Defeating dandruff, naturally

Cure Dandruff Naturally with Coconut Oil and Tea Tree Oil

It’s no surprise to know that half of the world’ population is affected by this most common scalp disorder, dandruff in some form or the other ails us, considering due to the erratic lifestyle and drastic environment change that tampers with our immunity system. The Unalluring and irritating factor about Dandruff is, apart from causing a lot of discomfort it affects the way you feel about yourself.

Aesthetically very unpleasing, the Dry flakes that are strewn about, leaves most suffering with it feeling under confidant and in turn they become quite anti-social while constantly being perturbed with low self-esteem. Known to be rare to affect before puberty, however it can still can affect anyone between the ages of ten and twenty and a 40% of people above the age of thirty suffer by it most commonly. What exactly is Dandruff? What causes it and why so many are so frequently affected by it?

Distressing Dandruff

Skin cells die and a fairly small amount of flaking is normal, however over excessive shedding of dead skins cells from the scalp is categorised as dandruff which follows redness and irritation. Seasonal changes effects the severity of dandruff which does get worse during winters. Keratinocyte is the predominant cell in the outmost layer of the skin, which makes up for 90% of cells in that layer, the primary function of Keratinocytes is to form a barrier against bacteria, fungi, viruses, heat, UV radiation and dehydration.

They play a major role in the generation of immunological reactions during dandruff formation. Studies show that perhaps the reason for dandruff are three factors, Skin oil referred as sebaceous secretions, metabolic by products or skin micro – organism (Malassezia yeasts, which is kind of fungi naturally found on skin surfaces of humans and animals) Dry skin, and Allergy sensitivity. So, how does one get affected by these, even when you think you have been following a normal hair care hair routine?

The primary causes that triggers dandruff are:

Seborrheic Dermatitis (oily skin) – A most common cause for dandruff, it affects the scalp and areas of the body which are rich in oil glands. The affected area turns red and the greasy skin is covered with flaky white or yellow scales.

  • Causes – Theories suggests that the cause of this is a weakened immune system and the lack of specific nutrients like zinc, seasonal changes, stress and in some cases due to issues with the nervous system.

  • Malassezia – This fungus thrives on the scalp and irritates it causing more skin cells to grow which die and fall away. The aggravated skin by metabolites of the yeast is majorly the cause of dermatitis.

  • Causes – Humidity, sweating and oily skin.

  • Dry Skin – Dry skin causes small scaly flakes, however redness or inflammation is very unlikely.

  • Cause – Hormonal changes, stress, lack of nutrients such as fatty acids and Vitamin B, seasonal changes and even puberty.

  • Sensitivity – Reactions to certain hair dyes and products can cause red, itchy and scaly scalps.

  • Cause- known as contact dermatitis, is due to an allergic reaction after being exposed to a foreign substance.

  • Tea Tree and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Nature’s dandruff counteract-ant

    Tea Tree Oil: Named so by the 18th century sailors, who would make tea that would emit an aroma like nutmeg from the these leave that grew on the swampy southeast Australian coast. Used topically as an antiseptic to treat cuts and abrasions, the chemical in the Tea Tree oil, kills bacteria, fungus and controls allergic skin reactions.

    Melaleuca alternifolia the Australian native plant has been used for over 100 years and it’s been documented in various medical studies and is proved to eliminate viruses, bacteria and fungi. The antiseptic and anti- inflammatory properties of Tea tree oil, has been proven extremely effective in soothing dry flaking skin, curing fungus and dandruff.

    Extra Virgin Coconut Oil: unrefined oil is termed as virgin or pure. Virgin coconut oil works wonders for skin and hair care because it contains phytonutrients and Polyphenols.

    • Phytonutrients are chemicals produced by plants that protect them from other insect attacks and radiation from UV rays and the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties also enhance immunity.

    • Polyphenols are chemicals found in plants that have important health benefits apart from preventing cancer, heart disease and diabetes, it also works as an excellent anti-inflammatory.

