Seven Essential Oils That Every Natural Should Try
I believe that everybody should have an arsenal of essential oils in order to keep up with your hair’s ever-changing needs. While all of these oils don’t have to be staples, and you don’t have to use all of them at one given time, it’s important to know about all of them. You will have a solid defense against the hair problems that will spontaneously attack you.
I will mention seven essential oils that I believe are the most beneficial for those of us in the natural hair community. Some of these are relatively popular, but I also want to go over other oils that are just as beneficial. Each one is special in its own way, and I hope this encourages you to try them out!
Peppermint Oil: This is one of my absolute favorites! Peppermint oil is an extremely strong anti-inflammatory agent. It contains an ingredient called "menthol" which provides a cooling effect and helps stimulate blood circulation. It’s used to help treat scalp issues such as psoriasis and dandruff.
In addition, it stimulates hair growth, and increases thickness and density by providing blood flow to the scalp to provide the nutrients needed. It’s even been shown to promote hair growth faster than Jojoba oil. Lastly, it can be used to alleviate an itchy scalp.
We also shouldn’t discount the use of Peppermint oil purely for aromatic purposes. It is used in many of our products to make them smell 100% better (assuming you enjoy the smell of mint). This makes it a great add to pungent concoctions such rice water, or if you have a shampoo or conditioner that you would like to amplify.
Tea Tree Oil: For me, this one ranks right up there with peppermint! Tea Tree oil is a potent anti-fungal oil. This makes it extremely effective for major hair issues such as dandruff and lice. Also, the oil can unclog pores which is great for improving the condition of your skin. It offers the same benefit as peppermint oil such as improving hair growth and relieving an itchy scalp.
I must warn you although the oil is amazing, it smells awful. Some individuals can stand it and I applaud them. However, if you can't (and I completely understand), try blending it with other oils.
Ylang Ylang Oil: While this oil isn’t as mentioned in the natural hair community as the first two, I believe that it’s worth trying. During the 19th and 20th centuries, it was one of the main ingredients of Macassor oil, which is a hair conditioner made of coconut and ylang-ylang oils (along with perfumes).
According to testimonies from that time, it worked but it was really greasy. I want to point out that decent hygiene is a relatively new thing, as plumbing skyrocketed in the 1900’s. If ylang-ylang can work for their dirty hair, it can work for you too.
It’s another good oil to have because it has antibacterial, and can be used to treat dandruff and an itchy scalp. It helps regulate the sebaceous glands of the scalp, which can help you naturally produce more sebum.
Thus, allowing your new hair growth to be properly coated with the nutrients needed. In addition, it enhances blood circulation to improve hair growth as well as strengthen it. This oil is known to be more of a moisturizer, but you should still only use a few drops because it is a potent essential oil.
Chamomile Oil: Chamomile oil comes in two main types: Roman and German. (SIDE NOTE: Ladies, I urge you to be careful using the Roman variety because it is an emmenagogue, meaning it can possibly bring on your period. If you are pregnant, then it can be an abortifacient so please be cautious).
Chamomile is good for lightening hair, so this is something to maintain light hair. I want to stress “maintain light hair” because I don’t know how strong the lightening effect will be for you if you have dark hair.
There’s an article from Bustle where the writer has black hair and she tries using chamomile oil to brighten it. It didn’t work for her, but I’ve included that article in case you want to check it out and see if she should’ve done something differently.
I did find that chamomile is a microbial and good for skin conditions like eczema. All of the standard hair claims are anecdotal and I can’t find any scientific references to verify them.
I can say that I’ve used chamomile as a tea rinse, so in that respect it was very relaxing and helped me with detangling. I didn’t get a lightening effect, but it was shinier than usual.
Lavender Oil: Another relaxing oil that’s a great defense against stressful wash days. Lavender is shown to have therapeutic effects, which can be of great use to those who have hectic wash days, or who are just plain stressed. If your hair length is part of your stress, then no need to worry.
Just like peppermint, lavender is shown to promote hair growth as well. It also adds shine and helps with split ends by making them less noticeable. So use this to make your ends look good when you need a trim, and when you do get a trim, use this to get your length back.
This oil can help to delay grey hairs. The claims are that Lavender fights grey hairs by targeting some of the causing factors such as stress and lack of nutrients to the hair.
So far, all these claims have been anecdotal, so I can’t give scientific references on whether it’s true or not. However, I’m willing to try it out because I don’t know about you, but I want to delay grey hair as long as possible!
It also adds shine and helps with split ends by making them less noticeable. So, to everybody putting off a trim, use Lavender oil in the meantime so that way your ends look good.
Carrot Seed Oil: Derived from the eye’s favorite vegetable, it’s a given that this oil is packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Specifically, it’s full of minerals such as iron, potassium ,and magnesium, which are great for body and hair. Carrots promote the growth of new cells, which is needed for people who are suffering from hair loss. This is why mom always told you to eat your vegetables
Cassia Oil: This is a strong antimicrobial, so it’s good to use to treat scalp issues caused by bacteria or fungus. Also, like most oils on this list, it’s a good blood simulator. Add a couple drops to your oil mix for your scalp massage and hot oil treatments.
This will help boost the blood flow and encourage more follicle growth. I added some to my pre-poo and I think it worked a little too well, so be careful when adding this. By the way cassia oil is cinnamon oil, so feel free to bask in the scent of the holidays all year round.
Once again, these are oils that I believe that every natural should try.
Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list of essential oils with exhaustive details about each one, so I will always encourage you to do your research. These are just qualities I find to be most important and helpful.
If there are any other essential oils that you would like me to write about, or if you would like more details about the ones above, let me know in the comments below. Also some of these plants are made into tea, so let me know if you prefer their tea or their oil.
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