Welcome back to the blog lovely!
And Happy New Month♥. In our last post we touched on the types, uses and benefits of Natural Oils for Natural Hair Care and Growth. Today we will discuss Essential Oils. Most of us know the basics with the Carrier Oils (Coconut, Avocado Oil etc.) How well do we know our Essential Oils?
Yah neh, I’m also new to this and I honestly wish I had done research on this a lot earlier because Essential Oils are here to stay! For me at least.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are highly concentrated oils that have a strong aroma. They are the nutritional compounds found in many plants extracted directly from the bark, flower, fruit, leaf, seed or root of a plant or tree by distillation. A process which separates the oil and water based compounds of a plant by steaming. Essential Oils are volatile (evaporate easily) and penetrate the scalp and skin and even blood stream.
How are Essential Oils used and What are their Benefits?
Essential Oils(EO) are antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. The use of EO’s for its healing property is Aromatherapy.
According to Dr. Axe.com , just adding some of the most common essential oils like lavender, frankincense, lemon, peppermint and tea tree oil to your natural medicine cabinet can:
- Fight cold and flu symptoms
- Relax your body and soothe sore muscles
- Heal skin conditions
- Alleviate pain
- Balance hormones
- Improve digestion
- Reduce cellulite and wrinkles
- Clean your home
- Used in homemade personal care products
Because Essentials Oils are HIGHLY concentrated do NOT use them directly on the scalp on skin. EO’s must be mixed with carrier oil or dilute with water. They so potent and just one drop can have powerful health benefits. Check with an aromatherapist or doctor before using them and use them carefully in safe amounts.
FYI: *It takes thousands pounds of roses to make 1 pound of rose essential oil **One drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 26-28 cups of peppermint tea
Top Essential Oils for Natural Hair Care and Uses
Essential Oils is used on ALL hair types. Different essential oils have different properties; some are good for dry hair while others help remove excess greasiness. Depending on the nature of your hair and scalp, you should select the essential oils that best suit your needs.
Rosemary Oil is one of the most powerful essential Oil with its woody evergreen scent. It is full of antioxidants that fight dandruff and dry scalp, improve blood circulation, and stimulates the hair follicles. Equally suitable for people with dry or oily scalp. Rosemary Oil tones down the action of sebum glands and clears up clogged pores that cause acne and itchy scalp.
Uses: Rosemary Oil can naturally thicken hair so it is great to add to homemade shampoos to fight thinning of hair. Also great for hot oil treatments/Pre-poo when mixed with a carrier oil like Olive Oil. The Rosemary essential oil seeps into the hair follicles and lifts the oil and debris clogging the pores. Do this once a week for a month to reduce greasiness, control dandruff, and promote thick hair growth. Rosemary Oil can also help improve memory and reduce join and muscle pain.
Peppermint Oil, one of the most versatile essential oil. With its many benefits, there are few body, health, and mind issues that it cannot help. It has a cooling effect on the scalp and skin. It stimulates the hair follicle by increasing blood circulation and oxygen supply hereby strengthening the hair roots and promoting hair growth. Peppermint Oil is also a good cleanser, clears the pores allowing your scalp to breathe and balancing PH level.
Uses: Peppermint Oil mixed with a carrier oil for scalp massages, overnight to open clogged pores and encourages normal flow of skin oils. Peppermint Oil supports digestion, improves focus, boosts energy, fever reducer, headache and muscle pain relief. *Note: Peppermint Oil can cause irritations to people with sensitive skin. Carry out a patch test
Tea Tree Oil is known for its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds. Owing to its antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiprotozoal and antioxidant properties, it can treat almost any skin and hair problem. Soothing dry flaking skin and removing dandruff. Tea tree oil is one of the healthiest natural oils available and very effective as a treatment to increase hair growth. It unclogs hair follicles and nourishes the roots.
Uses: Tea tree Oil to treat dandruff, bacterial or fungal infections. Mix with coconut oil, almond or any carrier oil of choice to make scalp massage oil. Hot Oil treatments, Hair Masks, daily cleansing.
Ylang Ylang Oil (ee-lahng-ee-lahng) is extracted from the flower petals of the large, tropical ylang ylang tree often found in the tropical climates of Indonesia and the Philippines. Known for its sweet floral scent, it’s often used in perfumery and cosmetics. It is one of the Key ingredients used in the famous Chanel No.5 Perfume. Ylang Ylang has a natural thickening effect on hair. This oil is known to increase sebum (natural scalp oil) which helps to naturally condition the hair and balances oil production. It is used as natural treatment for Hair Loss and thinning.
Uses: Mix with coconut Oil for scalp massage oil, Hot Oil treatments, Daily Moisturizing spritz/Braid Spray. Add to Shampoo or Conditioners. Its helps to relieve stress, enhances mood and acts as a natural Aphrodisiac
Citronella oil comes from the Asian grass plant Cymbopogon nardus, similar to lemongrass essential oil and some other citrus oils. It’s commonly used in insect repellants, household and perfume products. Many miss out its antiseptic, antimicrobial and antifungal treatment.It helps reduce excess oil on the scalp and conditions the hair, DETANGLES!(Yall! this is post for another day), controls frizz and adds volume.
Uses: Add to Shampoo or conditioner, Hair Detangling Spritz or Moisturizer. Use as natural perfume or room spray, Digestive aid and relaxant
Essential Oils I use are Citronella, Peppermint, Tea-tree and Ecalyptus. Citronella forever in my detangling spray, Peppermint and Ecalyptus for pre-poo scalp massage and Tea-tree Oil for skin ailments, pimples,itchy scalp, shave bumps, etc. I am looking forward to adding Rosemary and Ylang Ylang to my collection. Essential Oils are really like nature’s gold, find a few that work for you and stick to them. A few drops each use is potent enough for your need.
Read More on Essential Oils: 101 Ways to Use Essential Oils draxe.com
It is important to buy your essential oils from quality distributors, and to make sure they are pure therapeutic grade. Fake essentials oils are often times synthetic and useless to your health. Visit an organic health store and If you don’t have one around buy online at Faithfultonature if you live in SA. They are South Africa’s No.1 online Organic and shop so stock a range of essential oils. In our next post we will discus Carrier Oils and how to use them in ratio essential oils.
Which essential Oils do you use for your hair care and why do you love them? Share this post with a natural hair sister, leave any question in the comments 🙂