin an extra boost
Choose a good quality cinnamon supplement and take the recommended dose each day.
To make a cinnamon skin conditioning treatment you will need:
- Castor oil
- Sunflower oil
- Cinnamon Leaf essential oil – You must use the leaf oil and not the bark oil. Cinnamon bark oil should never be used on skin!
Mix 1 teaspoon of castor oil, with 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil and 6 drops of cinnamon essential oil. Massage into your cheeks with small firm circular motions.
Leave to soak in for 30 minutes then wash face in warm water with a mild soap. Pat skin dry and moisturize.
To permit the best penetration possible you should exfoliate your face before using the cinnamon oil. You can use an oatmeal scrub or a sugar scrub for this purpose.
And there you have it. If you adopt these skin care techniques, you should begin to see real improvement in the appearance of your sagging cheeks. And if you take the correct nutrients to keep your telomeres in good shape, you will have very good health to go with your lovely firm skin!
Did you know that you can repair split ends by using a hair mask? You’re probably familiar with the idea of applying a hair mask as a once a week deep conditioning treatment, but the right hair masks can help to fix your split ends too. Isn’t that great news?
Usually the only ways to deal with split ends are by cutting them off, which isn’t much of an option if the splits have traveled too far along the hair shaft. That hair took time to grow so you don’t want to snip it off and lose length. Or by buying some kind of serum which ‘glues’ the splits back together.
A hair mask won’t reverse your split ends. What it will do is smooth and disguise the damage and prevent any more harm. You already know that once a split starts and if it isn’t dealt with in some way, it will keep on unzipping along your hair shaft. A hair mask will make that impossible because the ingredients in the mask will penetrate the hair shaft, nourish it and make it strong.
You can buy repairing masks, but why would you when you can make better ones at home?
You’ve probably got the fixings for a hair mask in your kitchen right now, but if you haven’t, a quick trip to the grocery store will get you everything that you need.
When you make your own hair mask, you’ll get the reassurance of knowing exactly what’s going into it (and onto your hair) and you’ll save money. For the price of one tub of commercial hair mask, you can condition your split ends all year long.
It’s a sad truth that we’ve had our heads turned by an industry with deep pockets full of advertising dollars. They’ve convinced us that the answer to any hair care problem lies in their plastic bottles of mass produced goop. We see their ads on TV or elsewhere and we’re sold.
But the real truth is that natural, moisturizing, protein packed ingredients are the best things that you can use to nourish, protect and repair your hair. And you know that they’re safe because you can eat them!
I’m going to give you the recipes for some amazing hair masks that will leave your hair looking and feeling fabulous. With regular use, your split ends will soon become a distant memory, because once your hair has grown and you’ve snipped off your splits, your hair will be in such good shape that they won’t come back. So keep using these masks once your splits are gone!
What Causes Split Ends?
A big part of treating split ends is figuring out why they’re there in the first place. This way, in addition to treating the symptom, the split ends, you can eliminate or minimize the root cause.
Over washing: We’re the only creatures on this planet that wash our hair. And we do it way too much. Daily shampooing is a very recent thing. But it isn’t good for our hair. It’s great for shampoo and conditioner manufacturers though. Those guys get to sell seven times as much product as they used to sell just a few decades ago, when it was common knowledge that washing your hair more than once a week led to damage.
Exposure of hair to too much sun, heat, dust and pollution: There isn’t a great deal that you can do about exposure to environmental damage, except wear hats! Which is a good idea, whatever the weather btw. But you can make your hair more resilient to the elements by using the right conditioning and protective treatments. Like the ones we’ll get to shortly.
Excessive use of hot hair styling tools, like curlers and straighteners: Styling tools do a great job in professional hands, but in the hands of the rest of us they can cause a headful of mayhem, and often produce hair that is damaged and brittle. Brittle hair is likely to break off and those blunt ends are more prone to split.
Excessive use of hair styling products, like gels, serums, and sprays: All of the chemicals and adhesives in these products affect the integrity of your hair. Choose styles that don’t need so much help and you’ll be doing your hair a big favor.
Washing your hair with hot water: Heat is very damaging to your hair. When we think of heat damage, we usually think of the heat caused by styling tools, but hot water can do damage of its own. Heat opens up your hair cuticle, which allows oil stripping shampoos to get inside your hair shaft and wreak havoc. If you wash with cooler water, hair cuticles don’t open up so much and shampoo has a harder time getting in.
Using inferior quality combs, elastics, and headbands: These tools and accessories, tug at and rub against your hair and result in weaker less resilient hair.
Lack of routine maintenance, like cutting and trimming: A regular trim is one of the best ways to keep split ends at bay. But because hair growth is often slowed down due to damaged hair follicles and poor diet, we’re reluctant to lose half an inch off our hard grown length. Hair goes untrimmed and teeny splits are left to get worse.
