All Natural Olive Hot Oil Treatments

In keeping with my October is for Olive Oil theme, let’s talk about hot oil treatments. Olive oil makes a great oil for a hot oil treatment.

One of my regular uses for olive oil is as a hot oil treatment. There are two ways to do a hot oil treatment – and I use both of them. I have a slightly different recipe for hot oil depending if I’m using it on wet or dry hair. If I plan to give my locks a deep condition, I do my hot oil treatment on dry hair. If I do not plan on deep conditioning my locks, I do my hot oil treatment on wet hair. You can give your locks a hot oil treatment weekly.

Wet Hair
I typically only use this treatment is I am NOT going to do a deep condition.

Hot Oil Treatment for wet hair
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp dried rosemary (you can use fresh, too)
4 drops lavender essential oil
Cheesecloth

Combine the olive oil and rosemary in a small sauce pan on the stove. Heat until oil is boiling. Stir. Add lavender essential oil. Stir. Remove from heat and strain through cheesecloth to remove rosemary pieces. Allow oil to cool to the touch. Rub (not pour!) onto wet, freshly washed hair. Make sure hair is dry enough not to drip. Wrap hair in plastic shower cap or other plastic bag and sit under a hood dryer for 30 minutes. If you do not have a hood dryer, try wetting a towel with hot water and wrapping it around your hair (keeping the bag on). You will have to re-heat the towel with water several times.

Dry Hair
I use this treatment when I plan to give my hair a deep condition.

Hot Oil Treatment for dry hair
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp dried rosemary (you can use fresh, too)
1 tbsp honey
6 drops lavender essential oil
Cheesecloth

Combine the olive oil, honey, and rosemary in a small sauce pan on the stove. Heat until oil is boiling, remember: the honey will not disappear into the oil. Stir. Add lavender essential oil. Stir. Remove from heat and strain through cheesecloth to remove rosemary pieces. The cheesecloth will hold the honey for a period of time but you do NOT want to strain out the honey, just the rosemary. Allow oil to cool to the touch. Rub (not pour!) onto dry hair. If your dreadlocks are short enough, wrap a wet towel around the hair and sit under a hood dryer for 30 minutes. If your hair is too long for that, wrap hair in plastic shower cap or other plastic bag that has been sprinkled with water inside the cap/bag. If you do not have a hood dryer, wet the towel with hot water, re-heating the towel with water several times.

Once you have completed your hot oil treatment, wash/co-wash hair as normal.

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All Natural Skin Care – Scrubs

Lemon Sugar Scrub
This recipe will gently exfoliate your hands and/or feet and remove dead skin, leaving you soft, silky and refreshed!
Yield: one application of both hands and feet
Prep Time: 2-5 minutes
Shelf Life: 1-2 weeks, keep refrigerated
Ingredients:
1/2 cup sugar (or salt, if preferred)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Blending Procedure:
1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
2. Apply to hands or feet above the tub or sink, so you don’t make a mess. Scrub thoroughly for 2-3 minutes.
3. When done scrubbing, rinse briefly with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Lemon-Honey Cuticle Bath
This recipe softens the cuticle, preparing it to be groomed as part of your manicure. It has a fresh, lemony scent and will help your cuticles remain supple and pliable.

Yield: 1 application for both hands
Shelf Life: None, keep refrigerated

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon warm (runny) honey
2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup warm/hot water

Blending Procedure:
1. Mix honey and lemon juice very well with a teaspoon, and quick movements.
2. Add the water next and stir to incorporate.
3. To use, soak finger nails in the mixture for 5 minutes each. Blot dry and gently push back the cuticle skin around the nail using a cuticle stick or a pop sickle stick.
4. Use a creamy lotion right away to moisturize your cuticles. Continue with your manicure as usual or leave nails natural and fresh.