Monday, December 15, 2014

How to Combat Dry or Frizzy Hair with Essential Oils

Happy Christmas!!
Sharing my old article from Associated Content/Yahoo Contributor.. man, I miss that site.  I originally wrote this back in 2008, but since they have closed the site my article has been looking for a new home. I have since found a few places online that have plagiarized my work...I guess that's a complement.  Anyway I thought, especially during the winter months everyone's hair could use some help!! :)

How to Combat Dry or Frizzy Hair with Essential Oils

The majority of us will, at one time or another, have or constantly must battle the dreaded dry, frizzes with our luscious locks. Especially if we live in a humid or tropical climate. Even if we live in a cold and arid place, we still have to deal with other factors that could cause hair to become dry, damaged and break easily, like, the perils of wintertime, washing hair too frequently with harsh chemicals, over exposure to the sun, over use of straighteners, dyes, perming solutions, curling or straightening irons and dryers. Even chlorine and salt water could cause hair to be dry or damaged, or worse yet...hereditary causes, which are hopeless to deal with unless you have a cure. Well, never fear, we have a remedy here! Read on to see how easily the war on dry frizzy hair can be won with a few simple tricks.

Once a week, use this fail safe method of re-moisturizing your mangy mane with this fabulous fix-it for the frizzies;
Mix together 1 tablespoon of molasses or honey, 1 teaspoon jojoba oil, 1 teaspoon safflower oil, 1 teaspoon olive oil (or avocado oil), 1 egg yolk, and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Then add 4 drops each of sandalwood, geranium and neroli essential oils. You can substitute any essential oil that works for your hair type. See list below. These e.o.s strong scents even help the with vinegar smell! Make sure it's stirred well, and apply it to your hair and massage it into the scalp. Cover with a shower cap or wrap in a towel and leave on for as long as you want, but at the very least, for 15 minutes. Many times I'll apply this in the morning, do my housecleaning, and then take a shower to shampoo and rinse it all out. Rinse your hair by adding 3 to 5 drops of your chosen essential oil to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 3 cups warm water. Always try to cleanse the scalp and rinse hair for the last two or three minutes in cold water, this ensures your hair cuticles can close properly.

Make sure to choose products that are not too heavy with humectants as they will only make the humidity-induced frizz worse. Pick shampoos and conditioners that contain  natural humectants like  John Frieda Frizz Ease.  Humectants have magnet like properties that attract moisture, buy shampoos if possible that contain ingredients such as; beeswax, plant triglycerides such as coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, shea butter, hydrogenated castor oil, and shea butter. Don't forget that it is possible to reduce damage to your hair by just putting a hat on if you'll be in the sun, or a swimming cap before going for a swim. And when choosing hair products, look for one with a sunscreen so your hair will be protected from the harmful UV rays, especially if you use chemicals on your hair.

One of the best possible choices would be to make your own shampoo, or use liquid castile soap which is a very mild cleanser and it doesn't contain any harsh chemicals. Just add twice the amount of hot chamomile tea or herbal infusion of your choice plus of a few drops of the essential oils best suited to your type of hair. Example: 1 cup hot chamomile tea cooled to almost room temp., 1/2 cup liquid castile soap, 3 drops rose e.o. , 3 drops sandalwood e.o. and 3 drops of carrot, sage, geranium, neroli or clary sage e.o.s. It's your choice as they all work great. See list below for best essential oils to use for dry hair.

When choosing a conditioner, or a treatment conditioner, make sure they contain  wheat, rice or corn proteins as they help repair the damaged cuticles, improve elasticity, porosity, and general health of your hair. Best would be to choose an all natural unscented conditioner and add the specific type of essential oil or oils that would work best for you. I've found that the best essential oils for dry, frizzy or damaged hair are rose, sandalwood, neroli, geranium, clary sage, sage, roman chamomile, or carrot seed. See full list below for more choices. You could make your own conditioner by using mayonnaise, avocado, jojoba, egg yolk and a few drops of e.o.s. Leave on for 10-15 min. and rinse well with cool water. Beautiful, soft and silky hair will be yours!