Over using chemical treatments, like hair color and perms: These treatments cause terrible damage your hair, with split ends literally the tips of these icebergs.
Swimming without protecting your hair first: The chlorine bleach in swimming pools is a death sentence for healthy hair. If you’re a regular swimmer, then get yourself a snazzy swim cap and remember to wear it. You’ll experience less drag in the water, so you’ll swim faster and your hair will be 100% safe from the bleach in the water.
How To Prepare Your Hair Before Using A Hair Mask
For the best results you need to use a mask on freshly washed hair. And this is one time where you don’t have to worry that your shampoo is roughing up your hair cuticle. For a hair mask to perform its job to perfection, it needs to get inside your cuticle, so by roughing up your cuticle, you’re actually throwing the doors open for the healing goodness in your mask.
Wash you hair with warm water and your normal shampoo. DON’T use conditioner.
If you use conditioner, it will smooth the roughened cuticle back down, which makes it that much harder for the mask to get to work. The mask will condition your hair, while it spruces up your split ends, so don’t worry that you’ll have dry, tangled hair if you skip your conditioner.
Towel dry your hair gently. Blot, don’t rub and scrub. Drape a fresh towel over your shoulders to protect your clothes, and you’re all set.
Coconut Oil And Honey Hair Mask
Coconut oil is amazing! It’s a real all purpose beauty care treatment, and if you keep a jar at home, you’ll always have a remedy for pretty much any hair and skin care emergency.
The fatty acids in coconut oil strengthen the hair shaft from within and prevent split ends while the oil smooths and temporarily repairs existing split ends. Lot’s of hair care products contain capric and lauric acid as their hair repairing ingredients, and coconut oil contains both of these.
Because coconut oil is made up of these medium chain fatty acids, it can penetrate beyond the cuticle and repair the damage from the inside out.
Honey has been used as a skin and hair treatment for thousands of years. In this mask we’re using it to draw moisture into your open hair cuticle, to plump it up. Honey is a humectant which means that it can draw moisture from the air and transfer it to your hair. Honey is also full of important nutrients that will nourish your hair, as well as antioxidants that zap free radical damage.
By using honey and coconut oil you’ll have shiny, soft, static free hair with smoothed split ends. The best coconut oil for skin and hair care use is unrefined virgin coconut oil.
Wash and towel dry your hair, then comb through with a wide toothed comb before applying the mask.
- One tablespoon of honey
- Two tablespoons of coconut oil
Warm the coconut oil for a few seconds in a microwave to liquify it (it’s solid at room temperature), then add the honey.
Apply the mixture to your hair, focusing on the ends and then work some up along the rest of your hair shaft. Avoid the roots and scalp unless your hair is very dry.
Gather your hair up into a bun and cover with a shower cap or plastic food wrap and a warm towel. Leave to work for at least thirty minutes. If your hair is very damaged from color or other chemical treatments, leave the mask for at least one hour. It’s fine to leave this mask on your hair overnight.
Use this hair mask twice a week.
Egg Hair Mask
Eggs are rich in protein, they actually top the charts when it comes to gram for gram protein in all food sources. Your hair is mostly made up of a protein called keratin and the protein in eggs can help to fill in weak spots and strengthen your hair. Eggs are also a rich source of essential fatty acids that will help to treat split ends.
Wash, towel dry, and comb your hair, then crack one egg into a bowl and whisk it with a fork until it’s frothy. Add two tablespoons of olive oil, or almond oil, and whisk again to mix.
Work the mixture into your hair and massage it into your split ends, then start at the top of your hair shaft and smooth all the way down to the tips. Cover your hair with plastic wrap or a shower cap and leave to work for at least thirty minutes, then rinse out with warm water.
Don’t leave egg on your hair overnight because it will smell.
Use an egg mask once a week.
Avocado And Egg mask
Adding avocado to egg makes the perfect conditioning and repairing mask for very dry hair.
Avocado is a very deep conditioning treatment that is loaded with protein, essential fatty acids, and vitamins. Avocado nourishes your hair and stimulate growth while making your hair soft and shiny.
- Half an avocado, or a whole one if your hair is very long
- One egg
- A small amount of olive oil
Scoop out the avocado and mash it with a fork until it’s creamy. In a separate bowl, crack the egg and whisk with a fork until frothy. Add the egg to the avocado and mix well. Use just enough olive oil to achieve a consistency similar to regular conditioner.
Massage it into your hair and work all long the hair shaft. Twist your hair up onto your head and cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap. Wait for twenty to thirty minutes and then rinse well with warm water.
Use this hair mask once a week.
