Why I love using Essential Oils…

Essential Oils are pure extracts from plants, they are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. They are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. Plants produce essential oils to fight threats such a mould, bacteria, viruses and fungus. Essential Oils have been used for thousands of years for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. All doTERRA oils are independently tested Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oils and are amazing and now part of my everyday life. They can

During my journey to grow back my hair, I’ve been trying to reduce any toxicity I put on my body and around our home. I first started off using doTERRA Geranium oil instead of perfume and fell in love with its beautiful smell. I always get people stopping and asking me what I am wearing. It’s still my favourite oil to wear as a perfume. I also bought Lavender Peace as I was having trouble sleeping. It’s a calming blend with oils like lavender, ylang ylang, sandalwood, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile and vanilla bean. It brings a sense of tranquility, calm and peace. It is perfect for rubbing on your feet or wrists and getting a restful nights sleep.

Since my first two bottles, I’ve become a doTERRA Wellness Advocate and now use them for everything, even my family and friends have become hooked. They are truly addictive.

Here are just a few essential oils that I use –

  • Basil Oil – rubbed directly on my adrenals helped with my adrenal fatigue. It supports any mental strain I am having and helps strengthens the adrenals and restore the body to its natural rhythms of sleep, activity and rest.
  • Frankincense – also known as the Oil of Truths. This oil is incredibly powerful and brings about healthy cellular function. It’s another of my favourites and I rub it on my heart chakra daily to help manage anxiety plus have been using it recently to heal a wound on my finger.
  • Lavender – is calming and relaxing (great in the bath) but is also perfect for healing my little man’s mozzie bites. One drop of this twice daily on his bites and they are gone in no time. I also make my own fabric softener (with Apple Cider Vinegar and bicarb soda) and also pop a few drops of lavender into the mix, it makes our clothes smell amazing.
  • Clary Calm – this ones great for balancing your hormones, especially around your periods. Just roll it on your lower abdomen and any pain is gone. It helps to balance your mood and keeps you calm. I recently went off birth control after being on it for over 20 years and this has really helped stabilise my periods.
  • Oregano – no more antibiotics needed with this powerful oil. Oregano gives your immune system a boost. It also helped kill a small wart on my finger which had been there for years.  You can even use it in a bolognaise sauce, you won’t even need a drop, it’s so strong.
  • Peppermint – perfect for headaches (no more nurafen) –  my husband and kids use it. My Dad also uses peppermint oil for his sciatic nerve which causes him much pain, just a drop of this relieves the ache. It’s great for alertness and I’ve popped it on my daughter’s feet when she has an exam at school to keep her energy high. It’s also clears your airways. I even use a few drops to make peppermint bliss balls, yummy.
  • Lemon – a few drops of this freshens your dishwasher and glasses come out crystal clean. Delicious in hot water first thing in the morning (a great way to start the day) or put it in your water bottle for a delicious flavour. Also great for removing stickers and sticky things.
  • Grapefruit – has a beautiful fragrance and I make up an air freshener with filtered water to spray around my home. Also supports healthy metabolism, pop a few drops in your water bottle.

Each day I use one drop of Zendocrine (a detox blend), two drops of DDR Prime (a cellular complex), one drop of Tea Tree and one drops of Oregano in a vegetable capsule for healthy cellular function. This was muscle tested for me as being beneficial for my health.

I also use the oils to help stimulate and grow back my hair, please see my other post with recipes for growing back your hair using essential oils.

Essential Oils are also beneficial for balancing emotions and I use them each day depending on what mood I am in. Vetiver helps me feel grounded and emotionally connected. Arborvitae helps to trust in divine grace. TerraShield helps to protect me and gives me strength. You’ll be amazed with the changes these oils make in your life.

Over the coming months, I’ll also post some of my favourite recipes using doTERRA oils including natural hand sanitiser, carpet cleaner, makeup brush cleaner, hand cleansing spray, air freshener, deodarant, hand soap, bath bombs, drain cleaner, mouth wash, epsom salt baths etc.