    Used extensively for it’s remarkable conditioning abilities while it aides in the re-growth process for damaged hair, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is embodied with the essential proteins that is needed in rejuvenating, nourishing and healing damaged hair caused by Hygra fatigue, which is the excessive swelling of the hair cuticles when it absorbs water and the contracting of the hair cuticle dries it.

    Tried and tested the world over, regular head massages with Extra virgin coconut oil eliminates dandruff, keeps your scalp healthy and free from lice and lice eggs. Research shows that Extra virgin coconut oil works as a soothing balm and also relieves stress and mental fatigue.

    Dermatologist believe that anti-fungal treatments such as Ketoconazole based shampoos are effective however excessive use of it can lead to various serious side effects including liver failure. Not recommended as a permanent treatment against Dandruff, Natural remedies are more accepted these days.

    And why shouldn’t they be, they have ben trusted for centuries and they have transitioned years of research that never seemed to have drowned out their magical healing properties, as compared with whatever alternative medicines that allopathy has introduced till date.

    We surge through the many solutions to our various health worries that agonise our peace in our daily lives. At the end of it, all that we seek is the purity of the truth behind all that claims to help us decide on what would never corrupt the sanctity of our precious bodies and would genuinely heal us.

    Oil to get rid of DandruffNot everyone has the time to make the oil for themselves or even if you want to, where do you get pure ingredients? This is the reason why we have done the hard work for you, our anti-dandruff oil is now available for you to buy!

    Have a look at our Anti-dandruff hair oil page.

    Happy Healing Ya’ll !!!

    Fighting hair fall in monsoons with Satthwa premium hair oil

    Review of Satthwa Premium Hair Oil

    We wanted to share with you a video review by blogger “The Style Chair” as she tried the Satthwa premium hair oil for a month. Like most of us, she too had crazy hair fall issues in the monsoon along with frizzy and life less hair.

    Not only did she report a reduction in hair fall but also reduction in dandruff and new hair growth! View her video review on the Satthwa premium hair oil.

    Frizzy hair treatment for dry & damaged hair – DIY hair mask

    frizzy hair treatment

    Almost everyone is born with beautiful and healthy hair but somewhere along the line, we stop taking care of our hair until it’s too late. These days it’s not just eating and living healthy but also the pollution which can affect your hair adversely and therefore it becomes imperative that we take extra care our previous hair so that they still retain that youthful bounce for a long long time.

    Shalini from Knot Me Pretty, has come up with an excellent hair mask which she uses to combat frizzy and nourish the dry and damaged hair. Some of the ingredients in her mask are 1) Coconut Cream 2) Honey 3) Glycerine 4) Rosewater 5) Satthwa Premium Hair oil

    Each of the ingredient selected by her are because the special properties they possess, no wonder she has such healthy and naturally beautiful hair.

    If you are dealing with frizzy, dry and damaged hair as well, watch her video to know how to make your very own DIY hair mask.

    Goodnight: Sleep Elixir

    Essential oils show you the way to a good night sleep

    Hypnos the Greek God of sleep, was adored and respected all throughout ancient Greece for they believed that the sacred act of sleep was considered as a journey to the spiritual world and worked as a rejuvenating balm for the body, mind and soul. Hypnos had an iconography of a God with wings which allowed him to fly at night also being known to merge with Eros the God of love, these Gods were known to have a similar effect on humans. Love being very powerful and together with the power of sleep the qualities of them both was considered all conquering as they’d make you melt and loose self-control, and if either of these Gods paid a visit to you then there was no higher power on earth that could help you in resisting them.

    Sleep being the key to accessing the spiritual world, it was a realm that could help refresh and restart all over again, as depicted in many Greek literatures how sleep had very religious overtones. In Christianity, there are theological debates whether the Gods sleep or not. However, the Greek Gods don’t have any sleeping disorders, unless something or someone is causing them to be perturbed mentally, then even the Gods suffered from insomnia.

