What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are liquids that are generally distilled, usually by steam or water, from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant. They contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from. Essential oils are extremely potent and a little goes a long way.
Essential Oils are used by diluting them with a carrier oil like olive, coconut, grape seed, sweet almond or jojoba oil, etc. Never use the essential oils directly on the hair or skin. When used properly and in the right combinations they can work wonders in the hair and scalp. Organic essential oils are better than non-organic essential oils.
Using Essential Oils
Essential Oils should only be used 3-4 drops at a time. When used on the scalp and other sensitive skin areas, the essential oil must be diluted with a carrier (or thicker) oil to prevent irritation. This thicker oil is called a “carrier oil” because it carries or holds the essential oil. Burning, irritation, and skin discomfort may occur from using these essential oils without a carrier oil.
Proper dilution is the key! You do not want to dilute the essential oils too much in your carrier or the benefits will be lost. However, you need just enough carrier oil to prevent burning or irritation from the strong essential oil.
A good mix ranges from ½ cup of carrier and 10 drops of essential oils (10 drops of the same a combination of several essential oils). You should slowly add your essential oils to your carrier oil while testing between drops to insure the proper dilution for your personal skin tolerance.
Essential oils can make your hair shinier and healthier. They can relieve dandruff, eczema, or psoriasis without being dangerous to your scalp and hair. Other benefits include:
Soothing an irritated itchy scalp
Disinfecting and stimulate the scalp
Softening your hair
All these BENEFITS are realized with no toxins! You can also enhance your store bought hair products by adding a few drops of Essential Oils. However, remember that essential oils should be used very sparingly because they are so highly concentrated.
Lavender Oil is not only known for its gorgeous scent, but it has proven hair benefits and is good for all hair types. Lavender Oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. It is a good treatment for dandruff and itching, and helpful in controlling hair breakage and improving hair growth.
It is most widely known to treat alopecia areata, a condition where you lose excessive hair, especially in patches. Daily massage with lavender oil has proven to help significant re-growth and gives you the results in a few months. Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including jojoba, rosemary and tea tree oils.
Chamomile Oil is known to soothe the nerves and it does the same for your hair and scalp. In fact, it is the most soothing of the essential oils for the hair and scalp. Chamomile Oil helps to retract skin cells that have been inflamed from chemical procedures and harsh weather conditions. It also helps with itching, scaly scalp and dandruff.
Peppermint Oil helps to stimulate blood flow to the roots of the hair. This is very important for hair as it helps the hair to receive proper nourishment. This, in turn, will lead to hair growth. That tingly feeling when peppermint oil is felt on the scalp is actually the stimulation of blood flow to hair.
Rosemary Oil is another oil which doubles as a fragrant oil and an essential oil. This oil is derived from the rosemary plant and is very useful for dandruff problems and flaky itchy scalp. Rosemary oil stimulates the hair follicles. As a result, the hair can grow longer and stronger.
Tea Tree Oil:
Tea Tree Oil is a great moisturizer for the hair. It helps to keep the scalp free of bacteria and fungal problems. Tea Tree Oil unblocks the sebaceous glands and encourages the flow of the scalp’s own moisturizing oils while clearing away dead skin cells. Tea Tree Oil mixed with other essential oils is especially good as a scalp treatment for relieving dandruff.
Myrrh Oil is very good for dry hair. It helps with the treatment for dry scalp, dandruff problems, and under-active sebaceous glands.
There are several other essential oils that can be used for various hair and scalp conditions. The beauty about essential oils is that once you find one that is good for your hair, you can stick with it and continue getting great results.
What are some of your favorite Essential Oils?