It’s funny how having my hair fall out has changed my life in so many ways. Had it not fallen out, I don’t think I would be using these amazing oils in my life. They have definitely contributed to my healing by reducing toxicity in my body and environment, balancing my emotions and hormones, healing my physical body plus increasing my spiritual awareness and connection. Yes, it sounds crazy but they have. 

For more information on doTERRA oils, please visit http://mydoterra.com/joannemussalli

 

 

Restoring balance in my body…

 

Natural Energy Balancing (NEB) therapy is used to identify and clear energetic imbalances and sensitivities in your body. It highlights the root cause/s of your health issues and restores balance. NEB has been a huge part of my healing journey and I have been very fortunate to meet Nici Verriest through a friend and have her help to heal my body. You can find out more about her journey at  http://www.naturalenergybalancing.com.au

NEB uses muscle testing to determine imbalances in food, emotions, body organs, etc. It has always corresponded with my blood tests. Each treatment uses massage on particular acupressure points on your body, whilst you hold a vial with the energy of the suspected substance in your hand. It sounds kind of weird but it actually works.

At the beginning of my journey, in April 2015, Nici got to the root cause of my hair loss. She found there were multiple reasons and not just one. These included: environmental toxins, previous infections, long term stress, poor diet, lack of sleep and not looking after myself. All of these issues set up many imbalances in my body, especially from lack of many vitamins and minerals due to gut issues causing inability to absorb them from my food. This became the perfect storm leading to my hair loss.

At my first visit, Nici advised me to eliminate gluten and dairy from my diet, as wheat was causing more inflammation in my already inflamed body and both gluten and dairy were both irritating and damaging to my gut. Nici also told me that, yes, I would grow my hair back but I needed to rebalance my body first for that to happen. This meant healing my leaky gut. I also had adrenal fatigue, have the MTHFR gene and autoimmune diseases run in my family.

Each week (sometimes even twice a week) I would see Nici for a treatment. At the start, I would ask Nici to include the “Alopecia” vial in the treatment, but she needed to first get my body to absorb many vitamins and minerals first before she put in the Alopecia vial. It’s like jumping the queue… you need to fix a,b and c before you get to d.  Patience is been something I’m still working on, but it’s definitely improved!.

Nici has taught me that “food is medicine” and showed me the importance of eating lots of vegetables. She has taught me to eat a mostly alkaline diet, which is eating mostly vegetables and some fruit with small portions of meat, chicken and fish and other proteins. Eating alkaline keeps away the inflammation. I’ve also eliminated all processed foods, sugar and alcohol from my diet for over 12 months now and feel amazing. I now eat a “rainbow” of vegetables every day to keep my body in balance, not just because I have to, but I really enjoy my new way of eating.

It’s been 19 months since my first visit, I stopped seeing Nici a few months ago as I am healed. My body is finally reaching a state of balance and my hair is growing back nicely. Initially I didn’t think it would take so long, but it just showed me how many years of damage I had to undo in my stressed out body.

For those of you who are new on this journey wanting to get your hair back, yes, going gluten and dairy free (or the AIP diet) is a great start but having someone get to the root cause of my hair loss, including emotions and lifestyle, is just as important. Nici has helped my body to restore balance and I get all my nutritional needs from my diet, so I do not need many supplements.

I remember visiting Nici last year with a whole bag of supplements and having her muscle test me for what I needed to be taking. I had so many supplements, as everyone I saw recommended I take a new vitamin and I had no idea what my body really needed. Nici couldn’t believe how much money I had spent on all these supplements, that I didn’t actually need. The only supplements I take now are a probiotic and turmeric (if I can’t buy it fresh) and Chinese herbs daily from my acupuncturist.

Nici has become a lifelong friend and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her love and support.

For more information, please visit Nici’s page http://www.naturalenergybalancing.com.au

How can the Alopecia Meditation help?

