Remedies for dandruff

Getting rid of dandruff, the natural way.

First, dandruff can be caused from different issues.  It can be caused from internal problems or external problems.

Internal problems causing dandruff: hormonal imbalance, dietary issues, poor health, stress and external problems can be poor hygiene, using too much product on your hair, over drying your hair, using heated curlers, not shampooing enough, or fungus in or on the body.

Apple Cider vinegar:  Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup water and put in spray bottle and  spritz on hair and scalp.  Make sure you DO NOT spray the ears or eyes.  Wrap your hair in a towel. Use once to twice a week for as long as needed.

Onion Juice:  How to Make Onion Juice (http://www.healthextremist.com/onion-juice-for-hair-growth-and-reversing-grey/)

There are 3 Ways You Can Make Onion Juice:

  • Juicer- If you have a juicer, this is the easiest way to make onion juice. Just peel the onion, cut it in half and put it in the juicer.
  • Blender/Food Processor- Peel the onion and cut it into about 4 sections, then put them into your blender or food processor and start blending. Lastly, strain the mixture so that only the juice is remaining.
  • Grater – Peel the onion and cut it in half. Grate both halves of the onion over a dish and then strain the mixture to get just the juice.

How to Use Onion Juice for Hair

  • For the first application of onion juice, you may want to test it on a small area (in case you may be allergic to it) or water down the mixture. Even though it’s natural, pure onion juice is strong.
  • Apply the onion juice daily to your scalp and lightly massage it in, this helps stimulate the hair follicles and allows for maximum absorption.
  • Leave the onion Juice on for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Eww! The smell is powerful, but the results may be worth it! To avoid smelling like onion all day, you can apply it at night and then wash it out before you go to bed.
If you’re allergic to onions or are looking for another option, another common remedy for thinning hair is ginseng.

Hibiscus Leaves:  Home made Hisbiscus Hair oil: the flowers and dried leaves are boiled in coconut or gingelly oil with fenugreek seeds and then applied to the hair. About 10 flowers or a handful of dried leaves can be used for about 150-200 ml of oil.
Natural Hibiscus Shampoo:  Natural dyes are also prepared from extracts of the flower. The leaves and flowers are mucilaginous and condition the hair . They can be ground with soaked fenugreek seeds and applied to the hair for a cooling effect and to reduce dandruff and hairfall. (http://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/hibiscus-a-godsend-to-reduce-hair-fall-dandruff/)

Rosemary leaves:  I found a recipe for this at http://www.hairboutique.com/ask-karen_p/index.php/rosemary-as-anti-dandruff-shampoo/.

Neem leaves:   Grind a few Neem leaves and make a fine paste and apply it to your dry scalp.  Leave it on for about 45 minutes to an hour.  Wrap your hair.  Afterwards wash out with warm water.  Do this until the dandruff is gone.  Try doing it once or twice a week.

Aloe Vera:  Use Aloe Vera juice and pour directly on scalp and hair and massage your scalp and hair.  Let it sit in your hair for about 30-40 minutes before your shower.  Put a shower cap on to keep the Aloe Vera juice on your hair and scalp and then wash with a gently shampoo.  Do this one to two times a week until dandruff is gone.

Olive Oil:  You are going to want to leave this on overnight and have your hair wrapped in a towel or shower cap.  Use 8-10 drops of olive oil and massage in your hands and then run through your hair into the scalp. Put your shower cap on and wrap your hair in a towel.  In the morning, wash with a mild shampoo and then rinse thoroughly. You need around 8-10 hours of your hair wrapped with the oil rubbed into the scalp. Do this once or twice a week for as long as needed.

Fenugreek seeds: Soak two tablespoons in water over night.  In the morning grind the seeds into a fine paste and apply to scalp. Leave on for about 1/2 hour and then rinse with the water the seeds soaked in.  Do this once or twice a week for as long as needed.

Lime Juice:  Lime juice & olive oil – Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil with 1 tablespoon of lemon or lime juice. Apply this mixture to your hair and scalp, wrap a towel around it and leave it overnight. The next morning rinse and wash everything out.

Coconut Oil:  Kills fungus on the head.  Massage coconut into our hair, comb through, massage again and let it set for at least 30 minutes with plastic wrap wrapped around the hair. If you can it is best to leave on over night for at least 8 hours. Wash in the morning with a gentle shampoo. Do this once or twice a week for as long as needed.

Fish Oil

Everyone seems to be talking about Fish Oils supplements and how good they are for you.  Here is just a short explanation of Fish Oil supplements, what they are good for and what they contain.

Fish oil supplements contain Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  DHA is a vital component of the phospholipids of human cellular membranes especially those in the brain and retina.  “In September 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the following qualified health claim for EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids: ‘Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The FDA recommended that consumers not exceed more than a total of 3 grams per day of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids with no more than 2 grams from a nutritional supplement.”

