Essential Oils and Your Hair
Essential oils are beneficial for many things, one of them being our hair. The best thing about essential oils for me is that they are all natural. They come from the heart of nature and I am a firm believer that everything we need for health, and cures for sickness, disease and ailments can be found in nature.
Some of the best essential oils and their benefits for hair are:
- Chamomile Oil – Is considered to be one of the most soothing essential oils for hair and scalp. It keeps the scalp from drying out and is great for dry brittle hair.
- Peppermint Oil – Stimulates circulation and blood flow to the scalp, improves hair growth and is very nourishing.
- Myrrh Oil – Great for dry scalp and helps to treat dandruff. It is also great for the skin.
- Lavender Oil – Helps with itchy scalp and aids in preventing dandruff; helps to prevent breakage and improves hair growth as it conditions.
- Rosemary Oil – Stimulates the hair roots, promotes healthy growth and increases circulation to the scalp.
- Tea Tree Oil – A natural hair tonic that helps prevent bacterial and fungal problems. It unblocks sebaceous glands and stimulates the scalp.
There are some key things to know when working with essential oils:
- Most essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin. Instead they should be combined with carrier oils.
- There are a few essential oils that are generally recognized as safe to use undiluted. Lavender and tea tree oil are two of them.
- Most essential oils are high in antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.
- Never use an undiluted essential oil on a baby or child as children have much more delicate skin than adults have and tend to be sensitive to the potency of essential oils.
- Avoid the following essential oils while pregnant or nursing and skip using them completely in your first trimester: Aniseed, cedarwood, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, ginger, jasmine, lemon, rosemary & sage (this is only a partial list. Do your research).
- To test if you’re sensitive to an essential oil combine one drop with ½ tsp carrier oil and rub on the inside of your arm. Wait a few hours and if no redness or itching develops you’re most likely okay to use it.
- Do not take E/O’s internally, especially oils like wintergreen and eucalyptus. In fact there are some essential oils that are considered toxic and should be avoided even through skin contact so it’s best to do your own research. Luckily though these are NOT common E/O’s.
- Keep all E/O’s out of the reach of children and avoid eye contact.
Author: Denika Penn Carothers, Natural Hair & Hair Products available at Amazon or at http://www.gethealthyhairnow.com