I hope you have listened to the Alopecia Meditation on my home page and joined in with us every day at 8.10am Sydney, Australia time. Below is some information that will help answer any questions you have on meditation and help you grow back your hair. These have been lovingly written by my amazing friend Indra Prem.

“Thank you Indra Prem, I am so grateful to have you in my life”.

I have tried everything! Why will your meditation grow back my hair?
Meditation heals the body by getting the conscious mind out of the way, allowing the subconscious mind to heal. It is a simple tool that puts you in control of your health.

Why do affirmation work?
Simply put – A repetitive thought becomes a belief, and all beliefs impact the body. For example, if you say to yourself, “I am not beautiful,” and you keep repeating it, it becomes a belief. Your subconscious mind wants to prove to you that that belief is correct, and it will do so by giving you acne or putting on weight or losing your hair. Your mind is saying, “See I told you I am not beautiful.” But the reverse is also true, if you can get your conscious mind out of the way (through meditation) you have direct access to the subconscious mind. Then by repeating affirmations, the subconscious mind will want to prove to you that what you are saying is correct and so the acne goes, the weight diminishes and the hair grows back. The affirmations in this meditation are specifically for many of the beliefs people with alopecia have.

Is this meditation guaranteed to work?
That depends on you. How committed are you? If your hair is not growing back then do the meditation more times a day. The more you do it, the quicker you will believe the affirmations and the sooner your hair will start to grow.

What if I am committed and my hair still doesn’t grow back?
A contributing factor to alopecia is stress, and when your hair falls out the stress is then compounded. Like a flame to an ice block, meditation dissolves stress. So at the very least you’ve taken away one of the contributing factors.

Beliefs are another contributing factor. In this meditation I have addressed the most common reasons why hair falls out. If this meditation isn’t working it means the underlying issue hasn’t been addressed. For instance, one cause of alopecia can be that you are missing a loved one. Look at who it is and then work out how you can bring that person back into your life or choose to let them go. Come up with your own affirmation about the situation.

If I don’t believe this meditation is going to bring back my hair, will it still work?  Yes. But you must be committed to doing it daily. It is not so good if you do it once every now and again. But even that is better than nothing.

How do I do this meditation?
Lie on your back in your bed or better still, outside somewhere amongst nature. Make sure you will not be disturbed. It is preferable to listen to this meditation using head phones, noise cancellation ones are best. You will be asked to repeat specific affirmations, do it with as much feeling as you can. For example, “I am beautiful.” Feel yourself as being beautiful.

What if I don’t believe I am beautiful?
All the more reason to say it. If you can’t repeat the affirmation, start by listening to it, work up to whispering and from there – say it. The more you repeat the affirmation with feeling, the sooner the mind believes it, and the sooner your hair will grow back.

How often should I do this meditation?
At least once a day, for a minimum of 40 days.

What if I don’t have the time to do this meditation every day?
If growing your hair back is a priority then make it so. One option is to get up earlier in the morning. The meditation takes only 13 minutes of your time. Is getting your hair back worth that?

What happens after the 40 days?
Keep doing the meditation. If you miss a day here and there it is not as important.

When is the best time to do this meditation?
It is preferable to do it first thing in the morning before the mind starts its chatter. The mind generates thousands of thoughts per second and they are often negative. If you can meditate saying positive affirmations, you will start your day positively and this will carry you through the rest of the day.

It is also preferable to practice this meditation with your local alopecia group. The Sydney group meditate at 8.10am every morning. There are also groups in the USA and UK.

What is the advantage of meditating in the morning?
Your mind is clear after the nights sleep, so it is very receptive to new information. It is advantageous for you to have your alarm set for the same time each morning. This then becomes a routine and prepares the mind for relaxation, which makes the experience effortless. Also it shows commitment, if you don’t have a set time, the mind can come up with many excuses on why you should not do it.