Best Over-All Hair Serum

This recipe is the best overall serum for hair as it covers the greatest range of problems that people normally have with their hair - from thin, dry fly-away hair, oily greasy hair that mockingly re-appear only hours after being washed, dandruff that doesn't want to leave you or a simple un-satisfaction with the quality of your hair in general. You could use this as a treatment serum or add a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner to give your hair extra bounce and a boost.

  • 4 oz. jojoba oil - find on Amazon.
  • 5 dps rosemary e.o.
  • 5 dps bay e.o.
  • 5 dps cedarwood e.o.
  • 5 dps patchouli e.o.
  • 4 dps cypress e.o.
  • 5 dps ylang ylang e.o.

Mix well and store in a dark glass jar or PET container (PET is a special kind of plastic that won't break down when essential oils are contained within)
To use; Pour a little into a cup (about a teaspoon) and dip your fingers into the oil, and gently massage the entire scalp. It is normally best to start massaging at your neck, working upwards and over the entire scalp until you finish off at your temples. Ensure that the entire scalp is treated.
When done correctly your hair will not be oily, and you will be able to go to sleep like this after waiting 30 minutes. If you feel you need to wash your hair after treatment make sure to wait at least 45 min. and use a very mild shampoo (like the one discussed above or a baby shampoo) and work a little of the treatment oil into your scalp before wetting it.
If you don't feel like making a serum, get one that works well, like; Paul Mitchell's Super Skinny Relaxing Balm, or Living Proof's No Frizz Styling Treatment.

List of Essential Oils that can be used for dry hair treatments:

Bay is an excellent energizing hair tonic, and good for thinning hair.

Carrot seed adds a moisturizing property to all hair and skin formulas.

Cedarwood is a popular ingredient in many cosmetic products and for good reason, it's perfect for dry hair and skin too as it's properties are many.

Chamomile, Roman is one of the best essential oils for dry hair. Calming Chamomile helps to reduce inflamed hair cuticles and is also good for those that have scalp issues like white flakes or psoriasis. It's good for all hair types, esp. dry hair, great for Fine to normal hair. Roman chamomile is lighter and gentler than German Chamomile and is better for this type of formula. It also adds beautiful golden highlights, and is good for dry and itchy skin too.

Clary Sage is Helpful with oily hair and skin, dandruff and treating wrinkles.

Geranium has a balancing , soothing and gentle effect on aiding dry hair, plus has a gorgeous scent.

Jasmine is another fabulous essential oil, useful for many things and wonderful for dry hair & skin, nurturing & conditioning, uplifting, balancing and soothing.

Lavender- is great for soothing the scalp and calming the hair, relaxing, refreshing, most versatile of all e.o.s

Juniper Berry (great for all hair types),cleansing, calming, andstrengthening while adding a fresh scent.

Lemon Verbena (great hair tonic), included in many organic shampoos and conditioners for dry hair;

Linden Blossom, absolutely divine scent, lovely floral and great as a hair tonic too,

Myrrh:  soothing and protecting, also great for Dry hair and a good Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands

Neroli soothes, relaxes, uplifts. Excellent skin and hair care oil, perfect for ageing, dry sensitive skin and on scars and stretch marks. Is an aid to improve sluggish circulation, relieves tension, stress and anxiety, useful for apprehension like stage fright too.

Nutmeg energizing, stimulating and all around good tonic for hair; use with caution, may be sensitizing

Parsley great for dry hair.

Peppermint is a wonder oil and is good for dry hair. promotes hair growth too, it's cooling action can relieve itching and very effective for greasy skin and hair as well.

Rose; queen of oils, expensive, but wonderful for all hair and skin treatments. Rose soothes the scalp while lifting the senses.

Rosemary is is many natural hair products for good reason. This oil works great for dry hair and dandruff as well as itchy scalp, and is an overall great hair tonic.

Rosewood is soothing, conditioning and perfect for any dry hair issue.

Sage is an all around tonic and is perfect for shining up dull hair. Sage  is one of the best scalp clarifiers whether you have psoriasis, dandruff (esp. when used w/zinc) It deep cleanses impurities away from the scalp and works well with other herbs to heal scalp problems.

