Essential Oils: Magical Potions for Your Hair
Next time you want to pamper your hair, enrich your regular hair oil with the goodness of essential oils. These mini bottles are so powerful that they almost seem to have a magical effect on your crowning glory. Essential oils can work wonders for your hair and scalp by nourishing and strengthening the hair follicles and stimulating growth. They can add-on a whole lot of shine, soften them and make them healthier. You can use essential oils to soothe an irritated scalp or to relieve dandruff or eczema.
Essential oils are highly concentrated and need to be used along with any “carrier” oil such as olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil or jojoba oil. They should never be used directly on the skin as they are extremely potent and can cause irritation and burning. Ideally, only a few drops of essential oils should be added to your carrier oil. You can both wrap up your hair in a towel for half an hour and wash it out or you can let it act overnight and then shampoo it in the morning.
Here is a list of essential oils that are recommended:
Aromatic Lavender Oil for a Calming Effect
Carrying a beautiful aroma with it as well, lavender oil is known for its balancing, soothing and calming effect. It is excellent for treating dandruff and eczema and is effective in eliminating hair breakage. It can improve hair growth and is especially useful for treating alopecia areata, a condition where you lose excessive hair, especially in patches. . Lavender oil combines well with many other essential oils such as jojoba, rosemary and tea tree oils.
Nourish with Scalp Friendly Rosemary Oil
If you have a dry or flaky scalp, rosemary oil will be highly beneficial for healing scalp irritation. Regular massage with rosemary oil can nourish the scalp, remove dandruff and slow down graying of hair. Rosemary oil stimulates healthy hair growth and puts up a fierce defense against hair loss. It is often blended with tea tree and basil oil to take care of scalp troubles.
Antiseptic Tea Tree Oil for Healing
Tea tree oil is known for its antiseptic, anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. It is often mixed with peppermint and rosemary oil to treat scalp infections and to keep your hair dandruff free.
Stimulating Basil Oil for Shine
For lifeless, thinning and dry hair, basil oil will work wonders and restore your hair’s health. Basil works on stimulating blood circulation thereby promoting hair growth and giving you a head full of luxuriant and shiny hair.
Stay Cool with Refreshing Peppermint Oil
For a cool, tingly and refreshed feeling, include peppermint oil in your hair massage regime. This essential oil helps to stimulate blood flow enabling the hair to receive proper nourishment and aiding hair growth. It keeps your scalp free from bacteria and relieves it from itching and inflammation.
Essential oils have an extremely long shelf life. Make sure you keep your oils in a cool and dry place away from sunlight. So what are you waiting for? Let the magic begin.