What is the advantage of meditating as part of a group?
People who meditate in groups get into a deeper, more profound state and most can feel the connection to the others. Through this connection you are able to raise each other up. When you meditate as a group, whether you live in the same suburb or the other side of the world, the effect becomes multiplied by the number of people participating.

There has been a lot of research on the effects of group meditation. To give one example: In England there was an experiment done – it was called The Maharishi Effect. Two groups in two different towns were assembled, one was to meditate on dropping the crime rate the other was the control group and did nothing. Later when the two towns were compared they found that the town with the non-meditators had the same crime rate. However the other town, which had 1% of the population meditating at the same time each day, had a dramatic decrease in crime. It went from the third highest crime rate in England to the lowest. Meditation has the power to change the world.

The meditation says, “Feel the connection to the others in this group.”  Plus later in the meditation it says – “See yourself in a room with all the others in your group.” What if I can’t feel or see the group, does it matter?
Just by hearing the words your subconscious mind has connected you. It doesn’t matter if the conscious mind gets it.

With the time zone differences, what if the meditation group is not doing it first thing in the morning?
It would be advantageous to do the meditation first thing in the morning AND again with your group. The more you do this meditation the better, it has an exponential effect. If you don’t have the time to do both, see if you can start up your own group in your time zone or you could form a group where everyone meditates on their specific health issue.

If I have to chose between the morning meditation and the group one, which one should I chose?
Do the group meditation, but on awakening do a mini meditation and repeat some of the positive affirmations.

What if I fall asleep?
It is better if you stay awake so that you can repeat the affirmations but if you do fall asleep your subconscious is still listening.

What if I don’t enjoy meditating?
This meditation should make you feel blissful. If it doesn’t, keep doing it, you will start to enjoy it over time. If you can’t concentrate and your mind drifts, don’t worry, it is still doing it’s job.

Can meditation be bad for you?
No. At the very least, it will make you feel less stressed.

Is there anything else I can do to help my hair grow back faster?
In this blog you will see an article written by me about the healing power of a mother’s touch. Please read it. If you do the meditation while your mother has her hands on your head, it will be so much more powerful.

What if I am out and I don’t have your recording, can I do my own meditation?
Yes of course, and it is not limited to visualising yourself looking into the mirror. Two other examples could be:
1. You are walking along a nature trail and you see a pond, you look into it and see your reflection, you admire how wonderful your hair looks.
2. You are at a party and all your friends are coming up to you and admiring how beautiful your hair is.

Try and include as many senses as you possibly can. See the people – who is there? What are they wearing?… Smell the air – what is that aroma? Fresh bread, eucalyptus trees…Touch your head, how does it feel. The mind cannot tell the difference between your imagination and reality, so when it experiences something, it then brings it into reality.

How long will it take for my hair to grow back?
Depends on how vigilant you are in doing the meditation but also on how deep the beliefs are. Nine year old Holly had alopecia for 2 1/2 years, only one week of doing this meditation, new growth was seen. Children are faster to heal, so if you don’t see results as quick as you expected, please don’t lose hope, it is working. The most important thing is to trust yourself and the process, your hair will grow back in its own good timing.

Why do children respond faster than adults?
A child has had the belief for a limited amount of time, whereas an adult has walked the same track over and over in their mind for years, often decades. The deeper the groove and the longer it takes to heal.

How do I get my daughter with Alopecia to do the meditation?
Have her lie down with her head in your lap, place your hands on the area of her head where you wish the hair to grow. Listen to the meditation and repeat the affirmations with her.

I am so upset that I have this disease, sometimes I get in quite a rage. What can I do about it?
You have two choices:
1. You can be mad with your body and feel that it has betrayed you. But the more you fight something the more it hangs on – what you resist persists. Or….
2. You can thank your body. It has shown you that there are stored emotions that need to be dealt with, how lucky are you? Deal with the emotions and your body will respond positively.

