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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Essential oils

So I got this question about essential oils recently:

in what ways are the oils "essential" to the well being of your hair? I will like to invest in some good oils. So if you can give me your top five recommended essentials....that will be nice. :)

Okay here is my answer:

"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. Essential oils, contrary to the use of the word "oil" are not really oily-feeling at all. Most essential oils are clear, but some oils such as patchouli, orange and lemongrass are amber or yellow in color.

Essential oils contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from. Essential oils are highly concentrated and a little goes a long way." ( Quoted from aroma web here )

Essential Oils on hair.

Why use essential oils in your hair care regimen? 

Well the reason why I incorporate essential oils into my hair care regime is because of the particular benefit each one gives. I guess using essential oils is like using a certain hair cream or lotion because you want to get a certain result. In the sense that if I have dry and itchy scalp then instead of using a commercial hair product I could turn to something like eucalyptus oil or tea tree oil to help with that. So essential oils are beneficial depending on the result you are looking for and which one can give you that result. A little drop can go a long way so a bottle of an essential oil can last a really long time. I like that. 

How do I use them? I use essential oils in 3 ways:

1.)         In my prewash treatment. This could consist of mixing my essential oils with olive oil, jojoba oil then putting  the mixture in my hair for a while. I allow it to soak into my hair for about 15 minutes or more then wash it off.

2.)         As a leave in spray. So that would  consist of water, a carrier oil, one or two essential oils, glycerine all mixed together in a spray bottle. I use this spray daily especially when I'm wearing twists or braids.

3.)         I add some essential oils to my shea butter for scent.


As for me here are a list of 5 essential oils that I’ve used over the years and really appreciated:


Chamomile is the most soothing of the essential oils for the hair and scalp. Chamomile helps to retract skin cells that have been inflamed from chemical procedures, the sun and helps with those that have scaly scalps in including a lot of white flakes or psoriasis.

Rosemary essential oil works great for dry hair and dandruff as well as itchy scalp!

Tea Tree essential oils works to purify the scalp. It works extremely good for those that suffer from scalp psoriasis and scalp dandruff.

Peppermint helps to stimulate blood flow to the root of the hair. This helps the hair to receive proper nourishment and to grow correctly. Peppermint makes the scalp tingle and this is what stimulates the blood flow to the hair.

Lavender is great for soothing the scalp and calming the hair.

I also currently use Eucalyptus. It can be used to treat dry, itcy scalp and dandruff.


I got the profiles for the above oils here at aromatherapy at home 

Motown girl also has a write up on essential oils 

You can learn more about other essential oils on Aroma web

Essential oils are extremely potent and if used in the wrong way and in the wrong quantity can end up being harmful to you. For example there are some essential oils that are not recommended for use by pregnant women. Also it is recommended that one use essential oils a little drop at a time and always with a carrier oil.

 “Carrier oils, also known as vegetable oilsbase oils or fixed oils, are used to dilute essential oils, CO2s and absolutes before applying to the skin.” (Quoted fromhere ) Examples of carrier oils are Jojoba Oil and Olive Oil.

I would recommend that if you are using essential oils for the first time then read a lot of the literature available online about them. 

Essential oil .com

Aroma web

Hub pages

 Aromatherapy at home

 Ultimate cosmetics

Motown Girl has recipes that incorporate essential oils here


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