Essential Oils for Hair Health
Written by YourMD.ca

Hairloss of any sort can be psychologically damaging and is linked to lower self-esteem and confidence and can occur at any point in one’s life. To better your chances at keeping your hair, an early hair loss treatment is the use of essential oils, which have the ability to maintain the health of your hair as you age.

Essential oils are extracted from plants through methods like distillation or evaporation. Though these oils are most commonly known for their aromatic capabilities, they also contain strong properties that can benefit and individual’s health.

In Alternative, Eastern and homeopathic medicines, essential oils have been used heavily due to their effectiveness and low risk side effects. Improving hair health is one benefit that essential oils have on an individual, as different oils can range from helping hair grow, to strengthening hair strands, to adding more shine.

Essential Oils for your Hair

Lavender Oil
Lavender oil does a great job at maintaining hair and scalp health. Made directly from the lavender plant, the oil provides a deep condition to your hair follicles, thus generating the growth of strong cells to the head.

Lavender oil has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties which means it helps prevent bacteria and fungi from growing on your scalp.

When applied to your head, it has the potential to prevent common hair and scalp issues such as dandruff, itching and even infections. It also is sometimes used as a remedy to combat skin inflammation, which can be used to reduce inflammation on the head.

Lavender oil can be a safe and valuable remedy to be added into your hair care routine. A way that it can be applied correctly is to mix several drops of lavender oil into 3 tablespoons into a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil and apply directly to your scalp. Leave the mixture in your hair for at least 10 minutes before washing it out, and shampoo as your normally would. You can repeat this routine several times per week to continuously utilize the benefits of lavender oil.

Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil is used as a part of the beauty and hair care routines by people all over the world. The fragrance of the oil is very pleasant and is a popular component in shampoos, skin creams, and other beauty products.

The oil has been known to help reduce dryness, itching, or other scalp issues when applied, and as similar to lavender oil, provides antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and vasodilating properties.

As a benefit of the vasodilating properties in peppermint oil, some people have used the oil as a remedy to help combat hair loss. With being a vasodilator, the oil improves circulation and blood flow to the applied areas on the body, to help nourish starving hair follicles.

To apply peppermint oil, a route you can take is similar to the lavender oil, mix a couple drops of peppermint oil into a carrier oil and massage it into your scalp. Leave the mixture in your hair for 10 minutes before washing it out thoroughly with shampoo and conditioner.

Rosemary Oil
Rosemary oil is used for cooking, cleaning, beauty, health, and many other purposes. It is an extremely versatile essential oil, and ranges from providing antioxidant benefits and anti-inflammation, to memory enhancement and increase brain function.

Rosemary oil has been known to be great for hair growth and combat hair loss. Similar to peppermint oil, rosemary oil strengthens blood circulation on applied areas, as a result, it prevents hair follicles from being deprived of blood, which inevitably would lead to dead cells on the scalp, resulting in hair loss.

There have also been hair loss studies which have shown that rosemary oil can perform similarly to minoxidil, a common topical hair growth treatment, and provide less side effects in the process.

To take advantage of the benefits of rosemary oil, mix several drops into a carrier oil, like olive oil, or coconut oil, and apply it on your scalp. Be sure to leave it on your head for around 10 minutes before washing it out with shampoo and conditioner. Use a mixture like this twive per week to achieve the best results for your hair.

Thyme Oil
Thyme oil is a commonly known herb that is used to seasoning your food when you are in the kitchen, but the extracted essential oil has been shown to provide strong benefits for hair health.

When massaged into your scalp, thyme oil can help promote hair growth by stimulating the hair follicles on the scalp, which like the previous oils mentioned, increases circulation, which can actively prevent hair loss and alopecia.

Thyme oil is a particularly strong essential oil. To apply, put only 1 or 2 small drops in a tablespoon of a carrier oil. Apply and massage it into the scalp, leave it in for around 10 minutes, then wash it out using shampoo and conditioner.

Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is able to be used for several different purposes, including the maintenance of skin, hair, and nail health. Tea tree oil has strong properties for cleansing, antibacterial, and antimicrobial activities. When the oil is used topically, it can help strengthen hair follicles and increase hair growth.

There has been a study conducted which showed that combining tea tree oil with minoxidil does a more effective job at combatting hair loss, than just using minoxidil alone.

Due to tea tree oils’ cleansing, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties, the oil does a great job at reducing dandruff in your hair, and any dryness or itching problems.

You can combine several drops of tea tree oil into your shampoo or conditioner and use it however frequently you may want. Or you can apply the oil similar to the previous oils mentioned above, mix a coupe drops into a carrier oil, massage it into your scalp, and leave in for 15 minutes before rinsing it out.

Key Takeaway from this Article
Overall, essential oils do a phenomenal job at improving the health and fullness of your hair at an inexpensive cost with very little risk of side effects. The application of these oils is a simple activity that could be a game changer for the growth, strength, and shine of your hair for the rest of your life.

There are many more essential oils that provide similar benefits like the ones mentioned above. So, do some more research, find some additional oils that you can utilize, experiment a little, and find the oils that you think benefit your hair the most!

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