One of the side effects of both my RA and my medication is thinning hair. I suspect there are some thyroid issues there, too, but they haven't been diagnosed yet. As I'm working to heal from RA naturally, I believe any thyroid issues will be taken care of.
I'm young enough to do something about it, but I don't want to use harsh chemicals.
After a friend's recommendation, I found the answer and put it together in less than 2 minutes for pennies. Are you excited to find out what it is? Give me just a few minutes to talk about some of the reasons hair thins and about the ingredients – you'll recognize them all – and why they are both gentle and effective.
I alluded to one of them at the beginning – thyroid issues. Some other reasons are physical/emotional stress, exposure to toxins, allergies, and some hair care products. You read that last one right – even some hair care products can contribute to hair loss. I'm sure all the Aqua Net I wore in the 80s didn't help either!
The solution to these issues? Make changes to your diet and lifestyle to reduce physical and emotional stress and thyroid issues, and toxins exposure. Switching to products that don't contain these ingredients.
Let's chat for a minute about how essential oils can help thicken your hair. Specifically, rosemary, cedarwood, lavender, and to a lesser extent, sage. Fun fact: you have the most hair follicles when you're born, and you lose them throughout your life as your scalp grows.
Rosemary – one of the best oils to encourage hair growth, which can help thicken the hair. It can also increase the rate of cell growth. It has a grounding, herbaceous aroma too.
Cedarwood – can help stimulate the hair follicles by increasing circulation to the scalp. This contributes to hair growth and slows down hair loss! Cedarwood is also great for thinning hair.
Lavender – stimulates hair growth and has even been studied to promote thicker hair. Although more studies need to be done, this oil has promise for those with alopecia and male pattern baldness.
When you combine the oils above with filtered water and witch hazel, you're well on your way to thicker, more voluminous hair. I mean, who doesn't want that, amirite? This recipe is the secret and today, I'm sharing it with you!
DIY Thinning Hair Spray
In a 4 oz stainless steel spray bottle, combine
10 drops each: Rosemary, Cedarwood, and Lavender essential oils (I only recommend Young Living due to their high quality and stringent standards for farming and cultivation practices)
1-ounce witch hazel
Fill with filtered water
HOW TO USE: Shake vigorously before using and spray lightly over damp hair. Use your fingers to work it through and style as usual.
I'd love to hear how this works for you! Let me know when you're ready to snag those oils too.
Something else that helps keep me grounded and motivated is my daily bible study. I LOVE the Through the Word app because it has you can search for topical studies as well as just picking a chapter and reading through it. You can find the app on the App Store and Google Play.
What are some things that keep YOU motivated?
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I’ve been pretty healthy in the last several years, only going to the doctor maybe once every other year. So imagine my horror when I contracted the flu from my husband.It was awful! Thankfully my husband was mostly over his when I got sick (something I attribute to him never receiving vaccines - but that’s a post for another day!) so he was able to do things for me while I was recovering.
I was doing several things naturally to support my body through the flu that may have also had the added benefit of temporarily putting my rheumatoid arthritis symptoms into remission temporarily. I gotta tell ya, plain old body aches beat RA pain anyday.
Here’s what I did:
Sipped on a good quality coconut water as often as tolerated. My favorite brand is Harmless Harvest. It’s always the fastest hydrating and it’s always fun to try and find a pink one!
Drank tons of bone broth, usually about 32 - 36 ounces daily. Mine was homemade and was so easy to make in my Instant Pot. Recipe I base mine off of here.
High doses of Vitamin C as tolerated. I took both chewable and tablets, taking approximately 2.6 grams per day.
Followed modified BRAT diet - using gluten free toast from Canyon Bakehouse, no rice (my body doesn’t tolerate it well), organic applesauce (that my body ended up not liking either) and under ripe bananas. The resistant starch did wonders to keep up my energy.
Diffused my favorite antiviral essential oils (Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, Rosemary and Lemon oils) pretty much 24/7 and applied a Eucalyptus blend as needed on my chest and throat for cough and sore throat. Get my favorite one here.
Drank at least 70 oz of water as tolerated (over half my body weight)
Took 10,000 IU's of Vitamin D drops daily
Consumed 2-3 drops nascent iodine twice a day
Drank Peppermint and Chamomile herbal teas to both keep my passages clear and help soothe me to sleep at night. I added some local honey to help keep probiotics in my body and to soothe my sore throat
One thing I didn’t do was take anything for my fever. It wasn’t that high (maybe 102 at its highest) so I allowed my body to use the fever to fight off the virus. I have an autoimmune condition currently so I needed to be as kind to my body as I could without pushing it too far.
I’m not a medical professional, so I can’t say this will work for you, just that it helped me as I was healing from both types of flu. PLEASE do what I did and seek out a professional opinion before starting any sort of treatment. I’m so glad I was able to support my body naturally, with a little help from an antiviral, which I think helped tame my EBV (Epstein-Barr Virus) down while I wasn’t feeling well. This helped eliminate any rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, which was a HUGE relief! I can’t imagine dealing with an RA flare AND the flu. That would’ve been really miserable! Praying that you and yours stay happy and healthy throughout the rest of the Winter.