A good quality mayonnaise makes a wonderful, if weird, treatment for split ends. Mayonnaise nourishes your hair, seals split ends and gives you soft hair with a healthy sheen.
After your hair is washed, towelled dry and combed through, use as much mayonnaise as you need to thoroughly coat your hair. Massage well and smooth along your hair shaft, root to tips.
Leave for fifteen to twenty minutes then rinse out and shampoo.
Repeat once or twice a week.
Banana And Yogurt Mask
Bananas are rich and creamy and can add moisture to your hair, repair damage and improve elasticity to prevent further breaks and damage.
When you use bananas, you’re nourishing your hair with natural oils, vitamins and minerals. Plus banana smell so good, making this hair mask incredibly pleasant to use.
For this mask use ripe to over ripe bananas. Just yellow banana are too firm, and are more difficult to work in.
We’re going to combine the banana with a little plain yogurt, as yogurt is a great conditioner in its own right.
Mash one medium banana in a bowl, then add one tablespoon of yogurt. If your hair is very long, add one more spoon of yogurt. Mix well, then massage into your hair and work through, smoothing all the way along your hair shafts.
Wait for one hour then rinse out.
Use once or twice a week.
Castor Oil and Shea Butter Mask
Castor oil is a very under appreciated oil. It doesn’t have the high profile that oils like coconut or jojoba enjoy. But it’s incredibly penetrating and moisturizing and very cheap. You’ll easily find castor oil in any pharmacy, because in addition to being fantastic for your hair and your skin, it’s also a powerful laxative.
Shea butter is protein rich, nutritious and packed with essential fatty acids.
- One tablespoon of Shea butter
- Two teaspoons of castor oil
Warm the shea butter in a microwave to melt it, then stir in the castor oil.
Wash, towel dry and comb your hair, then massage the oil into your hair. Leave for half an hour, then rinse out.
This mask can also be used on dry hair and can be left in all day for deep moisturizing and repair.
Omega 3 and Lavender Mask
This is a very easy mask to make. Omega 3 is a nourishing essential fatty acid that will strengthen your hair and prevent breaks, while lavender oil increases the moisturizing properties of the coconut oil.
- One tablespoon of coconut oil
- Two large fish oil capsules
- Six drops of lavender essential oil
Heat the coconut oil for just a few seconds in the microwave to make it liquid, then pierce the fish oils capsules and squeeze the contents out into the coconut oil. Add the lavender oil and mix.
Dip the tips of your hair in the oil, then work it up along your hair shaft.
Wrap your hair in plastic wrap or shower cap and leave the mask to work for 40 minutes to one hour.
Use once or twice a week.
One Last Trick
This last tip isn’t a hair mask, it’s an oil that you can apply to your tips and leave in all day without any ugly grease dragging your hair down. It will eliminate static which makes split ends fly apart even more, and keep things smooth and sleek.
What’s this magic oil?
It’s Argan Oil.
It’s a little more expensive than other oils, but it is so worth it. You only need one or two drops on your fingertips to cover all of your split ends. Argan oil absorbs quickly and completely, and takes its nourishing goodness deep into your hair shaft, where it helps to fortify from within.
You can use Argan oil on wet or dry hair, so it’s a perfect quick fix if your split ends are looking really bad and you have to be out of the door in 5 minutes and don’t have the time to work on them with a hair mask.
Is your hair flat and dull when you want it to be bouncy and full of life? Well, don’t despair there are some tips, tricks and techniques that you can use to give your hair a little more oomph, and I’ve got them all listed here for you in one handy volume boosting guide.
Choose Your Shampoo With Care
Some (most?) shampoos are the devil’s own work. Seriously! They destroy your hair, stripping it bare and damaging proteins, leaving it brittle and liable to break. Some common shampoo ingredients, irritate and damage your hair follicles. When your hair follicles are damaged they produce thinner hair, which is the opposite of helpful when your hair is already lacking volume. And irritated, damaged follicles make it more likely that your hair will shed with greater frequency than it should. Again, totally no good for anyone that needs to get some volume into their hair.
The ingredients on the labels of shampoo bottles are a mind-boggling mess of words, that mean nothing to anyone without the patience of a follicly challenged saint, ready to Google a hundred different tongue-twisting names.
Most lower priced brands, like the ones you find in the supermarket, use the same detergents that are used as engine degreasers. Has your hair ever looked like a gunked up truck engine? No, nor has mine, so why do shampoo manufacturers insist on using such harsh chemicals to remove a little natural sebum and dust from our hair? Because it’s cheaper than dirt, that’s why.
To care for you hair, you need to go for high-end professional quality shampoos, or you need to get back to basics. What does back to basics look like?
It looks like water. I’m not kidding!