    The impertinence of Insomnia

    The most common sleep disorder that affect more people than one can imagine is insomnia, which is the difficulty to fall asleep or staying asleep even though the body is willing. The ability not to do so leads to fatigue, low concentration, mood swings which reflects our lifestyle with zero performance in almost all areas of our lives. Primary Insomnia affects the person directly which is not associated with any other health condition, medication or substance use, unlike Secondary insomnia.

    The three categories of which insomnia are classified are, Transient, Acute and chronic.

    Transient Insomnia: Majorly caused by another disorder such as change of sleep environment, irregular sleep timings, depression or stress.

    Acute Insomnia: Also known as short term or stress related insomnia, occurs when a person is unable to consistently fall asleep, this usually lasts for a period of less than a month. However, the sleeping regime being so erratic in these cases, the sleep which is poorly obtained is of very poor quality and not refreshing leaving the body and mind weak lethargic and completely at unease.

    Chronic Insomnia: The worst of its kind, last longer than a month, which is related to clinical disorders and certain medications apart from the obvious causes such as high levels of stress hormones or shifts in cytokines. Cytokines being molecules that mediate and regulate immunity, inflammation and hematopoiesis (the process of creating new blood cells in the body) evidence shows that cytokines are involved physiological sleep regulation and other sleep regulatory substances. The side effects vary according to its underlining cause, such as hallucinations, mental fatigue and even double vision.

    The National Institutes of Health estimates that around 30% of the general population is affected by some form of Insomnia. However, in 2002 The National Sleep Foundation poll revealed that 63% of women experienced symptoms of insomnia more frequent than the 54% of the men. By 2005 the NSF reported that more than half of the world was affected by symptoms of insomnia regardless of its categories. Benzodiazepines the most commonly prescribed sedative are potentially are addictive and can cause memory and concentration disorders and are usually never used for a long-term course of treatment for insomnia and personally facing these side effects myself, I would never recommend them.

    Rekindling your love for sleep

    According to Ayurveda imbalances of Doshas leads to poor nourishment of brain cells causing insomnia. Deciding upon the more obvious course of treatment such as maintaining a healthy diet, lifestyle, hygiene and even a strict de-stressing schedule does help, but what if you’re one of those that fall into the crazy odds such as myself where none of it worked. What then?

    The hyperactive brain being the naughtiest reason to why our minds can’t find anything to soothe its anxiety is what I found to be the root cause for my insomnia. I can’t seem to stop thinking, even when I’m not thinking I ponder as to why. All the years I have spent understanding the true essence of Buddhas law of detachment, wherein I quote him, “Attachment is suffering”. Yes, we attach ourselves to emotions feelings worries and memories. Anything that no longer serves us that we emotionally cling onto causes us to suffer.

    In my case, a completely unrest mind. When we talk about achieving inner peace the first cardinal rule in calming the senses is complete relaxation of the body mind and soul. I had learned to meditate, detach, exhilarate the senses by strengthening my own ability to control all negative emotions that would control my every tiny moment of serenity. Following a sincere routine of meditation does help, but in my case, recovering from spinal surgery didn’t work in my favour. I couldn’t meditate, concentrate or even try to see the positives of all I have learned while on my path.

    So, how did I find my solace in my solitude which was constantly overpowered by my somewhat inconsequential thoughts and anxieties? Diversion.

    Diversion, diverting the senses from what impediments it’s peace was the answer. Amongst the five senses, the sense of smell being the most powerful, as it has the ability to articulately evoke memories, positive thoughts, emotions and even allows the mind to detach from the dimension it currently inhabits. Smell, being linked to memories is also extremely emotive. Fragrances that we individually chose to love have a very intense impact on our emotions and feelings, from power, desire, love and relaxation.

    According to The National Geographic news, a research study done by the University Hospital Mannheim in Germany, proves certain smells influence emotions in your dreams, so sweeter the smell, sweeter the dreams.

