Looking to achieve healthier-looking hair? Keep in mind that your hair is a reflection of your overall health. Any unhealthy chemicals you come in contact with, unhealthy thoughts, or emotional stress, can all show in the health of your hair. Adding these essential oils to your haircare routine can give your hair, as well as your mood, the boost it needs. At the same time, as you breathe in the pleasant aroma of these scents, you will reap their therapeutic benefits. Not only will your hair be in better shape physically, it will smell great!
How to Use Essential Oils in Haircare:
Select the essential oils that best match your health concerns and personal scent preference, and simply add a few drops of each one to your normal shampoo or conditioner until you start to see the benefits. Or, to make a nutrient-rich oil treatment, mix 3-5 drops into a tablespoon of carrier oil (never apply essential oils directly to the scalp as they can be too harsh). Jojoba and olive oil are recommended as carrier oils for haircare for their natural moisturizing qualities.
Great for all hair types, Lavender helps to balance your scalp’s natural oils. Its sweet, floral aroma is widely used in aromatherapy. Breathing in the lovely scent of lavender while you shower can help to relieve headaches and stress, as it has been shown to have a relaxing effect of brain waves.
Lemon essential oil makes a great addition to your haircare routine if you have dry hair. It can also help with dry scalp and dandruff. It is able to accomplish both of these things by restoring the natural balance of your scalp’s oil production. Lemon essential oil stimulates the oil production of your hair follicles, making your hair shinier and stronger. The uplifting scent of lemon also has many benefits in aromatherapy, including: stress reduction, positivity, increased awareness, and promoting healthy sleep patterns.
Rosemary is widely used to encourage hair growth because it stimulates blood flow to the scalp, making hair stronger. It also has natural antioxidant qualities that can help to slow down the effects of graying or thinning hair. It has an intense, invigorating minty/woodsy scent and can boost mental alertness. It is used for stress and pain relief as well as respiratory issues.
The benefits of tea tree oil for skincare are widely known. Its natural antiseptic qualities can also benefit your scalp. It helps to control dandruff and even lice. It is often used to treat acne because of its powerful astringent qualities, which also make it a good choice for those with overactive scalp oil glands. Known historically as a medicinal herb with powerful antiseptic properties, tea tree oil stimulates the immune system and helps wounds to heal.