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I am not quite sure when I was first introduced to essential oils. Looking at Youtube, a lot of the hair recipes involved using some sort of essential or carrier oils. After showing interest in using oils, I began to research them to determine which ones to use on my hair. Keep in mind, there is a difference between essential and carrier oils.
“An essential oil is a liquid that is generally distilled (most frequently by steam or water) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant”( http://www.aromaweb.com/articles/whatare.asp). It is extremely potent and you do not have to use a lot to feel its effects. Essential oils must be either mixed with a carrier oil or with other ingredients before used on the skin or hair. Egyptians were the first to find and use essential oils for illnesses and other health related problems. They were also used for religious purposes as well.
Using essential oils can greatly affect the hair and skin. When it comes to hair, essentials oils can stimulate hair growth, decrease dryness of the scalp, lesson split ends, add shine, and moisture to the hair. Below you will find most common essentials oils for the hair and their hair benefits.
BASIL: Stimulates hair growth
BIRCH: Sooths dry Scalp
CARROT SEED OIL: Stimulates hair growth and can lessen and repair split ends
CHAMOMILE: Cools the scalp and can combat hair loss
EUCALYPTUS: Helps with dry scalp and promotes hair growth
FRANKINCENSE: Strengthens hair
LAVENDER: Calms and soothes the scalp
LEMON: Dry scalp treatment, lice, and dandruff. Excellent for curly textured hair, which tends to be dry.
MYRRH: Use to cleanse the scalp
PATCHOULI: Used for dandruff and to help oily hair
PEPPERMINT: Stimulates hair growth and provides extra nourishment to the hair
ROSE: Aids in hair growth and gives hair extra shine
ROSEMARY: Soothes itchy scalp
SAGE: Purifies the scalp and gets rid of excessive dirt from hair
TEA TREE: Decrease scalp dryness
YLANG YLANG: Great for oil hair
“A carrier oil is a vegetable oil derived from the fatty portion of a plant, usually from the seeds, kernels or the nuts” (http://www.aromaweb.com/articles/whatcarr.asp). In order to use essential oils, they have to be diluted using a carrier oil. “They carry the essential oil onto the skin” (http://www.aromaweb.com/articles/whatcarr.asp). Unlike essential oils, which do not last a long time, carrier oils have more shelf life. Carrier oils are pressed, which releases their fatty portions.
APRICOT OIL: Adds luster and shine to hair, excellent lubrication to seal in moisture
AVOCADO: Nourishes hair and promotes hair growth
CASTOR OIL: Growth Treatment
CAMELLIA: Restores moisture and adds sheen
COCONUT OIL: Lubricates hair for sealed moisture
EVENING PRIMROSE: Aids in hair loss
JOJOBA OIL: Lubricates hair to seal in moisture, adds sheen and shine
MACADAMIA: Lubricates hair to seal in moisture, adds sheen and shine
OLIVE OIL: Lubricates hair to seal in moisture, adds sheen and shine
VITAMIN E: Lubricates hair to seal in moisture, adds sheen and shine
Create your perfect hair recipe using some of the essential and carrier oils. Add them to your favorite product for extra moisture and cleansing. The ones listed are just a handful of essential and carrier oils. You can find more on: http://www.aromaweb.com/default.asp.
You can purchase essential and carrier oils at a vitamin stores such as GNC or health food stores.
Below are two excellent websites for hair recipes using essential oils: