The Ultimate Guide to Tea Tree Oil for Your Hair

Everyone is discussing Tea tree oil and how it treats a wide range of hair issues nowadays. It is said to cure dandruff, lice, dryness, and even hair loss and significantly more. Notwithstanding, bunches of these cases may not be logically demonstrated, so I will give an adjusted assessment about its adequacy with the goal that you can appropriately choose if every one of the cases is valid or not.

What is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea tree oil otherwise called melaleuca oil is a fundamental oil taken from the leaves of the Tea tree which is local to Australia.

It has a new camphor smell and its shading ranges from light yellow to about vapid and clear. It is an adaptable oil usually utilized for an assortment of therapeutic purposes, for example, skin break out, parasitic contaminations, competitor’s foot, and numerous different uses including hair because of its clean properties, in that it basically, eliminates microorganisms and organisms (this is its most fundamental capacity).

Notwithstanding its many uses it is extremely lethal if taken inside so it’s critical to be watchful when utilizing it. It can likewise bring about unfavorably susceptible responses with a few people. So on the off chance that you have any issues with it, then quit utilizing it.

Put it straightforwardly on your scalp (with another oil, ideally a bearer oil): Don’t put it specifically on your scalp without another oil since it will dry out your hair. Weaken it with another oil ensuring that it is in reality just a little piece of the bigger blend, generally a couple drops of it with a whole table spoon of another oil.

Get a cleanser that has it: The shampoos as a rule have around a 5% dosage as you needn’t bother with a lot of it to get the advantages. This is on account of a lot of it can be an issue.

You can likewise sustain your cleanser/conditioner by including few drops of immaculate tea tree oil to it.

Battling Dandruff and Lice:

The antifungal and antibacterial properties of Tea tree oil makes it helpful in purging and keeping up the strength of hair follicles. Looks into have demonstrated that applying a 5% Tea tree oil cleanser three minutes every day for four weeks decreases scalp injuries, scalp irritation, and oiliness in individuals with dandruff. So on the off chance that you have dandruff issues, a 5% tea tree oil cleanser is unquestionably a viable approach to make your scalp more sound. You can invigorate your cleanser with a couple drops of this fundamental oil. Applying a blend of lavender and Tea tree oil executes lice eggs and diminishes the quantity of live lice.

Tea Tree Oil for Hair Growth:

Does it invigorate hair development? I can’t conclusively say that it does on the grounds that the proof for that is lacking. Be that as it may, it makes the ideal conditions for hair development. That in this way, implies it may not help everybody. In case you’re experience hair issues identifying with unfortunate hair follicles, then it would guarantee since it purifies out hair follicles and bolster the hair. Be that as it may, if there is another purpose behind the male pattern baldness (like some restorative conditions), I can’t decisively say that it would switch male pattern baldness. However, for a few people in that circumstance, it could even now help with the strength of your current hairs. Take few drops of it, blend it with any bearer oil and basically rub it onto your scalp.

The iBike Pro

We have chosen to review the iBike Pro because it is such an unusual product and it has gotten so much attention in the realm of power training (which is one of the things we are all excited about ! ) and in the press. The iBike is being touted by iBike and some major publications and media as “Precision accuracy comparable to the highest-priced power meters”, a “MUST HAVE” and “Top 50 Christmas Gifts list”, but it seems to us that none of these publications has actually tested the iBike under real life training conditions. We have, so tune into our in-depth review below to find out if the iBike really lives up to all of these expectations.

iBike Pro, The Review

iBike Review – Overview

The iBike has a unique design that doesn’t measure power directly as do other power meters, but measures the forces that work against the bike and rider such as wind resistance, rolling resistance of the bike and climb angle (combined with the total weight of the bike and rider). To measure climb angle, the iBike uses an internal accelerometer, which must be calibrated during setup so that it can account for the mounting angle of the iBike on the handlebars. To measure wind resistance, the iBike has a pitot tube type opening in the front of the device that measures wind pressure. The aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance are estimated by the iBike during the setup of the device by having the rider do a coast down procedure. Wheel speed is also necessary to calculate speed and power and is measured using an ordinary wheel speed sensor. Lastly, the total weight of the rider and bicycle must be taken into account and are also entered by the rider during the setup of the iBike unit.

iBike Review – Setup

The iBike comes with:

  • Two CDs, one with the iBike software (Mac and PC) and the other with the TrainingPeaks software package.
  • A USB cable connector that allows the rider to connect the iBike to a Mac or PC.
  • The iBike handlebar mount which is connected to a wired wheel speed sensor.
  • Wheel magnet and screw.
  • Mounting hardware such as zip ties, double sided tape and two rubber mounting strips.

