The Benefits of Natural Oils for Hair
The benefits of natural oils for hair and as part of the very best natural hair growth products in the world are often missed in our busy post modern world.
Many people are looking to sterile labs, test tubes, white smocks and electron scanning microscopes for a “miracle-in-a-bottle,” while missing the very things they want and need from naturally occurring plants in the world around us. Many of the ancient `secrets of natural oils and natural hair growth products are being overlooked in the quest for a “magic bullet.”
Hint: When is the last time you saw a bullet that was designed to be anything but destructive? Why use something so described on your precious hair?
There are many natural oils in this world that are very beneficial for hair, often with the added benefit of being very good for the skin, too.
Before we begin, let me offer a word of caution. Some oils, while fabulous for the hair, as with all oils, including natural, organic oils like the following, can cause skin irritation. It’s always wise to test a very small amount on a little area of the skin. The inside of the wrist is a good test area, as the skin is sensitive enough for a good test, yet not too sensitive, nor too visible, should a mild reaction occur. Always us a small amount for testing. One drop is plenty.
Argan oil has been used for centuries to support healthy skin and hair. It is said that it the fruit of the argan tree, native to Morocco, is so nutritious that goats will actually climb the tree to eat them! Throughout their history, the natives of Morocco has pressed the argan nut to extract its amazing oil, for use to dress wounds and rashes, as a dietary supplement, and to support healthy skin and hair. It has been used topically in many countries for bug bites and skin rashes and infections.
Argan oil is very popular, today, as an effective and natural moisturizer for hair and skin. It is a wonderful natural hair conditioner that can be massaged in and left. It makes hair easier to manage and helps repair split ends, making it especially popular for long hair. Argan oil also seems to be able to promote hair growth when massaged into the scalp. Just one half drop is usually enough for short hair, and any excess can be massaged into the skin of the neck, face and hands.
Argan oil is especially good for dry, brittle hair. A good weekly treatment involves massaging a small amount of warm oil through the hair shortly before bedtime, covering the hair with a shower cap and leaving on overnight. In the morning, simply shower as usual, washing out any residue.
Cedar (or Cedar wood) Oil
Cedar oil is an ancient essential oil, made from volatile compounds from cypress, juniper, pine and other coniferous trees. What we call cedars, especially in North America, are actually cypress, which explains at least part of the reason for the oil being so named. Originally, it was extracted from cedrus libani, known as Cedar of Lebanon. Related to pine, it was a favorite source of the healing oil for the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians.
Cedarwood oil is a very effective natural hair growth product. A dermatological study found it to be effective in reversing hair loss. It’s also known as a balancing oil and is good for both dry and oily scalp conditions.
Chamomile oil has many benefits, including its use as an effective essential oil for natural hair growth and hair loss prevention. There are several different types of chamomile oil, but the most effective for its many different health supporting roles, including its support of healthy, luxuriant hair growth, is Roman chamomile essential oil.
This type of essential oil is gentle enough even for use on a child’s skin, yet is very effective for conditioning the hair shaft from root to tip. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe and calm irritated skin, making it an effective natural hair oil for treating dandruff, including severe cases (such as seborrheic dermatitis). An added benefit of chamomile oil is its wide ranging health support, including mental, digestive, heart and sleep health.
Clary Sage Oil
Clary sage oil is another oil that is very effective for dry skin, hair and scalp. Like chamomile oil, it has wide ranging health benefits, which could be a very pleasant surprise bonus for anyone using it topically as a healthy, natural hair product. It helps to increase circulation and is one of the natural essential oils for hair growth often recommended for use for those who are experiencing hair loss. This oil is extracted from Salvia sclarea, a plant native to the Mediterranean basin and some areas in north Africa and Asia. It’s related to the common cooking herb many people grow in their garden and has a similar very pleasant scent.
Coconut oil is another natural oil with a very long history of being used for medicine, cooking and as a healthy hair product that is able to penetrate the hair shaft, promoting strong, healthy, natural hair. It helps to prevent protein loss in the hair strands, making it stronger and less likely to break off. Coconut oil is often used as a hair conditioner, helping the regrowth of damaged hair, and is also used very effectively both as a prevention and as a cure for head lice.
Coconut oil is also known as a carrier oil, which can be used for diluting essential oils such as those listed here, before applying them on the hair or skin.