Sandalwood is one of my favorites (along w/ neroli). It's perfect for dry, skin and hair and imparts a warm and wonderful scent. It also improves with age, so it's price isn't so bad knowing it only gets better the older it is.

Tea Tree has to be mentioned here, even though it's not necessarily the best for dry hair. It is wonderful for Oily hair and a good Treatment for dry scalp, especially for dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands. Since it has antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-viral, properties it is very good for all skin & hair types and conditions.

Yarrow is useful for both hair and skin care and stimulates "new" hair growth. Add a few drops of the beautiful blue Yarrow oil to shampoo and get a healthy scalp while strengthening your hair shaft. Makes an effective treatment for split ends! Yarrow's astringent and regulating properties make it helpful for balancing oily skin, hair and scalp condtions.


The curl chemist wrote a recent article in which she suggested that dew point has a major effect on humectant use:

resources; (best shampoo, conditioner recipes) (best recipes for all hair types)
An anti-humectant product with all natural ingredients
Pomade by John Masters Organics
Ingredients: Extra virgin olive oil, organic beeswax, mango butter, babassu oil, jojoba, wheat germ oil, pure essential oils of bay laurel, cedar atlas, fir balsam and massoia, vitamins A, C & E. Certified Organic Ingredients.

photos hair pic chamomile hair massage towel head rose oil

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Angel quotes

Some Angel Quotes for you :)

Angels have no philosophy but love. ~Terri Guillemets

Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of the character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning. ~Lydia M. Child

Music is well said to be the speech of angels. ~Thomas Carlyle

  The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. ~George Elliot

The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly. ~G.K. Chesterton, "Orthodoxy"

The Angels were all singing out of tune,
And hoarse with having little else to do,
Excepting to wind up the sun and moon
Or curb a runaway young star or two.
~Lord Byron

Be an angel to someone else whenever you can, as a way of thanking God for the help your angel has given you. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

It is not because angels are holier than men or devils that makes them angels, but because they do not expect holiness from one another, but from God alone. ~William Blake

It is not known precisely where angels dwell — whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode. ~Voltaire

Pay attention to your dreams — God's angels often speak directly to our hearts when we are asleep. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

The soul at its highest is found like God, but an angel gives a closer idea of Him. That is all an angel is: an idea of God. ~Meister Eckhart

Angels descending, bring from above,
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
~Fanny J. Crosby

We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another. ~Luciano de Crescenzo

Life is a tapestry: We are the warp; angels, the weft; God, the weaver. Only the Weaver sees the whole design. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

Philosophy will clip an angel's wings. ~John Keats

All God's angels come to us disguised. ~James Russell Lowell

God not only sends special angels into our lives, but sometimes He even sends them back again if we forget to take notes the first time! ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth
Unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep.
~John Milton, Paradise Lost

Insight is better than eyesight when it comes to seeing an angel. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

The guardian angels of life fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us. ~Jean Paul Richter

The wings of angels are often found on the backs of the least likely people. ~Eric Honeycutt

Angels fly at light speed, because they are servants of the Light. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

I guess I have never really doubted that we are all born to our guardian angel. ~Robert Brault,

I'm no angel, but I've spread my wings a bit. ~Mae West

Sometimes even the flight of an angel hits turbulence. ~Terri Guillemets

I feel that there is an angel inside me whom I am constantly shocking. ~Jean Cocteau

We're all kissed by angels but some of us never think to pucker. ~Terri Guillemets

He spake well who said that graves are the footprints of angels. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Man was created a little lower than the angels, and has been getting lower ever since. ~Josh Billings

Angels are all around us, all the time, in the very air we breathe. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

It comes down to whether you believe in seven miraculous escapes a week or one guardian angel. ~Robert Brault,

A pillow for thee will I bring,
Stuffed with down of angel's wing.
~Richard Crashaw

In Heaven an angel is nobody in particular. ~George Bernard Shaw

An angel can illuminate the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision. ~St Thomas Aquinas

When babies look beyond you and giggle, maybe they're seeing angels. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