The first thing that we noticed was that there is no manual, but we eventually found it on the CD. The handlebar mount looks cheap and the bottom half is very thin and flimsy looking. The wheel magnet is one of those that fits over one of the spokes and so will not accomodate bladed or non-standard spokes, so we used a wheel magnet from another bicycle computer that we had in our shop. We were almost afraid to tighten the handlebar mount too much because it looked like it could easily break, but because a tight mount is important for good power readings we did tighten it firmly to the bicycle, without breaking it, and were ready to continue on with the iBike internal setup. The iBike setup instructions in the iBike manual (on a pdf file on the CD) were relatively easy to follow once we found the right pdf file. We worked our way through the instructions entering total weight (rider, bike, gear, water, etc.) of the rider (as measured by a bathroom scale) and wheel circumference. We also noticed that our iBike was indicating a 4mph wind while sitting on the counter with no wind in the room. This did not bolster our confidence in the device. Eventually after digging through the manual we found that there was a special setup screen to zero the value so we zeroed the wind value and then continued on to the tilt calibration procedure. This took a few minutes but was not too difficult basically allowing the ibike to determine its angle on the handlebars by taking a tilt reading and then turning the bicycle 180 degrees and taking another reading. Lastly we performed the coast down procedure as described in the manual. It took us a while to find an acceptable straight, slightly uphill 1/4 mile section of road without any stop lights or stop signs but eventually we found one and pedalled up to 20 mph as directed in the instructions and then coasted. After a while the iBike indicated that it had completed the coast down. The instructions say to double check the coast down by coasting while watching that the wattage is within plus or minus 20 Watts and so we had to repeat the procedure a couple of times until it fell within this range. The coast down only measures aeordynamic drag in a single riding position so the iBike may be less accurate if the rider rides both on and off the drops.

Total installation and setup took about an hour and a half. We were now ready to begin testing the iBike.

iBike Review – The Gadget

The iBike has an iPod like interface with so many screens that it is somewhat confusing at first, but sensible once you read the manual and get used to it. The iBike has some interesting features such as temperature, elevation, wind speed and hill slope. All of these can be seen on various screens while riding the bike and can also be saved to the PC or Mac and displayed by the iBike application. We found it particularly helpful to find specific parts of our ride based on the hill slope that is displayed on the PC application. It was difficult, however, to zoom in on specific sections of the ride and this made it more tedious to create good graphs for this review. The iBike temperature has been correct during our testing so far, but we haven’t yet had the chance to thoroughly check the accuracy of the iBike elevation, wind speed and hill slope, so check back because that will be coming soon…

iBike Review – The Power Meter

In order to have a basis for comparison, we decided to test the iBike side by side with another power meter. For this comparison, we chose the PowerTap power meter which uses a strain guage in the rear wheel of the bicycle to measure power. We tested the iBike vs the PowerTap under several riding conditions including:

  • Flat smooth roads
  • Downhill smooth
  • Rough Roads
  • In the Draft

As you can see from the links above, the accuracy results were disappointing. The iBike comes with Cycling Peaks software that is widely used and accepted as a great power training tool, but since the iBike isn’t accurate what good is it? (Or as we tech geeks say, “Garbage in – garbage out.”.)

iBike Review – The Conclusion

First let us say that we like some things about the iBike. It is a neat gadget that is priced below most other high end power meters on the market; plus it can tell you things like hill slope, wind speed and elevation. But to be fair, there are some other pretty cool gadgets out there that include GPS and heart rate for less money than the iBike (For example the Garmin GPS Edge 305HR has heart rate and GPS but not power). Also, unfortunately, there are several serious flaws with the iBike when it comes to accuracy, reliability and power training.

The iBike doesn’t have a heartrate monitor and cadence costs $89 extra . We feel that these features are very important and the competition, such as the Powertap, Ergomo, and SRM have both of these feature built in. Sure you can buy an additional heart rate monitor, but why spend the money when you can just buy one computer that does it all? Cadence costs an additional $89 for the iBike, but the other power meters include it for no additional charge. This makes the iBike equivalent price $488 (still without heartrate), thus eroding the value equation for the iBike. iBike is promising a heart rate monitor *soon*, but how much will it cost ? Also, the cadence and heart rate monitor functionality are both contained in a separate iBike handlebar mount. Does this mean that either the rider could have heart rate or cadence but not both? Most likely the hear rate monitor mount, whenever it is released, will also have cadence; so the customers who buy the cadence mount now will end up throwing it away later (along with their $89) to get the heartrate and cadence combination. In summary, when you start adding up all the add-ons to get the iBike to the same level of functionality as the other power meters it is still less money , but not as attractive.

The iBike doesn’t work with an indoor trainer. If you are a serious cyclist, then you likely spend a few months of your training season training indoors due to cold or inclement weather. That being the case, then you are going to end up buying two power meters if you get an iBike, so why not just buy a single more accurate power meter such as a Powertap, SRM or Ergomo?

