Castor Oil for Beauty

Castor oil has been used for many years in skincare and bodycare. Consisting mainly of ricinoleic acid (a fatty acid) it has a thick consistency (gloopy) and a distinct smell (almost musty)…but don’t let either of these things put you off! Castor oil is hailed as a fantastic addition to your beauty regime, with benefits such as skin moisturising, supporting the growth of luxurious lashes and brows as well as some talk of it helping with hair length and condition.

It has not always been used for cosmetic purposes, taken internally it was once commonly used to induce labour, and has been used as a laxative! You will be pleased to know I am not here to test these two theories, however I am very interested in seeing how the regular use of castor oil could help with hair growth.

While it works as an emollient for skin, smoothing, soothing and making skin feel oh-so-soft, it can also prevent against loss of moisture – keeping skin hydrated. It is said to be full of antioxidants, so great for skin that is needing a little smoothness in the fight against signs of ageing. For the hair, it smooths the follicles, coating the individual hair strands creating a smooth and shiny finish.

I have used castor oil occasionally to treat overworked hair (bung it on and wash it out), but I am going to try a regular treatment over the next few weeks to see if I have a noticeable improvement in condition and/or growth.

Our friend Claire is a big fan of Pukka’s Castor Oil, and has given me some tips on how to use it.

"Castor oil likes to be warm"

As a thick gloopy oil, it is heavy to move around. When it is warmed slightly it thins and becomes more malleable. Create a bain marie set-up with a sink or bowl of hot water. Place the castor oil in a small dish into the water, and allow to warm for a few minutes before applying to the hair.

"Castor oil works well with other oils"

Oils are notorious for not mixing well with other elements - combining with water for example is a no-no. Claire tells me that other thinner oils such as coconut will blend beautifully and offer further benefits. I love avocado oil, and as I have this at home have decided to use this!

"Avoid an oil slurry by shampooing twice!"

Oil + water =oil everywhere. Water on it's own will not rid the hair of the oil when rinsing, Claire recommends adding a little shampoo to the hair (when removing), massage in and then rinse thoroughly, follow that with another shampoo and rinse. Always ensure the oil is completely gone before styling, especially if using heat.

The Method (2-3 times per week)

Step One Apply the slightly warm (not hot) oil with fingertips to the scalp when hair is dry, massaging gently.

Step Two Comb the oil through the lengths of the hair with a wide tooth comb or fingers.

Step Three Wrap the hair in an old towel, and leave for 15-20 minutes.

Step Four Using a little shampoo (no water yet), massage through the hair and then rinse with water. Shampoo and rinse again until hair is clear of oil.

DAY ONE I have short hair right now, which grows super slooowly! I am hoping for long luscious locks as well as a bit more growth of new hair!

DAY SIX I have done two castor oil treatments this week, and although not looking much longer my hair is feeling really strong and I am definitely losing less in the brush each morning. I have started washing my hair every other day instead of every day so that I don't spend my life with wet hair.

WEEK TWO Not much growth yet – at least no more than usual but the condition of my hair has improved. Feeling very strong, silky and shiny.

Puressential Purifying Air Spray

Indoor air pollutants and Covid-19

According to a South African government paper on air quality, indoor pollution levels in developing countries generally exceed the World Health Organisation’s guidelines and is damaging to health.

Indoor pollution can be more toxic than outdoors and treating the air in homes, offices and other interior spaces with essential oils may be effective in countering viruses, bacteria, mould, fungi and dust mites, according to research.

SA Pharmacist, Giulia Criscuolo, says eliminating indoor, airborne allergens by using essential oil sprays such as Puressentiel may counter respiratory allergies, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic when so much time is spent inside.

 “Studies indicate that aroma molecules of essential oils may activate nasal passage receptors, triggering an immune response. Essential oils’ chemical structure resembles hormones, making them uniquely useful for respiratory symptoms,” she says.

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All-natural ingredients

Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray is a 100% plant-based natural biocide with a patented formula made from a unique blend of 41 EOBBD essential oils (Essential Oils Botanically and Biochemically Defined) essential oils and bioalcohol not denatured by phthalates. It is free of harsh chemicals, detergents, dye, preservatives and synthetic perfumes.