If your hair isn’t producing crazy amounts of oil, then plain old warm water and a finger massage will get it clean. It’s called going no poo (millions of women worldwide have done this and have sworn that they won’t ever go back to shampoo).
Once your scalp has had a few weeks to recover from the shampoo attack it’s been under for so long, your hair won’t be greasy at all. In fact after a few weeks you’ll start to see hair that was previously flat against your head, springing up at the roots with natural volume.
If your hair is a little on the greasy side, then plain water won’t cut the grease and you’ll need to add a little something to help that along. For that you use a vinegar or lemon juice rinse, which I’ll cover once we get onto talking about conditioner.
There is a middle ground if high end shampoos are too expensive and no poo makes you shudder with horror. Natural shampoo bars made with ingredients like herbs, goats milk, honey and mild plant based cleansers. Look at this ingredient list:
Sunflower Oil, Chamomile, Yarrow, Calendula, Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Sustainable Palm Oil; Sodium Hydroxide (for saponification), Cold Pressed Apple Juice, Jojoba Oil, Water, Canola Oil, Soap Nuts, Kaolin Clay, Essential Oils of Grapefruit, Bergamot, Litsea, Lime, Lemon, Sweet Orange and Rosemary.
Doesn’t that sound nice? And you can even eat most of those ingredients. Shampoos like that one, which is a Chamomile and Citrus Bar from Chagrin Valley Soaps, cost no more than the concoctions for sale at the supermarket. But best of all, none of those ingredients will hurt your hair or your scalp.
When you use no poo or natural shampoos, your hair will grow strong and healthy, and that helps to gives your hair more natural volume and lays a good foundation to build on.
Use A Vinegar or Lemon Juice Rinse Instead Of Conditioner
You can use this rinse instead of shampoo, or you can just use it as a substitute for regular conditioner.
Normal conditioners leave a coating on your hair, which weighs it down. But there’s a way to have soft, tangle free, smooth hair without putting up with any product residue at all.
Your hair shaft is made up of overlapping layers. Picture the way shingles on a roof overlap, that overlapping is how your hair would look under a microscope. When you shampoo, even with mild shampoos, those layers get ruffled up and if you don’t address that, you end up with rough, tangled, frizzy, birds nest hair.
Why do the layers gets roughed up? Because everything, from the mildest natural shampoo to high end salon products use an alkaline cleaner to cleanse the oil and dirt from your hair. The problem is that your hair (and your skin) likes to be on the acidic side of the pH scale.
The natural sebum which moisturizes and protects your hair (and your skin), is mildly acidic, when you strip that away with an alkaline, your hair and skin are no longer protected and the alkaline roughs up everything that it touches.
To fix things all you need to do is use a mild acid to smooth things back down again.
Mix one half to four tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice with eight ounces of water. Start with the smaller amount and see how well that works for you, if you need to go stronger work up in half tablespoon increments.
You can put your rinse in a jug, or a squeeze or spray bottle. Be careful not to get any in your eyes because it will sting. When you use vinegar, your hair won’t smell, so don’t worry. And if you use lemon juice, you’ll have a faint fresh lemony scent.
I know it sounds weird to condition your hair with vinegar, but it 100% works. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to get a comb through your hair. Your hair will look super healthy and it won’t be weighed down with conditioner residue.
Oh and this method is cheap. Which is always a bonus!
If you want to use this rinse to wash your hair with the no poo method, spray it into your hair and massage for a few minutes to loosen oil and dirt, then rinse with water. You can use the rinse a second time to condition if you want to, but it isn’t necessary since you haven’t roughed up your hair’s cuticles.
Okay, so that’s the damaging shampoo and residue building conditioner covered. Whats next?
Change Where You Part Your hair
It’s probably a fair guess to say that you tend to part your hair in the same place most of the time. Am I right? And that favorite place is most likely the spot where your hair naturally parts—often a center part.
Well for once natural isn’t good. Your natural parting is the place where your hair will lie flattest.
By moving your part off to the side you’ll add instant volume to your crown. To get the most volume, make the part when your hair is dry and tease the part just a little bit with a comb before using a quick spritz of hairspray (roots and on top) to hold it in place.
Blow Dry Your Hair Upside Down
This is a time tested trick that just works. It doesn’t need any long explanations or artful blow drying techniques. All you do is bend over so that your hair is dangling down in the direction of the floor, then blow dry away. When you’re upside down your roots are lifted off your scalp and freed from gravity. When you dry them that way, they’ll hold onto to that lift and plump up your locks. Depending on how much volume you want, you can dry upside down and use a fine mist of hairspray before you flip back upright, or for even more volume you can use some styling product before you blow dry.
Use Hot Rollers
Hot rollers are a great way to add volume to dry hair between washes. Again, there’s no complicated technique to learn. Take a section of hair, mist with hairspray, then start at the ends of your hair and roll down to your scalp. Repeat, one section of hair at a time. You can roll forwards or backwards. Try them both out and see which look you prefer.
