Making use of essential oils can be highly useful and worthwhile, as there are plenty of ways to use them and they contain organic plant-based compounds which can help relief a vast amount of medical conditions from assisting with weight loss, skin conditions, promoting hair growth plus many more.
If you are looking into improving certain health conditions with a natural alternative, then essential oils are a great way to start.
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How to use essential oils?
Although there are several essentials oils that can be used without diluting them, in most cases, it is best to dilute them with a carrier oil (coconut oil, almond, jojoba or hemp) before using them. Using undiluted essential oils can irritate or burn sensitive skin or the nostrils. People that are susceptible can develop a rash on their skin or might even be prone to get an allergic reaction. A drop of two of your desired essential oil must be mixed with one-half to one spoonful of your chose carrier oil. If you’ll be using the oil on a child or pet, you must reduce the oil dosage significantly as their smaller bodies can’t tolerate the same amount than an adult’s body is able to.
A lot of companies make claims that essential oils are natural and therefore safe for consumption. This is not true and under no circumstances should they be consumed as they can cause severe poisoning even when ingested in small amounts. Most reported cases of poisoning involved children, therefore it is best to store them in a safe place, preferably in child-resistant containers. Always make sure you buy essential oils that are 100% oil and not diluted with synthetic or other possibly harmful chemicals for optimal results.
What are the symptoms of poisoning?
The symptoms can develop as quickly as within 30 minutes when consumed orally. For some people it may take longer (up to 4 hours after being exposed). The type of oil and the amount which was ingested will determine the seriousness of the symptoms. Children are very susceptible and can be poisoned with amounts as little as half a teaspoon. Eucalyptus oil is especially toxic to small infants.
Symptoms of poisoning may include:
- Shallow breathing or coma (with large amount of ingestion)
- Persistent choking/gagging/wheezing or coughing
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
- Skin irritation (with skin exposure)
- Eye redness, pain or irritation (with eye exposure)
What to do after being exposed:
- Rinse out the mouth
- Phone a medical practitioner or emergency health care centre immediately
- Avoid inducing vomiting
- Don’t give any oral fluids unless otherwise specified by the medical staff
Exposure to the eyes:
- The eyes should be rinsed immediately under running water (flowing from the eye corners closest to the nose, over the eye and in an outward direction).
This should be done for 15 minutes. If the eye symptoms persist, a doctor should be consulted.
Exposure to the skin:
- Any exposed clothing must be removed, and the skin must be washed with soap and water. If the symptoms are not resolved, consult with a doctor.
9 Essential Oils For Hair Growth
- Lavender essential oil
Not only does Lavender oil promote better sleeping, relaxation and healing of certain skin related issues, it does wonders for hair growth as well. By massaging it into the scalp it promotes blood circulation, preventing hair loss and assisting with hair growth. It is ideal for people suffering from dandruff as the sebum production are balanced and lavender oil also contains moisturizing, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.
For best results, this homemade remedy must be left in overnight before rinsing it out in the morning.
Remedy: Mix 8-10 drops of pure lavender essential oil with 4 teaspoons of carrier oil and massage it into the scalp.
- Cedarwood essential oil
Cedarwood essential oil does wonders for the hair and scalp. It has a woodsy and warm aroma, promotes dandruff control as well as treating hair loss issues. When used in conjunction with lavender, rosemary and thyme, it can effectively reverse the autoimmune skin disease (Alopecia Areata) which is causing hair loss on the scalp and face.
Cedarwood oil balances oil production glands of the scalp and promotes blood circulation which is optimal for healthy hair growth.
Cedarwood oil is helpful in treating dandruff build up, as it has antibacterial as well as antiseptic properties.
Remedy: Mix 2-3 drops of cedarwood essential oil with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and massage it through the hair and into the scalp. Or you can mix 5 drops of cedarwood essential oil with one tablespoon of your regular shampoo and wash your hair as normal.
- Peppermint essential oil
Peppermint is your most potent mint and has a fragrant aroma of cooling and powerful menthol. Not only does peppermint oil do wonders for promoting positivity and giving you an energy boost, it also provides rejuvenation to the hair follicles and promotes blood flow that is stimulating hair growth. It is perfect for people with dry scalp. It might be too pungent for people with sensitive skin which may cause skin irritation. It’s best to do a skin patch test beforehand just to be sure.
Remedy: Mix 5 drops of peppermint drops with 5 drops of lavender essential oils and two warmed up tablespoons of coconut oil. Massage the mixture into the scalp and leave in for twenty minutes. Shampoo out afterwards.
- Rosemary essential oil
One of the most pungent and freshest oils with its woodsy and minty aroma, this essential oil is loaded with antioxidants for the prevention of thinning and grey hair. Rosemary oil is helpful with blood circulation and stimulating hair growth and hair follicles.
By toning down sebum production, it can help with treatment of over greasy scalps and by clearing pores it can provide much needed relief to itchy and dandruff prone scalp.
Warning: not to be used by persons who are suffering from epilepsy or women that are pregnant.
Rosemary oil is considered as one of the best essential oils for hair growth and thickness and research showed that it acts just as well as conventional topical hair loss treatments like minoxidil.