The patented formula of essential oils contains: Dill, Anise, sweet Basil, Bay St Thomas, Rosewood, Cajuput, cassia Cinnamon, Atlas Cedarwood, Lemon, Lemon Verbena, Cumin Seed, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Juniper, Geranium, Ginger, Clove, English Lavender, Lavandin grosso, Mace, Mandarin, Wild Marjoram, Melissa, Curled Leaf Mint, Peppermint, Myrrh, Niaouli, Orange, Oregano, Parsley, Petitgrain, Scotchpine, Rosemary, Savory, Sage, Wild Thyme, Tea tree, Thyme, Vervain, and Wintergreen.

Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray also uses innovative technology, the patented propellant gas-free mechanical pump system PES600 which is tamperproof for guaranteed safety, and allows powerful diffusion by micro dispersion.

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Proven efficacy

With over 15 studies for efficacy and tolerance, it is clinically proven to eliminate 99.86% of bacteria and viruses with immediate effect. It also reduces invisible pollutants, smoky atmospheres, assists people with seasonal, dust mite and mould allergies, and removes odours from bedding, animals, child and adult bedrooms, damp rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, offices, workshops, public places, cars, etc.

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Application

Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray is especially right for now during the pandemic due to its antiviral properties – for homes, offices, doctor practices, cars and businesses – wanting clean air and peace of mind.

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Available in 200ml, simply spray 1-2 times daily in one or two applications into the four corners of a room (12 m²), wait 30 minutes for it to act, then air the room. Each application requires 6 or 8 sprays or 3 to 5ml. Carry out a preliminary test for spraying onto carpets, bedding and fabrics.

Furthermore, eco certified Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray can be sprayed on fabrics (even face masks), carpets, bedding and surfaces without leaving traces. It is gentle on you, your family, propellant gas and aerosol free, and leaves a fresh invigorating, long lasting natural fragrance too.

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Coyne Health have collaborated with Puressentiel in France to introduce Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray to South Africa, the world’s leading natural air purifier. You can read the full details of the product here in the original feature.

Puressential Purifying Air Spray is available in store and is priced at £19.99

Wild Apple and Cinnamon Hot Toddy

Now the nights are drawing in, it’s time to curl up with this delicious treat – a comforting cocktail with the perfect balance of sweetness and spice 🍂
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This hot toddy features our Wild Apple and Cinnamon blend – combining apple, sweet cinnamon and hints of lively ginger and clove, mixed with darker spirits for a deep flavour that warms you from head to toe 🔥⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🍁 1 Pukka Wild Apple & Cinnamon tea bag⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🍁 350ml apple juice⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🍁 50ml dark liquor – rum, whiskey or bourbon all work well for a deep, warming flavour⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🍁 Heat the apple juice to just boiling, then remove from the heat⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Vitamin E for Hair Loss with Fushi Wellbeing

Using vitamin E for hair loss is one of this vital vitamin’s many functions. Hair fall can happen for many different reasons, and there are several potential triggers, including having a nutritional deficiency, crash dieting, an illness or severe stress. A tendency to lose more hair can also be genetic.

There are many potential causes of hair loss, including side effects from certain medications or medical treatments, hormonal changes, and scalp infections. There are also conditions like alopecia areata, trichotillomania and telogen effluvium. In these cases, if you experience sudden or excessive hair loss, it’s important to see a doctor to determine why and get a diagnosis. The appropriate treatment for your condition can then begin.

There are natural ways that can potentially help in the treatment of hair loss. Keep reading to find out how using vitamin E for hair loss may help.

How Using Vitamin E for Hair Loss Can Help Grow Strong and Healthy Hair

Vitamin E is one of the key vitamins needed for growth and maintenance of healthy hair. By protecting your cells from free radical damage, vitamin E works as an antioxidant. The vitamin also supports a healthy immune system by fighting against bacteria and viruses and prevents clotting by keeping the blood vessels wide. A vitamin E deficiency may lead to symptoms including impaired vision and muscle weakness. If a deficiency is chronic, it can lead to kidney and liver problems.

For healthy hair, vitamin E stabilises the cell membranes in hair follicles, contributing to proper growth. It protects the cell membranes in hair follicles to protect against free radical damage and contribute to hair growth. Vitamin E works well with selenium to boost the protection from the free radical attacks on hair follicle cells. It’s important to get a diet full of hair growth promoting vitamins to reduce the chances of hair loss through malnourishment, and vitamin E is one of these.