If we were all like angels, the world would be a heavenly place. ~Author Unknown

The angels are so enamored of the language that is spoken in heaven that they will not distort their lips with the hissing and unmusical dialects of men, but speak their own, whether their be any who understand it or not. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If trouble hearing angels' song with thine ears, try listening with thy heart. ~Terri Guillemets

Angels shine from without because their spirits are lit from within by the light of God. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Evangeline"

If a man is not rising upwards to be an angel, depend upon it, he is sinking downwards to be a devil. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"... human intellectual knowledge is ordered by God
through the mediation of angels."
-St. Thomas Aquinas

"Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God
ascending and descending upon the Son of man."
-John 1:51

"For he shall give his angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways."
- Psalms 91:11

"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."
- Hebrews 13:2

Everyone entrusted with a mission is an angel.

...All forces that reside in the body are angels."
- Moses Maimonides

The Angel that presided o'er my birth Said, "Little creature, formed of joy and mirth,
Go love without the help of any thing on earth."
- William Blake, "The Angel That Presided"

"If I have freedom in my love And in my soul I am free
Angels alone that soar above
Enjoy such liberty"
- Richard Lovelace To Althea: From Prison

"We are each of us angels with only one wing and can only fly embracing each other."
- Luciano de Crescenzo

"Sleep, my child, and peace attend thee All through the night
Guardian angels God will send thee
All through the night."
- Sir Harold Boulton, "All Through the Night"

"The soul at its highest is found like God, but an angel gives a closer idea of Him.
That is all an angel is:
an idea of God."
- Meister Eckhart Sermons

"They are everywhere --good angels--
only we do not recognize them as such.
But the tragedy is that they
are sometimes bad angels--
they are evil persons who pull us down to vice.
The world is a battlefield of angels."
-Bishop Fulton J Sheen, "Guide to Contentment"

"The feather, whence the pen was shaped That traced the lives of these good men,
Dropped from an angels wing."
- William Wordsworth, "Ecclesiastical Sonnets"

"For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities,
nor things present, nor things to come,
nor powers,
nor height, nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us
from the love of God
in Christ Jesus our Lord."
- Romans 8:38-39

  In every Heart...awaits Your Angel. ~Michael, @WhereAngelsCome

Angels are direct creations of God, each one a unique Master's piece. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

Angels deliver Fate to our doorstep — and anywhere else it is needed. ~Jessi Lane Adams

Angels are quite ample cause to cry... ~Nicholas Gordon,

You'll meet more angels on a winding path than on a straight one. ~Terri Guillemets

Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for, without being seen, they are present with you. ~St Francis of Sales

If I have freedom in my love,
And in my soul am free,
Angels alone that soar above,
Enjoy such liberty.
~Richard Lovelace

Children often have imaginary playmates. I suspect that half of them are really their guardian angels. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

Outside the open window
The morning air is all awash with angels.
~Richard Purdy Wilbur

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. ~Michelangelo

Whether we are filled with joy or grief, our angels are close to us, speaking to our hearts of God's love. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

We should pray to the angels, for they are given to us as guardians. ~St Ambrose

Around our pillows golden ladders rise,
And up and down the skies,
With winged sandals shod,
The angels come, and go, the Messengers of God!
~Richard Henry Stoddard

Angels can fly directly into the heart of the matter. ~Author Unknown

When a man dies they who survive him ask what property he has left behind. The angel who bends over the dying man asks what good deeds he has sent before him. ~The Koran

O welcome, pure-eyed Faith, white-handed Hope,
Thou hovering angel, girt with golden wings!
~John Milton, Comus

If angels rarely appear, it's because we all too often mistake the medium for the Message. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

Ever felt an angel's breath in the gentle breeze? A teardrop in the falling rain? Hear a whisper amongst the rustle of leaves? Or been kissed by a lone snowflake? Nature is an angel's favorite hiding place. ~Terri Guillemets

Angels are never too distant to hear you. ~Author Unknown

I believe we are free, within limits, and yet there is an unseen hand, a guiding angel, that somehow, like a submerged propeller, drives us on. ~Rabindranath Tagore

