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David asks…

Does anyone know any homemade remedies to add volume to your hair?

I would lovee to know some homemeade remedies to add volume to my hair! but i’ll take any products i can buy too! thanks guys/girls!
i’ll give you 10+ points! (:

vti answers:

Natural hair care is what you need to turn to if your hair has been excessively dyes, bleached, or damaged in any way.
Before you start making some of these natural hair care products, consider these hair care tips:

Make sure you are using the right shampoo. Always get a shampoo that is suited for your hair type. A shampoo for dry hair might smell better, but it doesn’t mean that it will fit your hair’s needs.
Change the shampoo often. Hair gets immune to a certain shampoo if the shampoo has been used for too long. Try a new one, see if you notice any changes.
Apply the hair packs and balms once or twice a week. The more nourishment you provide, the more heathy the hair will be.
Avoid using a hair dryer. It makes the hair brittle and dries the scalp out which may lead to dendruff.
Trim your hair regularly. Remove the damaged ends.

Combined with homemade hair conditioners that are prepared within minutes, the effects that you will get will be multiplied.

Banana hair pack

Ingredients:

1/2 banana

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

1 tablespoon of honey

Mash until creamy. Hair has to be dry to do this. Leave it on your hair and wash out after 20 minutes. After that, use a shampoo.

Milk based Hair Balm

It is simple as this: after you wash your hair, wash it with some milk and leave on for about 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. It helps bring back the softness and natural shine.

Sour Cream Hair Pack

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons of sour-cream

1/2 teaspoon of wheat germ oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Mix it all together, apply to hair and rinse off after 10-15 minutes.

Olive oil for shiny hair

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon of olive oil

1 egg

Mix the two and apply on hair. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and wash off using warm water, then shampoo.

Egg white for oily hair

1 egg white (more if your hair is thick or long).

Beat the egg and simply apply on dry hair. Leave it on until it is dry and crusty. Wash off with warm water and shampoo. Doing this a couple of times a week will help reduce the oiliness and remove the excess oil.

Hair pack for damaged hair

Ingredients

Juice from freshly squeezed lemon

2 egg yolks

1 egg white

1 tablespoon of honey.

Mix all the ingredients, apply on hair and let it rest for 10 minutes. After that, shampoo and rinse off.

For soft and silky hair

Ingredients

3 tablespoons of olive oil

2 tablespoons of honey

Mix it all well, apply on hair. Wrap the hair with a towel or shower cap and let it rest for 15 minutes. Shampoo and rinse the hair.

Increase hair volume

Ingredients

1 tablespoon of vinegar

1 tablespoon of honey

1/2 cup of warm water

Spray bottle – pharmacy stores usually sell them for a couple of dollars, get a smaller one.

Mix the ingredients in a bottle and shake well
After you wash the hair with shampoo, let it dry a bit.
When it is damp, spray the mix you have prepared.
Massage the scalp so the liquid gets absorbed better
Don’t rinse the hair off, simply let it dry

For shiny and soft hair

Ingredients

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

3 tablespoons of sour cream

Mix the ingredients and apply them on hair.
Wrap a towel around it and let it rest for 30 minutes
Shampoo and rinse off well

Grease control

There is a simple way to get rid of greasy hair.

Every time you shampoo your hair, mix a little bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice in. Shake the bottle well (you could use a smaller bottle for this purpose) and shampoo the hair. Rinse off well.

This way, you will control the oiliness of the scalp and also, if you have blondish hair, you will actually help keep it light longer.

John asks…

Natural remedies for insomnia?

Anything? Please?
I’ve tried a few different medications, but I really didn’t like the way they made me feel.

vti answers:

Sometimes essential oils can help people to get to sleep.

The key is trying to get our daughter to tryand relax and unwind prior to going to sleep at night as this helps a lot of people with sleep problems.

Essential oils can be used to help you get a good nights sleep. Here are some of the top essential oils which can calm and relax, helping to you to fall asleep more easily and get a good nights rest.

Lavender helps to calm the nervous system and relax the body. Lavender is used in aromatherapy to fight insomnia, anxiety, depression and fatigue.

Mandarin is a wonderful gentle oil that is popular for use with children. It helps encourage sleep by easing nervous tension and soothing irritability.