As well as consuming vitamin E, you can also use a pure vitamin E oil to massage into the scalp. Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp and for a healthy scalp you need adequate circulation of blood in the scalp so that nutrients are transported through the blood to the scalp to nourish it. Regularly massaging the scalp with vitamin E oil increases blood circulation and the supply of oxygen in the scalp. Many hair experts recommend this treatment for hair loss and for growing strong, healthy hair

Oils Rich in Vitamin E

There are also vitamin E-rich oils you can use in different ways to get your vitamin E for hair loss. Here are 3 of them.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a great oil to cook with as the heat doesn’t turn the oil into trans fats, which are harmful to health because they raise your bad cholesterol and lower your good cholesterol. Therefore, cooking with coconut oil is a good way to use vitamin E for hair loss, and get it in your diet.

HOW TO USE:

You can also massage coconut oil into your scalp as an intensive treatment before shampooing. As coconut oil is in a solid state when cool, you can melt it slightly in a pan. Massage a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil into clean, damp hair, and use it as a pampering session to do whatever you do best when you want to relax and truly practice self-care! Be wary of putting too much oil on your scalp if it easily gets greasy though. Focus on the areas that appear to be the driest and most damaged. Give your scalp a heavenly massage to boost the circulation and nourish with that effective vitamin E content.

Apply in sections to make sure your hair is covered in the coconut oil. Leave for 20 – 30 minutes and let the oil work its magic. You can put your head in a shower cap and wrap in a hot towel to intensify the treatment and increase its effectiveness. Afterwards, shampoo the hair well to rinse and eliminate any excess oil. This may take a couple of tries, but coconut oil will melt away with heat.

Wheat germ Oil

Did you know that one tablespoon of wheat germ oil provides more than 15 mg of vitamin E? That’s more than the recommended daily allowance. Wheat germ oil is known to soothe the skin and strengthen the hair, whilst calming any skin irritation. Its vitamin E content stimulates blood flow to speed up healing. This makes it an exceptional option for applying vitamin E for hair loss, and for an irritated, itchy or inflamed scalp. This includes painful sun burn that can cause the scalp to flake – wheat germ oil can heal, deeply moisturise and nourish the scalp back to health. As well as its vitamin E rich content, it’s rich in omega-6 fatty acid, also known as linoleic acid. This is known to be revitalising for the hair.

HOW TO USE:

Massage wheat germ oil into the scalp for all the nourishment using your fingertips and pay special attention to the areas where you notice a lot of hair fall. Leave on the scalp for around 30 minutes before washing off. Another way is to use as a hot oil treatment for hair growth. Put oil in a glass bowl and heat over a pan of water until lukewarm.

Or, alternatively, add a few drops into your shampoo and conditioner for an added boost of protection and vitamin E for hair loss. Rub some hot oil between your palms and massage your hair and scalp thoroughly. This is also highly stress-relieving, and reduced cortisol levels may lead to less hair fall, as high cortisol levels can make your hair fall out! A win-win! When satisfied with your massage, either leave in as an overnight treatment before washing out, or, if your hair tends to get greasy, shampoo and rinse when your done boosting that circulation to the scalp.

Do this 1 – 3 times per week and you should start noticing a difference in the amount of hair you’re losing, and how healthy and vibrant your hair feels. And when you feel good, you look good, and vice versa!

Argan Oil

Vitamin E and fatty acid-rich argan oil has been used for a range of health and beauty purposes for centuries by the Berber women of Morocco. These include issues such as eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles, and most importantly for the purpose of this article… hair loss. It has more vitamin E than olive oil, making it a strong choice for using vitamin E for hair loss.

As argan oil nourishes a healthy scalp and supports an environment to promote growth, it may contributesto the treatment of hair loss. By stimulating the production of keratin, argan oil encourages new hair growth. Because of the vitamin E content, it also improves the blood circulation to the scalp, whereby the enhanced circulation helps hair follicles get the nutrients needed to grow.

By deeply moisturising the scalp, argan oil helps to eliminate dandruff and other scalp conditions, which helps prevent scalp build-up containing DHT. This will damage hair follicle growth, so clearing this up with the help of argan oil will promote hair growth. The oil will also help in the treatment of split ends and frizziness. As thinning hair often goes hand in hand with frizz and split ends, nourishing the roots and ends with argan oil can give your scalp and hair the nutrients it needs to grow strong, shiny and heathy.