Give them 15-20 minutes to work their magic while you put on makeup or do your nails and then gently unravel your hair and marvel at how bouncy your hair is. If you need to tone the curl down, take your hairbrush and brush the curls out to a more natural soft wave.
Crimp Your Roots
No, not like the full on crimp popular in the 1980’s. This type of crimping is used just on the roots to add a little texture and volume, and lift hair up from your scalp. As you’re not crimping the top layers of your hair no one will even know that you’ve got crimps hiding down below. The best thing about crimping your roots, is that you don’t need to use any styling products which add weight to fine hair and destroy volume.
Take the top section of your hair and hold it out of your way with a clip, then use your crimper to crimp the roots of a couple of layers of your hair. Don’t crimp right at the front, near your face, because that area will be visible. Take a section of hair and hold it taut, apply the crimper right down at the roots, count to five then move on to the next section.
When you’re all done, release your hair from the clip and shake it out.
You can pick up a slim crimper for less than $20.
Sleep With An Updo
This trick will put volume into your hair while you sleep. Your hair needs to be damp, so after your shower is a great time to do this. Twist your hair up into a loose bun or high ponytail and hold it in place with a hair scrunchie. Your hair will slowly dry while it’s lifted up from your scalp and when you wake up in the morning you’ve got built in volume with zero effort!
Back-Brush Your Hair
If you use a large paddle brush to back-brush, you’ll create soft volume without introducing the crazy tangles that back combing with a comb creates.
Same as with the crimping technique, take the top section of your hair and clip it out of the way while you work on the rest. Take a section of your hair and hold it out taut from your head then brush at the root with three quick, short strokes. Spray the roots with a mist of hairspray then pick up the next section of hair and repeat the process. When you’ve brushed all of the sections, release the rest of your hair and finish styling.
Get Some Highlights
I’m not a fan of this method, because using bleach on your hair wrecks it. But it’s your choice, so I’ll tell you why this works. When hair is bleached, it’s not just the color that changes, the texture changes too. Instead of your hair cuticles being smooth and soft, the bleach roughs them up and creates body. If your hair was roughed up like this all over, it would be a nightmare to take care of, but a few highlights won’t matter too much.
By getting some highlights in the under layers, you can put some permanent (until those hairs drop out) volume into your hair.
Visit your hairstylist to get this done properly.
Oily Hair Dragging Your Volume Down? Use A Dry Shampoo
If you’ve got oily hair, it can be really hard to get your hair to hold onto any volume. The best way to deal with oily hair over the long term is to adjust your diet and stop using sebum stripping shampoos which make your scalp overreact and produce more oil. But for a quick fix, you can apply dry shampoo to your scalp when you’ve finished blow drying clean hair, to absorb the oil that would otherwise work its way along your hair shaft.
One word of warning though. Don’t use this approach too often, if you interfere with your scalp too much, you could create the perfect environment for dandruff to take hold, then you’ll have that to contend with too.
Get Some Curls Or Waves
I don’t mean getting a chemical perm. You can add some volumizing body to your hair and create some beautiful waves at the same time by working a little mousse into damp hair, then fixing your hair into two braids until it dries. Then gently release your hair from the braids and loosen everything up with your fingers for a great casual look.
Layers Are Your Friend
You’ll need to visit your stylist for this one. Layers take weight away from fine hair and add volume. The difference between the volume in uniform length hair and layered hair is night and day.
When your hair is all one length, it will sit flatter on your head and the weight can even pull your hair so that it separates and your scalp shows through.
Long hair is lovely, but a medium length layered cut works much better for fine hair. Altering your style is a drastic step, so make sure that you choose a stylist that your trust, to avoid a hair salon disaster.
Use Root Boosting Styling Products
Products developed to add volume to the roots of fine hair are a quick and easy way to get some lift into your hair as you blow dry. Again this is an area where your hair stylist can help you find a product that will work on your hair without weighing it down or damaging it.
You can use different root boosting products on different layers of your hair and if you choose good quality products, the lift will stay in place for several days, saving you some work.
Root volumizing products need to be used on damp hair, they’ll just make a mess on dry hair.
Use Good Quality Volume Boosting Hair brushes
Any professional will always choose the best tools for their job. And while quality tools don’t come cheap, they do last a long time, so they save you money in the long run. Cheap hair brushes damage your hair in more ways than one. Metal styling brushes heat up too much when you’re blow drying and cause heat damage to your hair, and rigid plastic bristles tug at your hair and cause it to break off or pull out.
Professional stylists recommend that you use brushes that are wooden or plastic and made with boar bristles or with flexible nylon bristles. Brushes with a cushioned base also reduce damage to your hair.