Supplemental Fish Oils:

  • Triglyceride-lowering activity.
  • May also have anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic and immunomodulatory actions.  Anti-inflammatory means counter acting the inflammation or neutralize it.  Anti-thrombotic means interfering with or preventing thrombosis, which means to stop a blood clot from forming within the blood vessels. Immunomodulatory means it balances or improves the immune system.
  • Appear to have mood-stabilizing properties when used in the treatment of bipolar disorder.
  • May have cancer chemopreventative effects.
  • Prevent death in those who have suffered myocardial infarctions.
  • Are used to decrease clotting tendencies of the blood.
  • May also be indicated for lowering blood pressure.
  • For alleviating some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • For preventing restenosis following coronary angioplasty.
  • For ulcerative colitis.
  • May help in relapse of Crohn’s disease.
  • May have beneficial effects in IgA nephropathy. (a kidney disorder that occurs when IgA-a protein that helps the body fight infections-settles in the kidneys).
  • Some evidence they have neuroprotective properties.
  • May be useful in very mild, early stages of alzheimer’s disease.
  • May be beneficial for eye health.

Diabetics should be monitored to see if the fish oil supplements affect their glycemic control.

Interactions may occur between fish oil supplements and aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and herbs such as garlic (Allium sativum) and ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba). There may be increased susceptibility to bruising, nosebleeds, hemoptysis (bloody mucous), hematemesis (vomiting of blood) and blood in the stool.  Most people taking fish oil supplements and the above mentioned drugs DO NOT suffer from these problems and IF they do occur it is RARE. IF they do occur, lower the dosage you are taking.

Recommended fish oil products must contain antioxidants such as tocopherol to protect against oxidation. Fish oil products that contain high quantities of Vitamin A and D ,which could be toxic, SHOULD NOT be used.

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Spinach Dip

Spinach Dip

Makes about 2 cups

4 cups chopped spinach

1/2 cup tahini

1 tomato, chopped

1/2 cup chopped onion

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon Celtic salt

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a blender or a food processor and puree. Then eat and enjoy 

Histoplasmosis

Histoplasmosis (caused from bat and bird droppings)

Histoplasmosis is an infection that occurs from breathing in the spores of the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum.  The fungus lives in the environment, usually in association with large amounts of bird or bat droppings. Lung infection can occur after a person inhales airborne, microscopic fungal spores from the environment; however, many people who inhale the spores do not get sick. The symptoms of histoplasmosis are similar to pneumonia, and the infection can sometimes become serious if it is not treated. (http://www.cdc.gov/fungal/histoplasmosis/).

This can be very serious and it seems to be getting more prevalent.  In our neighborhood of five houses two people have it, including my husband, and are being treated for it, another person is scheduled to be tested.  Working with the soil, such as gardening, landscaping, just cleaning your yard can subject you to breathe in these spores.  Bat and bird droppings are everywhere and this is how the disease is transmitted, by breathing in the spores from the droppings.  If you have bats or birds around wear masks to protect yourself when working out in the yard, or walking by a river or wherever a large amount of birds, bats, or any type of birds would be.

Signs and Symptoms

Most people with histoplasmosis have no symptoms or very mild ones. Signs and symptoms that happen in rare cases include the following:

  • Sudden, flu-like infection — includes fever, chills, cough, chest pain, and headache
  • Long-term lung infection — develops slowly over weeks to months and produces a cough that gets worse, weight loss, night sweats, and sometimes shortness of breath
  • Trouble breathing — this can happen to people who breathe in very large amounts of the fungus. It is sometimes called “spelunker’s lung” because it can happen after exploring caves.

When the disease spreads throughout the body, it affects many organ systems. A person may have the following symptoms:

  • Anemia
  • Meningitis (inflammation of the membranes of the brain and spinal cord)
  • Ulcers in the mouth
  • Infection of heart valves
  • Pneumonia
  • Enlarged liver and spleen
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Risk Factors

Many people living in mild climates can become infected with histoplasmosis. Those most at risk of becoming infected include:

  • Farmers and poultry farmers
  • Construction workers
  • Spelunkers (cave explorers)
  • Geologists and archeologists
  • Landscapers and gardeners
  • People who have contact with bats

Those at risk of severe infection include:

  • People with weakened immune systems (from HIV, corticosteroid therapy, organ transplantation, and chemotherapy)
  • Very young children
  • Senior adults
  • People with chronic diseases, such as lung disease

Source: Histoplasmosis | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/histoplasmosis#ixzz2da0EGqu1

University of Maryland Medical Center

Diagnosis & Testing of Histoplasmosis

There are multiple tests available to diagnose histoplasmosis. One way to diagnose the infection is to perform a fungal culture.  Doctors take small samples from tissues or body fluids, such as blood, sputum, bone marrow, liver, or skin and see if the fungus will grow from these samples in a laboratory.

A urine test is available that can check for recent infection from Histoplasma, by measuring the presence of antigen.  Histoplasmosis can also be diagnosed by looking at a small sample of infected tissue under a microscope.  A blood test can measure prior exposure to the fungus by detecting Histoplasma antibodies.  http://www.cdc.gov/fungal/histoplasmosis/diagnosis.html

 

Potato Pancakes, Gluten Free

Potato Pancakes, Gluten Free    Makes 4 servings (4 pancakes each) 

3/4 pound Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, grated, and squeezed dry (about 2 cups)

1/4 cup finely chopped green onions

2 eggs beaten

¼ cup rice flour

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil

Chili sauce or fruit chutney (optional)

Combine potatoes, green onions and eggs in large bowl; mix well.  Add rice flour, salt and pepper and mix well.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large heavy skillet over medium-high heat.  Drop batter by heaping tablespoonfuls and pres with back of spoon to flatten.  Cook 2-3 minutes per side.  Remove to paper towels to drain. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, if necessary, to cook remaining batter.  Serve pancakes with chili sauce