How to Use Essential Oils for Natural Hair Care
Natural hair and essential oils. Sounds like a combination we’ve heard and used before. Though it might sound like a cliché, to some people their hair represents their crown. Hair is the first thing noted when we meet people, and it is easier to describe and identify others. In other words, hair is an extension of us, and it makes sense that it should look good and be healthy as well. This is where natural hair care using essential oils comes in.
Whereas people spend a lot of money on hair procedures and treatment, it remains problematic to maintain good hair as it is affected by various factors. Such factors are: pollution, genetics, temperatures, the weather, and even bacteria and fungi affect the condition of your scalp and hair. In addition to that, your scalp may produce dandruff, dry hair, and hair loss to mention a few. How do you remedy this problem? Essential oils
have been known to aid and often resolve a number if not all of these problems.
What are the Best Essential Oils for Natural Hair Care?
A wide variety of conditioners, shampoos and other products that may improve the quality of your hair and scalp exists. It’s often difficult to get the right product that can help resolve those particular issues. Some of the products sold also contain artificial additives and parabens for coloring and fragrance. It’s for this reason that essential oils should be considered. Below are the top six best essential oils for natural hair care.
- Tea tree Essential Oil
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia
) is native only to some parts of Australia. The herbal tea had been used for years by Aboriginals who made tea using it leaves. It also has a medicinal value, and it prevents scurvy. Tea Tree is highly regarded for numerous health benefits, and the aboriginals have used the tea leaves for its antiseptic properties and that it helps in the treatment of wounds and cuts by leaving them clean and free from infections. The tea tree
also produces essential oil capable of a variety of things.
Tea tree essential oil prevents the proliferation of Staphylococcus
bacteria who's strains have grown and are resistant to antibiotics. The oil combats the herpes virus that leads to cold sores. Other than combating viruses and bacteria, tea tree combats fungi causing yeast infections and athlete's foot.
Beyond this, tea tree is known to be effective in the prevention of hair loss. It prevents hair brittleness and thus, in turn, leads to healthier and longer hair. For individuals with thin hair, tea tree oil helps in making the roots of your hair healthier hence increasing its volume. Besides, tea tree oil removes dandruff and scalp inflammation, itchiness and flakiness. Also, this oil helps in ridding head lice.
Therefore, using tea tree oil for natural hair treatment, you will get rid of several scalp and hair issues and improve the overall appearance of your hair.
- Ylang ylang essential oil
Ylang ylang (Canaga odorata
) is a tropical tree native to Polynesia and Southeast Asian rain forest. Ylang ylang's Yellow Flowers produce a pleasant fragrance, and other parts of the tree have been used for health problems and as traditional medicine.
The Ylang-ylang flowers produce the Ylang-ylang essential oil known for its fragrance. Besides fragrance, there are also health benefits. The Ylang ylang essential oils are used in aromatherapy sessions, and it helps the body attain a high level of wellness by reducing anxiety, stress, depression while helping people relax and deal with stress issue like sleep deprivation. Additionally, the Ylang-ylang essential oil acts as an antiseptic which helps avoid sepsis and tetanus. Furthermore, it lowers the blood pressure and relieves the negative impacts of the menstrual cycle.
While so many health benefits are accrued to essential oils, it is also used as an ingredient to cosmetics. First, this essential oil helps in the promotion of healthier hair and skin. It helps in removing dirt, old sebum from the skin, removes dead skin cells and helps clear skin infections such as eczema and acne. For hair care, Ylang ylang essential oil helps in balancing the production of sebum, hence it is a remedy for hair dryness.
- Cedarwood Essential oil
) originates in cold mountainous regions. Cedarwood essential oil is said to be the first oil to be extracted by humanity. This is evident from early Egyptians who used it to embalm their dead. Besides, it is used as an antiseptic fungal and bacterial infection.For people suffering from hair loss, cedar wood can help overcome this problem. Cedarwood essential oils reduce hair loss by approximately 50% as compared to carrier oils that reduce the problem by 15%. Cedarwood is a natural way of keeping your hair free of dandruff, as well as help with the balance of an oily scalp.
However, Cedarwood essential oil should be applied with care given that it can cause skin irritation to some people. Cedarwood oil must always be used together with a carrier oil. Additionally, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using the oil as it can affect fetus development and the milk supply.
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus
) grows in many parts of the world. Its dried leaves produce eucalyptus essential oil. Native to Australia, Aboriginals used the tree to treat various disease among them body pains, respiratory problems to mention a few. Over the years, eucalyptus essential oils have been used as an antiseptic to disinfect surgical equipment. This oil alleviates fever, maintain dental health, relieve stress and improve moods. It repels mosquitoes.
For hair care, eucalyptus oils help in getting rid dandruff and free your hair and scalp when you use it as a shampoo. The oil also helps in increasing blood circulation hence leading to better looking and healthier hair.
- Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon (Citrus limon
) is used in pastries, drinks and other kinds of food. Besides making food taste good, lemon has been used by ancient civilizations to treat infections. Just like the lemon itself, lemon essential oil has proven health benefits, and it is the best known of all essential oils for fighting microbes. The oil also helps in maintaining oral health, boost the immune system especially if asthma has been your major headache.
When it comes to an acne prone scalp, the lemon essential oil is your natural hair care regimen. Lemon oil protects the scalp from infections such as dandruff. If you live in highly populated areas, lemon oil is crucial in cleaning your hair to scrub off dust as well rid of other gnarly components.
The best essentials oils are all natural, but they may be harmful if not appropriately used. Because of their high concentrations; essential oils are powerful, and as such, it is necessary that you learn how to use them. It is a rule that you do not apply more than a few drops of pure essential oils directly on your skin. There are specific essential oils that should not be applied without diluting with carrier oils to avoid skin irritation. Others are photo-sensitive. Pregnancy women should avoid essential oils at all cost. To ascertain the safety of essential oil perform a patch test. If no irritation occurs, be sure that the natural essential oil for hair care is safe for your use.
There's so much more to these essential oils and natural hair care. I'll continue to update this content and list for the perfect head of hair. That's it for this week. As always ...
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