8 Reasons You Should Be Using Lavender Oil!!!

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After I did my  8 Reasons You Should Be Using Peppermint Oil post, I intended on continuing going through my favorite essential oils. This now brings us to lavender!!

There are certain essential oils that I always keep on and lavender is one of them! It is great for so many different things and I think it is something you may want to try as well! First let’s learn a little more about what it is!

Lavender stems from the Latin word “lavare” which means “to wash” due to its clean aroma. Its early uses included being added to laundry and bath water.

Lavender oil has a soothing and balancing effect and is one of the most popular essential oils used.

Lavender is a natural antiseptic, antimicrobial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, decongestant and sedative! In other words it naturally kills bacteria and fungus, reduces swelling, helps relieve excess water, reduces mucus production and is a mood enhancer. Its calming properties is why it has been used for a long time to help people relax, sooth small children to sleep and even used to treat migraines.

One of my favorite things about lavender oils is its efficacy when used to treat certain types of alopecia. It is best for alopecia areata which is a form of hair loss in which hair is lost in small patches on the body. It promotes cell regeneration and growth and healing which makes it a great option.

This oil is great for both oily and dry scalp meaning its sebum regulating properties benefit overactive or underactive sebaceous glands. It also relieves itchiness from dandruff, dry scalp and many other scalp irritations.

I’ve given you a few facts about the oil. Here are a few ways that I personally use it!

  1. Joint pain relief – Some days after braiding hair or just because of the weather, I have pain in my 2nd knuckle joint on my right hand. I blend lavender with either eucalyptus oil or tea tree oil in a light carrier like almond or grape seed oil and massage it on my hand. The pain and inflammation disappears in moments.
  2. Muscle pain relief – I may over-exert myself while working out or lifting and moving something and may have some muscle pain. I remedy this with a light carrier oil and some drops of lavender oil and rosemary oil. Rosemary aids in improving circulation bringing blood flow to the area as the lavender reduces pain and swelling.
  3. Stomach cramping – Whether I am having stomach pain due to menses or digestion issues a light carrier with lavender and peppermint oil always does the trick for me! Stomach muscles are soothed and any gas or pain present is relived!
  4. Headaches – I apply a few drops of lavender with a carrier to my temple areas when I am having a headache. This is when its sedative properties get to kick in. It provides pain relief and relaxes me as well!
  5. Sore scalp -My scalp can get a little sore from a lot of manipulation of my hair especially around the edges. When my scalp is tender from getting a new style or from taking one down, I apply lavender oil often mixed with coconut oil. I apply it before getting my hair styled in anticipation of a high manipulation and to soothe and discomfort afterwards. Peppermint oil or eucalyptus is a good addition for their pain relieving and soothing effects.
  6. Scalp care – This oil has amazing antimicrobial properties that fight bacterial and fungal infections. These are often things that can affect the scalp and can hair loss. I always add it to my shampoo and any products I plan on placing directly on my scalp
  7. Sleep aid – On nights when I am feeling restless, I may place a few drops of lavender in my burner. The lavender is relaxing and calming. If you shower/bathe before bed this is excellent to add to your soaps and bath gels!
  8. Cuts, scrapes and bruises – I admit that I can get a little clumsy and I end up with all types abrasions and scrapes! Lavender and coconut oil is my #1 go to! Apply it to your minor cuts, scrapes, bruises, insect bites and irritations for natural relief.

Now you see why I always keep lavender oil around! There are so many more ways that this oil can benefit you.

How do you use it? Do you think you will add lavender oil to your essential oil collection if you haven’t already?

Thanks for stopping by!

Common Types of Hair Loss: Traction Alopecia

I love styling natural hair and am a proud advocate for it. Over the years I have witnessed and helped transition so many beautiful women into their natural hair. They were all at different points in their journeys and all had different reasons for wanting to go natural. One of the most reoccurring factors was abnormal hair loss. Certain types of hair loss is what encouraged me to develop the Hair Garden products that I had been using on them.

Alopecia, pronounced “ah-lo-pee-she-ah”, is generally defined as abnormal hair loss that can be caused by a variety of reasons. There are so many different types of alopecia that affect people. Some can be treated and cured while there are others simply cannot and will proceed until there is complete hair loss. There are several different types of alopecia affecting people but there is one in particular that I would like to discuss today.

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Traction Alopecia – This is caused by excessive and repeated stress on the scalp and follicles. Things like tight ponytails and braids, rough combing, impatiently removing hairstyles like braids and extensions. Even frequent friction from things like caps, headbands and headrests can accelerate hair loss.

Hair Follicle

When the hair strand is prematurely forced from the follicle you feel pain, right? Maybe even see a drop of blood? This is because the strand is attached to a dermal papilla where there is blood flow and nerve endings. This is where the physical hair growth starts. Right above that is where your sebaceous glands and follicle opening are. When the hair is forced out of the follicle, it becomes inflamed. The area swells from the trauma and to aid in protecting against infection. This irritation causes us to scratch which opens the area and exposes it to infection. This is when you get the small pus bumps that resemble whiteheads. This type of constant trauma and infection to the follicles is not healthy and does not provide a good environment for healthy growth. This sometimes can lead to the follicle shutting down completely and skin growing over it leading to permanent hair loss.

traction alopecia

traction alopecia

The hair can be completely restored from this type of alopecia IF the trauma being placed on the scalp and follicle stops!

Before I go any further, I want to stress how important it is not to style children’s hair in very tight hairstyles! This type of trauma on the follicles while they are still developing (see insert article) can cause irreversible damage and even resulting in permanent hair loss! Just imagine how that could affect their self-esteem in their adolescent and adult years! Simply tame that developing hair, don’t restrain it!!

This type of alopecia can be avoided by going to an experienced braider that can properly apply the correct tension and/or use the right amount of hair extensions for your hair type and texture. Proper style maintenance can definitely help. This includes wearing the style for a reasonable amount of time, properly cleansing, and adequately lubricating and moisturizing the hair!

I personally feel that it is important to keep the scalp clean when wearing protective styles for an extended amount of time. The follicles are under stress when they are in a pulled hairstyle and you don’t want all types of external debris invading and possibly clogging it. If you would rather not shampoo/cleanse, opt for a dry shampoo, witch hazel, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera gel or some type of gentle astringent to clean the scalp.

Also, stimulation to the scalp is greatly beneficial. This includes steaming, massage and exfoliation. This helps with growth because it stimulates blood flow to the scalp, helps regulate sebum flow, aids in removing dead and excess skin from the scalp and opening follicles. Including these things in your regimen can definitely help restore growth and aid in accelerating slow growth!

Hair Garden "Herbal Tea" tree-tment

Hair Garden “Herbal Tea” tree-tment

This is why a developed my Hair Garden “Herbal Tea” Tree-tment Oil. I combined a blend of strengthening, healing and stimulating herbs infused in a blend of balancing, rich and lubricating oils. Many have found this oil very effective with regular use. Especially when used in combination with the Hair Garden Cleanser.

I will go over the other common types of alopecia in future posts! I hope you found this one beneficial! Thanks for stopping by!