Use Your Towel Properly
When you come to blow dry your hair it should be damp, not wet. Your blow dryer is there to finish the drying process and add volume, not to dry soaking wet hair from start to finish. The more moisture you leave in your hair, the longer it will take to dry, and holding up a hair dryer for half an hour or more makes your arms tired.
When you’ve got tired arms, you’re more likely to quit blow drying before your hair is fully dry. If you do that, then the all of volume that you just worked hard to blow into your hair won’t hold. So blot your hair thoroughly with your towel before you head for your dryer. Microfiber towels are perfect for use on your hair because they aren’t rough and won’t cause any damage.
And on that note we’re all done. Try these tips out and see which ones give you the most volumized head of hair. You can combine methods too. For example, you could blow dry upside down and then crimp, or sleep with an updo and use a little back-brushing the next morning.
Compared to essential oils like Lavender and Tea Tree oil, which are widely used and appreciated today, Anise oil isn’t very well known, which is a shame because it has a host of benefits to offer to those of us that prefer using natural remedies (where possible) to pharmaceuticals.
In the ancient world Anise oil was an all-star medicine, and it was commonly used to treat coughs, seizures, pain, jaundice, infections, whooping cough, bronchitis, colic, menstrual cramps and much more. Anise has been cultivated in Egypt and the parts of the Middle East bordering the Mediterranean for more than 2000 years.
Anise is an annual herb that resembles fennel and other members of the carrot family. It grows to one or two feet high, has delicate feathery leaves and produces tiny star-shaped white flowers that cluster together to form large heads. Anise carries the aroma of licorice.
The seeds of the plants are widely used as a cooking spice, and in Turkey a popular alcoholic drink called Raki, is made from them. Anise is used to flavor the French drinks Absinthe and Pastis, Greek Ouzo, Italian Sambuca, German Jägermeister and in the United States it’s a flavor used in some Root Beers.
The medicinal essential oil is obtained from the seeds via steam distillation.
Pliny The Elder (AD 23-79, naval and army commander of the early Roman Empire and author of the world’s first encyclopedia), noted Anise oil as a remedy for sleeplessness and as a cure for Asp bites.
In 1305, King Edward I, declared Anise a taxable drug, and the revenue earned helped to repair damage to London Bridge.
In the ninth century, Emperor Charlemagne decreed that Anise must be grown on all imperial farms, and in biblical times Anise was so valuable that it served as a currency which was used to pay tithes and taxes. Anise is mentioned in the gospels of Mark and Luke where it’s named along with Mint and Cumin.
Mint and Cumin, like most aromatic herbs, both have impressive medicinal uses of their own, and like Anise, have today mostly been relegated to the kitchen to add a hint of flavor to dishes.
In the not too distant past a herb garden served as a family’s pharmacy, with differing herbs able to cure ailments, help broken bones to heal (Comfrey or ‘knit bone’), and ease child birth. Herbs and plant medicines are the mainstay of Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine, but we’ve spurned their use in favor of pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceuticals which often use isolated (and less powerful) components of the herbs we’ve shunned at home.
For example Tamiflu is derived from the Chinese Star Anise herb (Illicium verum), which is quite similar to the Anise that we’re going to investigate today.
The Anise plant, Pimpinella anisum, is commonly known as Aniseed, and has a pleasant licorice flavor. It’s often confused with fennel because they have a similar appearance. Both are members of the of Apiaceae family.
Anise oil was introduced to Europe by the Romans, who valued it highly for its medicinal qualities.
They often referred to it by the name Solamen intestinorum, which means the comforter of the bowels. The Romans served Anise spiced cakes at the end of feasts and entertainments to prevent indigestion and gas.
Production of Anise essential oil is much smaller when compared to Chinese Star Anise, with 40-50 tons of Anise oil produced annually, whereas many thousand of tons of Chinese Star Anise oil are produced each year. Today Anise is widely cultivated in India and China, and to a lesser extent in Mexico, southern France and Spain.
Anise oil is used to mask the unpleasant flavor of many pharmaceutical drugs, it’s also used as a flavoring ingredient in toothpastes, and as a fragrance in soaps, detergents, cosmetics and perfumes.
One of its fragrant uses in the past was as an early warning system on steam trains in Britain. The engineers would incorporate capsules of Anise oil into the metal bearings in the steam boiler. If the scent of Anise was released, the engineers knew that the boiler was overheating.
Anise oil attracts dogs in the same way that catnip attracts cats. It’s used by Anti-bloodsport activists to put hunting dogs off the scent of the fox and ruin the hunt. It’s also used on fishing lures to attract fish and it even attracts mice. If you add a little Anise oil to the bait in a mouse trap, the mice can’t help themselves—even the wiley ones that have learned to avoid traps.