What can I do to see alopecia as being a positive experience?
Get a piece of paper and write down all you have learnt from it. Maybe you found out who your friends really were, maybe you have taken to a healthier lifestyle, maybe you have found spirituality. The more reasons you list on why alopecia has been a blessing, all the better. Here are two to start you off:
1. I have come across this blog and have found how great it is to be part of a community.
2. Through doing this meditation I will discover the power of my subconscious mind. If I can bring hair into existence, what else can I create?

Who are you? Why should I believe you?
My name is Indra Prem and I am a Kundalini Yoga teacher. In March 2015 I had an amazing experience, because of it I found I knew things about people and was able to heal them. So, to my surprise, I became an intuitive healer.

A year later I met Joanne Mussalli (the woman who has put this blog together). She expressed to me the frustration of having Alopecia, I did a healing on her which helped some of the emotional issues she was going through.

Later I met 9 year Holly who also had Alopecia. I told the young girl to meditate every morning for 11 minutes and her hair would grow back. I passed the information onto Jo and recommended she do the same. She tried it but reported back that she found it difficult to concentrate and remember the things I had told her to say to herself.

A few days later I awoke 1.30am, I grabbed a pen and paper and madly wrote down all the affirmations that needed to be said for the Alopecia Meditation. I was also told that certain fruit and vegetable juiced can help hair growth. I checked with Google, which confirmed all the ingredients given to me were, in fact, beneficial for making new hair. I was also told that it would be best if I recorded a meditation, using my voice. I have never done anything like this before but how hard could it be?…A lot harder than I expected. I spent a day trying to make the recording. I had every interruption under the sun; dogs barking, grandchildren thumping, kookaburra’s laughing, a coughing fit, etc etc. At 11pm I finally gave up.

Next morning I awoke at 1.30am (again), I couldn’t go back to sleep so I meditated. After two hours of the deepest trance I knew it was the right time to record the meditation, and it was done. The crystal bowls you hear playing in the background were played by myself and a close friend (who is also a healer), we asked before playing them that we be guided to play the right notes to help people grow back their hair.

I have spent an enormous amount of time on this and there is no monetary gain in this for me whatsoever. I just want is see people who are in the same situation as my beautiful friend Joanne, regain their hair, and with it their self esteem. I believe that we are all connected, so as each individual is raised so too is humanity.

I would love to hear your progress. In fact, PLEASE share all new growth with your group or on this blog. When others hear of your success it excites them and gives them hope.

Wishing you all the very best on this exciting ride, called life.
Indra Prem

How Acupuncture has helped grow back my hair…

Acupuncture has been around for five thousand years and is part of a medical system called Traditional Chinese Medicine. It views a person as an energy system in which body and mind are unified, each influencing and balancing the other. Unlike conventional medicine which attempts to isolate and separate a disease from a person, Chinese Medicine emphasizes a holistic approach that treats the whole person.

I started Acupuncture in April 2016 and had no idea what to expect, other than little needles being poked into your body. My Acupuncturist is a Chinese Master and has been practising it for over 40 years, he is amazing and I love chatting to him during my visits and learning more. What I’ve come to learn by going each week is that there is a universal life energy called qi (pronounced “chee”) present in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained, but once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and dysfunction occur. I had lot’s of blocked meridians and each week the needles restore normal function by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to free up the qi energy and unblock them.

During each visit, I have my pulse on both wrists checked for blockages and the colour of my tongue examined. My acupuncturist then places the needles in my body on those Acupuncture pressure points relating to where the blockages are. In the beginning it hurt, sometimes a lot, but over time and as the blockages began to flow, they no longer hurt and mostly I don’t feel them anymore. During the treatment, which takes about and hour and a half, I have needles on my stomach, down my legs, on my feet and arms and a stack over my head. The needles on my head now, are just focused on the sides where the hair hasn’t come through yet.

I also have Chinese Herbs daily to support these blocked meridians and have 150 ‘tiny black round ball’ herbs each day. Yes, 150…. sounds like a lot and I remember questioning my Acupuncturist that I heard him correct the first time.