    Goodnight, the sweet essence of sleep

    Blend of essential oils for sleepIt was definitely an honour being the guinea pig for this most interesting experiment, that was truly to understand for the first time how effective can a precision perfect blend of particular essential oils can help work miracles in tackling a very frustrating ailment. Been suffering from Insomnia for months now, which was majorly brought on by stress due to an illness I was suffering with for four years. I tried to lead a very healthy lifestyle, eat right, exercise enough and of course think positive thoughts. However, once night would come, owls would shy away in embarrassment at my incredibly disastrous ability to stay up wide eyed all night and loose myself in absolutely ridiculous thoughts till sunrise. Yes! it was that bad, until I discovered the mystical excellence of Aromatherapy. So, how exactly did this sleep elixir work?

    The miracle blend of these five essential oils, truly works its magic in unison.

    Lavender, known to help in calming nerves is extremely effective in alleviating anxiety and sleeping disorders.

    Vetiver, most popularly used in Aromatherapy in alleviating emotional stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and insomnia. Further studies have also proved that Vetiver is similar to Diazepam (benzodiazepine) which is prescribed to treat anxiety apart from other medical conditions. The earthy fragrance of Vetiver activates the senses and surges into a state of calmness and tranquillity.

    Frankincense, this essential oil is believed to have the power to transmit messages to the limbic system of the brains, which influences the nervous system. Inhaled this truly remarkable herb reduces heart rate and blood pressure, which is useful in lowering depression, levels of stress and anxiety. The natural grounding fragrance helps opening breathing passages allowing your body to reach the perfect sleeping temperature, to achieve serene peaceful slumber while healing any pain that might keep you awake.

    Ylang Ylang, known to work with cardiovascular, endocrine and hormonal systems, also helps in maintaining an emotional and spiritual balance. Most commonly used in alternative medical treatments for Insomnia as well as hypertension and depressions this oil calms the nervous system and lowers the heartbeat and respiration rate making is brilliant for those suffering from high blood pressure. The unique fragrance of this herb has an ability to assist us in connecting with own sense of inner peace, which helps people tremendously to subtly flow into a peaceful slumber. Popularly used in meditation and holistic healing practices, Ylang-Ylang is loved for the powerful affect is has in conquering the stressful and emotional mind.

    Wild Orange, the citrusy fragrance of this very energising oil works brilliantly to elate the troubled mind and elevates physical energy. Used a lot in spiritual cleansing therapies in mediation, the citrus aroma has the ability to open the mind and activate the heart chakra allowing a very positive flow of goodness to surround them, with its stimulating and purifying qualities is extremely effective as an antidepressant, lowering anxiety and even an aphrodisiac. Widely recommended to be blended with Frankincense and lavender for a perfects night’s sleep.

    Goodnight, a myriad of brilliance in its perfect blend, is what I first experienced when I dabbed it on my pillow. My mind surrendered to its enchanting aroma, that very subtly captured my every turmoil laden thought and eased it away. Unknowingly, subconsciously leading me to a fantasy world of surreal and serene imagery that perhaps I did concoct with my own inner desires, or perhaps there were already there and I just didn’t know how to connect with them at the right moment.

    A sense of calmness, happiness and yes, intoxication began to stealthily manoeuvre its way into my senses, diverting my mind from all that troubled it. Holding onto our every little burden, exploits our inner sanctum. We all struggle to learn to let go, especially to our worries. What I realised is that, we all have our own conjured up happy place in our fantasy world that is our private retreat during stressful hours, which is ignited by, either music, meditation, therapeutic massages and in my case with Aromatherapy.

    The Greeks were right, sleep is a journey to a beautiful spiritual world that works as a rejuvenating balm for the body, mind and soul, all we need to realise is how to find a way to get there at any given time, even if it’s with a gentle nudge in that direction, and in my case, I found it in a bottle labelled, Goodnight.

    Happy Healing Ya’ll!!!