Safety Of Anise Oil
While Anise Oil has a long history of safe medicinal use, caution must be advised when using Anise oil internally. The main component in Anise oil, anethole, is categorized as GRAS—generally recognized as safe, when used in small amounts as a flavoring ingredient. For other internal uses you should seek the advice of an alternative health practitioner and use Anise oil under qualified guidance.
Anise oil can cause irritation and dermatitis in susceptible individuals, and you should avoid its use if you have inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema. If you have allergies to pollen, celery, or carrots, you should also avoid the use of this oil. In large doses Anise oil is a narcotic which slows down circulation and can cause brain disorders. Essential oils should never be taken internally without dilution and most oils must also be diluted for topical use.
In the past essential oils were used medicinally by experienced herbalists who knew exactly what they were doing. Few of us have that knowledge today, so stay safe and use Anise oil responsibly.
Most people without skin sensitivities or the aforementioned allergies can safely use Anise oil topically.
Composition of Anise Oil
The main constituent (80-90%) of Anise is anethole, which is also found in Chinese Star Anise. Anethole is known to have antifungal and antibacterial and insecticidal properties.
Other constituents of anise oil are estragole, eugenol p-cresol, propionic, butyric and myristic fatty acids, alpha pinene, anisaldehyde, beta pinene, camphene, linalool, cis & trans-anethol, safrol, and acetoanisol.
Anise oil is a colorless to pale yellow liquid, with a warm, spicy-sweet aroma.
Other names for Anise oil are Anisum officinalis, A. vulgare and sweet cumin.
Anise Oil Is Antibacterial And Antifungal
The main component in Anise oil is anethole, and this has been shown to be effective against microbes. Anise oil can treat bacterial skin infections including acne, and fungal infections like dandruff, jock itch, ringworm, athlete’s foot and sweat rash.
Add 6 drops of anise oil to a tablespoon of any carrier oil and apply to your skin to fight fungal infections.
For acne you should use Anise oil with Jojoba or Argan oil as your carrier oil since both are powerful acne treatments in their own right and neither will clog your pores.
For dandruff, use coconut oil or olive oil. Add 12 drops of Anise to two tablespoons of carrier oil and massage into your hair. Leave on as long as possible (overnight with a shower cap) before washing your hair as normal. Repeat twice a week until the dandruff is gone.
Anise Oil Is Often Added To Cough Syrups
The cough syrup and lozenges that you buy from the pharmacy often have Anise as a main active ingredient. You can get relief from a sore throat or cough by adding a couple of drops of Anise to a glass of water to use as gargle, and also to drink.
Using Anise oil in a steam inhalation will loosen mucous or phlegm in the lungs and make a cough more productive, helping to clear the infection more quickly and ease breathing.
Anise oil is also helpful to ease breathing for those suffering with asthma.
Add 6 drops of Anise oil to a pot of steaming water and inhale the fragrant steam. The aroma will also relax you, making sleep come easier while you’re feeling under the weather.
Anise Oil Kills Bugs
Anise oil kills lice and other biting insects. You can use the oil in fumigants, vaporizers, and sprays to keep insects away from your living areas, or you can add a few drops to a carrier oil and use on your arms, legs, face and neck to keep the bugs from biting you.
As a head lice treatment Anise has been shown to be more effective than permethrin.
In a 2010 study a treatment of coconut oil and anise was applied once, then again 9 days later to 50 people with head lice. Another 50 people were treated with permethrin. The results showed that the Anise treatment was significantly more successful than permethrin at clearing the infestation, with Anise and coconut oil clearing the infestation in 41 out of the 50 people treated with it, while permethrin could only manage to clear the head lice from 21 out of 50 people.
Permethrin works on a neurological level to kill the head lice, but it isn’t always effective and head lice are becoming more and more resistant to it.
Anise and coconut oil work on a physical level to dehydrate the lice, making them lose so much moisture that they die. Lice can’t become resistant to this effect.
Use 1 cup of coconut oil and 12 drops of Anise oil. Massage into scalp and hair and leave on for at least one hour, although overnight would be better. Wash hair as normal then repeat the Anise treatment 7 to 9 days later to kill any lice that have emerged from newly hatched eggs. The eggs and immature lice nymphs live down in the hair follicle where no topical treatment can get to them. So it’s important to treat again and make sure that you eradicate these new beasties and prevent the cycle starting all over again.
Anise Oil Is An Antiepileptic And An Anti-hysteric
Anise oil has a sedative effect. It has been used to treat epileptic fits, depression and anxiety/hysteric attacks by slowing down circulation and nervous responses. For this purpose Anise should only be administered on the advice of your alternative medicine practitioner.
