Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Hair Secrets from around the World - 8

 Its been a while since I wrote a post about hair secrets from around the world, and what better place to get back in the flow then the land down under? Australia's dry climate makes for some of the harshest skin conditions anywhere on earth with a staggering statistic that by the age of 70 two out of three Australians will develop skin cancer. While people have learn't to deal with the extreme temperatures, the indigenous plants have evolved and thrive where others would simply wilt. The list of unique plants and fruits is extensive, so I chose to discuss two extra special finds that are rich in replenishing ingredients suitable for hair and skin.

The Kakadu Plum, is a native fruit of  Australia, and is the richest natural source of Vitamin C known to man. It contains 50 times more Vitamin C than citrus fruit.  Vitamin C is an invaluable anti-oxidant for hair and skin care. The anti-oxidants help neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals, and is well know for helping to treat and prevent hair loss. The best way to use vitamin C to combat hair loss is to modify your diet to include foods that are rich in vitamin C. So why take the supplements when you can eat it directly from the tree!

While the amount of vitamin C is impressive, Australia has another ancient secret :-  The Quandong, or Desert Peach. It's a member of the Sandalwood family, and well known amongst Aboriginal Australians for its usefulness in treating skin and scalp conditions.The bark and roots contain anti bacterial properties. Quandong kernels contain a valuable oil that has as a soothing action for a variety of scalp conditions including dry-scalp and dandruff. The Aboriginal tribes would also use the oil from the crushed kernels as a form of hair conditioning oil. I found an Australian Organic hair care range that uses Desert Peach in it's moisture balancing conditioners, suitable for fine/limp hair. Check out their website HERE

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