Remedy: Blend 10 drops of rosemary oil with 3 heated teaspoons of olive oil. The mixture must be evenly distributed over the scalp and throughout the hair. A towel that was dipped in hot water must be wrapped around the hair. Leave on for half an hour and then shampoo hair as usual. The recommended times to do this is once a month.
- Thyme essential oil
When purchasing thyme essential oil, avoid red thyme that contains thymol as it can irritate the skin. Rather opt for linalool thyme which is a natural skin softener. Thyme boost blood flow and moisturizes hair follicles that is vital for healthy hair growth. This ingredient is often added to hair products to prevent hair loss. Thyme essential oil must be used in moderation and blended with a carrier oil since it is a potent oil.
Remedy: Blend 2 drops of thyme essential oil with 5 drops of lavender essential oil and 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Massage into the scalp and leave on for twenty minutes. Shampoo it out afterwards.
- Clary Sage essential oil
This essential oil has a natural woody, nutty and musky aroma and is know for containing phytoestrogen which is ideal for promoting hair growth and prevention or reversal of premature balding. When massaged into the scalp, it efficiently controls dandruff issues as well as normalizing oil production.
This essential oil is also perfect for managing frizzy or curly hair. Clary sage contains linalyl acetate which is a natural remedy to reduce skin inflammation. It can be used as an antibacterial remedy for rashes, assist with stress relief and balancing of hormones. As clary sage reduces cortisol levels in the body, it acts as a natural remedy for healing stress-induced hair loss conditions.
Warning: clary sage essential oil must not be used by pregnant women, as contractions can be induced.
Remedy: Mix One to two teaspoons of coconut oil with ten drops of clary sage. Gently massage into the scalp while brushing every strand of hair, leaving the hair shiny and soft and to remedy dry hair.
Tip: Clary sage works especially well with jojoba as a carrier oil and the two can work in conjunction regulating oil production on your skin therefore preventing flaky patches that lead to dandruff. For effective stress relief associated with hair loss, you can add a few drops to your temples, wrists or underneath your feet.
To promote hair growth, equal parts of jojoba oil and clary sage can be mixed and massage into the scalp. Lave on for 30 minutes and shampoo out afterwards.
- Chamomile essential oil
Chamomile essential oil has a lovely apple-like flavour and is pale blue-green in colour. You get two types of chamomile namely German and Roman. They both contain the same properties, but the Roman is better to promote hair growth.
Chamomile essential oil contains natural anti-inflammatory properties and can be massaged directly into the scalp to provide relief for an itchy and dry scalp. It helps to prevent dandruff, dermatitis and psoriasis. This oil is non-greasy, therefore there’s no need to wash it out afterwards unless you prefer to do so.
But did you know that chamomile essential oil can be used as a natural hair lightener? By adding 5 drops of chamomile essential oil to a tablespoon of sea salt on a third cup of baking soda and then mixing it into a paste by using warm water you can make your own hair lightening paste. Apply the mixture to the hair and massage into the base of the hair and the scalp. Leave on for about 30 minutes to an hour and rinse it out. For a bolder effect you can sit in the sun while having the paste applied to your hair.
Remedy: Massage three drops of essential oil mixed with two tablespoons of jojoba oil into the scalp as needed.
- Patchouli essential oil
Patchouli is popularly used as a perfume in exotic faraway destinations such as Philippine’s, India and Indonesia. This oil’s aroma is sensual, earthy and deep and only a small amount needs to be used as the aroma is quite potent. It contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory compounds which makes it the perfect choice for treating dry scalp or other skin-related issues. This oil comes highly recommended for people suffering from eczema, dermatitis and dandruff which is often the underlying cause of hair loss. By treating these conditions effectively, you can promote healthy hair growth.
Remedy: Mix two tablespoons of Argan oil (great compliment to the patchouli), 5-6 drops of rosemary essential oil and 2-3 drops of patchouli essential oil and blend into the scalp. Leave on for 1-2 hours and shampoo out afterwards.
- Lemon essential oil
The aroma of lemon essential oil is particularly citrusy, fruity and fresh. People with oily scalp will find this essential oil beneficial as it clarifies and dries oily scalps. It’s a great remedy for scalp acne and dandruff elimination.
This oil helps to treat secondary infections that often worsen acne or dandruff as it has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.
Lemons contains nutrients that include calcium, magnesium, citric acid, pectin, flavonoids and vitamin C which has amazing benefits for promoting hair growth:
- The Vitamin c improves the hair growth rate by boosting collagen production.
- The acidity of lemon curbs hair fall by tightening hair follicles.
- Lemon helps with unclogging hair follicles and cleaning the scalp which is often the cause of dandruff.
- The anti-fungal properties in lemon assist with maintaining a healthy scalp.
- Assists with controlling the oil production on your scalp.
- Stimulating re-growth in dormant hair follicles.
Remedy: Massage a blend of two tablespoons jojoba essential oil with 5-6 drops of lemon essential oil into the scalp and leave on for 1-2 hours. Shampoo out afterwards.
For oily hair: Mix lemon essential oil with warm water and use it as the final rinse after adding conditioner to your hair.