I’ve been visiting my Acupuncturist weekly and each week I can see the new hair growth. I feel this has made one of the biggest differences to my hair. In April 2016, I had no hair what-so-ever, by July 2016 I could see fine white fluffy hair over my head and now January 2017 it’s over 80% back. My acupuncturist initially diagnosed my hair loss as auto-immune related and now he say’s it’s no longer auto-immune. My healthy diet has also been key in reversing this.

Healing the root cause (like everything I’ve come the realise during this journey) is not an overnight process but happens slowly over time. For those of you who want to give Acupuncture a try, you must give it time and not expect results straight away. Patience is key…

Acupuncture January 2017

 

 

 

A Mother’s Touch

Never underestimate the value of physical contact from mother to child.

Once the baby is born, the mother is able to hold her child, and a whole language based on mutual skin-to-skin sensation begins, it is vital for the baby health and well being. As the infant grows into adulthood nothing changes. A mother touching her child has proven to have an impressive healing effect, like no other.

If you are an adult with alopecia and your mother is available or if you have a child with alopecia please do the following –

Put on some nice meditative music that both parties enjoy. The person who has alopecia lies down with their head in their mothers lap. The mother places her hands on the hairless part of the head. Both visualise the hair growing. Feel the roots making their way through the skull. To reap the full benefits continue for 11 minutes. However even a couple of minutes here and there makes a difference.

If your mother is not available then anyone who loves you is effective as well. It could be your spouse, child, girlfriend.

This has been written by my loving friend Indra Prem.

Essential Oils for Hair Loss

Essential oils have played a huge part in my healing journey. I use doTERRA essential oils daily.

Here are some formulas to help grow back your hair – 

HAIR GROWTH RECIPE:

  • 8 drops of rosemary
  • 10 drops of lavender
  • 10 drops of cedarwood
  • 10 drops of tea tree
  • 10 drops of cypress
  • 2 drops of white fir

Mix with some fractionated coconut oil, pop into a roller bottle and roll onto head. Note: I made up a huge bottle of this so just increased the oil quantities. You can leave this on overnight or at least 30 minutes.

This particular recipe was muscle tested by my Kinesiologist to be beneficial for me. I try and massage it on 3-4 times a week.

 

THICKER HAIR/HAIR GROWTH RECIPE:

  • 3 drops of rosemary
  • 5 drops of lavender
  • 3 drops of thyme
  • 2 drops of cypress

Rub onto bald areas and let it sit for 5 minutes. You can keep this on till you wash your hair next. You can also blend it with fractionated coconut oil.

For more information on doTERRA oils, please visit http://www.mydoterra.com/joannemussalli

Juice Recipe to promote hair regrowth

Ingredients:

  • 2 x carrots, end trimmed – high in vitamins A and C, which provide nourishment to the scalp and promotes hair growth.
  • 1 x cucumber – the high silicon and sulphur content helps enhance the circulation of blood to the cells and hair follicles.
  • 1 x cup spinach leaves – highly enriched with minerals, vitamins, iron, etc, which the body uses to produce oils in the scalp.
  • 1/2 small beetroot – beets are extremely cleansing in liquid form and boost the body’s immunity.
  • Coriander (to taste) – helps hair growth and fights against hair fall.
  • 1 x celery stalk
  • 1 x apple (green or red)
  • 1/2 lemon – juiced

To enhance the effect and taste of the juice, add the following – 

  • Kiwi Fruit – high in vitamin E, which helps in improving hair growth and thickness.
  • Strawberries – high in vitamin C and stimulates hair growth.
  • Ginger
  • Mint

Enjoy …

My Hair

It’s just hair, right? Until you lose everything, you have no idea how much you take eyelashes and eyebrows for granted. Without them, dust falls in your eyes, water in the shower falls straight inside your eye, they define your face. They were the hardest to lose. I didn’t look or feel like the same person anymore. I felt lost and really ashamed that I had lost all my hair.

