There has been much mention of essential oils and carrier oils but many of us don’t know the difference even though it’s one of the single most important factors when making your homemade recipes.
Essential oils are considered essential because it carries a distinctive smell or essence of the plant from which it is extracted. They enter the body in one of three ways: applied to the skin, inhaled or ingested. Essential oils are useful in homemade care products and many of them are excellent in treating scalp conditions and to stimulate hair growth. Essential oils are to be used sparingly and by adding just a few drops are very beneficial to hair and skin care.
Here is a list of common essential oils and their benefits to hair.
1. Lavender Oil – Lavender oil is extracted from the flowers of the lavender plant. It is a good treatment for dandruff, itching, controlling hair breakage and can improve hair growth. Daily massages with lavender oil have proven to help improve re-growth and gives you the results you desire in just a few months.
2. Chamomile Oil – I know that we must have all had chamomile tea to soothe our nerves from time to time; well it does the same for our hair and scalp. Chamomile helps to restore skin cells that have been damaged from chemical procedures and harsh weather conditions.
3. Peppermint Oil – Peppermint oil helps to stimulate blood flow to the root of the hair. Hair growth is achieved through proper nourishment and healthy blood flow does just that.
4. Rosemary Oil – Rosemary oil stimulates hair follicles and can grow longer and stronger hair.
5. Tea Tree Oil – One of the major benefits of tea tree oil is that it’s a great moisturizer for hair. It helps to keep the scalp free from bacterial and fungal problems. Tea tree oil unblocks the glands that produce sebum and encourages healthy flow of the hair’s natural oil which clearing away dead skin cells.
6. Lemon Oil – Lemon oil is extremely beneficial to women with oily hair. It is a good treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice and sebum-secreting gland that are under-active.
7. Myrrh Oil –It strengthens the grip of scalp on hair roots thereby preventing hair loss.
Another type of oil for hair is called carrier oils. Carrier oils are non-volatile oil, and are so called because they carry the essential oil to the skin or scalp. They are heavy oils pressed from vegetables and fruits and thus carrier oils are best used as natural and un-processed as possible. Carrier oils are very important to hair care and are great moisturizers, strengtheners and very nourishing for hair.
List of Carrier oils and their benefits to Hair and Skin
1. Jojoba Oil– Many scalp related problems are caused by a hardened build-up of sebum that clogs the follicles and causes many of our hair problems. If the build-up is not removed, it can stop the hair follicle’s ability to function properly. Jojoba oil rapidly penetrates down to the scalp and hair shaft and dissolves the build-up. Jojoba oil is great for all hair types and inhibits excess activity of the sebum-producing glands of the hair. Jojoba Oil is great for all hair types and has the ability to stop excess production of sebum making it a great choice for women with oily scalp. Likewise it can be used as a moisturizer for women with dry hair. For skin care, jojoba oil can be used on any skin condition and even better on all skin types. It doesn’t clog pores and is a balacing oil which improves skin health.
2. Olive Oil – Olive oil contains natural substances that promote healthy hair and scalp. This is beneficial to women with damaged hair. It strengthens and smooth hair cuticles.
3. Coconut Oil – We all love coconut oil, and have used it more than one time in our lifetime. But why do we love it so much? Well coconut oil is considered one of the best natural nutrients for hair. It consists of Vitamin E, K and many minerals such as iron. It is an excellent conditioner and helps in re-growth of damaged hair by providing essential proteins for nourishing hair and conditioning the scalp.
4. Castor Oil – It encourages hair growth, improves hair thickness, strengthens the hair follicles and nourishes the roots. It also prevents hair loss and hair thinning, prevents and treats split ends and improves overall hair health
5. Vitamin E Oil – This allows for proper circulation of blood to the hair follicles which leads to hair growth. Vitamin E improves immune system and this allows for improved circulation not just to the scalp but all parts of the body.
6. Apricot Kernel Oil – This oil is used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fines lines and can be used to soothe irritated and inflamed skin. It can also be used to moisturize the skin.
7. Avocado Oil – Avocado oils moisturize, nourish and strengthen hair strands, thus improving the way they look and protect them from damage. It also stimulates blood flow to the follicles and helps unclog blocked follicles. It is also used as a moisturizer for dry, irritated skin. It is also used to repair damaged skin.