The iBike is inaccurate. Much of the press we see on the iBike relates how the average power numbers of the iBike are the same as that of competing products. That seemed reasonable until we actually trained with the iBike and the competing power meters side by side. Much to our surprise, the iBike drifts high and low a significant amount while attempting to hold a steady wattage. And the iBike is inaccurate going downhill (Click here to see the review and graphs of the iBike downhill). Saying that the average power indicates accuracy is like saying that your watch is accurate if it is plus or minus one hour all day long. At the end of the day the time may be correct, but during the day you will probably not be on time.

The iBike is unreliable. The iBike completely fails in cold weather. At around 35 degrees F and below, the iBike becomes erratic and drains the battery completely, causing it to shut down after about 45 minutes. When drafting behind other riders, the iBike was often not even in the ballpark of the correct wattage (graphs coming soon.) and less than even the smoothest roads send the iBike into never never land with incorrect readings (Click here to see the review and graphs of PowerTap vs. iBike on rough roads using the latest firmware). It also states in the iBike manual that the iBike is not accurate while turning.

So in conclusion, our take is that the iBike doesn’t really live up to the accuracy claims that have been made about it (and when we called some of our local bike shops to ask about it, they had reached the same conclusion and refused to carry the product). The iBike is a pretty neat gadget if you aren’t a serious athlete and wouldn’t rather have something with GPS (and for less money). If, however, you are a serious athlete, then we recommend that you spend a little more and get one of the better power meters that are on the market.

Tips For Parents On Stroller Safety

Whenever you are shopping for a stroller for your young baby, the aspect of safety has to be considered as the foremost factor in your purchase process. In fact, the stroller safety is chiefly determined by the quality of the stroller you choose for your infant. Before purchasing the stroller. To know some valuable tips for buying the right type of stroller that offers not only safety to your child but also provides excellent comfort to your loved one.

To keep your child on the go, you need to consider various factors before buying a right stroller for your kid. Whether you buy a single or double stroller, the aspect of safety cannot be ignored under any circumstances. More often many parents tend to get attracted by some advanced features and add-ons of the strollers; it is mandatory for a buyer to take a look about the safety as a top priority item before buying one from the market.

Besides safety, some more vital factors need to be checked while shopping for a stroller. First and foremost, your location plays a key role in choosing a right stroller. If you are in a city or the nearby area, you to have a sturdy stroller that can be maneuvered easily along the sidewalks. Also, you need to consider a foldable stroller so that you can easily get on a subway or bus while traveling long distance. If you have twins, you can consider a double-stroller or a stroller with an attachment facility.

Brakes play a big role in maintaining the safety aspect of the stroller. A stroller with a poor braking system may lead to trouble in the near future.
Handbraking systems are always preferable since you can reach and apply them more instinctively. If you have a car, buy a stroller that is compatible with the infant car seats. Strollers with any sharp or potentially dangerous edges should be avoided as it can cause injury to the kids. It is always wise to read the reviews before buying a stroller. Also, read the testimonials shared on some the websites and even cross verify to check the right brand.

With the tips mentioned above, you are sure to pick the best stroller for your loved one. Though the market offers various types of strollers with various designs, it is important for you to buy the right one that provides perfect safety and comfort to your kid. Avoid purchasing cheap strollers as most of them are not designed as per the standards stipulated by the local authorities. It is always wise to buy a stroller that meets all the specifications given by such authorities. Reputed strollers come with a warranty as well as post-warranty service offered by the supplier or manufacturer. Such companies even provide valuable tips for maintaining the strollers and have them printed in the product manual given at the time of purchasing the strollers.

Upcycle 55 Gallon Gray Rain Barrel Review

If you’re looking for a tough, durable, and economic rain barrel for functional purposes – the Upcycle 55 gallon gray rain barrel is a great choice. This rain barrel is all about economic and ecological function – no frills.

Upcycle 55 Gallon Gray Rain Barrel Review

In terms of ecological responsibility, you won’t find another rain barrel vendor that’s on par with Upcycle. Their entire line consists of re-purposed food containers – including their Upcycle 55 gallon gray rain barrel. This particular model was used to ship pickled food overseas. If you’re concerned about the acidity of that pickled food – no worries. Upcycle thoroughly cleans each barrel with rain water and pH-neutral soap before converting it over to be used as a rain barrel.

The low placement of the outlet spigot means that you can use almost every inch of rain water inside the barrel before the water stops flowing. It also means that you will almost certainly want to use a stand, as pictured, if you’re going to use this barrel to fill up watering cans. The spigot on the Upcycle 55 gallon gray rain barrel accommodates any standard garden hose, so it can be configured for any number of gravity-fed applications.

There are no worries about toxic materials with the Upcycle 55 gallon gray rain barrel. The barrel and lid are food safe, having been used for handling actual food in the not-so-distant past. The barrels are made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE). The spigot is acetal plastic. The linking hose and overflow hose fittings are poly.

