Going natural often introduces us to a whole new world of all-natural oils and butters for our hair and body. There are numerous oils and many of them can be used in so many different ways that we can usually find an oil to remedy any ailment. One of my favorite oils is peppermint oil because of how soothing and calming the scent is. Peppermint oil is a derivative of the peppermint plant — a cross between water mint and spearmint. The peppermint plant flourishes in Europe and North America and is most often used to flavor foods or as a scent for body products. Peppermint oil is also used to cure numerous illnesses.
Another popular use for peppermint oil is for the hair. Peppermint oil has been used across the world for many years as a hair treatment. When peppermint oil is used properly, it can help address common hair concerns such as dry scalp, hair loss, hair growth, and more. Though Peppermint oil can work wonders, it is very strong and may be too irritating for people with sensitive scalps. Mixing it with a carrier oil is best but it can also be mixed with other essential oils to ensure that you do not feel a burning sensation when applied to the scalp.
How to Prepare Peppermint Oil for Use on the Scalp
1. Dilute your Peppermint Oil With Water – Mix a 3-8 drops of peppermint oil with a cup of water.
2. Mix your Peppermint Oil With Carrier Oils – Jojoba, olive, avocado or almond are carrier oils that add additional benefits and make the peppermint oil less harsh. Add a few drops of peppermint oil to a few ounces of a carrier oil and mix before applying.
5 Ways to Use Peppermint Oil with your Scalp and Hair
1. To Normalize Scalp Oil Production – Although peppermint oil is an oil, it can help to reduce the production of excessive oil on the scalp by using it as an astringent. It balances the scalp’s pH level. Apply it directly to the scalp for this benefit.
2. Combat Dry Scalp and Dandruff – Dry scalp and dandruff are often the result of an unhealthy scalp. Use peppermint oil to restore normal scalp conditions. When applied to the scalp, peppermint oil will make the scalp less dry (without creating additional oil) and eventually also help eliminate dandruff which usually results from dry scalp.
3. Moisturizer – Peppermint oil mixed with other essential oils or a carrier oil can be applied directly to your hair. Wrap your head with a shower cap and then a warm towel or heating device for 20 to 30 minutes to allow the mixture to penetrate.
4. Promote Hair Growth – Peppermint oil stimulates the hair follicle by increasing blood circulation and oxygen supply. Hair follicles and roots are able to grow at their full potential when there is a large supply of oxygen. The Eden Body Works Peppermint Tea Tree Hair Oil is wonderful for this because the spray can makes application easy.Finally, massage your scalp with your finger tips or a scalp massager to stimulate the scalp and hair follicles.
5. Stop Hair Loss – In addition to promoting hair growth, the stimulation can also aid with hair loss. Scalp massages with peppermint oil increase the oxygen supply carried by blood and strengthens hair roots. Blood also delivers nutrients that are essential to good hair health.
While peppermint oil has wonderful benefits, be careful and do plenty of research before to ensure that you do not have any side effects. Side effects can include rashes, headaches, or upset stomach. Mix it properly for best results or do what I do and buy it pre-mixed from a reputable company like Eden Body Works.
What are your favorite oils? How do you use them? Do you mix them with other oils?