HOW TO USE:

Use argan oil as an overnight treatment to the scalp. By massaging the oil into the scalp every night for around 2-3 minutes, it will moisturise the scalp whilst stimulating it, improving blood circulation and opening the pores. Leave on for the night, and over time, perhaps two weeks, watch the quality and health of your hair improve.

Avocado Oil

The rich vitamin E and vitamin B content of avocado oil deeply penetrates into the epidermis. Whilst vitamin B supports hair growth, vitamin E is more known to repair hair damage and strengthen the hair. Avocado oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acid and has a higher content of it than extra virgin olive oil. Monounsaturated fats are incredibly nourishing and health-boosting to the hair, helping to treat dry, damaged and weak hair. They can aid your hair in healing from harsh chemical treatments or environmental pollution. By nourishing the hair, monounsaturated fats can promote new growth of stronger and healthier hair to reduce further damage.

The increased circulation from massaging avocado oil into the scalp allows more blood flow to the hair follicles to help more nutrients nourish and encourage stronger, shinier hair to grow. Using avocado oil and its vitamin E for hair loss is not a bad option because this antioxidant is easily absorbed into the scalp and hair strands, protecting against environmental damage and providing deep moisturisation. All of these properties and conditions give the scalp its best chance of growing the hair you desire, and most importantly, hair that is less likely to fall out.

HOW TO USE:

You can use avocado oil for cooking at a low to medium heat to optimize your hair’s growth potential. You can also make an avocado oil hair mask using two tablespoons of avocado oil, two tablespoons of coconut oil, a tablespoon of manuka honey and two drops of lavender essential oil. As a powerful antioxidant, lavender will boost the potency of the avocado oil whilst promoting relaxing for a chilled experience. Massage the oil into your hair for one minute. Put on a shower cap and after 30 minutes, massage your hair some more before using warm water (not too hot and not too cold) to rinse out.

This fantastic feature has been brought to you by Jess Burman, of Fushi. You can read the original article here.

Alison Crowther

Nutritional Therapist

I’m a Mum with two children, now teenagers. One of my children was born with a disability and some special needs, so I have a particular heart for anyone else who is walking that walk.  I’m also a single mum, so I appreciate what it’s like to be stretched!

However, I know too many of us have a similar story; of being pulled in all directions, with no time for ourselves and often under stress. So my passion is to come alongside those people and show them how to incorporate healthy eating into their busy lives and support their overall health.

I love encouraging people to try healthy foods, especially those who wouldn’t normally! We also see a lot of people in the shop who are keen to eat right and take the right supplements but who are completely confused by all the information out there, so it’s great helping those people find what’s right for them as an individual.

I have a love of teaching so have been  doing nutrition talks, which I thoroughly enjoy. The talks have been to a variety of people, ranging from Corporate companies and local businesses, through to smaller organisations and the general public.  It is such a pleasure to be able to give people practical tips and advice, to help them support their health.

Vitamin D and Vitamin K from BetterYou

Maintaining healthy bones is not just about increasing your calcium intake. Did you know that alongside calcium you should also look into vitamins D and K2?

Vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 ensure that calcium is absorbed easily and reaches the bone mass, while preventing arterial calcification. Helping to keep your heart and bones healthy.

Separately, K2 regulates normal blood clotting, whilst D3 supports a healthy immune system and supports muscle function.

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D+K2 – Putting calcium in balance

For increased calcium into the bone

Vitamin D3 ensures that calcium is absorbed easily and K2 (MK-7) activates the protein, osteocalcin, which integrates calcium into bone. Without D3 and K2, calcium cannot do its job effectively.

For reduced calcium plaque in arteries

Vitamin K2 (MK-7) activates matrix GLA protein (MGP) to bind excess calcium and promote arterial flow and flexibility.

How do vitamins D3 and K2 work together?

The power of BetterYou Vitamin D + K2

This fantastic article has been created by BetterYou. You can read the original feature here.

Gill, Nutritional Therapist

Gill may be quietly spoken but she offers great advice and has an easy way of explaining products and their benefits to the team and our customers. A keen gardener, organic vegetable grower and boots collector! Her banana bread is out of this world!

Adam from Terra Nova

Ayurvedic Consultant Adam joins us regularly – and is a font of knowledge in all things botanical, herbal and nutrition! A true ‘people person’….Adam brings a dash of style and a big ray of sunshine to Reigate.