Pro Tip

The overflow fitting on the Upcycle 55 gallon gray rain barrel is situated in such a way that it points slighty upwards. This might seem like a non-issue, but it’s actually the most common complaint about this barrel. The problem is that because the fitting is angled upward, but the overflow hose will be directed downward, the hose tends to kink.

Fixing this is easy, if you don’t mind spending 50 cents on a hose bracket and driving a screw or two to support the hose in a steady arc – so that it won’t kink. Just support the hose to keep it flexing as designed.

The Upcycle 55 Gallon Gray Rain Barrel is easy to link together for daisy-chaining multiple barrels to collect water from one downspout. The barrel comes with two 1/2-inch threaded male hose fittings – one near the top of the barrel and one near the bottom. Linking two barrels together is as easy as attaching a hose to both barrels – no tools required. You’ll need a short hose with 2 female fittings, like a 1/2-inch washing machine connector hose or faucet hose.

This model has a pre-cut lid which is removable. The inlet opening is cut away from the center of the lid, and the opening is covered with two layers of window screen to keep debris and insects out of the barrel. Some people have taken extra measures to secure the screens, which are fixed to the underside of the lid with screws.

The manufacturer requires that the barrels be drained entirely during the winter. If water inside the barrel freezes, it willcrack the barrel. Upcycle recommends leaving the spigot and linking hose fitting open during the winter. If you don’t do this, you will void your warranty.

If you can do that simple maintenance, you will love the Upcycle 55 gallon gray rain barrel. It is a rugged container designed for industrial use, and you won’t experience any of the problems that are common with thinner, lighter-weight materials. If you have any questions about the durability of this barrel

Special Features

• HDPE barrel is re-purposed industrial food waste – creating a win-win-win for you, the food industry, and the planet
• Outlet spigot supports a standard garden hose – all other fittings support 1/2″ hose connections
• The simple gray plastic presents a clean, functional appearance (plastic can be painted)
Items Included in Package
• Upcycle 55 Gallon Gray Rain Barrel
• Barrel Lid With Pre-Cut Inlet Opening
• Pre-Installed Acetal Plastic Spigot
• Pre-Installed Mesh Debris Screens

Available Accessories

Because the Upcycle 55 gallon gray rain barrel comes completely assembled and ready to install, there aren’t very many accessories that are available. Upcycle does offer an optional diverter kit that allows you to leave your existing downspout drainage in place, while filling the barrel directly through the top-mounted hose fitting.

Keep in mind that the outlet spigot is situated very close to the bottom of the barrel. For this reason, most people choose to construct a stand to move the spigot up high enough to allow watering cans to be filled easily. If you plan to use a hose exclusively to distribute the rain water, no stand is necessary.
Optional accessories include rain chains, linking hoses, alternate diverters, and mosquito dunks. The barrel does come with debris screens installed – but if mosquitoes are a nuisance in your area some mosquito dunks would be a good idea.

Recommended Setup

The Upcycle 55 gallon gray rain barrel comes pre-assembled. If you want to raise the barrel off the ground so that you can easily fill watering cans, you’ll need to build your own stand. Cinder blocks are a common solution, and other people have opted to construct a custom stand out of wood. Whether you construct a stand or keep the barrel on the ground – make sure that the area where the barrel is installed is 100% level. These barrels are extremely heavy when full, and could cause serious injury or death if they fall on someone.
You’ll need to make it a regular seasonal chore to completely drain these barrels before winter arrives. Do it ahead of time, so that you’re not surprised by an early freeze. Leave the spigot and linking fitting open during the winter months, so that any water entering barrel drains out before it can freeze and crack the barrel.

As I mentioned above, you may need to take an extra step to make sure that the overflow hose does not kink. Use a simple hose clamp to position the overflow hose in such a way that no kinking occurs.

Pros & Cons

Pros

• Recycled, re-purposed, food grade HDPE plastic
• All fittings pre-installed and support standard hose thread sizes – no tools necessary
• Low outlet spigot means you can use almost every inch of water in the barrel

Cons

• Overflow outlets are angled up – causing a hose-kinking problem
• HDPE plastic barrel must be completely drained all winter, every winter

Our Rating

The Upcycle 55 Gallon Gray Rain Barrel is an awesome choice for people who are more concerned with functionality and less concerned about decoration. If you hate the look of the barrel, keep in mind that it can be painted however you want. Many people find that the simple gray appearance actually looks nice and neutral, and doesn’t clash with other decorative aspects of their landscapes.

If you’re looking for a rain barrel for ecological reasons, purchasing a re-purposed industrial food container like this is a no-brainer. You’re making use of the food industry’s waste and taking responsibility for your water use footprint at the same time. We love this product, and we think you will love it too.