Let us not be justices of the peace, but angels of peace. ~Thérèse de Lisieux

When our mortal eyes close on this world for the last time, our angels open our spiritual eyes and escort us personally before the face of God. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

Angels sail back to God on the sea of joy. ~Terri Guillemets

A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase. ~Author Unknown

The magnitude of life is overwhelming. Angels are here to help us take it peace by peace. ~Levende Waters

Angels are spiritual energy. ~Alexis Flora Hope, 2007

If you can't hear the angels, try quieting the static of worry. ~Terri Guillemets

While we are sleeping, angels have conversations with our souls. ~Author Unknown

A demon holds a book, in which are written the sins of a particular man; an Angel drops on it from a phial, a tear which the sinner had shed in doing a good action, and his sins are washed out. ~Alberic, Monk of Monte-Cassino

How wonderful it must be to speak the language of the angels, with no words for hate and a million words for love! ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

Friends are kisses blown to us by angels. ~Author Unknown

Raindrops resplendent with angels patter my head and drizzle God's love over me. Wet rejoicing abounds! ~Terri Guillemets

When we worship God, our angels add their prayers and turn our single voices into hundred-part harmony. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

Anyone can be an angel. ~Author Unknown

Angels will not disintegrate with logic, but they are more likely to fly for those who believe. ~Terri Guillemets

The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

An angel lost his wing,
Crooked he did fly.
~Terri Guillemets

How do the angels get to sleep when the devil leaves the porch light on? ~Tom Waits, "Mr Siegal," Heartattack and Vine  (Thanks, Paula)

Revelation 12:7-9New International Version

Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Favorite Angel Artist

My all-time favorite angel artist is:
William-Adolphe Bouguereau ....a true art genius. He's not just my favorite angel artist, but my favorite artist of all time. I have a beautiful copy of this print in my home and my better half had it framed in a gorgeous gilded fine art was the best birthday present ever, and for my favorite painting too...what could be better than more Bouguereau?

His work is beyond beautiful,'s truly remarkable and no other artist even comes close. (well... there is one... but he is next on my list).........

 Click here to see Bouguereau's full extensive free cataloge on WikiCommons;
wikipedia bio:(French: [buɡ(ə)ʁo]; November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905) was a French academic painter and traditionalist. In his realistic genre paintings he used mythological themes, making modern interpretations of classical subjects, with an emphasis on the female human body.[1] During his life he enjoyed significant popularity in France and the United States, was given numerous official honors, and received top prices for his work.[2] As the quintessential salon painter of his generation, he was reviled by the Impressionist avant-garde.[2] By the early twentieth century, Bouguereau and his art fell out of favor with the public, due in part to changing tastes.[2] In the 1980s, a revival of interest in figure painting led to a rediscovery of Bouguereau and his work.[2] Throughout the course of his life, Bouguereau executed 822 known finished paintings, although the whereabouts of many are still unknown.[3].

Then.....there is Marius... my next favorite............ a must-see for angel lovers.

 Marius Michael-George.(click to see his bio)
He is a true visionary and creative genius. His work is beyond Earth and stretches to Heaven.......

I am enamored with the beauty. You simply must see his work.
all angel art by Marius Michael-George

Here's his Bio from
Marius Michael-George is a classically trained visionary artist and art teacher who specializes in Sacred Art. He is a native of Eastern Europe born in Bucharest - Romania and presently divides his working time between an art studio in Paradise Valley, Montana and Art Gallery in Mt. Shasta, California.
Scanning the unseen through the "eyes of the soul," Marius creates images that become portals into other realms and invite the viewer to participate in a spiritual experience.
Angels, Faeries, Saints and Ascended Masters seem to feel at home in his studio and whether in ethereal bodies or physical form, they are the main protagonists of his compositions.
Marius studied painting with one of the most prestigious masters of classical art in the U.S., Frank Mason, at the Art Students League in New York City and afterwards he was trained in the system of classical realism at Atelier LeSueur and Atelier Lack in Minneapolis.
His original oil paintings and murals are found in public and private collections across North and South America and Europe and all artwork is published internationally as prints and cards.