Anise Oil Is An Antispasmodic
Ailments caused by spasms include cramps, coughs, hiccups, aches, diarrhea, and convulsions. Spasms occur when there is excessive contraction of muscles, nerves, blood vessels and
internal organs. Anise oil relaxes the body and stops the spasms, relieving the discomfort that they are causing.
Anise Oil Is Carminative
A carminative is a herb or other preparation that can prevent the formation of gas or help it to pass if it’s already present.
The Native Americans called anise “Tut-te See-hua”, which means, “It expels the wind.”
Trapped gas is painful and the intensity of the pain makes it difficult to concentrate on anything else while the pain is there. The pain of indigestion caused by trapped gas can be so severe that some people have mistaken it for a heart attack.
When added to foods in a safe amount, anise oil will prevent digestive discomfort. And the oil when diluted appropriately (just 1-2 drops in a glass of water) can be taken to cure painful trapped gas.
By using Anise in your foods you will also prevent embarrassing flatulence.
Anise isn’t the only option for relief from painful trapped gas. If you keep a pot of mint growing on your patio, all you have to do is pinch off a couple of leaves and chew them for instant relief. As you chew, the volatile oils are released from the mint and ingested where they act as a carminative.
Pick leaves and dry them in the summer (just tie stems together and hang up) to have a supply of dried leaves, that you can use to make a gas relieving tea in the winter when the fresh leaves aren’t available.
Anise Oil Can Be Used To Freshen Your Breath
Mix one to two drops with warm water and use as a gargle. Or add a drop to some coconut oil and use to brush your teeth and tongue.
Anise Oil Eases Menstrual Pain
Anise oil is very relaxing and has been used as a traditional remedy for menstrual cramps. You can safely benefit from Anise oil, by adding two to three drops of the oil to your favorite carrier oil and rubbing onto your lower abdomen.
Anise Oil Relieves Headaches And Migraines
Anise oil is very calming and soothing. It lowers stress and induces feelings of wellbeing, in addition to being a topical pain reliever. Take 3 drops of anise oil and a little carrier oil and massage into your temples.
Add a few drops of Anise oil to an oil burner or a pot of simmering water to benefit from its headache relieving aromatherapy properties.
Anise Oil Stimulates Milk Production
The anethole in Anise oil is known to be a Galactagogue, which means milk stimulant. It’s used to stimulate lactation in animals, and has historically been used for this purpose in humans.
In his Great Herbal (an early encyclopedia of herbal medicine) John Gerard notes that Anise maketh abundance of milke.
Galactagogues are thought to increase the production of the hormone prolactin which in turn stimulates the production of breast milk.
Researchers suggest that breast feeding women who are having difficulty producing enough milk may benefit from galactogogues.
In some parts of the world Anise seeds are infused into a tea which is given to breastfeeding women, and while small amounts of this tea appear to be safe, 2 women in the United States who ingested large amounts (over 2 liters per day) had to take their infants to hospital, as the babies were lethargic and weak. The babies quickly returned to full health once the anise from their mother’s milk was out of their systems.
Two liters is an excessive amount of any herbal preparation (especially during pregnancy or nursing) and qualified advice would have prevented this very misguided level of consumption.
Anise Oil Eases Muscle Pain And Arthritis
Anise oil can give relief from muscle and arthritic pains by stimulating blood circulation, and by acting as a topical pain reliever. Use 6 drops in 2 tablespoons of carrier oil and massage into the painful area twice a day.
Anise Oil Can Help To Prevent Premature Aging
The antioxidants in Anise oil give it the ability to combat the free radicals that are responsible for premature aging, fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps to stimulate cell regeneration and improve the appearance of aging skin. Use 2 drops mixed with a little carrier oil and massage into your skin twice a day.
Anise In Folklore
- Anise corresponds with the element of air and the astrological sign Gemini. It is considered masculine and is associated the God Apollo and the planets Mercury and Jupiter.
- Anise seeds were hung from the bedpost to restore lost youth.
- In dream pillows, Anise was used to keep away nightmares and ensure a good night’s sleep.
- The fresh leaves and seeds of Anise when used in a pot-pourri are said to protect a room from evil spirits and bad intentions.
- Anise has been used in holy waters for blessing and exorcisms.
- Carried in a sachet Anise seeds are reported to ward off the evil eye.
- Anise is said to aid in divination and meditation.
- Anise oil was used to bring bees back to the hive. With one beekeeper claiming that he could uncork a bottle of Anise oil and the bees would return to the hive from as far as half a mile away.
- And finally in addition to attracting dogs, fish, mice and bees, Anise has been used to entice spirits and enlist their help in magical operations.
I hope that you have enjoyed learning about Anise oil, and that you consider using it as one of your essential oil home remedies.
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