Chamomile has a good relaxing effect on the nervous system. The oil can be used as for other essential oils (see below). Alternatively try a cup of Chamonile tea about half hour before bed

Bergamot as a great stress relieving oil to help you relax. This citrus fragrance encourages restful sleep and is believed to be a natural anti-depressant.

There are a few different ways you can use essential oils to help you sleep.

– Skin application or Massage. Never apply essential oils directly on your skin, make sure to dilute in a carrier or vegetable oil. (you will need about 5 teaspoons of carrier oil for every 10 drops of essential oils) Massage the blend into feet and hands or around the neck, shoulders or upper back if you get tense in these areas.

– Bath. For an adults bath, add 4-6 drops of essential oil just before you get in and swish this around to mix well. Essential oils do not dissolve readily in water but will disperse if well mixed. Do not prepare the bath in advance as much of the volatile oil will be lost. Don’t be tempted to add more oil, even if the amount looks tiny. Essential oils are very concentrated and the number of drops suggested is more than sufficient. Allow plenty of time for a relaxing soak for at least 10 minutes, or up to 20 minutes if you can! Some of the oil will adhere to the skin and some will be inhaled as an aromatic vapour

– Inhalation: can simply add a few drops of the oil onto a tissue and tuck inside your pillow case so you will inhale the oil through the night for better quality sleep or add the essential oil to an aromatherapy vaporiser. Do not use an oil burner with a candle as it is not safe to leave this burning while you are asleep.

Hope this helps!

Linda asks…

Anyone got any ideas for natural remedies for RA?? Rheumatoid Arthritis?

vti answers:

Definitely not a good idea, as complete work disability is the usual outcome of rheumatoid arthritis. Antibiotics should be added to anti-inflammatory and pain medications.

If you get any significant relief from natural remedies, you don’t have rheumatoid arthritis!!!

I have had seronegative rheumatoid arthritis for almost 27 years. The telling signs of seronegative rheumatoid arthritis are the following:
– Joint pain in the feet (or cracking ankles) in the early 20’s;
– Fatigue;
– Joint deformities of the fingers, a specific sign of rheumatoid arthritis;
– Negative or low level of Rheumatoid factor;
– X-Rays showing bone erosion, a consequence of rheumatoid arthritis;
– Generalized arthritis, involving the whole body;
– Elevated levels of C-Reactive protein and Sedimentation rate.

NSAIDs like Voltaren, COX-2 inhibitors like Celebrex, acetaminophen like Tylenol, and codeine are all used to control inflammation and relieve the pain of arthritis.

Regular exercise like walking, biking and swimming are also helpful for most patients. Make sure that you are not overweight as carrying too much weight can only increase the pain of arthritis.

You should consult an Orthopaedist who will order blood tests, joint scans and X-Rays to better diagnose the type of arthritis from which you suffer.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (http://www.aaos.org) maintains a public online directory where you can find the address and phone number of orthopaedists who belong to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Orthopaedists are listed by geographic location and family name, inside the USA and in most countries.

The membership directory of the AAOS is located at:

http://www6.aaos.org/about/public/members.cfm

Lyme disease could be a possibility. Ask your doctor to test you for the bacteria causing Lyme disease.

Are there any other cases of arthritis or rheumatic diseases among your relatives? Chronic forms of arthritis are usually prevalent in families where a defective gene is passed on by parents to their children.

There are a few hundred types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases. The good news is that science is progressing rapidly in its understanding of rheumatic diseases.

Antibiotics are now used to achieve full remissions for at least 40%, if not 65% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. For more info, please join our group at:

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/antibio

Mark asks…

Natural acne remedy, help??!?

I’m on benzaclin right now. (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) It’s not as effective as my old medicine, which had to stop because my skin was way too irritated. I was wondering if any natural remedies would be safe to use with my medication, and what.

vti answers:

Believe it or not honey is a natural disinfectant and will help clear up acne. It will feel gross but it will help. Also aspirin is made from salicylic acid which is an acne medicine so you could crush up some aspirin and add a little water or even honey to make a natural acne medicine.

Sharon asks…

Natural sleep remedies?

What are some of the best non-prescription remedies to aid sleep? I am starting a new job tomorrow and in the past I have had trouble sleeping beforehand.

vti answers:

There is evidence that lavender oil, either added to a bath or dripped onto the pillow is very sedative.

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