Wednesday, September 22, 2010

ESSENTIAL OILS: healthy scalp, healthy hair

Essential Oils

Essential Oils are a great part of your journey to a healthy scalp and healthy hair. They can normalize sebaceous glands and make sure their functioning and assuring that the individual hairs remain lubricated properly and protected. They are a volatile and liquid aroma compounds from natural sources. Many of us may suffer from sensitive scalp so the chemical used in products and hair dyes may irritate your scalp. Using essential oils can help heal the skin, even if your scalp is healthy your scalp and hair will benefit from essential oils.

They are suitable for: Dry skin on the scalp, Split ends, dry and dull hair, very thin hair, dandruff psoriasis and the treatment of lice and skin care when used with carrier oils or natural products.
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Most essential oils work by influencing the sebaceous glands.

Sebaceous glands:

Sebaceous glands are glands in the skin (in abundance on the face and scalp for humans) which secrete an oily-waxy matter called sebum, to lubricate the skin and hair. The only place sebum don’t secrete is the palms and soles.


Sebum meaning fat or that is made of fat-wax, and the debris of dead fat producing cells. It is produced with specialized cells and is release as these cells bursts. It is odourless, but is a bacterial breakdown which can produce odours. This is the reason why some people have oily hair, especially in hot weather or unwashed hair. Excess sebum has been linked to eating red meats, fried and oily foods.

When using essential oil to care for the hair or skin simply add carrier oil ( i.e. olive oil, jojoba oil) to it or you can add it to your natural products. It should not be applied directly to the hair. The key to creating your own products is to figure out what you want it to do for your skin or hair.

TIP: Remember to cleanse the scalp and rinse hair for the last two or three minutes in cold water.
Apple Cider Vinegar rinse is great for removing debris from the scalp and hair.

Dandruff: lavender, rosemary, juniper, tea tree oil,

Thinning hair: rosemary, sandalwood

General hair care: chamomile, rosemary, nettle, sage. These can also be added to a natural shampoo which will cleanse the hair and condition the scalp.

Unique Purpose:

Basil: promotes growth by stimulates circulation to the scalp area works well with other herbs such as fenugreek

Fenugreek: stimulates blood flow to minor capillaries that feed on the hair root. It is great for hair growth and works well with sage, lemon grass and burdock.

Burdock: it helps to promote hair growth, skin, scalp and hair renewal. It stimulates blood flow to the root to of the hair and with hair loss

Chamomile: helps to withdraw skin cells that have been inflamed from chemical procedures, sun exposure.

Rosemary: works best for dry hair, dandruff and an itchy scalp

Sage: one of the best scalp clarifiers. It proves a deep cleansing for the scalp and works well to heal scalp problems such as psoriasis. When used with zinc it can be great for dandruff.

Tea Tree: Tea tree is a great example of another purifier for the scalp. It works well for dandruff and psoriasis, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands

Other Essential Oils Included: carrot seed oil, henna oil, lavender oil, myrrh oil, rose oil, ylang-ylang oil

In my research I found that there are so many essential oils that do wonders for the hair, many scientist are even discovering today, some like sage have many kinds such as sage Spanish sage, clary sage, common sage just to name a few. Some oils are just being discovered that have many compounds but still the effectiveness of these new ones are still a mystery.

 TIP: Try to store essential oils in a dark containers or glass and light can damage essentail oils, look for the same when purchasing essentail oils. Store them away from heat, moisture and light. It is recommended that any formations you make be stored in bottles as essentails oils can degrade plastic containers.

Remember most of my articles are done through research, books, reading and learning on my own, asking questions and inquiring. I always encourage my readers to do the same.

Knowledge is power!!

Articles to come on Essential Oils Included:
Citrus Essential Oils
Essential Oils for summertime
Essential Oils for fall and autumn

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