From the time my hair first started falling out, (in March 2015) it only took three months for it to disappear all over my entire body. It’s called Alopecia Universalis and is an autoimmune disease. Auto immune means, the body is attacking itself. Our immune system turns against us and attacks our cells, specifically my hair. Why was my body doing this to itself? Something must seriously wrong with my body to allow that to happen.

I began researching cures, thinking surely there would be a tonne, but I found none at that stage. It was extremely deflating. There were a few cases documented of hair growing back with prescription drugs but I knew that I didn’t want to rely on them to grow back my hair and lose it all again if I went off the medication.

I soon found www.thepaleomom.com and began reading Sarah Ballantyne’s articles with great interest. Sarah says the common link with all autoimmune conditions is a leaky gut. Yes, you must first have a genetic predisposition to it and be exposed to a trigger but leaky gut is also caused by poor diet and lifestyle factors. Also by addressing these factors, you can reverse your autoimmune disease.

Funny enough, a month before my hair began to fall out I got a severe vomiting and gastro bug which lasted a week and my gut never seemed to recover. I was also working very hard, not getting enough sleep, not eating very well and stressed out setting up a business. We also had our house pest sprayed at that same time which put more toxicity in my already stressed out body. Sarah explains the science behind a Paleo diet and then recommends the autoimmune protocol (AIP) diet for those with autoimmune diseases. The AIP diet is essentially eating meat, seafood, vegetables, fruit and healthy fats. Basically whole foods and nothing processed. The AIP diet is a step up from the paleo diet and eliminates the most common immune reacting foods for a period of time including nuts, seeds, eggs and nightshade foods.

At this time I also found a youtube video by a girl called Stella and her wellness blog called www.wholeearthlife.wordpress.com – Stella who grew all her hair back with the AIP diet. This gave me the boost I desperately needed.

In November 2015 , I decided to follow the AIP diet. I found it quite hard at first but as time went by, it became easier. I stuck to it 100% for a month and then re-introduced eggs, nuts, seeds, cacao, buckwheat, brown rice and quinoa slowly back in over the next six months. Even now, January 2017, I still do not eat gluten, dairy, processed sugar or processed foods or drink alcohol.

In July 2016 (16 months after my hair first fell out) my hair began slowly growing back in. It started with fine white tiny hairs that were so hard to see unless you were in bright light. My Mum would bring over her magnify glass to check out my growth and would run her hands over it just to feel it. I felt something was happening but at the same time, very nervous and wasn’t sure if it would stay. Here is a photo of how it looked in July. Close up there were lots of white hairs and a few starting to turn dark.

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July 2016

Over the last six months it’s getting thicker and filling in all the gaps. Each week my husband Roy takes a photo so I can see the changes. It really helps seeing the differences each week and highlights that my body is healing. It took three months of it growing for me to get excited and feel like it’s actually happening. For a while there, because I haven’t had any hair for so long, it was hard to believe it was growing and not falling out. I would even pull at each strand just to check it would stay in.

Recently I bought my first bottles of organic shampoo and conditioner. What am amazing feeling to actually wash MY HAIR, something that I wasn’t sure if I would ever do again. I definitely don’t take the little things for granted anymore.

As at the beginning of January 2017, it’s about 80% back, the back and top has filled in nicely but the sides are taking a little longer. I have some patchy white eyelashes but no eyebrows yet, but I am sure with time they will all come back.

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September 2016
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I am so grateful it’s growing, but I’m not jumping off the couch like I thought I would be. Just very humbled and can’t wait to not have to wear a head scarf. I do feel that it will all come back 100%. I also don’t believe that I will lose my hair again as I have learnt to nourish my body with all the right foods and the right lifestyle.

There are also many other factors that have helped me grow my hair back in, not just the AIP diet, so I’ll be sharing these in other posts.

Love and healing, Jo xo

P.S. I’ll keep you updated on my growth over the next few months.