Jojoba oil is extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant, a desert shrub native to southern Arizona and California in the USA, and also northwestern Mexico. The oil is very similar in its structure to sebum, which is the oil produced by the sebaceous glands of the scalp and skin, to lubricate and waterproof both. A little jojoba oil is a good natural oil to use as an after shower hair moisturizer.
Jojoba oil, like coconut oil, is also used as a carrier oil.
Lavender oil is perhaps one of the world’s most famous and widely used essential oils. It is made from the flowering spikes of certain species of lavender, and is likely what was known in Bible times as spikenard, or spikes of nard, a once common name for lavender, very commonly used for perfume because of its very pleasant and healing aroma. It is one of the most soothing and calming oils, proven to cause deep mental relaxation in studies. For the hair and skin, it can provide a multitude of benefits, including increasing circulation to the scalp, encouraging the growth of new hair and prevention of hair loss.
With its antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics, lavender oil is also very effective for an itchy, flaky scalp or dandruff. It is very effective for healing damaged skin and scalp, which helps regrow hair naturally where sun or chemical coloring treatments have caused damage.
Lemon oil, with more than 500 scientific studies, is the perfect natural treatment for an oily scalp, because of its drying and clarifying properties. The oil is cold-pressed from lemon rinds, as opposed to the fruit, itself. It has a very pleasant and clean, fresh, citrus aroma. Because of its antiseptic properties, it is an effective natural oil to help promote the healing of and irritated scalp, but it also has many other benefits, including elevating the mood and fighting depression.
Olive oil has been used for thousands of years for moisturizing and fighting inflammation on both the skin and scalp. In the famous 2000 year old Parable of the Good Samaritan, olive oil was used to dress the wounds of an injured man. It was once one of the most widely used medicines in the world, due to its ability to reduce inflammation and induce healing.
Olive oil is yet another useful carrier oil, too.
Peppermint oil may be one of the most amazing natural essential oils on the planet! While it is well-known for calming, cooling, and soothing effects, it has amazing properties for a large number of conditions. It has long been used for upset stomach because of the way it relaxes the gastro-intestinal tract and at the same time reduces excess gas. It has also been used through the centuries for dental care, eliminating bad breath while fighting of germs that cause gum disease and tooth decay.
Many people use it for nail care, so it’s no surprise that peppermint oil is a very good natural hair product. Peppermint oil stimulates blood circulation while helping to reduce environmental affects. It helps stimulate and regenerate a dry, irritated scalp and also helps stimulates hair growth in people suffering from baldness, making it a good choice for a natural hair oil that encourages hair growth.
Rosemary oil is a very well known and popular natural essential oil for its ability to reduce pain, give relief for respiratory ailments, increase mental activity and stimulate hair growth. It is one of the true superstars of natural hair growth oils.
Rosemary, or Rosmarinus officinalis, is part of the mint family, related to mint, sage, lavender, basil and myrtle. It is often used as an herb in many delicious dishes, either as an oil extracted from the leaves or as fresh or dried leaves added to a dish. It has been very popular since ancient times for its many health benefits and wonderful fragrance.
Natural rosemary oil helps sooth and heal dry, flaky scalps. When the oil is regularly massaged into the scalp, it nourishes it and helps do away with dandruff. It encourage circulation and stimulates the hair follicles to help grow new hair. It can also be mixed with olive oil to help darken and strengthen the hair using hot oil treatments, which can really help with graying and thinning hair.
Natural hair oils can be used separately
Natural essential oils are quite wonderful by themselves and can all be used individually.
Any of the natural essential oils mentioned here can also be added to a carrier oil, like coconut or jojoba oil. Essential oils are often too potent to use on their own, so they should be diluted. Once diluted, the mixture can be safely massaged directly into your scalp, letting you reap the benefits of whichever oil you’ve chosen.
The benefits of natural oils are still being discovered
The best natural oils for hair are 100% organic and pure. They work wonderfully well as ingredients in such hair care products as shampoo and conditioners.
When these oils are combined and chosen to work in tandem, you are able to create a formula that is incredibly powerful. In this way, it becomes possible to address a very wide range of hair and scalp problems, including thinning hair, hair loss, dandruff, oily or dry scalp, brittle hair, and more. All of these conditions can be effectively treated with essential oils.
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