I haven’t tried it but this article will make me give it a try. I’m willing to try some new things to get that scalp revitalized and allow my hair to grow as quickly and as healthily as possible!! I already add Lavender to my oil mixture, so adding Peppermint oil will be a snap!
Here’s an article from one of my favorite sites, The Coil Review…
By: Elisa Dobbins
Many natural beauties use essential oils as the basis for homemade concoctions. Essential oils are liquids distilled from some part of a plant (i.e. leaves, stems, barks, roots). Oddly enough, these oils are not oily in texture and most are clear (there are a few that are pale yellow). Peppermint oil is one to definitely consider if you haven’t used it before. Like many essential oils, peppermint oil has many great properties that promote overall health and can really work wonders for your hair and scalp!
Peppermint is a hybrid mint. A cross between watermint and spearmint, it is also known as brandy and balm mint. The peppermint plant is native to Europe but is now available globally, so you should have no trouble finding it either in your local health food store, on the Internet, or maybe in a local beauty supply store. Just be sure that you are purchasing pure peppermint oil.
Many women go natural in order to promote healthy hair growth. Incorporating peppermint oil into your routine will help to achieve this goal. Peppermint oil causes vasoconstriction—the narrowing of the blood vessels—so it is important to mix peppermint oil with other oils known for their growth properties, as peppermint oil is not enough for growth purposes. Not only does peppermint oil promote scalp stimulation, it can help eliminate dandruff as well as prevent acne and clear clogged pores on the scalp (due to its antiseptic and astringent properties). While improving your scalp health, your mental health can also benefit. Peppermint oil’s invigorating properties are excellent against mental fatigue, stress, and depression. It revitalizes the strength of the mind, encourages mental agility, and can provide relief from headaches and migraines. Talk about triple duty!
When inventing peppermint oil mixes, or mixes containing any essential oil for that matter, be extra careful. Pure peppermint oil needs to be diluted with a carrier oil such as avocado, olive, or sweet almond oil. If not, you can potentially burn your scalp and/or strip away your hair’s natural oils, making it very dry and brittle. Besides carrier oils, peppermint oil mixes well with other essential oils, particularly eucalyptus, lavender, marjoram, and tea tree, just to name a few. So consider using what you may already have in your closet for your new peppermint mix.
For a great hair growth cocktail, mix 10 to 20 drops of peppermint oil with rosemary and sweet almond oil. Also, try adding a few drops of peppermint oil to your favorite shampoo, conditioner or just water for a spritz. In these hard economic times, giving your current products a boost instead of buying more is great for us recessionistas! The Coil Review…
September 1, 2009